Featured Artist of the Week – Amber Digby

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Bio:

Amber Digby is an artist who is climbing to the top of her game in the country music business. This gifted young woman is a pure natural on stage and her vocals portray a wisdom and maturity way beyond her years.

She was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee by two talented parents who were already working in the music industry. With her large musical family behind her, it is safe to say that Amber literally grew up on stage. Her mother was a harmony singer with Connie Smith, and her father played bass for Loretta Lynn for almost twenty years.

Amber started singing with bands in clubs at the age of fifteen. She was a featured female vocalist with the Missouri based bands, Prairie Wind and Livewire. In 1997, she performed at the Tulsa Bluegrass festival, and the Tulsa Channel 8 talent show. She also sang at the Iowa State Rodeo in 1998. Amber recorded her first demo, featuring four songs, in Branson, Missouri at Branson Studio. It featured musicians from the Moe Bandy and Mel Tillis road shows. In addition, was produced by her step-dad and famed steel guitarist Dicky Overbey.

She recorded her first CD, entitled “Music from the Honky Tonks” in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Amber Digby and Justin Trevino produced this masterpiece. It was released independently and later picked up. This CD has received attention from all over the world selling worldwide and creating an overwhelming fan base. It took her on her first international tour playing the Furuvik Country Festival in Furuvik, Sweden, Planica Slovinia, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, Australia. “Music from the Honky Tonks” has maintained a spot at the top of numerous charts on FM and internet radio stations for two plus years.

Her latest CD, entitled “Here Come the Teardrops” was released on June 1st of 2006. Produced by Justin Trevino and recorded at Justin Trevino Studios in Martindale, Texas. The Musicians on “Here Come The Teardrops”: Justin Trevino- Rhythm guitar, Jake Hooker- Bass, Dicky Overbey- Steel guitar and Dobro, Jim Loessberg- Drums, Ronnie Huckabee- Piano, Bobby Flores- Fiddle, Dave Biller- Lead guitar, Leona Williams, Justin Trevino, and Amber Digby– Harmony vocals. It is quite an impressive follow up taking her back over seas to play the Skjak Country Festival in Skjak, Norway and the Ydre Country Festival in Ydre, Sweden. Since the CD’s release, it has been selling worldwide and generating some serious buzz amongst musicians and the upper circles of the industry as well. Amber was also nominated for Female vocalist of the year 2006 by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA). By the readers of the Scandinavian magazine, Kountry Korall, she was recently voted “Female Artist of the Year”, along with her latest CD, ‘Here Come the Teardrops’ being voted “International Album Of The Year”.

Amber Digby is truly one of the most refreshing country artists out today. She has already established a place for herself with the best. Her beautifully honest vocals and understanding of her talent will disarm you and astound you. She is not one to miss…her future is bright, and she is clearly here to stay!

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

AD: Just to name a few….Ronnie Milsap, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, & Connie Smith…there are many more, tho.

TRD: What was your first Gig?

AD: I think it was somewhere in Arkansas with a band I use to sing with. Let’s clarify…it was my FIRST gig…NOT MY FAVORITE!! hehe

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

AD: I listen to a variety, actually….Ronnie Milsap, Conway, Emmy Lou Harris…to name a few.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

AD: The Ryman Auditorium….Because it doesn’t get any sweeter than that!!!

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where would you want to play? Why?

AD: Carnegie Hall…NYC….Isn’t that every artists dream to play there!??

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

AD: “If You Were Me”…so far…

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

AD: Spend time with family.

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to share the stage with? Why?

AD: Willie Nelson….I can’t think of any artist who would be more fun or more inspiring to work with!!!

Discography:

  • Music from the Honky Tonks
  • Here Come The Teardrops

Tour:

  • 7/28/2007 – Spurs – Magnolia, TX
  • 7/29/2007 – Continental Club – Austin, TX
  • 8/9/2007 – Continental Club – Austin, TX
  • 8/11/2007 – Coachman Club -San Angelo, TX
  • 8/17/2007 – Ginny’s Little Longhorn – Austin, TX
  • 8/18/2007 – Spurs – Magnolia, TX

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Tres Womack

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Published in: on July 22, 2007 at 8:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Featured Artist of the Week – 80 Proof Band

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Bio:

When 80 Proof hit the Texas Country Music Circuit in 2003, they operated off one standard; Good Music makes Good Fans. This standard holds true today and everyday. The 80 Proof Band is made up of very diverse singer/songwriters who all come from different backgrounds in music. They easily blend the popular styles to come up with one distinct and different sound. It’s very easy to get lost in the melodies of such ballads as “Crazy Dreams” and “December Rain”, and then to rock out to the sounds of “Throw Away the Key” and “I’m Alright”. 80 Proof‘s shows consist of many original songs, which the band has written and composed, mixed with covers strategically placed to get and keep the attention of the crowd. The showmanship of the 80 Proof Band gets better all the time. By mixing high energy, lots of great original songs, and great cover songs, the band has the opportunity to draw a crowd and leave that crowd wanting more. Some of the Bars, Clubs, and Dancehalls and Others that We have Played: The Aardvark in Ft. Worth, The Saloon in Comanche, Bostocks in Stephenville, The Ranch in Midland, Blue Light Live in Lubbock, Dos Amigos in Odessa, Backroads Bar and Grill in Brownwood, The Library in San Angelo, The Scrub Pub in San Angelo, Blaine’s Pub in San Angelo, The White Elephant in Ft. Worth, Love and War in Texas in Plano, Flat Rock Park and Lake haven in Lake Brownwood, the third, fourth, and fifth annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration in Brownwood, Melody Oaks Ranch in Priddy and many other venues across the state of Texas.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

80: We have so many influences; they range from Willie, Waylon, and Johnny Cash to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stoney LaRue, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly. We all come from Different backgrounds in music, so we like to take all the music that has shaped us in one way or another and blend it all into one. At the end of the day, our friends, fans, and family are some of our biggest influences.

TRD: What was your first Gig?

80: We played our first gig in the summer of 2003 at Bostocks in Stephenville, TX opening for a band that a friend of ours was in and then headed to Brownwood, TX to play in the Brownwood Reunion on the next night. It was a crazy 2 gig first weekend that we will never forget.

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

80: Currently, and in regular rotation in our Van, We have been listening to Reckless Kelly Was Here, Stoney LaRue Live at Billy Bob’s and the Red Dirt Album, Cross Canadian Ragweed Back to Tulsa, various Stevie Ray Vaughan CD’s, and a whole bunch of other random stuff that we can fit on our traveling Zune.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

80: Dos Amigos in Odessa, They treat us great there and we have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many top artists there. It makes it so much more fun and interesting when we can play in front of a whole lot of people instead of just our Merch Guy getting drunk in the back. LOL

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

80: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo… It just sounds fun.

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

80: Any of the songs on our new CD. We worked so hard on this new one, that we can be happy to say that they are ours and we are proud of them. So….. Everyone go pick up a copy of Tuesdays at 7 when it hits stores.

 

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

80: We spend a lot time with the people that surround us and we like to fish, cook out, float the river, and check out other live shows.

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

80: Well, as a band we would be really pumped to share the stage with Cross Canadian Ragweed. We have all been listening to them since we were in High School and I can remember the day that someone brought the Carney CD and 377 to school. We were just blown away by their sound and spent a lot of time going to see them when they were playing close to our hometowns.

 

Discography:

Tuesdays at 7 (2007)

Tour:

 

 

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Amber Digby

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 5:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Featured Artist of the Week – Bobby Mitchell

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Bio:

Bobby has always had a passion for singing. So at the age of 20 he taught himself to play the guitar and started writing songs. He began sitting in with some local bands singing Traditional Country Music never singing his originals. Around 1996 he started playing HIS songs to the public and Hillbilly Bob was born. Six years later he released his debut CD Redneck Havin’ Fun. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Kelly Shoppe and the Amarillo Band, Hayes Carll, Richard Dobson, Rex Bell & The Hemmer Ridge Mt. Boys along with many others in the past. Bobby Mitchell plays Classic Country Music with a little Classic Rock and is known for his original Abnormal Country Music.

He is a member of the Fort Worth Songwriters, Houston-Fort Bend Songwriters Associations and Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians. His CD Redneck Havin Fun is available at: My Texas Music.com & CD Baby.com. For Bookings from Hillbilly Bob Adult Comedy Shows to Cowboy Campfire Cook-outs to a full Bobby Mitchell Band Show click the contact link here.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

BM: I was really impressed with the “Outlaw Movement” of the 70’s. So I reckon Willie, Waylon and the Boys influenced me just a tad more than Elvis.

 

TRD: What was your first Gig?

