Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Holiday Show

Bruce and Kelly

The Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Holiday Show

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

December 6 & December 17

Two Shows Each Night…7pm and 10pm

Tickets $30.00

Beloved Texas couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will be bringing their holiday show back for the 2008 season. Willis and Robision started the tradition in 2006 with the release of Happy Holidays, an 11-song collection of holiday standards and originals.

Standards include “Santa Baby,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  Other songs include the tender and emotionally affecting country/folk ballad “A Winter’s Tale,” written by the esteemed singer/poet R.B. Morris. Of course a true country holiday album wouldn’t be right without a touch of humor, as evident on “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” and Bruce Robison’s own “Oklahoma Christmas,” about accidentally slipping out the occasional “Oh Lord,” and “Jesus Christ,” while gathered around the family Christmas dinner table.

The husband/wife team will be adding to their holiday repetoire during the show, as well as performing from their own acclaimed catalogues of material.

For artwork (like the photo included in this email) review copies, interviews or further info, please respond to th is email or call Kim Fowler 615.228.7177

Thank you and have a lovely day.

Published in: on November 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , ,

Overdrawn Over Christmas

“Overdrawn Over Christmas” set to light up phone lines like a Christmas tree

It’s the perfect novelty holiday song for these trying times, and this week Bill Hennes of is beginning to work “Overdrawn Over Christmas” to Radio. The tempo song is timely, it’s hooky, it’s funny, and as Bill wrote last week, “Wow….this is a SMASH… it!” Tommy Joe Wilson, who many on the Row believe is poised to become the next breakout star from the Lone Star State, sings the heck out of this very danceable song. The veteran Country programmer Jay Phillips said, “I’ve been picking hits for 30 years. THIS is a hit!” The writers include veteran hitmakers Duane Hitchings (he wrote four of Rod Stewart’s biggest, including “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”) and Don Goodman (writer of Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red,” Alabama’s “Angels Among Us” and many more), and the lovely Oklahoma singer/songwriter and veteran Radio sales star Amy Jack. “Overdrawn Over Christmas” will also be serviced to Radio via cdTEX in San Antonio.

“Overdrawn” is perfectly timed for this holiday season, when it seems that everybody, including major banks and Fortune 500 corporations – and even the U.S. Government – are overdrawn themselves. Companies big and small are laying off employees and shutting their doors, so your listeners will certainly relate to “Overdrawn Over Christmas,” which is far stronger musically and more relatable lyrically than “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” which has gotten holiday spins every year since 1984. “Overdrawn Over Christmas” is guaranteed to give your listeners 3 minutes of smiling relief from the challenges this holiday season. –

By Phil Sweetland, Publisher, Country Insider weekly Enewsletter for Country Radio



Broadcast companies, for your free copy send contact info to

For more information about Tommy Joe Wilson, check out

HoldFast Entertainment
38 Music Sq. East
Nashville, Tn. 37203

Published in: on November 11, 2008 at 8:18 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Randy Rogers Band Self Titled CD on Sale now

The Randy Rogers Band has a new CD out as of 9/23/08 simply titled “Randy Rogers Band” You can pick one up at Red River Marketplace for $13.99 Check it out!

1     Wicked Ways
2     Better Than I Ought To Be
3     Lonely Too Long
4     One Woman
5     Never Be That High
6     Didn’t Know You Could
7     In My Arms Instead
8     When The Circus Leaves Town
9     Buy Myself A Chance
10     Break Even
11     Let It Go
12     This Is Goodbye
The Randy Rogers Band: Randy Rogers (vocals, acoustic guitar); Geoffrey Hill (vocals, electric guitar); Jon Richardson (bass guitar); Les Lawless (drums); Brady Black.
Personnel: Brady Black (vocals, fiddle); Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Todd Cooper, Sean McConnell (vocals); Eric Borash (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, mandolin); Radney Foster (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Clayton E. Corn (Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboard); Craig Krampf (percussion).
Recording information: Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA.
A honky-tonk good time from one of country’s most dependable acts, this self-titled set by the Randy Rogers Band shows the group at their best. Produced by new traditionalist country mainstay Radney Foster, RANDY ROGERS BAND features 12 tough, scrappy country-rock songs that eschew formulaic “all my rowdy friends” type cliches. As a result, songs like “Never Be That High,” “When The Circus Leaves Town,” and “Wicked Ways” at times sound like nothing quite so much as contemporary country’s version of the early albums by Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty.
The Randy Rogers Band built its audience by combining forces: It’s a dynamic live act centered around songs that fit the rowdy, party vibe of the concert circuit, but their songs also say something. That’s particularly true in the new album, RANDY ROGERS BAND, in which a dozen persuasive tracks give the listener plenty of reasons to want to down a celebratory brewski. But the songs also maintain a depth that makes them powerful and provocative.

