Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Here in the Garden

HERE IN THE GARDEN By Richard Dobson is a perfect example of why I love Texas. 
From the first strains of the title track til the last note of Gone to Texas, Richard weaves a comforting web of pure tones that only add to the stories he has to tell. Whether they be about lovers (The Moon is for Lovers), annoying birds (Black Crow) or shopping for suspenders ( Tractor Supply), each tune draws you in.  One to Run the River With is reminiscent of a Mike Blakely song I love. Again… a story told from a different perspective but the core is still the same… trust and friendship – knowing who you can count on. 

Marketing is a big part of how well an album does. I’ve seen everything over the years. Everything except liner notes about the song. The inside cover of this tri-fold package tells you a quick sentence blurb about what was going through Richard’s mind when he wrote each song. I love this concept not because he explains the song but because even if I’d not met Richard in person, talked with him, this little extra something gave me an insight to the man behind the music. 

This CD is long on talent from a man who lives life… soaking up every step he takes. And we are blessed he shares the journey with the rest of us. 

I give this CD 

You can buy this and other CDs by Richard Dobson at:

Monday, July 28, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Richard Dobson

Few musicians have led the life similar to Richard J. Dobson. He is one of the most revered songwriters throughout the world. His words are poetic, descriptive and soulful. He is a master storyteller. Nanci Griffith is right on target when she refers to Richard as "the Hemingway of Country Music."

Born in Tyler, Texas, Richard honed his skills with folks like Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark and Steve Earle. His songs have been recorded by Lacy J. Dalton (Old Friends), Nanci Griffith (Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith).  Most recently his song Baby Ride Easy appeared on the lost tracks of Johnny Cash - Out Among the Stars. The song (a duet number) has previously been recorded by Carlene Carter/ Dave Edmunds and (the late) Billie Jo Spears/ Del Reeves

His most recent CD, Gulf Coast Tales, is a collection of songs based on his time in the Gulf Coast of Texas and MS.

Though Richard calls Switzerland home (since 1999), he still makes frequent trips stateside to visit friends, play music and write... always observing and writing.

You can find out more about Richard and his music by visiting any of the sites listed below.

Website: http://www.richard-j-dobson.ch/
Facebook: Richard J. Dobson
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/richarddobson
My Texas Music: http://www.mytexasmusic.com/richarddobson/

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 24 - 30th

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.

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 – 24
W. C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Hollin McKay
Jon Wolfe – Brewster St. Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
ShAnnie – Luckenbach – 5 p.m.
The Departed – Stampede Houston – Houston – 9 p.m.
Scott Taylor Band – Street Dance – Victoria TX – 7:30 p.m.
Parker Heights – Buffalo Joe’s Pub – Paris – 7 p.m.
Kevin Fowler – The Rustic – Dallas – 
Randy Brown – Chubby’s Burger Shack – Fort Worth – 7-10 p.m.

Friday – 25
Zane Williams – The Lone Star Bar – Midland – 11:30 p.m. $10
Scott Taylor Band – The Barn – Mission Valley – 9 p.m.
Billy Joe Shaver – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
/w Crooks 
Casey Hubble – Luckenbach – 4 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline Band – Luckenbach – 8 p.m.
JB and the Moonshine Band – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Bart Crow Band – The Mule Barn – Justin – 
Kyle Park – Midnight Rodeo – Austin – 
Cody Bryan Band – Wild West – Lubbock 
Cameran Nelson – Cypress Saloon – Cypress – 9 p.m.
The Departed – River Road Icehouse – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.
Terri Hendrix – Padres – Marfa – 7 p.m.
Viva Big Bend Music Festival
Wade Bowen – Southern Junction – Royse City 

