Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Help The Moonpies Get Back Their Gear.

Times are tough, even tougher when your band's van and trailer full of gear are stolen.  The guys of Mike and The Moonpies learned this lesson recently.  After spending the night in Dallas the guys woke to find their stuff gone.  It has been nice to see all the support from fans, fellow musicians, and friends as they try to get back out on the road.

If you haven't heard the Moonpies before, allow me to enlighten you.  I saw these guys when they opened for Thieving Birds. First thing you notice with this band is the traditional country sound that had the dancefloor packed the whole time during their set.  The guys made a name for themselves playing at the Broken Spoke and gaining a residency at The White Horse in Austin.  Tonight the guys take the stage at The Broken Spoke, with gear loaned to them by their peers. The guys have set up a fundraiser as well, if you would like to donate click here.

Here are some videos from the guys to check out.

Sunday - Official Music Video from The Moonpies on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Award Goes to...

It is that time of year for the voting of The 6th Annual Lonestar Music Awards.  To make your selection click here.   The voting is open till the end of month.  I have posted the categories and my selection below.  The bold names are my choices.  Last year I had the chance to attend the awards, it is a really fun time.  Hopefully I will get my chance to attend this year as well.
Album Of The Year
Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Dark & Dirty Mile
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
Randy Rogers Band - Trouble
Shinyribs - Gulf Coast Museum
Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting The War
William Clark Green - Rose Queen
Country Album Of The Year
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis - Cheater's Game
Chris King - 1983
Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Dark & Dirty Mile
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
Kyle Park - Beggin' For More
Sturgill Simpson - High Top Mountain
Zane Williams - Overnight Success
Americana/Roots-Rock Album Of The Year
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
Quaker City Night Hawks - Honcho
Reckless Kelly - Long Night Moon
Shinyribs - Gulf Coast Museum
Sons Of Fathers - Burning Days
Thieving Birds - Gold Coast
William Clark Green - Rose Queen
Singer-Songwriter/Folk Album Of The Year
Amanda Shires - Down Fell The Doves
Drew Kennedy - Wide Listener
Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture Of You
Owen Temple - Stories They Tell
Patty Griffin - American Kid
Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting The War
Terry Allen - Bottom Of The World
Song Of The Year
Jason Isbell - Elephant
Mando Saenz - Pocket Change
Randy Rogers Band - Fuzzy
Slaid Cleaves - Texas Love Song
Will Callers - House Of Falling Cards
Will Hoge - Strong
William Clark Green - She Likes The Beatles
Live Act Of The Year
American Aquarium
Lincoln Durham
Randy Rogers Band
Reckless Kelly
Turnpike Troubadours
Uncle Lucius
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Ace Crayton - Thieving Birds
Cody Canada
Jason Isbell
Kevin Russell - Shinyribs
Slaid Cleaves
Stewart Mann - Statesboro Revue
William Clark Green
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Amanda Shires
Bri Bagwell
Courtney Patton
Kacey Musgraves
Kelly Willis
Kylie Rae Harris
Patty Griffin
Emerging Artist Of The Year
Chris King
Courtney Patton
Quaker City Night Hawks
Sons Of Fathers
Thieving Birds
Will Callers
Songwriter Of The Year
Guy Clark
Jason Isbell
Owen Temple
Patty Griffin
Sam Baker
Will Hoge
William Clark Green
Musician Of The Year
Brady Black
Brandy Zdan
Bukka Allen
Cody Braun
Lincoln Durham
Lloyd Maines
Roger Ray
Producer Of The Year
Adam Odor
Dave Cobb
Erik Herbst
George Reiff
John Ross Silva
Lloyd Maines
Rachel Loy
Album Artwork Of The Year
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis - Cheater's Game
Cody Canada - Some Old, Some New, Maybe A Cover Or Two
Reckless Kelly - Long Night Moon
Statesboro Revue - Ramble On Privilege Creek
Terry Allen - Bottom Of The World
Wheeler Brothers - Gold Boots Glitter
William Clark Green - Rose Queen
Festival Of The Year
Americana Jam - New Braunfels, TX
BigFest - San Marcos, TX
Greenfest - New Braunfels, TX
Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival - Stephenville, TX
Lone Star Jam - Austin, TX
MusicFest - Steamboat Springs, CO
Old Settlers - Driftwood, TX
"The Gruene Hall Award" (Venue Of The Year)
Billy Bob's - Fort Worth, TX
Blue Light Live - Lubbock, TX
Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
Cheatham Street Warehouse - San Marcos, TX
Firehouse Saloon - Houston, TX
Luckenbach Dancehall - Luckenbach, TX
Magnolia Motor Lounge - Fort Worth, TX

