CR 1492 at Blanco River in Wimberley - Before and After Flood

I found some video on YouTube of County Road 1492 and the Blanco River by the 7A Resort/Pioneer Town area. The first video was filmed on Sunday, May 17, 2015 which was one week before the major flooding in Wimberley. The second was filmed on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from the same location. I also included a shot from Google Images of the same location where you can see what a "normal" day would be considered with a passable bridge. The power of rushing water is an amazing thing, and it's absolutely necessary to have proper warning systems in place to alert citizens when this sort of event occurs.

May 17, 2015 from YouTube video by Shannon Marlow du Plessis:

May 28, 2015 from YouTube video by Joanne Hall:

VIDEO: Shannon Marlow du Plessis: Blanco River Flood May 17, 2015

VIDEO: Joanne Hall: County Road 1492 at Blanco River

New Braunfels Concerts in the Park

Every year New Braunfels' Parks and Recreation Department puts on "Concerts in the Park" on the dance slab at Landa Park.

Here's what they're doing this year!

Grab your picnic basket, lawn chair and dancing shoes! For thirty years the Landa Park Dance Slab has been the place to be every Thursday night during the summer months. Local musicians perform a variety of music that ranges from country and rock-n-roll to jazz and ballads.

Bring your family and start a new summer tradition of enjoying great music in the beautiful outdoors of Landa Park.
  • Time: 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Information Number: 830-221-4350

Summer 2015 Series
June 4 Rumor Town, Country
June 11 Arm's Length, Blues & Rock 
June 18 Uprizing, 70, 80 & 90's
June 25 The Craze, Rock
July 2 Texanna, Tejano
July 4 Adam Johnson Band w/fireworks over the lake!, Blues
July 9 Kori Free & The Groove Hounds, Original Rock & Blues
July 16 GrissomHill, Country
July 23 Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders', Country, Funk & Swamp
July 30 Numinous featuring Luke Leverett, Pop Rock
Aug 6 Broken Duckfeet, Country
Aug 13 J. Abram Band, Texas Country Blues

Landa Park

Memorial Day Weekend at River Road Ice House

As usual River Road Ice House is doing Memorial Day Weekend in a HUGE way! It all starts Friday night with Crooks plus Shane Walker, it then spills over into Saturday with Roger Creager plus Hudson Moore, then it wraps up on Sunday with Wade Bowen, Haley Cole and Band of Heathens! Don't miss this jam-packed weeekend, and remember we've seen plenty of rain in the hill country lately so the rivers are REALLY moving now!



Roger Creager

Wade Bowen

Jon Wolfe - New Music Video - Freiheit THIS Friday

Click for tix: Jon Wolfe at Freiheit Country Store Friday, May 22

(Nashville, Tenn.) – Country artist Jon Wolfe has released a brand new music video for current single, “Smile On Mine.” The video is now playing on CMT Pure and ZUUS, it debuted on GAC on May 14 and 15. The “Smile On Mine” music video can also be viewed on Wolfe’s YouTube channel, here.

“Smile On Mine” is currently perched at the No. 6 spot on the Texas Music Chart, and No. 4 on the Texas Regional Radio Report.

No stranger to radio success, “Smile On Mine” marks Wolfe’s seventh consecutive Top Ten single on the Texas Music Chart.

The single is Wolfe’s leadoff radio release from his current album, Natural Man, which debuted on the Billboard Top Current Country Albums Chart at No. 25 and the Nielson SoundScan Top New Artist Albums Chart at No. 8 - an impressive feat for an independent artist.

In addition to a successful single and album release, Wolfe’s Natural Man Album Release Tour has been well-received by fans and is packing out major venues in the major markets across Texas and Oklahoma. The Natural Man Album Release Tour is schedule to make additional stops through mid-May, and Wolfe’s touring schedule is packed with shows well into the fall. A full list of tour dates can be found at

Tornados Invade Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival

Photo courtesy Cheryl Sahm Photography
The Texas Tornados, that is! Ten days of Wurstfest isn't enough, people needed another chance to salute one of the main staples of German cuisine, BEER! For the last 54 years, locals as well as people from all over the globe have enjoyed German heritage including music, food, beer and more! This year a new and hopefully annual festival was added, celebrating a drink that may not have been invented in Germany, but it was certainly embraced, enhanced and celebrated there for a LONG time. They put together a fantastic line up of music for the day, starting with The Groove Hounds, Tom Gillam's Kosmic Messengers, Two Tons of Steel then finally THE TEXAS TORNADOS!