Saturday – 26
Josh Grider – Cypress Saloon – Cypress
Firefall – Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands –
Zane Williams – Boon Docks at Eagle Mt. Marina  – Fort Worth - $10
Reckless Kelly – Floore’s – Helotes – 8 p.m
/w Charlie Robison, Stuart Mann & The Statesboro Review
Mike McClure Band – The Iron Horse Pub – Wichita Falls – 9 p.m.
Weldon Henson – Luckenbach – 1-5 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – South Texas Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 10:30 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley – Luckenbach – 9 p.m.
Whiskey Myers – Music City Texas Theater – Linden – 
Jesse Keith Whitley – Redneck Country Club – Stafford 
Breelan Angel – House Pasture Cattle Company - Concan 
/w Stoney LaRue
Cody Bryan Band – Midnight Rodeo – Amarillo
The Departed – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin – 8 p.m.
Kylie Rae Harris – Southern Music Festival – Denton –
Wade Bowen – Cattle Baron’s Ball – Lubbock - 

Sunday – 27
Real Life Real Music Songwriters Showcase 
Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Redneck Brown & the Freshwater Donkeys –
   - Big Star 97 Awards – Ft. Worth – 5 p.m.
Jason Eady – LuckenBach – 1-5 p.m.
/w Jamie Wilson & Friends
Casey Hubble – The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30 p.m.
The Departed – House of Blues – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Kylie Rae Harris – Greenfest – New Braunfels

Monday – 28
Casey Hubble – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
/w Tessy Lou
W.C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 

Tuesday – 29
Byrd & Street – Dr. Eugene Clark Library – Lockhart – 7 p.m.
Host: Fletcher Clark
Sol Patch – Luckenbach – 5 p.m. 
The Washers – McGonigels – Houston – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Hillyer & Randy Brown – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 30
Van Darien – The Rustic – Dallas - 


Thursday – 24
Suzy Bogguss – Royal River Casino – Flandreau SD – 8 p.m.
Aaron Watson – Deadwood Mtn. – Deadwood SD
Ragged Union – Avogadro’s Number – Ft. Collins CO – 
Geoff & Christina
Granger Smith – Gage Co. Fair – Beatrice NE – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin  & Bros – Buck Owens Crystal Palace – Bakersfield CA – 
Wade Bowen – First Council Casino – New Kirk OK 
Susan Gibson – Crystal Theater Missoula – Missoula MT – 8 p.m.
Oak Ridge Boys – Marshall Co. Fairgrounds Grandstand – Warren MN – 
Uncle Lucius – Heritage Park – Algoma WI 

Friday – 25
Travis Tritt – Greenfield Amphitheater – Wilmington NC
Steve Wariner – Country Tonite Theater – Pigeon Forge TN
Suzy Bogguss – Vega – Lincoln NE – 8 p.m.
Aaron Watson – Outlaw Saloon – Cheyanne WY
Josh Abbott Band – The Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
Corey Smith – Joe’s Bar – Chicago – 
Granger Smith – Red Willow Co. Fair – McCook NE
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Chandler AZ
Jason Helms Band – Buckshots Bar & Grill – Hot Springs Valley AR
Shenandoah – Great River Days – Muscatine IA
Parker Heights – Choctaw Casino – Broken Bow OK – 9 p.m.
Lorrie Morgan – Shawnee Bluff Vineyards – Eldon MO – 
Mark Chapman – Empire Fair – Springfield MO 
Uncle Lucius – The Big Chautauqua – Bayfield WI

Saturday – 26
Aaron Tippin – Leelanu Sands Casino – Suttons Bay MI
Travis Tritt – Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts – Franklin NC
T. Graham Brown – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Collin Raye – LeeLanu Sands Casino – Suttons Bay MI
Suzy Bogguss – Legion Arts – Grand Rapids IA – 8 p.m.
Redneck Brown & the Freshwater Donkeys 
     - Brewsky’s – Oklahoma City OK – 9 p.m.
Aaron Watson – The Railyard – Billings MT
Granger Smith – Sheridan Co. Fair – Gordon NE – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Boomtown Casino Hotel – Reno NV- 7 & 9 p.m.
Parker Heights – Choctaw Casino – Idabel OK
Oak Ridge Boys – Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake MN
Lorrie Morgan – Meramac Music Theater – Steeleville MO 
Uncle Lucius – The Cabooze – Minneapolis MN

Sunday – 27
Larry Gatlin & Bros. – Sycuan Casino – El Cajon CA – 6 p.m.
Uncle Lucius – Knucklehead’s – Kansas City – MO

