Wednesday, October 20, 2021

REVIEW WEDNESDAY - A Star That Twinkled But Never Got to Shine

 


Good morning, everyone!
As promised, here is my review of A STAR THAT TWINKLED - But Never Got To Shine by Sharon Kizziah-Holmes

We seldom get to read, or even hear about, the folks who helped build our Country Music. My only hope is they are not sitting in Hillbilly Heaven plugging their ears at what people call country music today. I know that music has to progress but I'm saddened by the fact that talented people like Tommy Kizziah never got to shine while some with lesser talent are making money left and right now. Personal opinion, mind you.

Without giving you too much of the story here's a bit of history. You'll want to buy the book for all the interesting details.
Tommy's mom believed in her little boy when his dad and brothers treated him more as an outsider. When she convinced her husband to gift the boy a guitar, a star was born. 


Jimmy Rogers

He loved  Jimmy Rogers, the 'yodeling brake man'. Learning by ear, Tommy taught himself every song on the radio and 78s they owned. He truly was a talent. When the opportunity to meet his idol came, Tommy took advantage in a way that will melt your heart. Grit and determination to play music carried Tommy Kizziah his entire career. He overcame many hurdles and was blessed to live a life he loved. The most prominent part of his career was lead for Tommy Kizziah and the West Coast Ramblers. 


Tommy Kizziah and the West Coast Ramblers
Courtesy of Sharon Kizziah- Holmes YouTube Channel

As I read Sharon's book I was reminded of some great artists her dad worked with over the years, like Willie Nelson and Faron Young - artists I've been blessed to know as well.

Here's a video from Sharon's YouTube channel:


If you love true classic country that helped build the industry or just want to take a step back in time, you need a copy of A STAR THAT TWINKLED But Never Got To Shine by Sharon Kizziah-Holmes.

I'm tipping my hat


You'll find A STAR THAT TWINKLED - But Never Got To Shine on AMAZON

Also, be sure to check out Sharon's business, Paperback Press.

Country Blessings
~Kelly












Monday, October 18, 2021

CATCHING UP!

 Hey all...

I apologize for the delay. I spent the last couple of weeks preparing for a speaking engagement at a writer's conference and just didn't get any blog posts done.

I do have a couple things coming up this week and next. The Party List will resume in November and December. Then I'll take January/ February off to get business stuff in order for the new year. There are not a lot of shows in those two months to cover, so we'll just take a slow ride into 2022.


If not tomorrow, then on Wednesday I'll have a review of a book by a dear friend, Sharon Kizziah-Holmes. If you know anything about the early country music, you may know the name - Tall Tom. That man was amazing. When I started reading his story, written by his baby girl, so many memories of artists we've lost came flooding back. I hope they will for you as well.

Next week, WinterKill Band kicks us off with a new interview and a brand new album. You're going to love this one!

I have other new albums waiting their turn so it's going to be a busy couple of months. 

I hope you'll hang with me.

Country Blessings

~Kelly

Thursday, September 30, 2021

THE PARTY LIST - 30 - October 6

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.


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. While a lot of states have opened up, there are still Safe Practices in place. Also, some venues have an age restriction.


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

Crystal Gayle – Arlington Music Hall – Arlington

Gene Watson – Red River Valley Fairgrounds – Paris

Bellamy Brothers – Waller Co. Fairgrounds - Hempstead

 

Friday – October 1

Gene Watson – Arlington Music Hall – Arlington

Randy Rogers Band – Johnny’s Steaks & BBQ – Salado

            w/ Django Walker

Bellamy Brothers – Cowtown Ball (American Cancer Society) – Ft. Worth

 

Saturday – 2

William Clark Green – Ramblin Roads Music Festival – Arlington

Granger Smith – The Haute Spot – Cedar Park

john Arthur martinez – Texas Ex’s Party – Marble Falls (PENDING!)

