Thursday, April 30, 2015

THE PARTY LIST Aprl 30 - May 6

DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND TRAVEL, I will not be providing links for the next 3 weeks. When I go to an artist’s web page, I pull all of their gigs for the entire month (thus the reason for cancelations after printing). You can find the links to most of these artists in other Party List posts. Most artists provide venue links on their shedules.

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!


Thursday – 30
W.C. Jameson – The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w Mike Blakely
Jon Wolfe – Billy Bob’s
Bubba Westly – Wharton Co. Youth Fair – Wharton – 8 p.m.
Zack Coffey – MayFest – Ft. Worth – 7 p.m.
Aaron Einhouse – Brewster Street – Corpus Christi
            /w Max Stalling
Chuck Hawthorne – Strange Brew – Austin – 8 p.m.
                        CD RELEASE PARTY!
Walt Wilkins – Chubby’s Burger Shack – Ft. Worth – 8 p.m.
            Song Swap /w Terry Rasor
Randy Brown – Lake Weatherford Marina – Weatherford – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Moonlight Social – Joe’s Crab Shack – Round Rock – 7 p.m.
Bryan Fontenot – John Wayne’s Nightclub – Beaumont – 8 p.m.

Friday – May 1
The Bellamy Brothers – Floore’s – Helotes – 8:30 p.m.
Breelan Angel – Firehouse Saloon – Houston
Cameran Nelson – Midnight Rodeo – Austin –
Aaron Einhouse – Redneck Country Club – Stafford
            /w Mickey & the Motorcars
Ashlee Rose – Barriba Cantina – San Antonio – 5 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – The Bugle Boy – LaGrange – 6 p.m.
Zach Seth Band – The BoxCar – Cedar Hill – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Walt Wilkins – Clyde Inside Music Festival  – Clyde – 8 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
Zane Williams – Boulevard 217 – College Station – 9 p.m.
            Rock and Soul Road Show
            /w Sam Riggs and Mike Ryan
Dave Thomas – Guadalupe River Trip – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.

Saturday – 2
Kacy Muscgraves – Floore’s – Helotes – 9 p.m.
Reckless Kelly – Aztec Theater – San Antonio
Byrd & Street – New World Deli – Austin – 7-9 p.m.
            /w Tina Turner on Fiddle!
Moe Bandy – Cornyval Fair – Helotes
Breelan Angel – Baytown Youth Fair – Baytown
Bubba Westly – 50th Annual Lexington Homecoming – Lexington – 8 p.m.
Cameran Nelson – League City Village Fair – League City
Bellamy Brothers – Texas Tech University – Lubbock – 8 p.m.
            Health Science Center Fundraiser
Gary P. Nunn – The Shack @ Panther Island Pavilion – Ft. Worth –
Walt Wilkins – Tipi Park – New Braunfels – 8 p.m.
Neal McCoy – Tilden Lions Club – Tilden
Zane Williams – Cactus Courtyard – Lubbock – 10 p.m.
            /w Randall King and Flatland Cavalry (5 p.m.)
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 6:30 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent – AT&T Performing Arts Center – Dallas
Dave Thomas – Guadalupe River Trip – New Braunfels – 7 p.m.
Robert Earl Keene – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels –
Braken Hale – Broken Spoke – Austin – 9 p.m.
Jarrod Johnson – Uncle Gary’s – Pflugerville – 3 p.m.

Sunday – 3
Chuck Hawthorne – Texan Theater – Greenville – 7 p.m.
            Song swap /w Ray Bonneville
Zach Seth Band – MayFest – Ft. Worth – 2- 3:15 p.m.
Walt Wilkins – Luckenbach – 1 p.m.
            First Sunday under the Oaks
            /w Tina Wilkins & Bart DeWin
Owen Temple – Magnolia Motor Lounge – Ft. Worth – 6 p.m.
Turnpike Troubadours – Lonestar Jam 2015 – Austin
Tessy Lou – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
Kelly McGuire – Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival – Tomball – 12-1:30 p.m.
Braken Hale – Poodie’s – Spicewood – 8 p.m.

