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, January 30, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - January 30 - February 5

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.

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 – 30
Matt HarlanMcGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Houston – 7:30 p.m.
Heather Roberts Cocky’s Wing Bar – Joshua – 7-10 p.m.
W.C. Jameson The Badu House – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Andrea Marie
john Arthur martinez Blue Corn Harvest – Cedar Park – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
George Ensle Strange Brew – Austin
/w Brian Pounds
Gary Kyle & The No StandardsBuster McNutty’s – Livingston – 8 p.m.


Friday – 31
The Bellamy Brothers John T. Floore’s – Helotes – 9 P.M.
/w Noel McKay & Brennan Leigh
TICKETS:
Dave ThomasOakmont Country Club – Corinth – 6 p.m.
Texas KGBPoodie’s – Spicewood – 11 p.m.
Kenny Harrell – Blue Collar – Pasadena – 8 p.m.
Randy BrownLove and War in Texas – Plano – 9- 11 p.m.
Heather Roberts BandOld Texas Brewery – Burleson - 9 p.m. – Midnight
Song Swap with Matt Day 
Josh  Abbott BandHurricane Harry’s – College Station  -
Tessy Lou & Shotgun StarsStrange Brew – Austin – 10 p.m.
Cody Johnson BandBanita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches –
John Flynn - Uncle Calvin's Coffee House - Dallas - 8 p.m.


Saturday – February 1
Red Dirt Stampede!
/w Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band & More!
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano –
/w Will Callery
Bart CrowJohn T. Floore’s – Helotes
/w Sam Riggs & the Night People
      TICKETS:
Kenny HarrellThe Franchise: Cajun Restaurant & Steakhouse – Jefferson – 9 p.m.
Scott Sturgeon BandLynn’s Saloon – Azle – 9 p.m.
Matt McCormickStrange Brew – Austin –
Dave MaddenStrange Brew – Austin –
John FlynnAustin Acoustical Café – Austin – 7 p.m.
Jean Synodinos Opens!
     TICKETS:
Aaron WatsonYoakum Gin & Feed – Yoakum –
     TICKETS:
Terri HendrixThird Coast Music Theatre – Port Aransas – 8 p.m.
/w Lloyd Maines
Dave ThomasCulpeppers Steak House – Rockwall – 7:30 p.m.
Mike BlakelyRiver Bluff Hall – Center Point –
Special public performance w/ his dad – the legendary Doc Blakely
       ONLY a few seats left! Call: 830-634-7043 or Email: info (at) riverbluffpartybarn (dot) com

Sunday – 2
Jean SynodinosKick Butt Coffee – Austin – 3-5 p.m. FREE
Tessy Lou & Shotgun StarsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.


Monday – 3
W.C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood
/w George Ensle & Guest:
Steak Night!
john Arthur martinez – Florida Chandler House Party – Pascoe Co
Contact Pat Chandler: patlarry1966 (at) gmail (dot) com
Tessy Lou & Shotgun StarsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.


Tuesday – 4
John T. Floore’s – 2nd Annual Ben Dorcy Day
/w Jamey Johnson, Evan Felker (Turnpike Troubadours)
        TICKETS:
Brian PoundsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
Taco Night!
Randy BrownRailhead – Willow Park – 7:30 – 10:30
/w Johnny Cooper
Terri HendrixScheib Center – San Marcos – 6:30 p.m.
David’s Activity Hall – Epilepsy Support Group


Wednesday – 5
Kenny HarrellBig D BBQ – Mansfield – 7 p.m.
john Arthur martinezRiver City Grille – Marble Falls – 7-9 p.m.


ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 30
Pam TillisFortuna Del Oro Resort – Yuma AZ
Grits & Glamor Tour


Friday – 31
Asleep at the WheelEmporia Granada Theater – Emporia KS
Geoff UnionAvogadro’s Number – Ft. Collins CO – 8:30 p.m.
/w Ragged Union & Guest: MikeFinnders
Gary AllanTreasure Island Resort & Casino – Welch MN
TICKETS:
Holly WilliamsThe Space at Westbury – Westbury NY
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Saturday – February 1
Oak Ridge BoysHarrah’s Metropolis – Metropolis IL
Pam Tillis Lucky Eagle Casino – Rochester WA
Grits & Glamor Tour
Collin RayeThe Manor House – Mason OH
Holly Williams Smith Opera House – Geneva NY
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Sunday – 2
NO Dates Found
GO BRONCOS!


