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!

Friday, November 17, 2017

CONCERTS & EVENTS - Painted Woman Premier


As you can see from the photo above, Dusty Richards was one very happy cowboy on Saturday.


Painted Woman premiered a week ago today to become #1 at the box office in Poteau OK over Daddy's Home and Thor!!


After the movie I had Dusty pose next to the movie poster for me.


PAINTED WOMAN is one of the best written movies I have seen in a very long time. The biggest thing for me was that the sexual tension between Vincent and Julia was almost tangible from the screen. They never kissed once (though they do come close at a critical point) but you could almost see them draw to one another then the writers pull them away... like two very strong magnets you are fighting to keep separated. James Cotten and Amber Lindley did an excellent job crafting this movie.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is NOT Dusty's book, Mustanger and the Lady made into a movie. So don't read the book and expect the same thing on screen. Amber and James were INSPIRED by the characters in the book to create a beautiful piece they could take to the screen. The magic was intensified by the talent of David Thomas Jenkins and Stef Dawson in the leading roles.

I found this interview with Stef Dawson on YouTube:


Following the premier we went to Western Sizzlin for a celebration dinner with Dusty. This was his 150th novel and as well as his birthday.






Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - 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. 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 – 16
john Arthur martinez – Western Edge Wine Cellars – Fredricksburg
            /w Mike Blakely
Scott Taylor Band – Colony Creek Country Club – Victoria 


Friday – 17
Kevin Fowler – Stampede Houston – Houston
Dave Thomas – Railean Distillery/ Buccaneer Bar – Dickinson
Aaron Watson - Kalf Fry – Lubbock
Chuck Hawthorne – The Old Quarter – Galveston
            Opening for Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Cody Canada – Stingaree – Port Bolivar
            /w Mike McClure
john Arthur martinez – Hondo’s On Main - Fredricksburg


Saturday – 18
Kevin Fowler – Waylon & Ray’s – Brownwood
Neal McCoy – The Moody Theatre – Austin
Cody Canada – Hilltop Icehouse – Pointblank
Daryle Singletary – Blake Street Sports Bar – Columbus
john Arthur martinez – Torre di Pietra – Fredricksburg – 1 p.m.
john Arthur martinez – Dabb’s Railroad Hotel – Llano – 7 p.m.
            by invitation. Contact jAm if interested in attending
Johnny Rodriguez – September Square – Castroville
Jamie Richards Band – Love & War – Plano


Sunday – 19
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – Poodie’s – Spicewood
Chuck Hawthorne – 1851 Vineyards – Fredricksburg
            /w Libby Koch – Hosted by Mike Blakely


Monday – 20
George Ensle – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            /w Special Guest – Chuck Hawthorne


Tuesday – 21
Randy Brown Band – Railhead – Willow Park
            /w Jeff Grossman (of Saint’s Eleven)


Wednesday – 22
Kevin Fowler – Schroeder Hall – Goliad
Cody Joe Hodges – Cactus Lounge – Willis
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores
Randy Brown – Turkey Creek Crowman Jam – Alvarado



ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 16
Billy Ray Cyrus – Cherokee Casino – West Siloam Springs OK
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Asleep at the Wheel – Freight & Salvage Coffee House – Berkley CA
Aaron Watson – Cowboys – Colorado Springs CO
Neal McCoy – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Brennen Leigh – The Family Wash – Nashville TN
            /w Sarah Clanton, The Barefoot Movement & 1 more
Cody Joe Hodges – Frog & Firkin – Tuscon AZ
Marc Broussard – City Winery – Boston MA
Rhonda Vincent – America’s Music Fest – Fishersville VA
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Friday – 17
Oak Ridge Boys – Effingham Event Center – Effingham IL
Corey Smith – Choctaw Casino Hotel – Pocola OK
Asleep at the Wheel – Crest Theatre – Sacramento CA
Aaron Einhouse – Jack Daniels Bar & Grill – Lake Charles LA
            At L’auberge Casino
Aaron Tippin – Opry at the Ryman – Nashville TN
            Two shows – 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band   - The Hat – Manhattan KS
Cody Joe Hodges – The Blue Grasshopper – Albuquerque NM
Crystal Gayle – Tilles Center for the Perf. Arts LIU – Brookville NY
            /w Lee Greenwood
Gene Watson – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe PA
Marc Broussard – City Winery – Boston MA
Rhonda Vincent – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville PA
Suzy Bogguss – Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Lake Charles LA
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Saturday – 18
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Oak Ridge Boys – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel – Tama IA
Asleep at the Wheel – Snoqualmie Casino – Snoqualmie WA
Casey Donahew Band – Midnight Rodeo – Springfield MO
Collin Raye – Memorial Auditorium - Chattanooga TN
            Anniversary Celebration Concert
            /w Sammy Kershaw, Charlie Pride, James Otto        
Crystal Gayle – Holloway Hall Auditorium – Salisbury MD
            A Crystal Gala
Gene Watson – Harvester Perf. Arts Center – Rocky Mount VA
Lonestar – The Stage on Bay – Savannah GA
Lee Greenwood – Clemson University – Fort Hill SC
Rhonda Vincent – A.Curtis Andrew Auction Facility – Federalsburg MD
Suzy Bogguss – Island View Casino & Resort – Gulf Port MS
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Sunday – 19
Oak Ridge Boys – Memorial Hall – Independence KS
Asleep at the Wheel - Aladdin Theater – Portland OR
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Marc Broussard – World Café Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia PA
Rhonda Vincent – Family Baptist Church – Lebanon TN
            Rhonda solo


Monday – 20
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Marc Broussard – The Kate – Old Saybrook CT
            Full Band /w Horns
Rhonda Vincent – Family Baptist Church – Lebanon TN
            Rhonda solo


Tuesday – 21
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Rhonda Vincent – Family Baptist Church – Lebanon TN
            Rhonda solo


Wednesday – 22
Rhonda Vincent – Family Baptist Church – Lebanon TN

            Rhonda solo

Thursday, November 9, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - 9-15

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 – 9
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell
Mike Blakely – Gillen’s Candies & Wines – Blanco
Whiskey Myers – The Marc – San Marcos
Cody Canada & The Departed – Hoots – Amarillo
john Arthur martinez – Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill – Cedar Park
Pat Green – Stubb’s Waller Creek – Austin


Friday – 10
Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert – Wharton
            Mike Blakely – with wife, Annie & dad, Doc
            Larry Nye
            Woody Eastman
            & MORE!
            Donations are tax deductible!
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – The Colony
Aaron Einhouse – The Rustic – Dallas
Bo Porter – Shade Tree Saloon & Grill – Spring Branch
Brennen Leigh – The Bugle Boy – La Grange
Casey Donahew Band – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station
Zane Williams – Smitty K’s – College Station
            /w Cody Joe Hodges
Chuck Hawthorne – Burton Roadhouse – Burton
Crystal Gayle – New World Theater – Austin
Cody Canada & The Departed – The Lone Star Bar – Midland
Jack Nelson Band – Rowdy Bucks - Crosby


Saturday – 11
Oak Ridge Boys – The Colony Five Star Complex – The Colony
Dave Thomas – The Cajun Kid – Paradise
Asleep at the Wheel – Las Palmas Race Track – Mission TX
            /w Pat Green
            13th Annual Friends for Hope Benefit Concert
Aaron Einhouse – The Backyard – Waco
Casey Donahew Band – Ft. Bend Co Fairgrounds – Rosenberg
Cody Canada & The Departed – 2017 Eat Wild Fundraiser – Childress
Gene Watson – The Texas Opry Theater – Weatherford
john Arthur martinez – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg
Jamie Richards Band – White Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth
Jack Nelson Band – Longbranch Saloon – Round Rock


Sunday – 12
Kevin Fowler – LifeAustin Amphitheatre – Austin
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – Poodie’s – Spicewood
Brennen Leigh – Hill’s Café – Austin
Candy Coburn – AFC – Lake Travis – Austin
Crystal Gayle – Texan Theater - Greenville
Cody Canada – River Road Ice House – New Braunfels
            Benefit for the Brave
john Arthur martinez – 4.0 Cellars: Wine Club – Fredricksburg
Scott Taylor Band – Café Josie – Austin
            Acoustic


Monday – 13
W.C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            /w Special Guest Tommy Elskes


