Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 31- August 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. 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 – 31
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely 
Steve WarinerStampede Houston – Houston
Bart CrowBrewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi
/w Johnny Chops
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Bob SchneiderMcGonigels – 7 p.m. AND 9:30 p.m.
Ray Wylie Hubbard Redneck Country Club – Stafford
Susan GibsonHouse of Fifi Dubois – San Angelo – 7:30 p.m.
Uncle LuciusPanther Island Pavilion – Ft. Worth –
Randy BrownWeatherford Marina – Weatherford - 7-10 p.m.

Friday – August 1
The Bellamy BrothersRockie’s Nightclub – Bryan – 9:30 p.m.
john Arthur martinezHondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Wake EastmanDoc’s Fishcamp – Marble Falls – 7-10 p.m.
Steve WarinerPharr Events Center – Pharr
Ben Beckendorf Luckenbach – 4-7 p.m.
Cameran NelsonMidnight Rodeo – Austin –
Aaron Sandoval band Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.
Mark Chestnutt Redneck Country Club – Stafford
Pauline ReeseBeer By the Bay Festival – Horseshoe bay –
Susan GibsonMean Woman Grill – Lubbock – 7 p.m.
Parker HeightsWestern Club Bar & Grill – Navasota – 8 p.m.
Kevin Fowler Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Tyler –
Uncle LuciusBono’s Chophouse & Saloon – Decatur –
Randy BrownWill Rogers Memorial Center – Ft. Worth – 5-9 p.m
National Cutting Horse Association event

Saturday – 2
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano
/w Tommy Elskes
Dave Thomas – Don Burke’s –25th Annual Big Bash & Pool Party – Grapevine
The Bellamy BrothersHouse Pasture Cattle Co. – Concan – 10 p.m.
Pure Prairie LeagueDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Kyle Hutton Band  - Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Scott Taylor BandEdna Country Club – Edna 7 p.m.
Steve Wariner Blue Bonnet Palace – Selma
Johnny LeeThe Mule Barn – Justin
Joe Ely McGonigels – Houston – 7 p.m. AND 9:30 p.m.
Randy Rogers Band Nutty Brown Café – Austin
Brandon Rhyder Floore’s – Helotes –
Parker HeightsGrimes Co. Poor Boy Benefit – Navasota –
Uncle Lucius – Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo – Bastrop

Sunday – 3
Casey HubblePoodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
/w Tessy Lou
Josh GriderWet & Wild Splash town – Spring –
Steve Helms – TXRDR /w Justin Frazell – Willow Park – 3 p.m.
/w Bri Bagwell

Monday – 4
W.C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood – 7 p.m.

Tuesday – 5
Uncle LuciusDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
/w Kyle Hutton
Gary P. Nunn & Randy BrownRailhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 6
Aaron Watson Nutty Brown Café – Austin


Thursday – 31
Aaron WatsonGeorge’s Majestic – Fayettville AR
JB and the Moonshine Band – The Granada – Lawrence KS
Granger Smith Guitars Rock N Country – Joplin MO –
Bill Anderson Music Ranch Montana – Livingston MT
Oak Ridge Boys Belle Mehus Auditorium – Bismark ND
David Nail Benton Co. Fair – Corvallis OR

Friday – August 1
Rhonda VincentThe Parklands of Floyd Park – Louisville KY
/w Ricky Skaggs & Sam Bush
Granger Smith York Co. Fairgrounds – York NE – 9:30 p.m.
Jason Helms BandFat Jacks – Texarkana AR
Mark Chapman Branson Landing – Branson MO

Saturday – 2
Collin RayeDJ Sokol Arena – Omaha NE
Marc BroussardUS Nat’l White Water Center – Charlotte NC (FREE)
Rhonda Vincent Shenandoah Valley Music Festival – Orkney Springs VA
The DepartedOKC Zoo Amphitheater – Oklahoma City OK – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithBoat House Wine Company – Bloomfield MO – 9 p.m.
Bill AndersonSisseton Performing Arts Center – Sisseton SD
Wade BowenOKC Zoo Amphitheater- Oklahoma City –
Lorrie MorganCalhoun’s Gem Theater – Calhoun GA
Mark Chapman Downstream Casino –Quapaw OK
Kelly McGuireDB Cooper Music Festival – Chehalis WA -12:30 p.m.
Kelly McGuire – House Concert @ Mike & Lin Weber – 7 p.m.
Email: to RSVP and get details
David Nail – Richland Co. Fair – Sidney MT

