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, September 21, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - September 21 - 27

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.

In light of the aftermath of Hurricane’s Harvey and Ira – and more storms on the horizon, please check the venue to make sure the shows you want to attend are taking place. Be safe!

With that in mind.....

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

TEXAS
Thursday – 21
AJ Guel – Sunnyside Saloon – El Campo
john Arthur martinez – Hippo Hut – Hutto
Jaryd Lane – Redneck Country Club - Houston



Friday – 22
Casey Donahew – Washington Co Fair – Brenham
Charlie Robison – Mabank Jubilee – Mabank
Cameran Nelson – Larry Joe Taylor’s Rhymes & Vines Festival – Stephenville
Mike Blakely – Del Norte Tacos – Godley
            /w Larry Nye
Pauline Reese – Western Edge Wine Cellars – Fredricksburg
Matt Dunn – Muddy Jake’s – Sulphur Springs


Saturday – 23
Thomas Michael Riley - Luckenbach
           Don Williams Tribute
Cameran Nelson – Game On Sports Bar – Conroe
            /w Jack Nelson
Doug Stone – Hank’s Texas Grill – McKinney
john Arthur martinez – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg
            Band Show
Johnny Lee – Arlington Music Hall – Arlington
Jamie Richards – Rockett CafĂ© – Waxahachie
Kevin Fowler – E.Texas State Fair - Tyler


Sunday – 24
Asleep at the Wheel – W.W. O’Donnell Perf. Arts Center – Brenham
john Arthur martinez – Gillen’s Candy & Wine – Blanco
            Harvey Relief Concert – Western Edge Cellars – Redricksburg
                        john Arthur martinez
                        Jeff Posey
                        Mike Blakely


Monday – 25
No Shows found


Tuesday – 26
Chuck Hawthorne – Liberty Tree Tavern – Elgin
            /w Rachel Laven
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell
Cody Canada – Railhead Smokehouse – Willow Park
            Song swap /w Mike McClure
john Arthur martinez – Trailblazer Grille – Burnet
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Wine Cellars - Fredricksburg


Wednesday – 27
Brandon Luedtke – Hole in the Wall – Austin
Chuck Hawthorne – Holiday Inn Midtown  - Austin
            Southwestern Folk Alliance Festival
Cody Canada – Lytle Land & Cattle Co. – Abilene
            Song Swap /w Mike McClure
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores
john Arthur martinez – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg
            Songwriter’s Series
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria


  
ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 21
Aaron Einhouse – Medicine Stone Music Festival – Tahlequah OK
Collin Raye – Mill Town Music Hall – Bremen GA
Cody Joe Hodges – The Savory Downtown – Watertown NY
            /w Justin Dukes
Cadillac Three – The Blue Note – Columbia MO
Exile – Alma Perf. Arts Center – Alma AR
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO

Friday – 22
Aaron Einhouse – JB’s Downtown – Joplin MO
            /w Shane Smith
Aaron Tippin – Jackson Apple Festival – Jackson OH
Alison Krauss – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston MA
The Baker Family – Hootin’ n Hollerin’ – Gainsville MO
Bill Anderson – Renfro Valley Ent. Center – Renfro Valley KY
Cadillac Three – Midnight Rodeo – Springfield MO
Crystal Gayle – Cactus Pete’s – Jackpot NV
Cody Canada & the Departed – Stone Medicine Show – Tahlequah OK
Gary Allan – Oklahoma State Fair – Oklahoma City OK
Gatlin Brothers – Shawnee Bluff Vineyard – Eldon MO
Jack Nelson – Landing Zone – Midwest City OK
Jaryd Lane – Johnson’s Station – Picayune MS


Saturday – 23
Aaron Tippin – Ozarks Amphitheater – Camdenton MO
Alison Krauss – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia MD
The Baker Family – Folk Music Festival – Festus
Bill Anderson – Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester OH
Casey Donahew – Cornstock 2017- Garnett KS
Charlie Robison – Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill – Lake Charles LA
            L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Casino
Craig Morgan – The Meadow’s Racetrack & Casino – Washington PA
Cadillac Three – Brimstone Recreation – Huntsville TN
Cody Canada (Acoustic) Medicine Show – Tahlequah OK
Darryl Worley – Monroe 200 – Monroe OH
Gary Allan – Riverdome @ Horseshoe Casino & Hotel – Bossier City LA
Gene Watson – Margaritaville Casino – Bossier City LA
Gatlin Brothers – Wild Rose Casino & Resort – Emmetsburg IA
Lorrie Morgan – Tulalip Resort & Casino – Tulalip OK
            Grits & Glamor Tour /w Pam Tillis
Marc Broussard – Barn Bash – Williamson GA
Oak Ridge Boys – Country Tonight – Pigeon Forge TN
            2 Shows!


