Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wade Bowen

Aside from my friend Mike Blakely and the legendary Michael Martin Murphy, I had never heard of any of the other nominees. The neat thing about doing what I do, is I am introduced to some awesome talent. This week is no exception.

I’m showcasing Wade Bowen. Wade’s category is listed as alternative country. Not only is he up for Entertainer of the Year, but he is also up for Male Vocalist of the Year and "You Had Me At My Best" is nominated for Record of the Year.

Listening to sound clips from various recordings I’m taken back to a smoke-filled bar in a far-corner booth and my date for the evening. Wade’s music makes for perfect background to private conversation over a cold long-neck.

Wade isn’t new to the music scene. His single "God Bless This Town" went to the top of the Texas Music Chart while its video was a Top 20 debut on CMT and spent several weeks at #1 on CMT’s Pure Country 12 Pack countdown. He has also toured with Lee Ann Womack
Wade is as talented a songwriter as he is a guitar player.

Take time to check out his homepage –
http://www.wadebowen.com/ Listen to the jukebox selections. You won’t be disappointed.

Til next week
Country Blessings

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Texas Music Awards

One of my dearest Texas friends is western author and musician, Mike Blakely. The talent in this man is phenomenal. A few years ago, Mike made the decision to step away from being a 'cover band' and work hard on his own music. He's done it in a big way.

I can't pick a favorite CD or single. Every thing the man writes and sings weaves a spell. His latest cd - The Rarest of the Breed has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Texas Music community and Mike is up for Entertainer of the Year! You can check out the list of other nominees at http://www.texasmusicawards.org/

When not writing music, Mike is penning novels. His career began with western novels and he has been the recipient of the Spur Award - given by Western Writers of America. In September of 2008, he released A Tale Out of Luck, co-written with Texas music legend Willie Nelson. He is currently working on his first non-western novel which he is co-writing with Kenny Rogers.

Mike is genuine cowboy talent. Next time you find yourself down Marble Falls way, look for a crowd of people and good music. Chances are Mike and his friends are in the center of the mix.

Stop by his website http://www.mikeblakely.com/ Pick up a CD or two. And while you're at it, drop him a note. He loves to hear from his fans.

Cowboy Blessings


Welcome to Kelly's Country.

Several years ago, thanks to a trucker on a long stretch of highway somewhere between Arkansas and Virginia, I was given the CB handle - The Country Angel. I've always loved the name and turned it into Country Angel Promotions when I began doing freelance work for local bands during the 80's and 90's.

The Country Angel is back, with a little different slant. I'll be showcasing all things in country entertainment. You'll meet western authors and musicians from all across the country. I'll try not to focus too much on the Texas music movement, but it is my favorite so you've been warned. :-)

Our first trip will take you to the Texas Music Awards. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking about some of the nominees. I'll provide links to websites where available.

I hope you'll visit often and share your comments.
Cowboy Blessings