Sunday – 3
Collin Raye – Summit Theater – Yankton SD
Bill AndersonTruman Opry Show – Tightwad MO
Susan Gibson Marble Brewery – Albuquerque NM – 3 p.m.
Kelly McGuire – House Concert @Brice & Annie Chambers – Redmond OR
Email: to RSVP and get details or call 541-740-8758

Monday – 4

Tuesday – 5
Granger SmithTontitown Grape Festival – Springdale AR – 9:15
Caleb Garrett opens at 7 p.m.
Susan GibsonWildwood Sounds House Concert – Del Norte CO – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – 6

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Here in the Garden

HERE IN THE GARDEN By Richard Dobson is a perfect example of why I love Texas. 
From the first strains of the title track til the last note of Gone to Texas, Richard weaves a comforting web of pure tones that only add to the stories he has to tell. Whether they be about lovers (The Moon is for Lovers), annoying birds (Black Crow) or shopping for suspenders ( Tractor Supply), each tune draws you in.  One to Run the River With is reminiscent of a Mike Blakely song I love. Again… a story told from a different perspective but the core is still the same… trust and friendship – knowing who you can count on. 

Marketing is a big part of how well an album does. I’ve seen everything over the years. Everything except liner notes about the song. The inside cover of this tri-fold package tells you a quick sentence blurb about what was going through Richard’s mind when he wrote each song. I love this concept not because he explains the song but because even if I’d not met Richard in person, talked with him, this little extra something gave me an insight to the man behind the music. 

This CD is long on talent from a man who lives life… soaking up every step he takes. And we are blessed he shares the journey with the rest of us. 

I give this CD 

You can buy this and other CDs by Richard Dobson at:

Monday, July 28, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Richard Dobson

Few musicians have led the life similar to Richard J. Dobson. He is one of the most revered songwriters throughout the world. His words are poetic, descriptive and soulful. He is a master storyteller. Nanci Griffith is right on target when she refers to Richard as "the Hemingway of Country Music."

Born in Tyler, Texas, Richard honed his skills with folks like Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark and Steve Earle. His songs have been recorded by Lacy J. Dalton (Old Friends), Nanci Griffith (Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith).  Most recently his song Baby Ride Easy appeared on the lost tracks of Johnny Cash - Out Among the Stars. The song (a duet number) has previously been recorded by Carlene Carter/ Dave Edmunds and (the late) Billie Jo Spears/ Del Reeves

His most recent CD, Gulf Coast Tales, is a collection of songs based on his time in the Gulf Coast of Texas and MS.

Though Richard calls Switzerland home (since 1999), he still makes frequent trips stateside to visit friends, play music and write... always observing and writing.

You can find out more about Richard and his music by visiting any of the sites listed below.

Facebook: Richard J. Dobson
My Texas Music:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 24 - 30th

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!


Thursday – 24
W. C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Hollin McKay
Jon Wolfe – Brewster St. Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
ShAnnie – Luckenbach – 5 p.m.
The Departed – Stampede Houston – Houston – 9 p.m.
Scott Taylor Band – Street Dance – Victoria TX – 7:30 p.m.
Parker Heights – Buffalo Joe’s Pub – Paris – 7 p.m.
Kevin Fowler – The Rustic – Dallas – 
Randy Brown – Chubby’s Burger Shack – Fort Worth – 7-10 p.m.

Friday – 25
Zane Williams – The Lone Star Bar – Midland – 11:30 p.m. $10
Scott Taylor Band – The Barn – Mission Valley – 9 p.m.
Billy Joe Shaver – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
/w Crooks 
Casey Hubble – Luckenbach – 4 p.m.
Almost Patsy Cline Band – Luckenbach – 8 p.m.
JB and the Moonshine Band – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Bart Crow Band – The Mule Barn – Justin – 
Kyle Park – Midnight Rodeo – Austin – 
Cody Bryan Band – Wild West – Lubbock 
Cameran Nelson – Cypress Saloon – Cypress – 9 p.m.
The Departed – River Road Icehouse – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.
Terri Hendrix – Padres – Marfa – 7 p.m.
Viva Big Bend Music Festival
Wade Bowen – Southern Junction – Royse City 

