Friday, June 24, 2016

THE PARTY LIST - June 23-29

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!

Saturday – 25
Mike Blakely – Twisted Elm Springs Farm – Round Mountain – 5:30 p.m.
            /w Larry Nye
            This is a new venue complete with picnic grounds and swimming hole!
Dave Thomas – Culpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7 p.m.
Terri Hendrix – Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater – Lubbock – 7:30 p.m.
            Guest of Maines Brothers 50th Anniversary Concert
Johnny Lee – Seven Feathers Casino – Canyonville OR
Pauline Reese – JW Marriott – San Antonio – 6-8 p.m.
            Full Band
Jack Nelson – Love & War – Grapevine
            /w The Derailers

Sunday –  26
George Ensle – Strange Brew – Austin – 2 p.m.
            w/ Libby Koch and Chuck Hawthorne
W. C. Jameson – All Star Show – Poodie’s – Spicewood –
            Including Libby Koch & Chuck Hawthorne
            Hosted by Jon Napier
Jason Eady – Strange Brew – Austin – 8 p.m.

Monday –  27
Dave Thomas – el Patio Escondido – Van Alstyne – 6:30 p.m.
W. C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6:30 p.m.
            /w Rick Dinsmore and Jos Callard

Tuesday –  28
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – Liberty Tree Tavern – Elgin – 8 p.m.

Wednesday – 29
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
Dave Thomas – Love & War – Plano – 7 p.m.
J.R. Byrd – Trulucks – Southlake – 6 p.m.
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria TX – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 25
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Aaron Tippin – Orange Park Mall Freedom Festival – Orange Park FL
Lorrie Morgan – Nashville Palace – Nashville TN –
            Keith Whitley Tribute Show
            /w Darryl Worley, Ken Mellons and more
            Hosted by: Jesse Whitley
Exile – Fir Station Amphitheater – La Veta CO
Darius Ruckur – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville IN
Suzy Bogguss – Steve Grove’s Ranch @ Cherry Creek – Centennial CO
Susan Gibson – Miller Fine Art Gallery – Manitou Springs CO
Oak Ridge Boys – Carson Valley Inn – Minden NV
Neal McCoy – Brickfest - Malvern AR
Mark Chesnutt – Red Barn Convention – Winchester OH
Little Texas – Conway Riverfest – Conway SC

Sunday –  26
Oak Ridge Boys – LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Arcadia CA
            /w The Beach Boys!
Exile – Fir Station Amphitheater – La Veta CO
Darius Rucker – First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburg PA
Vince Gill – Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greenville TN
T. G. Sheppard – Country Tonight Theatre – Pigeon Forge TN

Monday –  27
Sammy Kershaw – Savannah Center - The Villages FL
Oak Ridge Boys – Visalia Convention Center – Visalia CA
Marc Broussard – Center for The Arts – Jackson WY

Tuesday – 28
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 29
Mary Sara – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


As I sat preparing to write this review, I let JUST MOVE ON loop in the background. There is something about the mix of tracks on this newest release by Libby Koch (pronounced like the soda) that speaks to every part of me.

From the first first finger-snapping strains of JUST MOVE ON through the deep desire of WISH YOU WERE HERE, you follow Libby on a relationship journey that everyone can identify with at each stop along the way.

While Libby is native Texan, YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE carries the strongest resemblance to a traditional country and less of the Americana roots she is known for. You will also hear an unmistakable lilt in her vocals.  If ever there is a song that brings true 'country' back to country radio, YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE will do just that. If you want to be a part of putting 'country' back on the radio, request airplay at your local station.

OUT OF MY MISERY recaps putting a bad relationship in the past and the promise of moving forward while DON'T KNOW HOW is all about that first step of wading back into the dating pool, CHANCE ON ME is that point of decision... the fork in the road.

I'VE BEEN BLIND carries a bit more pop without losing track of where Libby wanted this album to traverse. She knows her audience.

Every relationship needs that moment where we just slow down and contemplate the whole sordid mess. TELL ME NO LIES is that perfect moment on the dance floor where you just let it all go.

Libby Koch reminds us of her Texas music in BRING YOU DOWN. That toe-tapping, tune you'll hear in every honky tonk for years to come and has 'hit' written all over it.  

LADY LUCK is that quiet, reflective song... the type that reaches deep into your soul.

BACK TO HOUSTON talks of leaving Tennessee... ironic considering this album was recorded in two days - in Nashville! Regardless, there is nothing like going back home... or Texas in general.
Where ever you call home, there is always that one person in our life we WISH YOU WERE HERE... bringing this album full circle.

JUST MOVE ON was eighteen months in the making, yet culminated to live-tracking thirteen original songs in two days - eleven of them coming together beautifully on this album. Produced by Grammy-winning producer, Bil Vorndick,

Everything about this album reminds me that country music isn't dead, but up until now, has been buried in the heart of Texas. As a former attorney, Libby Koch knows all about presenting her case and she has done a stellar job on this album.