BM: Since I indulged in a lot of alcohol beverages and herbal fragrances back then (I’m 48yrs.old) it’s hard to remember, but I do recall sitting in with some local bands to sing a song or two and then other times and places I’d leave my guitar case open for tips at some local dives in the Highlands/Baytown TX area.

 

TRD:  What groups or singers do you listen to now?

BM: Hank III, Kevin Fowler, Jarrod Birmingham, and Jack Ingram.

 

TRD:  What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

BM: The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston TX. The place is nostalgic; a fitting tribute to one of the Greatest Songwriters ever, Townes. The owner Rex (Wrecks) Bell is a friend of mine. And to think he is also friends with Dusty and Rocky Hill, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, and was best friend with the late great Townes Van Zandt, it just blows my mind to think I have something so realistically common with these Greats.

 

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

BM: Willie Nelson‘s Farm Aid. Knowing I can help the American Farmer Survive would be worth its weight in gold.

 

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

BM: “Two Fifteen In The Morning” I feel this is a Great Traditional country song paying tribute to any performer that has lost a love relationship due to their late-night – always out of town lifestyle they live.

 

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

BM: I own some property up on the Frio Canyon near Leakey. I call it “Mitchell’s Mountain” that is where I go talk to God and Mother Nature. (It’s all primitive)

 

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

BM: Willie Nelson. Why cuz he’s Willie Nelson!

 

 

Discography:

Redneck Havin Fun (2003)

 

Tour:

August 2nd, 2007 – Bayou Sports Bar & Grill in Houston, TX with Larry Sepulvado and his son Austin

 

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the 80 Proof Band

Published in: on July 8, 2007 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Featured Artist of the Week – Carissa Amberly

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Bio:

With an electric performance energy and a vocal purity unlike any other, Carissa Amberly of Longview Texas is breaking onto the music scene trailing a growing number of fans. Her rich vocals combined with sincere country and gospel music written by some of today’s top songwriters has produced her first solo album, Letters (2006).

This past year, Carissa has been both in the recording studio and on the stage. After winning first place in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame talent showcase in August 2006, Carissa was immediately given the opportunity to sing in a music show that would later welcome the Gatlin Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, Jack Greene, and Casey Rivers to the same stage. As a part of her prize package, Carissa was awarded a trip to Branson, MO to guest perform on the shows hosted by Mickey Gilley, Hamner Barber, Jim Owen, Jim Stafford, and Doug Gabriel.

Now that the whirlwind affects of the contest have slowed down, Carissa has been performing in and around East Texas for audiences large and small- including The Great American Trucking Show with Truckers Complete in August 2006, a fundraiser performance with Louie Gohmert in October 2006, and even President George W. Bush and 10,000 others at the Presidential Rally on October 30, 2006 in Sugarland Texas.

Whether she’s singing in front of fans or strangers, Carissa’s energetic performance captures audiences with sincerity in song and style. Word of her outstanding talent is spreading far and fast. Carissa will be making a trip to Nashville, TN to sing on Jeannie Seely’s music show as well as the Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree.

Carissa’s background in music is one grounded in honest country style and nurtured by gospel truth. She started performing in local opry’s as a young girl, and has since grown into a beautiful young lady with a mature style and a sound uniquely her own.

Her growing popularity among true veterans of country music is taking her into wider horizons in the country music industry, and with an increasing number of fans of Letters (2006) few can argue with her aspirations for the top of the charts.

“Carissa Amberly is one of the most talented “newcomers” I have heard in quite sometime. She is blessed with an original approach to a song.

Her voice grabs attention via purity and realism. All-in-all, Carissa is a true stylist. After I aired her “Some Heroes Don’t come Back”, my listeners responded in a big way. Her new CD consists of a perfect mixture. I receive requests for her “works” on a regular basis.

This beautiful lady is a shining light. I am certain her light will glow brighter with every release. She is a winner!

-Bill Mack

Grammy-winning songwriter; Member of the Country Music Disk Jockey Hall-of- Fame in Nashville

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

CA: Martina McBride is one of my big influences. Her voice is so great. I have always looked up to her ever since I was a little girl. I would also have to say my mom Debra Green who was a Country Singer, and my Grandpa Curly Green who was a steel guitar player.

TRD: What was your first Gig?

