Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Pearly Gates Saloon


PEARLY GATES SALOON delivers twelve heartfelt tunes about life in general.
Don’t let the cover or title mislead you. This is not a cowboy church album. Whether you’re a dog lover, have seen a deer party in progress (slightly embellished true story!) or have lost someone close to you, there is something on this album for everyone. Basically, if you have lived through anything, this album is a walk down memory lane.

As a consummate songwriter and artist, Woody Eastman delivers each track with the quiet ease he embodies. With the help of other Texas greats such as Mike Blakely (and his talented wife, Annie Blakely), Larry Nye (recorded at his La-Z-L Studio), john Arthur martinez (on drums? Seriously cool!), Kurt Baumer on fiddle (wonder if he used his fluorescent one) and Larry Boyd (just to name a few), each track is Americana at it’s best.

The only thing better than owning this album is to hear Woody perform them live. And if you’re in the West Texas area, the possibilities for those occasions are plentiful.

I give PEARLY GATES SALOON


.5

You can purchase your copy of PEARLY GATES SALOON

Woody Eastman.com

My Texas Music

Monday, July 21, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Woody Eastman



   Opportunities abounded and little surprises materialized in places I never even considered during my 12-day trip to Texas. Today’s guest was one of those special treats. I’m talking about Woody Eastman.

   Although Woody has been musical most of his life (he played tenor saxophone in the Pearland High School band), he did not open up the writing side until around 1981. On one hand I think, why did he wait so long while the ‘writer’ part of me says he was just racking up experience – some happy and some bittersweet. But they all make for great tunes.

   The first thing that caught my attention is how such a big Texas guy can be so quiet with the most incredibly gentle voice? After having spent an evening with Woody and friends at The Badu House in Llano, then meeting him for lunch the next day I was captured  by his overall unassuming nature. I got the impression Woody doesn’t think he’s anything special, or great. He just loves what he does. He counts the late Dan Folgerberg, Shake Russell, Walt Wilkins and Mike Blakely among his mentors and idols. Of the group, the last two inspire him with their ability to paint a picture with words… to make you see what they are singing – not just hear the music. I hear a lot of Folgerberg in his style

Although I wasn’t able to hear him perform live this trip, you can bet I’m putting the option on my ‘To Do’ list for the next time I’m in Llano. Anyone care to join me?

You can find out more about Woody and his music by clicking on his name in the first paragraph.
Country Blessings!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 17-23

Note: Please remember to check with the venue as to whether or not there is a cover charge or ticket required for the shows you plan to attend. I have provided links to the venues when possible, making it easy for you to check it out.

Not all events take place in Texas. With that in mind I will begin listing them not only by day but by TEXAS and ON THE ROAD. With that in mind…

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!


TEXAS

Thursday – 17
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Emily Grace Berry
Josh GriderPanther Island Pavillion – Ft. Worth
Zane WilliamsStumblin Goat Saloon – Canadian – 9:30 p.m. $15
Cody Johnson Band Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
/w Sam Riggs & the Night People
Jason Boland & The StragglersDenim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Jeff PoseyGabby’s BBQ – N. Shepherd – Houston – 7 p.m.
Wade BowenChuck’s Bar – Cotulla –
Scott Taylor Band Wild Turkey Bar & Grill – Cuero – 9 p.m.
Parker Heights – Texas Stampede – Houston – 9 p.m.


Friday – 18
Josh GriderMidnight Rodeo – Austin
john  Arthur martinezThe Badu – Llano – 8 p.m.
Wake EastmanFornos on Main – Marble Falls – 7:30-11:30 p.m.
T. Graham BrownCivic Center Theater – Lubbock -
Casey Hubble Luckenbach – 4 p.m.
Dale WatsonLuckenbach – 8 p.m.
Randy Rogers BandLucky Mule – Abilene –
Mike & the Motorcars – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Charlie RobisonRedneck Country Club – Stafford –
Cody Bryan BandScooter’s Dancehall – Moulton –
Jeff PoseyRed Brick Tavern – Conroe – 8 p.m.
Kenny HarrellWild West – Cedar Park – 9 p.m.
Wade BowenHouse Pasture – Concan –
Scott Taylor Band Brosch's Ice House – Halletsville – 9 p.m.



Saturday – 19
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Chuck Hawthorne
Josh GriderTaylor Rodeo Arena – Taylor
/w Curtis Grimes
William Clark GreenFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Zack Emery BandDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
CD Release Party!
Aaron WatsonBilly Bob’s – Fort Worth
Bri BagwellLuckenbach – 1- 5 p.m.
/w Blacktop Gypsy
Ray Wylie HubbardThe Mule Barn – Justin
Mark Allan Atwood Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.
Cody Bryan BandKung Fu Saloon – Houston
Guns & Oil Launch Party!
Cameran NelsonSilver Saloon – Terrell - 9 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley Poco Playa – Matagorda – 8 p.m.
Kenny Harrell The Franchise: Cajun Restaurant – Jefferson – 9 p.m.
Wade Bowen Kosciusko Hall – Stockdale -


Sunday – 20
Dave ThomasWhite Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth – 2 p.m.
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30  p.m.


