Thursday, September 20, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - September 19 - 26


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. Also, some venues have an age restriction. 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 – 20
Blake Shelton – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg
            /w john Arthur martinez


Friday – 21
Trace Adkins – Washington Co. Fair – Brenham
Kelly Willis – Floore’s – Helotes
Robert Earl Keene – Floore’s – Helotes
Matt Harlan – Adair’s Saloon – Dallas


Saturday – 22
Reckless Kelly – Statler Ballroom – Dallas
LJT’s Rhymes and Vines – Stephenville
Matt Harlan – Frisco Rail Yard – Frisco


Sunday – 23
Reckless Kelly Softball Jam – Dell Diamond – Round Rock

Monday – 24
Matt Harlan – Lobello’s Pub – Huffman
WC Jameson - Poodie's - Spicewood
      /w Guest: Kenny Williams


Tuesday – 25
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg

Wednesday – 26
No Shows Found

ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 20
Marc Broussard – The Neptune – Seattle WA
Ronnie McDowell – Mule Days – Benson N. Carolina
Reckless Kelly – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa OK
Wade Bowen – Diamond Heart Resort – Tahlequah OK
Randy Rogers Band – Diamond Heart Resort – Tahlequah OK
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Blake Shelton – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth


Friday – 21
Tracy Lawrence – Peppermill Concert Hall – West Wendover NV
Gary Allan – Horseshoe Bossier City – Bossier City LA
Marc Broussard – The Seasons Performance Hall – Yakima WA
Bill Anderson – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Kelly McGuire – Bertelson Winery – Mount Vernon WA
Joe Nichols – Cotton Eyed Joe’s – Knoxville TN
Cody Canada & the Departed – Diamondhead Resort – Tahlequah OK
Reckless Kelly - Diamondhead Resort – Tahlequah OK
Kip Moore – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York NY
            *Special Guest for Select dates


Saturday – 22
Tracy Lawrence – Northern Edge Casino – Farmington NM
Gary Allan – Coushatta Casino Resort – Kinder LA
Marc Broussard – Crest Theater – Sacramento CA
Steve Wariner – Gilley’s @ Choctaw Casino – Pocola OK
Bill Anderson – Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester OH
Trace Adkins – Anderson Co. Cornstock – Garnett KS
Alan Jackson – AMP – Rogers AR
Aaron Watson – OK. State Fair – Oklahoma City OK
Kip Moore – The Paramount – Huntington NY
Tanya Tucker – Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre – Branson MO


Sunday – 23
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Asleep at the Wheel – Bristol Rhythm & Routes Festival – Bristol TN
Marc Broussard – Sierra Nevada Big Room – Chico CA


Monday – 24
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour

Tuesday – 25
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Marc Broussard – Freight & Salvage – Sacramento CA
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN


Wednesday – 26
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO

Monday, September 17, 2018

UPDATE

Good morning, everyone!

As you can tell, things have been a bit wonky of late. Since this is not my paying gig, I had to put my book writing ahead of everything else. The book, An Ozarks Christmas, is uploaded to Kindle and KOPD, ready for release in October.

The hero, Brendan Keane, is one of the highest paid entertainers in the business. He has some tough choices to make. In a couple of weeks I'll be telling you more about the book, introducing you to the Hero and Heroine and how the country song that inspired the story - almost 25 years ago!

 As far as this forum goes, I have some great things coming up. I'm overdue for an interview with Tim Atwood. Man, have you heard his latest CD? I'll enclose a video clip. Great stuff!

I'm also pleased to announce I'll be interviewing Jesse and Noah Bellamy as well as reviewing their latest album. I'm so proud of these guys. They do the family name proud.

So give me a couple days to get acclimated then I'll be back with all this fabulousness.

Country Blessings!
Kelly

Thursday, September 13, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - September 13 - 19

I apologize for the short list. I'm still trying to finalize book stuff and I have to have it done by tomorrow.

In the mean time, I've been putting together The Party List through the end of October so you don't miss any shows. I will be busy promoting my new book and I don't want to let this post slip through the cracks!


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. Also, some venues have an age restriction. 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 – 13
No Shows Found

Friday – 14
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – The Colony
Kelly Willis – Cactus Theater - Lubbock

Saturday – 15
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell
Tracy Lawrence – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth
Asleep at the Wheel – Pioneer & Old Settlers Reunion – Alvarado
Aaron Watson – Texas Gatorfest – Anahuac
Cody Johnson Band – Helotes Fairgrounds -  Helotes
            w/ David Lee Murphy, Jon Wolfe & more
Reckless Kelly – LBJ Lawn @ UT Campus – Austin
Kelly Willis – Tri State Fair - Amarillo


Sunday – 16
Dave Thomas – White Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth
Asleep at the Wheel- The Broken Spoke – Austin
            Album Release Party!!!!