Monday – 4
 George Ensle - Poodies - Spicewood 

Tuesday – 5
Mike Blakely – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7-9 p.m.
Bubba Westly – Izzy’s Bar & Patio – Corpus Christi – 8 p.m.
Aaron Einhouse – Lakeside Icehouse – Bryan
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – Coppell – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – 6
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle – Cheatham Street – San Marcos


Thursday – 30
Buddy Case – KXIO Coffee House – Clarksville AR 6 p.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band – The Bluestone – Columbus OH
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Venue @ The Rhythm Room – Phoenix AZ – 8 p.m.
Vince Gill – American Music Theatre – Lancaster Pa
Rhonda Vincent – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN
Ragged Union – Golden Hotel Bar – Golden CO
Marc Broussard – Rhythms on the River – Lafayette LA
Rhonda Vincent – Opry Country Classics – Nashville TN

Friday – May 1
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band – Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading PA
Earl Thomas Conley – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas NV
Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Museum Club – Flagstaff AZ – 9 p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey – Penn’s Peak LLC – Jim Thorpe PA – 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew Band – Walmart APM – Rogers AR
Mark Chapman – Dublin’s Pass Downtown  – Springfield MO – 9 p.m.
Vince Gill – The Palladium @ the Center for Performing Arts  - Carmel IN
Turnpike Troubadours – Calf Fry – Stillwater OK
            /w Stoney LaRue and more
Rhonda Vincent – Little Roy & Lizzie Music Festival –Lincolnton GA

Saturday – 2
Buddy Case – Altus Springtime Gala- Altus AR – 11 a.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Bill Anderson – TPC Center – York PA
Charlie Daniels Band – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel – Salamanca NY
Daryl Singletary – Pataula Plantation – Lumpkin GA – 7 p.m.
Ray Wylie Hubbard – El Presidio Park  - Tucson AZ – 9 p.m.
            Tucson Kitchen Folk Festival
Michael Martin Murphey – The Palace Theatre – Greensburg PA
Mark Chapman Band – Bordertown Casino – Seneca MO – 9 p.m.
Vince Gill – Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Wisconsin Dells WI
Marc Broussard – Jazzfest – New Orleans LA –
Rhonda Vincent – AT & T Performing Arts Center – Dallas TX

Sunday – 3
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Bill Anderson – Lebanon Expo Center – Lebanon PA
Charlie Daniels Band – Tarrytown Music Festival – Tarrytown NY
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Michael Martin Murphey –Sellersville Theater – Sellersville PA – 7:30 p.m.
Ragged Union – Meeting on the Mountain – Cervantes (Denver) CO
            w/ Grant Farm, Todd Scheaffer, Benny Galloway

Monday – 4
Vince Gill – 3rd and Linsley – Nashville TN
            /w The Time Jumpers

Tuesday – 5
Ragged Union – Fox Theater – Boulder CO – 6 p.m.
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Moonlight Social – Red Brick Tavern – Norman OK – 8 p.m.

Wednesday – 6
Breelan Angel – Key West Songwriter’s Festival – Key West FL
Billy Dean – Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theater – Branson MO
Moonlight Social – Duffy’s Tavern – Lincoln NE – 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Gary P. Nunn

FEELS LIKE TEXAS sets the tone for this honky tonk themed album. All thirteen tracks belong on a jukebox. That jukebox usually sat in the corner of a friendly neighborhood bar where the bartender got paid for listening more than the drinks he poured. JOE KNOWS is a throwback to that time when crying in your suds to the bartender was a common occurrence. Those small – town bars are few and far between but not forgotten.

Nothing beats a good Texas swing with a partner on the dance floor. ALL OVER ME is a Bob Wills style tune that keeps with the honky tonk theme and flows smooth as a boot scoot into I FEEL AT HOME IN A HONKY TONK.  

COWBOY BOOTS AND TELECASTERS is more of a cry for what is lost. The image of George Jetson on his skywalk getting nowhere comes to mind. What we crave is always just out of our reach while we trudge through the daily grind in hopes of affording that 'permanent vacation'.

