Thursday, May 21, 2015

THE PART LIST - May 21 - 27

DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND TRAVEL, I will not be providing links. When I go to an artist’s web page, I pull all of their gigs for the entire month (thus the reason for changes after posting). You can find the links to most of these artists in other Party List posts from this month.

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…


TEXAS

Thursday – 21
W. C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Matt Fleecer
Josh Fuller – Redneck Country Club – Stafford  7- 10 p.m.
Thirsty Thursday!
Aubrey Lynn England – Love & War – Plano –
Bubba Westly – Horny Toad – Snyder – 8 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – Waylon & Ray’s Place – Brownwood
Moonlight Social – Joe’s Crab Shack – Round Rock – 8 p.m.
Bri Bagwell – Outlaws and Legends – Lindsay –8 p.m.
Matt Caldwell – Denim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls –
No Dry County – Hank’s Texas Grill – McKinney
/w Dalton Domino


Friday – 22
Kelly McGuire – Southdown Park – Pearl 7-9 p.m.
William Clark Green – Floore’s – Helotes
/w Jamie Lin Wilson
Fools of the Trade – Grain Bin Café – Geronimo – 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Acoustic
Zane Williams – Main Street Crossing – Tomball – 8 p.m.
Jack Nelson – The Downtown Hall of Fame – Hutto – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Luckenbach – 8 – 11:30 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Hank’s Texas Grill – McKinney – 9:45 p.m.
Gary P. Nunn – Back Porch Bar – Port Aransas
Jason Cassidy – Greg Welch Summer Classic – Weatherford –
Matt Caldwell – Rockett Café & Club – Milford –
No Dry County – Adair’s Saloon – Dallas
CD RELEASE PARTY!


Saturday – 23
Cooper Wade – Redneck Country Club – Stafford – 7 – 8 p.m.
Mike & the Moonpies – Floore’s – Helotes –
Bubba Westly – Cooter Brown’s Saloon – Helotes – 8 p.m.
Cody Joe Hodges – The Double Wide – Dallas
Fools of the Trade – Nixon Show Barn – Nixon – 12:00 – 2:00
Benefit for Drake Boatright
Acoustic
Kenny Harrell – Cameron VFW – Cameron – 8 p.m.
Zane Williams – South Texas Ice House – Corpus Christi –
Jack Nelson Band – Crossroads – Meridian – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Torre di Pietra Winery –
Bellamy Brothers – SOKOL Hall Polka Festival – Ennis- 10:45 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – Barton Creek Farmer’s Market – Austin – 11 a.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – Patsy’s Cowgirl Café – Austin – 7 p.m.
/w Dana McBride
Gary P. Nunn – House Pasture Cattle Co. – Concan
George Ensle – Callahan’s General Store – Austin – 12:00 p.m.
Matt Caldwell – Redneck Country Club – Stafford
Josh Fuller Opens
No Dry County – Cobra Brewing – Lewisville
CD RELEASE PARTY!


Sunday – 24
Aaron Watson – Lakeside Ice House – Lake Bryan – 10 p.m.
Curtis Grimes – 8 p.m.
Cody Joe Hodges – Toyota Texas Bass Classic – Lake Fork – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Breelan Angel – Toyota Texas Bass Classic – Lake Fork – 1 p.m.
Dave Thomas – Bobby J’s – Helotes – 6 p.m.
Bracken Hale – The ABGB – Austin – 4 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – Old 300 BBQ Back Forty Dancehall – Blanco
Cody Joe Hodges – Filthy McNasty’s – Ft. Worth – 7:15 p.m.
Zane Williams – Texas Frog Festival – Crystal Beach –
Lone Survivor Benefit
Jason Cassidy - Texas Frog Festival – Crystal Beach – 6 p.m.
Lone Survivor Benefit
Jack Nelson – Filthy McNasty’s – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Crawfish Festival – Fredricksburg – 4:30 p.m.
Casey Hubble – Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.
Gary P. Nunn – 11th Street Cowboy Bar – Bandera
George Ensle – Bluebell Bluegrass Festival – Llano – 12:00 p.m.