Saturday – 26
Josh Grider – Cypress Saloon – Cypress
Firefall – Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands –
Zane Williams – Boon Docks at Eagle Mt. Marina  – Fort Worth - $10
Reckless Kelly – Floore’s – Helotes – 8 p.m
/w Charlie Robison, Stuart Mann & The Statesboro Review
Mike McClure Band – The Iron Horse Pub – Wichita Falls – 9 p.m.
Weldon Henson – Luckenbach – 1-5 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – South Texas Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 10:30 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley – Luckenbach – 9 p.m.
Whiskey Myers – Music City Texas Theater – Linden – 
Jesse Keith Whitley – Redneck Country Club – Stafford 
Breelan Angel – House Pasture Cattle Company - Concan 
/w Stoney LaRue
Cody Bryan Band – Midnight Rodeo – Amarillo
The Departed – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin – 8 p.m.
Kylie Rae Harris – Southern Music Festival – Denton –
Wade Bowen – Cattle Baron’s Ball – Lubbock - 

Sunday – 27
Real Life Real Music Songwriters Showcase 
Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Redneck Brown & the Freshwater Donkeys –
   - Big Star 97 Awards – Ft. Worth – 5 p.m.
Jason Eady – LuckenBach – 1-5 p.m.
/w Jamie Wilson & Friends
Casey Hubble – The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30 p.m.
The Departed – House of Blues – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Kylie Rae Harris – Greenfest – New Braunfels

Monday – 28
Casey Hubble – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
/w Tessy Lou
W.C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 

Tuesday – 29
Byrd & Street – Dr. Eugene Clark Library – Lockhart – 7 p.m.
Host: Fletcher Clark
Sol Patch – Luckenbach – 5 p.m. 
The Washers – McGonigels – Houston – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Hillyer & Randy Brown – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 30
Van Darien – The Rustic – Dallas - 


Thursday – 24
Suzy Bogguss – Royal River Casino – Flandreau SD – 8 p.m.
Aaron Watson – Deadwood Mtn. – Deadwood SD
Ragged Union – Avogadro’s Number – Ft. Collins CO – 
Geoff & Christina
Granger Smith – Gage Co. Fair – Beatrice NE – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin  & Bros – Buck Owens Crystal Palace – Bakersfield CA – 
Wade Bowen – First Council Casino – New Kirk OK 
Susan Gibson – Crystal Theater Missoula – Missoula MT – 8 p.m.
Oak Ridge Boys – Marshall Co. Fairgrounds Grandstand – Warren MN – 
Uncle Lucius – Heritage Park – Algoma WI 

Friday – 25
Travis Tritt – Greenfield Amphitheater – Wilmington NC
Steve Wariner – Country Tonite Theater – Pigeon Forge TN
Suzy Bogguss – Vega – Lincoln NE – 8 p.m.
Aaron Watson – Outlaw Saloon – Cheyanne WY
Josh Abbott Band – The Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
Corey Smith – Joe’s Bar – Chicago – 
Granger Smith – Red Willow Co. Fair – McCook NE
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Chandler AZ
Jason Helms Band – Buckshots Bar & Grill – Hot Springs Valley AR
Shenandoah – Great River Days – Muscatine IA
Parker Heights – Choctaw Casino – Broken Bow OK – 9 p.m.
Lorrie Morgan – Shawnee Bluff Vineyards – Eldon MO – 
Mark Chapman – Empire Fair – Springfield MO 
Uncle Lucius – The Big Chautauqua – Bayfield WI

Saturday – 26
Aaron Tippin – Leelanu Sands Casino – Suttons Bay MI
Travis Tritt – Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts – Franklin NC
T. Graham Brown – Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg IN
Collin Raye – LeeLanu Sands Casino – Suttons Bay MI
Suzy Bogguss – Legion Arts – Grand Rapids IA – 8 p.m.
Redneck Brown & the Freshwater Donkeys 
     - Brewsky’s – Oklahoma City OK – 9 p.m.
Aaron Watson – The Railyard – Billings MT
Granger Smith – Sheridan Co. Fair – Gordon NE – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Boomtown Casino Hotel – Reno NV- 7 & 9 p.m.
Parker Heights – Choctaw Casino – Idabel OK
Oak Ridge Boys – Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake MN
Lorrie Morgan – Meramac Music Theater – Steeleville MO 
Uncle Lucius – The Cabooze – Minneapolis MN

