Hayes Carll at Moore's Store in Ben Wheeler, TX

BEN WHEELER, TX, February 22, 2017: Ben Wheeler’s, Moore’s Store presents “An Evening with Grammy Award Winning, Hayes Carll” on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Praised by Anthony DeCurtis as an “inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition that includes Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker and Steve Earle,” Hayes Carll has garnered a reputation as one of the finest troubadours Texas has to offer. Often performing more than 200 shows a year, Carll has co-written with the likes of Guy Clark, John Evans and Ray Wylie Hubbard. In 2008, Carll won the Annual Americana Music Association’s “Song of the Year” award for his satirical “She Left Me for Jesus”. In 2015, Lee Ann Womack’s cover of his song, “Chances Are” won a Grammy for her and Carll. He is currently on tour promoting his new fifth album release, “Lovers and Leavers”.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Hayes Carll will be performing acoustically at Moore’s Store. The show is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. Moore’s Store’s atmosphere provides a personal experience between the artist and audience as well as free parking, great food and cold drinks.

Located in historic Downtown Ben Wheeler, Moore’s Store was opened in 1933 as a general mercantile and operated as such until it’s closing in 1992. In September 2009, Moore’s Store opened the doors again as a restaurant and live music venue that includes a full bar and dance floor.

General Information:

When: March 4, 2017 8pm
Location: 1535 FM 279, Ben Wheeler, TX
General Admission: $20 advance ticket, $25 at the door
Cocktail Table VIP Tickets: SOLD OUT
Parking: Free

To purchase tickets visit: mooresstore.com/music

New music from Charlie and the Regrets

When country music was becoming a thing, it was songs about every day struggles with things that most normal people could identify with, and a few songs about other real things like screwin' up and gettin' throwed in the hole. It was music about real life. There are definitely some great songwriters still out there that are keeping with the spirit of writing about real life, among them is Charlie Harrison of Charlie and the Regrets.

Charlie has a new album "Rivers in the Streets" coming out on Friday, February 24th. These are songs about the struggles of life, the ups and the downs (mostly the downs), sort of a "what to expect when you're expecting a hard time" guide.

You can see Charlie and the Regrets live the day before their official release date on Thursday, February 23rd at Superfly's Lone Star Music Emporium in San Marcos for a CD release show at 6pm! Go meet the band, hear them perform this new music live, and pick up a copy while enjoying some free beer!

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Five years have come and gone... When I started Music of New Braunfels, I wanted to do two things... I wanted to promote the live music and songwriter community in our area, and I wanted to help produce live music events for local charities or individuals that either need help or are doing good things for the community. With the help of the TX Citizen staff, the great folks at Freiheit Country Store, our songwriters and bands, a few great volunteers, as well as our wonderful sponsors both past and present, those dreams have been realized!

This year our beneficiary was Pink Warrior Angels, and we are honored to have been able to lend some support to these sweet ladies! They pair breast cancer survivors up with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They do this to help them through the hard times they will surely go through, letting them know what to expect. When it is the right situation and they’re able, they help financially. This is a classy organization doing great things for people that truly need it!

This year we added a Friday night preparty with our official sound engineer and one of few who have performed at every single Blowin’ Off Steamboat Music Festival, B.J. Thibodeaux’s band Backwater Blvd. With a little creative scheduling, we ended up with a bonus set from Rumor Town as well! We are working on something really big for a Friday night kick off party next year, so stay tuned!

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First-timers Elisa Maria and Navy Blu kicked things off on Saturday at noon, followed by Brittney Nemec of the sister band TBA. TBA was with us in 2013 for a brief set, and this year Brittney went solo with some harmony vocals contributed by her Aunt Tisha and sister Aubrey.

We had acoustic sets with David Russell of Empty-Handed Vagabonds and Jason Scott, Dennis Jay with Bob Stafford and Mike Ethan Messick, then Tyler Derryberry and Neil Cooper finished out that run before kicking off the first full band set.

Carol Cochran and Two-Way Street, a staple in our musical diet at BOSMF, played some classic country favorites. Along with Carol, there’s Clark Grein on lead guitar, Pat Nichols on bass guitar, Kim Hanney on steel guitar, the drummer known only as “Fruit”, and vocals from every part of the stage!

An acoustic set from Billy Broome of Silo Road and Keith Hickle was up next, followed by more amazing BOSMF veterans, Kori Free and The Groove Hounds. Alli Mattice also returned for a fifth year and joined Kori for a few songs, and after Kori’s set we were treated to a full band set from the Alli Mattice Band.

Country sweetheart Kayla Ray joined the amazing Reed Brothers, Kyle and Keegan, for an acoustic set, then we closed out the night with two HUGE full band sets from Jomo & The Possum Posse and Smoke Wagon! If you’ve ever seen the “Guy On A Buffalo” YouTube series, that song is Jomo & The Possum Posse’s light-hearted albatross, much like Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” or Mike Ethan Messick’s “Everclear”. Smoke Wagon is one of my favorite local bands, they’re very high energy and put on a great show with a mix of red dirt and Texas Country covers as well as a growing catalog of GREAT originals that have already tipped into the top 40!

We hope you’ll join us for the Sixth Annual Blowin’ Off Steamboat Music Festival on Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at Freiheit Country Store. Stay tuned here for more details!

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