Monday – 3
Holly Williams The Taft Theatre – Cincinnati OH
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Tuesday – 4
Holly WilliamsVogue Theatre – Indianapolis IN
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Wednesday – 5 
Kris Kristofferson Germain Arena – Estero FL – 7 p.m
/w Merle Haggard!
TICKETS:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY REVIEW- Pete Seeger

Photo Credit: David Bernz

The above picture is one of my favorites. The photographer (and producer of two of Pete Seeger's albums), David Bernz captured the essence of who I believe to be Pete Seeger. A simple man and his banjo on a journey. Over the course of his travels, Pete Seeger blessed a lot of people with his words, wisdom, support and music. Sadly, his journey has come to an end. According to reports, his grandson says the legendary folk singer slipped silently away in his sleep Monday night after a six- day stay in New York's Presbyterian Hospital. He is gone but his legacy lives.

When I think of Pete Seeger, I am reminded of a time when music and protests went hand in hand, a time when the songs were of PEACE... not hate or killing. The music and the protests stood for something great. Mr. Seeger was a 'cheerful warrior', an activist who showed support through his music. He played on 'mostly small' college campuses across the country sharing his message with the help of his faithful companion - the banjo. He wrote and sang the 'music of the people', expressing the passion of his peers through a one of the most difficult and life-altering times in our history.

Following the war, he founded Sing Out! magazine. A publication still in print today, as well as a resource center for folk music and the artists who keep the genre alive.

Lyrics vibrated with depth and meaning in songs like 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone' and 'If I Had A Hammer', songs he co-wrote. Pete Seeger at 89 . The album was nominated for a Grammy in the Folk Music category that year. He released his final album in 2011 'Tomorrow's Children' with Appleseed Records.

People in general (not just artists) like Pete Seeger do not pass our way very often. Although I never met the man, I am proud to say I grew up with his music and am slowly finding my way back to the passion we shared... Love. Truth. Compassion. Peace.

Travel on, Pete Seeger and Safe Journey

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Words & Music by Byrd and Street



WORDS AND MUSIC is the newest CD by Byrd & Street. As I listened to the various tracks, I heard echoes of past artists. Gems of the industry such as Peter Paul and Mary  who I believe paved the way for future Americana artists such as Byrd & Street to follow. In fact, the Peter Paul and Mary classic, Puff the Magic Dragon came to mind as I listened to The Kid in Me.

I’m Gonna Swim Out to My Ship sets the toe-tapping tone of this CD while showcasing the true voice we’ve come to love from Kathy Street and Tommy Byrd and carries through other tracks such as I Need A Small Town. Listening to The Kid in Me makes a frown impossible. I giggle every time I hear this happy tune.

Reminiscence  of life come through in tunes like Family Matters and Faith, Family and Friends as well as Old Out of Tune Guitar. The harmonies on Higher Ground are exceptional and bring this CD to a spiritual level. A Rocking Chair and a Memory is a haunting tone bringing to mind the stories often locked away inside the silent voice of our elderly.

Other tracks such as You Have Been My Friend and When I Hear Her Sing and carry a more personal note with Tommy’s heartfelt words and Kathy’s crystal harmonies. Together Again is a step back in time and adds a uniqueness to the CD. Kathy’s voice combined with the piano bridge let us enjoy the simplicity of their music.

Overall, this dynamic duo has given us another great collection of tunes they can be proud of.
You can order your copy at My Texas Music.

I give WORDS AND MUSIC


Sunday, January 26, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Byrd & Street


This week we open the chute for a fabulous Americana Duo comprised of Tommy Byrd and Kathy Street. I'll give you more of my take on this talented couple. For now, let's see what they have to say.

1.  Fans and journalists have described you and your music in so many ways. How would you describe Byrd & Street?  Tex-Americana with male/female harmonies

2. The two of you have an almost ‘sibling’ harmony. The tone is magic. Did you feel as if you had been touched by a magic wand the first time the two of you sang together?          .
We absolutely did.  We both like the way our voices blended and we’re please that other people like it as well.  

3. Americana is really seeing an upsurge in popularity. What do you think the listener is listening for in the genre? What do they want or expect that differs from other ‘country’ music?
 Americana music encompasses more of a variety of sounds with the various “hybrids” of country, folk, blues, roots and maybe a little pop.  Country music is good dancing music.  Some but not all Americana music lends itself to that, but most is more of a “listen and be still” genre so that your heart can hear and feel the message in the lyrics. It’s a form of art that allows people to access their own special place in their heart. 