Sunday – 27
Larry Gatlin & Bros. – Sycuan Casino – El Cajon CA – 6 p.m.
Uncle Lucius – Knucklehead’s – Kansas City – MO

Monday – 28
Oak Ridge Boys – Monroe Co. Fairgrounds – Monroe MI

Tuesday – 29
Custer Co. Fair – Broken Bow NE
Cody Johnson Band – 6:30 
Aaron Watson – 7:30
Granger Smith – 8:40 
Buddy Case – JJ’s Grill – Conway AR – 6 p.m.
Collin Raye – Chicago Cubs Game – Chicago 
National Anthem
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN 
Oak Ridge Boys – Clearfield Co. Fair – Clearfield PA

Wednesday – 30
Aaron Watson – Central Station – Dodge City - KS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Pearly Gates Saloon

PEARLY GATES SALOON delivers twelve heartfelt tunes about life in general.
Don’t let the cover or title mislead you. This is not a cowboy church album. Whether you’re a dog lover, have seen a deer party in progress (slightly embellished true story!) or have lost someone close to you, there is something on this album for everyone. Basically, if you have lived through anything, this album is a walk down memory lane.

As a consummate songwriter and artist, Woody Eastman delivers each track with the quiet ease he embodies. With the help of other Texas greats such as Mike Blakely (and his talented wife, Annie Blakely), Larry Nye (recorded at his La-Z-L Studio), john Arthur martinez (on drums? Seriously cool!), Kurt Baumer on fiddle (wonder if he used his fluorescent one) and Larry Boyd (just to name a few), each track is Americana at it’s best.

The only thing better than owning this album is to hear Woody perform them live. And if you’re in the West Texas area, the possibilities for those occasions are plentiful.



You can purchase your copy of PEARLY GATES SALOON


My Texas Music

Monday, July 21, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Woody Eastman

   Opportunities abounded and little surprises materialized in places I never even considered during my 12-day trip to Texas. Today’s guest was one of those special treats. I’m talking about Woody Eastman.

   Although Woody has been musical most of his life (he played tenor saxophone in the Pearland High School band), he did not open up the writing side until around 1981. On one hand I think, why did he wait so long while the ‘writer’ part of me says he was just racking up experience – some happy and some bittersweet. But they all make for great tunes.

   The first thing that caught my attention is how such a big Texas guy can be so quiet with the most incredibly gentle voice? After having spent an evening with Woody and friends at The Badu House in Llano, then meeting him for lunch the next day I was captured  by his overall unassuming nature. I got the impression Woody doesn’t think he’s anything special, or great. He just loves what he does. He counts the late Dan Folgerberg, Shake Russell, Walt Wilkins and Mike Blakely among his mentors and idols. Of the group, the last two inspire him with their ability to paint a picture with words… to make you see what they are singing – not just hear the music. I hear a lot of Folgerberg in his style

Although I wasn’t able to hear him perform live this trip, you can bet I’m putting the option on my ‘To Do’ list for the next time I’m in Llano. Anyone care to join me?

You can find out more about Woody and his music by clicking on his name in the first paragraph.
Country Blessings!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 17-23

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!


Thursday – 17
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Guest: Emily Grace Berry
Josh GriderPanther Island Pavillion – Ft. Worth
Zane WilliamsStumblin Goat Saloon – Canadian – 9:30 p.m. $15
Cody Johnson Band Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
/w Sam Riggs & the Night People
Jason Boland & The StragglersDenim & Diamonds – Wichita Falls
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Jeff PoseyGabby’s BBQ – N. Shepherd – Houston – 7 p.m.
Wade BowenChuck’s Bar – Cotulla –
Scott Taylor Band Wild Turkey Bar & Grill – Cuero – 9 p.m.
Parker Heights – Texas Stampede – Houston – 9 p.m.