CA: Hospice Benefit in Gilmer, Texas

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

CA: Martina McBride, Pauline Reese, Sugarland, and Merle Haggard are just a few favorites of mine. There are plenty of more such as Craig Morgan, Josh Turner, Billy Currington, and Little Big Town.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

CA: I would say Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas if you want to see a great show and go hear a good variety of music, Go see Richard Bowden and The Moon and Starz Band. This is definitely the place to go!!! It was a wonderful place to perform and the crowd has great energy!!!

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

CA: I would love to perform on the USO Tour, because I would be honored to get to sing for all of our Troops!! They do so much for our country and this would be my way of saying thanks for all that you do. I would definitely enjoy every minute of it.

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

CA: My most favorite song would have to be “Some Heroes Don’t Come Back” because it really touches my heart. I recorded this song for all of our true heroes. Our Firefighters, Truck Drivers, and all of our Troops.

 

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

CA: I enjoy going deer huntin’, and spending time in the pool with my family!

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

CA: I would have to say Martina McBride. I actually get to go see her in concert on July 15th. I am soooo excited. This will be my first ever concert and I couldn’t pick a better person to go see. She has an amazing voice and I would love to sing with her one day!!

 

Discography:

  • Letters (2006)

Tour:

TBA

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Bobby Mitchell

Published in: on July 1, 2007 at 12:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Featured Artist of the Week – Amanda Graves

Featured Artist of the Week - Amanda Graves

Bio:

Amanda grew up with music in her blood. Her parents toured throughout the North Texas region when Amanda was a child, in the Easy Feeling band, but they could never convince Amanda to sing in front of a crowd. So Amanda spent most of her days in Edgewood, Texas chasing a golf ball instead of her dreams of pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. Coming to a crossroad two days after graduating from Texas A&M University in Commerce with a degree in Kinesiology, Amanda dove into the TX/Red Dirt music scene, and never looked back. Having long broken out of her shyness, Amanda began writing her own songs and started learning to play the guitar, with a little direction from her dad.

Take a little bit of traditional country, mix it with a whole lot of rock ‘n roll and top it off with some blues and you’ve got a taste of Amanda Graves. Known for her powerful, make-you-stop-in-your-tracks vocals, in-your-face attitude, and edgy personality; Amanda is definitely not your average female singer. She doesn’t hold anything back when she sings and you can feel it in every song. Her influences range from Merle Haggard, Mike McClure, Reckless Kelly, and Alice in Chains to Gene Watson, Micky and the Motorcars and Stone Temple Pilots.

Amanda’s new CD, Nobody’s Fool, is just a small sampling of her talent. She co-wrote 8 of the 11 tracks with her best friend, Georgia Klioris and her dad, Jimmy Graves. Hoping to carve her name in the TX/Red Dirt music circuit, Amanda is currently teamed up with Cari Smith and Trey McNiel and they are touring throughout Texas.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

AG: Patty Griffin would have to be at the top of that list. That woman is amazing! I’d also have to say Mike McClure, Merle Haggard, and Alice in Chains. It’s a pretty random group, but I pull a little from all of them! And certainly my dad, Jimmy Graves. He taught me at a young age what “real music” is.

TRD: What was your first Gig?

AG: The first place I ever sang in front of a crowd was a little Opry in Mesquite, TX called Rodeo City Music Hall. But my first official “gig” was at a place in Gun Barrel City, called Sisters Bar and Grill. It was an acoustic set, but man, we felt like such rock-stars!!

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

AG: Mike McClure is pretty much a permanent fixture in my CD player. I listen to a lot of Patty Griffin, Monte Montgomery, Alice in Chains, Micky and the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, Jerry Cantrell, Heart, Brandon Rhyder, Travis Linville and any classic country or grunge from the 90’s.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

AG: We just played the Rowdy Float Trip in New Braunfels, and it was pretty awesome! There were so many cool artists there, plus it doesn’t get much better than floating the river with a cooler full of beer.

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

AG: Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. That would be the ultimate for me. The acoustics there are beyond explanation, and the atmosphere is unlike any other place I’ve ever been to.

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

AG: I’d have to say “Long Way Back” off my CD Nobody’s Fool. My dad wrote that song a long time ago when he had his band, Hooker Ridge, and I always loved it. So when I decided to pursue this music thing, I asked if I could record it. He was thrilled about it, so we re-wrote some lines and put it on the album. Plus, he is singing the harmonies on there so it means a lot to me to be able to do that song with him and I think it kicks ass!

