Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - August 21 - 27, 2014

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.  Some dates are subject to change!

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 – 21
W. C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Mike Ballew
Dave ThomasDani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen – Denton – 6 p.m.
Aaron WatsonBrewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi – 10 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceFreedom Crossing @ Fort Bliss – Fort Bliss
Steve Helms Floore’s – Helotes – 7 p.m.
Terri HendrixAnderson Fair – Houston – 9 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines


Friday – 22
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Roanoke – 7 p.m.
Jon WolfeFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Steve HelmsNorth Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton –6 p.m.
Aaron WatsonNorth Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton – 9:30 p.m.
Bret MullinsInn of the Hills – Kerrville – 9 p.m.
Bo PorterHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceCowboys Dance Hall – San Antonio –
Matt Harlan Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Terri HendrixAnderson Fair – Houston – 9 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines
Scott Taylor Band - The Barn - Mission Valley - 9 p.m.


Saturday – 23
Hunter HutchinsonWild West – Lubbock – 8:45 p.m.
Curtis GrimesWild West -  Lubbock – 9:45 p.m.
Aaron WatsonWild West – Lubbock – 10:30 p.m.
Mark ChapmanWest Siloam Springs Casino – West Siloam Springs OK
Jon WolfeCypress Saloon – Cypress – 8 p.m.
Bret MullinsHeadwaters Saloon – Harper – 8 p.m.
Tracy LawrenceNorth Texas State Fair – Denton –
Zach Coffey Armadillo Palace – Houston – 8 p.m.
George Ensle4.0 Cellars – Fredricksburg – 1 p.m.
Steve Helms – Skeet Shoot/ Benefit – Crowley – 1 p.m.
Matt Harlan Whip In Parlour CafĂ© & Market – Austin – 6 p.m.


Sunday – 24
Chuck HawthorneThe Bugle Boy – LaGrange – 3 p.m.
George EnsleTejas Rodeo Co. – Bulverde – 10:30 a.m.
Matt HarlanDean’s – Houston – 8 p.m.
Terri Hendrix – Fight Against Breast Cancer Concert Series – Pearland – 6 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines


Monday – 25
W.C. JamesonPoodies’ Hilltop – Spicewood –
/w Wake Eastman


Tuesday – 26
Bret MullinsNeals Lodges/ Frio River – Concan – 8 p.m.
George EnsleCowboy Church – Llano – 7 p.m.


Wednesday – 27
Bo PorterHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 7:30 p.m.
Songwriter’s Showcase



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 21
Walt WilkinsBoomerang’s Bar & Grill – Urbana IL – 8 p.m.
Zach Coffey Hinton Fair – Hinton OK – 8 p.m.


Friday – 22
Lorrie MorganEastern Montana Fairgrounds – Miles City MT
Mark ChapmanCartoons – Springfield MO
Casey Donahew Band Bourbon Theater – Lincoln NE
Walt WilkinsMidtown Pub/ Retlaw Hotel – Fon du Lac WI
Zach CoffeyHog Pin Bowling Alley – Lawton OK – 9 p.m.
Granger SmithHarold Krier Airport – Ashland KS
Kasey MusgraveTarget Center – Minneapolis MN


Saturday – 23
Alan JacksonCelebrate Virginia Live – Fredricksburg VA
Casey Donahew BandHarold Krier Airport – Ashland KS
Collin Raye Brooklyn Fair – Brooklyn CT
Granger SmithSouthwest Country Fest – Ashland KS
Kasey MusgraveFargodome – Fargo ND


Sunday – 24
Mark ChapmanRepurposed Faire Festival – Monett MO
Alan JacksonCircus Maximus Theater @ Ceasars – Atlantic City NJ


Monday – 25
Granger SmithMinnesota State Fair – Saint Paul MN


Tuesday – 26
Lorrie MorganGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN –
Granger SmithMinnesota State Fair – Saint Paul MN


Wednesday – 27
Walt WilkinsMojo’s – Columbia MO – 9 p.m.
/w Jimmy 'Daddy' Davis & Bill Small
Granger SmithThe Venue @ the Hub – Fargo ND

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - Life As We Know It - Lonestar


LIVE AS WE KNOW IT
By LONESTAR 


LIVE AS WE KNOW IT falls somewhere between the LONESTAR we remember and the rail country music rides today. While the story element is there, some of the tracks are more contemporary. To get airplay today, you have to find that balance between a song today’s country listeners expect to hear while not losing who you are as an artist. The guys of LONESTAR are consistent in that respect. Balance seems to have been their totem throughout their career.

