Cleanup volunteers needed at Whitewater Amphitheater!

Among the many hit hard by this storm, Whitewater Amphitheater took some pretty extensive damage today when the Sattler exit gauge hit well over 7000cfs. The video below is after the flooding in May when the exit gauge was at 5300cfs and there was water over the road in a few places on River Road. They are going to begin cleanup efforts in the morning and could use some volunteer help!

If you're able to safely make it to Whitewater and help them begin the cleanup, please direct message me on Twitter or Facebook or contact me via my contact tab on this website.

If it's Saturday morning after about 10 and you want to come help, just show up and Whitewater and ask for Angie or Brian (me) because I'll probably be in the muck for awhile with no phone.

Thank you!

NEW Music Video From The Statesboro Revue!



UPDATE: Here's the video!

The Statesboro Revue just finished a music video for Undone off their great new album Jukehouse Revival! You can see it on Justin Frazell's Texas Red Dirt Roads website THIS Sunday at 3:30! We'll likely post it here as soon as possible too!

links:
Texas Red Dirt Roads (website)
The Statesboro Revue (website)

Dixie Chicks perform in US!

Photo from Dixie Chicks Facebook page
Each year Neil and Pegi Young organize an all acoustic benefit concert for The Bridge School in Hillsborough, CA. This was their 29th year and the event was held on October 24th and 25th and featured many fantastic musical acts, including The Dixie Chicks!

The Bridge School:
The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies. The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.

Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert:
Organized by musicians Neil Young and Pegi Young, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event held every October at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. All proceeds directly benefit the operations of The Bridge School.

See GREAT photos and more info from this great event!

Hold My Beer and Watch This!

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen's Hold My Beer and Watch This tour is coming to River Road Ice House THIS Saturday for Halloween! Don't pass up this rare chance to catch this show at home base for both Randy and Wade in New Braunfels! They just released "Hold My Beer, Vol 1" back in April, and it is a fantastic return to country roots for both artists!

"Hold My Beer: Vol. 1 is a record that's part road movie, part joke book, part Western philosophy but, above all else, is the story of enduring friendship and the value of personal integrity, Saturday night dance parties and a couple of good, stiff drinks."


Get your tickets NOW, they're going fast!

Adam Carroll and Friends at Gruene Hall

Adam had friends Courtney Patton and Jamie Wilson as well as his wonderfully talented wife Chris Carroll with him this past Tuesday night at Gruene Hall. It's always a pleasure to see any of these 4 perform, and even better when this much talent is brought together in one place, as happens regularly at Gruene Hall on a week night! Next Tuesday (Oct 27) Adam will be joined by Owen Temple and Kelley Mickwee!

Enjoy this sample of their performance!

Prophets and Outlaws

Nashville, TN-(October 21, 2015)-The best known music artists that come out of Texas wave a very particular kind of flag. It's much less a vanity plate and more of an honorary badge that symbolizes a very difficult trek down the independent highway and an abiding connection made with the masses. Storytelling is a fine art that has not been lost on Texas music fans, and although the newer generations are the celebrated warriors keeping those fans well fed, the legends of country music remain sultans of the clan. Dallas-based Prophets and Outlaws attest to this fact on their newly released single "Country Music Gold" off their latest EP "Texas Home."

The single is essentially a pledge of allegiance as the towering voice of lead singer Matt Boggs pleads with the radio DJ to free him from the nutrient deficient diet of today's pop country. The sentiment of the song is befittingly illustrated in the line, "Bro country don't know country and I think it might be best Mr. DJ if you'd save us a little bit of trouble and spin my one request." The most remarkable characteristic of the song is the actual sound of it, a contemporary, bluesy number that is symptomatic of the band's signature sound deemed "Texas soul" by critics and their peers. Their independence from the country sound has not in the least denied them love and praise at country radio. In fact, they are a particular favorite that have been instrumental in helping radio expand their playlists, have produced three Top 20 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and whose success demonstrates perfectly how Texas music truly has no barriers.

The band will start recording their new 5-song EP later this month with producer Jason Burt behind the board, the very same man who produced their new and current single. The EP is slated for release in early 2016. Between studio time and live performances, they are also making plans to shoot their very first music video for "Country Music Gold" in November. And this just in, their song "Mexico Tonight" sonically appeared on last night's episode of the ABC hit drama "Nashville."

New Single from Cory Morrow

Noted Texas country music singer and songwriter Cory Morrow is releasing a new single, Winning Hand, from his 2015 album The Good Fight this week. Written in collaboration with folk and country musician Owen Temple and composer-producer Brian Keane, Morrow describes Winning Hand as a celebration of realizing that living life in faith means one can "throw all of your cards on the table knowing that you’ve already won.

"I asked [Temple and Keane] if we could write a song that was uplifting and also celebratory of a relationship that felt like you’d won the lottery -- one that was a constant winner," explains Morrow. "For me it reflects the only relationship that always wins and it truly reflects the result of fighting the good fight every day. It also embraces the idea that there’s no shame in the fall. It’s what we learn from it and how we’re able to get back on our feet."