Monday – 17
George Ensle - Poodie's - Spicewood
        /w Guest - Frank Martin Gilligan

Tuesday – 18
No Shows Found

Wednesday –19
Kelly Willis – Rollins Studio Theatre – Austin


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 13
Joe Nichols – The Ryman – Nashville TN

Friday – 14
Tracy Lawrence – Gilley’s & Choctaw Casino – Durant OK
Gary Allan – Fredrick Fairgrounds – Fredrick MD
            The Great Fredrick Fair
Trace Adkins – Kansas State Fair – Hutchinson KS
Aaron Watson – Silver Star Steakhouse – Bossier City LA


Saturday – 15
Gary Allan – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe PA
Marc Broussard – Ameristar Casino Hotel – Vicksburg MS
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Trace Adkins – Sandia Resort & Casino – Albuquerque NM
Craig Campbell – Buffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Ronnie Milsap – Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre – Branson MO


Sunday – 16
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Gary Allan – American Music Theatre – Lancaster PA


Monday – 17
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Ronnie McDowell – Gwinnett Co Fair – Lawrenceville GA


Tuesday – 18
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour

Wednesday –19
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO


Thursday, September 6, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - Sept. 6 - 12

I apologize for no Party List this week. When I would have been working on September's list last week, I was hangin' out with Bear, my Great Peryeneese/ Chow mix through his final days. That time with him was precious but also put me further behind on getting this book ready for release.  I HAVE to get the book out to beta readers this weekend then I can get back to work. If all goes well and the creek don't rise, The Party List will return next week.

Thank you for your patience.


Bear
September 2008 - August 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - August 30 - September 5


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. Also, some venues have an age restriction. 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 – 30
Cody Joe Hodges (solo) – White Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth
Matt & the Herdsmen – The Bell Co. Expo – Belton
            /w Josh Ward


Friday – 31
Reckless Kelly – The Backyard at Friztown – Fredricksburg
Bellamy Brothers – Buck’s Backyard – Buda
Cody Joe Hodges – Circleville General Store – Taylor
Zach Coffey – LSA Burger – Denton
Scott Taylor Band – The Kenney Store - Kenney


Saturday – September 1
Bellamy Brothers – Steiner Ranch – Austin
Cody Joe Hodges – Lea Lou Coop – Mason
Mike Blakely – Texas Heritage Vineyards – Fredricksburg
            /w Annie Blakely
Matt & the Herdsmen – The Melody Ranch – Waco


Sunday – 2
Bellamy Brothers – Fayette Co. Fair – La Grange


Monday – 3
NO SHOWS FOUND


Tuesday – 4
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg


Wednesday – 5
NO SHOWS FOUND

ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 30
Ragged Union – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene OR
Asleep at the Wheel – The Ardmore – Ardmore PA


Friday – 31
Clint Black – Seven Peaks Festival – Buena Vista CO
Ragged Union – Cosmic Turtle Farm – Tenino WA
Asleep at the Wheel – The Newton Theatre – Newton NJ
Gene Watson – Bluegate Theatre – Shipshewana IN
Neal McCoy – Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival & Pow Wow – Tuskahoma OK
Lorraine Jordan – Back 40 Bluegrass Festival – Curryville MO


Saturday – September 1
Pat Green – Horseshoe – Bossier City LA
Reckless Kelly – Eufaula Cove Amphitheatre – Eufaula OK
Clint Black – Mazatzal Casino - Payson AZ
Ragged Union – Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival – Bellingham WA
Asleep at the Wheel – Rhythm & Blues Festival – Charlestown RI
Confederate Railroad – Crawford Co. Labor Day – Marengo IN
Gene Watson – Bluegate Theatre – Shipshewana IN
Marc Broussard – Park City Mountain – Park City UT
Neal McCoy – Riverdome – Horseshoe Hotel & Casino – Bossier City LA
Lorraine Jordan – Back 40 Bluegrass Festival – Curryville MO


Sunday – 2
Clint Black – Northern Edge Casino – Farmington NM
Ragged Union – Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival – Bellingham WA
Marc Broussard – Copper Mountain Country Festival -  Copper Mountain CO


Monday – 3
Confederate Railroad – Russell Co. Fair & Horse Show – Castlewood VA
Exile – Panorama Labor Day Celebration – Saltville VA


Tuesday – 4
 NO SHOWS FOUND


Wednesday – 5
NO SHOWS FOUND


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - June Faver - Giveaway!