DIDN’T WE HAVE US A BALL is a waltz for the ages.  Often times when I hear a song, my mind forms a video image of the song. This would be perfect as a video with sepia-toned shots of all his escapades mixed with black and white of grandpa and his grandson sitting in a rocker on the front porch… the young child rapt with attention at all the things his grandpa did as a youngster. This is a song to treasure for I fear those times will fade into black. IF I CAN’T GET OVER YOU slows us down in the perfect Texas waltz of sadness and strength.

No album would be complete without a little attitude and Gary does not pull any punches on MY WAY IS THE HIGHWAY. He gets his point across tactfully while not losing sight of the album concept.

DREAMER carries a bit of 1970s back sound lost on much of today’s so-called country music.. A fact Gary brings to the foreground like a large billboard in WHERE’S THE COUNTRY IN OUR COUNTRY MUSIC.  

Regardless of what we do, nothing seems to be enough for the other person in our life. The lament for those times and Gary’s ability to teach us is prevalent in COULDN’T DO NOTHIN’ RIGHT. On the next track, he flips the coin on ONE WAY OR ANOTHER  showing us that determination is everything. Bobby Flores’ mandolin prowess is showcased beautifully on this track.

In WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON, Gary draws the line, begging a decision so that both parties may get on with their life with some direction.

While I've had the pleasure of getting to know Gary through emails over the past couple of years, I had not really listened to his music. I knew more about the man behind the music, than the actual songs. I found a fine blend in this album. Gary is Texas music and Texas music is Gary P. Nunn. 

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER is a ‘Mayberry’ album. Every track takes us back to a simpler time where good music and old fashioned values prevailed. As producer, Gary had his fingers on the pulse, insuring every cut cameacross exactly how he wanted them to, keeping the true spirit of Texas music alive for us to enjoy. 

I am tipping my hat: 


to an album any true Texan and anyone who appreciates Texas music should have in their collection. You can purchase your copy of this and other albums by Gary P. Nunn on his WEBSITE

Gary loves to connect with his fans. You can do so through:

Monday, April 27, 2015

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Silver Line - Chuck Hawthorne

This Out of the Chute is different from the usual in that this is not an interview (though there will be one in the coming weeks). Out of the Chute takes on a different tone this week as Chuck Hawthorne sets to release his first CD - Silver Line - tomorrow. So let's open the gate and give a listen...

Like the train that has run from Durango to Silverton CO since 1879, Chuck Hawthorne’s voice carries a classic tone reminiscent of Woody Guthrie. A true story-teller painting picture after picture.

The title track sets the wheels in motion for a great album as the Silver Line moves down the tracks. From Welding Son of a Gun through Rough Luck, Chuck shows us the good times and the moments of sadness we all experience on our path through life. The times of rejoice balance the periods of sadness making up the Americana quilt that covers us, their threads interwoven to form a warm hug of love and memories to be cherished. 

A couple of the tunes are unique, set apart by the musical arrangement. Bound To Be Bound carries the heartbeat rhythm of a vision quest while keeping pace with the steady turn of train wheels along the track. As I listened to Dragon Flies, I could picture this song as part of a soundtrack for a fantasy movie, something similar to Erogon. 

While the dark soulful strains of Enemy will have you traversing dark hallways of your past, Ovando lightens the mood. Like the Montana namesake, Ovando - co-written with Shawn T. Pabst, is a beautiful waltz lamenting to the blending of past and present. 

The prayerful notes of Ashes & Embers would flow beautifully into Post 2 Gate were it not for the mastery of songwriter/ producer Ray Bonneville. The two tracks are separated by The Gospel Hammer, a song with strong Americana roots that keep the over-all tone of this album from becoming heavy. 

Every album needs a song about a woman and Chuck wrote the perfect one in Leaving Amarillo. The harmony vocals of Eliza Gilkyson  are the perfect little extra something to let this song stand out from the rest. Rough Luck, penned by the legendary Ray Bonneville, is the only tune on Silver Line Chuck did not write (or co-wrote as is the case with Ovando). A chance meeting with Ray Bonneville in an airport put Chuck on the track that helped make this album possible... a journey that is filled with anything but 'rough' luck. 

