Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - ALL THE WAY - Nu-Blu



That’s What Makes the Bluegrass Blue (featuring 5-time Grammy winner Rhonda Vincent) is the perfect tune to kick off the ten tracks from ALL THE WAY – the fifth album by Nu-Blu. And while you may or may not have heard much from this group previously, I promise you this CD will change what you thought bluegrass was suppose to be.

Taking a cue from the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, Nu-Blu educates us in how country and bluegrass are two interwoven threads creating a seamless piece of musical fabric. A Little Good News is as relevant today as when Anne Murray first recorded the song in 1983. Relevance aside, the amazing voice of Carolyn Routh makes the track timeless and a perfect addition to this CD.

The remaining tracks from Rhythm of the Train through Heavy Cross To Bear weave an invisible ‘stitch in the ditch’ to create a well-designed quilt of comfort and coming home. But the first single from ALL THE WAY is what pulls everything together. Jesus and Jones is that one piece of fabric that with the first line you know the quilt (album) would be lacking without. The effervescent decorative applique comes from the addition of Sam Moore (Soul Man legend) sharing the lead vocals. While the last person you might associate with bluegrass, Moore’s classic tone blends well with the undercurrent of the roots that make ALL THE WAY sure to become a keeper.

I'm tipping my hat....




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Friday, September 12, 2014

CONCERT & EVENTS - Seymour Apple Festival


Although this event kicked off yesterday (Thursday), There is still plenty of time to come join the fun! I'll be there tonight to see Missouri native -Mark Chapman Band. They take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of:
Kevin Hubbard
Terminal Image Design
Nashville TN


Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - September 11 - 17


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. I am NOT responsible for schedule changes.

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 – 11
W.C. Jameson The Badu – Llano – 7-9 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Better Halves
Walt & Tina Wilkins Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
Jana PochopStrange Brew – Austin – 8 p.m.
FREE CD at the door!
john Arthur martinezBlue Corn Harvest – Cedar Park – 7 p.m.
Cameran NelsonTexas A&M – Kingsville – 7 p.m.
Matt HarlanGenuwine Tasting Room – Magnolia – 7:30 p.m.
Randy BrownWeatherford Marina – Weatherford – 7:30-10:30 p.m.


Friday – 12
Jon WolfDiamond W Arena – Alvarado – 9 p.m.
Heath ChildsLive Oak Music Hall & Lounge – Ft. Worth – 9-11 p.m.
/w Whitney O’Neill
Bellamy BrothersHanks Texas Grill – McKinney – 9:45 p.m.
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 7 p.m.
Randy BrownLonghorn Saloon – Ft. Worth  - 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Tribute to Johnny Cash
Deryl DoddGas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas – 8 p.m.
/w Jake Kellen


Saturday – 13
Scott Taylor Band Schroeder Dance Hall – Schroeder – 8 p.m.
/w Guest Mike Taylor
Johnny RodriguezDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley Luchenbach – 9 p.m. – Midnight
Kacky StreetHam Jam House Concert – Austin – 8-10 p.m.
/w Don Raby on Fiddle!
Host: Daren Aplet  - Info: daren@fire-eye.com 512-346-6844
john Arthur martinez Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Aubrey Lynn EnglandClancy’s Saloon & Stage – Campbell – 11 a.m.
/w Twisted Pistols, Town Walsh, & more!
Breelan AngelBilly’s Ice House – New Braunfels – 8:30 p.m.
Bellamy BrothersBBQ Festival – Fairfield – 9 p.m.
Matt HarlanIn The Music Room- Waxahachie – 6 p.m.
Casey Hubbledas Peach Haus – Fredricksburg – 3 p.m.
Cameran NelsonJohnny’s Outback  – Salado – 8 p.m.
Larry GatlinLantex Theater – Llano – 2:30 p.m.
Heath ChildsLone Star Burger Bar – Red Oak – 8 p.m.
Randy BrownThe Rusty Rattler – Tolar – 6 p.m. – Midnight
4th Annual End of Summer Get2Gether
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Roanoke – 7 p.m.
Aaron WatsonJohnny’s Outback – Salado -


