Thursday, February 28, 2013

THE PARTY LIST - February 28

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.

Until after the Texas Music Awards, I will only be showing TEXAS events. I will resume ON THE ROAD events beginning in April.

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!


Thursday –
Kelly McGuireMain Street Crossing – Tomball  - 8 p.m.
/w/ jAm & Kurt Baumer – Tix $23
W. C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano – 7 – 9 p.m.
George Ensle joins WC & Mike Blakely
Aaron WatsonRockin’ Rodeo – Midland – 10 p.m. - $15
Doors open at 7p.m, pre-show 9 p.m.

Friday –
Scott SturgeonRansoms Steakhouse & Saloon – Montgomery -
Johnny CooperDosey Doe – Conroe –
Richard Cagle & The VooDoo Choir Dan Electros Guitar Bar – Houston – 9 p.m.
Also – Red Dog & the Fleas and Third Ear Caravan 
Blacktop OutlawPDs Place – Gainesville – 9:30 p.m.
Aaron WatsonWhiskey Dick’s – El Paso- 10 p.m. - $10
Doors open at 7p.m, pre-show 9 p.m.
DANCE NIGHT returns to Luckenbach! – 8 – 11:30 p.m. No Cover
Tonight- Drugstore Cowboys
Ashlee Rose The Boiler House – San Antonio – 8 p.m.
Bart Crow Band - Rock'n Rodeo - Denton
           /w/ Matt Dunn

Saturday –
Jarrod BirminghamBraden Hall – Columbus – 9 p.m.
Richie Allbright Opens!
Johnny CooperMule Barn – Justin –
Mandi PowellRetreat Hill Star Club- Navasota – 2-6 p.m.
Guitars, Girls & Grapes  Members – Free/ $20 non-mems
Herschel Berry with the Footnotes -Dan Electros Guitar Bar – Houston - 9 p.m.
Carrie Elkin & Danny SchmidtAustin Acoustical Café  - Austin – 7 p.m.
Shawnee Kilgore Opens! $12 presale/ $15 door
Blacktop Outlaw Redneck’s Drafthouse – Midland – 9:30 p.m.
Aaron Watson – Texas Birthday Bash – Navasota –  9:30 p.m.
4 other performers prior to Aaron. Everything kicks off – 1 p.m.
Around Navasota City Hall
Jarrod BirminghamBraden Hall – Columbus –
Richie Allbright opens!
Roger CreagerTexas Music Theater – San Marcos -

Sunday –
Kelly McGuireThe Bernhardt Winery – Plantersville TX – 4-7 p.m.
Ticket includes appetizers & dessert  - $39.92

Monday –
No Shows found

Tuesday –
Randy BrownRailhead Smokehouse – Willow Park – 7:30-10:30 p.m.
/w/ Tom McElvain

Wednesday –
Danny Dillon Frilly’s – Decatur –
This is an ‘every Wednesday’ acoustic gig


Texas Music Awards Male Vocalist nominee Alex Smith (photo- far left) brings songwriting and lead vocals to The Bigsbys. He is nominated for his vocals on their current CD, True Story.

Like other members of the band, Alex brings his own flavor to the aromatic stew that draws a wide variety of listeners from all over the country. If you like that laid back kind of feel to your buzz evening, I encourage you to check out Alex Smith and The Bigsbys.

Good Luck & Country Blessings.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Today's Male Vocalist nominee for the Texas Music Awards is Cameran Nelson. From the time he played bass guitar at the age of thirteen in his dad's band, Cameran has known what he wanted to do with his life. And he's doing it very well!

His first EP, Reckless In Texas, features five great songs. To me, his vocal quality is a mix of red-dirt and Collin Raye. I guarantee this is not the last time we'll see Cameran Nelson on the TMA list.

Good Luck & Country Blessings!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Our Spotlight artist and Male Vocalist nominee for his vocals on Burned At the Crossroads today is Mark Allan Atwood. Mark comes to the Texas Music Awards category with a solid understanding of what it means to be a great songwriter and performer. With his dad's love of traditional country, his mom's vocal abilities from the 50's/ 60's and picking up his own choices in music genre's along the way, Mark is like a giant snowball rolling down the mountain. Like most musicians, everything he has come in contact with along his life's journey has influenced the sound he delivers in the now.

His current album, Burned At the Crossroads, showcases a classic Arlo Guthrie style voice beautifully in songs such as Strong Enough and She's Good. 

This is not Mark's first time on the TMAs. He was awarded the Rising Star in 2010 and the My Texan Award in 2012.

Good Luck & Country Blessings!

Monday, February 25, 2013


This week we get to know the Male Vocalist nominees for the Texas Music Awards.

To kick off the list, I'd like you to meet Mike Amabile. Mike is nominated for his vocal performances on the Open Your Eyes album as part of the group Run Over Twice.