Monday – 25
W. C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
/w Guest: Woody Eastman


Tuesday – 26
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – Liberty Tree Tavern – Elgin – 8 p.m.



Wednesday – 27
Jason Cassidy – Dosey Doe Café -



ON THE ROAD

Thursday –  21
Ragged Union – Bohemian Biergarten – Boulder CO
Asleep at the Wheel – SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo CA – 7:30 p.m.
Bo Phillips Band – Tidewater Winery – Drumright OK
/w John Cooper
Gatlin Brothers – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.



Friday – 22 
Cody Joe Hodges – The Pit Stop – Elk City OK
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.


Saturday – 23
Asleep at the Wheel – Bakersfield Rock and Country Music Festival –
Bakersfield CA – 12 p.m.
Bo Phillips Band – Madness in May – Byrd’s – Cass AR
Exile – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN –
Gatlin Brothers – Watseka Theatre – Watseka IL – 7 p.m.
Moe Bandy – Augusta Days – Augusta AR



Sunday – 24
Lonestar – Voyager Park – De Pere WI –


Monday – 25
Asleep at the Wheel – Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix AZ – 7 p.m.


Tuesday – 26
Aaron Watson – The Troubadour – Los Angeles CA – 9:30 p.m.
Sam Outlaw – 9 p.m.
Ragged Union – Gabe’s – Iowa City IA
Opening for: Fruition


Wednesday – 27
Ragged Union – Banks of the Wabash Festival – Terre Haute IN

Thursday, May 14, 2015

THE PARTY LIST - May 14 - 20th

DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND TRAVEL, I will not be providing links. When I go to an artist’s web page, I pull all of their gigs for the entire month (thus the reason for some changes after posting).  You can find the links to most of these artists in other Party List posts from this month.

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…


TEXAS  

Thursday – 14 
W. C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Emily Grace Berry
Zach Coffey – Pinstack – Plano – 7 p.m.
Zane Williams  - Crude Fest 2015 – Midland – 6:15 p.m.
Main Stage
Chuck Hawthorne – Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard – Bastrop – 8 p.m.
No Dry County – Crude Fest - Midland


Friday – 15
Dave Thomas – Tredway’s Texas BBQ – Denton – 6:00 p.m.
Josh Fuller – Redneck Country Club – Stafford – 7 – 10 p.m.
Turnpike Troubadours – Floore’s – Helotes
/w Cody Canada & the Departed, Shinyribs
Bubba Westly – Lee Co. Fair – Giddings – 8 p.m.
Saint’s Eleven – City of Keren’s Street Dance – Keren – 8 p.m.
Zane Williams – Wild West – Lubbock – 8 p.m.
Jack Nelson – Lone Star Ice House – Houston – 8 p.m.
2 Bit Palomino – Wild Flower Festival – Richardson – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – O’Brien’s Restaurant – Bergheim
Bellamy Brothers – The Lumberyard – Roscoe – 9 p.m.
Bri Bagwell – Saxon Pub – Austin – 8 p.m.
Gary P. Nunn – Mercer Street Dancehall – Dripping Springs


Saturday – 16 
Mike Blakely – House Concert – Mountain Home – 6:30 p.m.
/w Larry Nye
Potluck @ 5:30 – Details: twosavvy@gmail.com
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell – 7 p.m.
Bracken Hale – Albert Dancehall – Stonewall – 8 p.m.
Bubba Westly – Poco Playa Restaurant – Matagorda – 8 p.m.
Saints Eleven – Maverick Harley Davidson –
Spirit of a Hero Ride.org
Zane Williams – Red White & Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival –
Dickinson – 5 p.m.
Jack Nelson – Schroeder Hall – Goliad – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg –
Jason Helms Band – LugNutz – Nacogdoches – 8 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Heritage Days Street Concert – Spearman – 9 p.m.
Bri Bagwell – Downtown Longview – Longview – 8 p.m.
/w Jack Ingram
Gary P. Nunn – Sam Houston Race Track – Houston –
George Ensle - Eismann Center  - America Theater – Richardson –
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Jason Cassidy – Bareback Bar – Spring
CD RELEASE PARTY!
Matt Caldwell – Spearman Street Dance – Spearman –
No Dry County – Hoot’s Pub – Amarillo -



Sunday – 17
Bubba Westly – Whatever Sports Bar & Grill – Houston – 8 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – Fredricksburg Trade Days Stage – Fredricksburg –
Zane Williams – Eismann Center  - America Theater – Richardson – 5:30 p.m.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Gary P. Nunn - Eismann Center  - America Theater – Richardson –
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Casey Hubble – Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.


