TONIGHT: Lucas Jack & Bekah Kelso & The Fellas CD Release with Special Guest Ray Primm Doors 6:30pm tickets are $12 at the door.
The Georges started with four guys that had a dream to play an
amalgam of Rockabilly, (good) early country with strong ties to the
Bakersfield sound, and the music of their heroes, The Fab Four. What
results with their originals is a melodic blend of catchy, danceable
music that gets folks a movin’ and a shakin’ on the dance floors of
legendary Texas venues like Gruene Hall. Added to their sets are
covers from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and other all
time greats. The band also pride themselves on their presentable and
some might say, rather dapper stage look. Joining the band in May of
2013 are Texas music greats (And former Two Tons Members) Dennis
Fallon and Chris Dodds on guitar and drums, respectively, and
respectfully. Holding down the low end on the upright bass is Aaron
Covington, who has played with Turbo 350, on tracks recorded at Sun
Records in his hometown of Memphis and also had a part as Jerry Lee
Lewis' bassist in the movie Walk The Line. The Georges will keep
rockin' and keep y'all dancin' through the Hill Country and beyond!
Come see 'em to see what the fuss is all about!
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"American Roots Rock meets the British Invasion. Dovetail is a rock band from Dallas, Tx. With roots firmly planted in their southern soil, Dovetail offers something versatile and unique for a band from Texas. Writer Philip Creamer reaches beyond genre-defining lines to explore timeless melodies & truly epic compositions held together with tight 3 & 4 part harmonies and set on the foundation of groove powerhouse drummer, Aaron Wayne Haynes. The band independently released "Mount Karma" before being signed to Ok! Good Records in 2013. Dovetail is currently touring & promoting Mount Karma."
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As the grandson of Conjunto legend and pioneer Ismael Gonzalez, Dan has his roots deep in the Lone Star State’s fertile musical ground. Drawn to Texas singer-songwriters, such as Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, as well as classic rockers like Tom Petty and the Eagles, Dan’s songs have a pop sensibility with enough blues and rock electricity to get the dance floor jumping and the crowd rocking. During the early 2000′s, Dan started performing in San Antonio with the cover band, Prime Suspects. After a few years of playing local clubs, his drive to play his own material prompted him to leave the group, and form his own band. He quickly assembled some of the top sidemen from the San Antonio area, forming the Dan Gonzalez Band. The group’s current lineup is Matt Alpert (Lead Guitar), Al Hockley (Keys), Brent Martin (Drums), and Mike McLean (Bass.) The Dan Gonzalez Band’s first break came in 2010 when the group landed a show opening for national touring band, Matt King in San Antonio. Since then, the band has opened for a number of national acts, including Uncle Lucius, Emory Quinn. The band brings a collective 90 plus years of performing experience to their high-energy live shows, which blend pure showmanship with razor sharp musical talent. The group recently completed their debut album Long Way Dow at one of San Antonio’s finest recording houses, Chris Lieck Studios. The record blends a variety of Texas styles, including country, rock, blues, and singer-songwriter folk, all tied together by Dan’s soulful vocals and pop sensibilities. The record features guest appearances from notable San Antonio musicians, including Nathan Rigby of Emory Quinn and singers Nicolette Good, Melissa Ludwig, and Sylvia Kirk. Additionally, Long Way Down was mastered by the Grammy-Award winning producer Chris Lieck. With their debut album released, the Dan Gonzalez Band is ready to take their brand of Texas music throughout the Lone Star State and beyond.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$17 AT THE DOOR---It's been quite the rollercoaster ride, but the eight members of Austin's critically-acclaimed soul collective Mingo Fishtrap have found their sweet spot. Now four albums deep, the eight piece outfit has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerhouse live shows to crowds of thousands in the years since the band's inception in a tiny dorm room in Denton, Texas. “We've experienced a lot of milestones and challenges in our lives together,” says founder Roger Blevins, Jr. “It's easy to reminisce, even about moments that have just happened, but you reach a place in your life where you finally feel comfortable that that's where you're supposed to be.”
Mingo's fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time (due June 3 on Blue Corn Music) blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N'awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. “My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown,” says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo’s musical landscape. “There was a time early on when we were really into these crazy, bombastic arrangements,” he explains. “Now it's more the song, the groove and the overall feel.”