Twenty years ago, when they began their climb up the charts, four guys from Texas made their niche in the music industry with a classic combination of soulful tunes (I’m Already There) and fun songs (Mr. Mom). They had a balance. And though the weights still have similarities to those in the beginning, Life As We Know It delivers that same mix to today’s listeners.

On one end of the beam we have songs like Maybe Someday, With My Eyes Open, Life As We Know It, If It Wasn’t For You, Just the Rain – songs that make you feel something deep.

The Countdown, How Can She Be Everywhere, Pretty Good Day, I Miss When, I Did It For the Girl even out the lighter side of the CD.

To keep everything on an even keel, we are treated to true party songs like Oh Yeah and Party All Day. While these two tracks are not my favorite, I do understand their purpose in this album.

All twelve tracks allow the guys of LONESTAR to keep one foot firmly in their roots while walking forward into what radio stations are playing now. Finding balance in this business can be painful at best but I think Texas comes out on top once again.

I’m giving this album 4 hats


To Purchase your copy of LIFE AS WE KNOW IT:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lonestar/id173414

To hear my favorite track from this album, please visit the YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgDVLzKJUIs&list=PLb7fucxQ3-BqFnuRl2ViFTap8oDydZ7Sg


Visit their website to Catch up with the guys. You can also sign up for their newsletter and fan club:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY FLIP FLOP - Bear with me.. you'll get it!



Normally, I would preface a Turntable Tuesday post with an Out of the Chute on Monday. But I haven't interviewed these guys - yet. I hope to. So with no Monday post, I did my own thing and then planned the Turntable Tuesday review of their new album - LIFE AS WE KNOW IT.

But then I got to thinking... these guys deserve a proper introduction. So I'm going to do a brief intro post today. Then come back tomorrow for my review of the album.

So here we go... Monday's Post on Tuesday

JUST FOUR GOOD OLD BOYS FROM TEXAS!
LONESTAR returns with a stellar new album!

I’m finding more often then not that the music I listened to years ago; the music I loved the most has Texas roots. Aside from the classic artistry of Ray Price, Mickey Gilley and Willie Nelson, I also enjoyed more ‘contemporary’ country. Some of my favorites over the years have been The Oakridge Boys (Duane Allen Taylortown), James & Michael Younger (Edinburg TX), George Strait, Holly Dunn (San Antonio) and the boys of LONESTAR. Richie McDonald (lead vocals/ piano), Michael Britt (lead guitar/ vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), Dean Sams (keyboard/ acoustic guitar and vocals).

What songs come to mind when you hear ‘Lonestar’? For me, I think of ‘Amazed’ or ‘I’m Already There’. But tracks like ‘No News’, ‘My Front Porch Lookin In’ or ‘Mr. Mom’ creates the balance to make Lonestar one of the most well-rounded groups you will hear in country music.

From their debut self-titled album in 1995 to their new ‘Life As We Know It’ and everything in between, nothing has changed for these guys. Their music still carries the same soulful sound and powerful, well-written lyrics. Twenty years later they have not missed a lick. And as Richie likes to say, “we’re just four good old boys from Texas.”

Works for me!


You can keep up with the guys on various social media tracks:

Monday, August 18, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - A Country Angel Update


After an upset a couple of weeks ago on twitter, I've found myself avoiding doing promotion other than The Party List. I don't like making mistakes... especially if I'm not positive the mistake was mine to begin with. Unfortunately, I was unable to check to see if I was in fact the one at fault. I can put the disclaimer on The Party List that all gigs listed are subject to change. I can not do that on Twitter. Not within my 140 character limit, at least.

So after some soul searching, I've determined I can not control whether or not tour dates are correct when I load them into HootSuite by the time they get to you. I can only go by what I know AT THE TIME I load them... which could be as much as two weeks in advance.

