Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - August 28 - September 3, 2014

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. Some dates are subject to change!

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!


Thursday – 28
W.C. JamesonThe Badu- Llano
/w Mike Blakely
Bret Mullins 151 Saloon – San Antonio – 9:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew BandDenim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls –
Steve HelmsWhiskey Girl Saloon –Ft. Worth – 9 p.m.
Jon WolfeCowgirls Saloon – Kingsville – 8 p.m.

Friday – 29
Whiskey Myers Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Bret MullinsThe Longhorn Saloon – Bandera – 9 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band Graham’s – Odessa
Zach CoffeyLove and War – Grapevine – 9 p.m.
George EnsleInoz’s Brew and Chew – Wimberley – 7 p.m.
Steve Helms Cleburne Golf Course – Cleburne – 6 p.m.
Matt HarlanHam Jam House Concert- Austin – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 30
W. C. Jameson- The Badu – Llano
/w Greg Whitfield
Breelan Angel – Jack Ryan Event – Austin – 5 p.m.
Earl Thomas Conley Music City Texas Theater – Linden –
Steve HelmsFuzzy’s Taco Shop – Mineral Wells – 9 p.m.
Matt HarlanCactus Music – Houston – 1 p.m.
Matt Harlan JP Hops House – Houston – 8 p.m.
Jon WolfeBanita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches – 8 p.m.
Scott Taylor Band - Flip Flop Fest - Port Lavaca - 7 p.m.

Sunday – 31
Jon WolfeBilly Bob’s – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band – Expo Center – Belton
Matt Harlan Red Brick Tavern – Conroe – 10 a.m.

Monday – September 1
George EnslePoodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood
Steve HelmsBilly Bob’s – Ft. Worth – 5 p.m.
Pickin for Preemies

Tuesday – 2
Breelan Angel Rockin’ Rodeo  - Denton – 7 p.m.
Texas Red Hot Radio Show

Wednesday – 3
No Shows Found


Thursday – 28
Merle HaggardBuffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Aaron TippinStark Co. Fair – Canton OH – 8 p.m.
Walt Wilkins Knuckleheads Saloon  - Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithThe Original Bar & Nightclub – Minot ND

Friday – 29
Bo PorterAlaska State Fair – Palmer AK – 4 p.m.
Granger SmithThe District – Sioux Falls SD

Saturday – 30
Aaron WatsonSouth Dakota State Fair – Huron – 6:30 p.m.
Stoney LaRue South Dakota State Fair – Huron – 7: 45 p.m.
Josh Abbott BandSouth Dakota State Fair – Huron – 9 p.m.
Marc BroussardSeagrass Concert Series – Dauphin AL
Bo PorterDenali Fairview Inn – Talkeetna AK – 9 p.m.
Aaron TippinThe Liberty Ranch – Kings Mountain KY – 8 p.m.
Alan JacksonHershey Park Stadium – Hershey PA
/w Jimmy Buffet
Casey Donahew BandGilley’s @ Choctaw Casino – Durant OK
Granger SmithWooley’s – Des Moines IA

Sunday – 31
Aaron Watson Bulls on the Beach @ Water Valley – Windsor CO – 8 p.m.
Aaron TippinIsle Casino  - Cape Girardeau MO – 6 p.m.

Monday – September 1
NO Shows Found

Tuesday – 2
Bo PorterUncle Joe’s Pizza/ Old Seward  - Anchorage AK – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 3
Granger SmithGranada Theater – Lawrence KS

Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - August 21 - 27, 2014

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.  Some dates are subject to change!

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!


Thursday – 21
W. C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Mike Ballew
Dave ThomasDani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen – Denton – 6 p.m.
Aaron WatsonBrewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi – 10 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceFreedom Crossing @ Fort Bliss – Fort Bliss
Steve Helms Floore’s – Helotes – 7 p.m.
Terri HendrixAnderson Fair – Houston – 9 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines

Friday – 22
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Roanoke – 7 p.m.
Jon WolfeFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Steve HelmsNorth Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton –6 p.m.
Aaron WatsonNorth Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton – 9:30 p.m.
Bret MullinsInn of the Hills – Kerrville – 9 p.m.
Bo PorterHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceCowboys Dance Hall – San Antonio –
Matt Harlan Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Terri HendrixAnderson Fair – Houston – 9 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines
Scott Taylor Band - The Barn - Mission Valley - 9 p.m.