Monday – 28
Oak Ridge Boys – Monroe Co. Fairgrounds – Monroe MI

Tuesday – 29
Custer Co. Fair – Broken Bow NE
Cody Johnson Band – 6:30 
Aaron Watson – 7:30
Granger Smith – 8:40 
Buddy Case – JJ’s Grill – Conway AR – 6 p.m.
Collin Raye – Chicago Cubs Game – Chicago 
National Anthem
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN 
Oak Ridge Boys – Clearfield Co. Fair – Clearfield PA

Wednesday – 30
Aaron Watson – Central Station – Dodge City - KS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Pearly Gates Saloon

PEARLY GATES SALOON delivers twelve heartfelt tunes about life in general.
Don’t let the cover or title mislead you. This is not a cowboy church album. Whether you’re a dog lover, have seen a deer party in progress (slightly embellished true story!) or have lost someone close to you, there is something on this album for everyone. Basically, if you have lived through anything, this album is a walk down memory lane.

As a consummate songwriter and artist, Woody Eastman delivers each track with the quiet ease he embodies. With the help of other Texas greats such as Mike Blakely (and his talented wife, Annie Blakely), Larry Nye (recorded at his La-Z-L Studio), john Arthur martinez (on drums? Seriously cool!), Kurt Baumer on fiddle (wonder if he used his fluorescent one) and Larry Boyd (just to name a few), each track is Americana at it’s best.

The only thing better than owning this album is to hear Woody perform them live. And if you’re in the West Texas area, the possibilities for those occasions are plentiful.



You can purchase your copy of PEARLY GATES SALOON

Woody Eastman.com

My Texas Music

Monday, July 21, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Woody Eastman

   Opportunities abounded and little surprises materialized in places I never even considered during my 12-day trip to Texas. Today’s guest was one of those special treats. I’m talking about Woody Eastman.

   Although Woody has been musical most of his life (he played tenor saxophone in the Pearland High School band), he did not open up the writing side until around 1981. On one hand I think, why did he wait so long while the ‘writer’ part of me says he was just racking up experience – some happy and some bittersweet. But they all make for great tunes.

   The first thing that caught my attention is how such a big Texas guy can be so quiet with the most incredibly gentle voice? After having spent an evening with Woody and friends at The Badu House in Llano, then meeting him for lunch the next day I was captured  by his overall unassuming nature. I got the impression Woody doesn’t think he’s anything special, or great. He just loves what he does. He counts the late Dan Folgerberg, Shake Russell, Walt Wilkins and Mike Blakely among his mentors and idols. Of the group, the last two inspire him with their ability to paint a picture with words… to make you see what they are singing – not just hear the music. I hear a lot of Folgerberg in his style

Although I wasn’t able to hear him perform live this trip, you can bet I’m putting the option on my ‘To Do’ list for the next time I’m in Llano. Anyone care to join me?

You can find out more about Woody and his music by clicking on his name in the first paragraph.
Country Blessings!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 17-23

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.

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 – 17
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Emily Grace Berry
Josh GriderPanther Island Pavillion – Ft. Worth
Zane WilliamsStumblin Goat Saloon – Canadian – 9:30 p.m. $15
Cody Johnson Band Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
/w Sam Riggs & the Night People
Jason Boland & The StragglersDenim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Jeff PoseyGabby’s BBQ – N. Shepherd – Houston – 7 p.m.
Wade BowenChuck’s Bar – Cotulla –
Scott Taylor Band Wild Turkey Bar & Grill – Cuero – 9 p.m.
Parker Heights – Texas Stampede – Houston – 9 p.m.

Friday – 18
Josh GriderMidnight Rodeo – Austin
john  Arthur martinezThe Badu – Llano – 8 p.m.
Wake EastmanFornos on Main – Marble Falls – 7:30-11:30 p.m.
T. Graham BrownCivic Center Theater – Lubbock -
Casey Hubble Luckenbach – 4 p.m.
Dale WatsonLuckenbach – 8 p.m.
Randy Rogers BandLucky Mule – Abilene –
Mike & the Motorcars – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Charlie RobisonRedneck Country Club – Stafford –
Cody Bryan BandScooter’s Dancehall – Moulton –
Jeff PoseyRed Brick Tavern – Conroe – 8 p.m.
Kenny HarrellWild West – Cedar Park – 9 p.m.
Wade BowenHouse Pasture – Concan –
Scott Taylor Band Brosch's Ice House – Halletsville – 9 p.m.