Gene Watson – Municipal Auditorium – Sweetwater

Randy Rogers Band – The Factory in Deep Ellum - Dallas

 

Sunday – 3

Mike Blakely and Family  – Lone Star Bar & Grill  – Fredricksburg

 

Monday – 4

NO SHOWS FOUND

Tuesday – 5

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

 

Wednesday – 6

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 30

Eli Young Band – Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall – Wantagh NY

 

Friday – October 1

Exile – Old Mill Park Amphitheater – West Liberty KY

Eli Young Band – OC Inlet Parking Lot – Ocean City MD

The Departed – Boone’s BBQ Farm – Bolivar MO

Confederate Railroad – Madison Co. Fairground Event Center – Winterset IA

Collin Raye – The Bowl @ Sugar Hill – Sugar Hill GA

 

Saturday – 2

Exile – Effingham Performing Arts Center – Effingham IL

Eli Young Band – Fells Point Festival – Baltimore MD

The Departed – Lindsay Hawg Fest – Chickasaw OK

Confederate Railroad - Beaver Bottoms Saloon – Fountain MN

Collin Raye – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe GA

Corey Smith – Elmwood Park – Roanoke VA

 

Sunday – 3

Eli Young Band – FredNats Ball Bark – Fredricksburg VA

 

Monday – 4

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

Tuesday – 5

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

Wednesday – 6

NO SHOWS FOUND

Thursday, September 23, 2021

THE PARTY LIST - 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. 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.

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. While a lot of states have opened up, there are still Safe Practices in place. Also, some venues have an age restriction.

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

john Arthur martinez – Trail Blazer Grille – Burnet

            w/ Mike Blakely

Bellamy Brothers – Steiner Ranch Steakhouse - Austin

 

Friday – 24

William Clark Green – Schroeder Hall – Goliad

john Arthur martinez – Lost Creek – Austin

Doug Stone – 2920 Roadhouse – Hockley

Robert Earl Keen – Floore’s – Helotes

Randy Rogers Band – Old Main Ice House – Cibolo

            w/ Brady Black, Geoffrey Hill

 

Saturday – 25

William Clark Green – Backyard Bar Stage & Grill – Waco

john Arthur martinez – Wild Seed Farms – Fredricksburg

Eli Young Band – Starlight Ranch – Amarillo

Doug Stone – Wharton Rotary Club Gala – Wharton

Deryl Dodd – Love n War in Texas – Plano

Gene Watson – Bare Bones BBQ – Gatesville

            /w Bobby Dean & Timeless Country

Randy Rogers Band – Burelson Co. Fair – Caldwell

Bellamy Brothers – Buck’s Backyard - Buda

 

Sunday – 26

Mike Blakely & Family – Lone Star Bar & Grill – Fredricksburg

john Arthur martinez – Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg

 

Monday – 27

NO SHOWS FOUND


Tuesday – 28

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

john Arthur martinez & Pauline Reese – Trail Blazer Grille – Burnet

 

Wednesday – 29

NO SHOWS FOUND


ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 23

Exile – Eastern States Exposition – West Springfield MA

Granger Smith – Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach NH

Eli Young Band – Clos La Chance Winery – San Martin CA

Collin Raye – American Music Theatre – Lancaster PA

Corey Smith – Rick’s Café – Starkville MS

 

Friday – 24

Granger Smith – Aura – Portland ME

Corey Smith – Mustang Sally – Monroe LA

Cadillac Three – JD Legends – Franklin OH

 

Saturday – 25

Granger Smith – Frog Alley Brewing – Schenectady NY

Confederate Railroad – Truckers 4 Hope – Mill Hall PA

Collin Raye – JD Legends – Franklin OH

Cadillac Three – The Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown OH

 

Sunday – 26

Granger Smith – Festival Country de Lotbiniere

 

Monday – 27

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

Tuesday – 28

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

Wednesday – 29

NO SOWS FOUND

 


Thursday, September 16, 2021

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.


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. While a lot of states have opened up, there are still Safe Practices in place. Also, some venues have an age restriction.


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

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

       3rd Thursday with john Arthur martinez

 

Friday – 17

john Arthur martinez – Live Oak Country Club – Lakeway

The Departed – Big Texas Dancehall & Saloon - Spring

 

Saturday – 18

john Arthur martinez – Southern Sky Music Café – Ingram

Randy Rogers Band – LJT Music Festival - Stephenville

 

Sunday – 19

Mike Blakely and Family – Lone Star Bar & Grill – Fredricksburg

john Arthur martinez – Texas Heritage Vineyard – Fredricksburg

 

Monday – 20

john Arthur martinez – Quacks – Austin (PENDING!)