Sunday – 14
MUSIC 4 MIRACLESGas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas –
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Zane Williams, Aubrey Lynn England,
Mark McKinney & Chuck Ligon
john Arthur martinez Gruene Hall – New Braunfels – 5 p.m.
Casey Hubble The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.
Larry GatlinThe Texas Theater – Seguin – 2 p.m.
Randy BrownLynns Saloon – Azle – 4 –10 p.m.
Dave ThomasGas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas -  2 p.m.
Dream To Walk Foundation Fundraiser – TICKETS



Monday – 15
George EnslePoodie’s - Spicewood

Tuesday – 16
john Arthur martinezTexas Tea-Licious – Burnet – 9 p.m.
Cameran NelsonRockin Rodeo – Denton – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 17
Cody CanadaDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle – Cheatham Street – San Marcos – 9 p.m.
john Arthur martinez AJ’s Live Acoustic – Marble Falls – 7 p.m.
Cameran Nelson Love & War – Grapevine – 8 p.m.



ON THE ROAD


Thursday – 11
The Cadillac ThreeArkansas Music Pavilion – Fayetteville AR –
Opening for Jake Owen
Granger SmithDusty Armadillo – Rootstown OH – 10 p.m.
Larry GatlinLincoln College Trail Theater – Robinson IL – 7:30 p.m.
Aaron WatsonKansas State Fair – Hutchinson KS -

Friday – 12
Mark Chapman Band – Apple Festival – Seymour MO
Steve WarinerThe Cutting Room – Midtown Manhattan – NY
Ragged Union Harmony Music House – Boulder CO  - 7:30 p.m.
Terri HendrixOccidental Center for the Arts – Occidental CA – 7:30 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines
INFO: 707-542-7143
TICKETS
Turnpike TroubadoursMedicine Stone – Tahlequah OK –
Aaron TippinThe Dog Iron Saloon – Claremore OK – 9 p.m.
Eli Young BandFourth Street Live – Louisville KY
Granger SmithLevel’s Nightclub – State College PA –
Buddy CaseWords and AfterWords – Hardy AR – 7 p.m.
/w folksinger Laura Lee Willard

Saturday – 13
Kelly McGuireTIKI Barn – Burlington IA – 7 p.m.
/w Mark Mulligan
Ragged UnionFive Strings House Concert – Castle Rock CO – 8 p.m.
Terri HendrixSanta Cruz Concerts – Santa Cruz CA – 6 p.m
/w Lloyd Maines
INFO: janetrom@pacbell.net
After-show JAM /w concert attendees – bring your instruments/ voice
Aaron Tippin Choctaw Event Center – Grant OK – 8 p.m.
Eli Young BandNash Country Under the Stars – New Orleans LA
Granger SmithChameleon Club – Lancaster PA –
Buddy Case – The Loft House Concert – Enola AR – 7 p.m.
/w folksinger Laura Lee Willard

Sunday – 14
Kelly McGuireArmbrust Acres Park – Omaha NE – 4 p.m.
Granger SmithThe Club at Stage A & E – Pittsburg PA –
     NOTE from A&E's site - Earl Dibbles, JR has been upgraded to the Main Stage!
Don WilliamsAmerican Music Theater – Lancaster PA – 3 p.m.

Monday – 15
Granger SmithThe Southern Cafe & Music Hall – Charlottesville VA – 9 p.m.

Tuesday – 16
Kelly McGuire – House Concert – Littleton CO – 6:30 p.m.
/w Mark Mulligan
INFO: HouseConcertDJ@comcast.net

Wednesday – 17
Eli Young BandLimelight – Peoria IL
Granger SmithMaverick’s at the Landing – Jacksonville FL – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - On Wednesday - Travis Tritt


The first trip through THE CALM AFTER, I was a bit thrown off balance. The opening of You Never Take Me Dancing or Rub Off On Me, Should’ve Listened and Somehow Somewhere Someway gave the impression of a blues style CD. While Tritt’s voice is perfect for that deep, soulful blues notes, that isn’t what I was expecting. The country flavor I was looking for came through on tracks such as I Wanna Feel Too Much, Doesn’t the Good Outweigh the Bad, What if Love Hangs On, Something Stronger Than Me, I Don’t Know How I Got By, The Pressure Is On and High Time For Getting’ Down. I had the feeling of being in the arms of a great partner leading me across a honky tonk dance floor. And just when I got comfortable, the rockin’ country man cranked up the bass a bit with The Storm