So while I will continue to promote some folks that I work more closely with, I will no longer be tweeting the general populace of entertainers I have on The Party List.

Unless....

They are a CLIENT

While making my rounds in Texas some comments made to me got my brain whirling. On one hand, I do a lot of the 'street teaming' to keep my name out there so artists know who I am and that I am someone they can trust to get the facts right (unless something changes mid-stream - which I have no control over).

On the other hand, why am I doing publicist work for free? Hmmm

So, if all goes well, I will have my own publicity company up and running after the first of the year. I still have packages of service and price points to work out but the business will fall under Kelly's Country - right here on this blog so watch for an icon and press releaseses in early 2015.

I had planned for this fall but the unexpected release of Somewhere Down the Line put some of the music work on the back burner for the time being.

I will only be working with a maximum of five clients to begin with. I feel that is enough while still trying to keep my foot in the fast-launching publishing world of fiction. I'm already working on a trilogy sent in 1884 West Texas. Does that surprise you?

Tomorrow.. I reintroduce you to the guys of LONESTAR then on Wednesday, I review their album. Some please come back.
Country Blessings!
Kelly

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - August 14 - 20, 2014

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. Some dates are subject to change.

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 – 14 
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Fletcher Clark
Bret Mullins Neals Lodges/ Frio River – Concan – 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew BandBrewster St. – Corpus Christi –
George EnsleHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.
Granger SmithGraham Central Station - Longview
Scott Taylor Band - Paradise Key - Rockport - 6:30 p.m.


Friday – 15
Dave ThomasCulpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7:30 p.m.
Bret Mullins151 Saloon – San Antonio – 9:30 p.m.
Bellamy BrothersMasones Saloon – Houston – 10:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew BandLone Star Saloon – Uvalde
http://www.zachcoffey.com/Zach Coffey – Wild Rooster – Ft. Worth – 10 p.m.
Granger SmithMidnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Matt HarlanWarehouse Live – Houston – 8 p.m.


Saturday – 16
Dave ThomasCulpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7:30 p.m.
Curtis McMurtryStrange Brew – Austin –
CD Release party!
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano –
/w Guest: Jon Napier
Breelan AngelThirsty Armadillo – Ft. Worth – 1:30  p.m.
Bo Porter The Grapevine – Wine Bar – New Braunfels – 6 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers Pioneer Days Festival – New Boston – 8:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band Midnight Rodeo – Austin –
Granger SmithCowboys – San Antonio –
Steve HelmsThe Mule Barn – Justin – 9 p.m.
Doug Moreland Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Matt HarlanStarlight Theater – Terlingua – 8 p.m.


Sunday – 17
Pitching for Preemies Event – Virginia Weaver SBC – Cedar Hill – 11 a.m.
Jon Wolfe, Steve Helms & More!
George EnsleStrange Brew – Austin – 2 p.m.
Jon WolfeTexas Red Dirt Road Radio Show – Mansfield – 3 p.m.


Monday – 18
George EnslePoodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood – 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday – 19
No Shows Found


Wednesday – 20
Matt HarlanGibson Guitar Showroom – Austin – 7 p.m.



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 14 
Aaron Watson Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – San Jose CA – 9 p.m.
Whiskey MyersNeumeiers Rib Room – Fort Smith AR -
Eli Young BandState Fair – DesMoines IA
/w Jake Owen, The Cadillac Three
Terri HendrixSanta Fe Bandstand – Santa Fe NM – 6 p.m. FREE
/w Lloyd Maines & Mike Hearne
Kacey MusgraveQuicken Loans Arena – Cleveland OH


Friday – 15
Aaron Watson  SLO Brewing Co – San Luis Obispo CA – 10 p.m.
Lorrie MorganMorehead Center for Performing Arts – Morehead City NC
Mark ChapmanErnte Fest – Friestatt MO
Aaron TippinBrat Fest – Bucyrus OH – 8 p.m.
T. Graham Brown Classic Center Theater – Athens GA
Walt Wilkins Burritoville House Concerts – Sullivan NH – 8 p.m.