4. The two of you have an awesome approach to your audience that I think sets you apart from the majority of artists. You want people to experience Byrd & Street. Why do you think this is important?
  It’s gratifying to hear that we have touched a lot of hearts.   It has turned out to be reciprocal where we feel the connection with them, too.  Often someone will tell us that a particular song was just what they needed to hear that night because of the ups and downs of their week.  Or because it was a gentle reminder of where they needed to put their perspective.  Or because it reminded them of their father who they will always miss but they still appreciate moments to revisit their love of him. Or because the light-hearted silly song lifted their spirits.    And in these conversations with them we get to know and care about them, and we become friends.   Tommy also likes to tell the stories behind the songs, and our audience often chimes in with comments.  All of us have a good time together.  

5. Aside from artists of the music variety, you are both talented artists on canvas. Do you draw inspiration for both mediums from the same well? 

Kathy: Both of us were partly inspired from our grandmothers who were artistic.  My parents saw that I was the child in the family who loved to draw the most, and so when I was a teenager, my birthday gift was a boxed set of oil paints, canvases, brushes, and some sit-down lessons with my grandmother who always had an oil painting going in her dining room.  I often take a photo of a scene when I travel, and it becomes my next subject. I think that wanting to create art comes from a gene that wants attention. 

Tommy: My grandmother painted and worked with ceramics.  I began experimenting with ink brushes and pens about 10 years ago and have done a lot of commissioned portraits.  I’m also inspired by the story of the American Indian and so many of my images reflect that. 

6.  Who have been your biggest influences?
Laura Nero, The Eagles; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; the Everly Brothers; Lyle Lovett;  Peter, Paul and Mary; the Beatles, the Beach Boys 

7. What is the most important lesson each of you has learned in this business?
Kathy: There are great moments in the sun, and there are times when you feel disappointment and rejection.  Being chosen for recognition, for jobs and gigs is often political, random or disorganized.  If your fans keep growing in numbers, and you receive praise from some DJ’s and venue operators, then that is an indication that the work you are doing has merit, so keep plowing on.  Your grandest “trophy or plaque” will be the memory of the conversations you had with fans who “absolutely love your music.” 
 Tommy:  Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.  There are many silver linings along the way.  Stay with it. 

8. What is the most important thing to keep in mind when writing a song? 
that there isn’t only one thing to remember.  Keep a focus in mind. What do you want?  If it‘s a groove song, then aim that direction.  If it’s a sing-along, write a simple melody and chorus.  A slow, thought-provoking song has its own set of guidelines. Whatever the focus, play from the heart and be conversational.

Thank you to Tommy and Kathy for taking time from their busy schedule to talk with us today. Tomorrow, I have a special treat for you. We'll be talking about their new CD!

Until then..
Country Blessings!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - January 23 - 29

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.

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 – 23
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Sean Devine & Quinby Fadiorio
Matt HarlanFloyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse – Pearland – 6 p.m.
Oak Ridge BoysBrauntex Theater – New Braunfels –
Redneck Brown & Freshwater Donkeys – Texas Music Charts – Houston – Noon
Redneck Brown & Freshwater DonkeysFirehouse Saloon – Houston – 8 p.m.
john Arthur martinez Blue Corn Harvest – Cedar Park – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Elizabeth McQueenStrange Brew – Austin – 8 – 9:30 p.m.
  /w Matt the Electrician
George EnsleStrange Brew – Austin – 6-7:30 p.m.
TICKETS
Reckless KellyDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS
Scott Sturgeon BandRed’s Roadhouse – Kennedale – 7 p.m.
Kyle ParkCheatham Street Warehouse – San Marcos –
Full Band
TICKETS
Whey Jennings – Strange Brew – Austin – 10 p.m. - $10


Friday – 24
James McMurtry John T. Floore’s – Helotes
/w Javi Garcia
TICKETS
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Roanoke – 7 p.m.
Kenny Harrell Legends – Pilot Point – 9:30 p.m.
Oak Ridge BoysWagner Noel Performing Arts Center – Midland –
Jean SynodinosABIA – Ruta Maya Stage – Austin – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jean SynodinosNew World Deli – Austin – 7-9 p.m.
john Arthur martinezHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8-11:30 p.m.
The Rankin’ Twins Strange Brew – Austin – 8-9:30 p.m.
Ricky SkaggsDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8;30 p.m.
/w Kentucky Thunder
TICKETS
The Damn QuailsCheatham Street Warehouse – San Marcos –
TICKETS