Friday – 18
Josh GriderMidnight Rodeo – Austin
john  Arthur martinezThe Badu – Llano – 8 p.m.
Wake EastmanFornos on Main – Marble Falls – 7:30-11:30 p.m.
T. Graham BrownCivic Center Theater – Lubbock -
Casey Hubble Luckenbach – 4 p.m.
Dale WatsonLuckenbach – 8 p.m.
Randy Rogers BandLucky Mule – Abilene –
Mike & the Motorcars – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo
Charlie RobisonRedneck Country Club – Stafford –
Cody Bryan BandScooter’s Dancehall – Moulton –
Jeff PoseyRed Brick Tavern – Conroe – 8 p.m.
Kenny HarrellWild West – Cedar Park – 9 p.m.
Wade BowenHouse Pasture – Concan –
Scott Taylor Band Brosch's Ice House – Halletsville – 9 p.m.

Saturday – 19
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Chuck Hawthorne
Josh GriderTaylor Rodeo Arena – Taylor
/w Curtis Grimes
William Clark GreenFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Zack Emery BandDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
CD Release Party!
Aaron WatsonBilly Bob’s – Fort Worth
Bri BagwellLuckenbach – 1- 5 p.m.
/w Blacktop Gypsy
Ray Wylie HubbardThe Mule Barn – Justin
Mark Allan Atwood Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.
Cody Bryan BandKung Fu Saloon – Houston
Guns & Oil Launch Party!
Cameran NelsonSilver Saloon – Terrell - 9 p.m.
Thomas Michael Riley Poco Playa – Matagorda – 8 p.m.
Kenny Harrell The Franchise: Cajun Restaurant – Jefferson – 9 p.m.
Wade Bowen Kosciusko Hall – Stockdale -

Sunday – 20
Dave ThomasWhite Elephant Saloon – Ft. Worth – 2 p.m.
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30  p.m.

Monday – 21
George Ensle Poodie’s – Spicewood – 7 p.m.

Tuesday – 22
Drew Womack- Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
/w Kyle Hutton
Sol PatchLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Tejas Brothers & Randy Brown – Railhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 23
Jesse Keith Whitley BandDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Whiskey MyersNutty Brown Café – Austin


Thursday – 17
Corey Smith Neumeier’s – Fort Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
Willie NelsonKresge Auditorium – Interlochen MI – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittSaenger Theater – Mobile AL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
        - Brewskies – Lawton OK – 9 p.m.
Aaron Watson – KC Live! – Kansas City – MO
The DepartedKnuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.
Susan Gibson The Raven – Bigfork  MT – 8 p.m.

Friday – 18
Aaron TippinAnderson Music Hall – Hiawassee GA
Buddy CaseCopper Penny – Hot Springs AR – 9 p.m.
Willie Nelson – Toledo Zoo – Toledo OH – 6:30 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis Tritt Darton State College – Cavalier Arena – Albany GA
Collin RayeLucky Dog Casino – Shelton WA
Steve Wariner Bay Point Marina – Panama City FL
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
      - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Aaron WatsonAdams Fair – Hastings NE
Jon WolfeWhiskey River Ranch – Springfield OR – 9 p.m.
Roger CreagerThe Grizzly Rose – Denver CO
JB and the Moonshine Band – The Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City OK
T. G. SheppardRenfro Valley Entertainment Complex – Renfro Valley KY
Lorrie Morgan – Independence Co. Fair – Batesville AR -

Saturday – 19
Aaron TippinMississippi Watermelon Festival – Mize MS
Zane Williams Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City  OK – 9:30 p.m. $5
Willie NelsonBuckle Up Music Festival – Cincinnati OH – 10 p.m.
         /w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittWhitwell Summerfest 2014 -  Whitwell TN
Collin RayeCentennial Amphitheater – Moses Lake WA
Redneck Brown & The Freshwater Donkeys
             - Woodward Rodeo – Woodward OK – 8 p.m.
Jon WolfeSpirit Mountain Casino – Grand Rounde OR – 8 p.m.
Ragged UnionGroove Music & Arts Fest – Georgetown CO – 1 p.m.
Kelly McGuireTrop Rock Concert in the Pines – Flagstaff AZ
The DepartedThe Harper Room – Ardmore OK – 8 p.m.
Granger SmithBuckin Wild Music Fest – Erick OK – 8:30
Love and Theft takes the stage at 10 p.m.
Mickey GilleyImperial Palace – Biloxi MS –
Lorrie Morgan Island View Casino – Gulfport MS –

Sunday – 20
Zane WilliamsStratford Peach Festival – Stratford OK – 10 p.m.
/w Mike McClure
Willie NelsonThompson Boiling Arena – Koxville TN – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Suzy BoggussPensacola Maritime Park Amphitheater – Pensacola FL – 6 p.m.
/w Kim Carnes, Greg Barnhill & Lenny LeBlanc

Monday – 21
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 22
No Shows Found

Wednesday – 23
No Shows Found

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


When a young artist garners the attention, admiration and support of artists such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and (the late) Ray Price you know there’s something special going on.