George Ensle – Poodie’s – Spicewood

            w/ Frank Martin Gilligan

 

Tuesday – 21

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

john Arthur martinez – Escondido – Horseshoe Bay

 

Wednesday – 22

NO SHOWS FOUND

 

ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 16

William Clark Green – The Hat – Manhattan KS

Granger Smith – The Mill – Terra Haute IN

Eli Young Band – Six Strings Grill & Stage – FoxBurough MA

Cadillac Three – Wally’s Pub – Hampton NH

Robert Earl Keen – Romp Festival – Owensboro KY

Randy Rogers Band – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville AR

 

Friday – 17

William Clark Green – Born & Raised Music Fest – Pryor OK

Exile – Reidsville Showcase Theater – Reidsville NC

Eli Young Band – Palace Theatre – Stamford CT

Confederate Railroad – Sam’s Place – Crowley LA

Collin Raye - Landfest 2021 – Hiawassee GA

Cadillac Three – Paradise Rock Club – Boston MA

Robert Earl Keen - Princess Theatre Center – Decatur AL

The Baker Family – Hootin’ & Hollerin’ – Gainsville MO

Randy Rogers Band – The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita KS

Bellamy Brothers – Pope Co. Fairgrounds – Russellville AR

 

Saturday – 18

Granger Smith – Wild Things Park – Washington PA

            /w Justin Moore

Exile – Liberty Showcase Theater – Liberty NC

Eli Young Band – Frogfest – Frankfurt NY

Doug Stone – Oxford Co. Fair – Oxford ME

            w/ Crystal Gayle

Confederate Railroad – Hanceville Music Fest @ Veteran’s Park – Hanceville AL

Collin Raye – Earle Theatre – Mount Airy NC

Cadillac Three – Aura – Portland ME

Robert Earl Keen – The Auditorium – Eureka Springs AR

Bellamy Brothers – Boom Days – Ft. Payne AL

  

Sunday – 19

Eli Young Band – Ernie’s Beach Bar – Hampton NH

The Departed – Born n Raised – Pryor OK

Robert Earl Keen – Born n Raised – Pryor OK

Randy Rogers Band – Born n Raised – Pryor OK

            This event also includes the following:

                        Blackberry Smoke

                        Lucinda Williams

                        ZZ Top

                        Cody Jinks

                        Parker McCullum

                       

Monday – 20

The Baker Family – Ole Smokey – Gaitlinburg TN

 

Tuesday – 21

The Baker Family – Ole Smokey – Gaitlinburg TN

 

Wednesday – 22

Exile – Eastern States Exposition – West Springfield MA

The Baker Family – Ole Smokey – Gaitlinburg TN

 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

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.

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. While a lot of states have opened up, there are still Safe Practices in place. Also, some venues have an age restriction.

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

john Arthur martinez – Champion Ranch – Rochelle

Doug Stone (Acoustic) – Alma’s Courthouse Whistlestop – Livingston

Bellamy Brothers – Arlington Music Hall – Arlington


Friday – 10

William Clark Green – Billy Bob’s -Ft. Worth

Lindsey Lane – Canyon Ranch – Canyon

Mike Blakely – Rock Theater – Fredricksburg

            World Premier Concert!

john Arthur martinez – Brass Hall – Marble Falls

     MF Festival Kick-off

Bellamy Brothers – Main Street Crossing - Tomball

 

Saturday – 11

SOLDIER’S SONGS & VOICES FUNDRAISER – Poodie’s Roadhouse – Spicewood

            Special Show 2-5 p.m. Hosted by Dustin Welch

            No Cover – Donations Accepted

john Arthur martinez – Flintrock Falls Country Club - Austin

 

Sunday – 12

Mike Blakely & Family – Lone Star Bar & Grill – Fredricksburg

Randy Rogers Band – Texas Gatorfest - Anahauc

 

Monday – 13

WC Jameson – Poodie’s  Spicewood

            w/ Dub Miller

 

Tuesday – 14

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

 

Wednesday – 15

William Clark Green – LJT Music Fest - Stephenville

 

ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 9

Corey Smith – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa AL

Cadillac Three – Wave – Wichita KS

 

Friday – 10

Confederate Railroad – Osakis Town Festival – Osakis MN

Granger Smith – Black Oak Amphitheater – Lampe MO

Exile – Jackson Live & Events Center – Seymour IN

Eli Young Band – Bay City Music Festival – Bay City MI

Randy Rogers Band – Gold Nugget Hotel & Casino – Lake Charles LA

 

Saturday – 11

William Clark Green – High Plains Music Fest – Hugoton KS

            /w Granger Smith & Lindsey Lane

Exile – Town Square – MacLeansboro IL

Confederate Railroad – Brad Danielson Residence – Sunburg MN

Collin Raye – Mill Town Music Hall – Bremen GA

Cadillac Three – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa OK

Robert Earl Keen – The Dixie Carter PAC – Huntingdon TN

 

Sunday – 12

Robert Earl Keen – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington IL

 

Monday – 13

Robert Earl Keen – Off Broadway – St. Louis MO

 

Tuesday – 14

Robert Earl Keen – Off Broadway – St. Louis MO

 

Wednesday – 15

Cadillac Three – Stage West – State College PA

Robert Earl Keen – Memorial Hall – Cincinnati OH

Thursday, July 29, 2021

THE PARTY LIST - July 29 - August 4

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.

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. While a lot of states have opened up, there are still Safe Practices in place. Also, some venues have an age restriction.

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 – 29

Bellamy Brothers – Doc’s Bar & Grill – Abilene

Rodney Crowell – The Heights Theater – Houston

Pauline Reese – Viva Big Bend Festival 2021 – Alpine

 

Friday – 30

Rodney Crowell – 04 Center – Austin

Pauline Reese – Viva Big Bend Festival 2021 – Marathon

 

Saturday – 31

Rodney Crowell – The Kessler Center – Dallas

Wade Bowen – Wakepoint LBJ – Kingsland

Randy Rogers Band – Haley Nelson Park & Amphitheater- Burnet

Little Texas – Midland Roundup Cattle Baron’s Ball – Midland

Aaron Watson – White Deer Rodeo – White Deer

 

Sunday – August 1

Mike Blakely and Family – Lone Star Bar & Grill – Fredricksburg

John BerryDosey Doe Big Barn – The Woodlands

 

Monday – 2

No Shows Found

 

Tuesday – 3

Mike Blakely – Western Edge – Fredricksburg

 

Wednesday – 4

No Shows Found

 

ON THE ROAD

Thursday – 29

Robert Earl Keen – Chamber Park Stage – Lander WY

Aaron Watson – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque NM

 

Friday – 30

Robert Earl Keen – Grizzly Rose – Denver CO

Jason Isbell – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater – Salt Lake City UT

            /w Lucinda Williams

Marty Stuart – Adler Hall – New York City NY

Aaron Watson – Garfield Co. Fair – Rifle CO

 

Saturday – 31

Oak Ridge Boys – Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville MO

Robert Earl Keen – Dillon Amphitheater – Dillon CO

Rhonda Vincent – Wallahalla Perf. Arts Center – Wallahalla SC

Marty Stuart – Indian Ranch Amphitheatre – Webster MA

Travis Tritt – Metrapark Arena – Billings MT

            w/ Band

David Lee Murphy – Caldwell Co Fairgrounds – Lenoir NC

Tanya Tucker – Sugar Creek Casino Event Center – Hinton OK

 

Sunday – August 1

Rodney Crowell – Roots HG – Fayetteville AR

Jason Isbell – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison CO

            /w Lucinda Williams

Marty Stuart – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield CT

Travis Tritt – Majestic Valley Arena – Kalispell MT

            /w Band

 

Monday – 2

Travis Tritt – Montana State Fair – Great Falls MT

            /w Band

 

Tuesday – 3

Jason Isbell – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater – Bonner Springs KS

            w/ Lucinda Williams

 

Wednesday – 4

Oak Ridge Boys – Freeborn Co. Fairgrounds – Albert Lea MN

Jason Isbell – First Security Amphitheater – Little Rock AR

            /w Lucinda Williams