Saturday – 25
Casey HubbleAdobe Verde – Gruene – 7 p.m.
/w John Napier
Kenny HarrellLegends – Pilot Point – 9:30 p.m.
Kyle HuttonDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe – 8 p.m.
Oak Ridge BoysGrand 1894 Opera House – Galveston -
Randy BrownMule Pub – Fort Worth – 9:30 p.m. – Midnight
/w Jordan Hendrix
Heather Roberts BandPrime Steakhouse – Mansfield – 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Redneck Brown & the Freshwater DonkeysChicken Ranch Dance Hall – Ledbetter – 8 p.m.
john Arthur martinezJulie’s Cocina – Cottonwood Shores – 6-9 p.m.
The AssociationDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS
Blacktop Outlaw The Franchise – Jefferson –
Doug Moreland Floore’s Country Store – Helotes – 9 p.m.
TICKETS at the door.
Brian Keane BandCheatham Street Warehouse – San Marcos
CD Release Party!
TICKETS


Sunday – 26
Oak Ridge BoysGrand 1894 Opera House – Galveston –
Elizabeth McQueen- St. David’s Church – Austin
Blood Sweat & TearsDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 4:30 & 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS
John EvansStrange Brew – Austin – 4 p.m.
Acoustic
Chet O’KeefeStrange Brew – Austin – 6 p.m.


Monday – 27
W. C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood
/w George Ensle & Guest: Chris Wall
Elizabeth McQueenMonkeynest Coffee – Austin


Tuesday – 28
Randy BrownRailhead – Willow Park – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
/w Phil Hampton
Brian PoundsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
Taco Night!
john Arthur martinezTexas Tea-Licious – Burnet – 6-8 p.m.
      Folk Family Revival- Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8 p.m.
/w Kyle Hutton
TICKETS
W.C. Jameson - Fuel Coffee House - Llano -
     /w Noel McKay



Wednesday – 29
Heather RobertsEagle’s Nest – Ft. Worth – 8:30- 11:30 p.m.
/w Spencer Elliot
john Arthur martinezRiver City Grille – Marble Falls – 7-9 p.m.



ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 23
Kris KristoffersonWilshire Ebell Theater – Los Angeles CA – 7:30 p.m.
Legacy Concert: A Star is Born
TICKETS
Billy DeanWeekend Willy’s Sports Bar & Grill – Naples FL
TICKETS
Holly Williams The Orange Peel – Asheville NC
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS
Josh GriderThe Motherlode Saloon – Red River NM
Red River Songwriters’ Festival
Also playing: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson
and More!


Friday – 24
Aubrey Lynn EnglandAngel Fire Resort – Angel Fire NM – 8 p.m.
/w Tim Nichols + Jody Booth
Billy DeanWeekend Willy’s Sports Bar & Grill – Naples FL –
/w Gary James Hannan
TICKETS
Holly WilliamsThe Barter Theatre – Abingdon VA
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS
Josh GriderThe Motherlode Saloon – Red River NM
Red River Songwriters’ Festival
Also playing: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson
and More!


Saturday – 25
Geoff UnionZio Romolo’s Alley Bar – Denver CO – 9 p.m.
Aubrey Lynn EnglandAngel Fire Resort – Angel Fire NM – 8 p.m.
/w Sundance Head + Jody Booth
Gary Allan – St. Louis Auto Show – St. Louis MO
TICKETS
Holly WilliamsHaw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw NC
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS: SOLD OUT!
Josh GriderThe Motherlode Saloon – Red River NM
Red River Songwriters’ Festival
Also playing: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson
and More!

Sunday – 26
Holly Williams Kirk Avenue Music Hall – Roanoke VA
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS

Monday – 27
NO SHOWS FOUND

Tuesday – 28
Collin RayePeppermill Resort Hotel – Reno NV
Holly Williams 9:30 Club – Washington DC
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS

Wednesday – 29
Pam TillisValley Del Oro Resort – Mesa AZ
Grits & Glamor tour
Holly WilliamsUnion Transfer – Philadelphia PA
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS






Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY REVIEW- Win A Trip to the Texas Hill Country!

Oh yeah!

I probably want to make a virgin trip to Texas more than anyone else on the planet who has never been to the LoneStar state. There are several reasons. The top 5 would be:

FRIENDS
MUSIC
FOOD
WINE
HISTORY


In no particular order. As you know I plan to make my first trip in March to cover the Texas Music Awards. I am really looking forward to this trip. There are lots of other things I want to do but they will have to be spread out over multiple trips as money permits.