On her debut album, BRIDGES, Texas artist MarySarah shares her passion for music while paying homage to the ones who brought her to the dance. While some artists choose to record covers or do tribute albums, MarySarah teamed up with some of her idols and staunch supporters such as The Oak Ridge Boys to let them in on the fun.

MarySarah’s young, fresh voice, showcases experience beyond her years. BRIDGES is the result of a project blending classic with old soul. While she takes the lead on many tracks, she is just as content letting her heroes shine.

Each of the ten focus tracks and the subsequent three bonus tracks reassure us solid Country Music is not dead. While I could tell you about the individual tracks, I’d rather you just picked up a copy and experienced the magic that is MarySarah music for yourself.

I've giving this album


You'll find BRIDGES at:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

THE PARTY LIST - July 10- 16

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 out the event and ticket pricing were applicable.

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!


Thursday – 10
W. C. Jameson The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
/w Mike Blakely & Wake Eastman
Max Stalling Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Scott Taylor Band – Street Dance – Victoria – 7:30 p.m.
Aaron Watson Wild West – Cedar Park -
Kelly McGuire Alvin Community College – Alvin – 7:30 $40
William Clark GreenBrewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
Kyle ParkDenim & Diamonds- Wichita Falls –
ShAnnieLuckenbach – 5 p.m.

Friday – 11
Josh GriderLove & War – Plano
Gary AllanFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Radney FosterDosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands –
Larry Joe Taylor Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
john  Arthur martinez Escondido – Horeshoe Bay – 7 p.m.
Zane WilliamsThe Rustic – Dallas – 8:30 p.m
Scott Taylor BandBASTANTE – Rockport – 7 p.m.
John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament
Aaron WatsonGraham Central – Odessa –
Jon WolfeMidnight Rodeo – Austin – 8 p.m.
Casey HubbleLuckenbach – 4 p.m.
Holly WilliamsMcGonigels – Houston – 7 p.m. AND 9:30 p.m.
Gary P. NunnRedneck Country Club – Stafford -

Saturday – 12
Josh GriderBanita Creek Hall – Nacgodoches
John SlaughterFloore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m. – FREE
Gary P. NunnDosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Collin Raye – The Woodlands Waterway Marriott – The Woodlands
Scott Taylor Band – 3rd Ann. Travis Madden Benefit & Fishing Tourney – Inez – 11 a.m.
Steve Wariner – Sealybration – City Ballpark –Sealy –
Kelly McGuire – Leonard Park Main Pavillion – Gainesville – 1 p.m.
Annual Noah’s Ark Benefit
Bo Porter Hondo’s On Main – Fredricksburg – 8 p.m.
Cameran NelsonThe Iron Horse Pub – Wichita Falls – 8 p.m.
/w Kyle Stallings
JB & The Moonshine BandLuckenbach – 9 p.m.
Saints Eleven Rockett Café & Club  – Waxahachie –
Captain LegendaryRedneck Country Club – Stafford
Casey Donahew Band – Schroeder’s Dance Hall – Goliad – 9 p.m.

Sunday – 13
Real Life Real Music Songwriters Camp –
Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Midnight River ChoirLuckenbach – 1-5 p.m.
Danny SantosThreadgills North – 11 a.m.
Case HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 3:30 p.m.