As I listened to the clips available for their current album at MyTexasMusic, I heard influences of a variety of musicians and groups from the late 60's to mid- 70s.

A look at Mike Amabile's webpage will introduce you to an awesome artist with a wide range of vocal talent you do not want to miss.

Good Luck and Country Blessings

Friday, February 22, 2013


Great entertainment for a Great cause.  Step up and share the love this weekend!

Country Blessings for a speedy recovery, Norma!


They say 'music soothes the savage beast'. I know that quote came long before Sue Young but they must have had a premonition of this woman with her crystalline vocal style. Whether she is singing in English or Spanish, her spiritualistic center shines.

As I listened to clips from each of her albums, I became mesmerized by the emotional quality of Sue's voice. The Albuquerque Journal calls her "one of the most versatile, heartfelt singer/ songwriters around." 

Just one of the many reasons she is among the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Good Luck and Country Blessings!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


If you listen to music out of Texas at all, the name T. C. Smythe should sound familiar. T.C. is part of the duo Smythe and Taylor.  While they are an awesome duo, T.C. is a talent on her own with a voice to be experienced.

Her strong Americana vocals on songs like Hummingbird, Cold Missouri Waters and Coyote Wind (from their These Rosita Hills LP) are great examples of why she is one of the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year.

This is not the first time T.C. has been in this category. She was also nominated in 2006.

Good Luck and Country Blessings!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

THE PARTY LIST - Feb. 21st

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.

Until after the Texas Music Awards, I will only be showing TEXAS events. I will resume ON THE ROAD events beginning in April.

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

Plan Ahead - Look at Sunday!


Kelly McGuireButler’s Courtyard – League City – 8 p.m. (doors @ 7)
Songwriters Series – Up Close & Personal – Tix $20
This week – john Arthur martinez & Kurt Baumer 
Info & tix available: or
Aubrey Lynn England Brix Jam – Plano – 8 p.m.
/w/ Danny Dillon - Host Bryan Adam Joyner
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano- 7 – 9 p.m.
/w/ Van Darien & Mike Blakely

Byrd & StreetBB Rovers – Austin - 8:30-11 p.m.

Mark Allan AtwoodThe Loft Pizza & Pub- Whitewright – 9 p.m.
Jake HookerOld Peanut Mill Steakhouse – Mason –
Tickets $20

NOTE from Mike Blakely
Here's a special offer from Lone Star Wine & Music Tours for this Sunday, Feb. 17.  We have a few seats available on our winery tour of Fredericksburg on Sunday, 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m.  It's a musical winery tour featuring award-winner guitarist and songwriter, Buddy Case, of Conway, Arkansas.  Ride in style on our limo-bus, enjoy wine tastings at several wineries, feast your eyes on the beautiful vineyard scenery, and listen to music by Buddy Case!
Reply NOW to  if you're interested.  Seats have been discounted to $70 to fill up the bus!  We can pick you up in Llano or Fredericksburg.


Randy BrownRailhead Smokehouse  - Willow Park7:30-10:30
/w/ Black Top Gypsy
Kelly McGuireWine Garden @ Carruth Plaza – Houston Rodeo -


Myrna Sanders is one of those ladies you just can't help but like.  Her music is soulful, blues, introspective and fun. Her current album, Big Head Diva, showcases Myrna at her best. With eleven tracks on an album that has been several years in the making, Myrna has given herself plenty of room to explore her  abilities as a singer, songwriter and musician.

If you have not heard Myrna perform, check out her MUSIC link for a sampling of why this lady is one of the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year!

Good Luck and Country Blessings!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Jessie Samford is the only female in the five-member group comprising Parker Heights. Though Parker Heights has only been a group since 2006, the siblings spent a lot of years prior honing their skills and finding where they fit best within the group. When you hear Jessie's voice on tracks like Running Scared or Not yet (from their self-titled EP), you'll understand why she is one of the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Aside from a beautiful vocal range allowing her to translate any song into her own, she is also an accomplished mandolin player.

Good Luck, Jessie and Country Blessings!

Monday, February 18, 2013


I'm starting the line-up off this week with Female Vocalist nominee Ashlee Rose.

Ashlee Rose is a South Texas native. It's been my experience, that only good things come out of South Texas and this young lady is no exception.
She is a talented guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. With many nominations and awards to her credentials, you could say she cut her teeth on the music business.

When you click on her name, you'll be taken to her webpage where Ashlee greets you with a tune from her current album, Songs In A Suitcase. My Boots  is a kicky little song that shows her fun side. While other songs on the album such as Crazy Over You and I Can't Make You Love Me show a softer, romantic side.

No breathy lyrics from this lady. Her voice control for such a young age is amazing.

