Wednesday, May 29, 2013

GUADAJAM 2013


Get ready for GUADAJAM 2013 June 21-23 at River Road Ice House!

Friday, June 21:
• Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
• Uncle Lucius
• Quaker City Night Hawks
• Court Nance

Saturday, June 22:
• Casey Donahew
• Sons of Fathers
• Adam Hood
• Tyler & The Tribe
• Folk Family Revival
• Midnight River Choir
• Seth Candan & Co.

Sunday, June 23:
• Shinyribs
• Aaron Stephens
• Chris King


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Download: Courtney Patton "Triggering a Flood"

Courtney Patton is a very talented singer-songwriter that frequents our area by herself and often with friends such as Jason Eady, Jamie Wilson, Brandy Zdan, Adam Hood, Brian Keane and others! Courtney already has the honor of being the only songwriter to have a song on The Trishas 2012 album High, Wide and Handsome that was not co-written by members of The Trishas. Courtney performed along-side Jason Eady at the 2013 Lone Star Music Awards at Texas Music Theater as well. Keep watching Courtney, good things have and will continue to come from her!

Courtney's first full-length record "Triggering a Flood" is out today and ready for you to enjoy! You can see her in-store today (5/28) at Lone Star Music in San Marcos around 5:30.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Week of 5/27/2013

Monday
• Billy's Ice: TBA
• River Road Ice House: TBA
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Statesboro Revue
--- 7 - Ghosts Along the Brazos
• Tavern in the Gruene: Sixty Cycle Hum
• The PourHaus: Bryan Boyce and Paul Rogers
• Riley's Tavern: Songwriter showcase w/John Whipple
• Cheatham Street Warehouse:
--- 5:00 - SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop w/Dustin Welch
--- TBA
• Triple Crown: David Harris at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Swing Nite - The TX Pianoman

Tuesday
• Billy's Ice: Austin Gilliam
• River Road Ice House: Jam night!
• Gruene Hall: TWO TON TUESDAY kicks off for the summer!
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- 7 - KNBT Roots and Branches of Americana w/Ray Wylie Hubbard
--- 9:30 - The Blooms
• The PourHaus: Open mic w/Jon Magill
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice Band
• Riley's Tavern: Steven Roloff
• Lone Star Music: Courtney Patton at 5:30
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Pawn Shop Gold + The Old 300
• Triple Crown: Jesse Dalton at 6

Wednesday
• Billy's Ice: Austin English and The Resurrection
• River Road Ice House: Jeremy Steding
• Gruene Hall: The Georges
• The PourHaus: Michael Kelton
• Buffalo Wings & Rings: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Mike Ethan Messick
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay's songwriter circle
• Momma's Gold Crown Billiards: Open jam night w/Adam Johnson and Ruben Colón, Jr
• Triple Crown: Jo Beth Henderson at 6
• The Veranda Rooftop Patio: Bryan Boyce, Paul Rogers and a guest

Thursday
• Billy's Ice: Buggaboo
• River Road Ice House: The Bigsbys
• Gruene Hall: Aaron Einhouse
• Tavern in the Gruene: Tanner Louis and The Aviators
• The Phoenix Saloon: Happy hour w/Adam Johnson
• The PourHaus: Ryan Ramirez
• Vino en Verde: KennCentric
• Freiheit: Open mic w/Fallon Franklin of The Boxers
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: CLOSED
• Dirty's Bar N Que: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Mayeux & Broussard
• Lone Star Music: Hill Country Gentlemen
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Jamie Wilson + Courtney Patton
• Triple Crown: Erickson at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: All Sides Equal + General Avacado + Erica Swan

Friday
• Billy's Ice: Nick Verzosa & the Noble Union
• River Road Ice House: Six Market Blvd
• Gruene Hall: Ray Wylie Hubbard w/Statesboro Revue
• Tavern in the Gruene: Whiskey Rodeo
• The Phoenix Saloon: Happy hour w/Jorge Gallegos
• The PourHaus: The Groove Hounds at 5
• Vino en Verde: Empty-Handed Vagabonds
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: MC & The Mystyx
• Dirty's Bar N Que: James Pardo Band
• Adobe Verde: April Hall
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice
• Riley's Tavern: Jeremy Steding
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Jason James Band + Jason Eady Band
• Triple Crown: Joel Hofmann Band at 6
• Hooligans: Ryan Beaver