Monday – 18
George Ensle – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.


Tuesday – 19
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.


Wednesday – 20
Kent Finlay Songwriter's Circle- Cheatham Street - San Marcos



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 14
Aaron Watson – 9:30 Club – Washington DC – 7:30 p.m.
Cody Joe Hodges – Montauk Music Festival – Montauk NY
Gatlin Brothers – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Matthew Huff – Breakers Bar & Grill – Columbia SC – 11 p.m.


Friday – 15
Ronnie McDowell – Ocean City Jamboree – Ocean City MD
Cody Joe Hodges – Montauk Music Festival – Montauk NY
Asleep at the Wheel – Calaveras County Fair – Angels Camp CA – 8 p.m.
Matthew Huff – Carolina Ale House – Augusta GA – 8 p.m.
Neal McCoy – William A. Eagan Convention Center – Anchorage AK


Saturday – 16
Aaron Watson – Coyote Joe’s – Charlotte NC – 11 p.m.
Jon Wolfe – Coleman Theater – Miami OK
Cody Joe Hodges – Montauk Music Festival – Montauk NY
Asleep at the Wheel – Center for the Arts – Grass Valley CA – 7 p.m.
Bo Phillips Band – Sardis Red Dirt Festival – Buffalo Valley OK
Earl Thomas Conley – 5th Annual Sheffield Street Party – Sheffield  AL
Gatlin Brothers – Mountain Arts Center – Prestonsburg KY – 8 p.m.
Neal McCoy – Kenai Central HS Auditorium – Kenai AK


Sunday – 17
Kelly McGuire – House Party – Issaquah WA
      Contact Alicia: godsownparrothead@comcast.net
Cody Joe Hodges – Montauk Music Festival – Montauk NY
Asleep at the Wheel – Slims – San Francisco CA – 8 p.m.
Neal McCoy – Carlson Center – Fairbanks AK


Monday – 18
Asleep at the Wheel – City Winery – Napa CA – 8 p.m.


Tuesday – 19
Neal McCoy – Centennial Hall Convention Center – Juneau AK


Wednesday – 20
Asleep at the Wheel – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz CA – 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

REVIEW WEDNESDAY on Thursday - A Song To Die For - Mike Blakely

 

DISCLAIMER:
If you are a follower of KellysCounty, you know I have been friends with Mike Blakely for many years. However, when I review something I do give an unbiased opinion. My friends, more than anyone, expect nothing less from me. So without too much of a spoiler alert, here is my review of Mike’s latest book.


A SONG TO DIE FOR is a contemporary novel by Spur-Award winning author Mike Blakely. After having read most of his Western novels, including A TALE OUT OF LUCK, which he co-wrote with Willie Nelson, I looked forward to reading something different. An editor once told me ‘if you can write, you can write anything’. Mike Blakely proves this statement to be a solid truth. This is Mike's second contemporary novel. His first was What Are the Chances (co-written with Kenny Rogers).

As writers, we often hear, ‘write what you know’. Mike knows a bit about the music business. With eleven albums in his discography as well as having written or co-written songs recorded by other artists, he can tell you just about anything you want to know about the business. Mike Blakely came into this project well versed in his subject and that shows in every chapter.

Abbreviated BLURB:
It's 1975 and guitarist and singer/songwriter Creed Mason hopes to ride the new wave of Texas-style, Austin-based country music all the way back to the big time. A one-hit wonder whose Nashville career was cut short by a trip to Vietnam, Creed is desperate to get back into the business. His break arrives when a country legend, Luster Burnett, comes out of a fifteen-year retirement for one last album and tour in order to pay off a huge debt to the I.R.S. As Luster's new guitarist and band manager, Creed jumps at the chance of a lifetime.