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Rambling On The Rooftop

Who doesn't love a good Sunday funday?  Riverroad Icehouse and Mr. Jonny Burke are bringing the good times to you Sunday from 2-4.  For those of you unfamiliar with Jonny, he is a talented singer songwriter who has toured with James McMurtry, Turnpike Troubadours, and is frequently seen opening up for some of the top names in places like Floores Country Store.  Rooftop Ramble features Jonny as host and song swap partner to some of my favorite names in Music. Last Year the  ramble saw the likes of The Damn Quails, Kevin Galloway of Uncle Lucius, and Evan Felker of Turnpike.  So far in the last two weeks I have seen Courtney Patton and just yesterday BJ Barham from American Aquarium.  Little side note...Did anyone see that American Aquarium is coming to the Luling Watermelon Thump?  Pretty cool to see these small town festivals getting wise to more than just Fowlers, Watsons, and Abbotts at those things.  So if you are free on Sundays go check out who is rambling week to week.  As it always is in this town, you really never know who will stop by.  Also if nothing else go check out the bloody mary bar and all the changes that are happening at the house right now.  When all the changes are done Riverroad will bring in a new era for artists and the fans. To check out who is scheduled for the summer click here.

The Bloody Mary Bar.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hurricane Highway: New Place, New Time

Hurricane Highway has a new home base.  New Braunfels, TX is now the new home for this girl.  So far in town I have ran into some familiar faces and some new ones too.  My first Wednesday here I was delighted to see Seth James and Bobby Mack at Riverroad.  It was a blues night for sure and brought quite a crowd.  If you missed it, Seth and his talented band of blues brothers musicians will be back at the house on 3/19 and 3/26.  You can't or shouldn't pass up this great showcase. 

On the familiar faces front, I caught a fun show at The Old Icehouse.  While not a place known for live music, it is a quaint bar with really cold, really cheap beer.  The other Friday featured Steven Roloff and James Pardo.  Now I haven't told you about Steven's latest release, but I am working on some new write-ups this week and I will tell you all about it.  The night also saw the guys invite their equally talented friends to the stage, like Matt Begley, Jordan Minor, and other local talented guys. 
One of the things I looked forward to as I trekked boxes and heavy things up three flights of stairs was getting to catch local talent.  This past couple of weeks I have gotten to see two young bands that while aren't perfect, they sure did have a lot of promise.  Callahan Divide and Travis Parker Band. 
So with a new place, new job, and tons of music at my fingertips I will have plenty to do, see, and write about.  Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

County Line Free Music Series - Music For A Good Cause.

I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring and summer to get here.  I much prefer the sun to cold and rain.  County Line Barbecue announced their line up for the Free Wednesday Night Concert Series, which means spring can't be too far away.   County Line used to be a great avenue for smaller bands to get exposure on a Wednesday Night, thanks to Randy Goss and The Outlaw. The music series used to be one of my favorite weekday activities running from spring to early fall.  Now the season is shorter. Bands that should be featured are not.  The place is far too small to house the fans that come to see bands like Creager, Boland, and The Braun Brothers.  Hopefully the parking situation can also be figured out so people don't have to pay for parking.  The last time I was there I left because there was not enough parking in the lot, and the land on the hill was now charging to park there.  While I am not against walking, I am against that it appears that few of the surrounding businesses want people to park there. Either way the series is for a good cause.  It raises funds for the SA Food Bank, which is a cause that should always be supported.  Don't get me wrong, I will be there for a few shows to support the artists I am fond of.  I am not trying to disrespect or insult the people putting together the series.  I am just saying there has to be better options for the bands, fans, and sponsors.  The line up is as follows.