The infectiously catchy “End of the World” gets the record off to a sizzling start with buttery vocals, dance-floor-ready drums, and the plaintive refrain — if tomorrow never comes, “would you love like it's the end of the world?” Muted drums segue into swirling vintage keys and sax on “Mason Jar,” while title track “On Time” serves up saucy Motown grooves. “Sugadoo” keeps the good times rolling as Blevins belts, “Sugadoo, what you gonna do? Have yourself a slice of my pie, too,” atop smoldering vocal harmonies and funky brass arrangements.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The Austin, TX band, Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally for their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie-rock -- which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire & Weezer -- with attention from the likes of the NY Times, Paste Magazine, NPR (Top 5 Bands to See at SXSW), Last Call with Carson Daly, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more. During SXSW 2012, Quiet Company won 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year. After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, the band was chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist. After an amazing year on the road with festivals including NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, the band is excited to be back home in Austin recording their highly anticipated new full-length, Transgressor, which will be released Summer 2014.
Texas quartet and vocalist playing the energetic swing styles of the 1930s and 40s. We gear our music and tempos to swing dancers!
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$10 AT THE DOOR---After a couple of years of side gigging, day-jobbing, baby-raising, rent-making, real life-ing, record-hiding, ex wife-ing, adding, subtracting and other non-related tasks, Austin, Texas’ the Happen-Ins have finally come around to releasing a sophomore album to follow-up their 2010 self-titled debut, The Happen-Ins. Recorded under the bespectacled supervision of producer Mike McCarthy in the summer of 2012 and set for release on CD and Digital Download March 3, 2015, the album, coyly entitled Glamour Shots, offers another genre casserole serving of floor-shaking polyrhythmic arrangements, dancehall synths, and layered background vocals, in addition to the rollicking, swerving guitars, heavy R&B melodies, and relevant pop sensibilities that are the lynchpins of the band’s unique sound. With an additional vinyl version release planned for April 2015, Glamour Shots promises to shed some soft light on the New Year for the Happen-Ins.
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In 2010, after well over 20 years of plying his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe, journeyman Texas songwriter and guitar player Michael O’Connor finally got his due. Or at the very least, a couple of very fine next best things: co-billing with one of his favorite fellow writers, Adam Carroll, on one of the best albums of both artists’ careers (the acclaimed Hard Times), and his very own star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame — located right in O’Connor’s hometown of Corpus Christi. Along with fellow 2010 inductees like Terri Hendrix, Ponty Bone and Geronimo Trevino, O’Connor’s name is now part of the same Lone Star constellation as such Texas legends as Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, and the late Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. Overall, not a bad way to kick off a very good year. But in the wake of releasing Hard Times and humbly accepting his Walk of Fame honor, O’Connor did what journeymen songwriters and guitar slingers do best: went straight back to work. On top of promoting Hard Times with Carroll, he hit the road for another long run of sideman dates playing with Slaid Cleaves, capping a 10-year run together with the recording of Cleaves’ first live album, the new Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge. And on his days “off,” O’Connor also squeezed in several trips to producer Jack Saunders’ White Cat Studio in Houston to record Devil Stole the Moon, his third “solo” album and first since 2007’s Giants From a Sleepy Town.
with Special Guest Scott Davis
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In the course of evolving from loose assemblage to world-class rock ’n’ roll outfit, the Band of Heathens has built a potent body of recorded work that’s won the Austin, Texas ensemble a fiercely loyal fan base and a reputation as one of its hometown’s most vital musical resources. BoH is also known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, while revealing a musical and lyrical depth that consistently enriches an infectious songcraft. Sunday Morning Record, the Band of Heathens’ fourth studio album (and seventh overall), marks a milestone in the resilient outfit’s development, capturing the musicians’ remarkable creative chemistry along with the deepening melodic and emotional resonance in the songwriting of founding singer-guitarists Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. The 11-song set, produced by Austin studio vets and longtime BoH collaborators George Reiff and Steve Christensen, is the product of an intense period of change within and around the group.