Saturday
• Billy's Ice: Jeff Latham
• River Road Ice House: Jason Charles Miller
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Jamie Wilson, Brandy Zdan & Kelley Mickwee
--- 6 - Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
• The Grapevine: Bo Porter (6:30)
• Vino en Verde: Jeremy & Jefferson
• Tavern in the Gruene: Texas KGB
• The Phoenix Saloon: Bird Dog + The Kinfolk + Foxmoor Express
• The PourHaus: The Old 300
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten:
--- 2 - Chris & Judy
--- 6 - Pepper's Blues
• Adobe Verde: Dry River Religion
• Koozies: AC & The Bad Billys
• Riley's Tavern: FlacoPalooza
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Doug Moreland
• Triple Crown: Black Water Revival and more!
• Hooligans: The Aftermath

Sunday
• Billy's Ice: Cody Bryan Band
• River Road Ice House: Matt Harlan w/The Sentimentals
• Gruene Hall:
--- 12:30 - MilkDrive
--- 5 - Jeff Strahan Band
• The Grapevine: Dan McCoy (6:30)
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- 2 - AL BARLOW IS BACK for Sunday Phunday!
--- True Audio Outland Presents: The Hillbilly Jug Band
• The PourHaus: Adam Johnson then Larry Martin Sweeney & friends
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten:
--- 2 - Slim Bawb
--- 7 - Bird Dog

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Week of 5/20/2013

Monday
• Billy's Ice: Wes Nickson
• River Road Ice House: Empty-Handed Vagabonds
• Gruene Hall: Slim Bawb
• Tavern in the Gruene: Sixty Cycle Hum w/Bo Brumble
• The PourHaus: Bryan Boyce and Paul Rogers
• Riley's Tavern: Songwriter showcase w/John Whipple
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: En Route
--- 5:00 - SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop w/Dustin Welch
--- First Monday Blues Jam
• Triple Crown: Ike Eichenberg at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Two Tons of Steel

Tuesday
• Billy's Ice: Cary Windham + Bo Brumble
• River Road Ice House: Jam night!
• Gruene Hall: Kevin Higgins w/Shake Russell and Mike Hearne
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- 7 - KNBT Roots and Branches of Americana w/Ray Wylie Hubbard
--- 9:30 - The Blooms
• The PourHaus: Open mic w/Jon Magill
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice Band
• Riley's Tavern: Chris Edwards
• Lone Star Music: Will Arrington at 6
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Will Arrington cd release
• Triple Crown: Beth Lee at 6

Wednesday
• Billy's Ice: 3 Man Front
• River Road Ice House: American Aquarium w/Austin Gilliam
• Gruene Hall: Sarah Pierce Band
• The Phoenix Saloon: Wednesday Night Shuffle w/Chris King & The Liberators and special guest!
• The PourHaus: Band of Bandits
• Buffalo Wings & Rings: Steven Roloff and friends
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay's songwriter circle
• Momma's Gold Crown Billiards: Open jam night w/Adam Johnson and Ruben Colón, Jr
• Triple Crown:
--- Emily Herring at 6
--- The Old 300 + Aaron Stephens
• The Veranda Rooftop Patio: Bryan Boyce and friends

Thursday
• Billy's Ice: Dukes of York
• River Road Ice House: Jason Eady and Courtney Patton
• Gruene Hall: Bo Porter
• Tavern in the Gruene: Scott Wiggins
• The Phoenix Saloon: Happy hour w/Adam Johnson
• The PourHaus: Bo Brumble and Haley Cole
• Freiheit: Open mic w/Fallon Franklin of The Boxers
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: Jam night
• Dirty's Bar N Que: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Ashley Rose
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: K Phillips & The Concho Pearls
• Triple Crown:
--- For Elise at 6
--- The Beaumonts + The Hickoids
• Central Texas Speedway: Hold My Beer and Watch This kick-off show! For those that don't know this is Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers' acoustic tour they do every year!
• Sam's Burger Joint: True Believers w/Buster Jiggs