Toss in the Las Vegas mob, a Texas Ranger, and an FBI agent.  The two plots move back and forth, each in their own lane before converging into a single climax that makes complete sense. As you read, you’ll notice traits in some of the characters parallel folks in real life.

I read an ‘unproofed’ copy and could not find a single flaw in the mechanics nor the storytelling – another testament to Mike Blakely’s ability as a writer. For the first time in a long time, I held a book in my hands that I hated to see end. Everything was tied up nicely but I did not want to let the characters go. I will remember Creed, Kathy and Luster for years to come. When you carry the characters with you long after you have closed the book, that is the sign of a well-crafted story.

Mike features one of his own songs in the book... Here's the video from YouTube



I am giving this book ….



You can connect with Mike Blakely:

WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
YouTube
AMAZON



THE PARTY LIST - May 7 - 13

Apologies for the late post. Have not had internet at the hotel for 2 days. Grrrr...

DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND TRAVEL, I will not be providing links. When I go to an artist’s web page, I pull all of their gigs for the entire month (thus the reason for cancellations after printing). You can find the links to most of these artists in other Party List posts from this month.

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…


TEXAS 

Thursday- 7
W. C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: The Better Halves
Randy Brown – Hat Tricks – Lewisville – 8-11 p.m.
Rod Ballou – The Rustic – Dallas – 8:30 p.m.
Zach Coffey- Pinstack – Plano – 7:30 p.m.
Jack Nelson – Republic Smokehouse – Houston – 8 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Dobi West Theatre – George West – 11 a.m. – Noon
Almost Patsy Cline – Frio Co. Jail Museum – Pearsall - 7-8 p.m.
Mark Allan Atwood – Hank’s Texas Grill – McKinney – 8-11:30 p.m.



Friday – 8
1st Annual Sonny & Friends Rahr B'Que Cook off – Ft. Worth
Massive list of Entertainment. Follow the LINK for full list and details!
Steve Wariner – R & J Music Pavilion – Thelma
Bracken Hale – B.D. Riley’s on 6th – Austin – 10:30 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley – Back Porch – Port Aransas –
Cody Joe Hodges – Rowdy Bucks – Crosby
Fools of the Trade – Templin Saloon – Gonzales – 7- 10 p.m.
Acoustic
Rod Ballou – Espiritu  - Frisco – 8 p.m.
Zane Williams – Majestic Theatre – San Antonion – 8 p.m.
Opening for Lee Ann Womack!
Jack Nelson – The Hour Glass – Alvin – 8 p.m.
Bri Bagwell – Fair Park Coliseum – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Gary P. Nunn – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels –
Jason Cassidy – Midnight Rodeo – Austin
CD RELEASE PARTY!
/w Jake Worthington
No Dry County – Crossroads – Lubbock
Mark Allan Atwood – Joe’s Bar – Llano – 8-11:30 p.m.
Rick Bussey – Ross’ Old Austin Café – Austin – 6:30 p.m.


