Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Yours - Abraham Weaver

One of the great things about my job is finding gems buried within social media. I love the process even more when those gems find me. Such was the case with Abraham Weaver, a talented artist from Austin, TX.

The thing I love most about this album is that I can hear Abraham. His soulful, Jim Croce style to his voice, evidence of the four years he spent in Pennsylvania. Each note comes through soft and genuine... not buried in unnecessary instruments.

YOURS is a date night album from start to finish. Ain't It Amazin' kicks off the ten tracks, pulling you onto the dance floor and keeps you there right into that moment where you move in closer to one another for A Smile Like Yours. The south and west Texas influences come out with the Spanish-inspired lyrics of Angelina.

In You  carries a subliminal message of the importance of a Higher Power in our life and the peace that can come from letting go. The guitar lead in for Somehow opens the door into a glimpse into his talent. I've heard artists play the guitar and I've heard others beat the strings to death. Abraham treats his with love and a passion that comes from within, a technique perfect for this song.

Why Did You Have To Go is the question we all have asked at one time or another, and while the answer never comes, this piece soothes the pain of the loss.  In Long Night in Santa Fe and Depending On You  Abraham brings the angst through. I just want to tell him 'everything's going to be alright.' That kind of a emotion you experience from songs with real depth. Nothing Happens Overnight is the visceral response that comes with the dawning of a new day, a . new perspective.
The album closes out with the title track. Yours brings everything back into perspective, bringing the album full circle both from a romantic and religious point of view.

YOURS is the result of several talented people. While Abraham did not have a direct hand in writing the lyrics for the entire album, his touch is felt in every caress of the guitar strings.  Abraham Weaver knew what he was doing when he teamed up with producer/ composer Rick Orozco. The magic these two have created on this album is just short of genius.

Another thing that makes YOURS unique is in the marketing. The CD not only has ten beautifully mastered tracks but also a Digital Booklet with photos and lyrics - something I've not seen in any other CD.

Not once did I detect an off note or a word that didn't seem to fit. YOURS is a soulful, romantic 'couples' album. Cozy up to the fire, pour a glass of wine and pull your sweetheart close.

I'm giving YOURS:

You can purchase your copy of YOURS:
 iTunes        and        Amazon

To find out more about Abraham Weaver, follow any of his links:

YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/user/abrahamweaver
Instagram  https://instagram.com/aweavermusic/

Monday, October 5, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - Johnny Duncan

October 5, 1938 - August 14, 2006

Johnny Duncan was probably one of my first serious Country Crush. At the time I had no idea he was a West Texas boy. (I'm discovering a pattern in my musical preferences.) I thought he recorded some off the sexiest country songs. Johnny knew good writing and which songs would appeal to his fan base.

Johnny realeased his final album, The Thing To Do, in 2004 under his own label. Of all the songs he recorded, I think my favorite... and the sexiest song every run up the country charts, is She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime.  

Video courtesy of: Wicker Bill on YouTube

Happy Birthday, Johnny! Thanks for the memories

Thursday, October 1, 2015

THE PARTY LIST - October 1 - 7

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. I am not responsible for changes or inaccuracies posted on the artists' website.

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…

Thursday – 1
WC JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w MikeBlakely & Guests: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Cameran NelsonDenim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls –
            ThomasMichael Riley – 3:30- 5 p.m.
            Dave Thomas – 8 p.m.

Friday – 2
            john Arthurmartinez – 2:30 p.m.
            Dave Thomas – 8 p.m.
Aaron WatsonGruene Hall – New Braunfels – 9:30 p.m.
            NatalieStovall opens @ 8 p.m.
Deryl DoddDosey Doe’s CafĂ© – Conroe – 8:30 p.m.
Bubba WestlyWurst Haus Live – Lake Jackson – 8 p.m.
Jack Nelson Ransom’s – Montgomery – 8 p.m.
Tessy Lou On the Rocks – Canyon Lake – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – 3
Aaron WatsonWinnie Rice Festival – Winnie – 8:15 p.m.
            Johnny Lee – 4:15 p.m.
            Shinyribs – 6:15 p.m.
            Dave Thomas -  8 p.m.
Pat GreenCity Limits – Stephenville –
Curtis GrimesRGV Beer Fest – Edinburg  -
Josh FullerNRG Stadium Budlight FanZone – Houston – 1 p.m.
            Full Band
Josh Fuller (Acoustic) – Redneck Country Club – Stafford - 7 p.m.
            Outside Stage /w Captain Legendary
Daryle SingletaryArlington Music Hall – Arlington – 7:30 p.m.
Bubba WestlyThe Hill Ice House – Rosenberg – 8 p.m.
Tessy Lou Six String Grill – Bee Cave  - 7 p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey Love and War – Plano – 9:15 p.m.

Sunday – 4
Pat GreenMcAllen Events Center – McAllen –
Daryle SingletaryFort Bend Co. Fair & Rodeo – Rosenburg – 12 p.m.
Jack NelsonMasones Saloon – Houston – 12:00 p.m.
Tessy LouPoodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey – Brazos Trail Cowboy Church – Weatherford – 10:30 a.m.

Monday – 5
George Ensle - Poodie's - Spicewood - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday – 6
Mike BlakelyBurger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
Jack NelsonRansom’s Steakhouse – Montgomery – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 7
john Arthur martinezOn the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores – 7-9 p.m.
            /w MikeBlakely
Dave ThomasLove & War – Grapevine – 8 p.m.
Daryle Singletary – Walmart – Burleson – 6 p.m.
Scott Taylor BandMoonshine Drinkery – Victoria – 8 p.m.