Friday
• Billy's Ice: Cameran Nelson
• River Road Ice House: MEMORIAL WEEKEND
• Gruene Hall: Jordan Minor opens for Max Stalling
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- Happy hour w/Tony Taylor & Claire Cunningham
--- Jackson Parten
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- Happy hour w/Lucas Taylor
--- The Groove Hounds
• The PourHaus:
--- Happy hour w/Adam Johnson
--- Whiskey Rodeo
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: The Vagabonds
• Vineyard at Gruene: B.J. Thibodeaux and Court Nance
• Vino en Verde: Isis "The Voice"
• Clear Springs Restaurant: Dennis Jay
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice
• Riley's Tavern: Slow Rollin' Lows
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Hill Country Gentlemen w/David Sullivan
• Triple Crown: Ghosts of Dixie and MORE
• Hooligans: Bri Bagwell
• Sam's Burger Joint:
--- Kevin Russell (from ShinyRibs)
--- Bob Schneider (solo)

Saturday
• Billy's Ice: Midnight River Choir + The Old 300
• River Road Ice House: MEMORIAL WEEKEND
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Flat Top Jones
--- 9 - Brandon Rhyder
• Tavern in the Gruene:
• The Phoenix Saloon: Luke Huggins Band + Lucas Jack
• The PourHaus:
--- Happy hour w/Paul Eldridge
--- Third Coast Outlaws
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten:
--- 1 - The Greg Izor Band
--- 6 - Lesti Huff Band
• Vino en Verde: Two Rivers Trio
• Bubba's Big Deck: 3 Man Front
• Clear Springs Restaurant: Cseven Windham
• Riley's Tavern: Billy Joe Shaver w/Billy Dee Band
• Cheatham Street Warehouse:
--- 9 - Joe Bob's Bar & Grill Band
--- 11 - Terry Lou and the Shotgun Stars
• Sam's Burger Joint: Patrice Pike w/Sam Villela

Sunday
• Billy's Ice: Brian Pounds
• River Road Ice House: Pink Floyd Tribute and light show
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Poor J Brown -
--- 5 - Mike & The Moonpies opens for Gary P. Nunn
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- 5:30 - Empty-Handed Vagabonds
--- 9 - Southern Breed
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- 2 - Sunday Phunday w/guest host BJ Thibodeaux
--- True Audio Outland Presents: TBA
• The PourHaus:
--- 2:30 - Bonnie Lang
--- 6 - Larry Martin Sweeney
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten:
--- 2 - T-Bone and the Bluetones
--- 7 - Texas Terraplanes w/guest Texas Johnny Boy Blues
• Lone Star Float House: Red Dirt Ramblers
• Mountain Breeze Campgrounds: Dave Fenley w/Poor J Brown
• Sam's Burger Joint:
--- SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop at 1
--- ONE... the only tribute to Metallica

River Road Ice House: Memorial Day 2013

River Road Ice House is bringing you a JAM PACKED Memorial Day weekend FULL of amazing musical guests. It kicks off early on Wednesday night with American Aquarium, Logan Brill and Austin Gilliam, then moves into Thursday night with Jason Eady and Courtney Patton. Roger Creager, Bart Crow and Matt Caldwell will start the weekend off right on Friday night, then a HUGE Saturday with Mike McClure Band, The Damn Quails, Allan Goodman and Seth Candan & Co. Sunday it all wraps up with an amazing Pink Floyd tribute and light show! Come see the awesome, newly renovated outdoor stage, and all the entertainment that will be on it all weekend!

Friday, May 17, 2013

AMA Award Nominations

Fresh off the heels of a great Lone Star Music Awards at Texas Music Theater in San Marcos, TX, we now have the Americana Music Assocition Award nominations! I love that this genre has developed to the point where the annual award presentations are getting more press, and the artists and their songs are getting more well-deserved recognition!  Most of these artists make regular stops in our area, and I'm plenty proud of them all, but I'll keep my preferences to myself for now.  :)

The Americana Honors & Awards show will be held on September 18, 2013 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to kick off the Americana Music Festival Sept 18-22.