These are just a drop in the bucket to the songs and stories Chuck Hawthorne has to tell as he takes us on an acoustical journey through time filled with love, pain and rebirth. From Texas to Iraq and points in between, Silver Line offers earthy lyrics and a rhythm rich in heritage. . I can't wait to hear where he takes us next. I am tipping my hat 


Before I tell you where you can find Chuck Hawthorne, here is the video for Post 2 Gate:


Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

THE PARTY LIST - April 23 - April 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.
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 – 23
            ZaneWilliams – 1:30 p.m.
            RayWylie Hubbard,
W.C. Jameson The Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w Mike Blakely & Guest: George Ensle
Jon WolfeBig Texas Dancehall& Saloon – Spring – 10 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Stoney Creek Foundation Fundraiser/ Benefit – Houston – 8:30 p.m.
Chuck Hawthorne – TAPS – Elgin - 11 a.m.
            Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Walt WilkinsGrand StaffordTheater – Bryan – 8 p.m.
Moonlight SocialBilly’sIcehouse – New Braunfels – 8 p.m.
Turnpike Troubadours – MidnightRodeo – San Angelo
Kelly McGuire T-Bone Tom’s – Kemah – 6-10 p.m.
            /w Josh Ward

Friday – 24
            Walt Wilkins /w Mystiqueros & Manny Moore – 2 p.m.
Zack CoffeySplitsville – Fairview – 7 p.m.
Jack Nelson - The Red Barn Saloon - Rosenberg - 8 p.m.
Ashlee RoseRosella Coffee – San Antonio – 8 p.m.
            /w The New Vagabonds
Bellamy BrothersDosey Doe’s – The Woodlands – 8:30 p.m.
Walt WilkinsLove & War – Plano – 9 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
Ray Wylie HubbardThe KesslerTheater – Dallas – 8 p.m.
Randy BrownCorsicana DerrickDays – Corsicana - 9-11 p.m.
Moonlight Social The WoodshedSmokehouse – Ft. Worth – 7 p.m.
Susan Gibson – Music @SchrienerMansion – Kerrville – 7 p.m.
            /w Kevin Welch
Zane Williams Love and War – Grapevine – 9 p.m.
            #717 CD Release party!
Kyle ParkHurricane Harry’s – College Station –

Saturday – 25
Mike BlakelyOutrigger EventCenter – Palacio – 7:30 p.m.
            Buffet Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Jon WolfeThe Wild Horse DesertRound up – Bishop – 9 p.m.
            /w Turnpike Troubadours
Byrd & Street – In the Music Room House Concert – Waxahachie
            For Reservations:
            Potluck/ 2 music sets/ jam session
            See WEBSITE for time listing
Saints ElevenGermanfest – Muenster – 6:30 p.m.
Shane BarnhillChuters – Pasadena – 8 p.m.
Aaron EinhouseBlaine’s Pub – San Angelo
Ashlee RoseKing William Fair – San Antonio – 12 p.m.
Bellamy Brothers – Kleman Barn – Nazareth – 9 p.m.
Dave ThomasThe Oar House – Rockwall – 8 p.m.
Gary P. NunnBack Porch Bar – Port Aransas
Cooper WadeMelody Ranch – Waco – 9 p.m. – midnight
Chuck HawthorneHeadwaters forHeroes – Harper – 3:30 p.m.
Ray Wylie HubbardThe KesslerTheater – & Music Festival – Spring – 12 p.m.
Matt HarlanCibolo NatureCenter – Boerne  6-11 p.m.

Sunday – 26
Mike BlakelyPremier Ranch – Mason – 7 p.m.
            Younglife Benefit
Shane BarnhillT-Bone Tom’s – Kemah – 5 p.m.
Aaron Einhouse- Red Dirt Roads Radio – Ft. Worth
            Hosted by:  Justin Frazell
Ashlee RoseThe Cove – San Antonio – 1 p.m.
Chuck HawthorneThe Bugle Boy – LaGrange – 2 p.m.
Tessy Lou Poodie’s – Spicewood – 4 p.m.
George EnsleStrange Brew – Austin – 2 p.m.

Monday – 27
W. C. JamesonPoodie’s – Spicewood –
            /w Frank Gilligan
Susan GibsonRiver RoadIcehouse – New Braunfels – 6 p.m.