Saturday – 9
Bo Porter – Joe’s Bar – Llano – 5 p.m. (CORRECTION FROM FRIDAY)
Steve Wariner – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth
Aaron Watson – The Old Trading Post – Richmond  - 9:30 p.m.
     “Haute Time in Texas” Crawfish Boil
Curtis Grimes – 8 p.m.
Mike Blakely – Singing Water Winery – Comfort – 2-5 p.m.
/w Larry Nye
W. C. Jameson – Pflugerville Public Library – Pflugerville –
Book Signing
Josh Fuller – Redneck Country Club – Stafford – 7 – 10 p.m.
Aubrey Lynn England – Back Forty Smokehouse – North Richland Hills – 8 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley – The Hunt Store – Hunt –
Josh Abbot Band – Floore’s – Helotes –
/w Kyle Park & Cameran Nelson
Bubba Westly – Barebacks Bar & Icehouse – Spring – 8 p.m.
Cody Joe Hodges – The Rusty Cactus – Oakwood
Cooper Wade – Central Green @ LaCenterra – Katy – 7-10 p.m.
/w Unclaimed Freight
Fools of the Trade – Belmont Social Club – Belmont – 8:30-12:30 p.m.
Full Band
Jason Helms Band – Train Day Celebration – Hope AR – 8 p.m.
Kenny Harrell – The Oasis – Brownwood – 9 p.m.
Saints Eleven – Hank’s – McKinney – 8:30 p.m.
Zach Coffey – Green Elephant – Dallas – 4 p.m.
Crawfish Boil benefiting Soldiers That Salsa
Zane Williams – The Mule Barn – Justin – 11 p.m.
/w Parker McCollum
Jack Nelson – Trinity Valley Expo  Fair – Liberty – 12 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline – Volunteer Fire Dept. Fish Fry – Johnson City
Asleep at the Wheel – Canadian River Music Fest – Canadian – 7 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Johnny’s Steakhouse – Salado – 10 p.m.
Bri Bagwell – Texas Ski Ranch – New Braunfels – 8 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – JP Hop’s House – Houston – 7 p.m.
CD RELEASE PARTY!
Jason Cassidy – PBR Texas Shootout – Conroe
/w Jake Worthington
Moe Bandy – Llano Opry – Llano –
Mark Allan Atwood – Pit Stop Bar & Grill – Belton – 8 p.m.
Rick Bussey – Texas Icehouse – San Antonio – 7 p.m.



Sunday – 10
Melissa Brooke – Jim Wells Co. Fairgrounds – Alice – 7 p.m.
Casey Hubble – Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.
George Ensle – Tejas Rodeo Company- Bulverde – 10:30 a.m.
Geroge Ensle – Strange Brew – Austin – 2 p.m.
Mark Allan Atwood – Capital Bar – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
Bo Porter – The Shade T – Spring Branch – 2 p.m.


Monday – 11
W. C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
/w Guest: Wake Eastman
Moonlight Social – Blackheart Bar – Austin – 11 p.m.


Tuesday – 12-
Mike Blakely – Buckhorn Lake Resort – Kerrville – 7 p.m.
/w Larry Nye
Zach Coffey – John B’s – Pantego – 7 p.m.
Jack Nelson – Izzy’s Bar & Patio – College Station – 10 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – Liberty Tree Tavern – Elgin – 8 p.m.
Jean Synodinos – Carousel Lounge – Austin – 7-9 p.m.


Wednesday – 13
Bubba Westly – Humphrey’s – Huntsville – 8 p.m.
Bo Porter – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 7:30
Songwriter’s Showcase



ON THE ROAD

Thursday- 7
Aaron Watson – Key West BMI Songwriters Festival – Key West FL – 10 p.m.
Cameran Nelson - 8:30 p.m.
Moonlight Social – The Helm Bar – LaCrosse WI – 8 p.m.
Gatlin Brothers – Opry Country Classics (Opry) – Nashville TN – 7p.m.


Friday – 8
Breelan Angel –  Key West BMI Songwriters Festival – Key West FL - 4 p.m.
Kevin Fowler – Bordertown Casino – Wyandotte OK –
Ragged Union – Wildflower Pavillion – Lyons CO –
Opening for Front Country
Jaryd Lane – Evangeline Down’s Casino – Opelousas LA – 9 p.m.
Moonlight Social – Kathy’s Pub – Rochester MN – 9 p.m.
Bo Phillips Band – Angelo’s – Bartlesville OK
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Moe Bandy – The Heritage Hall – Ardmore OK


Saturday – 9
Breelan Angel –  Key West BMI Songwriters Festival – Key West FL – 5 p.m.
Ronnie McDowell – Truman Lake Opry – Warsaw MO
Jaryd Lane – 5K Run event – Iota LA – Noon
Bo Phillips Band – Grady’s 66 Pub – Yukon OK –
Earl Thomas Conley – Evangeline Downs Casino – Opelousas LA
Gatlin Brothers – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Jake Martin – The Bluebonnet Bar – Norman OK – 9:30 p.m.
Mark Chapman Band – Cartoons Oyster Bar – Springfield MO – 7 p.m.