Here are the 2013 AMA Award nominees...

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Cheater's Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
O' Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope
Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell

SONG OF THE YEAR
Birmingham - Shovels & Rope
Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
North Side Gal - JD McPherson

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller
Dwight Yoakam
Emmylou Harris
Richard Thompson

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JD McPherson
John Fullbright
Milk Carton Kids
Shovels & Rope

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
Shovels & Rope

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Doug Lancio
Larry Campbell
Greg Leisz
Jay Bellerose
Mike Bub

Click here for registration information if you wish to attend the Americana Music Festival and/or the Americana Honors & Awards show.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Download

So the first thing I remembered this morning after I woke up was it was the day Kellie Pickler jumped BACK over to the right side of the shark. She cut one of my favorite all-time Walt Wilkins tunes "Somewhere Somewhere Tonight" and released it today as a single. I've never been a HUGE Kellie Pickler fan, although the season of American Idol she was on was probably the last season we watched all the way through to the finale. I have to say this is BY FAR her best work to date and a great sign she is moving in the right direction! I didn't go verify this, but it sounds to me when the song first starts to be Walt Wilkins' Gibson Americana stroking out the familiar rhythm guitar part, and it also appears to be Wilkins providing harmony vocals during the song, or an amazing impersonator! Previous recordings of this song include (but are not limited to) Kenny Rogers' 2006 Water & Bridges album, Pam Tillis' 2007 album Rhinestoned, and Walt Wilkins 2007 album Mustang Island. I highly recommend buying both the new release by Kellie Pickler; and the original from Wilkins should be in the music collection of any self-respecting music lover. Scratch that, make sure you own the entire Mustang Island album!

Also on the new release front, Allan Goodman is fresh of his latest round of chemo and doing quite well considering he is a stage 4 cancer survivor. Allan released his new single "All The World" today, and Allan continues to serve up great delivery of his own songwriting and even played guitar, bass and drums on this track. Jessica Walker graced this one with her beautiful harmony vocals and Ross Smith added a touch of keys.

links:
Someone Somewhere Tonight by Kellie Pickler
Someone Somewhere Tonight by Walt Wilkins
All The World by Allan Goodman

17th Annual KNBT Americana Music Jam FINAL line up!

KNBT announced the special guest and finalized the schedule for the jam that will be held THIS Sunday at Gruene Hall. Here is the schedule and below the poster from KNBT.

12:30Midnight River Choir
1:15Dustin Welch
1:55Statesboro Revue
2:30Randy Rogers (acoustic)
3:05Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros
3:50Jack Ingram (acoustic)
4:25Hayes Carll
5:10Slaid Cleaves
5:50Reckless Kelly
6:40Bleu Edmondson
7:10Monty Byrom
8:00Zack Walther
8:30Sean McConnell
9:20The Departed
10:05Uncle Lucius
10:45Wade Bowen

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Week of 5/13/2013

Monday
• Billy's Ice: Wes Nickson
• River Road Ice House: Empty-Handed Vagabonds
• Gruene Hall: Bret Graham
• Tavern in the Gruene: Sixty Cycle Hum
• The PourHaus: Bryan Boyce and Paul Rogers
• Riley's Tavern: Songwriter showcase w/John Whipple
• Cheatham Street Warehouse:
--- 5:00 - SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop w/Dustin Welch
--- TBA
• Triple Crown: David Harris @ 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: The Modern Don Juans

Tuesday
• Billy's Ice: Jason Boland & The Stragglers CD release w/Austin Gilliam & Aaron Stephens
• River Road Ice House: Jam night!
• Gruene Hall: Betty Soo & friends
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- 7 - KNBT Roots and Branches of Americana w/Ray Wylie Hubbard and guests Otis Gibbs, Brian Keane and Milk Drive
--- 9:30 - The Blooms
• The PourHaus: Open mic w/Jon Magill
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice Band
• Riley's Tavern: Mark Sebby & friends
• Lone Star Music: Jason Boland & The Stragglers
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: TBA
• The Veranda Rooftop Patio: Bryan Boyce, Paul Rogers and a guest
• Triple Crown: Ripe Honey at 6