Thursday – 1
Moonlight SocialTwo Old Hippies – Nashville TN – 6 p.m.
Daryle Singletary – Walmart – Independence KS – 6 p.m.
Rex Allen, Jr Rex Allen Days – Wilcox AZ - 2 & 5 p.m.
            Rex Allen Historic Theater
Moe BandyMidwest Country Theatre – Sandstone MN –
Granger SmithMohegan-Sun Wolf Den – Uncasville CT – 8 pm.
Chuck Hawthorne - Durango Arts Center - Durango CO - 7 p.m.
           Durango Cowboy Poetry Festival

Friday – 2
Ragged UnionCameo Arthouse Theater – Fayetteville NC
Tracy Lawrence Oklahoma State Fair – Fort Smith AR
Daryle Singletary – Walmart – Moore OK – 6 p.m.
Zane WilliamsKnuckleheads – Kansas City MO – 10:30 p.m.
Suzy BoggussFox Theatre -  Hutchinson KS – 7:30 p.m.
Rex Allen, JrRex Allen Days – Wilcox AZ - 2 & 5 p.m.
            Rex Allen Historic Theater
Ricky SkaggsGreat American Music Hall – San Francisco CA – 9 p.m.
            /w Sharon White, Ry Cooder
Rhonda VincentStarlight Theater – Branson MO –
Mark ChesnuttTheatre Deville – Vacaville CA
Michael Martin MurpheyRed Dragon Listening Room – Baton Rouge LA SOLD OUT
Granger SmithThe Sinclair – Cambridge MA – 10 p.m.
            Durango/ Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway Train Performance!

Saturday – 3
Kenny Rogers Alabama Theatre – Myrtle Beach SC
            Davis St Stage
Cody Joe Hodges Twin Kegs II – Nashville TN
Jaryd Lane Cajun Food Fest – Kaplan LA
            /w DougStone
Suzy BoggussCottonwood Flats – Guthrie OK – 7 p.m.
            OklahomaBluegrass Festival
Rex Allen, JrRex Allen Days – Wilcox AZ – 2 & 5 p.m.
            Rex Allen Historic Theater
Ricky SkaggsHardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest – San Francisco CA –
            /w Sharon White, Ry Cooder
           FREE Festival in Golden Gate Park!
Ronnie McDowellRoss Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Rhonda Vincent Starlight Theater – Branson MO –
Little TexasMandolin Farm – Flemingsburg KY
            Hoedown in the Holler
Gene WatsonPenn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe PA – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithSherman Theater – Stroudsburg PA – 9:15 p.m.
Chuck HawthorneJean Pierre Bakery – Durango CO – 12:30 p.m.
            DurangoCowboy Poetry Gathering

Sunday – 4
Rhonda Vincent Starlight Theater – Branson MO –
Mickey GilleyMickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO –
Gene WatsonBalsam Valley Amphitheater – Columbia Falls ME – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithChameleon Club – Lancaster PA – 9:15 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne Strater Hotel – Durango CO – 2:30 p.m.
            DurangoCowboy Poetry Gathering

Monday – 5
Ricky SkaggsVan Duzer Theatre – Arcata CA – 8 p.m.
            /w Sharon White, Ry Cooder

Tuesday – 6
Texas Tenors Starlight Theater – Branson MO
Ricky Skaggs Aladdin Theatre – Portland OR – 8 p.m.
            /w Sharon White & Ry Cooder

Wednesday – 7
Texas TenorsStarlight Theater – Branson MO
Suzy BoggussStarlight Theater – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Rex Allen, JrCPAC Green Valley – Green Valley AZ – 7 p.m.
Ricky SkaggsThe Moore Theatre – Seattle WA – 8 p.m.
            /w Sharon White & Ry Cooder
Granger SmithHigher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington VT – TBA

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CONCERTS & EVENTS - Tommy Alverson Family Gathering

Setting this up Early so y'all don't miss out!

Gonna be an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Diamond in a Rhinestone World - Breelan Angel

DIAMOND IN A RHINESTONE WORLD is Breelan Angel's Sophomore album. True to who she is as an artist, Breelan has not strayed far from her debut album, Dirty Little Secrets. Her signature sound still carries that bit of sass we have come to know and love from Breelan. 

Rhinestone World recalls a comment Breelan made during my interview with her last year. I asked her about her strategy for staying true to herself as an artist. She replied:
The only way I’m going to enjoy what I do is if I’m performing songs that I believe in and love. If I’m not happy with the material because it’s not who I am, then I’m not giving my audience what they deserve and that’s essential when connecting with your fans.

You can see the full article HERE 

The only deviation from her debut album is that Breelan has co-written only five of the seven songs (as opposed to all the tracks on her first album). The one continuity in true country, especially out of Texas, is the tune should pull you onto a dance floor. While the lyrics tell a story, the music encourages you to find your favorite guy or gal and lose yourself in the magical world created by the artists. Every track on this CD  is a perfect example of Breelan's firm grasp on her style. 

The fun side of Breelan comes through loud and clear on Rub A Little Dirt On It. The rest of the tracks, from Dancin' With the Devil, which she co-wrote with fellow Texas artist Bri Bagwell to  Nothin' Cuts Like A Diamond and every track in between is a cozy-up feel-good chain of events you will not want to miss. 

DIAMOND IN A RHINESTONE WORLD releases on October 2. Until then, I'll leave you with the YouTube of Rub A Little Dirt On It.


You can catch up with Breelan Angel with any of the links below. Be sure to follow her so you won't miss the release link for the album!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

THE PARTY LIST - Temporarily on Hiatus

I've always said family comes first. This week is one of those times when I just can't do everything. I tried to get the list up for today but there just wasn't enough time between this and getting the house ready for company.

I'm not saying The Party List won't appear... just not Today. I still hope to get at least an abbreviated version up and some Twitter notes run. But Family First.  Thank you for your patience.

Country Blessings!