Saturday – 23
Hunter HutchinsonWild West – Lubbock – 8:45 p.m.
Curtis GrimesWild West -  Lubbock – 9:45 p.m.
Aaron WatsonWild West – Lubbock – 10:30 p.m.
Mark ChapmanWest Siloam Springs Casino – West Siloam Springs OK
Jon WolfeCypress Saloon – Cypress – 8 p.m.
Bret MullinsHeadwaters Saloon – Harper – 8 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceNorth Texas State Fair – Denton –
Zach Coffey Armadillo Palace – Houston – 8 p.m.
George Ensle4.0 Cellars – Fredricksburg – 1 p.m.
Steve Helms – Skeet Shoot/ Benefit – Crowley – 1 p.m.
Matt Harlan Whip In Parlour CafĂ© & Market – Austin – 6 p.m.

Sunday – 24
Chuck HawthorneThe Bugle Boy – LaGrange – 3 p.m.
George EnsleTejas Rodeo Co. – Bulverde – 10:30 a.m.
Matt HarlanDean’s – Houston – 8 p.m.
Terri Hendrix – Fight Against Breast Cancer Concert Series – Pearland – 6 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines

Monday – 25
W.C. JamesonPoodies’ Hilltop – Spicewood –
/w Wake Eastman

Tuesday – 26
Bret MullinsNeals Lodges/ Frio River – Concan – 8 p.m.
George EnsleCowboy Church – Llano – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – 27
Bo PorterHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 7:30 p.m.
Songwriter’s Showcase


Thursday – 21
Walt WilkinsBoomerang’s Bar & Grill – Urbana IL – 8 p.m.
Zach Coffey Hinton Fair – Hinton OK – 8 p.m.

Friday – 22
Lorrie MorganEastern Montana Fairgrounds – Miles City MT
Mark ChapmanCartoons – Springfield MO
Casey Donahew Band Bourbon Theater – Lincoln NE
Walt WilkinsMidtown Pub/ Retlaw Hotel – Fon du Lac WI
Zach CoffeyHog Pin Bowling Alley – Lawton OK – 9 p.m.
Granger SmithHarold Krier Airport – Ashland KS
Kasey MusgraveTarget Center – Minneapolis MN

Saturday – 23
Alan JacksonCelebrate Virginia Live – Fredricksburg VA
Casey Donahew BandHarold Krier Airport – Ashland KS
Collin Raye Brooklyn Fair – Brooklyn CT
Granger SmithSouthwest Country Fest – Ashland KS
Kasey MusgraveFargodome – Fargo ND

Sunday – 24
Mark ChapmanRepurposed Faire Festival – Monett MO
Alan JacksonCircus Maximus Theater @ Ceasars – Atlantic City NJ

Monday – 25
Granger SmithMinnesota State Fair – Saint Paul MN

Tuesday – 26
Lorrie MorganGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN –
Granger SmithMinnesota State Fair – Saint Paul MN

Wednesday – 27
Walt WilkinsMojo’s – Columbia MO – 9 p.m.
/w Jimmy 'Daddy' Davis & Bill Small
Granger SmithThe Venue @ the Hub – Fargo ND

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - Life As We Know It - Lonestar


LIVE AS WE KNOW IT falls somewhere between the LONESTAR we remember and the rail country music rides today. While the story element is there, some of the tracks are more contemporary. To get airplay today, you have to find that balance between a song today’s country listeners expect to hear while not losing who you are as an artist. The guys of LONESTAR are consistent in that respect. Balance seems to have been their totem throughout their career.

Twenty years ago, when they began their climb up the charts, four guys from Texas made their niche in the music industry with a classic combination of soulful tunes (I’m Already There) and fun songs (Mr. Mom). They had a balance. And though the weights still have similarities to those in the beginning, Life As We Know It delivers that same mix to today’s listeners.

On one end of the beam we have songs like Maybe Someday, With My Eyes Open, Life As We Know It, If It Wasn’t For You, Just the Rain – songs that make you feel something deep.

The Countdown, How Can She Be Everywhere, Pretty Good Day, I Miss When, I Did It For the Girl even out the lighter side of the CD.

To keep everything on an even keel, we are treated to true party songs like Oh Yeah and Party All Day. While these two tracks are not my favorite, I do understand their purpose in this album.

All twelve tracks allow the guys of LONESTAR to keep one foot firmly in their roots while walking forward into what radio stations are playing now. Finding balance in this business can be painful at best but I think Texas comes out on top once again.

I’m giving this album 4 hats

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY FLIP FLOP - Bear with me.. you'll get it!