Friends like W.C. Jameson and Mike Blakely who introduced me to Texas music. As a side note, Mike Blakely has his own Lonestar Wine and Music Tours business and I'd love to take one of his tours. Wine/ Music/ Friends/ Food all go hand in hand. And many wineries go back for generations and I do love History! While in the Texas Hill Country, one place I really want to go is The Badu House in Llano. They have a reputation for excellent wine, great food and top of the line musicians performing on a regular basis.

There are a lot of wineries in Texas. I mean, you have to have something to go with juicy steak, right? Wine Enthusiasts offers a Top 10 list of the best wine travel destinations.  You can check out Wine Travel Destinations to get you started.

So imagine my delight when I signed into twitter this morning and saw a tweet from TexasHillCountry offering the opportunity to win a trip to the Texas Hill Country. This is an AMAZING prize package. You can see all the details HERE  but think about how much you would enjoy a trip for 2 that includes airfare, up to 8 nights accommodations at local B&B and wineries and visit up to 12 different wineries!  Um... yes please.

What if you don't know anything about wine? I know what I like and what I don't. I'm a Sweet Wine kind of gal, regardless of what I'm eating. Thankfully sweet red will pair well with either steak or chocolate so I'm safe. LOL But if you want to know more about wines, you can check out the Review Page to get an idea of the various wines you will find on your trip through the Texas Hill Country.

You will also find Wine Enthusiasts on Facebook.
Registering is easy. A little promotion goes a long way. So hop over to the LINK .

Country Blessings!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Cameran Nelson

“I’m so grateful to be able to do this. I love getting to share our show and songs with new audiences,” says Cameran.

When I hear Cameran Nelson sing, one word comes to mind - PASSION. 
From a young age, Cameran has been passionate about his music. How many artists do you know who studied guitar and vocals in college? But don't think he's all academic. Cameran has cut his teeth on the road learning from the best Texas has to offer, from classic country performers such as Charlie Pride, Gene Watson and the late Gary Stewart to currents like Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers Band and Cody Johnson. 

Happy To Beer is the title cut from his sophomore album. 


You can keep track of Cameran on the following sites:

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/camerannelson
FB: 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CameranNelson 

His albums are available at My Texas Music: http://www.mytexasmusic.com/camerannelson/


Monday, January 20, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Oops

Because I did not even turn on the computer all weekend, I do not have an OUT OF THE CHUTE this week.

Next week I will feature the talented duo of Byrd and Street so come on back.

Tomorrow I will be showcasing a delayed promised for Cameran Nelson for TurnTable Tuesday. If you have not heard this man sing... you might want to stop in. You'll love him!

Country Blessings

Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - January 16-22

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.

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 – 16
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: George Ensle
Byrd & StreetThreadgill’s World Hdqrts – Austin – 7-9 p.m
CD Release Party. Don’t miss it!
/w Chip Dolan (piano) & Dob Raby (fiddle)
Pam TillisLeo Welder Center for the Performing Arts – Victoria – 7:30 p.m.
Heather Roberts Love & War  - Plano –
/w Aubrey Lynn England
Kendall BeardStrange Brew – Austin – 10-11:30 p.m.
Kristy Kruger – Strange Brew – Austin – 6-7:30 p.m.
Aubrey Lynn England Love & War in Texas – Plano – 7:30 p.m.


Friday – 17
Dave ThomasLove and War in Texas – Grapevine – 8 p.m.
Kenny HarrellFast Eddie’s – Waco – 9 p.m.
Gary P. NunnPearl’s Dancehall – Ft. Worth –
john Arthur martinezThe Badu – Llano – 8-11 p.m.
Blacktop OutlawKaliente’s Icehouse – Madisonville –
Scott Sturgeon BandBlue 32 Sports Bar & Grill  – Fort Worth – 9 p.m.
Josh GriderThe Office Grill & Sports Bar – Lubbock – 9 p.m.
/w Bart Crow and Full Band


Saturday – 18
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Coppell – 7 p.m.
Bellamy BrothersMusic City Texas Theatre – Linden – 8 p.m.
Gary P. NunnBroken Spoke Saloon – Austin
Sammy Kershaw Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS:
Aubrey Lynn England River Club – Forney – 8 p.m.
Richie AllbrightRansom’s Steakhouse & Saloon – Montgomery – 8 p.m.
Gary Allan – Let’s Rodeo Ball- San Antonio –
/w Stan Wayne Review & Natalie Rose
Fundraiser for S. A. L. E Scholarship Fund
Josh GriderMagnolia Motor Lounge – Fort Worth – 11 p.m.
/w Full Band


Sunday – 19
Drugstore CowboysJohn T. Floore’s – Helotes
Free Dance Night!
Randy Brown Hat Tricks – Lewisville – 2-4 p.m.
Elizabeth McQueen – St. David’s Church – Austin –


Monday – 20
W.C JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood – 7 p.m.
/w George Ensle & Guest:
Steak Night!