Sunday – 10
No Shows Found

Monday – 11
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 12
No Shows Found


Wednesday – 13
Aaron Watson – Mercury Lounge – NYC NY – 8 p.m.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - If Stars Could Sing - john Arthur martinez




Whenever I listen to a CD for review, one of the first things I look for is a theme; something that ties each song together in some way. The tempo may flow like a stream over hills and through valleys but the nuance of what the artist wants to convey is always there. And then there is the way john Arthur martinez does things. While the theme may not be obvious, I promise you the tie that binds is there. jAm brings something to the table for everyone. Regardless of whether you like a little Americana, peppered with a bit of Tex-Mex or more the classic rocker, john Arthur martinez serves up something for everyone. IF STARS COULD SING offers a full buffet.

From ‘Let’s All Go to Mexico’ (which he credits the late Kent Finlay for helping him write) to Ink Is Always Blue and everything in between, each track keeps you wondering what comes next – and you will not be disappointed. If you are a romantic at heart, you’ll love 'When the Heart Takes Control', 'Cardigan Sweater' (co-written with Mike Blakely) or the classic Mike Blakely tune, 'Kiss and Make Up for Lost Time' (from Mike’s ‘In the Dust’ CD). But it is the title track that will tug at your heart strings…. the words and melody paired to evoke an emotion u are not even aware of until you feel the punch.

'Jivin’ Gear Jammer' and 'Karma' have a bit of 1950’s ‘hand jive’ kind of vibe that just makes you want to dance. But for classic rockers, you will be mesmerized by the uncut version of 'Hotel California' and the amazing talent of Kurt Baumer on fiddle. The lead-in brings a reverence to this Eagles classic. In a smart twist, aside from the full track, jAm also provides a radio cut – opening up the possibilities for a new generation to grasp what Don Henley envisioned what seems like a lifetime ago.

jAm's musical influences are apparent throughout the album both in covers such as 'Down on the Corner' and 'Too Old To Die Young' as well as 'Longnecks and Heartaches' and 'Little Nashville', which he wrote.

IF STARS COULD SING is the track mix you would put together of all your favorites professionally mastered in not one but four different studios, providing special treatment each track warrants. If you like variety in your music, you will love IF STARS COULD SING.

I am tipping my hat ....



You can check in with john Arthur martinez:

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

THE PARTY LIST Aprl 30 - May 6


DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND TRAVEL, I will not be providing links for the next 3 weeks. When I go to an artist’s web page, I pull all of their gigs for the entire month (thus the reason for cancelations after printing). You can find the links to most of these artists in other Party List posts. Most artists provide venue links on their shedules.

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
W.C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w Mike Blakely
Jon Wolfe – Billy Bob’s
Bubba Westly – Wharton Co. Youth Fair – Wharton – 8 p.m.
Zack Coffey – MayFest – Ft. Worth – 7 p.m.
Aaron Einhouse – Brewster Street – Corpus Christi
            /w Max Stalling
Chuck Hawthorne – Strange Brew – Austin – 8 p.m.
                        CD RELEASE PARTY!
Walt Wilkins – Chubby’s Burger Shack – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
            Song Swap /w Terry Rasor
Randy Brown – Lake Weatherford Marina – Weatherford – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Moonlight Social – Joe’s Crab Shack – Round Rock – 7 p.m.
Bryan Fontenot – John Wayne’s Nightclub – Beaumont – 8 p.m.


Friday – May 1
The Bellamy Brothers – Floore’s – Helotes – 8:30 p.m.
Breelan Angel – Firehouse Saloon – Houston
Cameran Nelson – Midnight Rodeo – Austin –
Aaron Einhouse – Redneck Country Club – Stafford
            /w Mickey & the Motorcars
Ashlee Rose – Barriba Cantina – San Antonio – 5 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – The Bugle Boy – LaGrange – 6 p.m.
Zach Seth Band – The BoxCar – Cedar Hill – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Walt Wilkins – Clyde Inside Music Festival  – Clyde – 8 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
Zane Williams – Boulevard 217 – College Station – 9 p.m.
            Rock and Soul Road Show
            /w Sam Riggs and Mike Ryan
Dave Thomas – Guadalupe River Trip – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.