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

AG: I love to play golf, so I try to get on the course as much as possible. Otherwise, I pretty much just stalk other bands! I love being around live music, so if I’m not playing I’m probably at someone else’s show.

 

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

AG: Patty Griffin. The woman’s voice is perfection, her songwriting is amazing and she is an awesome guitarist. She shouldn’t even be allowed to be as great as she is! I don’t know if I’d be able to sing with her though, I’d probably just stand there in awe the whole time!

 

Discography:

Nobody’s Fool (1/2/2006)

Tour:

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is Carissa Amberly

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 10:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Featured Artist of the Week – Bart Crow Band

 Bio:

Following the footsteps of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and dad, it only seems fitting that Bart Crow would end up making music his life. Raised by his parents, Lee and Beverly, life in Maypearl, TX was pretty simple. His mother worked for a chemical company, while his father worked long hours running his own drywall corporation. His father played lead guitar in a dancehall band throughout the 80s, and that is where it all began for Bart. “Dad had hundreds of great records from people like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Bob Wills, George Strait, Lynard Skynard, and The Amazing Rhythm Aces. I would sit and listen to them for hours and hours during the summer with my sister. She and I would have talent shows, just for ourselves, she would sing Charly McClain, and I would usually sing ‘Amarillo by Morning’ or ‘Call Me The Breeze,” said Bart. This led Bart, as a kindergarten student, to enter the All-School talent show. He sang “Swingin’ ” by John Anderson and won sixth place! Graduating high school in 1995, Bart joined the U.S. Army for a three year active duty tour. It was there, while stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA, that Bart taught himself chords on the guitar and began writing songs. It was more like a journal at first. After successfully completing his tour, Bart went back to Texas and enrolled at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. “When I got to Tarleton, there was this music thing going on, and great songwriters where coming to town to play, like Houston Marchman and Mike McClure, and they were doing this acoustic thing, and it was personal and it was awesome,” said Bart. After two years of playing acoustic shows, Bart put a band together.

The Bart Crow Band is lead guitarist Paul Russell, drummer Drew Campbell and bassist Rocky Garza. Bart says, “In the couple of years that I was by myself, I was fortunate enough to meet, open for and befriend a lot of good people in this music circle here in Texas. I was able to develop my own ideas about how to operate and maintain a band. To me, it is simple. Everything is equal, period. Ideas, decisions, creativity and money. We are all pieces of the puzzle. We realize that we are good friends that have been blessed to follow our dreams, and for three years now, that is exactly what we have been doing. With the release of their much anticipated debut album, Finally, the band hopes to give back to all the great people that have supported them for the last three years. The record features eleven original songs written by Crow. “We have waited a long time for this record and everyone worked really hard. We know that this has taken us a long time to get here, but we think it is worth the wait. We are very excited about Finally, and are anxious to see how much better we can do on our next record, which hopefully will be a lot sooner than later!”

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

BC: Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, & Ronnie Van Zant

 

TRD: What was your first Gig?

BC Agave Bar, Stephenville TX

 

TRD:  What groups or singers do you listen to now?

BC: Whiskeytown, Jim Croce, Alice in Chains, Drive By Truckers

 

TRD:  What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

BC: Billy Bob’s. Because it’s Billy Bob’s!!

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

BC: Afghanistan or Baghdad. Because our troops need us as much or more than we need them.

 

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

BC: “Understand”, from the CD we are currently recording. Because it’s the 1st & only tune that I wrote on a Thursday, arranged & recorded it on the following

Monday, that was pretty neat to me.

 

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

BC: Spend it with my fiancé’ & my Golden Retriever, Wetta…& I just bought my 1st set of golf clubs.

 

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

BC: Merle Haggard. Because he is an amazing artist who, in my opinion, is very under credited!!! & because he’s Merle Haggard!!!!

 

Discography:

Bart Crow EP

Finally… (1/3/2006)

 

Tour:

June 20 – Armadillo PalaceHouston, TX (Bart & Paul Acoustic)

June 21 – Rock’n Rodeo – Denton, Texas

June 22 – Crazy Horse Saloon – Wichita Falls, TX

Jun 23 – Papa’s Wheelhouse – Graham, TX

June 24 – 106.9 The Ranch Music Cafe @ Red Moon – Ennis, TX (with Cory Morrow & Travis Linville)

July 6 – Hanks Grill – McKinney, TX

July 12 – Armadillo PalaceHouston, TX

July 13 – Texas Hall of Fame Bar – College Station, TX

July 18 – Stagewest – Wichita Falls, TX (Bart & Paul Acoustic)

July 20 – The Horseman Club – Fort Worth, TX (with Max Stalling)

 

 

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Amanda Graves

Published in: on June 17, 2007 at 6:01 am  Comments (1)  

Featured Artist of the Week – Josh Ward Band

Bio:

Josh Ward and his band have a unique style of traditional honky-tonk mixed with Texas Attitude and Good Ol’ Southern Rock. Lead Singer, Josh Ward, Has a unique almost un-touchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why the Josh Ward Band is turning heads everywhere they perform.

Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie, all the way up to the modern day Texas/Red Dirt music stars like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pat Green, Pat Green and Jason Boland. Add in some rock and blues for a little extra flavor, and that’s what makes up a Josh Ward Show. Josh Ward and his band lean toward the country side of Texas Music, however, a couple times a night they crank it up and get rowdy. Whether its traditional country, old time Rock & Roll, or Texas Music Fans looking for a good time, Josh Ward leaves no one disappointed, and everyone asking for more!

Born May 15th, 1980 in Houston, Texas, Josh was raised on country music, although, his first musical influence was old gospel hymns he would sing at church. As a teenager Willie, Waylon, Merle and George Jones and Strait were his inspirations. While riding the high school Rodeo Circuit, Josh polished his guitar and vocals skills while singing on the tailgate of pickups at local rodeos.

He joined his first band in early 2003 playing local honky-tonks and bars, giving Josh the stage time and experience needed to stretch out on his own and pursue his life long dream of performing and playing music full time.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

JW: I have so many…Willie, Waylon, Merle, George Jones and George Strait, Hank Jr., Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash; the list just goes on and on. Thanks to my cousin, Rick, I was introduced at a VERY young age to the hair-bands back in the day like Mötley Crüe, Cinderella, Poison, Slaughter, and whatever else he wanted to try to corrupt me with. I’ve been influenced by a wide range of genres. Our live show proves that!

TRD: What was your first Gig?

JW: I played a ton of private parties before I started gigging out with bands. The first band that I played with full time was Private Stock; I think our very first gig was the Wet Deck in Livingston, back in 2002.

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

JW: I’m a fan of pretty much every band out there right now, here lately when we’ve been on the road we’ve been listening to Brandon Rhyder, Waylon Payne, & Jarrod Birmingham. I seriously have about 300 CD’s in the truck with me so you never know what I’m going to be listening to.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

JW: Floores Country Store in Helotes. Couple of years ago I was opening for Brandon Jenkins that night and the lead guitar player I hired that night was a no-show. I’m pacing back and forth in the back room trying to figure out what I was going to do. If you’ve ever been in the green-room area of Floores you know that there are pictures of most of the greats that have performed there through the years. I’m looking at those pictures knowing that I’m screwed for the night. Brandon had a lead guitar player by the name of Soupbone at the time and he volunteered to fill in on lead for our set. We had all of 30 minutes to run down the set and go over our original songs with him. He got on stage with us and we burnt the place down, I had the best time of my life out there that night. What had started out as a disaster actually turned out to be a better show than it would have been had the other guy showed up and I get to tell people that Soupbone played guitar for me. He’s killer…..

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

JW: Wouldn’t anybody from Texas want to play the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo? I might throw up by the time I get off that rotating stage, but yeah….that would be the ultimate gig.

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

JW: “Let It Ride” I wrote it about 4 months before my son was born. I was going through a hard time emotionally, financially, had a lot on my plate and knowing that we had this little human being on the way that was going to have to depend on me, well it gets to you. You start wondering if you are good enough or if you are going to be the father he deserves. It was a time when no matter how hard I was working I wasn’t getting anywhere, just stuck in a rut. Honestly I still wake up some days and feel that way, but now that he’s here all he has to do is look at me with that goofy little smile and everything is right with the world. He makes me work harder.

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

JW: Find a fishin’ hole. If I’m not fishing I’m in a bad mood. It’s therapy for me.

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

JW: George Strait, he’s the king. I’d like to do a song swap with him. I know every single song off the white tapes by the time I was like 10. He helped me out with the little ladies back in the day. Thanks George!