Sunday – 24
Alison Krauss – Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre – Cary NC
Craig Morgan – Amesbury Harvest Fair & Country Music Festival – Amesbury MA
Gatlin Brothers – Cannon Falls Auditorium – Cannon Falls – MN
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO


Monday – 25
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO


Tuesday – 26
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Lorrie Morgan – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN - 7 p.m. Show!
            /w Marshall Tucker Band/ Rascal Flats/ William Michael Morgan
Lorrie Morgan – Grand Ole Orpy – Nashville TN – 9:30 p.m. Show
            /w Dailey & Vincent/ Marshall Tucker Band/ William Michael Morgan
Neal McCoy – Brown Co. Fair – Georgetown OH
Nu-Blu – Raleigh Convention Center – Raleigh NC


Wednesday – 27
Darryl Worley – Columbia Theatre – Longview WA
Oak Ridge Boys – Norsk Hostfest – All Seasons Arena – Minot ND


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Brandon Luedtke

Technical issues (Thank you Windows 10 -not) prevented me from having this post ready yesterday.
Here we go!

Apologies for the misprint in the Subject line.


I'm not a fan of row houses and one of the things I really dislike about today's so-called 'country music' is that you can't distinguish one voice from another. Nashville thrives on formula and if you fit their mold, chances are you're going to get a record deal. But here's the thing... the ones that don't conform to the formula and do their thing are the ones that really make their mark in the music world.

MORNING LIGHT is the debut album from Brandon Luedtke. While this is his first LP, don't let that young face fool you. There are years of experience poured into every track and served with a rough vocal that adds that something different I look for in an artist.

Songwriting since the age of twelve, Brandon Luedtke has spent his life honing his skills as a true artist in the Folk/ Americana communities from NY to Austin and in between. Add in his first EP      ( Salient Sounds - 2014) and being awarded Best (Male) Singer/Songwriter at Viva Terlingua Festival later that year and you have a pretty good print of Brandon Luedtke - the artist.

Can't Get Away With the Way of the World cracks this album wide open with a toe-tapping tune that draws you to the campfire for a sing-a-long. The invitation continues through the remaining nine tracks. Each one adds a different ingredient to the LP without straying from a sound that is distinctively Luedtke.

If there's one take-away from MORNING LIGHT, it's reminiscent of family and neighbors gathering on a front porch to enjoy each other's company at a slower pace... a place where we know what's really important. As  you look ahead to the weekend, plan a get-together with friends in your backyard and crank up this album.

I'm tipping my had:

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Here's a video from the MORNING LIGHT LP:



You can catch up with Brandon on the following SM platforms:

WEBSITE  FB  IG  YOUTUBE  SPOTIFY  SOUNDCLOUD

Thursday, September 14, 2017

IN MEMORY - Don Williams

In place of The Party List this week, we are remembering the Gentle Giant - Don Williams.

May 27, 1939 - September 8, 2017

Photo courtesy of Kirt Webster - WebsterPR



We Should Be Together was my first introduction to Don Williams. The song released in 1974. There was something about his voice that spoke to me. I was 13. As an adult, the lyrics found their own importance in my life. During my dance-hall/ bar days, Tulsa Time was one of my favorite tunes to flatfoot across a dance floor.

And now... Don Williams, The Gentle Giant has left us with only our memories of him and the great tunes he penned throughout his career. 

Born Donald Ray Williams in Floydada Texas May 27, 1939 his career spanned 50 of his 78 years of life. That's one helluva run, though his career actually sparked when he entered a talent contest at the age of 3. He won the honor of First Place and an alarm clock. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.  A Tribute to Don Williams album was released in May of this year. 