Saturday – 2
Kacy Muscgraves – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Reckless Kelly – Aztec Theater – San Antonio
Byrd & Street – New World Deli – Austin – 7-9 p.m.
            /w Tina Turner on Fiddle!
Moe Bandy – Cornyval Fair – Helotes
Breelan Angel – Baytown Youth Fair – Baytown
Bubba Westly – 50th Annual Lexington Homecoming – Lexington – 8 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – League City Village Fair – League City
Bellamy Brothers – Texas Tech University – Lubbock – 8 p.m.
            Health Science Center Fundraiser
Gary P. Nunn – The Shack @ Panther Island Pavilion – Ft. Worth –
Walt Wilkins – Tipi Park – New Braunfels – 8 p.m.
Neal McCoy – Tilden Lions Club – Tilden
Zane Williams – Cactus Courtyard – Lubbock – 10 p.m.
            /w Randall King and Flatland Cavalry (5 p.m.)
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 6:30 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – AT&T Performing Arts Center – Dallas
Dave Thomas – Guadalupe River Trip – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.
Robert Earl Keene – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels –
Braken Hale – Broken Spoke – Austin – 9 p.m.
Jarrod Johnson – Uncle Gary’s – Pflugerville – 3 p.m.


Sunday – 3
Chuck Hawthorne – Texan Theater – Greenville – 7 p.m.
            Song swap /w Ray Bonneville
Zach Seth Band – MayFest – Ft. Worth – 2- 3:15 p.m.
Walt Wilkins – Luckenbach – 1 p.m.
            First Sunday under the Oaks
            /w Tina Wilkins & Bart DeWin
Owen Temple – Magnolia Motor Lounge – Ft. Worth – 6 p.m.
Turnpike Troubadours – Lonestar Jam 2015 – Austin
Tessy Lou – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
Kelly McGuire – Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival – Tomball – 12-1:30 p.m.
Braken Hale – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 8 p.m.



Monday – 4
 George Ensle - Poodies - Spicewood 


Tuesday – 5
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
Bubba Westly – Izzy’s Bar & Patio – Corpus Christi – 8 p.m.
Aaron Einhouse – Lakeside Icehouse – Bryan
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell – 7 p.m.


Wednesday – 6
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle – Cheatham Street – San Marcos



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 30
Buddy Case – KXIO Coffee House – Clarksville AR 6 p.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band – The Bluestone – Columbus OH
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Venue @ The Rhythm Room – Phoenix AZ – 8 p.m.
Vince Gill – American Music Theatre – Lancaster Pa
Rhonda Vincent – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN
Ragged Union – Golden Hotel Bar – Golden CO
Marc Broussard – Rhythms on the River – Lafayette LA
Rhonda Vincent – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN
           


Friday – May 1
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band – Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading PA
Earl Thomas Conley – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas NV
Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Museum Club – Flagstaff AZ – 9 p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey – Penn’s Peak LLC – Jim Thorpe PA – 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band – Walmart APM – Rogers AR
Mark Chapman – Dublin’s Pass Downtown  – Springfield MO – 9 p.m.
            Acoustic
Vince Gill – The Palladium @ the Center for Performing Arts  - Carmel IN
Turnpike Troubadours – Calf Fry – Stillwater OK
            /w Stoney LaRue and more
Rhonda Vincent – Little Roy & Lizzie Music Festival –Lincolnton GA
           


Saturday – 2
Buddy Case – Altus Springtime Gala- Altus AR – 11 a.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Bill Anderson – TPC Center – York PA
Charlie Daniels Band – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel – Salamanca NY
Daryl Singletary – Pataula Plantation – Lumpkin GA – 7 p.m.
Ray Wylie Hubbard – El Presidio Park  - Tucson AZ – 9 p.m.
            Tucson Kitchen Folk Festival
Michael Martin Murphey – The Palace Theatre – Greensburg PA
Mark Chapman Band – Bordertown Casino – Seneca MO – 9 p.m.
Vince Gill – Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Wisconsin Dells WI
Marc Broussard – Jazzfest – New Orleans LA –
Rhonda Vincent – AT & T Performing Arts Center – Dallas TX