Tuesday – 14
Kevin Fowler – HEB Grand Opening – Huntsville
Dave Thomas – T-Bone Tom’s – Kemah
Chuck Hawthorne – Liberty Tree Tavern – Elgin
            /w Adam Carroll & Chris Carroll
Cody Canada & The Departed – Main Street Crossing – Tomball
john Arthur martinez – Trailblazer Grille - Burnet


Wednesday – 15
Cody Canada & The Departed – Main Street Crossing – Tomball
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores
Jamie Richards (acoustic) – Turkey Creek Crowman Jam – Alvarado
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 9
Kevin Fowler – Boondocks – Springfield IL
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Charlie Daniels Band – Oxford Perf. Arts Center – Oxford AL
The Baker Family – Bluegrass Festival – Mt. View AR
The Black Lillies – Fifth & Thomas – Tallahassee FL
Neal McCoy – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Charlie Daniels Band – Oxford Perf. Arts Center – Oxford AL
Lee Greenwood – Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino – Laughlin NV
Marc Broussard – The Ballroom @ Thirty-One West – Newark OH
Rhonda Vincent – Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Palatka FL
Ronnie McDowell – Palace Theater – Crossville TN
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Friday – 10
Kevin Fowler – Joe’s on Weed Street – Chicago IL
Charlie Daniels Band – Johnny Mercer Theatre – Savanah GA
The Baker Family – Bluegrass Festival – Mt. View AR
The Black Lillies - Terra Fermata – Stuart FL
Charlie Daniels Band – Johnny Mercer Theatre – Savannah GA
Lonestar – McAnich Arts Center – Glen Ellyn IL
Marc Broussard – The Kent Stage – Kent OH
Rhonda Vincent – Little River Bluegrass Barn – Radford VA
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Saturday – 11
Kevin Fowler – Midnight Rodeo – Springfield MO
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Ragged Union – Swallow Hill Daniel’s Hall – Denver CO
            CD Celebration Concert!
            /w Martin Gilmore Trio
Charlie Daniels Band – Seminole Casino Immokalee – Immokalee FL
Aaron Tippin – Ocala Feel Downtown – Ocala FL
The Black Lillies – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville FL
Daryle Singletary – Heart of the Community Chili Cook-off – Jacksonville FL
            Moosehaven
Johnny Lee – 7 Clans Casino – Red Rocks OK
Johnny Rodriguez – Evans/ Columbia Co. Amphitheatre – Evans GA
Marc Broussard – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati OH
Randy Brown – Malvern Country Club – Malvern AR
Rhonda Vincent – The Beacon Theatre – Hopewell VA
Suzy Bogguss – The Listening Room – Port Clinton OH
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Sunday – 12
Charlie Daniels Band – Ribfest – St. Petersburg FL
The Black Lillies – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur GA
Gene Watson – Buffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Jack Nelson Band – Louisiana State Fair – Shreveport LA


Monday – 13
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO


Tuesday – 14
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Johnny Lee – Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater – Branson MO
Marc Broussard – City Winery – New York NY
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO


Wednesday – 15
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Neal McCoy – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Casey Donahew Band – 3rd & Lindsey – Nashville TN
Cody Joe Hodges – Cowgirl BBQ – Santa Fe NM
Chris Young – The Chicago Theatre – Chicago
Lee Greenwood – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater – Branson MO
Marc Broussard – City Winery – New York NY

Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - BootDaddy!

I seem to be about videos this week.

I first saw this video a month ago on Twitter but now Bootdaddy has put the video up for Premiere on YouTube

Get up and dance!

Monday, November 6, 2017

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Dusty Richards

Dusty Richards has always been a cowboy at heart. He went to a roundup at seven years old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello WA. He was thirteen when his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest. With a horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in Dusty knew he'd gone to heaven. His mother worried he'd grow up to be an "old cowboy bum".  Dusty had higher sites.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up his own book reports like "Guns on the Brazos' by J. P. Jones where a Texas Ranger saves the town... and the girl. He sold them for a dollar to other boys when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. Those book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to get them back and forth to high school

After graduation from Arizona State University in 1960, Dusty moved to Arkansas where he ranched, worked as an auctioneer, announced rodeos, worked in management with Tyson foods (32 years), anchored TV news all while struggling to get his first book sold.

His first book, Noble's Way, sold in 1992 and the wagon train hasn't slowed since. His publishing list counts over 100 novels under Dusty Richards as well as pseudonyms.