Normally, I would preface a Turntable Tuesday post with an Out of the Chute on Monday. But I haven't interviewed these guys - yet. I hope to. So with no Monday post, I did my own thing and then planned the Turntable Tuesday review of their new album - LIFE AS WE KNOW IT.

But then I got to thinking... these guys deserve a proper introduction. So I'm going to do a brief intro post today. Then come back tomorrow for my review of the album.

So here we go... Monday's Post on Tuesday

LONESTAR returns with a stellar new album!

I’m finding more often then not that the music I listened to years ago; the music I loved the most has Texas roots. Aside from the classic artistry of Ray Price, Mickey Gilley and Willie Nelson, I also enjoyed more ‘contemporary’ country. Some of my favorites over the years have been The Oakridge Boys (Duane Allen Taylortown), James & Michael Younger (Edinburg TX), George Strait, Holly Dunn (San Antonio) and the boys of LONESTAR. Richie McDonald (lead vocals/ piano), Michael Britt (lead guitar/ vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), Dean Sams (keyboard/ acoustic guitar and vocals).

What songs come to mind when you hear ‘Lonestar’? For me, I think of ‘Amazed’ or ‘I’m Already There’. But tracks like ‘No News’, ‘My Front Porch Lookin In’ or ‘Mr. Mom’ creates the balance to make Lonestar one of the most well-rounded groups you will hear in country music.

From their debut self-titled album in 1995 to their new ‘Life As We Know It’ and everything in between, nothing has changed for these guys. Their music still carries the same soulful sound and powerful, well-written lyrics. Twenty years later they have not missed a lick. And as Richie likes to say, “we’re just four good old boys from Texas.”

Works for me!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - A Country Angel Update

After an upset a couple of weeks ago on twitter, I've found myself avoiding doing promotion other than The Party List. I don't like making mistakes... especially if I'm not positive the mistake was mine to begin with. Unfortunately, I was unable to check to see if I was in fact the one at fault. I can put the disclaimer on The Party List that all gigs listed are subject to change. I can not do that on Twitter. Not within my 140 character limit, at least.

So after some soul searching, I've determined I can not control whether or not tour dates are correct when I load them into HootSuite by the time they get to you. I can only go by what I know AT THE TIME I load them... which could be as much as two weeks in advance.

So while I will continue to promote some folks that I work more closely with, I will no longer be tweeting the general populace of entertainers I have on The Party List.


They are a CLIENT

While making my rounds in Texas some comments made to me got my brain whirling. On one hand, I do a lot of the 'street teaming' to keep my name out there so artists know who I am and that I am someone they can trust to get the facts right (unless something changes mid-stream - which I have no control over).

On the other hand, why am I doing publicist work for free? Hmmm

So, if all goes well, I will have my own publicity company up and running after the first of the year. I still have packages of service and price points to work out but the business will fall under Kelly's Country - right here on this blog so watch for an icon and press releaseses in early 2015.

I had planned for this fall but the unexpected release of Somewhere Down the Line put some of the music work on the back burner for the time being.

I will only be working with a maximum of five clients to begin with. I feel that is enough while still trying to keep my foot in the fast-launching publishing world of fiction. I'm already working on a trilogy sent in 1884 West Texas. Does that surprise you?

Tomorrow.. I reintroduce you to the guys of LONESTAR then on Wednesday, I review their album. Some please come back.
Country Blessings!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - August 14 - 20, 2014

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. Some dates are subject to change.

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!


Thursday – 14 
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Fletcher Clark
Bret Mullins Neals Lodges/ Frio River – Concan – 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew BandBrewster St. – Corpus Christi –
George EnsleHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.
Granger SmithGraham Central Station - Longview
Scott Taylor Band - Paradise Key - Rockport - 6:30 p.m.

Friday – 15
Dave ThomasCulpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7:30 p.m.
Bret Mullins151 Saloon – San Antonio – 9:30 p.m.
Bellamy BrothersMasones Saloon – Houston – 10:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew BandLone Star Saloon – Uvalde Coffey – Wild Rooster – Ft. Worth – 10 p.m.
Granger SmithMidnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Matt HarlanWarehouse Live – Houston – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 16
Dave ThomasCulpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7:30 p.m.
Curtis McMurtryStrange Brew – Austin –
CD Release party!
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano –
/w Guest: Jon Napier
Breelan AngelThirsty Armadillo – Ft. Worth – 1:30  p.m.
Bo Porter The Grapevine – Wine Bar – New Braunfels – 6 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers Pioneer Days Festival – New Boston – 8:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band Midnight Rodeo – Austin –
Granger SmithCowboys – San Antonio –
Steve HelmsThe Mule Barn – Justin – 9 p.m.
Doug Moreland Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Matt HarlanStarlight Theater – Terlingua – 8 p.m.