Discography:

  • Hard Whiskey (5/22/2007)

Tour:

  • June 14 – Schotzi’s – College Station, TX
  • June 15 – Corner PubConroe, TX
  • June 16 – Banita Creek HallNacogdoches, TX (Opening for South First Band)
  • June 21 – Firehouse SaloonHouston, TX (Opening for Wayne Hubbard Band)
  • June 22 – Stardust Room Southern Pub – Huntsville, TX
  • June 30 – Borski’s TavernWillis, TX

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Bart Crow Band.

Published in: on June 9, 2007 at 10:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Featured Artist of the Week – Jackson Taylor Band

This is the first installment of the Featured Artist of the Week. This week I am featuring the Jackson Taylor Band. As the weeks go by these Featured Artist of the Week’s (FAWs) will grow in detail as I learn more places to research them and hopefully will start to include some of my own interviews with the artists.

You can see one of Jackson Taylor Band videos on YouTube the video for Bare Feet on the Dash. I watched it several times. I really like the sound of the band.

Bio:

Jackson grew up in Moody, Texas and with the help of his father was exposed to great music by the likes of Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings.

While he was still young Jackson and his father moved to California to work on fruit ranches as migrant workers eventually settling down in Washington State. After high school Jackson moved back to Texas for a short while then on to Nashville. In Nashville he found a job as a songwriter for Of Music and the song writer Dewayne Blackwell.

Unsatisfied with the way his career seemed to be going, Jackson packed up and moved to New York. There he started preforming in the club scene. After meeting an owner of a California Label, Jackson was in the studio in a months time where he recorded “Humboldt County”. He dedicated this record to his brother who had died the year before in Humboldt County, CA. “Humboldt County” did well and was heard by George Tobin, who produced albums by Tiffany, Natalie Cole & Smokey Robinson among others. Tobin turned out to be like Nashville, who wanted Jackson to play the mainstream radio sound. So Jackson hit the road yet again.

Jackson told his label he wanted to go home to Texas. They were not sure about the move, after all Texas was no LA, Nashville or New York. This is what Jackson was looking for, different. After arriving in Austin he went into the studio and recorded “Gypsies & Drifters.” After getting this album done he had to head back north for a bit to play some shows he had already scheduled. While in New York he recorded his third CD “Hollow Eyed & Wasted.”

Now back in Texas, Jackson has since recorded 5 more CDs including a greatest hits CD in 2005 and a live CD in 2006

 

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

JT: Billy Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, Social Distortion, Waylon & Elvis.

TRD: What was your first Gig?

JT: My first gig in Texas was opening for Ricky Colmbooch at the Texas Hall Of Fame in Collage Station.

TRD: What groups or singers do you listen to now?

JT: Right now we are jamming Social Distortions “Love Sex & Rockin roll” along with allot of Dale Watson.

TRD: What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

JT: Cains Ball room in Tulsa. First time we ever stepped on stage in a town we had never been in and had tons of folks yelling our request for our songs.  I will also have to say Longhorns in Manhattan Kansas cause it’s the first place we ever sold out.

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

JT: The Bunny Ranch cause even I can get laid in a whore house.

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

JT: They are all very special to me, I can’t pick one of mine cause they are like my children so I will have to go with a cover song, either Willie’s “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way ” we have had such a great response to it, “Honky Tonk Heroes” cause Billy Joe said he loved it or “Hwy 101” cause we got a call from Social D’s management and they told us how much the band liked it.  Sorry I can’t break it down anymore than that, we have over 70 tunes.

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

JT: I like to drink BV Merlot pop a Xan bar and hang on the couch and play with my 8 month old son “Gattlon gunn” and my Pug “Pug”, and just heal up from the road, I love to read and paint when my boy allows me the time and of course anytime I get to spend time with my luvly woman is very welcome, I don’t get to see my family very much so that where I am at when I am not on the road.

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to share the stage with? Why?

JT: there are so many, anytime I get to play with Billy Joe is a huge deal to me and I walk around on clouds for a month afterward. Since I have done allot of shows with him I will have to go with Mike Ness or Kris Kristofferson.  I am very indecisive aren’t I.

Discography:

  • Humboldt County
  • Gypsies & Drifters
  • Hollow Eyed & Wasted
  • Goin’ Down Swingin’ (12/21/2004)
  • Outlaw Volume One 2001-2003 (1/4/2005)
  • Easy Lovin’ Stranger (5/31/2005)
  • Live Locked & Loaded at Longhorn’s Saloon (6/6/2006)
  • The Whiskey Sessions (10/3/2006)

Tour:

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the Josh Ward Band

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 4:09 am  Leave a Comment