Among the many craft brewers on hand, Pedernales Brewing Company was there with their Robert Earl Keen Honey Pilsner, Lobo Negro Dark Lager, Select Hefeweizen Wheat on tap and Lobo Lito Lager bottles in the tasting area.

I was unable to attend, but I was able to get a few photos from friends.

Cheryl Sahm sent me this photo of The Texas Tornados:

Ron Haluzan of Pedernales Brewing sent me this picture of Shawn Sahm and Flaco Jimenez:

This came from Rita Free (Kori Free & The Groove Hounds):

Two Tons of Steel (from Facebook):

Caroline Breedlove provided this photo of Tom Gillam's Kosmic Messengers:

Tom Gillam's Kosmic Messengers (from Facebook):

Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival
Kori Free & The Groove Hounds
Tom Gillam's Kosmic Messengers
Two Tons of Steel
The Texas Tornados

Dale Watson's "Call Me Insane" due out June 9

Dale Watson is releasing his new Lloyd Maines produced LP "Call Me Insane" on June 9, but he'll be at our legendary Gruene Hall on Saturday, May 23 for a pre-release show, and you can get an advance copy!


Austin, TX: Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, returns with Call Me Insane, a new studio album recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.) The album will be released on June 9 in North America via Red House/ Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. The Austinbased honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.

Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet).

“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker," Watson says. "But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you’re gonna like what comes out and it's amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists' artist.”

The admiration is mutual. "I've been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records," Maines says of the sessions. "My early musical influences are the same as Dale's. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today's artists who still keeps it real country. I'm honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music."

Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson  recently sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.

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Medicine Stone 3 Tickets Available June 1


Tahlequah, OK (May 12, 2015)-The question has been asked about a million times. What is “Red Dirt” music? The answers are limitless and everyone has their own take on it.  Fans know it originated in Oklahoma, that it’s a brotherhood of musicians bound in the art of “song,” that it’s a smorgasbord of sounds in which everyone adds their own particular flavor to the community stew.  But…in order to truly find out exactly what this much beloved and internationally respected genre is you have to go straight to the source.  One experience at Medicine Stone…and you’ll know it absolutely.  Nestled on the banks of the Illinois River at the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, this three-day jubilee is a true “Red Dirt” reunion, and the only of its kind.  Medicine Stone happens September 24th-26th.  The 2015 lineup includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Canada & The Departed, Randy Rogers Band, Shinyribs, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, American Aquarium, The Old 97’s, The Great Divide, John Fullbright, Dirty River Boys and Jonny Burke.  Tickets for accommodation packages go on sale June 1st at 9am, and single day tickets go on sale August 3rd. ​ Tickets can only be purchased on the website at

In the very brief time since the event’s inception in 2013, Medicine Stone has drawn thousands of avid fans from around the country, quadrupling attendance with each passing year.  The event’s creators, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, are overwhelmed by the fruition of an event that was years in the making, and of the staggering growth in only three shorts years.  Some exciting changes have been made to this year’s festivities including ongoing performances during the day and a big Thursday night lineup, package accommodations that include prime RV spots for that “home away from home” atmosphere, and tented after parties for those who don’t want to go down til’ the sun comes up.  Adding to the celebrations are the almost simultaneously releases of the Turnpike Troubadour’s new album “The Turnpike Troubadours” on September 18th and Jason Boland & The Stragglers’ new album “Squelch” on October 16th.

