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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Passing Strangers is a 1st Wave/80's retro/ Alternative band based out of San Antonio, Tx. Best known for the dance remake of Dream Weaver
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. And when Grammy Award-winning producer John Chelew suggested she record an album in New Orleans - with support handpicked from the Crescent City's overflowing pool of talent - it was an opportunity for Ruthie to infuse fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo. The result is Let It Burn - slated for January 31, 2012 release on Blue Corn Music - a recording that smolders, sizzles and ignites with an intensity born from her vibrant voice and indelible presence.
with The Octanes
The Octanes", hailing from Austin, Texas, are one of America's premier roots/rockabilly bands. Fronted by guitarist Adam Burchfield, who has been proudly endorsed by Gretsch Guitars in 2013. Nominated in 2011 Best Americana, 2010 Best Roots Rock , by The Houston Press, and Best Bass Player 2010 & 2011! Consisting of: Adam Burchfield (Guitar, Vocals) , Drew Hays (bass, vocals), Brian Fahey ( Drums). The Octanes play mostly original material, heavily rooted in hillbilly, while revving up the traditional sound with driving rhythms, and a big guitar sound. Their highly anticipated new release "Roots, Rock, and Romance" was released with rave reviews. Including Vintage Guitar Magazine, and a "Best of the Rest" pick by the Austin Chronicle. Lucky Seven is still available at shows, local record shops, and. C.D. Baby, on-line.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW-----------------BOBBY BARE JR'S QUICK FACTS--------------------- 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
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---After building a strong reputation with sister Roberta as Sisters Morales, Lisa Morales steps out on her own with an album of self-penned songs that are more about emotion than they are about pretty.
In the three years since their last record (Talking to the River-produced by Los Lobos Steve Berlin), their mother, Gloria, died after a struggle with cancer. It was Glorias fight for life, not her loss, that made Lisa re-examine her own life.
Beautiful Mistake finds her doing just that. Her writing on this album is her best to date!
She confronted longtime friend and bassist, Michael CornbreadTraylor about his hidden talents and tapped them as producer. He put together a great cast of talented musicians and pulled out some of Morales best performances.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---"He sings of distance, about rivers and ranches, of smoldering passions and sad laments, of faraway longing and unrequited love."
Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want - a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire - whatever he is, Ely's covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy.
Those sort of restless yearnings come naturally to a boy from Lubbock, Texas, where the flat dusty landscape, endless sky and vast horizons have inspired several generations of young creative types to fill up all that empty space with music, as Buddy Holly did, as did Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison all the way to the current Lubbock Mob consisting of Ely and his compadres Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen. Like them, Joe Ely has proved to himself before he proved to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there's no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from, you put your emotions on the line each and every night.
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Recently featured on the cover of Texas Music magazine, Soul Track Mind has made a name for themselves by blending ’60s and ’70s era soul and R&B with flares of jazz, blues, funk and dance rhythms and a sound deeply rooted in retro convictions that still manages to feel fresh and modern. Over the last few years, whirlwind front man Donovan Keith and the dapper disciples of Soul Track Mind have become synonymous with raucously entertaining shows. Since releasing their debut album, Ghost of Soul, Soul Track Mind has become a force to reckon with in the modern soul genre.
"A cultural exclamation point about American music... They come out of a gritty melting pot that includes seasonings from Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, the later works of Ray Charles, and more contemporary influences like the Black Keys and John Legend." - Jim Moore, Huffington Post
"Sidestepping or in some cases abandoning the most dominant music of the last 20 years, hip-hop, in favor of basic, traditional soul and creating the equivalent of a farm-to-turntable groove. What was even more notable was that these artists - Mayer Hawthorne, Eli (Paperboy) Reed, Kings Go Forth, Aloe Blacc, Jamie Lidell, Fitz and the Tantrums, Soul Track Mind, among others - were claiming this music as their own and their own generation’s." - Rob Hoerburger, The New York Times Magazine
"Pristine production, intricate instrumentation and high-speed horn solos, all the while showcasing frontman Donovan Keith's impressive vocal range." - Texas Music Magazine
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---Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.
His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out - a SONG - and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Music has been a part of Fernando Davil’s life, quite literally, since he opened his eyes for the first time. The son of a trained classical pianist, Fernando’s childhood in Saltillo, Mexico was an eclectic musical education which included everything from Latin and Mexican boleros to classic American songbooks and jazz standards.
It’s no wonder then, that Fernando began performing, playing the piano, and singing as soon as he could speak, joining his father for weekend gigs soon after. By age 12, he was playing professionally.
Following a successful album and tour with the Saltillo-based rock group KGB in the early 90s, Fernando’s career took him to Monterrey, where he made a name for himself as a gifted young solo performer, earning the Pianist of the Year award from the Monterrey Musician’s Union.