Monday – 21
George Ensle Poodie’s – Spicewood – 7 p.m.


Tuesday – 22
Drew Womack- Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
/w Kyle Hutton
Sol PatchLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Tejas Brothers & Randy Brown – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday – 23
Jesse Keith Whitley BandDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Whiskey MyersNutty Brown Café – Austin



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 17
Corey Smith Neumeier’s – Fort Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
Willie NelsonKresge Auditorium – Interlochen MI – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittSaenger Theater – Mobile AL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
        - Brewskies – Lawton OK – 9 p.m.
Aaron Watson – KC Live! – Kansas City – MO
The DepartedKnuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.
Susan Gibson The Raven – Bigfork  MT – 8 p.m.



Friday – 18
Aaron TippinAnderson Music Hall – Hiawassee GA
Buddy CaseCopper Penny – Hot Springs AR – 9 p.m.
Willie Nelson – Toledo Zoo – Toledo OH – 6:30 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis Tritt Darton State College – Cavalier Arena – Albany GA
Collin RayeLucky Dog Casino – Shelton WA
Steve Wariner Bay Point Marina – Panama City FL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
      - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Aaron WatsonAdams Fair – Hastings NE
Jon WolfeWhiskey River Ranch – Springfield OR – 9 p.m.
Roger CreagerThe Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
JB and the Moonshine Band – The Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City OK
T. G. SheppardRenfro Valley Entertainment Complex – Renfro Valley KY
Lorrie Morgan – Independence Co. Fair – Batesville AR -


Saturday – 19
Aaron TippinMississippi Watermelon Festival – Mize MS
Zane Williams Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City  OK – 9:30 p.m. $5
Willie NelsonBuckle Up Music Festival – Cincinnati OH – 10 p.m.
         /w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittWhitwell Summerfest 2014 -  Whitwell TN
Collin RayeCentennial Amphitheater – Moses Lake WA
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
             - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Jon WolfeSpirit Mountain Casino – Grand Rounde OR – 8 p.m.
Ragged UnionGroove Music & Arts Fest – Georgetown CO – 1 p.m.
Kelly McGuireTrop Rock Concert in the Pines – Flagstaff AZ
The DepartedThe Harper Room – Ardmore OK – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithBuckin Wild Music Fest – Erick OK – 8:30
Love and Theft takes the stage at 10 p.m.
Mickey GilleyImperial Palace – Biloxi MS –
Lorrie Morgan Island View Casino – Gulfport MS –



Sunday – 20
Zane WilliamsStratford Peach Festival – Stratford OK – 10 p.m.
/w Mike McClure
Willie NelsonThompson Boiling Arena – Koxville TN – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Suzy BoggussPensacola Maritime Park Amphitheater – Pensacola FL – 6 p.m.
/w Kim Carnes, Greg Barnhill & Lenny LeBlanc



Monday – 21
No Shows Found


Tuesday – 22
No Shows Found


Wednesday – 23
No Shows Found






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Bridges


When a young artist garners the attention, admiration and support of artists such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and (the late) Ray Price you know there’s something special going on.

On her debut album, BRIDGES, Texas artist MarySarah shares her passion for music while paying homage to the ones who brought her to the dance. While some artists choose to record covers or do tribute albums, MarySarah teamed up with some of her idols and staunch supporters such as The Oak Ridge Boys to let them in on the fun.

MarySarah’s young, fresh voice, showcases experience beyond her years. BRIDGES is the result of a project blending classic with old soul. While she takes the lead on many tracks, she is just as content letting her heroes shine.

Each of the ten focus tracks and the subsequent three bonus tracks reassure us solid Country Music is not dead. While I could tell you about the individual tracks, I’d rather you just picked up a copy and experienced the magic that is MarySarah music for yourself.

I've giving this album

.5

You'll find BRIDGES at:
AMAZON
iTunes


Thursday, July 10, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 10- 16

Note: Please remember to check with the venue as to whether or not there is a cover charge or ticket required for the shows you plan to attend. I have provided links to the venues when possible, making it easy for you to check out the event and ticket pricing were applicable.

Not all events take place in Texas. With that in mind I will begin listing them not only by day but by TEXAS and ON THE ROAD. With that in mind…

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

TEXAS

Thursday – 10
W. C. Jameson The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Wake Eastman
Max Stalling Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Scott Taylor Band – Street Dance – Victoria – 7:30 p.m.
Aaron Watson Wild West – Cedar Park -
Kelly McGuire Alvin Community College – Alvin – 7:30 $40
William Clark GreenBrewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
Kyle ParkDenim & Diamonds- Wichita Falls –
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.