Monday – 14
W. C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood –
/w Allan Reed

Tuesday – 15
Sol PatchLuckenbach – 5 p.m.
Charlie Robison McGonigels – Houston – 7:30 p.m.
Deryl Dodd & Randy BrownRailhead BBQ – Willow Park – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 16
Cody Johnson BandBrewster’s Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
/w Gary P. Nunn
Dale WatsonNutty Brown Café – Austin -


Thursday – 10
Cody Canada & The Departed – Neumeirr’s – Fort Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – Dawg Daze of Summer Festival – Savannah MO
Cameran NelsonGuitars Rock N Country Bar – Joplin MO – 7 p.m.
The DepartedNeumeiers Rib Room – Ft. Smith AR – 8:15 p.m.
/w The Damn Quails
BB King - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach NH

Friday – 11
Aaron Tippin Oneida Casino – Green Bay WI
Willie Nelson Harrah’s Stir Cove – Council Bluffs IA – 7 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis TrittHampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach NH
Collin Raye Oneida Casino – Green Bay WI –
Suzy BoggussHarvester Performing Arts Center – Rocky Mount VA 8 p.m.
Rhonda VincentRock the Block – Covington VA
Ragged UnionOskar Blues – HMLS – Longmont CO – 6-9 p.m.
Geoff & Pat
Cody Johnson BandGrizzly Rose – Denver CO
/w Curtis Grimes
Cameran NelsonScotland Co. Fair – Memphis MO – 7 p.m.
The DepartedThe Warehouse at Mt. Victor – Bowling Green KY – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 12
Aaron TippinBob Evans Farm Country Concert – Rio Grand OH
Willie Nelson – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park IL – 6:30 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Aaron WatsonCowboy’s – Colorado Springs CO -
Miranda Lambert Arkansas Music Pavilion – Rogers AR –
Travis TrittKegs Canalside Event Center – Jordan NY
Rhonda VincentRemington Rhyde Bluegrass Festival – Centre Hall PA
Ragged Union (Trio) – Deerhammer Distillery – Buena Vista CO – 6:30 p.m.
The Departed – The Shed @ Smokey Mt. Harley Davidson – Maryville TN – 8 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros.Independence Memorial Hall – Independence KS – 7:30 p.m.
The Texas Tenors - American Music Theater - Lancaster PA

Sunday – 13
Willie Nelson Freedom Hill – Sterling Heights MI – 6:45 p.m.
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Travis Tritt – Sun Valley Resort in Stafford – Stafford Springs CT
Mickey Gilley American Music Theater – Lancaster PA
Ragged Union (Trio) – Bensons – Salida CO – Noon – 3 p.m.
Larry Gatlin & Bros – Madison Co. Fairground – Madison NE – 7 p.m.

Monday – 14
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 15
Buddy CaseRusso’s Coal-Fired Italian – Conway AR – 6 p.m.
Willie Nelson – Casino Rama – Rama ON
/w Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell
Collin Raye – The Riley Center – Meridian MS
The Departed Southgate House – Newport KY – 9 p.m.
Bill AndersonGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN -

Wednesday – 16
Aaron TippinNemo Fairgrounds – Kirksville MO
The DepartedThe Blue Note – Columbia MO – 8 p.m

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - The Rose by Juanita Rose

With a classic voice like those of the artists she spent her musical career with, Juanita Rose opens up the CD by introducing us to the King of Country Music – Roy Acuff. Who else remembers he seldom was without a yo-yo in his pocket?

From She Dropped the Whole World In My Hands (which she co-wrote with the late Jimmy Widener) to Six Weeks Every Summer, Juanita takes us back in time when music had an unmistakable sound. She has chosen songs by notable songwriters such as Kim Carnes and Ray Griff. Juanita knows a good song when she hears one as well as the feelings she wants to evoke in her listeners.

Any of these tracks would have shot to the top of the charts back when the legends of country music reigned supreme. The fact that people still want this genre is evident in the climb of The King of Country Music and its current position on the IndieWorld charts.

If more people get behind artists like Juanita Rose, we will see the pendulum of quality music swing once again.

I am giving The Rose

Monday, July 7, 2014

OUT OF THE CHUTE- Juanita Rose

I am a staunch supporter of Traditional Country music. I grew up on tunes that told stories of something other than partying and acting stupid (though I guess cheating songs could fall into the latter category)

So when I came across this lovely and talented lady, I knew I wanted to know more about her - and to share her with you. Today, we are talking with Juanita Rose.

A bit about Juanita Rose:
Juanita’s Bio

Juanita Rose’s music has taken her from a small rural farming community near Kinston, North Carolina to the Grand Ole’ Opry stage as well as on international tours throughout Canada.