As I told you earlier, this week is a bit different. Today, I'm featuring Texas romance author June Faver.


BIO:
June/J.D. Faver loves Texas, from the Gulf coast to the panhandle. Her novels embrace the heart and soul of the state and the larger-than-life Texans who romp across her pages. A former teacher and healthcare professional, she lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country.

Thank you for joining me today in The Writers’ Studio. Let’s get started!

I asked June five questions, then asked her to pick three from a list.
Here are my FAST FIVE:

I’ve always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?
I have no idea where the seed of a story idea comes from, but once I become obsessed with it, I sometimes even dream the story. I’ve had to jump out of bed to make notes before. Generally, the current book is always working in my brain. As I get to know the characters better, they reveal their personalities, strengths and weaknesses and idiosyncrasies. 

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
I wish I could tell you that I have some kind of formula for writing, but that’s not the case.  I’m never at a loss for story ideas. I do have a bulging file of WIPs (Works in Progress). Some will never be finished, while burst forth into fruition. Once I got a story idea from a news story about border immigration and another time someone said the phrase, “throw-away babies” and I totally freaked out, but it sparked a story.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
I think I’m most like Chloe Solis in my South Padre Island series> Bad Medicine is the first. She always leads with her heart. She is fiercely loyal and shares many of my human frailties.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
I love to write and would be writing even if my words never got published, but the most thrilling part of writing is when someone reads and ‘gets it’. It’s the ultimate validation.

Self-care seems to be a trend these days. What do you do to pamper yourself?
My days start with a simple ritual of greeting the new day. I have Minx, a precious small rescue dog (Rat Terrier/Chihuahua) and we go out early to perform our ritual. Hers involves patrolling her domain to make sure there are no squirrels or deer around. Yes, she will fiercely chase deer from our part of the woods. After she ensures that we are safe, she comes to lie beside me on the porch, her ears perked up and alert for danger. My part of the ritual involves sitting in my big wicker chair, breathing, admiring the colors of the sky and listening to the incredible bird songs, and most of all...finding my center. Just being thankful. I water the growing things and make sure both bird baths are filled. Yes, it’s a year round thing. Love to sit out in the rain. Minx, not so much... 

Here were June's THREE:

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
My second grade teacher, Sister Anastasia, let me write, cast, direct, and act in the 3-Act Plays I wrote. She gave me a box of colored chalk so I could draw the sets on the 3 blackboards. She was my patron saint and gave a portal for those stories to come tumbling out. Yes, I was 7 years old. 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
LOTS!!! It just creeps in. I find myself writing in things that have happened to me or someone I know...and I sometimes write a character with mannerisms I’ve observed in others. No one is exempt.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to travel?
Anywhere with a white sand beach, gentle offshore breezes and lots of seafood and fresh produce. Oh, and a sail boat. Heavenly.

Great answers! Now, let's talk about DO OR DIE COWBOY. I've read the book and am in love with Tyler Garrett. I think most women would be.
This is BOOK 1 in the Dark Horse Series.


BLURB:

Putting it all on the line for love...
Cowboy musician Tyler Garrett has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put aside his rough-and-tumble rancher's lifestyle and realize his dream. He's on the road to Dallas to record a demo when that dream gets kicked sideways by a beautiful woman on the run.
Leah Benson will do whatever it takes to keep her daughter safe. But when her dangerous past catches up with her, she needs a hero—and luckily for her, Tyler Garrett was born and bred for the role.

EXCERPT:

        The dog began to lap noisily. Leah knelt down beside him to run her hand over the silky fur. “Good boy” she whispered and rose from her crouch. When she turned, she ran smack into a brick wall. A warm muscled brick wall with arms. She stifled a scream as she pushed off the wall and was gathered into a rough embrace.
         “Easy, Leah.”
        “Oh, Ty! You scared me.” Swallowing hard, she braced her hands against his powerful bare chest.   The sensation sent her heart into a flutter. Longing surged through her. Longing for what, she wasn’t quite certain, but longing nonetheless.
        “Sorry,” he murmured, his voice deep and raspy. “I thought Lucky was getting into something.” He held her firmly against his warm torso.
        She swallowed again. “N—No, I’m sorry I woke you.” Gazing up, she couldn’t read his expression in the darkness.
        He expelled a breath, staring down at her moon-washed face. “You are just too pretty for my own good.”
June is offering a copy of the book to a lucky person leaving a comment below. Remember, if you don't comment you can't hold this Great Read for FREE  If you are in the US, you may choose preference of PRINT or eBOOK.  Outside of the US will receive the eBook.