Tuesday – 21
Matt HarlanLiberty Bar – San Antonio – 7:30 p.m.
Brian PoundsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
Taco Night!
john Arthur martinez Texas Tea-licious – Burnet – 6-8 p.m.
Joe ‘King’ CarrascoStrange Brew – Austin – 8-9:30 p.m.
CD Release party!


Wednesday – 22
Kenny Harrell MacGyver’s Bar – Burleson – 7 p.m.
Heather RobertsYucatan Taco Stand – Ft. Worth – 7- 10 p.m.
Jean SynodinosFlipnotics – Austin – 7-8:30 p.m. – FREE
john Arthur martinezRiver City Grille – Marble Falls – 7-9 p.m.
Travis Tritt Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 8 p.m.
TICKETS:


ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 16
Holly WilliamsThe Neighborhood Music Theatre – Charlotte NC
/w Jason Isabell
TICKETS: SOLD OUT!


Friday – 17
Josh  Abbott BandGrizzly Rose – Denver CO
Buddy CaseO’Henry’s – Conway AR – 6:30 p.m.
Geoff UnionOskar Blues – Lyons CO – 8:30 p.m.
/w Ragged Union
Billy DeanJava Joe’s Coffee House – Des Moines IA
/w Dan Mahar
Holly WilliamsHaw River Ballroom – Graham NC
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Saturday – 18
Pam TillisBerrie Center for the Performing Arts – Mahwah NY
Asleep at the WheelWoodward Convention Center – Woodward OK
Holly Williams Ziggy’s By the Sea – Wilmington NC
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS: SOLD OUT!

Sunday – 19


Monday – 20
Holly WilliamsSky City – Augusta GA –
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Tuesday – 21
Holly Williams Bijou Theater – Knoxville TN –
/w Jason Isbell
TICKETS:


Wednesday – 22
Billy DeanWeekend Willy’s Sports Bar & Grill – Naples FL
TICKETS: 






Monday, January 13, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - The Country Angel

James & Michael Younger
My introduction to Texas music in the 1980's
I do not spend a lot of time on Facebook. It is a time-suck I do not have time for. I mean really, how many of us ask for 'more time' in our day? I know I do. So unless it pertains to work, I don't go there until my work is through. I primarily use two accounts on FB - music and author. I do have a creative one but have not been there in a long time. I hope to connect with other artists more there this year.

So I was surprised to sign into my music account last week and have a PM from Casey Hubble. After having showcased him last week, Casey wanted to know a little about me. As I read his questions, I realized you guys know NOTHING about me other than I love a variety of country music styles. Casey kindly granted permission for me to use his interview on the blog. So here you go!

So Kelly, you were so kind to write about me; let's flip this around for a second.  How exactly did you get into writing about TX music?
I was introduced to Texas music through W.C. Jameson and Mike Blakely. At the time, they were both board members for a multi-genre writers organization - Ozark Creative Writers. They are both amazing authors as well as talented singers/ songwriters/ musicians. There is always some form of entertainment following our Friday night meal. I fell in love with their Americana music. 

Although I didn't realize it at the time, I had been in love with the Texas music for most of my life by listening to the greats growing up such as the late Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey.. to name a few.

 How did you come across these great artists?
When Mike and Thomas Michael Riley released their album 'Live From Luckenbach' in 2010, My Texas Music offered it as a download. Because of a glitch in the ordering, I got to know Jinelle Boyd of the My Texas Music. The amazing artists she and her husband, Lucky work with on a daily basis astounded me and I set out to get to know the variety of Texas music.

Through the TMT, I found out about the Texas Music Awards and decided to start blogging about the award nominees and the blog just expanded from there.