She has lived a musical life most performers can only dream of. As a young teenager she was discovered by the legendary Hank Snow and personally invited to star as his opening act for the Country Hall of Famer’s stage show.

Juanita has also appeared in radio and tv commercials throughout the Midwest.

1 – You have quite an interesting background in country music. Did you have a down time between then and now? And what have you been doing in between? 
Yes I did Kelly...In the down time, I was a radio personality for The State Senate, the state of Tn....

2 – What would you say is the most important thing you learned in those early days and is that associated with anyone in particular?
Well one of the most important things I learned early on, is how important your fans are, and how to relate to them, also how to work with band members...I was fortunate enough to be the opening act with Grand Ole Opry Legend Hank Snow. for several years...He taught me a lot about the business...

3 – Your heart appears to be solid in traditional country music. I appreciate you are recording YOUR music. What attracts you to this genre?
Yes Kelly, my heart is in Traditional Country Music...I was raised on this kind of music and what attracted me was...It is a kind of music that people can relate to of things that might have happened in their lives or in the lives of others...Could be lost love affairs, heartaches, happy times,etc, all of the things that I am not hearing in todays music that they call country...

4 – You have a classic voice, unique in today’s music trends. Do you think we’ll see a return to real country music that you and I grew up with? And what do you think we need to do to get there?
Thank you Kelly, I certainly hope we see a real return of the kind of music we grew up with...People tell me all the time how mush they miss the good country music that we use to share....But I think we just have to all join together that love Traditional Country Music and push radio stations to play this kind of music, that so many people are wanting to hear...No one person can do it alone...We must keep pushing...I know I will..

5 – How did you come to work with James Williams?
Kelly, I can't begin to say enough nice things about James Williams...I was looking for someone to promote my latest single release, and a friend of mine in the business suggested James...He is a great promoter and is wonderful to work with...

6 – Your new album, The Rose, is a beautiful collection. And I see you co-wrote one of the tunes. Do you enjoy writing? And is there a process you follow when writing?
Thank you, I did co-write one of the songs and I do enjoy writing when I can find the time...No, there is no process for me, only feelings...

7 -  What’s next for Juanita Rose?
Continue to record good Traditional Country Songs and do some touring

8 – Anything I’ve not covered you would like your fans to know?
I would like to say a special thanks to all my fans who have been so wonderful to me over the years and I will continue to record the kind of music you have asked for...Lets keep Traditional Country Music Alive...

You can find out more about Juanita Rose on her:

Come back tomorrow when I review her album - The Rose

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A WEEK OF TRIBUTES - 4th of July


First released as a single in 1984, God Bless the USA has become an iconic song for all patriotic events. And as many times as we've heard the song, the meaning is still as strong as ever. I could not think of a better song to wrap up A Week of Tributes than with his song.

Thank you all for following along this week. I hope you had a safe holiday weekend.
Country Blessings!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A WEEK OF TRIBUTES - 4th of July

By James Younger

I've known James for over twenty-five years. I've always known of his incredible songwriting abilities. I still sing along to many of the songs he has written. 

While on a recent visit with James at his home, he played the MP3 for this tune and I knew I wanted to include the video here. As we celebrate our Independence, let's also remember many of the men and women fighting for our freedom may come back home... but many times not the same person they were prior to deployment. 

Please check out Wounded Warrior Project.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A WEEK OF TRIBUTES - 4th of July


The first time I heard this song, Chuck performed live during a Songwriters Showcase at Poodie's Roadhouse in Spicewood TX.  This piece is a true testament to what songwriting is all about - words woven together poetically; full of heart, soul, pain and loss. 

While you might not think this fits in with the 4th of July theme, Post 2 Gate is from a real life experience. This is the story of a little boy trying to provide for his family and survive in a horrible situation he didn't ask for. And the soulful lyrics came from deep inside Chuck after experiencing the tragedy first hand... as a soldier in Afghanistan. 

This is a tribute song to top them all. Our men and women are in harm's way every day they are there. I thank God he brought Chuck Hawthorne home safe. 

I had not met Chuck until that night and now count him among my many blessings in this crazy business.
Post 2 Gate will be featured on Chuck's upcoming album.