Tuesday – 28
Mike BlakelyBurger Burger – Fredricksburg – 7- 9 p.m.
Bubba WestlyRansom’sSteakhouse – Montgomery – 8 p.m.
            /w Randy Brown & Scott Brown
Chuck Hawthorne Liberty TreeTavern – Elgin – 8 p.m.

Wednesday – 29
Jon WolfeCoach’s & Cowboys – Tyler – 10 p.m.
Bubba WestlyWharton Co. YouthFair – Wharton – 8 p.m.
Dave ThomasLove and War – Grapevine – 8 p.m.
Walt WilkinsSaxon Pub – Austin – 9 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle– Cheatham Street – San Marcos


Thursday – 23
Aaron WatsonPub Station – Billings MT
Don WilliamsCanton PalaceTheatre – North Canton OH
Ragged UnionCervantes’ OtherSide – Denver CO – 9 p.m.
Byrd & StreetFayetteCounty Library – Sommerville TN 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Buddy CaseKXIO Coffee House – Clarksville AR  6 p.m.
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Michael Martin MurphyKnuckleheads – Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.
Vince GillTachi Palace – Lemoore CA
            / The Time Jumpers
Oak Ridge BoysOak Ridge Boys Theater – Branson MO -7 p.m.


Friday – 24
Don WilliamsThe Beacon Theatre – Hopewell VA
Thomas RhettBuffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Matthew HuffRoper’s Saloon – West Plains MO – 8:30 p.m.
Byrd & Street FaulknerLibrary – Conway AR – 7-9 p.m.
American Aquarium – Buccaneer Music Festival – Greenville SC
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band – KAPA Boot Scootin’ Ball – Knoxville TN
Daryl SingletarySilverado East – Lebanon TN – 8 p.m.
            /w George Ducas
Mark Chapman BandCherokeeCasino – Siloam Springs OK – 9 p.m.
Vince Gill – Empire Polo Field – Indio CA
            /w The Time Jumpers
Rhonda VincentBoyd CommunityCenter – Catlettsburg KY
Dale WatsonBorder Town Casino – Wyandotte OK
Oak Ridge BoysGolden Nugget – Las Vegas NV – 7 p.m.
Suzy BoggussSheldon ConcertHall – St. Louis MO – 8 p.m.

Saturday – 25
Aaron Watson In The Venue – Salt Lake City UT
Matthew HuffDublin’s Pass – Springfield MO – 10 p.m.
Jason Helms BandHillarose ATVPark – Blevins AR – 8 p.m.
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.
Daryl SingletaryWoodbineCrawfish Festival – Woodbine GA – 4:30 p.m.
T. G. SheppardFranklin Theater – Franklin TN
            /w Kelly Lang
Mark Chapman Band Rock N Ribbs – Springfield MO –
Zane WilliamsGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Oak Ridge BoysEagle MountainCasino – Porterville CA – 7 p.m.
Suzy BoggussRodgers Theatre – Poplar Bluff MO – 7 p.m.

Sunday – 26
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Charlie Daniels BandDestination Daytona – Ormond Beach FL
Rhonda VincentNational CornbreadFestival –South Pittsburg PA
Ragged Union – Concert Window –
Robert Earl KeenMerlfest – Wilksboro NC
Oak Ridge BoysEmpire PoloGrounds – Indio CA – 7 p.m.

Monday – 27

Tuesday – 28
Billy Dean - Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 2 p.m.
Bill AndersonGrand Ole Opry – Nashville TN

Wednesday – 29
Jason Helms Band – KECO Radio Performance – Elk City OK – 4:30 p.m.
Jason Helms Band – The Pit Stop – Elk City OK – 8 p.m.
Billy Dean Starlight Theatre – Branson MO – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Forever Changed - T. Graham Brown

I was honored to have this CD appear in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago. While I've always enjoyed T. Graham Brown's country music, I was excited to hear about this Gospel album... his first studio album in over ten years.  From the opening track through to the last, I enjoyed every one. While the core is Gospel, there is more soul in this album... true Southern Gospel soul.

T. Graham Brown is the honest, open-hearted person we all look for in a friend. In “HE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU". T, along with friend Vince Gill give sound advice to anyone thinking there is no hope left.

FROM A STRONGER PLACE comes from the heart of T. Graham Brown. Whether you have struggled with an addiction, a bad relationship or any other negativity, you will understand the importance of finding that stronger place.