THE CALM AFTER is a re-release of his 2007 The Storm LP with a couple of exceptions. Two additions to this CD are at opposite ends of the scope. Tritt revisits the country train in a duet with his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese, on Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough. This young woman is someone you want to pay attention to. Her voice is beyond her years and for someone without formal training, she shows incredible vocal control. The other is a throwback to Tritt’s rock side with a classic Rod Stewart tune, Stay With Me. At first I did not see where this fit in to the overall theme of the CD. Then the chords came together for me.

Like every storm, there’s always that part where we come out on the other side with a better appreciation of where we’ve been, who we are and where we are going. I think Travis Tritt has found that and documents the journey well. This is Travis' first release under his new label, Post Oak Recordings with more projects in the works. If this album is an example of how Travis Tritt as an Indie Artist plays, we are in for some good stuff down the road. If you were a Travis Tritt fan in the early years, you will love his music now as much as ever.

I tip my hat:

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Friday, September 5, 2014

CONCERT & EVENTS - National Heirloom Festival - Santa Rosa CA


The Heirloom Expo is a Not to Be Missed Event. This one is too far for me but they will be at their Marshfield MO location next month. Can't wait!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - September 4 - 10, 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. I am NOT responsible for schedule changes.

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 – 4
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 – 9 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Jake Martin
Kacky Street Hyatt Lost Pines Fire Pit – Austin – 5:30-7:30
Outside Sheller’s Bar
The Damn QuailsCheatham Street – San Marcos – 10 p.m.
Kelly McGuire T-Bone Tom’s – Kemah – 6-10 p.m.
Casey HubbleMoontower Saloon – Austin – 6-9 p.m.
john Arthur martinezBlue Corn Harvest – Cedar Park – 7 p.m.
Scott Taylor Band Paradise Key – Rockport TX – 6:30 p.m.

Friday – 5
Aaron WatsonFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Lorrie MorganDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – Cheatham Street – San Marcos – 9 p.m.
Brett Hauser Band Cheatham Street – San Marcos – 11 p.m.
Scott Taylor BandKB’s BBQ – Victioria TX – 6:30 p.m.
Europe Band Tour Benefit for Eyon Quintanilla

Saturday – 6
Mike BlakelyThe Badu – Llano – 8-10 p.m.
/w Guest: Jeff ‘Wild Horse’ Posey
Thomas Michael RileyPat’s Hall – 8 p.m.
Crime Stoppers Benefit Dance
Kacky StreetNew World Deli – Austin – 7-9 p.m.
john Arthur martinez Torre di Pietra – Fredricksburg – 1
john Arthur martinez The Post Beer Bar – Cedar Park – 8 p.m.
Casey HubbleWedding Oak Winery – San Saba – 6 p.m.
Cameran NelsonTejas Rodeo Co. – Bulverde – 8 p.m.
Heath ChildsCowboy Club – Bryan – 9 p.m.

Sunday – 7
Kelly McGuire – Backyard Trop Rock House Concert – League City – 2-6 p.m.
/w Mark Mulligan
INFO: sandyrecords@comcast.net for details and to RSVP
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.

Monday – 8
NO SHOWS Found

Tuesday – 9
john Arthur martinezTexas Tea-Licious – Burnet – 9 p.m.
Cameran NelsonShade Tree Saloon – Spring Branch – 6 p.m.

Wednesday – 10
Reckless KellyDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8 p.m.
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle – Cheatham Street – San Marcos – 9 p.m.
Jon WolfCoach’s & Cowboys – Tyler – 8 p.m.
john Arthur martinezAJs Live Acoustic Jam – Marble Falls – 9 p.m.
Cameran NelsonMain Street Crossing – Tomball – 6 p.m.


ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 4
Whiskey MyersGeorge’s Majestic – Fayetteville AR –
Eli Young BandO’Connell Center – Gainesville FL
/w Jake Owen
Granger Smith The Single Barrel – Lincoln NE – 10 p.m.


Friday – 5
Buddy CaseCopper Penny Pub – Hot Springs AR – 9 p.m.
Marc Broussard Live After Five – Baton Rouge LA – 5 p.m.
Eli Young BandGreenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington NC -
Granger SmithWhiskey Tango – Omaha NE – 10 p.m.
Larry GatlinGrand Theater – Frankfort KY – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday – 6
Mark Chapman BandJolly Mill Park – Pierce City – MO
Terri HendrixThe Boat House – Oakland CA – 8 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines
By Reservation Only: boatwork@aol.com Phone: 510-851-0247
Aaron TippinMontgomery Ruritan Park – Montgomery IN – 8:30 p.m.
Eli Young BandJames Brown Arena – Augusta GA –
/w Jake Owen
Granger SmithBack Road Bash – Vail IA – 7:45 p.m.
Joe Diffie performs at 9:30 p.m.


Sunday – 7
Terri Hendrix Fort Mason Center – San Francisco CA – 7 p.m.
Life’s A Song Workshop
/w Lloyd Maines
INFO: boatwork@aol.com
Aaron TippinKansas State Fair – Hutchinson KS – 7 p.m.


Monday – 8
Aaron TippinClay County Fair – Clinton IA – 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday – 9
Kelly McGuireJJ’s Saloon – Oklahoma City OK – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
/w Mark Mulligan
Granger SmithSchmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown WV – 9:30 p.m.


Wednesday – 10
Kelly McGuireCorning Opera House – Corning IA – 7 p.m.
/w Mark Mulligan
Eli Young Band The Cotillion – Wichita KS
Granger SmithBrick Street Bar – 10:15 p.m.





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - The View - The Roys


THE VIEW


In an interview with Hannahlee Allers (The Boot.com), Lee Roy stated he wanted THE VIEW to tell The Roys’ story. With eleven top tracks written by the sister/ brother duo of Elaine and Lee Roy, they have accomplished what they set out to do. With the help of talented songwriters Steve Dean, Josh Thompson, Bill Anderson, Keesy Timmer, Jenee Fleenor, Clint White, Larry Alderman and Daniel Patrick THE VIEW came together in an album that can best be described as comforting and uplifting.

The Roys hit the perfect blend of Bluegrass and Country they were after with THOSE BOOTS. Whether they be worn by a farmer striving to feed his family or the soldier fighting for our freedom, there’s a real story here of something we don’t think much about. The opening track, NO MORE LONELY, tells the story of finding your true love and that regardless of the heartaches of the past, there is that one special person to brighten our days.

A comforting spirituality flows through every note of HEAVEN NEEDED HER MORE and MENDED WINGS. Both songs offer comfort and hope in a time when we are left with more questions than answers.

In keeping with the goal to tell their story, The Roys offer an insight to the world of Alzheimer in SOMETIMES. A devastating disease for both the patient and the family that took their grandmother. Co-writer Steve Dean offered his own heart to this piece as he watches his mom on the Alzheimer’s journey. The Roys continue the tribute to their grandmother in THE VIEW. Bill Anderson, a long-time supporter of The Roys, lent his talents to the beautifully written piece. Close your eyes as you listen and you will see THE VIEW.

LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE and NO MORE TEARS LEFT TO CRY are the epitome of what traditional bluegrass should sound like. Very few instrumentals hold my attention. NORTHERN SKIES held me with every note. Like bluegrass runs through our history, so does the coal vein. BLACK GOLD encapsulates the life of a coal miner.

No album, whether the genre is traditional country, bluegrass or Americana would be complete without paying homage to the great Bill Monroe. MANDOLIN MAN is a fitting tribute to the man

Overall THE VIEW is a well-constructed compilation of well-written lyrics, talented picking and classic vocals. Each track solidifies the reason why THE ROYS were named Top Bluegrass Artists at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (Feb. 2014), as well as at the Inspirational Country Music Awards for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

As I've listened to this cd repeatedly over the past couple of days, I have to give THE VIEW



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