Wednesday
• Billy's Ice: Chris King & The Liberators
• River Road Ice House: Aaron Stephens
• Gruene Hall: Chubby Knuckle Choir
• The PourHaus: Joe Woods
• Buffalo Wings & Rings: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Michael Fletcher
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay's songwriter circle
• Momma's Gold Crown Billiards: Open jam night w/Adam Johnson and Ruben Colón, Jr
• Triple Crown: Daniel Thomas Phipps at 6

Thursday
• Billy's Ice: Aaron Stephens w/Bo Brumble
• River Road Ice House: Whiskey Rodeo
• Gruene Hall: Dwight Yoakum
• Tavern in the Gruene: Zack Walther Band
• The Phoenix Saloon: Happy hour w/Adam Johnson
• The PourHaus: Jordan York
• Freiheit: Open mic w/Fallon Franklin of The Boxers
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: Jam night
• Courtyard Marriott: The Groove Hounds
• Dirty's Bar N Que: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Lost John & Mike Landschoot
• Lone Star Music:
--- 4:30 - Blue Hit
--- 7 - Hill Country Gentlemen
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Emily Herring CD release + Jordan Minor
• Triple Crown: The Christophers at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Ruben V & friends

Friday
• Billy's Ice: 60 Cycle Hum
• River Road Ice House: 80's Night w/File 13
• Gruene Hall: Jerry Jeff Walker
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- Happy hour w/Tony Taylor & Claire Cunningham
--- Mike & The Moonpies
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- Happy hour w/Daniel Thomas Phipps
--- The Beaumonts + Blackwater Revival
• The PourHaus: Statesboro Revue
• Landmark Bar: Jon Magill
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: The Texas Saints (Chris & Judy in the underground)
• Courtyard Marriott: The Groove Hounds
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice
• Riley's Tavern: Mike Stinson
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Bonnie Whitmore + Jonny Burke Band
• Lone Star Music: Mike & The Moonpies at 6
• Jack's Roadhouse: JJ Garrett Band
• Triple Crown: Pepper's Blues at 6 then AC & The Bad Billys and more
• Sam's Burger Joint: Toad the Wet Sprocket

Saturday
• Billy's Ice: Flywood
• River Road Ice House: Aaron Stephens
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Los Fabulocos
--- 9 - Jerry Jeff Walker
• Tavern in the Gruene: Wes Nickson Birthday Party
• The Phoenix Saloon: Scott Biram + Jordan Minor & The Bottom Dollar Band + Captain Mudhole
• The PourHaus: Pawn Shop Gold
• Landmark Bar: KennCentric
• Black Whale Pub: Two Rivers Trio
• Adobe Verde: Casey Hubble & Lost Trains
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: NB Blues Society 2nd Anniversary
• Riley's Tavern: Matt Dunnam Band
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Dustin Welch + Javi Garcia (cd release)
• Sam's Burger Joint: Cool Cat Charlie + Cedric Burnside Project

Sunday
• Billy's Ice: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
• River Road Ice House: TBA
• Gruene Hall:
--- 12:30 - 17th Annual KNBT Americana Music Jam
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- Sunday Phunday w/guest host Ethan Ford
--- True Audio Outland Presents: Jackson Parten
• The PourHaus: Larry Martin Sweeney & friends
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: The Buzzards at 2
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: TBA
• Sam's Burger Joint: Cool Cat Charlie CD release

Monday, May 6, 2013

Week of 5/6/2012

Monday
• Billy's Ice: Wes Nickson
• River Road Ice House: Empty- Handed Vagabonds
• Gruene Hall: Chris Ruest Band
• Tavern in the Gruene: Sixty Cycle Hum
• The PourHaus: Bryan Boyce and Paul Rogers
• Riley's Tavern: Songwriter showcase w/John Whipple
• Cheatham Street Warehouse:
--- 5:00 - SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop w/Dustin Welch
--- First Monday Blues Jam
• Triple Crown: Gerry's Kids at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Swing Nite w/JP Harris & The Tough Choices