April 2 - The Dirty River Boys, Jonathan Garcia
April 9 -
Midnight River Choir, James Delgado
April 16 -
Roger Creager, Ray Johnson Band...
April 23 - Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Wally West & Them Lostbound

April 30 -
Micky and the Motorcars, The Rusty Brothers
May 21 - Chris King, Jeffrey Charles
May 23 -
Tejas Brothers
June 4 - Brandon Rhyder
June 25 - Cody and Willie Braun of Reckless Kelly
July 2 - Jon Wolfe, Bonnie Lang Band
July 9 - The Damn Quails, Kyle Reed Band
July 23 - Thieving Birds, James Pardo & The Underestimated

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Aaron Stephens - Hard Times Straight Lines

Aaron Stephens is asking for your support for a full length album Hard Times Straight Lines.  This New Braunfels regular has been playing all over town and gaining fans everywhere he goes.  I recently got to see Aaron and his band for the first time as they opened for The Departed.  If you caught my year end review, Aaron Stephens is going to the band to watch for in 2014.  His music is soulful, bluesy, and just plain good.  If you have the chance be sure to check out Aaron's Wednesday night residency at Billy's Ice.  To Support this kickstarter click here.   

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Music Tuesday - Jason Eady and Brian Keane

Happy Tuesday friends!  Today's releases have been much anticipated on Hurricane Highway and throughout social media.  I actually preordered both these albums before I had heard all of the tracks.  I am sure glad I did, it was the best twenty bucks I have spent this month. 

Brian Keane - Coming Home

I have been ready to listen to the whole cd because of the radio release Barlights.  Even after hearing home all the way through, it is still the song I keep coming back to.  From the lyrics to the production that builds with the song, I can't get enough.   The story of running into a figure from your past and catching up over a beer or two only to realize neither of you have changed from what ended your relationship is compelling and just plain real.  Produced by his wife Rachel Loy (also producer of Rose Queen by William Clark Green)  Home features songs that come across as a place in time for where Brian was at during the making of it.  Birth of child, miles on the road, and reflection on how those moments make you into the person you are.  Strong tracks on Coming Home are Finally Free a song about what happens when a relationship ends and all your are left with is the freedom to do whatever you want...only now all you realize is you're just lonely.  Do Something Wrong the story of a man looking for a reason to break up with the good girl he feels he is stuck with.  What You're Missing is a groovy blues man done the woman wrong tune.  If there was ever a song a video should be made for I think it would be this one.  Coming Home is well worth the wait and well worth adding to your music collection. Brian will be at Cheatham Street Saturday night for his cd release shindigs. 

 Daylight and Dark is everything that I associate with classic timeless country music and everything I wish country music still sounded like.  With the steel guitar breaking your heart on nearly every track it is a much welcome edition to the Jason Eady Version of Adam Hood's song Late Night Diner.  Jason is doing some of his most consistent and best writing now.   I am actually going to make a bold statement and say this is his best work year to date.  Every track is like going back in time to days of Merle, Willie, Johnny, George, and so many of those guys.  I could easily see these songs being sung by them.  The title track shows the feelings of man who drinks his nights away trying to just make it through the day everyday.   Lonseome, Down, and Out  makes its appearance on this disk which I have always enjoyed as part of his live show.  It is one of those songs that can be sped up or slowed down and still sounds great.  My two favorite tracks are the duets that show up on here. The first We Might Just Miss Each Other with Courtney Patton and A Memory Now with Evan Felker (Turnpike Troubadours) and Hayes Carll.  Jason will be at Gruene this weekend with Mike and The Moonpies as part of his cd release tour.  That is going to be quite the show. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Music Alert - Chad Sullins and Last Call Coalition

The guys of chad sullins and last call coalition have been hard at work getting ready for the release of wicked spell. Here is the first single and video from them. Look for wicked spell to be released on February 3rd on all the places you can buy music at.  I am sad I missed seeing the guys when they were up at Steamboat.  Looks like the closest they will get to San Antonio is in March in Austin. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gone Too Soon

It is with great sadness that I heard the bad news of Jeff Strahan. He was a great musician and friend to many.  When I lived in New Braunfels in I was lucky to get to see him many, many times.  Both with his band and often times with the guys of Texas Renegade when they invited him up to the stage.  He was a brilliant bluesman.  He will be will missed. 