Before Mom time, back in the 80s, I wanted to be a music journalist. I got to interview amazing talents such as Willie Nelson, Faron Young ( he gave me my nickname), James & Michael Younger (Texas boys!), The Bellamy Brothers (multiple times), Holly Dunn and so many more. But at the time I didn't know what to do with the interviews. As I was gaining footing, we adopted a little girl and put my career aside to be a full-time Mom and Girl Scout leader.

Who are your favorites?
Now I KNOW you did not just ask me a trick question, Casey. LOL I will always love the music of W.C. and Mike. They are the ones who led me to other favorites like you, Thomas Michael Riley, Kenny Harrell (he has a classic voice), Pauline Reese, John Arthur Martinez and Eli Young Band. Believe it or not, I am also a big fan of Dimitri's Rail. I am NOT a rocker by any means but their music is just cool! I also like Red Dirt  such as  Redneck Brown & the Freshwater Donkeys.

See, here's the thing. Texas is a melting pot of GREAT music... all sub-genres of it's roots. Unlike another state, Texas doesn't sell me COUNTRY music. They sell me MUSIC and let me decide. Since I like all types of music based on the songwriting, the composition, the lyrics, the notes I don't care what it's called. I just want to ENJOY.. and Texas music let's me do that on my terms.

My passion is grass roots and classic country. I fell in love with the steel guitar at the age of  6 or 7. Such an incredible sound. I wish more artists used the steel in their tracks today. To gain interviews of some of those 'classic' artists such as Bill Anderson, (see my interview HERE) I've had to spread my wings back into Nashville. A step I was not wanting to take. But my heart will always be Texas.

I get to make my first trip to Texas in March when I attend the Texas Music Awards as a journalist and fan. I can't wait to meet in person so many of the people I've met on-line. 

Country Blessings
~Kelly



Thursday, January 9, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - January 9-15

Welcome to another year in The Country!

Several of the Texas artists are in Steam Boat Springs CO this week, so don't be worried about the slim pickin's. They are accumulating fast on future weeks.

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.

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 – 9
Randy BrownThe Remmington – Corsicana  7-11 p.m;
Fundaiser for county commissioner – Leon Tates
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Bob Livingston
Heather Roberts Fat Daddy’s – Mansfield – 9 p.m.

Friday – 10

Saturday – 11
Byrd & Street Waterloo Ice House – Austin - 7-9 p.m.
/w Don Raby on fiddle
Heather RobertsWhiskey Girl Saloon – Ft. Worth – 9 p.m.
Jean Synodinos Carousel Lounge – Austin – 7 – 9 p.m. FREE

Sunday – 12
Carl HutchensPoodie’s  - Spicewood – 4 p.m.
/w Almost Large Band

Monday – 13
W. C. JamesonPoodies – Spicewood –
/w George Ensle & Guest: Will Callery
Steak Night!


Tuesday – 14
Brian PoundsPoodie’s – Spicewood – 6 p.m.
Taco Night!
Kyle Hutton Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands – 7 p.m.
Randy BrownRailhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 –10:3-
/w Dolly Shine


Wednesday – 15
Heather RobertsThe Spice Rack – Burleson – 8 – 11 p.m.



ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 9
Pauline ReeseTailgate Tavern – Parker CO

Friday – 10
Pauline ReeseStargazer Theater – Colorado Springs CO

Saturday – 11
Bellamy BrothersOrange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale FL – 2:30 & 7:30
Josh Abbott BandJoe’s Bar – Chicago IL -

Sunday – 12


Monday – 13


Tuesday – 14


Wednesday – 15

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - A Sandcastle Christmas By J.D.Faver


J. D. Faver - author

Get to know this face and this name. Over the coming weeks I'll be reviewing multiple books by this author. Why repeat performances? Because she's a good writer! J.D Faver is a Texas lady and since I feature a lot of things 'Texas' she gets included.

With the busy schedule of the holidays, I did not get the opportunity to read her Christmas story, A Sandcastle Christmas, until this past week. 

Product Details

A Sandcastle Christmas is the latest in the Edge of Texas series by author, J. D. Faver. J.D. brings all the main characters from the other books together for Christmas. After all, Christmas is about family - blood or extended. Whether you have read others in the series or this is your first introduction to the family, you will love getting to know each member on a deeper level.

Even the happiest of families and most precious small towns have their challenges. J.D. brings us a baby Jesus, a couple of murders and an over-protective (though well-meaning husband) just to make the holiday interesting. Join us, won't you, for A Sandcastle Christmas - south Texas style!