Music, like foods, hold a regionalism – their place of origin.  Soul Talk gives us that earthy, timeless soul sound that comes from Georgia, T.’s birthplace.

If you have ever felt as if someone has been your life-line, made a difference in your life, then FOREVER CHANGED is your story and could very well become a classic wedding song.

The incomparable Leon Russell lends his rich bluesy tones to the prayerful SHADOW OF DOUBT.

THE POWER OF LOVE is a testimony of love- a testimony made stronger by the vocal harmonies of 6- time Dove award winners, Jeff & Sheri Easter.

OUT OF THE RAIN is a perfect example of strong gospel praise with that bluesy back beat T. Graham Brown has given us for over three decades.

PEOPLE GET READY carries all the power and praise of a full tent revival. Like any revival, friends from all over have joined T. on this track. Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper and the Oak Ridge Boys offer up the call.

The Booth Brothers bring their iconic harmonies to “Pillow Of Mercy". We all need that soft place to land when circumstances knock us down.

Like looking for a light at the end of a dark tunnel, “MIDNIGHT RAINBOW" is a song of hope and promise. Southern Gospel trio, Three Bridges help shine that light.

WHICH WAY TO PRAY is more than just a song... it's a delima we all face. Do we pray for our own survival, or for the other person. We are always given a blessing when someone brings awareness to something as unsettling as child abuse and the lasting, invisible scars. T. Graham Brown teamed up with Sonya Isaacs on this heart-wrenching journey and the challenge of what we should ask the Lord for in any situation. I was also not surprised to find this song was co-written with Bill Anderson and Gary Nicholson.

The Oak RidgeBoys return on this track, asking the question “HOW DO YOU KNOW". T. Graham Brown digs deep for the response, offering up the power of truth and love.

WINE INTO WATER is a plea for redemption and the peace to be found there. Gospel artist, Jimmy Fortune is the perfect pairing of this tune as the friend to turn to when you need someone you know you can count on.

FOREVER CHANGED is drenched in a soulful cleansing worthy of this year's Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. You only have to listen to any track on this CD one time to know this is so much more than a Gospel album.

I know I seem to give out stars with abandon but only because I am blessed to be given the cream of what is coming out of studios today. Forever Changed is no exception. Whether you like Gospel, Soul, or a gentle mix of both, I think you will enjoy FOREVER CHANGED.

I’m tipping my hat:


You can purchase your copy:

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE PARTY LIST - April 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. Some venues have an age restriction. All dates are subject to change so check before you go! 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 – 16
W.C. JamesonThe Badu – Llano – 7 p.m.
            /w Mike Blakely & Guest: Susan Gibson
Aubrey Lynn England – Love & War in Texas – Plano – 8 p.m.
            /w Katie Lamb, Neicy
Randy BrownLove and War – Grapevine – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Zane WilliamsBrewster StreetIcehouse – Corpus Christi – 9 p.m.
            Rock N Soul Roadshow tour
            /w Sam Riggs and Mike Ryan
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – Basin Burger House – Midland – 7:30 p.m.

Friday – 17
TEXAS WOODSTOCK – Shiners Country Fest – Troup
            BellamyBrothers, T. G. Sheppard,
Jon WolfeMidnight Rodeo – San Angelo – 10 p.m.
Curtis Grimes Floore’s – Helotes –
Cameran NelsonThe Office – Lubbock –
Zach Coffey – Wounded Warrior Event – Ennis (All Day )
Aaron Einhouse Austins Pub – Amarillo
Dave ThomasHard Eight BBQ – Roanoke – 7 p.m.
Zach Seth BandMellow Mushroom– Mansfield – 7-10 p.m.
Randy Brown – Mira Vista CountryClub – Ft. Worth – 8-11 p.m.
Zane WilliamsFirehouse Saloon – Houston – 9 p.m.
            Rock N Soul Roadshow tour
            /w Sam Riggs and Mike Ryan
Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars – The Auslander – Fredricksburg – 6:30 p.m.
Mark McKinneyPoodies – Spicewood -