In 2003, The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year. He followed in 2004 with a second win, this time for The Abilene Trail - a Ralph Compton novel. 


Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write. According to Dusty there is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. "You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect." He speaks at conferences and has served on various organization's board over the years including Western Writers of America and Ozark Creative Writers and continues to do so. 

This Friday, November 10, Pioneer Woman, will release in theaters. The movie is based on The Mustanger and the Lady.


Here's the Official Trailer:



Please call your local theater and request this Award-Winning Indie film.

To find out more about Dusty Richards you can visit his various Social Media Sites



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT - Movin' On

Beginning this week, Wednesday's that do not have book reviews will feature a Video Spotlight.

This week, I bring you Movin' On - the latest release from Kevin Fowler.


Make sure to check out The Party List every Thursday in November to see where you can see Kevin perform Movin' On Live!

For more information you can follow Kevin on various social media platforms.

WEBSITE   FB   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM  YOUTUBE  

Stream and Purchase Kevin's music through:


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Jaryd Lane

I apologize for this post running a day late. I got an early morning call tht thirty bales of straw would be delivered. I spent the day putting them in place for my Spring 2018 strawbale garden.

Today, we're opening up the chute for Louisiana artist Jaryd Lane. I've been following/ supporting Jaryd for about three years. His music is a fine mix of smooth aged whiskey and a bit of the harder stuff you want on occasion. With the release of Jaryd's newest album, American Country Southern Rock n Roll brought the perfect opportunity to find out a bit more about the artist and his music.




Thank you, Jaryd, for taking the time to do this and on short notice. Wishing you great success with the new release.

1. One of the things I admire in your music is the raw intensity with an undercurrent of smooth soul. I know your music comes from the heart but style is something you build over time. Would you share something about how you found and developed your style?

At the end of the day we as artists are just a product of our influences. For me, that list is pretty long, but some of the artists that come to mind are the ones that I can say I own the entire album collection. (Bob Seger, Hank Jr, Eagles, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd). It’s like listening to their bio. That’s what I admired the most. Songs with meaning. Our style has definitely developed over time. I don’t think we found our true sound until we were around 3 albums in and it grew from there. Playing live a lot has been a huge part of our sound also. You find ways to play and record songs that you would never create stuck in a studio on the clock.

2. American Country Southern Rock n Roll released on the 27th. What makes this album different from the previous five?

For one, this is the 1st album that I’ve recorded entirely with my live band, The Parish, and not session players. So we cut it just like that, live. We hung out, cooked, recorded, drank and made music. The process as a whole was real loose, but organized at the same time. We’ve also touched on topics that we never have on this one.

3. How do you keep that Jaryd Lane your fans expect while bringing something new to the stage from one performance to another, year after year?

I’ve always said, even as an artist, I’m still a fan of music. I’m always looking and listening to things that inspire me so I’m constantly learning and picking up tricks from other artists that I can incorporate into our own shows. We always try to ­­add something to the songs we’ve recorded. We never want the fans to say we could have stayed home and just listened to the album.

4. Your music has an almost transparency into Jaryd Lane. Do you ever regret being that open?

I think the great thing about songwriting is that I can write the songs from a personal view but the listener can take it and put his own perspective on it. I’m actually a pretty private guy but of course there are some songs that are quite obvious where they come from. We as artists grow and evolve just like everyone else and I think the listener wants to feel the same and feel that connection.

5. You’ve opened for some of the artists who inspired you growing up. Who was the first one you opened up for and how did you feel?

The 1st artist was Edwin McCain. I’m a huge fan of what he does. He was probably one of the 1st other than James Taylor that inspired me to pick up an acoustic guitar and write songs. The music is really acoustic rootsy based and that’s what I’ve always loved and still love the most to this day, acoustic stuff. I kinda wish I wouldn’t have been so nervous at the time I met him because I would have loved to chat more and pick his brain on the business. But I was real green at the time, so all I could do was say hi and thanks for letting me do the show lol. Hopefully we can do it again sometime.

6. A lot of artists come into the business thinking they know how things work. What was one of the misconceptions you had about the business early on and how did you turn that around to work for you?