Here's a video of YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE from her YouTube channel:

Libby Koch is a true artist and I'm tipping my hat:


You can catch up with Libby Koch on various social media outlets, as well as track her tour schedule on her WEBSITE and here on The Party List.  


Monday, June 20, 2016


I had an AMAZING weekend. Met up with Ray Benson and the gang from Asleep at the Wheel on Friday night.

For the first time ever here in Kelly's Country, I'll be doing a 4-day run with an artist, coming up mid-July with Ray Benson. You gotta stay tuned for this mega KC event!

Out of the Chute
Turntable Tuesday
Wednesday Review
Friday Recap

Sunday night, I caught a Concert Window with Libby Koch. Libby was showcasing her new album being released this Thursday. I'll be posting my review of JUST MOVE ON tomorrow for Turntable Tuesday.

Thursday, The Party List resumes.  There will not be any links for a few more weeks. The Tendonitis is finally healing so I do not want to push things. Hoping by August 1, the links can resume. Thanks to all of you for your patience.

Country Blessings!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Thank you all for your patience while my arm heals. I'm still having some stress issues. I will be resuming the blog in full force on Monday June 20th.

The Party List will resume on Thursday June 23rd. However, I will only be doing links on days that my arm will allow. Overuse of the mouse really stresses the tendons/ nerves so once the pain starts to move in, I stop.

We have some great reviews coming up:

Libby Koch,
Asleep at the Wheel (Out of the Chute, CD Review, Concert Coverage)
Loretta Lynn
Brian Gowan

Country Blessings!

Monday, May 2, 2016


Hi everyone.

After serious contemplation and soul searching, I have come to the decision to put all of my blogs and social media attentioins on temporary hiatus. JUST for the month of MAY. I have some health issues I need to contend with as well as household/ family things.

I am hoping, with rest, the health issue will improve and I can come back in June stronger than ever.

I will be at The Starlight Theatre in Branson this Friday night to see the Larry's Country Diner show, featuring Mark Wills. If you're in the area, you do not want to miss this great show.  There are other great guests this week for Larry's Country Diner, including T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, Mo & Holly Pitney and Mark Lowry. I hope to resurrect Out of the Chute in June as well as Turntable Tuessday. A lot of folks are releasing new music in the coming months so should be great!

I already have some posts scheduled for Concerts & Events. And if you are looking for somewhere to hear great music, please refer back to any of the previous Party Lists for links to artists and venues in your area. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I will see you soon.
Country Blessings

Thursday, April 28, 2016

THE PARTY LIST - April 28- May 4

Apologies for getting this up late. I'm still trying to get moved into the office. I HAVE to be moved in within the next two weeks. Going to be tight.

Also, pollen allergies are the worse they've ever been, limiting my time doing the links. Due to eye strain, I'm having to do the links in stages. Thank you for your patience.

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!

Thursday – 28
W. C.Jameson – Dabbs Railroad Hotel – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w ShAnnie
Matthew Huff – Vant Group Yacht Cruise – Lewisville – 7 p.m.
Jon Wolfe – Cowboy’s Dancehall – San Antonio – 8 p.m.
BellamyBrothers – Steiner Ranch Steakhouse – Austin –
Zach Coffey – Mayfest – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
ZaneWilliams – Huntsville Music Festival – Huntsville – 8 pm.
            Song Swap w/ Adam Hood
Libby Koch – Natachees – Houston – 7 p.m.
Dave Thomas – Audacity Brew House – Denton – 7 p.m.
Matt Harlan – Red Brick Tavern – Conroe – 8 p.m.

Friday – 29
Matthew Huff – MH Café – Addison -7:30 p.m.
Jon Wolfe – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station -  9 p.m.
BellamyBrothers – House of FiFi Dubois – San Angelo
CameranNelson – Sylvan Beach Day Festival – La Porte
SaintsEleven – Southern Oaks – Burleson – 7 p.m.
ZaneWilliams – Whiskey River – Gainesville – 10:30 p.m.
ShAnnie – The Club @ Barons Creek – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.
Susan Gibson – House Concert – Dallas – 7 p.m.
Libby Koch – Texas National Outfitters – Houston – Noon
Libby Koch –The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe– Galveston – 9 p.m.
Matt Harlan – The Old Quarter Acoustic Café – Galveston -
Jack Nelson– Honky Tonk Texas – Silsbee – 8 p.m.
john Arthurmartinez – Flat Creek Enoteca – Marble Falls – 6 p.m.
            /w Rodney Howell
RogerCreager – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.