Tuesday
• Billy's Ice: Kyle Reed/Steven Roloff w/Richie Allbright
• River Road Ice House: Jam night!
• Gruene Hall: Gordy Quist and friends
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- 7 - KNBT Roots and Branches of Americana w/Ray Wylie Hubbard
--- 9:30 - The Blooms
• The PourHaus: Open mic w/Jon Magill
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice Band
• Riley's Tavern: Manzy Lowry
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Pawn Shop Gold + The Old 300
• The Veranda Rooftop Patio: Bryan Boyce, Paul Rogers and a guest
• Triple Crown: Ben Schane at 6

Wednesday
• Billy's Ice: DeWayne Davis
• River Road Ice House: Whiskey Rodeo
• Gruene Hall: Chubby Knuckle Choir
• Tavern in the Gruene: Tom Gillam Band
• The Phoenix Saloon: Chris King & The Liberators' new bi-weekly series Wednesday Night Shuffle w/special guest opener Rob Baird!
• The PourHaus: Ross Brunner
• Buffalo Wings & Rings: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Big Red Drum Spotlight
• Lone Star Music: Haley Cole at 6:30
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay's songwriter circle
• Momma's Gold Crown Billiards: Open jam night w/Adam Johnson and Ruben Colón, Jr
• Sam's Burger Joint: Wednesday Nite Blues Jam w/The Lavens

Thursday
• Billy's Ice: Matt Begley & Bitter Whiskey w/Tony Perez
• River Road Ice House: Kris Gordon
• Gruene Hall: Shane Smith & The Saints
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- Happy hour w/Aaron Stephens
--- 9 - Adam Johnson & The Pay Me's
• The Phoenix Saloon: Happy hour w/Adam Johnson
• The PourHaus: Chris King
• Freiheit Country Store: Open mic w/Fallon Franklin of The Boxers
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: Jam night
• Dirty's Bar N Que: Steven Roloff and friends
• Riley's Tavern: Zakk Goodman
• Lone Star Music: Sam Riggs & The Night People at 6
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Pake Rossi + Sterling Finlay
• Triple Crown: Eric Hisaw at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys w/Ron Young

Friday
• Billy's Ice: No Dry County
• River Road Ice House: Austin Allsup + Sam Silva and the Good
• Gruene Hall: Shooter Jennings w/Uncle Lucius
• Tavern in the Gruene:
--- Happy hour w/Tony Taylor & Claire Cunningham
--- 9 - Tony Taylor Band
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- Happy hour w/Lucas Taylor
--- James Pardo & The Underestimated
• The PourHaus: Dan Lawrence then The Nick Lawrence Band
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: The Blues Buzzards
• Adobe Verde: Dry River Religion
• Vino en Verde: KennCentric
• Los Cucos: Alli Mattice Band
• Dirty's Bar N Que: Chris King & The Liberators
• Riley's Tavern: Scott Biram
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Adam Johnson & The Pay Me's
• Triple Crown: Rick Lugo Band at 6
• Sam's Burger Joint: Patricia Vonne + The Infidels

Saturday
• Billy's Ice: LC Rocks
• River Road Ice House:
--- Tony Taylor
--- Jordan Minor & The Bottom Dollar Band
--- Chris King & The Liberators
• Gruene Hall:
--- 1 - Bill Hearne Trio
--- Marshall Tucker Band w/Tom Gillam Band
• Tavern in the Gruene: Southern Breed
• The Phoenix Saloon: Pake Rossi Band + Lucas Taylor & Old Soul
• The PourHaus: Poor J Brown
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten:
--- 12 - MC & The Mystyx
--- 6 - The Melissa Ludwig Band
• Dirty's Bar N Que: TBA
• Riley's Tavern: Ben Morris and the Great American Boxcar Chorus
• Cheatham Street Warehouse: Doug Moreland
• Triple Crown: Go To Stereo
• Sam's Burger Joint: BoDeans w/Mike June