I think the moment you think you actually know it all in this business your ego has taken over for the bad. It’s a constant learning process. There’s nothing in this business that says if you do A you can achieve B or C and so on. I think the biggest misconception I had when starting is that you had to be a huge superstar to have a music career. Well I learned quick that everyone has their own interpretation of what a Star is. It’s for some and not for others for sure, so we’ve used the tools out there these days for Indie artists and have been continuing to grow that to control what we do and not be a puppet on a string so to speak.

7. You’ve had some things that didn’t quite work out over the course of your career. You are an indie artist. What do you feel is your greatest asset or strength as an indie?

We’ve definitely had some downfalls but I have to say with each one it was a learning process and there were some good things that came out of it. I’ve made some great connections and relations with folks in this business and some of the best ones are thru situations that didn’t work out but it has helped in being an indie artist in some shape or form. I’d have to say the greatest asset of being indie is being in control. We take what we do very seriously and want to make sure what we put out represents us in the best way possible. As indie artist we are able to do just that.

8. What’s the one thing you want people to know about you… the one thing that differs from the perception we (they) have of you?


I think the biggest thing and the thing I see even myself from the folks I look up to in this business is that we are real. We have the same problems and struggles as everyone else. We just share it differently with everyone and hopefully that helps others to deal with things, good or bad. Other than that I’m actually a pretty shy and private guy who likes staying home on weekends when not on stage and hanging with the family, cooking out and drinking a few cold ones. 

Here's a video from American Country Southern Rock n Roll


You can get your copy of American Country Southern Rock n Roll through Jaryd's website link.

Want to know more about Jaryd Lane? Follow him on various social media venues



Thursday, October 26, 2017

THE PART LIST - October 26- November 1

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 – 26
William Clark Green – Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi
            /w Blue Water Highway
Whiskey Myers – Schoepf’s Old Time Pit & BBQ – Belton SOLD OUT!


Friday – 27
Woody Eastman – Lost Draw Cellars – Fredricksburg
Whiskey Myers – Love & War in Texas – Lindale
Scott Taylor Band – Kick’s Club – Angleton
Kevin Fowler – The Backyard – Waco
            /w Brett Hendrix Band


Saturday – 28
William Clark Green – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches
Whiskey Myers – Lava Cantina – The Colony
Trace Adkins – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth
Kevin Fowler – Blue Bonnet Palace - Selma
           

Sunday – 29
Whiskey Myers – Landmark Bar & Kitchen – Ft.Worth
Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars – Poodie’s – Spicewood


Monday – 30
W. C. Jameson & George Ensle Cohost – Poodie’s – Spicewood


Tuesday – 31
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Wine Cellars – Fredricksburg
            /w Annie Blakely


Wednesday – November 1
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores
            /w Kurt Baumer & Mike Blakely


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 26
Trace Adkins – Von Braun Center Concert Hall – Huntsville AL
Terri Clark – ASU Center for the Arts – Newport AR
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO
Ragged Union – Preservation Pub – Knoxville TN
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Bellamy Brothers – Carbon Event Center – Price UT


Friday – 27
Zane Williams – RC McGraw’s  - Manhattan KS
Vince Gill – Little Ceasar’s Arena – Detroit MI
            /w The Eagles
Trace Adkins – Paragon Casino Resort – Marksville LA
Terri Clark – Anthem Hard Rock Hotel – Sioux City IA
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Travis Tritt – Renfro Valley Ent.Center – Renfro Valley KY
Ricky Skaggs – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Ragged Union – The Hunt House – Marietta GA
Oak Ridge Boys – French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick IN
Bellamy Brothers – Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy
            Poetry Gathering – Heber City UT


Saturday – 28
Zane Williams – Buck’s Bar & Grill – Venice NE
Travis Tritt – Renfro Valley Ent.Center – Renfro Valley KY
Ragged Union – The Hunt House – Marietta GA
Bellamy Brothers – Stephens Performing Arts Center – Pocatello ID


Sunday – 29
Terri Clark – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa OK
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss

Monday – 30
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 31
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Branson MO


Wednesday – November 1
Ricky Skaggs – The Lyric Theatre – Stuart FL
Oak Ridge Boys – The Mansion Theatre – Brans

Monday, October 23, 2017

HOW THE 'COUNTRY ANGEL' CAME TO BE



My story began long before the tag 'Country Angel' became a part of my life. I lived for the radio for as long as I can remember. Nerdy as this will sound, as a young girl I used to pretend to program the playlists on the stations I listened to. Often times, I would be thinking of a song, turn on the radio and the song would either be playing or would come up next. Freaky, right?