Sunday – 17
Pitching for Preemies Event – Virginia Weaver SBC – Cedar Hill – 11 a.m.
Jon Wolfe, Steve Helms & More!
George EnsleStrange Brew – Austin – 2 p.m.
Jon WolfeTexas Red Dirt Road Radio Show – Mansfield – 3 p.m.

Monday – 18
George EnslePoodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday – 19
No Shows Found

Wednesday – 20
Matt HarlanGibson Guitar Showroom – Austin – 7 p.m.


Thursday – 14 
Aaron Watson Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – San Jose CA – 9 p.m.
Whiskey MyersNeumeiers Rib Room – Fort Smith AR -
Eli Young BandState Fair – DesMoines IA
/w Jake Owen, The Cadillac Three
Terri HendrixSanta Fe Bandstand – Santa Fe NM – 6 p.m. FREE
/w Lloyd Maines & Mike Hearne
Kacey MusgraveQuicken Loans Arena – Cleveland OH

Friday – 15
Aaron Watson  SLO Brewing Co – San Luis Obispo CA – 10 p.m.
Lorrie MorganMorehead Center for Performing Arts – Morehead City NC
Mark ChapmanErnte Fest – Friestatt MO
Aaron TippinBrat Fest – Bucyrus OH – 8 p.m.
T. Graham Brown Classic Center Theater – Athens GA
Walt Wilkins Burritoville House Concerts – Sullivan NH – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 16
Terri HendrixLarry Joe Taylor’s Cool Mountain Nights – Red River NM – 11 a.m.
18th Annual Festival and Cook off
/w Lloyd Maines
Aaron WatsonThe Stoney Inn – Rockin’ Rodeo – Sacramento CA – 10 p.m.
Marc Broussard Indianapolis State Fair – Indianapolis IN – FREE
Mark ChapmanHowdy Neighbor Days – Pierce City – MO
Aaron TippinSteuben Co. Fair – Bath NY – 7:30 p.m.
Collin RayeClayton Opera House – Clayton NY
Tracy LawrenceDelcambre Shrimp Festival – Delcambre LA
Walt  WilkinsThe Bitter End – New York NY
/w Jimmy 'Daddy'  Davis & Bill Small
Kasey MusgraveKFC YUM! Center – Louisville KY

Sunday – 17
Kacey Musgrave – Scottrade Center – St. Louis MO

Monday – 18
Walt WilkinsThe Mansion on O Street – Washington DC – 7 p.m.

Tuesday – 19
Lorrie MorganGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Kasey MusgraveSprint Center – Kansas City MO

Wednesday – 20
Kasey MusgravePinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln NE
Marc Broussard Birch Acquarium @ Scripps – San Diego CA

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


When I heard Aaron Tippin had released a truck driving CD, I knew two things. One, I had to have it. I come from a trucking family and I grew up knowing the hard work and sacrifice these folks endure to provide a living for their family. And two, Aaron Tippin was the perfect artist to breathe new life into some classics as well as adding a couple of his own.

If you don’t know, Aaron Tippin loves things that GO! Aaron identifies with every red-blooded, blue-collar American in some way. That’s why with so many truck driving songs available to choose from he turned to his fans; people just like him who knew what they liked to listen to as they rolled down the highway.

Opening with the Jerry Reed classic East Bound and Down was genius, setting the tone for the other thirteen tracks to follow. One by one, Aaron walks seamlessly through the gears of each track.  From Truck Drivin’ Man all the way down the list to the final strains of Roll On (Dave Loggins tune), we are taken back to a time. A time when songs playing over the airwaves helped keep the driver awake as they rolled down the endless ribbon of highway through the night. This CD even has my favorite, Girl On the Billboard.

The final two tracks are Aaron Tippin’s contribution to the list, delivered in true Tippin style… and sure to join the list of classic All –American songs. Drivin Fool is a story of life on the road with a strong visual of a trucker kneeling by his rig, asking for the Lord’s protection on his journey. Drill Here, Drill Now is pure patriotism full of All-American pride.

If you’ve ever been a truck driver, part of a trucker’s family in any way or just love a good driving tune, then IN OVERDRIVE is a must-have for your collection. We’ll see you down the highway.

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