with Special Guest Owen Temple
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOWS--- Writers love phrases with multiple meanings; they’re so much handier than mere single-idea word strings. That’s why it’s so perfect that The Trishas’ first full-length album, High, Wide & Handsome, kicks off with a track titled “Mother of Invention.” Not only does it hint at the four members’ capacity for resourcefulness and their entry into motherhood, it also, by extension, suggests the concept of family itself. And family not only describes the sisterlike tightness of their bond, it’s literally what drew them together in the first place. (The Zappa nod is just icing.) When Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch first shared a stage in January 2009, their intention was simply to perform a couple of songs as part of a tribute to Savannah’s father, singer-songwriter Kevin Welch. They had no plans to pursue a joint musical future — they didn’t even have a name, and wound up calling themselves The Trishas on a whim (it popped into their heads because they were covering a Welch-authored Trisha Yearwood hit). But when magic happens, sometimes you have to give in to its power. The sound of their voices soaring in close four-part harmony so transfixed listeners that night in Steamboat, Colorado, that show offers began to come in, luring them into testing the waters as a group. By that September, The Trishas were showcasing at the Americana Music Association Conference & Festival in Nashville, where Raul Malo caught them. He invited them to sing on his Sinners & Saints album. Ray Wylie Hubbard recruited them for his lauded release, A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no c). Warner/Chappell Music signed them to a publishing deal. They toured with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Todd Snider, performed with Malo and joined Savannah’s dad on his album, A Patch of Blue Sky.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$13 AT THE DOOR---Nominated for a grammy at the age of 6 years old for a duet with his dad called "daddy what if"-written by Shel Silverstein - has a degree in psychology from the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE - is VERY afraid of elves - made 2 albums for Immortal Records with his band BARE JR. one for sony records in 1998 and one for virgin records in 2001- born in Nashville, TN june 28, 1966- has 2 children -- believes that blue is a flavor and not a color nor a feeling--- has made 3 albums and 1 ep for BLOODSHOT RECORDS since 2003- co-produced his dad's last record THE MOON WAS BLUE in 2006- grew up in HENDERSONVILLE, TN with George Jones and Tammy Wynette as his next door neighbors- is only making music in the hopes of getting one step closer to his ultimate dream of being STEVEN PATRICK MORRISSEY'S personal bicycle mechanic- has toured with- DR. DOG, THE WALKMEN, THE DECEMBERISTS, THE BLACK CROWES, BOB DYLAN, AREOSMITH, MY MORNING JACKET, CENTRO-MATIC, THE BOTTEL ROCKETS, THE DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, ANDREW BIRD, and THE OLD 97's has been romantically linked to the BOB'S BIG BOY boy- in June of 2007 Bobby was asked by a casting company to audition for the role of "Shrek" for "Shrek the Musical" on Broadway- is on HOUSTON PARTY RECORDS in spain and HAZELWOOD RECORDS in germany- did a family album of all SHEL SILVERSTEIN songs called "SINGIN' IN THE KITCHEN" in 1975- can NOT speak mandrin chinese- had all his songs critiqued by SHEL SILVERSTEIN till shel died in may of 1999- sang on the song "getting back into you" on THE SILVER JEWS album "TANGLEWOOD NUMBERS"- sang on the song "horses" on WILL OLDHAMS' album "bonnie prince billie sings Great
Texas Rockabilly from Austin Texas
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Dubbed “The Springsteen of the Southwest,” by Asbury Park Press, Roger Clyne has written and record seven studio albums with The Peacemakers (commonly referred to as RCPM by fans) since 1999, all of them landing on the top ten of Billboard’s Internet Sales Chart. And all accomplished on a 100% independent label. The band's latest release, 2014's "The Independent," features another solid combination of singer Roger Clyne's witty and insightful lyrics with the crunching lead guitar of Jim Dalton. Prior to forming RCPM, Clyne was lead singer/songwriter for the seminal Tempe-based band, The Refreshments. The band's 1996 cult-classic, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy produced the modern rock hits "Banditos" and "Down Together." The Refreshments also wrote the theme for TV's "King of the Hill" which can still be heard everyday across the nation in syndication. Dalton is proud to call Colorado his home. He grew up in a musical family, including having a father who worked for the The Doobie Brothers, and a Colorado legend for an uncle in Terry Dalton. In 2000, he co-founded The Railbenders, named Colorado's best country band from 2002 to 2006 by either the Rocky Mountain News or the Westword Music Showcase. Dalton joined RCPM in 2009. When he's not playing with RCPM or The Railbenders, he often can be found playing with fellow Colorado resident Johnny Hickman (Cracker) in their group The Hickman-Dalton Gang. Catch the fun of both frontman and lead axeman at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio for St. Patty’s Day!
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$25 AT THE DOOR---Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.” While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway,” which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier, and other classics such as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.” Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. Marshall Crenshaw has recently started releasing his music on a subscription based EP series available only on 10” vinyl and digital download. Each EP consists entirely of newly recorded, never-before-released material, encompassing a new original Crenshaw composition, a classic cover tune, and a new reworking of a time-honored Crenshaw favorite. Marshall is also kept busy touring around the country and hosting his radio show “The Bottomless Pit” every Saturday on WFUV.