For my thirteenth birthday my natural mom sent me a transistor radio. Remember those?


I would burrow beneath the covers at night with my ear pressed to the speaker as I drew in AM stations from all across the country. Two of my favorites were WLS - Chicago and WSM - Nashville 
As I drifted off to sleep, I'd sometimes remember to turn the radio off so the batteries didn't die before morning. We only went to town once or twice a month and I didn't want to be without batteries. Though the 9-V did last longer than the AA other items required.

Radio tunes got me through some tough times over the next few years and I identified with a lot of the songs on the country stations. Cheating and lonely housewives seemed to be a recurring theme. After a failed marriage I moved to Baton Rouge with my sister, her husband and two kids. She got me a job where she worked at Dixie Electric Co.  I loved my job. Friday nights we'd find a club to hang out and Saturdays there was usually a live broadcast remote somewhere. I loved remotes. They often gave me the opportunity to be on-air and talk to other folks who got where I was coming from.  At one point I even applied to a broadcasting school in Denver. But life intervened and I never got that far. 

When my brother-in-law was sent to Diego Garcia unaccompanied, we moved to Virginia, where my sister and the kids would live during his deployment. Somewhere along the trip from AR (we had back-tracked so Dan could see his family before deploying) and Rapidan VA I talked with a truck driver on the CB. He tagged me The Country Angel.. and the moniker stuck. Somewhere I still have the license plate bar I had custom-made years later.

My next stop was back in IL. I made friends with program directors and air personalities at WXCL - Radio in Peoria. I'd stop by remotes and often get to help out. I was even privileged to attend some of their company events. There was a real camaraderie. Whether it was at the station, a concert or other events I felt at home with everyone and in the business.


To back track a minute, while in Baton Rouge I met The Younger Brothers. They would later become known as James & Michael Younger as a result of a name dispute. The group and I connected several times over the years. What they didn't know until eight years ago was that when they handed me singles I was hocking them around to radio stations in my area, pushing for airplay. James told me the last time we met at his house if he'd known that he'd have put me on the payroll because their label was doing jack! I guess you could say that period in the mid-1980's is when Country Angel Promotions began. 

I designed posters and promoted a lot of local groups for free access to their shows. They were small time but I was cutting my teeth on something I knew was my soul. 

Most of the time when I attended shows, I went either with my photographer, Nancee Thomas (Lewis). She worked for a local promoter and we got our tickets for working the phones. We had a great partnership until she decided to move to Nashville. From there I was on my own and often handed tickets from the station or I'd get a front row ticket last minute because single seat were easy to grab. 

One of the most memorable I obtained on my own was a meeting with the late Faron Young. He was everything they said he was... and a lot more no one every talked about. He was a kind, gentle guy just trying to be himself while pleasing everyone else. That's a tough tight rope to walk. He gave me the nickname Pooh Bear. The day he died, I began collecting Pooh Bears. 

Time travel to almost eleven years ago. I'm retired and able to devote time to music. I spend my days networking with amazing artists and promoters. I have Duane Allen from The Oak Ridge Boys for hooking me up with Webster PR. My other real gratitude goes to Howard and David Bellamy. I'd met them a couple of times in Peoria over the years. The first year we moved down here, they were playing locally and I scored an interview. As I sat on the bus waiting for them and visiting with their wives, David came out of the back. His first words were 'what are you doing here?' I guess south central MO was the last place he thought our paths would cross. I never missed one of their Central IL shows and we often chatted after the shows. He had remembered me from all those years ago in Peoria. We now have each other's numbers so that eight years don't go buy without us connecting again. 

Since Duane's assistance I've met some amazing people out of Nashville as well as being able to make my own connections in the Texas and Bluegrass communities. And while I'm not making a killing at this biz, I'm doing what I love, building a resume so that maybe someday, someone will note the value of what I do. 