This isn't Ashlee's first trip to the TMAs. She is a former Rising Star Award winner (2004 - at age 15) as well as having been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year (2007).

Good Luck, Ashlee Rose and Country Blessings!


I know I should have started on these weeks ago. I mean, it's not like I did not know who the nominees were. I even voted! Have just been dragging my feet into 2013. But I'm picking up the pace. All this week I'll be introducing you to the Female Vocalist of the Year Nominees.  So kick back while I tell you a bit about this talented group of women. Click on the links to hear clips from their work and maybe buy an album or five.

Country Blessings!

MINDY MCCREADY - Finally at Peace

It is always sad when we see such great talent leave us too soon. Today, the music headlines are all about the apparent suicide of Mindy McCready. Her death is the beginning of the final chapter of her life. A life riddled with rise and fall of success, health issues, problems with alcohol and prescription drugs. I think the final straw was the death of her boyfriend, David Wilson, in January of this year.

If you're not familiar with her music, she recorded hits such as Ten Thousand Angels and Guys Do It All The Time.

Success is not everything. Too often people get into the business thinking it is what will make them happy. A few find happiness and can handle the trials and tribulations that come with the process. But we've also heard too many stories of those who could not handle the pressures of this business.

My heart, prayers and Country Blessings go out to Mindy McCready's family and friends. While Mindy and David are together again, two young boys are left without a mom. So very sad.

May you finally have found peace, Mindy. Country Blessings

Here's a link to a YouTube video... supposedly the last song David produced before his own suicide.

Friday, February 15, 2013



Dan's Electros Guitar Bar in Houston is the place to be tomorrow. Everything kicks off at 2 p.m. with an AWESOME line-up of bands. 

If you don't know the place, it's at 1031 E 24th St. - Houston.
Check out their Facebook page for all the details! 

Have a safe weekend!
Country Blessings!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


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.

Until after the Texas Music Awards, I will only be showing TEXAS events. I will resume ON THE ROAD events beginning in April.

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

Thursday – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Pauline ReesePecan Street Brewing – Johnson City –
               Call for reservations:  (830) 868-2300
Randy BrownHank’s Texas Grill – McKinney – 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
TC Fambro and the Copperheads Unplugged –
                        Whiskey Girl Saloon – Fort Worth – 7-9 p.m.
                         Scott Sturgeon Solo Acoustic opens
W.C. JamesonThe Badu House – Llano – 7-9 p.m
                Guest: Buddy Case! You don’t want to miss this team-up!

Pauline ReeseCrossroads Saloon – Fredricksburg
                Call to reserve a table:  (830) 992-3288
Terri HendrixCactus Café – Austin TX – 8:30 p.m.
                 W/Lloyd Maines, Glenn Fukunaga

Pauline ReeseThe Legends Club – Salado –
               Farm to Market 1670 - (254) 947-2582
Randy BrownChubby’s Burger Shack – Fort Worth – 8 – 11 p.m.
Michael MyersPoodie’s Road House
Terri HendrixFarr Best Theater – Mansfield – 8 p.m.
                 W/Lloyd Maines and Glenn Fukunaga

Pauline Reese – Intimate Gathering at the Page House – Liberty Hill
               Public event for 12 and older – Bring pot luck.
               Email: Evelyn - to attend

Pauline Reese Texas Music Theater – San Marcos
                They are filming for the Texas Music Scene
                Only 200 seats available!  Click HERE for details
Wade Bowen – See Pauline Reese notation above for details!
W.C. Jameson  or George Ensle - Poodie’s Roadhouse
                Songwirter’s Showcase!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


The nominees for the Texas Music Awards have been posted and the Voting complete. Now all we have to do is sit on pins and needles until March 23, 2013 when the WINNERS will be announced. 

I've been compiling the lists, doing my research and will begin SPOTLIGHTING the nominees next Monday. With the exception of an abbreviated Party List, the regular posting schedule will be put on hold until after that date and I've posted the Winners List.

If you need something to do this weekend...

TONIGHT (Thursday): 
My friend W.C. Jameson is at The Badu House in Llano. His special guest is Kenny Williams. Music starts at 7 p.m. but get there early to enjoy great food and hospitality courtesy of Stan and Karalina Veneble 

Pierce Pettis - Dosey Doe Music Cafe in Conroe TX 

Friday, February 8th 
Janie Fricke is at Dosey Doe Cafe The Big Barn in TheWoodlands Click on the Dosey Doe link for all the details!

The Trishas! - Dosey Doe Music Cafe in Conroe TX

Saturday, February 9th
Andrew McKnight @ The Austin Acoustical Cafe - LeAnn Atherton opens. 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 at the door ($12 in advance) - 

BJ Thomas at Dosey Doe Cafe The Big Barn in The Woodlands.

Party Safe and Country Blessings!