“We are so excited for this year’s lineup.  The crowd is going to be completely blown away and transported to a place they have never experienced at an Americana festival.  Be there or…”  -Jason Boland/Jason Boland & The Stragglers

“I’d be proud to be a part of this lineup no matter where in the US it was located.  The fact that I had a hand in its making and having it here in one of the most beautiful parts of my home state…it’s nearly too good to be true.”  -Evan Felker/Turnpike Troubadours

“Medicine Stone was the best festival I've ever played in Oklahoma. Hands down. Great bands, well ran, long may it run.”  -Mike McClure/Mike McClure Band and The Great Divide

“Medicine Stone is one of three festivals that I really look forward to.  Not only is it in my old stomping grounds, but it’s the Okies gathering together again with our Americana friends.  I always want to stay all three days because it’s such a recharge for the musical soul.”   -Cody Canada/Cody Canada and The Departed

“Cool and down home like a stone.  The tribe with the good vibe.  That’s why they call it medicine.”    -Kevin Russell/Shinyribs

“While it's been a dream to develop a festival of substance in our home state, it's equally important to show visitors to Oklahoma what we are made of, where we come from, and who Oklahomans are. We pay homage to Oklahoma's Native American roots in the name, and hope to foster a musical tradition that treats the land with respect and reverence.”  -Brad Rice/Jason Boland and The Stragglers

About the creators

Jason Boland and The Stragglers circa 1998 has become one of the most successful artists in the Red Dirt/Texas country music scene.  Oklahoma born and bred, Boland has released eight acclaimed albums including the latest release DARK & DIRTY MILE that peaked at #25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation.

Long-time friend and Oklahoma native, Evan Felker, fronts the Turnpike Troubadours, a band of country rock prodigies that snagged a national spotlight with their 2012 release GOODBYE NORMAL STREET.  Celebrated for its lyrical style that boasts genuine story telling wrapped in deep emotion, the record hit #57 on the Billboard 200 chart and was cited as “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012” by the Washington Post.

2015 lineup:

The Nightowls Return to The Phoenix Saloon


When: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9pm
Where: The Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, TX
Price: Only $5!

Austin-based band The Nightowls pulls its dancing-in-the-street spirit straight outta Motown, channeling classic R&B sounds while also pushing at the genre’s boundaries, creating a unique neo-soul sound. Igniting stages since 2011, the band has gained loyal fans through weekly residencies including Motown Mondays at Austin’s famed venue the Highball. The group is widening its reach through shows this spring in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi.

Led by front man, Ryan Harkrider, the 10-piece ensemble released its debut album, Good As Gold, in 2014. As a follow-up, the Nightowls will release this May its debut recording on vinyl. The band’s original, “Nobody Ever Wants to Leave,” from the EP Good As Gold B-Sides (September 2014), was recently commissioned by the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as the city’s official theme song.

The Nightowls continue to stretch their wings in 2015, with touring and a brand new album (slated for fall) being finalized now at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. For information:

Video: THE NIGHTOWLS at The House of Blues in Chicago

Song Premier from Jamie Lin Wilson via TwangNation

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The old adage goes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Apart from their startlingly beautiful harmony the case of Texas’ country/folk quartet The Trishas might be the exception to the rule.

Last year Kelley Mickwee released her lovely ode to Memphis with her solo ‘You Used To Live Here.’ Now he have another release from Jamie Lin Wilson’s ‘Holidays & Wedding Rings.’ This follow up to her 2010 ‘Dirty Blonde Hair’ is firmly planted in Texas’ Hill Country in tone and in the impressive roster of some of Texas’ best songwriters – Jason Eady, Adam Hood, Mike Messick, Dani Flowers, Owen Temple and Wade Bowen. The latter who is co-writer with Wilson, and lends his vocals to, “Just Some Things.”

“Just Some Things” rides a waltz tempo perfectly timed to a flashing motel vacancy sign. Pedal steel softly wails as Wilson honeyed-timbre casts just the right shade of melancholy. Bowen counters with his weary baritone to fitfully complete this song of second-thoughts and near-misses.

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New solo album coming from Leigh Nash

Check out Leigh Nash​'s PledgeMusic campaign for her upcoming solo record, pre-order the music, or one of many great packages!  Leigh is a New Braunfels native and a 1993 graduate of New Braunfels High School. She went on to front a fantastic christian/crossover band Sixpence None The Richer​ for many years, and is now making something a bit more personal, and putting all of herself into it.

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