Perhaps best known for his 2002 award-winning album Outside the Lines, which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Country Album chart, the Houston native shot to #7 among SoundScan’s Country debut artists at age 30. That hard-fought success took a tumble after a brush with the law in 2005, and in subsequent years Morrow focused on his spiritual journey rather than a recording career.

That journey, said Morrow, is reflected in The Winning Hand and other singles that make up The Good Fight, which he produced with the help of Lloyd Maines.

"There’s always been a thread of spirituality in everything I’ve done," Morrow says. "But I had always been searching for something more.

"That’s what we mean when we walk in a life that inspires us to fight the good fight."

More clips from The Good Fight and Morrow’s tour schedule can be found at corymorrow.com.

I Had to Give That Up Too

Photo by Jagger Bruch
This past Friday night something pretty special happened at the Dosey Doe "Big Barn" in The Woodlands up north of Houston.  Sammy Kershaw was playing a nearly sold out show and Jamie Lin Wilson was the opening act. There is some significance to Jamie opening this show that Sammy didn't realize at first. You see , Sanmy released a new album "I Won't Back Down" back in June of this year, and the 7th track is titled "I Had to Give That Up Too" and was co-written by Keith Gattis, Savannah Welch and Jamie Lin Wilson.

During Sammy's show he announced that although he hadn't asked his band to learn the song, he found out that one of the co-writers of the song was there, and he wanted to have her play the song while he tried to sing it. He went on to say it was his favorite song on the album and even went so far as to issue a "no joke" just so people knew he wasn't just blowing smoke because Jamie was there. He continued on to explain how much he appreciated songwriters, because he doesn't sing a song unless he's lived the story, and he's admittedly not a "great" songwriter so he's grateful that there are great songwriters out there that can write songs that he has lived.

Jamie played the song on Sammy's acoustic guitar and Sammy began singing.  Jamie is a very talented performer herself, and is an especially talented harmony vocalist, so she instinctively sang along where appropriate, and when Sammy realized what she was doing he moved closer and shared his mic with her.

There were several looks of surprise, approval and wonder coming from Mr. Kershaw, and he was clearly impressed by her singing. For several years, she has entertained many both as a solo act and with either of the bands she has performed with, The Gougers and The Trishas. Co-writers Gattis and Welch both have prior ties to Jamie, among them Savannah was one of the 4 Trishas, and Keith produced The Gougers record "A Long Day for the Weathervane".

If this song sounds familiar, you may have also heard it on Randy Rogers Band's 2013 album "Trouble"!

Enough of this history lesson! Special thanks to PJ Dennis for capturing this great moment on video, and even more so for giving Jamie and I permission to post it! Go listen to Sammy Kershaw, Jamie Lin Wilson, The Trishas, The Gougers or any of the other past or present projects from any of these magnificent musicians!

Here is Sammy Kershaw w/Jamie Lin Wilson:

Here is Jamie Lin Wilson singing I Had To Give That Up Too at Gruene Hall!

George Strait at Cheatham Street?

Did George Strait make a surprise appearance at Cheatham Street Warehouse?
by Cody Oxley

For the past couple of years, Randy Rogers has held acoustic performances at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX every month or two. Each time, he invites a special guest or two to join him. The shows always sell-out. The guest is almost always a secret until showtime, and the list includes Hayes Carll, Kyle Park, Sunny Sweeney, and an exhaustive list of artists you likely love.

On October 13, 2015, Randy took the stage again. Cheatham is special for Randy. It's where the Randy Rogers Band had its first gigs. Cheatham is also special to other noteworthy artists. Stevie Ray Vaughan once held down a Tuesday night residency, and some say he still makes a random spiritual appearance at the hallowed old warehouse. George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band started at Cheatham as Southwest Texas students, and band members current and former are often in the audience.

Cheatham Street Warehouse lost its founder, Kent Finlay, to cancer earlier this year. He was not just a music venue owner. He was a songwriter and a mentor to many up and coming songwriters, Rogers included. It must be a bittersweet return each time Rogers takes the stage knowing that though Kent no longer watches from his stool at the end of the bar, Mr. Finlay definitely watches from somewhere over the stage.

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John Anderson with Jason Allen at RRIH

Win FREE tickets to see John Anderson (Jason Allen opens) at River Road Ice House THIS Friday, October 16! Click either the link below or the banner above and comment on the Facebook post for a chance to win!

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Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town

Friday night my family and I ate dinner at River Hofbrau & Beer Garden in New Braunfels. They typically have live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and this particular evening Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town were playing. I have to admit I personally am a dramatically eclectic music listener, I grew up on country, rock, classic rock, southern rock, blues, jazz, hillbilly, classical (you get the picture).

Dennis writes songs that appeals to one of the very thick layers of my inner music fan. I really picked up on what Dennis was doing about a year and a half ago, and once I realized that most of the songs he was doing that floored me were songs that he wrote, I was hooked! On the surface, this may just seem like another guy doing western or cowboy music, but Dennis goes way deeper than that, he is staying truer to the origins of his music than possibly anybody I've encountered, then he takes it one step further and makes it his own, including many of the country and folk songs he covers from songwriters of primarily the 40's through the 70's.