Saturday – 16
Terri HendrixLarry Joe Taylor’s Cool Mountain Nights – Red River NM – 11 a.m.
18th Annual Festival and Cook off
/w Lloyd Maines
Aaron WatsonThe Stoney Inn – Rockin’ Rodeo – Sacramento CA – 10 p.m.
Marc Broussard Indianapolis State Fair – Indianapolis IN – FREE
Mark ChapmanHowdy Neighbor Days – Pierce City – MO
Aaron TippinSteuben Co. Fair – Bath NY – 7:30 p.m.
Collin RayeClayton Opera House – Clayton NY
Tracy LawrenceDelcambre Shrimp Festival – Delcambre LA
Walt  WilkinsThe Bitter End – New York NY
/w Jimmy 'Daddy'  Davis & Bill Small
Kasey MusgraveKFC YUM! Center – Louisville KY


Sunday – 17
Kacey Musgrave – Scottrade Center – St. Louis MO


Monday – 18
Walt WilkinsThe Mansion on O Street – Washington DC – 7 p.m.


Tuesday – 19
Lorrie MorganGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Kasey MusgraveSprint Center – Kansas City MO


Wednesday – 20
Kasey MusgravePinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln NE
Marc Broussard Birch Acquarium @ Scripps – San Diego CA
/w KPRI. FM


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - IN OVERDRIVE - Aaron Tippin


When I heard Aaron Tippin had released a truck driving CD, I knew two things. One, I had to have it. I come from a trucking family and I grew up knowing the hard work and sacrifice these folks endure to provide a living for their family. And two, Aaron Tippin was the perfect artist to breathe new life into some classics as well as adding a couple of his own.

If you don’t know, Aaron Tippin loves things that GO! Aaron identifies with every red-blooded, blue-collar American in some way. That’s why with so many truck driving songs available to choose from he turned to his fans; people just like him who knew what they liked to listen to as they rolled down the highway.

Opening with the Jerry Reed classic East Bound and Down was genius, setting the tone for the other thirteen tracks to follow. One by one, Aaron walks seamlessly through the gears of each track.  From Truck Drivin’ Man all the way down the list to the final strains of Roll On (Dave Loggins tune), we are taken back to a time. A time when songs playing over the airwaves helped keep the driver awake as they rolled down the endless ribbon of highway through the night. This CD even has my favorite, Girl On the Billboard.

The final two tracks are Aaron Tippin’s contribution to the list, delivered in true Tippin style… and sure to join the list of classic All –American songs. Drivin Fool is a story of life on the road with a strong visual of a trucker kneeling by his rig, asking for the Lord’s protection on his journey. Drill Here, Drill Now is pure patriotism full of All-American pride.

If you’ve ever been a truck driver, part of a trucker’s family in any way or just love a good driving tune, then IN OVERDRIVE is a must-have for your collection. We’ll see you down the highway.

I'm rating this CD:
 .5

You can order your copy of this and other Aaron Tippin CDs by clicking on any of the following links:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Aaron Tippin



Since 'There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With the Radio' rattled the speakers in my car in 1992 I have been a fan of Aaron Tippin. I had followed his career since 'You've Got To Stand For Something' the year before, but that snappy little tune about his car 'Daisy' just clicked. Aaron Tippin has a sense of humor and it shows in his songs. 

So when I had the chance to sit down with Aaron on July 4th, I was thrilled. I'd met him several years earlier for a charity opportunity but this time we got to talk. Here's some of what he had to say.

Note: some answers have been abbreviated as some of the content will be used in a 'first rights' article in the future. This is the short 8- second ride.

1. In your bio on your website – when talking about ‘In Overdrive’, you mention ‘real country music’. What is your definition of ‘real country’?
The songs rule. What turned me on to country music was the great stories from artists like Hank Williams, Sr. It’s not necessarily the instruments that play it, it’s the song

2. How did you get hooked on country?
I got turned on to country music by Hank Williams, Sr. It was my buddy’s dad. 8 track tape at Christmas time. Was Hank Williams, Sr. Greatest Hits. I fell in love. I was 13 and fell in love with Country Music. That was it. I was hooked. And that led me to what was going on in modern country music. Merle Haggard happened to be doing a tribute to Jimmy Rogers. And I heard that and went ‘Jimmy Rogers?’ who’s that. The Godfather of country music. So that led me way back to the roots of country music. I just loved that. When I heard Jimmy Rogers..

