IMPORTANT NOTE

Due to continued issues with my arm, I will not be doing links in The PartyList. All promos will be done through Twitter.
Thank you for understanding. CountryBlessings!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Redemption

I know I'm not suppose to be here for another month but when two amazing CDs show up in your mail box right after Christmas, some things just can't wait.



REDEMPTION
By Jeff Posey

I first introduced you to Jeff  'Wildhorse' Posey back in 2014. You can read that Out of the Chute post HERE.

Jeff Posey lives and breathes the Cowboy/ Americana way of life, honing his ability to craft a song anyone will enjoy. As I listened to REDEMPTION, I had this overwhelming sense to want to be sitting at a campfire with a cup of hot coffee, the stars twinkling like diamonds against the velvet sky overhead as Jeff strummed his guitar and shared his life through music.  Jeff takes you on a journey away from the everyday while introducing you to everyday people, places and events. 


On track 2, Jeff talks about the Llady of the Llano with her bottle tree. Along with bottle trees, this one with gazing balls graces a yard in Llano Texas. While I do not know if it's the same one that inspired the song, I was reminded of this artsy community and this picture I took on a past trip to Llano. 

Jeff introduces us to people like Maria in Boxcars of Reynosa and projects like the Wildhorse Redemption, an organization in Colorado that pairs wild horses with soon-to-be-released inmates. Jeff doesn't write songs... he tells stories.

Here's a preview of the title track:

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I've only touched on a couple of the fourteen tracks that make this an amazing new piece of Americana music. As in the past, Jeff brought some of the best in the genre to help him bring his stories to life. Walt Wilkins, Larry Nye, Mike Blakely, Kurt Baumer, Lloyd Maines, BB Morse, Gary P. Nunn, John M. Greenberg, Ray Rodriguez,  Bill Small all add instrumental talents. Mike Blakely and Tina Wilkins provide harmony vocals. Larry Nye and Walt Wilkins also produced the album.

If there is a theme to REDEMPTION, it is the magic in the story. Help yourself to a cup of coffee, settle back and be inspired to slow down and have Faith in the Shadow within to share your own story in some way. 

I'm giving REDEMPTION a high: 






You can catch up with Jeff Posey through his:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

COUNTRY HOLIDAY BLESSINGS!



As of today, KellysCountry is on vacation until...
 February 2nd 
(the first installment of The Party List - 2017)

We have changes coming for KellysCountry in the new year requiring some adjustments to the sight and my physical office space. 
I also need this time to regroup with family before life gets really crazy.

I will post snippets in January but nothing on a regular schedule.

Wishing you
MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
COUNTRY BLESSINGS

Kelly

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - In the Dark - Matt Harlan



One of the things I enjoy most about Matt Harlan's music is the ease in which you are drawn to listen. From the very first chord you feel the cares of your day ebb away like an outgoing tide. You don't care about how backed up things are at work, someone cut you off in traffic or that things didn't go as planned. What you do care about is how none of that matters at the end of the day. Something Bigger (Track 7) brings this into focus.

Like their previous album Raven Hotel, the conversational style and harmonious blend of Rachel Jones' aquamarine voice with Matt's sandier tone creates a pure sound reminiscent of another time.

I had the opportunity to ask Matt about this new project:

 What was your initial concept for In the Dark and do you feel you hit the mark? 
 We started out wanting to have an album that's a little more representative of what Rachel and I do when we play as a duo. The initial concept was just to record some new songs and keep it pretty stripped down. In that sense I think we hit the mark. It was kind of unexpected that the "dark" theme developed. I just had these new and unrecorded songs that seemed to fit together. Once we got going, I started to see how they were expressing these different aspects or impressions people have about "the dark". So, the lucky part was that it kinda hangs together in both ways: musically and thematically.


     How do you feel this is different conceptually from Raven Hotel?
     With Raven Hotel I was really trying to explore a variety of influences from different genres, so there's        jazz, country, rock and folk pretty clearly represented and separated. But on this one we were really going for a more unified sound where the influences are more like subtle undertones. I definitely wanted this one to be organic and see how it sounded when I played most of the music instead of bringing in a lot of session folks. We ended up getting a couple of friends to lay down some color, but it was important to have a sense of "this is just how I play it". In terms of content, it's a more poetic album I think, with fewer narrative-based songs. So there's more decoding that has to be done with the lyrics and that plays into the "in the dark" theme as well. The messages are obscured and semi-secret. 

    Some couples work well together, others not so much. Was it important for you that Rachel be            a force in this project?
It was very important that Rachel be a driving force on this one. Although she's been on the last two albums, we really wanted to showcase her contributions as a singer and harmony arranger on this one. She schools me on harmony parts and shows me how to sing them correctly. And of course we would disagree on how some of the music fit together, but all-in-all, we really work well together, so we're lucky that way.
    Why should someone who's never heard your music before make this their first venture into              the head and soul of Matt Harlan?
 One thing is I hope comes across is that we were very comfortable recording this one in ways we might not have been before. If you add that to the stripped down nature I think it becomes a good starting point since it's closer to what you'll typically see at a live show unless I'm playing with a full band. And I think it still manages to catch the dynamics between song types and topics so it's not just a bunch of folky love songs or something. Also, we finally got a good version of "Mozart", which is a song I've been trying to record on every record I've put out so far. Plus, we re-recorded a song called "Warm November". So, in a sense, there are these threads that go through the other albums back to the first, but it's also mostly new songs. Hopefully it's a classic "something for everybody" situation.




After listening to IN THE DARK, I believe that whether intentional or subconsciously, the album came together as it was meant to be. From the opening strains of the title cut to the 'drop the mic' ending of Mozart, you will set sail on calm waters at the end of a stormy day.


I'm tipping my hat:

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You can purchase your copy of IN THE DARK via the following locations:

You can read a review of his earlier release, Raven Hotel, HERE.

Photo courtesy of Zach Bauman via Matt Harlan

To catch up with Matt Harlan, check out the following links:











Thursday, December 1, 2016

THE PARTY LIST - December 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. 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 – 1
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell
Clint Black – Dosey Doe’s – The Woodlands


Friday – 2
Bellamy Brothers – Silver Saloon – Terrell
Charlie Robison – Floore’s – Helotes
            /w Koe Wetzel
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Roanoke
Dolly Parton – American Bank Center Arena – Corpus Christi
Jack Nelson – Beer Garden – Midland – 9 p.m.
Dale Watson – The White Horse – Austin
Michael Martin Murphey – One World Theatre – Austin
            Cowboy Christmas!


Saturday – 3
Bellamy Brothers – Honky Tonk Texas – Silsbee
Mike Blakely – Hill Country Pottery – Comfort – 1-4 p.m.
            /w Annie Blakely
            Holiday Reception
Dolly Parton – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie
Jack Nelson – The Broken Spoke Saloon – Amarillo – 8 p.m.
            Acoustic
Dale Watson – 11th Street Cowboy – Bandera
Josh Grider – Tavern On Main – Buda
Terri Hendrix – Cave Without a Name – Boerne
            /w Lloyd Maines
Scott Taylor Band – Tropical Christmas Festival – Rockport – Noon – 1p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey – The Barnhill Center @ Historic Simon – Brenham
            Cowboy Christmas!


Sunday – 4
Byrd & Street – Threadgill’s – Austin – 6-9 p.m.
            7th Annual Mistletoe Jam!
Michael Martin Murphey – The Heights Theater – Houston
            Cowboy Christmas!


Monday – 5
Dolly Parton – NRG Arena – Houston
Bracken Hale – Poodie’s – Spicewood
Michael Martin Murphey – Texas A & M – Corpus Christi
            Cowboy Christmas!


Tuesday – 6
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
            /w Annie Blakely
Dolly Parton – Frank Erwin Center – Austin


Wednesday – 7
Mike Blakely – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores – 7-9 p.m.
            /w john Arthur martinez & Kurt Baumer


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 1
Lee Greewood – Firekeepers Casino Hotel Event Center – Battle Creek MI
Johnny Lee – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Vince Gill – Ryman – Nashville TN
            Christmas @ the Ryman with Amy Grant
Tracy Lawrence – Kanza Hall – Overland Park KS
Terri Clark – Golden Nugget – Las Vegas NV
Mickey Gilley – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Oak Ridge Boys – Vern Riffe Center for the Perf. Arts – Portsmouth OH
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Buddy Case – Fox & Fork – Clarksville AR
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN
            2 Shows


Friday – 2
Bart Crow – JB’s Downtown – Joplin MO
Tracy Lawrence – Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
Oak Ridge Boys – Renfro Valley KY
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Exile – Angelic Hall – Lebanon  KY
Ragged Union – Kline’s Beer Hall – Arvada CO
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Saturday – 3
Sylvia – Ernest Tubb Record Shop – Nashville TN
            In-store CD Signing!
Jeannie Seely – TPC Conf. & Convention Center – York PA
Clint Black – Silver Star Convention Center – Philadelphia MS
Travis Tritt – Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park – Pompano Beach FL
Tracy Lawrence – The Fox Pavillion – Hays KS
Oak Ridge Boys – Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Wisconsin Dells WI
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Exile – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Sunday – 4
Tanya Tucker – Grand Event Center @ the Golden Nugget – Las Vegas NV
Travis Tritt – Florida Theatre Jacksonville – Jacksonville FL
Oak Ridge Boys – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant MI
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Monday – 5
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Tuesday – 6
Oak Ridge Boys – Crouse Performing Hall – Lima OH
            Christmas Celebration Tour!