Until then, CDs appreciated, interview grants invaluable.
Country Blessings!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE PARTY LIST - October 19-25

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 – 19
john Arthur martinez – Brass Hall – Marble Falls
            FiestajAm – Kick-off Party
Bellamy Brothers – Whiskey River Saloon – San Angelo


Friday – 20
William Clark Green – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station
            /w Luke Pell
Ricky Skaggs – Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Farmer’s Branch
Randy Rogers Band – Calhoun Co. Fair – Port Lavace
Pauline Reese – The Barber Shop – Dripping Springs – 2-2:45 p.m.
            Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Fest
Pauline Reese – Mercer Street  Dancehall – Fredricksburg 4:30-5:45
            Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Fest
Pauline Reese – Western Edge Wine Cellars – Fredricksburg 8-10 p.m.
Kevin Fowler – Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo – Bryan
john Arthur martinez – Escondido Golf & Lake Club – Marble Falls
            FiestajAm Sponsor’s Show


Saturday – 21
Woody Eastman – Munch Food Park – Fredricksburg
Randy Rogers Band – American Bank Center – Corpus Christi
Pauline Reese – Hudson’s On Mercer – Dripping Springs – 2-3:15 p.m.
            Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Fest
Pauline Reese – The Sidecar Tasting Room – Dripping Springs
            Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Fest
Kevin Fowler – Bayou Fest – La Marque
john Arthur martinez – FiestajAm – Marble Falls
            Lakeside Park
Bellamy Brothers – Brazoria Co. Fair - Angleton


Sunday – 22
Woody Eastman – 1851 Vineyards – Fredricksburg
Scott Taylor Band – Café Josie – Austin
Ricky Skaggs – One World Theatre – Austin
Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars – Poodie’s – Spicewood
john Arthur martinez – FiestajAm – Marble Falls
            Lakeside Park


Monday – 23
W. C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            /w Richard Dobson


Tuesday – 24
Mike Blakely – Western Edge Cellars – Fredricksburg
            /w Annie Blakelly


Wednesday – 25
Scott Taylor Band – Moonshine Drinkery – Victoria
john Arthur martinez – Cheatham Street Warehouse – San Marcos
            Foundation Songwriter Series /w Shelley King


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 19
Zach Coffey – Whiskey Baron – Colorado Springs CO
Trace Adkins – Buffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Terri Clark – The Clayton Center – Clayton NC
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO
Travis Tritt – The Norris Theatre – Rolling Hills Estates CA


Friday – 20
Zach Coffey – Whiskey Baron – Colorado Springs CO
Vince Gill – Phillips Arena – Atlanta GA
            /w The Eagles
Trace Adkins – Riverdome – Bossier City LA
Terri Clark – Paramount Center for the Arts – Bristol TN
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO
Moe Bandy – Riverwind Casino – Norman OK
Little Texas – Washington Parish Free Fair – Franklinton LA
            /w Shenandoah
Oak Ridge Boys – Innovation Amphitheatre – Winder GA

  
Saturday – 21
Zach Coffey – Whiskey Baron – Colorado Springs CO
Zane Williams – Panther Island Pavilion – Ft. Worth – 1:15 p.m.
            Ranch Bash
Vince Gill – Phillips Arena – Atlanta GA
            /w The Eagles
Trace Adkins – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino – Robinsville MS
Terri Clark – Rising Star Casino Resort – Rising Sun IN
            Chicks With Hits Tour
            /w Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Travis Tritt – Nugget Casino Resort – Morrisville NV
Sammy Kershaw – Effingham Performance Center – Effingham IL
Mark Chapman Band – Downstream Casino – Quapaw OK
Oak Ridge Boys – Alabama Amphitheatre – N. Myrtle Beach SC

  
Sunday – 22
Texas Tenors – Stambaugh Auditorium – Youngstown OH
Travis Tritt – The Cascade Theatre – Redding CA
Ragged Union – Pedaler’s Pub – Bentonville AR
Moe Bandy – Winstar Casino – Thackerville OK
Jeff Posey – The Cowgirl BBQ – Sante Fe NM


Monday – 23
Ragged Union – The Bootleg – St. Louis MO


Tuesday – 24
Vince Gill – KFC YUM! Center – Louisville KY
            /w The Eagles
Ragged Union – Isis Music Hall – Asheville NC
Jaryd Lane – N.O.V. Event – Lafayette LA


Wednesday – 25
Trace Adkins – Pensacola Interstate Fair – Pensacola FL
Texas Tenors – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO
Ragged Union – The Down Home – Johnson City T