3. You’ve been a guest on Country Family Reunion. Was it important for you to be a part of the program? And if so, why?
Just cause I get to hang out with my heros. (laughs) that’s as simple as I can put it. I get to sit there with Bill Anderson and Jim Ed Brown and all the guys that are still left. They knocked down the big dream. I’m just thrilled. Same way about going to the opry. I don’t care if I play or not. As long as I can stand back there and watch. 

4. In a recent interview with Lance Yelington with CyberCountry.com, you were asked about your opinion in the way you feel things (music) are going. You said you try to focus on what you do and not what everyone else is doing. What brought you to the point of going from a label to an Indie artist?
You know, I think whether it’s good or bad, not being able to steer your own ship. I just wanted to do that. I’m thankful for all the hard work the guys at RCA did, promoting my music, but I was just ready to do what I wanted to do and not go to the studio and be worried, you know, having a record exec pacing the floor making sure – ‘don’t do this’, ‘ you gotta do that’, … radio play’. It’s a bunch of cant’s and don’ts instead of just walking in there and say ‘hey.. here it is boys. Let’s go out there and play it. Just make it… 

That’s like Overdrive. There’s nothing new about those songs. But it was the opportunity for friends, and myself, to get together and play in the studio with nobody breathing down our neck. And nobody saying ‘we gotta do it like this’, ‘not too much of this’… we just went out there and played and had a great time. You know, you listen to that record, there is so much life in those tracks. It’s cool, it’s fun. We just had a ball doing it. 

5. I’ve read you write from your heart and will spend hours searching for that opening line. I believe that makes the difference between a really great song and just something to fill a playlist. All of your songs seem to come from experiences – as a regular joe.  Is there anything that is personal to you that you won’t write about?
No. I do it all the time. If I feel it, it’s in me, it’s going to come out of me. All the stuff I’ve written, have had success with, it’s about me.

6. You’ve worn a lot of hats in your lifetime. I have always been impressed by your determination to be just who you are. You don’t try to follow the flow or be someone labels might have tried to impress up on you. Describe Aaron Tippin in 5 words or less.
I am just me. 
I can’t be anything else other than what I am. Believe me, they tried to whitewash me a thousand times. I’m always start showing through in the same places. 

7. How did you become interested in having your own winery? What types of grapes do you grow and is the winery for private use or are you commercializing?
My wife’s dad turned me on to wine drinking. I was a beer drinker before that. I was meeting her family, and I up and ordered a White Zinfandel. That embarrassed her dad. And her grandmother. And so he reached over to me and said, ‘Aaron, men at this table drink red wine. I’ll order your wine for you. He ordered me a glass of Red Zinfandel and I loved it. I might have had another two beers. That was it. I’ve never been back. I just love it. 

The grapes we have are Muscadine. They’re a native grape. There are no grapes in the south east, no grapes on the east coast to make good reds. So we do fruit.. you know, country wines like peach and I’ve made wine for years. We do sell off the grapes but most folks make jelly

I was for a long time… I’d go out to California and barrel select something I wanted. We're just too busy. Since I've gotten back into the airplanes, we just don’t have much time to do anything else. 

8. How did you get started doing the bikes for ‘Toys for Tots’? 
Went to Cincinnati to help a record label get a record played . We went to the mall doing a thing for Toys for Tots. If you cared, you come by and droped off a toy, Aaron Tippin signs an autographed picture. That’s how it started. I thought that was cool and would love to do something for Toys for Tots. We bounced  around what we could do. I thought about just putting a bucket out that said Toys for Tots and play a song, you know. 

Then I had a brain storm ‘you know what would be cool if I build something or had a toy’ So I came up with the idea of putting a bike together. I think I thought about a doll house, and other stuff.. but it had to be something reasonably simple I could do in 3 minutes and sing while I’m doing it. So we still do it.

Come back tomorrow for my review of In Overdrive. If you like trucking songs, you'll LOVE this album from a guy who knows what it's like to be behind the wheel!

In the mean time, you'll find Aaron at various places on the web: