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!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - June 22-28

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 – 22
Libby Koch – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            /w Alice Wallace
Bracken Hale – The Broken Spoke – Austin


Friday – 23
Libby Koch – Old Quarter Acoustic – Galveston


Saturday – 24
Libby Koch – The Bugle Boy – La Grange
Pauline Reese – Love and War – Plano
            Acoustic Trio


Sunday – 25
Libby Koch – The Bugle Boy – La Grange
            Hosting Soldier Songs & Voices


Monday – 26
W.C. Jameson – Poodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood
            Guest: Andrea Marie
Bracken Hale – The White Horse – Austin



Tuesday – 27
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg


Wednesday – 28
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 22
Vince Gill – Bluegrass Night @ the Ryman – Nashville TN
Ricky Skaggs – Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa – Chesapeake Beach MD
Rhonda Vincent – RudyFest – Grayson KY
Oak Ridge Boys – Chippewa Valley – Country Festival – Cadot WI
Lazarus Nichols - Terrapin Media - Akron OH


Friday – 23
Tanya Tucker – Little River Casino Resort – Manistee MI
Ricky Skaggs – Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival – Turnbridge VT
Thomas Michael Riley – Strawberry Festival – Cedarburg WI
Ronnie McDowell – Tennessee Country Tonight Theatre – Pigeon Forge TN
            /w T. G. Sheppard
Rhonda Vincent – Music In the Mountains Festival – Summersville WV
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus OH
T. G. Sheppard – Country Tonight Theater – Pigeon Forge TN
Little Texas – Kings Nightclub – Clarksville TN
Jeff Posey – Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel – Kansas City MO
Bellamy Brothers – Franklin Theatre – Franklin TN
Billy Ray Cyrus – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield MO
Moe Bandy – Welk Resort Theatre – Branson MO
Bill Anderson – Welk Resort Theatre – Branson MO



Saturday – 24
Tanya Tucker – North Star Mohican Casino Resort – Bowler WI
Ricky Skaggs – The Newton Theatre – Newton NJ
Rex Allen, Jr – Grand Marshall – Parade – Torrington, Alberta CA – Noon
Rex Allen, Jr – Torrington, Alberta CA – 7 p.m. Show
Thomas Michael Riley – Strawberry Festival – Cedarburg WI
Ronnie McDowell – Donoho Entertainment Center – Red Boiling Springs TN
Rhonda Vincent – Charlotte Bluegrass Festival – Charlotte MI
Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Stage @ Larson’s Landing – Effingham IL
Oak Ridge Boys – Renfro Valley – Renfro Valley KY
Mark Chapman Band – Willard Freedom Fest – Willard MO
Bellamy Brothers – Meramec Music Theatre – Steeleville MO
Cody Canada and the Departed – Cherokee Casino – Roland OK
Lazarus Nichols - The Buffalo Room - Kansas City MO



Sunday – 25
Jimmy Fortune – Wild Rose Casino & Resort – Jefferson IA
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Southgate House Revival – Newport KY
T. G. Sheppard – Wild Rose Casino – Jefferson IA
            Country Gold Tour


Monday – 26
Jimmy Fortune – Gatlinburg Convention Center – Gatlinburg TN


Tuesday – 27
Ricky Skaggs –Brevard Music Center – Brevard NC
Jimmy Fortune – Gaither’s Family Fest In the Smokies 2017 – Gatlinburg TN
Rhonda Vincent – Fan Club Party – Queen City MO
            Limited Seating. Must Register to Attend
Marc Broussard – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen MI
           


Wednesday – 28

Marc Broussard – SPACE – Chicago IL

Thursday, June 15, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - June 15-21

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 – 15
Terri Hendrix – Dosey Doe – The Woodlands
            /w Lloyd Maines
            Real Life Real Music Radio Show
Bracken Hale – The Broken Spoke – Austin


Friday – 16
Mike Blakely – The Back Porch Bar – Port Aransas
Kelly Lang – Will Rogers Memorial Center – Fort Worth


Saturday – 17
Thomas Michael Riley – Lola’s Trailor Park – Ft. Worth
Byrd & Street – New World Deli – Austin
Bracken Hale – The Broken Spoke – Austin


Sunday – 18
Jeff Posey – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Wagner Noel - Midland


Monday – 19
George Ensle – Poodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood
            Guest: Rex Foster
Bracken Hale – The White Horse – Austin


Tuesday – 20
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg
Byrd & Street – Anderson Fair - Houston


Wednesday – 21
Jeff Posey – Love and War – Plano
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 15
Vince Gill – F. M. Kirby Center – Wilkes – Barre PA
Jon Wolfe – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville AR
Michael Martin Murphey – Sandy City Amphitheatre – Sandy UT
Lazarus Nichols - Casa Cantina - Athens OH


Friday – 16
Oak Ridge Boys – Downtown Deadwood – Deadwood SD
Danny Santos – Old Court House Museum – Sioux Falls SD - Noon
Danny Santos – Nobles County Arts Center – Worthington MN – 7:30  p.m.
Lazarus Nichols - Paul's Nightclub - Lancaster OH
                /w Kris Brown


Saturday – 17
Vince Gill – Lowell MA
Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Shed – Maryville TN
Little Texas – Bottineau County Fair – Bottineau ND
Bellamy Brothers – Golden Nugget Ballroom – Biloxi MS
Danny Santos – Roy Rumanar House Concert – Aurora IL


Sunday – 18
Vince Gill – Keswick Theatre – Glenside PA
Ray Wylie Hubbard – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville TN
Danny Santos – Uncommon Ground Coffee House – Chicago IL
Jamey Johnson – The Gillioz – Springfield MO



Monday – 19
Vince Gill – American Music Theater – Lancaster PA
Jimmy Fortune – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Danny Santos – Dekalb Public Library – Dekalb IL


Tuesday – 20
Vince Gill – Rose Music Center – Huber Heights OH
Jimmy Fortune – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN


Wednesday – 21

Rhonda Vincent – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Do It!



There are times when as a reviewer I have to trust the promoters I network with to send me music in my wheelhouse. And, like last week, I get a CD that makes me question only to be reminded not to judge a CD by its cover or artist. This is one of those surprise albums I love to have come across my desk.

When you hear Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons  you might picture anything but country. But they are not a hard rock or punk rock group . There is an undercurrent of those sounds in their music because, like a lot of artists, they have elements from all styles of music in their history. A bit of  mandolin bluegrass mixes with a punch of drums, guitar licks that accentuate every word and a pinch of that sound from other genres that make an amazing pot of something you can't get enough of.  DO IT is that album.  Jamie sums everything up nicely. "It's always fun when we hear that we were not what someone expected. We love to take our listeners through a musical journey and we play music that we love."

The 'hmm' factor still swirled through my brain as I read their bio. ... this Jam Band influenced group feels the lyric, "and a band of demons joined in, and it sounded something like this," sums up their style perfectly. The description of the lyrics as well as the band name are a nod to a Charlie Daniels tune, 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' . With those words in mind, I popped the CD into the laptop and hit play. From the first note of Back in My Arms to the visuals in Postcard From the Road, I fell in love with this group.

Jamie Talbert co-wrote seven of the tracks. Back In My Arms, All I Know, Sun In My Skies, and Wildfire were written with the help of fellow band members Todd Conger and Tyler Henderson as well as Cody Oxley. Renowned Texas songwriter, Mike Ethan Messick lent his talent with Jamie on Him and My Baby as well as Whiskey Drinkin' (Stormy Cooper also helped on this tune and the album was recorded at his studio in Houston). Alex Weeden, guitarist for Miranda Lambert, teamed with Jamie for Tired of the Rings. Other contributors to this CD were Jordan Powell (Postcard From the Road) and Waylon Strain (Keep That Girl Away From Me)  Each of these songwriters brought their own bit background, enriching each note.

As I listened to DO IT, I could almost feel a blue current running along the floor beneath my feet. While I've not seen them in person, other reviewers speak highly of how fun their shows are. Every track calls you to the dance floor. So roll back the rug, toss down a bit of sawdust and have a blast. I promise, you won't leave the floor until the last note has faded.

I'm tipping my hat ....

 .8 
The album releases June 16th. I'll post the social media links below and the album should be up for purchase then on the following locations:


Here is the video for Wildfire:




You will find the guys on various social media sites:







Thursday, June 8, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - June 8-14

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 – 8
Libby Koch – Hill’s CafĂ© – Austin
            /w Tom Meny
Thomas Michael Riley – TMR Music Festival –
            Sponsor Party
Bracken Hale – The Broken Spoke – Austin
Dave Thomas – Tumbleweed’s Sports Bar – Ft. Worth



Friday – 9
Libby Koch – Auslander – Fredricksburg
Thomas Michael Riley – TMR Music Festival – Luckenbach
Pauline Reese – Brass Hall – Marble Falls
            Full Band with the Guadalupe Pirates



Saturday – 10
Thomas Michael Riley – TMR Music Festival – Luckenbach
T. G. Sheppard – Court House Square – San Sabe
Johnny Lee – Kosse Texas Street Dance – Kosse
Bellamy Brothers – Lockhart Municipal Park – Lockhart
            Chisolm Trail Roundup
Dave Thomas – Luckenbach


Sunday – 11
Mike Blakely – Luckenbach
Thomas Michael Riley – TMR Music Festival - Luckenbach


Monday – 12
Bracken Hale – The White Horse – Austin


Tuesday – 13
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg
George Ensle – Poodie’s Hilltop – Spicewood
            Guest: Casey Hubble



Wednesday – 14
Byrd & Street – Kickbutt Coffee – Austin
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria



ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 8
Vince Gill – Tifton Campus Convention Center – Tifton GA
Rhonda Vincent – CMA Music Fest – Nashville TN  2-3:30 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – Ernest Tubb Record Shop – Nashville TN 3 p.m.
            /w Daryle Singletary
Rhonda Vincent – Nashville Palace – Nashville TN – 9 p.m.
            CD Release Party /w Daryle Singletary
            Tickets - http://rhondavincent.com/rhondavincentdar.html
T. G. Sheppard – CMA Fest – Durango Stage – Nashville TN
Bill Archer – CMA Music Festival –
Michael Martin Murphey – Bartlesville Community Center – Bartlesville OK
            With Bartlesville Symphony
Marc Broussard – Merriam Theater – Philidelphia PA
            Supporting Tedeschi Truck Band
Bellamy Brothers – CMA Fest – Nashville TN
            Budweiser Forever Country Park
Rex Allen, Jr – Nashville Palace – Nashville TN
            Part of a CMA Musicfest showcase w/
Melissa Luman, Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr., George Hamilton V,
Michael Twitty, Dean Miller and Chrystie Wooley



Friday – 9
Vince Gill – Sweetland Amphitheatre – LaGrange GA
Rhonda Vincent – Cherokee Bluegrass Festival – Cherokee NC
Bill Archer – CMA Music Festival –
Johnny Lee – Sand Bass Festival – Madill OK
Marc Broussard – Syracuse Jazzfest – Syracuse NY



Saturday – 10
Tracy Lawrence – Cherokee Casino – Roland OK
Vince Gill – Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Gainsville Ga
Rex Allen, Jr. – Nashville Convention Center – Nashville TN
            WSM Stage 1:15 p.m.
Rex Allen, Jr – Nashville Palace – Nashville TN
            Country With Heart – 5 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – Dinwiddie Music Festival – Dinwiddie VA
Bill Archer – CMA Music Festival –
Michael Martin Murphey – The Deer Horn Ranch – Geary County KS
            Kansas City Symphony
Little Texas – The Fargodome – Fargo ND
Jimmy Fortune – Meramec Music Theater – Steeleville MO
Lazarus Nichols - The Listing Loon - Cincinnati OH
          /w Kris Brown





Sunday – 11
Ricky Skaggs – Moss Arts Center – Blacksburg VA
            The Crooked Road: Mountains of Music Homecoming
            /w Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Sparks
Rhonda Vincent – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
            Gospel Show
Bill Archer – CMA Music Festival –
Little Texas – Forever Country Stage – Nashville TN
            CMA Music Fest



Monday – 12
Ricky Skaggs – Country Cabin II – Norton VA
            The Crooked Road: Mountains of Music Homecoming
            /w Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Sparks

           

Tuesday – 13
Danny Santos – Fulkner County Library – Conway AR


Wednesday – 14
Vince Gill – The Maryland Theatre – Hagerstown MD
Oak Ridge Boys – Club Regent Casino – Winnipeg MB Canada
Lazarus Nichols - The Brothers Lounge - Cleveland OH
        /w Kris Brown
Danny Santos – South Sioux City Public Library – S. Souix City NE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Lazarus Nichols


ROCK N ROLL HEART
This blog is called KellysCountry for a reason. I listen to, promote and review classic country, bluegrass, Americana, Folk and fridges of any of those compilations. I do not review rock.... not even country rock/ country pop or whatever they're calling music on the radio these days.

So when I received this CD in the mail, the cover through me. Adam Dawson at Broken Jukebox  knows my preferences so I had to scratch my head when he sent this CD my Lazarus Nichols to me.  But I'm if nothing else, a good sport. If Adam thought this was in my wheelhouse, I'd give it a listen.

Rock N Roll Heart is the epitome of  "don't judge a book by it's cover" or in this case, a CD.

I've long been a fan of Neil Young and my mind went to my younger days of sitting in a dark corner of a room while my first husband and his buddies toked and listened to The Band and Neil Young. The lyrics were profound while the music wrapped you in a mellow cocoon.

Gonna Be Okay opens the cd with a jazzy horn fitting of any New Orleans bar crawl. I'd love to see him play this on NCIS-New Orleans. I think Laz and Scott Bakula would get along just fine.
Things slow down a bit, but the beat is still prevalent in Small Axe. 
The traditional finger-pick style on Come Again In Glory draws you on a journey traveled with the ever-faithful spirit.
Loathsome Shadow bears down hard on the raw Americana sound with the guitar licks and that Neil Young grit to his voice.
A take on Murphy's Law, Shit and Shame hearkens to real, everyday life when you just want to smack something.
Diggin A Hole is a story Lazarus seems to pull from deep inside, almost painfully, to tell the tale and showcases an almost primitive connection to his rock and roll influences.
Makin Good Time is a toe-tapper that seems to tell the untold story of the hard road knocks of an artist.
Rise is probably the most prophetic of all the songs on this CD... the call Lazarus heard to seriously begin his musical journey that carried him from Ohio to Texas. Personally, I'm glad he listened... and I think you will to.

I'm posting the title cut below for you to draw your own conclusions about this new 'old soul' taking Austin by storm.





I'm tipping my hat:

 .8


You can find out more about Lazarus Nichols on the following social media platforms:



Monday, June 5, 2017

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Profile

There's that moment when you are not sure you want to listen, but something compels you to do so anyway. Whether it be a small but firm voice telling you "it's time" or "listen to me", you can't turn away.

And so it was when Adam Dawson of Broken Jukebox Media pointed me in the direction of Lazarus Nichols. At first glance of the CD, I thought wires might have crossed somewhere. I don't review rock n roll. But I have to tell you, there is something a lot deeper to Lazarus Nichols. And I'm glad I took the time to listen to the voice.

Laz is one cool cat. Listening to his music you get a real sense of the pace at which he moves, his thoughtful process towards everything you approaches and the deeply spiritual soul buried within. The fact that the Austin music scene has embraced him like a long lost brother is no surprise.

A transplant from Ohio, Lazarus Nichols now calls Austin home, along with his wife, two kids, three dogs and two cats. I first heard his name when I reviewed Libby Koch's CD - Just Move On. Libby Koch knows talent when she hears it and only works with the best people on her projects. Lazarus Nichols fits the profile to a T.  

With that behind him, Lazarus set out to put his virgin album together. With a stack of his own songs and determination, he teamed up with singer, songwriter and producer, Kris Brown for Rock n Roll Heart. An eclectic cd I'll be reviewing tomorrow on Turntable Tuesday.

Until then, kick dim the lights, kick back in your favorite chair and mellow out to this tune:


Catch you tomorrow for Turntable Tuesday when I review Rock n Roll Heart

Country Blessings!
Kelly



Saturday, June 3, 2017

SUPER SATURDAY! - PFI - Father's Day

Sorry I dropped the ball on these posts. In case you don't read my other blogs, you are unaware that Bob got off the boat and was home for 49 days. Not a lot got done except spending time with him. He is my universe when he is home. Then I work like a mad woman when he goes back out.

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