Mobley, Black Market Club, Stop Light Observations, Roenik, Smoke Season -- $15 at door
Nekkid Armadilla South Of Southby with Mobley, Black Market Club, Stop Light Observations, Roenik, Smoke Season
Mobley is a young crew of three from Austin, TX. The band is led by primary singer Anthony Watkins II, but supported strongly by both of the other members, who often rotate instruments and seem to also take important roles in the music. They have a very unique and versatile sound and put on a visually and personally entertaining live show of high musical quality. They made their full album debut with 2/3 in 2008, followed by their sophomore album Cold War Cold in 2010 and most recently Young Adult Fiction released in 2012. Mobley on Last.fm.
Presented by Sam's and San Antonio Blues Society
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$12 AT THE DOOR---Beloved by audiences throughout the world, the Eric Tessmer Band has captured the attention of fans from all ages as a result of their uncompromising musicianship and unbridled aggression. Their music is organic and natural—they're real and every note you hear leaps from the speakers and is completely unfettered by superfluous studio trickery.
With each performance, The Eric Tessmer Band's collaborative vibe continues to evolve, built on a career and catalog of material that inspires and fuels the evolution of rock/blues.
Presented by Sam's and San Antonio Blues Society with Special Guest Jimmy Spacek
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June 1994 we launched High Temperature. A fat juicy hour from a 275 minutes long record setting concert that literally knocked the audience of it’s dancing feet at 4AM., as Doc-O-zone announced. Doc-O-zone, who was so overwhelmed by the musical capacity of Guy Forsyth when he saw him in a hot smoky venue in Austin, Texas, that he started a record label to make his music publicized. Over the years Guy Forsyth developed to a great artist. Performer of most self-made compositions, singer, guitarist, ukelele, harmonica player, musical saw, name it and he will amaze you. Audiences love Guy. He is a dynamic personality on record, but it is on stage that the thruth comes out: Guy lives to play - the thrill is in the show. His spectacular live shows are meanwhile well known in big parts of Europe, next to, of course, the USA. In 2005 he started his own record label Small and Nimble Records. June 2011 Doc-O-zone died and left the tapes of the recordings at “Metropool” Hengelo in 1993 to Guy. This led to a new partnership between Lizard Discs and Small and Nimble Records from which you have part of the result in your hands. Red Dress, High Temperature part 2, previously unreleased music of the recordings in 1993, another fat hour of the fizzy show. Unbelievable how the quality sustained during the years. You hear the audience react on the everlasting, uplifting music by Guy Forsyth. You feel the energy splashes of the CD. That’s what you get when you visit a show. Once you have seen him on stage you can’t resist coming back.
The Bellfuries are a root-rock Americana band out of Austin, Texas. The rotating members are lead by the singer-songwriter, Joey Simeone. Simeone has a wealth of influences from The Smiths and The Misfits to Dave Rich and Webb Piece. His insightful and often humorous lyrics only rival the brillancy of the music. Currently, The Bellfuries are reinventing themselves again as a quartet, bringing in Bobby Trimble of Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys, Shecky Seaver and Mike Molnar.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$10 AT THE DOOR---Salim Nourallah is a Texas based singer-songwriter. His unique style is known for its layered vocals, melodies, and nontrivial arrangements, while maintaining a serious pop sensibility. Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in El Paso, Texas, the brothers Nourallah were mutually obsessed with the Beatles at an obscenely young age. Many years later they recorded, with boxing gloves and occasional instruments, the indie cult classic, Nourallah Brothers, on Western Vinyl/Secretly Canadian. That was the year 2000.
Presented by Sam's and San Antonio Blues Society
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Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He’s released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He’s built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm.
But first and foremost, there is the music. It’s a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It’s an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it’s alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, “it’s everything I love about music.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Born and raised in Bandera, TX with roots dating back to the 1800s. Charlie Montague VI (yes, 6) stared singing as soon as he could talk...riding shotgun (standing up) in his Dad's truck. Charlie has tried the not so corporate world of business, but his passion and talent keep leading him back to his gift-sharing stories through song with his powerful voice and energizing stage performance. His music career wasn't "official" until 2010-but in 2.5 short years, his talent has taken him far. Charlie has shared the stage with National and TX artists, and played legendary venues. When Charlie isn't preforming, you can find him in his hometown hanging on the river with his family, if he's not hunting, fishing, hiking, hunting for arrowheads, cutting brush, fixing a fence, starting a project outdoors or wrapping up an hr long conversation with someone he just met on the street.