I had the privilege of going into the studio twice with Dennis this year as he's been recording a new album at The Zone in Dripping Springs. Lloyd Maines is producing this project, as well as playing pedal steel and some guitar parts. It's almost surreal watching a grammy winning producer such as Lloyd Maines work, he makes everything look easy and he makes everybody's jobs easier because he appears to have a very clear vision and he heads steadily in that direction. I can't wait to hear the final mixes, and I am very ready to see this new piece of music history hit the shelves!

Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town is:
Dennis Jay - lead vocals/guitar
Howard Levine - guitar/vocals
Jimmie Calhoun - bass
Billy Mansell - drums

Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town at River Hofbrau, New Braunfels
Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town at River Hofbrau, New Braunfels
Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town at River Hofbrau, New Braunfels
The Zone (Dripping Springs) w/Pat Manske and Lloyd Maines
The Zone (Dripping Springs)

New Randy Rogers Band album coming in January

Nashville, TN — Critically acclaimed, chart topper Randy Rogers Band announces the release of their new independent studio album NOTHING SHINES LIKE NEON.  Neon is the follow up to four back-to-back iTunes chart topping albums: RANDY ROGERS BAND, BURNING THE DAY, TROUBLE and HOMEMADE TAMALES.

The band spent over two years touring and writing new material to bring into the studio.  When they arrived at Cedar Creek in Austin, they had a collection of seven songs written or co-written by the band, a handful of tracks written by their peers and two songs co-written by Rogers and legendary songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon.  “The band and I had a lot of fun recording at Cedar Creek in Austin. Being close to home, family and friends made the process all the more enjoyable for us. We brought Buddy Cannon on board to the produce the album and hoped Neon would build upon the traditions of the country albums we grew up listening to.  It’s country.  We’re proud of it.  We hope our fans enjoy it.”

Right from the start, the band firmly drives their stake in the ground, opening the album with the fiddle driven, Texas shuffle “San Antone.”  The album delivers one classic country song after another complete with heart on the sleeve lyrics, powerful smoky vocals, blazing fiddles and guitars.   Stand outs on the album include the beautiful, instant classic “Look Out Yonder,” a duet with Alison Krauss and a pair of aching ‘wish I could get over you’ tunes “Things I Need To Quit” and “Tequila Eyes” written from each side of the coin.  As fans expect from the Randy Rogers Band, the album delivers a dose of hell-raising including a duet with Jamey Johnson “Acting Crazy” and the devil may care “Taking It As It Comes” featuring Jerry Jeff Walker.

Kayla Ray: Love & Liquor

Kayla Ray was born and raised in Texas. She was brought up on the music of greats such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Willie Nelson. This pedigree shines through not only in Kayla's music, but in her personality and attitude. I have to say, and this isn't at all a stretch, Kayla embodies everything that was and should still be country music. Kayla is a sweet spirit with a love of music and the songwriting and performing ability to let the good times and the tough times of her upbringing shine through.

I've had Kayla Ray's record Love & Liquor in my hands for several months now. I've listened to it many times, in fact I keep coming back to it every few weeks. Kayla is relatively young, but she has already made a go as a solo performer and released a 5 song EP of all original songs Girl in the Band in 2011. Kayla launched a Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2013 to raise money to record her first full-length album. A "Kickstarter Launch" party with Jason Eady (emceed by Rawhide & Velvet's Rita Ballou) gave her a strong start, and by December 2013 she was tour managing for Jason Eady and hitting The Zone in Dripping Springs to record her album! Jason produced Kayla's record and provided some lead and harmony vocals. This was actually Jason's first time acting as producer, which is amazing as you listen to track after track of country brilliance.

Kayla released Love & Liquor on August 28, 2014 and started to travel and play as much as possible, sometimes on her own and sometimes with a band. Kayla played her first full band gig in our area in March of 2015 at Happy Cow in Hunter. I looked Kayla up and listened to samples of her record on iTunes and was instantly hooked. I got my hands on her record and listened through it several times over the next 2 months, then found out while helping with the planning of Galleywinter's Greenfest that Kayla would be playing during one of the acoustic sets on Sunday at Lone Star Float House! Kayla is in no way a studio creation like a lot of the modern day "country" they play on the radio, she truly is gifted and I hope she breaks through and helps the world see what country music needs to return to!

The players:
• Kayla Ray - Songwriter, vocals and acoustic guitar
• Jason Eady - Producer and lead/harmony vocals
• ​Courtney Patton - Harmony Vocals
• Nick Dennard - Electric guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar and co-writer on 2 songs
• Chris Schlotzhauer - Pedal steel guitar
• Jeremy Watkins - Fiddle and harmony vocals
• JD Miller - Bass guitar
• Jeremy Bryant - Drums and percussion
• Pat Manske - Engineer, Percussion

Kayla will be playing THIS Monday, October 5 from 7-9 at River Road Ice House and on December 10th at Riley's Tavern in Hunter!

Here's a sample of Love & Liquor!


Please buy a copy of Love & Liquor online at KaylaRayMusic.com, on iTunes or Amazon or buy a copy from her in person next time she plays near you!

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