Wednesday – 7
Vince Gill – Ryman – Nashville TN
            Christmas @ the Ryman with Amy Grant
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Party List - November 24 - 30



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. 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 – 24
Dale Watson – The Continental Club – Austin


Friday – 25
Bellamy Brothers – Masones Saloon – Cypress
William Clark Green – Floore’s – Helotes
            /w John Baumann
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell
Jack Nelson – Neon Country – Jacksonville – 8 p.m.
Dale Watson – Love and War – Plano
Scott Taylor Band – Inez Community Center –
john Arthur martinez – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.


Saturday – 26
Sam Riggs – Floore’s – Helotes
            /w Flatland Cavalry
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Roanoke
Gene Douglas – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
The Warhorses – Poodie’s -  Spicewood – 8 p.m.
Braken Hale – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 10:30 p.m.
Mike Blakely – House Concert – Corpus Christi – 6 p.m.
            /w Doc Blakely
            Potlock @ 5 p.m. Contact: suztrot@stx.rr.com
John Michael Montgomery – Schroeder Dance Hall – Goliad
Dale Watson – The Broken Spoke – Austin
Charlie Pride – Redneck Country Club – Houston
Josh Grider – Specht’s Store – San Antonio
           

Sunday – 27
Tessy Lou – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
Jon Napier – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 7:30 p.m.
            /w Guest: Collin McDonald
Dale Watson – The Big T Roadhouse – Saint Hedwig
john Arthur martinez – Riley’s Tavern – Hunter – 4 p.m.


Monday – 28
W.C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 6:30 p.m.
            /w Guest: Robert Cline, Jr
            Steak Night!
Dale Watson – The Continental Club – Austin


Tuesday – 29
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
            /w Annie Blakely
Jean Synodinos – ABA – Ray Benson Stage – Austin
john Arthur martinez – Trailblazer Grille – Burnet – 6 p.m.


Wednesday – 30
Michael Martin Murphey – The Cactus Theatre – Lubbock
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores – 7 p.m.


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 24
Buddy Case – Fox & Fork – Clarksville AR
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Friday – 25
Mark Chesnutt – Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
Tracy Lawrence – Dover Downs Hotel & Casino – Dover DE
            Rollins Center Ballroom
Oak Ridge Boys – Joplin Memorial Hall – Joplin MO
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Michael Martin Murphey – Gryphon Theater – Laramie WY
            Cowboy Christmas
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Saturday – 26
Marc Broussard – Amos Southland – Charlotte NC
            Heart & Soul Benefit Concert
Bellamy Brothers – Sugar Creek Casino/ Event Center – Hinton OK
Bo Phillips Band – Gilley’s – Pocola OK
Kentucky Headhunters – The Sundowner – Russell Springs KY
Dolly Parton – Amalie Arena – Tampa FL
Tracy Lawrence – Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown OH
Mickey Gilley – Cypress Bayou Casino – Charenton LA
Oak Ridge Boys – Washington Pavilion Of Arts & Science – Sioux Falls SD
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Michael Martin Murphey – Broomfield Auditorium - Broomfield CO
            Cowboy Christmas!
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN
Cody Jinks – Old Rock House – St. Louis


Sunday – 27
Dolly Parton – BB&T Center – Sunrise FL
Oak Ridge Boys – Chester Fritz Auditorium – Grand Forks ND
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Michael Martin Murphey – Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts – Palmer Lake CO
            Cowboy Christmas!
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Monday – 28
Johnny Lee – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Mickey Gilley – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Oak Ridge Boys – State Theatre – Minneapolis MN
            Christmas Celebration Tour!
Michael Martin Murphey – Burlington High School - Burlington CO
            Cowboy Christmas!
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN


Tuesday – 29
Dolly Parton – Pensacola Bay Center – Pensacola FL
Johnny Lee – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Mickey Gilley – Clay Cooper Theater – Branson MO
Oak Ridge Boys – Five Flags Center – Dubuque IA
            Christmas Celebration Tour!


Wednesday – 30
Christmas @ Rockefeller Center – Telecast 8-9 p.m. ET (Pre-Recorded!)
            Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Josh Groban, Neil Diamond,
Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith
Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville
            Chris Stapleton

Dolly Parton – Smoothie King Center – New Orleans LA
Travis Tritt – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville TN
Vince Gill – Ryman – Nashville TN
            Christmas @ the Ryman with Amy Grant
Oak Ridge Boys – Milwaukee Theatre – Milwaukee WI
Gatlin Bros – Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Nashville TN
            2 Shows