Paul Cauthen & The Texas Gentlemen at Gruene Hall

Paul Cauthen is currently touring his forthcoming 7-song EP "Have Mercy" due out on June 22nd. You can already pick up a copy of this GREAT new music produced by Beau Bedford of The Texas Gentlemen. Speaking of, The Texas Gentlemen were there opening and in support of Paul's Gruene Hall show! Dan Dyer got up and sang quite a few songs with The Texas Gentlemen, and Austin Gilliam joined Paul.

If you're not able to pick up Paul's new EP at a show before it releases, you can pre-order it on iTunes and you'll get 2 tracks when you do. Or, you can check out 2 song on Lightning Rod Records' YouTube channel.

Paul will also be playing The Grand Ole Opry on June 22nd!

For this show, I brought along Jake Dapper, a great photographer from Waco to document things better than my usual iPhone garbage. Check them out below!

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Everclear's 90's Nostalgia Summerland Tour

Everclear's Summerland Tour w/Marcy Playground and Local H
The mid-90's was a time when I was squarely transitioning from primarily listening to rock and some grunge from bands such as Van Halen, GNR, Aerosmith, Chili Peppers, Green Day, Metallica, Soundgarden & Nirvana, to a solid dose of country from one of the more forgotten times in Country music save a few artists. I capped that rock phase off by going to a Woodstock '94 pay-per-view watching/listening party with a friend, and of course all the big names of the day were there. Thanks to a little allergy medicine after some yard work and a couple of cups of punch out of a water can not long after I arrived, I slept through several hours of the festivities and missed quite a few bands.

Soon after this, enter a couple of songs from a band newly signed to Capitol Records that caught my ear, but wasn't able to wedge me out of my country funk. I remember hearing 'Heroin Girl' from their new album 'Sparkle and Fade' a couple of times on MTV and thinking to myself that the grunge movement had gone a little far because it sounded like they were glorifying the drug lifestyle, then I snapped out of it and realized I was 25 and didn't have any kids so why should this bother me? I mean I never got into that, but to each his own, right? Maybe it should have bothered me more then, but that's not what we're talking about.

It wasn't until I heard 'Santa Monica' that I really perked up and took notice of Everclear, which if I'm honest is what was in that punch at that Woodstock party. I loved this song, and was on the verge of becoming a big Everclear fan, but that stupid 90's country craze with all those weird Garth Brooks shirts and songs about thunder rolling and rodeo kept my ear for a few more years.

So fast forward to 2015, and I hear one of my favorite, local music venues is gonna have Art Alexakis from Everclear doing an acoustic show! I was pretty excited and was looking forward to it, but as generally happens when you try your hardest to let wife and children come above music, I wasn't able to make it to this show or in 2016 when he did it again! Then in 2017 he brought his Summerland tour through New Braunfels at River Road Ice House and I for one reason or another missed it. I really wanted to make it to this show, it was not only Everclear, but Fuel, American Hi-Fi and Toadies. I had been wanting to see Toadies for awhile, and it seemed like the perfect chance, but again I let it slip through my fingers.

I finally let the music fan in me win this time. I went to River Road Ice House on Friday, May 18th, and not only was I thoroughly glad I FINALLY went and saw Everclear perform, but it turns out Marcy Playground and Local H are pretty amazing bands as well! I recognized some of what I heard from both of them!

Local H has been around since 1987 and they were great! Turns out they had a bassist for a few years, but front man Scott Lucas had a pretty unique guitar setup with an extra pickup under the bottom two strings of all his guitars that was fed into a bass rig, so he is lead guitarist AND bassist all at once... It was the loudest and meanest 2-piece band I've heard so far! Thanks to Austin Gilliam for the explanation of Scott's guitar!

Marcy Playground was very solid as well. They're a 3-piece band with drums, a bassist and front man John Wozniak on lead vocals and guitar. Bassist/vocalist Dylan Keefe and John Wozniak are original band members from 1996 on, and Shlomi Lavie has been on drums with Marcy Playground since 2009.