Saturday – 18
Moonlight SocialCowboy Stadium– Arlington – 10 a.m.
            Ram Truck Parade!
W.C. JamesonLampasas Library – Lampasas – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
            Author Fest
Aubrey Lynn EnglandWild WestFest – Haslet – 10:30 a.m.
Jon WolfeWaylon & Ray’sPlace – Brownwood – 8 p.m.
Kevin RobinsonThe Kenney Store – Bellville – 8 p.m.
Cameran NelsonDrunken Mule – Commerce
Kenny HarrellDonner Musik Fest – Lampasas – 9 p.m.
Shane BarnhillThe Chute – Baytown – 8 p.m.
Zack CoffeyLugNutz – Nacogdoches – 9 p.m.
Ashlee RoseFarm to Market – New Braunfels – 9:30 a.m.
Bellamy BrothersDerrick DaysFestival – Corsicana – 8 p.m.
Cooper Wade – BBQ Cook-off – Houston – 8-11 p.m.
Zach Seth BandRailheadSmokehouse – Willow Park – 7:30 -10:30 p.m.
Walt Wilkins 4.0 Cellars – Fredricksburg – 9 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
T.G. SheppardCorsicanna Opry – Corsicanna –
Zane WilliamsGalveston Co.Fair & Rodeo – Hitchcock – 8:30 p.m.
            w/ Jody Booth

Sunday – 19
Randy BrownRockett CafĂ© – Waxahachie – 3-9 p.m.
            /w Kentucky Headhunters
Moe BandyACM Awards – Dallas
Casey HubbleThe Auslander – Fredricksburg – 5 p.m.
Gary P. NunnTexas Theater – Greenville
Susan GibsonLuckenbach – 1 p.m.
Tessy LouPoodies – Spicewood – 4 p.m.

Monday – 20
Ashlee Rose – Texas Cavalier’s River Parade – San Antonio – 6 p.m.
Tessy Lou El Mercado – Austin – 7 p.m.
            /w Bryan for Mystery Monday

Dave ThomasT-Bone Tom’s – Kemah – 7 p.m.
Zane WilliamsRailheadSmokehouse – Willow Park – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 22
            TurnpikeTroubadours -
Bubba WestlyHumphrey’s – Huntsville – 8 p.m.
Cameran NelsonCounty Line BBQ – San Antonio
Aaron EinhouseCapital Bar – Ft. Worth
            /w Sam Riggs
Walt WilkinsSaxon Pub – Austin – 9 p.m.
            /w The Mystiqueros
Moonlight Social Scooter’sDancehall – Moulton  - 8 p.m.


Thursday – 16
Ragged UnionAmericanMountaineering Museum – Golden CO – 5:30 p.m.
Matthew HuffDan McGuinness – Nashville TN – 7 p.m.
Reckless KellyThe Flycatcher – Tuscon AZ
            /w Rosie Flores
Byrd & StreetC. E. BrehmLibrary – Mt. Vernon IL – 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
Buddy CaseKXIO Coffee House – Clarksville AR – 6 p.m.
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO  7:30 p.m.
Owen TempleThe Blue Door – Oklahoma City OK – 8 p.m.
Josh Abbott BandGeorge’sMajestic – Fayetteville AR -

Friday – 17
Aaron WatsonSevier ValleyArena – Richfield UT
Ragged UnionArvada Tavern – Arvada CO – 8 p.m.
Reckless Kelly Harold’s Corral – Cave Creek AZ
American AquariumExit In – Nashville TN
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 2 p.m.
Charlie Daniels BandSpiritLake Casino – Saint Michael ND
Owen Temple Picks Gallery – Osage Beach MO – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – 18
Aaron WatsonOutlaw Saloon – Cheyanne WY
Don Williams Blue Gate Theater– Shipshewana IN
Ragged UnionConor O’Neills – Boulder CO – 10 p.m.
Reckless KellyBelly Up Tavern– Solana Beach CA
            /w Mickey & the Motorcars
Byrd & StreetEssenhausHeritage Hall – Middlebury IN 7-8:30 p.m.
Moe BandyOrange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale FL
Jaryd LanePARC International – Lafayette LA –
            /w Tracy Lawrence
American AquariumOld 280Boogie – Waverly AL
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Band St. CroixCasino – Turtle Lake WI
Owen TempleUnity of Columbia – Columbia MO – 7 p.m.
Mark Chapman Band St. Mary’sCatholic Church – Pierce City MO – 8 p.m.
            Organ Donor Rundraiser 
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Vince GillE. AR CommunityCollege – Forrest City AR –
            /w The Time Jumpers

Sunday – 19
Don WilliamsCrystal GrandMusic Theatre – Wisconsin Dells WI
Reckless KellyTroubadour – Los Angeles CA
            /w Mickey & the Motorcars
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 2 p.m.
Owen Temple Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City MO – 8 p.m.