Saturday – 19
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Chuck Hawthorne
Josh GriderTaylor Rodeo Arena – Taylor
/w Curtis Grimes
William Clark GreenFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Zack Emery BandDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
CD Release Party!
Aaron WatsonBilly Bob’s – Fort Worth
Bri BagwellLuckenbach – 1- 5 p.m.
/w Blacktop Gypsy
Ray Wylie HubbardThe Mule Barn – Justin
Mark Allan Atwood Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.
Cody Bryan BandKung Fu Saloon – Houston
Guns & Oil Launch Party!
Cameran NelsonSilver Saloon – Terrell - 9 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley Poco Playa – Matagorda – 8 p.m.
Kenny Harrell The Franchise: Cajun Restaurant – Jefferson – 9 p.m.
Wade Bowen Kosciusko Hall – Stockdale -

Sunday – 20
Dave ThomasWhite Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth – 2 p.m.
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30  p.m.

Monday – 21
George Ensle Poodie’s – Spicewood – 7 p.m.

Tuesday – 22
Drew Womack- Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
/w Kyle Hutton
Sol PatchLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Tejas Brothers & Randy Brown – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 23
Jesse Keith Whitley BandDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Whiskey MyersNutty Brown Café – Austin


Thursday – 17
Corey Smith Neumeier’s – Fort Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
Willie NelsonKresge Auditorium – Interlochen MI – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittSaenger Theater – Mobile AL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
        - Brewskies – Lawton OK – 9 p.m.
Aaron Watson – KC Live! – Kansas City – MO
The DepartedKnuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.
Susan Gibson The Raven – Bigfork  MT – 8 p.m.

Friday – 18
Aaron TippinAnderson Music Hall – Hiawassee GA
Buddy CaseCopper Penny – Hot Springs AR – 9 p.m.
Willie Nelson – Toledo Zoo – Toledo OH – 6:30 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis Tritt Darton State College – Cavalier Arena – Albany GA
Collin RayeLucky Dog Casino – Shelton WA
Steve Wariner Bay Point Marina – Panama City FL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
      - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Aaron WatsonAdams Fair – Hastings NE
Jon WolfeWhiskey River Ranch – Springfield OR – 9 p.m.
Roger CreagerThe Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
JB and the Moonshine Band – The Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City OK
T. G. SheppardRenfro Valley Entertainment Complex – Renfro Valley KY
Lorrie Morgan – Independence Co. Fair – Batesville AR -

Saturday – 19
Aaron TippinMississippi Watermelon Festival – Mize MS
Zane Williams Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City  OK – 9:30 p.m. $5
Willie NelsonBuckle Up Music Festival – Cincinnati OH – 10 p.m.
         /w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittWhitwell Summerfest 2014 -  Whitwell TN
Collin RayeCentennial Amphitheater – Moses Lake WA
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
             - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Jon WolfeSpirit Mountain Casino – Grand Rounde OR – 8 p.m.
Ragged UnionGroove Music & Arts Fest – Georgetown CO – 1 p.m.
Kelly McGuireTrop Rock Concert in the Pines – Flagstaff AZ
The DepartedThe Harper Room – Ardmore OK – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithBuckin Wild Music Fest – Erick OK – 8:30
Love and Theft takes the stage at 10 p.m.
Mickey GilleyImperial Palace – Biloxi MS –
Lorrie Morgan Island View Casino – Gulfport MS –

Sunday – 20
Zane WilliamsStratford Peach Festival – Stratford OK – 10 p.m.
/w Mike McClure
Willie NelsonThompson Boiling Arena – Koxville TN – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Suzy BoggussPensacola Maritime Park Amphitheater – Pensacola FL – 6 p.m.
/w Kim Carnes, Greg Barnhill & Lenny LeBlanc

Monday – 21
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 22
No Shows Found

Wednesday – 23
No Shows Found