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Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.
2012’s Unshakeable reached Top 10 on the Roots Music Report and carried the band even further — Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues radio show called it “raw and authentically funky.” And Bill Wax’s syndicated B.B. King Radio Show on SiriusXM confirmed the band’s widespread national and international radio play. The Wailers have put the icing on the cake with a 2nd studio album, released early this year. Wicked is the CD’s title, and the adjective perfectly describes the music. Recorded in Austin Texas and produced by Billy Horton, producer and bassist for Texas rocker Nick Curran and who is also currently Jimmie Vaughan’s bass player, Wicked is a collection of 11 songs by Lindsay and Emily, with two covers, both of them considerable departures from the originals. Horton’s worked produced a who’s-who of Texas bands, and he helped put The Wailers’ drive and energy into the record’s grooves. The band’s put their autographs on a number of milestones along the road to success. They’ve been the only non-Quebec band to win both the Reléve en Blues and the Air Transat/Blues sur Seine competitions at Festiblues International de Montreal, which sent them to France to perform at The Blues sur Seine Festival. The Wailers were nominated for major Maple Blues Awards two years in a row, and for Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. In February 2012, the band were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, cementing their place among their musical peers.
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With The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, Bleu Edmondson’s long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Lost Boy, the southern-fried country rocker embarked on a search for truth, stripping back layers of regret, loss, and longing to uncover a renewed, albeit somewhat painfully soul-baring, view of himself and the world around him. He dug deeper into what the music meant to him as a musician, a writer and a man. “Writing is like holding up a mirror to those darkest corners of our lives that we keep hidden,” confides the raspy-throated singer. “It’s not always a pretty reflection, but it’s real and it matters.” The collection of songs ministers to the saint and the sinner in each of us. It is an amalgamation of those touch points and influences that give us permission to question, confront and raise a little hell on Saturday night. Bleu’s early years were spent focused on sports rather than music. He picked up a guitar for the first time during his college years, learned a few chords and his future was set. Bleu soon discovered that some of his favorite musical acts – Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster, Uncle Tupelo – shared a common thread: Lloyd Maines either produced or played steel guitar on their recordings. A short time later, using a tape player in his dorm room, Bleu made guitar/vocal demos of some of his songs and sent the tape to Maines. Quickly recognizing the raw talent on that homemade cassette tape, Maines contacted Bleu and ultimately became his producer. The pairing made two records together – Southland and The Band Plays On – and Bleu credits Maines with giving him his start in the music business.
A native of New York and coming from a close-knit Italian family, listening to standards was the norm for Johnny Panzarella while growing up. Distinguishing himself from other young musicians, Panzarella leads the ensamble "Johnny P and the Wiseguys" with velvety vocals and a dynamic trumpet sound. The band features original tunes penned by Panzerella,coupled with fresh and innovative musical arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook
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After a widely successful 2014, Lonely Horse, fresh off their performance at New York’s Afropunk, return to San Antonio to headline a special night as they get ready to take on the national stage in 2015. Full of Holy moments, the band who caressed the San Antonio music scene is subtle no more, unleashing powerful vocal melodies and soulful guitar riffs layered with drums, drums and drums. Sharing the stage in 2014 with Phantogram,The Deftones, Twin Shadow, The Whigs, Kid Rock, Shabazz Palaces, LOLAWOLF and many many more, Lonely Horse is ready to rock their own headline show with label mates who are all on the verge of national attention. This band hasn’t let down, and this night will surely be remembered. Please come share the mood.
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An artist’s lifetime is sometimes dictated by the heights they reach, the reaction they register or the body of work compiled during their working years. Chris Duarte is certainly making a case for his body of work he’s producing, this being number eleven of releases, but is he achieving the right reaction for his efforts? With the release of Chris Duarte’s latest opus, ‘My Soul Alone’, Chris Duarte is still reaching for new ground while also throwing out some of his best blues work to date. The maturity in the phrasing and melodic statements are a far cry from the early raw days of his first few releases. This could only be achieved through relentless roadwork that allows Chris to ply his trade and to work and rework melodic ideas. “I can practice all day in my basement but it’s a totally different ballgame when I get on stage. More of a physical dynamic is the currency I trade in when I’m playing live.” Even though Chris is in the studio, I can hear him getting more physical while there.