Friday – 11
Josh GriderLove & War – Plano
Gary AllanFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Radney FosterDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands –
Larry Joe Taylor Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
john  Arthur martinez Escondido – Horeshoe Bay – 7 p.m.
Zane WilliamsThe Rustic – Dallas – 8:30 p.m
Scott Taylor BandBASTANTE – Rockport – 7 p.m.
John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament
Aaron WatsonGraham Central – Odessa –
Jon WolfeMidnight Rodeo – Austin – 8 p.m.
Casey HubbleLuckenbach – 4 p.m.
Holly WilliamsMcGonigels – Houston – 7 p.m. AND 9:30 p.m.
Gary P. NunnRedneck Country Club – Stafford -


Saturday – 12
Josh GriderBanita Creek Hall – Nacgodoches
John SlaughterFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m. – FREE
Gary P. NunnDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Collin Raye – The Woodlands Waterway Marriott – The Woodlands
Scott Taylor Band – 3rd Ann. Travis Madden Benefit & Fishing Tourney – Inez – 11 a.m.
Steve Wariner – Sealybration – City Ballpark –Sealy –
Kelly McGuire – Leonard Park Main Pavillion – Gainesville – 1 p.m.
Annual Noah’s Ark Benefit
Bo Porter Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Cameran NelsonThe Iron Horse Pub – Wichita Falls – 8 p.m.
/w Kyle Stallings
JB & The Moonshine BandLuckenbach – 9 p.m.
Saints Eleven Rockett Café & Club  – Waxahachie –
Captain LegendaryRedneck Country Club – Stafford
Casey Donahew Band – Schroeder’s Dance Hall – Goliad – 9 p.m.


Sunday – 13
Real Life Real Music Songwriters Camp –
Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
CONVENIENCE FEE -
Midnight River ChoirLuckenbach – 1-5 p.m.
Danny SantosThreadgills North – 11 a.m.
Case HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30 p.m.


Monday – 14
W. C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood –
/w Allan Reed


Tuesday – 15
Sol PatchLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Charlie Robison McGonigels – Houston – 7:30 p.m.
Deryl Dodd & Randy BrownRailhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday – 16
Cody Johnson BandBrewster’s Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
/w Gary P. Nunn
Dale WatsonNutty Brown Café – Austin -



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 10
Cody Canada & The Departed – Neumeirr’s – Fort Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – Dawg Daze of Summer Festival – Savannah MO
Cameran NelsonGuitars Rock N Country Bar – Joplin MO – 7 p.m.
The DepartedNeumeiers Rib Room – Ft. Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
/w The Damn Quails
BB King - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach NH


Friday – 11
Aaron Tippin Oneida Casino – Green Bay WI
Willie Nelson Harrah’s Stir Cove – Council Bluffs IA – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittHampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach NH
Collin Raye Oneida Casino – Green Bay WI –
Suzy BoggussHarvester Performing Arts Center – Rocky Mount VA 8 p.m.
Rhonda VincentRock the Block – Covington VA
Ragged UnionOskar Blues – HMLS – Longmont CO – 6-9 p.m.
Geoff & Pat
Cody Johnson BandGrizzly Rose – Denver CO
/w Curtis Grimes
Cameran NelsonScotland Co. Fair – Memphis MO – 7 p.m.
The DepartedThe Warehouse at Mt. Victor – Bowling Green KY – 8 p.m.



Saturday – 12
Aaron TippinBob Evans Farm Country Concert – Rio Grand OH
Willie Nelson – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park IL – 6:30 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Aaron WatsonCowboy’s – Colorado Springs CO -
Miranda Lambert Arkansas Music Pavilion – Rogers AR –
Travis TrittKegs Canalside Event Center – Jordan NY
Rhonda VincentRemington Rhyde Bluegrass Festival – Centre Hall PA
Ragged Union (Trio) – Deerhammer Distillery – Buena Vista CO – 6:30 p.m.
The Departed – The Shed @ Smokey Mt. Harley Davidson – Maryville TN – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros.Independence Memorial Hall – Independence KS – 7:30 p.m.
The Texas Tenors - American Music Theater - Lancaster PA


Sunday – 13
Willie Nelson Freedom Hill – Sterling Heights MI – 6:45 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis Tritt – Sun Valley Resort in Stafford – Stafford Springs CT
Mickey Gilley American Music Theater – Lancaster PA
Ragged Union (Trio) – Bensons – Salida CO – Noon – 3 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Madison Co. Fairground – Madison NE – 7 p.m.


Monday – 14
No Shows Found


Tuesday – 15
Buddy CaseRusso’s Coal-Fired Italian – Conway AR – 6 p.m.
Willie Nelson – Casino Rama – Rama ON
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Collin Raye – The Riley Center – Meridian MS
The Departed Southgate House – Newport KY – 9 p.m.
Bill AndersonGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN -


Wednesday – 16
Aaron TippinNemo Fairgrounds – Kirksville MO
The DepartedThe Blue Note – Columbia MO – 8 p.m