Monday – 20
Reckless KellyStanding SunWinery – Buellton CA
            /w Rosie Flores
Vince Gill3rd andLindsley – Nashville TN –
            /w The Time Jumpers

Tuesday – 21
Aaron Watson – John’s Alley Tavern – Moscow ID
          Note: Virus detected. No link available
Don WilliamsThe Arcada Theatre – St. Charles IL
Byrd & StreetRiversideRegional Library – Jackson MO 5 – 6:30 p.m.
            “Save Missouri Libraries!” concert
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 2 p.m.
Bill AndersonLibrary ofCongress – Washington DC –
David BallPuckett’s Grocery – Leiper’s Fork TN 7-9 p.m.
            Pioneer Playboy’s Farewell Party
Mickey GilleyMickey GilleyTheater – Branson MO

Wednesday – 22
Aaron Watson – The Wilma Theatre – Missoula MT
Reckless KellyCity Winery – Napa CA
            /w Rosie Flores
Billy DeanStarlight Theatre – Branson MO 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY (on Wednesday) - TEXAS LIKE THAT - Zane Williams

I've been a Zane Williams fan for a couple of years. Talent aside, Zane appears to be an an all around nice guy, and solid family man. His Facebook segment - Music Monday reminds me of a lot of something the legendary Mac Davis did on his television show years ago. Each week, Zane's fans shoot him ten words. They all come from different people and seldom go together - until Zane gets a hold of them. He weaves those mismatched words into clever prose and sets them to music - similar to the way Mac Davis did when audience members would give him words or a theme and he would create a song on the spot. I was excited when Zane agreed to send me a copy to review. I wanted to see how he crafted an entire album.

The album kicks off with FEELIN FREE. The guitar licks alone in this tune will get you on the dancefloor and feeling like you haven’t a care in the world. The tempo drops ever so slightly with THROWBACK. This track offers up a groove with a hint of the bayou that will set you to snappin’ your fingers and noddin’ your head. Zane’s artistic ability for blending imagery and notes is striking in SUMMER RAIN. I had the feeling of listening to a title track from a romantic movie. Soft, gentle as the summer rain. We continue the soft journey in SHE IS – A love song from a man to his wife, reminding us that when you find ‘the one’, she is everything to you. 

JUST GETTIN’ STARTED kicks things up a bit, adding in a little rap sass. Although I am not a fan of rap, Zane adds the short stream like that little something to spice up the pot - just enough to flavor. In a recent video on his facebook page, Zane talks about the path Country Music has taken in recent years and how we seem to have lost the 'story' that we associate with the genre. He brings his point into focus with JAYLON AND JILL. This song reminds us what a true country song is all about – a story. Zane accomplished in three and a half minutes what a fiction writer struggles to do in a full novel – to make you care about the characters. HERE’S TO YOU pays tribute to the fans. A raucous, party style salute that involves the crowd he appreciates.

The tempo winds back down in KANSAS CITY SUNRISE – giving us a unique perspective on survival from a break-up. Normally, this comes from the woman’s point of view. Seldom does a song let us in to the emotional growth a guy experiences. LOVE IS ON OUR SIDE brings a more contemporary sound to the cd, proving Zane knows his audience and that he is here for the long haul.

TEXAS LIKE THAT closes out the cd with a waltz through the heart of all things Texas. With a final prayer that everything he loves will always be there. 

Overall, I feel Zane accomplished what he wanted to achieve with this album. He wanted to bring the 'country' to the forefront in an effort to keep the classic stuff alive while reaching a new audience. 

I give this CD:

TEXAS LIKE THAT is available at:
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