The Hot Texas Swing Band plays original songs along with Western Swing and American Swing tunes. They have regular gigs at many venues in Central Texas and are available for private parties. "Some very hot Western Swing from some very famous and talented names in this music" Mike Gross, Swingin' West DJ and Western Swing Hall of Famer.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---COSTELLO is an original Texas Country music group from McAllen, Texas. The band is Max Moreno (lead vocals), Chad Tolar (keyboards), Denver Garcia (lead guitar), Dusty Salas (bass), Jason Ellsworth (fiddle) and Andy Gonzalez (drums). Costello's distinct South Texas country sound is a product of the band members' South Texas roots. Costello formed in March of 2013. By June of 2013, Costello had released its first five track EP entitled "Further Down the Line." The EP was immediately played on KTEX 100.3 FM, the largest country radio station in South Texas. Costello experienced unprecedented growth in the six months following the release of its first EP. The band’s first full length album, “Songs About Her,” was released on July 22, 2014. The first single “The Night You Walked Away” is already receiving radio airplay on KTEX 1003. FM in South Texas, KJDL 105.3 FM in West Texas, and KFAN 107.9 FM in the Texas Hill Country. From performing with top touring acts like Toby Keith, Wynonna Judd, and Josh Abbott Band in front of thousands of fans, to earning an official corporate sponsorship from Coors Light, Costello is definitely a band on the rise. The band’s most recent CD entitled "Songs About Her" was recorded at Sound of Rain studio in Edinburg, Texas. Costello reunited with favored producer Charlie Vela, who also recorded the band's first 5 track EP "Further Down the Line.” “Songs About Her" includes tracks you can hear at Costello's live shows, including "We Need Water," "Do You Drink," “Call It Even,” "Hurts So Bad," "The Night You Walked Away," and more. Costello released “Songs About Her” on July 22, 2014 and immediately begin touring to promote the new album.
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Rob Baird will be the first one to tell you that he hasn’t always been 100%, shall we say, forthright as a songwriter. Back in college (not too terribly long ago), he recorded an album that he has since “completely buried” — primarily, he says, because back then, “I just wasn’t writing about anything that really meant anything to me.” His next album, 2010’s Blue Eyed Angels (which he considers his proper debut), was a fair deal closer to his heart, but even then he was still an artist in search of himself. Songs like “Could Have Been My Baby,” “Blue Eyed Angels” and especially “Fade Away” all demonstrated that he was ultra-confident in the hooks department and talented enough to sound like he knew what he was doing, but Baird himself was still not entirely convinced. By striking contrast, one listen to his new album, the aptly titled I Swear It’s the Truth, and it’s clear that Baird has not only found his sincere artistic identity, but grabbed his sense of purpose by the wheel and pushed pedal to the metal. “I’m moving like the wind through the trees, like a train on a track, there ain’t no stopping me,” he declares on the opening “Dreams and Gasoline. “Let the wheels spin free.” Three years of touring successfully can have an effect on one’s confidence, as does the benefit of just having a little more time to mature. Baird, now 25, wrote and recorded Blue Eyed Angels when he was only 21, at the end of his senior year at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University. Baird stayed in Texas after graduation (relocating to Austin) and began carving out his own niche. But even as Blue Eyed Angels found traction on regional radio on the strength of his steady touring and solid singles like “Could Have Been My Baby” and “Fade Away,” Baird formulated his own style, cut with guitars both jangly and crunchy and crisscrossed by rivers of pedal steel and tasteful organ, that quickly set him apart from rest of the Texas crowd.
The dossier is already on my desk when he walks through the door. I've been expecting him, passing the daylight hours reviewing the facts, piecing together the story. The years in the Phoenix Boy's Choir, that explains the voice, smooth yet powerful, a crooner's contralto.
Time passed quietly until he formed Indigo Swing in the early 90’s and hit the dance-band circuit, bringing boogie-woogie and jump-blues music back from the recesses of memory to a nation crazed with jitterbugging and two-toned shoes. This is when and how he learned the textured arrangements and evocative compositions that were pure jittersauce. That instinct for packing the dance floor remains, but no longer dominates.
By 2000 though, the swing revival was all dried up, and all those hepcats had some tough choices to make. The pretenders were the first to bail out, taking studio gigs or straight jobs to make their nut. It was the true believers, the old souls, who struck out on their own, taking their classic pop influences with them. Boyd was one of them.