Sunday – 3
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Bill Anderson – Lebanon Expo Center – Lebanon PA
Charlie Daniels Band – Tarrytown Music Festival – Tarrytown NY
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Michael Martin Murphey –Sellersville Theater – Sellersville PA – 7:30 p.m.
Ragged Union – Meeting on the Mountain – Cervantes (Denver) CO
            w/ Grant Farm, Todd Scheaffer, Benny Galloway


  
Monday – 4
Vince Gill – 3rd and Linsley – Nashville TN
            /w The Time Jumpers


Tuesday – 5
Ragged Union – Fox Theater – Boulder CO – 6 p.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Moonlight Social – Red Brick Tavern – Norman OK – 8 p.m.



Wednesday – 6
Breelan Angel – Key West Songwriter’s Festival – Key West FL
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Moonlight Social – Duffy’s Tavern – Lincoln NE – 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - On Wednesday - ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - Gary P. Nunn


ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
Gary P. Nunn

FEELS LIKE TEXAS sets the tone for this honky tonk themed album. All thirteen tracks belong on a jukebox. That jukebox usually sat in the corner of a friendly neighborhood bar where the bartender got paid for listening more than the drinks he poured. JOE KNOWS is a throwback to that time when crying in your suds to the bartender was a common occurrence. Those small – town bars are few and far between but not forgotten.

Nothing beats a good Texas swing with a partner on the dance floor. ALL OVER ME is a Bob Wills style tune that keeps with the honky tonk theme and flows smooth as a boot scoot into I FEEL AT HOME IN A HONKY TONK.  

COWBOY BOOTS AND TELECASTERS is more of a cry for what is lost. The image of George Jetson on his skywalk getting nowhere comes to mind. What we crave is always just out of our reach while we trudge through the daily grind in hopes of affording that 'permanent vacation'.

DIDN’T WE HAVE US A BALL is a waltz for the ages.  Often times when I hear a song, my mind forms a video image of the song. This would be perfect as a video with sepia-toned shots of all his escapades mixed with black and white of grandpa and his grandson sitting in a rocker on the front porch… the young child rapt with attention at all the things his grandpa did as a youngster. This is a song to treasure for I fear those times will fade into black. IF I CAN’T GET OVER YOU slows us down in the perfect Texas waltz of sadness and strength.

No album would be complete without a little attitude and Gary does not pull any punches on MY WAY IS THE HIGHWAY. He gets his point across tactfully while not losing sight of the album concept.

DREAMER carries a bit of 1970s back sound lost on much of today’s so-called country music.. A fact Gary brings to the foreground like a large billboard in WHERE’S THE COUNTRY IN OUR COUNTRY MUSIC.  

Regardless of what we do, nothing seems to be enough for the other person in our life. The lament for those times and Gary’s ability to teach us is prevalent in COULDN’T DO NOTHIN’ RIGHT. On the next track, he flips the coin on ONE WAY OR ANOTHER  showing us that determination is everything. Bobby Flores’ mandolin prowess is showcased beautifully on this track.

In WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON, Gary draws the line, begging a decision so that both parties may get on with their life with some direction.

While I've had the pleasure of getting to know Gary through emails over the past couple of years, I had not really listened to his music. I knew more about the man behind the music, than the actual songs. I found a fine blend in this album. Gary is Texas music and Texas music is Gary P. Nunn. 


ONE WAY OR ANOTHER is a ‘Mayberry’ album. Every track takes us back to a simpler time where good music and old fashioned values prevailed. As producer, Gary had his fingers on the pulse, insuring every cut cameacross exactly how he wanted them to, keeping the true spirit of Texas music alive for us to enjoy. 

I am tipping my hat: 

 .5 

to an album any true Texan and anyone who appreciates Texas music should have in their collection. You can purchase your copy of this and other albums by Gary P. Nunn on his WEBSITE


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