After touring and performing nationally with Los 10 Pianos, Fernando was awarded the CONARTE scholarship, for which he was commissioned to compose his first jazz album and was invited to represent Mexico in Cuba’s Romerias Festival.
Fernando’s performances and discography speak volumes to his versatility as a musician. From earlier jazz albums, like the award-winning “Hispanoamerica,” to later Pop Latino records, like the well-received DIFERENTE, Fernando relentlessly pursues work that inspires and challenges him creatively.
In 2013, the next challenge began with a move to San Antonio inspiring his fifth album, aptly titled A New Beginning. As he delves into his first fully self-produced English language album, Fernando is busy doing what he does best – writing, producing, and performing music that inspires and celebrates life.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new environment.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.
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Raising awareness to help SILAS fight acute myeloid leukemia. He was diagnosed at 6 months and is our amazing Super Hero!
Silas Blaylock was diagnosed with Leukemia at 6 months old. He has since survived multiple bone marrow transplants. His immune system is trying to adjust & get stable after his most recent transplant.
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".
Jimmy Spacek grew up on the south side of San Antonio, Texas. The south side also gave birth to other great Texas musicians like Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers and Randy Garibay, to name a few. These artists all helped shape Jimmy
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision. Written and arranged by Rose and co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons (with Pat Melvin on bass), I Will Not Be Afraid chronicles Caroline’s wandering years; a disillusioned youth constantly demanding freedom and the most from life. Raised in the Northeast (and currently living in her van), Rose is a rare mix of Northern grit and Southern charm whose musical influences trace back to her family’s Southern roots, running deep into the heart of Mississippi. “You can hear my history in the music,” Rose says. “It’s a bit rough around the edges, a bit wild, but American music through and through.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.Seeing Rev. Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the StandUp Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future. Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple.And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll. From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.
Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twentyfive Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.
“Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my FiveOh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bringing my love whip. See y’all later.” - Carty Talkington Writer/Director
Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.
San Antonio Music Award Showcase with Snowbyrd, Crown, Los #3 Dinners, Slick Dickens
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW Some bands insist on dragging listeners into their world, but Carbon Leaf works towards a more admirable and considerably more difficult goal.
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---DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music. Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---“The power of music is amazing. I’ve known my whole life that this is what I’ve wanted to do and I’ve had confirmations at every step that this is what I’m supposed to do.”
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---Sundy Best crafts music that re-imagines timeless classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s – think the Eagles and the smart, whiskey-voiced lyrics of Tom Petty and Bob Seger. With Nick on guitar and Kris on cajon, Sundy Best takes that sound, modernizes it in their own unique way by borrowing hints of country and bluegrass, to make it personal. Offstage, the pair are lifelong friends, college athletes and dog-lovers; onstage the musical duo delivers something wholly fresh and original, blending their best influences with personal music histories.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---With a "Bible in one hand, broken bottle in the other" (Spin June '09) Ha Ha Tonka return with their sophomore effort on Bloodshot Records, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South. The album takes listeners on a complex tour of the South—through lynchings and mob violence, sacrifice and reconciliation. It’s dense subject matter for any artist, but delivered beautifully on this record by these native sons of the Ozarks from Springfield, Missouri.
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In a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville, TN trio's first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band's three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.
Knox Hamilton is an indie pop band from Little Rock, Arkansas. The band was originally formed in the mid 2000’s by brothers Boots and Coby Copeland and their best friend, Brad Pierce. Drew Buffington, guitar, joined the band in 2009.
To date, Knox Hamilton has released three EPs; one each year since 2011.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW 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
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Rich proves true with huge lyrical passion, a gigantic portion of daring subject matter that’ll leave any listener wide-eyed, and massive on-stage energy. This energy hasn’t fallen one bit even after four years of touring nationally. It’s only increased, and for Rich, that’s the plan for the rest of his career.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell everything she had in order to buy a camper. This camper became her home as she toured the nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby(2006) - her first full length album. Whalen found a way into Borders bookstores and spent almost four years playing multiple shows a day in Borders across the US, building a following and selling over 10,000 CDs right out of her truck.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Feisty, funny singer/guitar-slinger Scott Miller is not a simple study; he manages the family cattle farm in Virginia
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With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted lyrically and musically, his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date.
Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. “I was left-handed, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand,” Schneider reflects. “But I still like to think of myself as left-handed. I’ve always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didn't quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music.”
At age ten, Schneider’s father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where they’d perform jazz standards and other hits from the 1940s-70s.
Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singer-songwriter Terry Allen. “I remember him saying ‘If you’re going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life ‘cause your degree’s not going to make a difference.”