In 2001, he released Last Word In, a collection of 12 original tunes whose varied styles marked a departure from his years with Indigo Swing, a look inward to his many influences, a stronger desire to connect with his listeners...and a deeper relationship with "The Muse".
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Will Kimbrough is a singer, songwriter, award-winning guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer and bandleader with a voracious appetite for every aspect of music. Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, he ingested eclectic FM radio sounds and the music of nearby New Orleans. In his quest to develop his musical capacities to their fullest, Will Kimbrough has become a modern-day Renaissance Man. Kimbrough’s body of work reflects a lifetime of performing, writing and collaborating from more angles than Da Vinci’s protractor. True to his search for universal truths, his profound musical knowledge and expert creations reflect years of learning the intricacies of folk, blues, gospel, country, rock’n’roll, punk rock and jazz.
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Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical prowess, the one thing The Rev always gets asked about is the story behind his unusual and rather clerical moniker. "Well, there used to be this guy who ran this place in Deep Ellum, Texas who used to call me Horton- my last name is Heath," says The Rev. "Anyway, this guy hired me and right before the show he goes, 'Your stage name should be Reverend Horton Heat! Your music is like gospel' and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. So I'm up there playing and after the first few songs, people are saying, 'Yeah, Reverend!' What's really funny is that this guy gave up the bar business, and actually became a preacher! Now he comes to our shows and says, 'Jim, you really should drop this whole Reverend thing.'" It's been an almost 20-year journey for Heath, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. Revival, the band's first release for Yep Roc Records, is a return to Heath's roots - musical and geographical. The album was recorded at Last Beat Studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, just a block from where The Rev played his first gig and next door to where the group currently rehearses. Along with eating a lot of world-class Mexican food and BBQ, the band recorded the album's 15 tracks with a minimum of overdubs, bells and whistles. With tour manager/engineer Dave Allen at the board, they wanted an album they could duplicate live. "I got this lick called the 'hurricane,' and I call back on the hurricane on this album for the sake of keeping things really rockin," he says. (The "hurricane" is a trademark lick where The Rev plays lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously to give the trio its full live sound.) He's also got a top-secret lick he'll introduce on this disc. It's so top secret that he won't even divulge the name, but listen up for it! Lyrically, the album's themes run "from death to silliness," says The Rev, who lost his mother earlier this year. "I'd been going through so much stuff, losing my mom so quickly, new baby, touring, getting back and having to work," he says of making the album. Revival finds the Rev dealing with these issues and more: The track "Someone in Heaven" is written for his mother, while "Indigo Friends" deals with a friend's heroin addiction. But the album's themes aren't only dark and/or serious: "Calling in Twisted" is about calling in sick to work and "using the fake cough," "Rumble Strip" is a truck drivin song and "If it Ain't got Rhythm", "that's a really fun one to play," says the Rev "it is classic RHH. And "Party Mad" is pretty self-explanatory. Reunited with legendary producer/engineer Ed Stasium, who mixed the album, Revival is a 40-plus minute slab of rockabilly, blues, R&B that shows an artist - and a band - in their prime. It's true that the Reverend Horton Heat have been called a great many things over the course of their storied career: Perpetual Carriers Of The Rockabilly Flame, Genre-Shattering Shit-Starters, Filthy Drunks, and The Most Electrifying Live Act In America (150 shows every year can't be wrong) among them. "I think it's cool we've lasted this long," says The Rev. "People still come out to see us play after all these years and all the shows and tours. It's amazing. I mean, I get to sing songs about cars I love, drinking and chasing girls. Beats the hell out of the alternative."
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Singer, songwriter, and performer, Rob Roy Parnell has been mixing rockin' blues, boogie woogie, R&B and soul for over thirty years playing for audiences throughout the United States. With harmonica in hand, he is recognized as one of America’s finest players. Parnell was born into a music family. His father played guitar and sang in vaudeville shows as a kid. His mom was an opera singer. Bob Wills was a family friend and had a great influence on Parnell’s desire to play music. As a young man he first played trumpet excelling as a jazz improvantionists receiving awards at jazz festivals for his solos in jazz performances. At age seventeen his brother Lee Roy www.leeroyparnell.com introduced Rob Roy Parnell to the harmonica. With the encouragement of his friend Jack Pearson (guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band), Parnell played harmonica in front of an audience live for the first time at the age of 18. See Parnell’s facebook page for some pictures of those first years. As a sophomore in college Parnell began supporting his self though school playing country and blues harp in bands. His leadership in those college bands brought forth awards and accolades from the public and his peers. During the 1990s Parnell worked as a sidemen for Lee Roy traveling the United States playing with many great acts such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Brooks and Dunn, Patty Loveless, Hal Ketchum, Travis Tritt, Martina McBride, New Grass Revival, Hank Williams Jr. just to name a few.