Sunday
• Billy's Ice: Mark McKinney w/Jordan York and Haley Cole
• River Road Ice House: Red Dirt Ramblers w/Guadalupe Pirates
• Gruene Hall:
--- 10:30 - Gospel Brunch (sold out)
--- 12:30 - Bret Graham
--- 5 - Mason Ruffner Band
• The Phoenix Saloon:
--- 2 - Sunday Phunday w/guest host Ethan Ford
--- True Audio Outland Presents: Bo Brumble
• The PourHaus: The Groove Hounds then Larry Martin Sweeney
• Oma Gruene's Secret Garten: Kim Meeks and Her Bad Habits at 2
• Sam's Burger Joint:
--- SoldierSongs and Voices Workshop
--- Dan Gonzales Band CD release

Artist Spotlight: Chris King

Chris King is a true product of small-town, south Texas living. Chris was born in Wharton, TX and lived in the small town of Eagle Lake, TX (population approx 3300) until the age of 6. Chris' family then moved to Runge, TX (population approx 1000) where he lived through high school. He ran track and played football and basketball in high school. He did not inherit musical talent from his parents or even grandparents, in fact as he puts it he had a "great great great great great uncle" that played banjo in the appalachian mountains.

Chris went off to Texas A&M after high school. He was a guy that found a love for music and a desire to make music during college so he got a guitar and learned to play and began writing songs. While at A&M he met and befriended several TX music talents such as Mike Ethan Messick, Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Cody Foote and many more. He took an interest in gig posters at 3rd Floor Cantina in Bryan, TX and offered to start making posters for them. He also made posters for The Gougers and even did the artwork for their 2007 album "Long Day for the Weathervane". Graduating from Texas A&M with a double major of marketing and business management, he immediately put his degrees to use teaching and coaching at a high school in Jourdanton, TX. During his time in Jourdanton he worked as a bartender during the summers at Floores Country Store in Helotes, TX. Chris started playing gigs and song swaps around the San Antonio area and anywhere he could get them with a mix of covers as well as much of his own material.

Chris recorded two EPs "This New Almanac" and "Bexar County" at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin during the time he worked in Jourdanton. Both EPs were backed by members of The Gougers which included Jamie Wilson, Shane Walker, Cody Foote, Lance Smith and John Ross Silva. Pedal steel on "This New Almanac" by Lloyd Maines and on "Bexar County" by Brian Rung. Chris continued teaching in Jourdanton and playing around San Antonio frequently until 2012 when he moved near Gonzales, TX for a teaching/coaching position. Chris returned to Cedar Creek Recording to cut his first full length album "1983", this time with Scott Davis on guitar, Cody Foote on bass, John Ross Silva on drums, Sweney Tidball on keys and Geoff Queen on pedal steel. Jamie Wilson also returned to supply amazing vocal talents on 1983.

Chris is now entering the next phase of his music career with a great, newly formed live band named "The Liberators" consisting of Jesse Basham on lead guitar, John Quincy Barnard the 4th (JQB4) on bass and Paul Rogers on drums. They have played a number of shows already, and have a pretty full schedule booked that already pushes into the summer. Most notedly, you can catch Chris King & The Liberators every other Wednesday night at The Phoenix Saloon for Wednesday Night Shuffle starting May 8th. Chris will have a special guest opening for them each week starting with Rob Baird and including Mike Ethan Messick, Jamie Wilson and many more!

I asked Chris if there were 3 cool things that stood out to him the most from his career so far and here are his responses:
• Cutting his new album 1983
• How well received 1983 has been
• Getting spins on his favorite radio station 92.1 KNBT in New Braunfels

With Chris and The Liberators keeping a pretty full schedule; this is a great time to go catch them live around the area, especially this unique Wednesday Night Shuffle series which brings rare full band shows plus amazing guests to Wednesday nights that are typically filled with acoustic song swaps. Also, look forward to an EP from Chris coming late summer titled "Sur Texas".

links:
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