Steamboat A GoGo

I am back and some what recovered from the Steamboat Plague.  (They do not tell you about that in the pamphlet.)  I keep getting the same questions.  Was it worth it?  Would you go again?  Was it cold?  The answer to all three of those is a big fat YES! I will just learn from all the rookie mistakes of this year, like no going back to the room for a cat nap.  You might not wake up in time and miss all the fun.  Ya, that really did happen on my last night.  Damn Plague.  I would be here all day if I told you every story that popped in my head.  So I decided to do some of my favorite highlights.  
  • Dean Dillon - Here is my first rookie mistake of the fest.  I didn't know you needed tickets to get into the tribute they were doing for him this year. Which meant I couldn't get into to see it.   (womp, womp)  So I missed that.  What I didn't miss was him song swapping with some of my favorite songwriters and performers.  First with Stoney and Paul Thorn.  I knew some of Dean's song catalogue, and I wasn't expecting Dean to be this compelling character on stage.  To hear him sing his own words was quite an emotional and humbling experience.  In another life I had a Kenny Chesney cd (I know! Stop judging me right now.) On this cd, it featured the Dillon penned song A lot of things different.  To be honest I hated the song.  Kenny talking for most of the lyrics. No, just shut up.  When Dean did this song, you knew this was written by a man who believed those things he said he wanted to do and didn't.  The people in the crowd were quiet.  People were crying to the lyrics, including me and my buddy Spencer who were in the back corner of the room.  When the song was over a ballroom of three hundred people gave him a standing ovation.  In awe of what they just witnessed.  Paul Thorn had to follow that up and he himself was just as amazed as we were. 

  • Will Hoge - We all know Will is like my Bruce Springsteen.  I was at the front of the stage for the whole show.  Which I completely forgot was on stagehop.  So there I was in the front row, singing and dancing like a crazy woman.  It was worth it though.  Will put on a stellar and memorable show as always.  His band is soooo soooo good.  They are also the nicest guys in the world too. 
  • Lincoln Durham - This one man band did nothing but impress everyone everywhere he went during musicfest.  This guy can do it all from one spot on the stage.  One of the coolest things to see was happening off stage almost every band member that wasn't playing this evening was standing by the sides of the stage to catch this man do work. The cool thing was to see all the folks in the ballroom really get into the show and actually pay attention.  Kudos to Lincoln. Also don't forget Lincoln is going to be at Sam's burger joint on the 23rd.  If you haven't gotten to see him yet, I suggest you get on it.

  • Dung Beetle Saloon - This to me was the place to be.  From open mics everyday to cool acoustic performances by bigger name artists.  There was something for everyone there.  It apparently was the most popular place to be, because once you left there was no way you were going to get back in.  This is designed to be a listening room.  If you were in early enough it was.  In the evening though, it was a little harder to listen, everyone was full of drinks and ready to chat. 
There is a lot to take in when you get to Steamboat.  I never even made it to the big tent for what is always the big names.  Truth be told, I probably won't next year either.  If there was one show I felt like I really missed out on it was the Uncle Lucius tent show.  The power went out and the band proceeded to play acoustic for a grateful audience.  I got to catch Gary P. Nunn jamming on the piano more than once. Also it was really cool to see the artists come out and support each others shows.  You could tell they were just as big of fans as the rest of us.  It was a fun experience, I am gearing up for again next year.  If I ever recover from this sickness.  Below are some of the pics from my trip. 
Kelly Willis
Braun Brothers at Carl's Tavern

 Wade and Cody at Carl's
 Zane Williams
 Wade watching Zane taking the stage.
  Steven Roloff
  Host of the Dung Beetle Open Mic Matt Skinner and his band.
 John Goolsby
 Haley Cole
 Jack Ingram Barefoot and Crazy on the outdoor stage while snow comes down.
 Lincoln Durham
 Open Mic at Dung Beetle Saloon
 Donovan Lee
Stoney acoustic with Dean Dillon and Paul Thorn.

 Kelly Mckwee
 Kelly, Jason Eady, and Jamie Wilson
 With Courtney Patton
 Dirty River Boys on the outdoor stage.

 BJ from American Aquarium helping the guys out on stage.
 Cameran Nelson chats with Rebecca Creek Radio.
 Micky from the Motorcars chats with Rebecca Creek Radio.
 Walt Wilkins listens as Bruce Robison, LeeAnn Womack, JD Souther, and Dean Dillon swap songs.
 Walt's turn at the mic.

 American Aquarium at Dung Beetle Saloon.
 Turnpike on the outdoor stage.

 John D. Hale

Will Hoge 

 Paul Thorn
 Joseph Dailey