Presented by Sam's and San Antonio Blues Society
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Take cover: there’s a storm coming. With its lyrical thunderbolts, lightning-flash fretwork and ground-shaking grooves, Black Wind Howlin’ is a record to blow your roof off – and Samantha Fish has stood at the eye of the hurricane. “It has a rebellious streak,” says the bandleader of her game-changing new album, “and a prevalent theme is, ‘I’m not gonna take your sh*t anymore…’”
Released in September 2013 on Ruf Records, Black Wind Howlin’ flips a finger at the cliché of the ‘difficult second album’, firing off 12 classic tracks that chart Samantha’s evolution as songwriter, gunslinger and lyricist. “Since completing Runaway back in 2011,” she reflects of her solo debut, “I’ve been on tour pretty much non-stop. I’ve spent a lot of time writing, playing and listening to music. I feel like the themes and the sound of my music have matured. To me, it’s about the human experience from my perspective, as well as people I’ve come into contact with over the last few years.”
While lesser artists work to a template or settle into a pigeonhole, Samantha shifts her shape across the Black Wind Howlin’ tracklisting. She can be brutally rocking on cuts like the tour bus snapshot of “Miles To Go” (“Twelve hours to Reno/ten hours til the next show”), the swaggering “Sucker Born” (“Vegas left me weary, LA bled me dry/skating on fumes as I crossed the Nevada line…”) and the venomous “Go To Hell” (“Oh, this ain’t my first rodeo/You hit yourself a dead end/Your voodoo eyes, ain’t gonna cast a spell/So you can go to hell!”). “I’ve become tougher,” she notes of these head-banging moments, “and I think that was reflected in the sound we went for.”
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Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release. A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---TICKETS $35 AT THE DOOR---The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966. Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. While blazing his own often colourful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models. Tambourine was recorded live off the floor using an eight-track analogue console capturing the entire band playing together in the same room. Created during a month long session in an old hall in the hamlet of Vittoria, Ontario, Fred consciously stayed far away from anything that is popular in the mainstream music right now. The result a combination of Eaglesmith’s craftsmanship in songwriting and a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll circa 1966, Motown, and even Tejano influences. Never one to shy away from taking chances with his music and career direction, Tambourine is no exception. “When I put the songs together for Tambourine, I was thinking about the days when there were five push buttons on an automobile radio,” Eaglesmith explains. “Everyone was listening to AM stations and, at any given time, one of those five buttons was playing a song worth listening to. The album is a walk through the garden of rock ‘n’ roll. The music’s roots are firmly dug in the mid-to-late 60s. The primary essence is 1966 – the year that gave us Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Question Mark & the Mysterians.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Texas based songwriter, Max Stalling, had no expectation of ever being in the music business. “I didn’t even pick up a guitar until graduate school,” notes Stalling. After attending high school in South Texas, Stalling studied at Texas A&M - College Station, where he earned a masters degree in Food Science. He followed the corporate road from there and eventually landed in Dallas working in product development for Frito-Lay.
During this time, Stalling discovered the Three Teardrops Tavern and Dallas community radio station KNON. These outlets exposed a musical heritage to which Stalling had been nearly oblivious. Inspired by artists like Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, and Jerry Jeff Walker, Stalling started writing songs, recording albums, and eventually touring with a full band to back him. In June 2008, Stalling joined musical greats Kris Kristofferson, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, Selena, Guy Clark and many others when he received a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi.
Stalling's style is modern with a vintage feel. With Jeff Howe on drums and percussion, Bryce Clarke on nylon-string guitar, electric guitar and mandolin, and Jason Steinsultz swapping between stand-up and electric bass, Stalling creates a dynamic live show that’s smart, charming and as listenable as it is danceable. Stalling and troupe are equally at home on a huge concert stage in front of thousands or playing an acoustic set for a hundred. Attendance numbers at shows have continued to rise. “I chalk it up to the strength of the songs and the strength of my band”, comments Max.
Despite playing the same circuit as many household names in Texas country, grouping Stalling with them would be premature. His unique voice and amusingly clever song lyrics pull him in a different direction - a direction most obviously evident in his newest record Home to You.