I was torn with which other video to showcase. You're My Best Friend is truly the song of my heart, describing my relationship with my husband of 33 years, Bob. But I think this one is best played now.


Country Blessings!
Kelly





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

IN MEMORY - Troy Gentry



On Friday September 8, 2017, Country Music lost another amazing talent. Troy Gentry, of Montgomery Gentry, died when the helicopter he was in crashed in Medford NJ where the due was to perform. He was a young 50 years old.

Born Troy Lee Gentry April 5, 1967 in Lexington KY, he was always the fun-loving, sensitive man we all came to love as part of Montgomery Gentry. He leaves behind his wife, Angie and two daughters Taylor and Kaylee.


Photo from MercuryNews.com 

We all expect to leave this earth at some point, and we don't know when. But we hope to never have our passing be the result of such a tragic means. A quote from Troy's official obituary may bring comfort to us all during this time:

A follower of Christ, Gentry faithfully attended Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn., when he was not on the road. One of his favorite Bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, "Be strong and courageous; don't be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."

This video - Troy's dedication to Merle Haggard  - showcases the voice that will forever resonate in our hearts:



A public celebration/ memorial service will be held Thursday September 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Grand Ole Opry, 2804 Opryland Drive in Nashville and broadcast live HERE

Troy supported many charitable organizations including the T J Martell Foundation - the music industry's leading foundation for finding a cure for cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the foundation or to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

Two men could not have been closer if they'd been brothers. That's what made Montgomery Gentry a lasting duo in Country music for almost twenty years (an anniversary album was planned to mark the occasion in 2018).

Montgomery Gentry were inducted into the Opry in 2009. This video was their last appearance on the Grand Ole Opry:


Country Blessings
Kelly

Monday, September 11, 2017

REMEMBERING 9/11 - Let's Roll




Let’s roll, America
Let’s roll, over the fields
Let’s roll, roll on to better days
Forever remember the toll
For the flag at half -mast on the pole
To honor a lost hero’s soul
Let’s roll….

                                                                               
                                                                                       Let’s Roll by MikeBlakely
                                                                                                       ~2003 Faded BlueLP

Thursday, September 7, 2017

THE PARTY LIST!

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for your patience while I enjoyed the grandgirls. We had so much fun.
Now they are back home, Bob is on the boat and the house is quiet. I can get back to work.

The Party List and Tweets will return next week and be back on track from here on out.

In the mean time, if you like true cowboy/ western/ country I invite you to follow @SBDispatches on Twitter. I am the Marketing Director for this beautiful, glossy full-color magazine. Coming soon in collective hardback!


Country Blessings!
Kelly

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Matt & the Herdsmen

Hopefully, this will be the last Tuesday on a Wednesday. Getting things back on track here in KellysCountry but going to take a bit of time.

In the mean time, I want to introduce you to Matt & the Herdsmen and their new CD:


The first raise of the guitar on I Don't Love You Anymore cues you in to the edge Matt & the Herdsmen bring to STILL SANE

While this might not seem 'country' at first, there is a common thread throughout the album that ties everything to a fine line between contemporary country and the classic country of artists like George Strait and Tim McGraw... storytelling. Every track tells a story - a beginning, a middle and an end. While the end isn't always what we romance writers refer to as 'happily ever after', each story is tied up nicely. The other key is that the words are so carefully crafted, making each track very visual without needing YouTube. Listen to the lyrics closely and the movie reel begins to turn in your mind. 

Right Hand Man is a reverse twist on two classic country songs - I Like It, I Love It (Tim McGraw) and You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation ( Ronnie McDowell). So much for Happily Ever After.

The one thing that really spoke to me with STILL SANE, is how track 11 - For You circles back to the title track. He goes from not loving someone anymore to literally giving his life for the one he will love beyond this plane. For You is one of the most powerful tunes you'll ever hear and would make a great soundtrack for an NCIS episode or a full movie concept. 

Heading up this talented team is Matt Castillo with a voice made for storytelling in true country tone. With the help of Everto "Beto" Cavazos (Guitar), Danny Salinas (Bass), Ruben Cantu (Drums) and Omar OyOque (Pedal Steel) everything comes together. Omar's talents especially make this a true country album. 

I'm tipping my hat:

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To purchase your copy of STILL SANE, check out the following links:

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Here's a live version of  I Don't Love You Anymore