Everclear's original members from the 90's are long gone save founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Art Alexakis, but bassist Freddy Herrera has been with Everclear since around 2009 and guitarist Dave French has mostly toured with Everclear since 2003! Drummer Jake Margolis came on board in 2017.

If you're a HUGE Everclear fan or if you just like good post-grunge rock music, I highly recommend catching a show while their Summerland tour continues through the summer!

Local H
Marcy Playground

Summerland 2018 Tour

Medicine Stone 6

Tahlequah, OK (May 15, 2018)-The 6th Annual MEDICINE STONE music festival heads back to Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, Oklahoma September 20th through September 22nd. This unique three-day live music retreat on the beautiful Illinois River stands alone as the premier Red Dirt music experience, a genre that has long been revered worldwide for its diverse sounds and quality of music. This year the event creators have added 30 acres of landscape for more space for camping as well as two additional reserved prime camping areas. Tickets for the 6th Annual MEDICINE STONE will go on sale through the event’s website on June 1st at 9:00 AM CST. Music fans are encouraged to snag their tickets early as the prime camping and RV spots, onsite lodging and hotel rooms sell out within hours. Single day tickets go on sale August 1st.


The music lineup each year is always handpicked by creators Jason Boland and Turnpike Troubadours and consists of the artists and bands whose music they themselves love and respect. It’s this kind of personal hands-on attention that makes Medicine Stone feel like a “family affair” and has drawn thousands to the event from all over the country since its inception. This year’s lineup includes Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, The Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada & The Departed, Shooter Jennings, Wade Bowen, The Toadies, Reckless Kelly, Jamie Lin Wilson, Red Shahan, Mike McClure Band, Kaitlin Butts, John Fullbright, Dirty River Boys, Charley Crockett, Koe Wetzel, Read Southall, Micky & the Motorcars, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Flatland Calvary, Thomas Trapp, Red Dirt Rangers and more.

MEDICINE STONE offers an array of food, onsite amenities and an endless supply of music to keep you fully satisfied! The event features the main stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the Gravel Bar Stage and Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse Stage for day time and after party shows.

“However you define Red Dirt music, there is something common in all of it, raw honesty in songs, the quality of the material, and the unwavering commitment to live music. Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Boland have accomplished a great thing by creating an event to celebrate this unique subgenre, and anyone with a love for country, rock, or just real, quality music should consider attending Medicine Stone.”
-Country Exclusive

“Although my home is in Texas my heart will always be in Oklahoma.Hail hail Medicine Stone!”
-Cody Canada/Cody Canada & The Departed

"Medicine Stone has become one of my favorite shows of the year. Turnpike and Boland have put together a great line up year after year of musicians I personally respect and am a fan of.”
-Randy Rogers/Randy Rogers Band

“I love music festivals that are put on by artists! They are way more laid back and the focus is always on the music and friendships. Medicine Stone is this and so much more. The fans that come to Medicine Stone, come for the music. The atmosphere is as laid back as the artists and great folks that organize and perform at this awesome gathering of friends, fans and musicians alike!”
-Cody Braun/Reckless Kelly

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 remained a true craftsman of genuine, no frills country music for nearly two decades. His new album “Hard Times Are Relative” releases May 18th and finds Jason Boland and The Stragglers once again expanding the boundaries of what country music can be while staying true to its original purpose: story telling in its purest form.


Acclaimed Oklahoma roots-rock powerhouse Turnpike Troubadours released their lastest album A Long Way From Your Heart on October 20th of 2017 and achieved the rare feat of creating an album that is immediately accessible, yet continues to reveal greater depth upon each listen. With his vivid character sketches and blue-collar narratives, Evan Felker continues to solidify his place as one of the finest songwriters to come out of the dustbowl in recent years.


Wade Bowen's Garage Mahal: Episode 9

Wade performs Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby"!

Don't miss Wade Bowen at Gruene Hall on Friday, May 25th! Mason Lively opens the show!

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