I give A Sandcastle Christmas:


   

About J.D. Faver
J.D. Faver lives near Houston, Texas. She writes steamy contemporary romance and romantic thrillers/mystery/suspense. She loves to kill people...on virtual paper, that is. Although she writes daily, she still finds time to enjoy family and friends. She is a foodie and an adventurous cook. Determined to preserve generations of family recipes, she is publishing a series of cookbooks entitled A Texan in the Kitchen.

Gardening is another passion (and linked to the food thing) since she has an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes/vines in her back yard. Tomatoes and other veggies round out her kitchen garden. All other interests (painting, drawing, sewing, quilting, crocheting, weaving, stained glass and pottery) have taken a back seat since they require hands-on participation which is difficult if your fingers are always on the keyboard.

An active member of several Houston writer's organizations, she belongs to National RWA and is a member of Houston chapters.
She is owned by two cats and a small, yappy rescue dog. As a former educator and healthcare professional, she is an advocate for children, animals and elderly/disabled individuals. She would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere, but if not, you can probably find her with her fingers on a keyboard, pouring word images onto the virtual films playing in her head.


Connect with her:
Website: www.jdfaver.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JD-Faver-Author/117164385030100?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JDFaverauthor




Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Ramblin' Annie's Devious Soapbox



I’ve listened to ‘country’ music for as long as I can remember. And I grew up thinking there were set categories of music. Eeverything with a guitar, a steel, a fiddle, etc  under the ‘country’ roof. Since getting into Texas music, I’ve learned a lot. Not just about Texas music, but music in general. And I’ve discovered that like Romance has many sub-genre’s, the same is true of music. One such sub-genre I am becoming more and more passionate about is Americana. And when I hear CD’s like Ramblin’ Annie’s Devious Soapbox, I am reminded why this grass-roots style music is so important to our culture.

Don’t judge this CD by the cover. ‘Devious’ is an apt description of the difference between what you see and what you hear. When I first saw the cover I thought, ‘how can I objectively review this?’ (Which, by the way, is an often-asked question of reviewers for any type of media) But not one to judge a book (or in this case a CD) by it’s cover, I popped the CD in the player as my husband and I rolled down the highway. Wow!

Casey Hubble and his guests bring you ten solid tracks (and Vesper Toll – a hidden 11th track). From the first strains of Ramblin’ Girl to the final strains of Gospel Songs (live recording), Casey takes you on a journey of love, love lost and all the emotions experienced in between. His ragged –edged velvet tone evokes emotion for the people and places he sings about.


Like any artist worth his salt, Casey doesn’t make this journey alone. He’s chosen some of the best voices to accompany him on this CD. Tessy Lou Williams lends her beautiful voice to many of the tracks and takes the lead on Silver City. Jake Martin and W.C. Jameson bring their rich tones, sharing lead vocals with Casey on Night Train Rolling By, which was written by the legendary Walt Wilkins, John Greenberg, Mike Horn and Bill Small You can hear a couple of the tracks such as Silver City and Cheap Guitars HERE.

Whether you like a kickin’ tune like Cheap Guitars or something with a bit more heart like Diesel, Wind and Soul there is something on this album for everyone. So kick back, put your feet up and pull the brim down low. Let Casey Hubble carry you away on his newest journey – Ramblin’ Annie’s Devious Soapbox.


I'm giving this CD :     

Monday, January 6, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Casey Hubble

Casey Hubble is one of those artists that come at you as a complete surprise. I’m not really sure what type of sound I expected from Casey, but I can tell you I was unprepared for the ragged-velvet tone pouring out of my truck speakers. A term you will hear often when someone is describing Casey Hubble – Old Soul. The term fits him like a favorite denim jacket.

Casey says he strives to ‘write songs that feel real with a groove that is understandable'. In my opinion, Casey is a time-walker. When listening to his music, I feel as if he has walked through generations, collecting bits and pieces of life; bringing them to the here – the now – for us to experience everything he saw on his journey. His lyrics carry a depth that pulls you in.

Casey carefully selected the people he wanted to help showcase his vision, beginning with his younger brother, Joey. Equally blessed, Joey is multi-talented – playing bass, harmonica, cajun, foot-snare, tambourine, and sings. As lead guitarist, Daniel David brings years of expertise to the group. Jimmy Milner is the newest addition to the party as drummer. This immeasurable amount of genius and aptitude comes together to form Casey Hubble & Lost Trains.

Tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing Casey’s newest album – Ramblin’ Annie’s Devious Soapbox.  So come on back!

Country Blessings!
~Kelly