Saturday – 30
Show & Tell Classics Round- Up! – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            Show off your classic mode of transportation! Noon – 5 p.m.
            Clay McClinton performs – 8 p.m.
            Eric Hisaw – 10:30 p.m.
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – The Colony – 7:30 p.m.
Randy BrownBand – Mayfest – Ft. Worth – 8- 9:30 p.m.
Josh AbbottBand – Texas Best Music Fest –   
Jon Wolfe – Freer Rattlesnake Roundup – Freer –
BellamyBrothers – Redneck Country Club – Stafford
ClaytonGardener – Red Brick Tavern – Conroe – 9 p.m.
CameranNelson – Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe –
Fools of theTrade (Acoustic) – Texas Outfitters – Nixon – 4 p.m.
            Grand Opening!
Tessy Lou – Hays Co. BBQ – San Marcos – 6 p.m.
ShAnnie  – Becker Vineyards – Stonewall – 1 p.m.
Scott TaylorBand – Moonshine Drinkery  - Victoria – 1-5 p.m.
            Crawfish Boil!
Neal McCoy – Bloomin Temple Festival – Temple –
Jack Nelson – Concho Pearl Icehouse – San Angelo – 8 p.m.
john Arthurmartinez – Round Mountain Pasture Concert – Round Mountain – 2 p.m.
GrangerSmith – IheartCountryFestival @ The Village -  Austin – 3 – 6:30 p.m.
Uncle Lucius – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.

Sunday-  May 1
Mike Blakely – Pontotoc Weingarten –Fredricksburg – 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tessy Lou – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
Steve Helms – Rahr Brewery – Ft. Worth – 3 p.m.

Monday – 2

Tuesday – 3
Randy BrownBand – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
            /w Johnny Cooper
Jack Nelson – Ransom’s Steakhouse – Montgomery – 2 p.m.
john Arthurmartinez – Trailblazer Grille – Burnet – 6 p.m.
Matt Harlan – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels – 6 p.m.

Wednesday – 4
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppel – 7 p.m.
john Arthurmartinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores – 7 p.m.

Thursday – 28
Calf Fry – Stillwater OK!
            JoshAbbott Band
Oak RidgeBoys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO – 7 p.m.
KaseyMusgraves – The Cotillion – Wichita KS
CharlieDaniels Band – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood NJ
Asleep atthe Wheel – City Winery – Chicago – 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Ricky Skaggs – The Beacon Theatre – Hopewell VA
Robert EarlKeen – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix AZ –
GrangerSmith – Coyote Joe’s – Charlotte NC

Friday – 29
Calf Fry – Stillwater OK!
             Eli Young Band
            Whiskey Myers
            Charlie Robison
Bo PhillipsBand – Jersey’s – Cassville MO –
Gene Watson – Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival – Lincolnton GA
            w/ Rhonda Vincent
Nitty GrittyDirt Band – Las Cruces Downtown – Las Cruces NM
Josh Abbott  – Rev Room – Little Rock AR
KaseyMusgraves – Hoyt Sherman Place – DesMoines IA
CharlieDaniels Band – Cabot Theater – Beverly MA
Exile – Kentucky Opry – Benton KY
Oak RidgeBoys – Bridge View Center – Ottumwa IA – 7 p.m.
Asleep atthe Wheel – Stoughton Opera House – Stoughton WI – 7:30 p.m.
Corey Smith – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville AR
BillAnderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Ragged Union – Gold Hill Inn – Boulder CO
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2:00 p.m.
Robert EarlKeen – Empire Polo Field -  Indio CA
            Stagecoach Festival
MarcBroussard – Joy Theater – New Orleans LA
GrangerSmith – Waterfront Park – Jam – Louisville KY – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday – 30
Calf Fry – Stillwater OK!
            Cody Johnson
            William Clark Green
            Shane Smith & the Saints
Gene Watson – Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester OH
Nitty GrittyDirt Band – Talking Stick Resort & Casino – Scottsdale AZ-
ZaneWilliams – Red Fern Festival – Tahlequah OK
KaseyMuscgraves – The Blue Note – Columbia MO
CharlieDaniels Band – Stadium Theatre Perform. Arts – Woonsocket RI
Exile – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center – Renfro Valley KY
Oak RidgeBoys – Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha NE
Asleep atthe Wheel – Stoughton Opera House – Stoughton WI – 7:30 p.m.
RonnieMcDowell –Marion Cocke’s Elvis Presley Charity Event – Fulton MS
Craig Morgan – The Center for the Arts – Russellville AR
Nu-Blu – Sutter Creek Theatre – Sutter Creek CA –
Jaryd Lane& The Parish – Cypress Bayou Casino – Charenton LA – 10 p.m.
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO –2:00 p.m.
Ricky Skaggs – Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival – Baltimore MD
RhondaVincent – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
RhondaVincent – Troubadour Theater/ Midnight Jamboree – Nashville TN – 10 p.m.
            Signing/ meet & greet after the show!
Little Texas – Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton OK –
            /w Lonestar

Sunday-  May 1
Matthew Huff – Fun N Country Music Festival – Clearwater FL – 9 a.m.
Johnny Lee – Stagecoach Country Music Festival –Indio CA
GrangerSmith – Coachman Park – Clearwater FL

Monday – 2
Johnny Lee – Hitching Post – Apache Junction AZ

Tuesday – 3
Terri Clark – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 4
Gene Watson – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO
            Larry’s Country Diner appearance
Johnny Lee – The Maverick – Tucson AZ
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2:00 p.m.