You can purchase your copy of DO OR DIE COWBOY via AMAZON and AuthorLitAudio

You will find June Faver on the following social media channels. 

WEBSITE    TWITTER    FACEBOOK    PINTEREST   GOODREADS    

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Tyler Garrett

Today's Out of the Chute is a bit different. While I'm interviewing a music artist, this one is fictional... well, at least according to Texas author June Faver. But I'm sure if you ask Tyler Garrett, you'd get a different answer. I think all of my readers and artist friends can identify with Tyler and Leah.

Tyler Garret is the hero in DO OR DIE COWBOY, a cowboy contemporary set in Texas that releases to the world TODAY! Tyler is like every other guy. He thinks he has his life all planned out... until a pretty damsel in distress enters his world. You guys know how that goes. Let's talk to Tyler


Thank you for joining me today, Tyler.  Let’s get started.

Regarding the simple pleasures of life, what are some of the little things that make your day better? Spending time with Leah, the woman I love, and her daughter. Singing and playing my guitar for them and just making them smile. We like to go for a ride around the ranch. Seeing everything through Gracie’s eyes  is like seeing it for the first time. 

Who was your biggest supporter growing up?
My mom was the one who encouraged me to sing. We sang gospel songs in church, and she entered me in talent contests. My dad thought I had talent, but he just never saw me doing anything except ranching.

What are some of the events in your life that have made you who you are?
Growing up on the ranch was always positive. My brothers and I learned the value of hard work and to respect the land. Music has always been in my heart, so when my mom encouraged me to enter talent contests, I did my best to make her proud of me.

What risks are worth taking?
There are risks you can back away from and risks you have to take. If someone I love is at risk, I would always step up. No matter what.

What’s the first thing you noticed about Leah when you saw her?
First of all, I noticed how beautiful she was, and also how scared she looked. Her big brown eyes reminded me of a frightened fawn.

You and Big Jim had problems but home is home. What is special about the place you grew up?
My dad was a lot easier to get along with when mom was alive. After she passed, it was as though he realized how fragile life is, and he wanted to squeeze the most out of every day. I know it was his intention to gather as much land as possible because he has three sons to leave it to. He wants to ensure that each of us has a good life, and for him, that means life on the Garrett ranch.

They say children and animals have an innate ability to recognize the good in a person. What do you think Gracie saw in you that made her feel safe?
After everything Gracie and Leah had been through, I’m so glad Gracie was able to accept me as a positive person in her life and that she had nothing to fear from me. She knows I would lay down my life for her.

What is it about music that speaks to you?
Everything. I’ve always heard music in my head. It surprised me that no one else could hear it.

Leah had a rough patch in her life. What drew you to wanting to protect her?
She looked so frightened. Of course, she’s  beautiful but something just reached right into my heart. She was wound so tight I had to do whatever I could to keep her and Gracie safe.

What would be a perfect first date?
In our town, going to the Eagle’s Hall on a Friday night, is a lot of fun. They have a live band on weekends, so a lot of townspeople turn out to have a beer and take a turn around the dance floor.

Life seems to be on its own time table. Do you believe in fate?
Of course. Too many things in my life have just fallen into place. It had to be fate, that I met Leah when I was on my way to Dallas. We could so easily have missed each other.

What was the most influential turning point in your life?
Meeting Leah and Gracie. I thought my singing career was the most important thing in my life, but I was wrong.

What is the one thing you want to do differently from your parents?
For my mom and dad, the whole world was right on our ranch and in the nearby small town of Langston, Texas.  I’ve been on tour and I want to see more of the world, and take Leah with me.

What is your favorite season or holiday? And do the two coincide?
My favorite season is the fall. I love when it cools off and the leaves turn colors. I love all the holidays that bring my family together. The Garretts are a tight clan, but the holidays are a celebration of family.

Describe yourself in 3 words
Luckiest man alive.

If you could do one thing to surprise Leah, what do you think it would be?

I think she deserves a real honeymoon. I’d love to surprise her with a cruise or vacation to some tropical island where we can just relax and be with each other.

Thanks again for being here, Tyler. I know your brothers have their own story to tell. Please let them know I'd love to have them here down the road.

Do Or Die Cowboy is the first traditionally published book by June Faver. I will be introducing her to you all tomorrow. In the mean time, I hope you'll head on over to Amazon and pick up your paperback or Kindle edition today!

If you have a Barnes and Noble near you, Do Or Die Cowboy is available in store via a special 'tower' promotion through the end of September. You'll find the book positioned on a tower display. 


Until tomorrow... 
Country Blessings!