So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw, while on stage Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Dallas-based American singer-songwriter Max Stalling never expected to be a full-time country and western musician. After earning his college degree from Texas A&M in food science, he worked for Rainbo Bread and Frito Lay. But following the critically lauded and audience-proven successes of his first three CDs, Comfort In The Curves in 1997, Wide Afternoon in 2000, and One Of The Ways in 2002, he traded his lab coat for cowboy boots and has been touring ever since - performing at more than 150 honky tonks and smoky dancehalls each year.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Bill Wilson is from Central Virginia. He is a professor of philosophical theology, a songwriter, an expert on southern literature, and a father of six.
His three eldest sons returned to Virginia to start a rock band in 2006 with long-time musical compadres Seth Green and Todd Wellons. As a tribute to the man who taught them how to play guitar, write songs, drive a stick-shift, and back up a trailer, the band decided to name themselves Sons of Bill.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Nightbird have played across Texas and Louisiana for the last five years. They are steadily reaching out further and are available for Regional and National shows. Some of the venues Nightbird have played include House of Blues Dallas and Houston, 93.7 The Arrow's Arrowfest (opening for classic acts such as Blue Oyster Cult and The Doobie Brothers), Grapefest (The largest Wine Festival in the Southwest), Tolbert's Restaurant, Sam's Burger Joint (San Antonio's Best Live Music Venue), Continental Club Houston, historic Fitzgerald's, Houston's Concert Pub North and Galleria (Houston's Best Cover Band Venue), and many other venues and towns. They were nominated in 2010 and 2012 for best tribute in Houston Press Awards.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Andrew Duhon began writing in high school spurred on by a fascination with the literary works of Emerson and Thoreau as well as poets Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. During the summer of ’04 Andrew worked and lived at an old retreat house on the outskirts of the French Quarter. It was then that he fell in love with the character of New Orleans. A year later hurricane Katrina left the city and his former French Quarter home crippled. The blues that he had found in the French Quarter rang true as he continued to write.
The honesty in Andrew Duhon’s songwriting is a result of the self-realization that he has found through his writing. His music and performances reflect his personal perspective in a very real way, and his voice leaves no gaps in the experience as he sings with a conviction all too befitting of his raw, personal writings.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Born in the Delta and hammered down the rail with blood, sand and whiskey, OXBLVD rises from the ashes with a fire and brimstone of foot-stomping blues and barnstorming folk. OXBLVD may hail from Sydney, Australia, but their heart and soul lies in the glowing coals of American swamp rock and river blues. It's a sound that sits at the table of Mississippi and then rips the chair out from under all your preconceptions, getting you on the dance floor with smokey heartbreak, soulful memories and swigging from lightning in your rock and roll bottle.
The journey of OXBLVD is one built of the foursome's musical strength and prowess. All multi-instrumentalists in their own right, each member brings their stories and talents to the table to give the audience an experience of heartshake harmonies and the snaking moans of pulsing drums and trembling guitar riffs. From the tenderness of "My Lady" and "Tease Me", to the muddy blues and stomp of "Got My Pipe (Oh! Oh!)" and "Half Smoked Cigarette", OXBLVD has no problem strumming heart strings, rattling bones and crushing the audience with a barrage of bourbon soaked licks.
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Born in Kentucky and based out of Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson first made a name for himself among fans of independent country music as the frontman of the high-energy band Sunday Valley. Looking to revitalize the neo-traditional sounds that fellow Kentuckians Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley pioneered in the '80s, Simpson went solo. By the end of the year, he was opening for Dwight Yoakam in front of a sold-out audience in Mission, Texas.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have spent over a decade exploring the edges of American roots music. In the process, Moreland & Arbuckle have forged a relentless and haunting sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and numerous other echoes and murmurs from an infinitely layered musical narrative that spans more than a century. The Moreland & Arbuckle journey began when the two met at an open-mic jam at a club in Wichita, Kansas, in 2001. Moreland had just moved into town a few months earlier from Emporia – a city located some eighty-five miles to the northeast. A guitarist since age 15, his source material was admittedly diverse – Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, Charley Patton, Motley Crue – but he’d settled into traditional blues by the time he’d arrived in Wichita in his mid-20s. Arbuckle, a native of Wichita, had been playing in a blues rock bar band at the time, but his truest sensibilities ran a couple generations deeper, into the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He counts iconic figures like harpists Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williams and guitarist Son House among his most profound influences. “It was kind of perfect,” says Arbuckle of the chance encounter between the two musicians. “We had a shared vision, in a place where there really wasn’t much interest in – or support for – country blues.” Moreland joined Arbuckle’s blues rock band for the last few months before the project dissolved, then the two started a quartet called the Kingsnakes, which Arbuckle describes as “electrified Mississippi blues mixed with a sludgy, jam-oriented rock thing.” The project incorporated a range of sounds: soul, country, funk, jam rock, blues and whatever else worked. Horner joined in 2003, but left after just a few months. A few bass players came and went in the years that followed, until Moreland and Arbuckle discovered they could lay down a solid groove on their own. - See more at: http://www.morelandarbuckle.com/bio/#sthash.NbGgp7GV.dpuf
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”