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 4:02 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

Real Life – Real Music Season 4

WOW season 4 of the Real Life-Real Music Songwriter series held at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands is underway. Kyle Hutton does a fabulous job hosting the show!  This season’s lineup is:

Oct 28 – Rick Trevino
Nov 11 – Sisters Morales
Nov 18  – Bryan White
Dec 2  – Rodney Hayden
Dec 16 – Shelly King
Georgia Middleman
Idgy Vaughn
Jan 13 – Dale Watson
Jan 27 – Sunny Sweeney
Feb 10 – Perfect Stranger
Feb 24 – John Evans
Jamie Richards
Mar 10 – Billy Dean
Mar 24 – Jesse Dayton &
Brennen Leigh

This is a free dinner show so remember to call 281-367-3774 for reservations. $12.50 per seat deposit now required which will be credited towards your bill.

For more details, go to

Thanks to Katie Key from Texas Music for the Country for this news story!

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 3:11 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Wade Bowen returns to host his 11th annual “Wade Bowen Classic” concert and celebrity golf tournament to benefit Postpartum Support International (PSI) on November 2-3 in Waco.

The all-star concert kicks off the two-day event at the Heart of Texas Fairground GE Building at 7:00pm on November 2 featuring Bowen and friends, including Cross Canadian Ragweed with more guest announcements in the coming weeks. The golf tournament the next day is a two-man scramble and will take place at beautiful Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.

“I’m so proud of how this event has grown and how everyone has come together to raise so much money,” said Bowen. “This year we are partnering with PSI, which hits really close to home for me because my wife battled postpartum depression after the birth of our first child, and I know how severely it can affect families. Believe me when I tell you that it is a cause that needs more awareness.”

Tickets for the both portions of the weekend are available through and start at $15. In the two previous years, the “Wade Bowen Classic” has raised almost $60,000.

For additional information for more information about sponsorships or group ticket discounts please visit

Thanks to Katie Key from Texas Music for the Country for this news story!

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 3:05 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , ,

Granada Theater Dallas on YouTube

Here is the message I got in an eMail from GT

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 2:56 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , ,

See Bearfoot Live

November 14
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Tickets $30 and $27.50

Nov 16
The Mucky Duck
Tickets $15

Bearfoot, the young bluegrass-influenced band out of Alaska, has been building quite a buzz this year with standing-ovation sets at Merlefest, Old Settlers Music Festival, Telluride, and The Philadelphia Folk Fest to name a few. The band recently added Odessa Jorgensen, formerly of the Biscuit Burners, to the lineup after Annalisa Tornfelt left the band to spend more time with family.

Bearfoot originally got together as students at music camps in Alaska when the youngest was just 14. Amazingly, for such a young band, they became regular crowd favorites at prestigious festivals including Wintergrass, Grey Fox, Strawberry Festival, and seven consecutive years at RockyGrass. In 2001, they gained notoriety by winning the Telluride Bluegrass band contest, joining the prestigious ranks of previous winners Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek.

Like the aforementioned Nickel Creek, and now in their 20s –  the band takes bluegrass into a freer form of acoustic music. In fact, only a portion of their repertoire is still true bluegrass — but, with chops honed at an early age in such a demanding genre, their skills and influences are undeniable. Bearfoot mixes earthy pop-influenced songs between  romping bluegrass instrumentals, and tunes that would sound at home on a Billy Holiday album. All members interchange vocals, while song structures are revitalized with blues stomps and sweeping, unconventional harmonies. They released Follow Me last year to critical note, and will be going into the studio this winter for a release in 2009.

“Follow Me, prodigious musical prowess is matched with an obvious collective spirit of adventurousness, which is perhaps surpassed only by the shining, soaring harmonies.”

“Bearfoot is an egalitarian sort of band with a taste for switching things up. Mournful ballads give way to folksy three-part harmonies, which in turn make room for romping, bluegrass-instrumentals.” The Boston Globe

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , ,

Katie Armiger’s BELIEVE on Sale Now!

I just wanted to let you know that Katie Armiger’s new CD, BELIEVE is available now at and iTunes.



Buy at Amazon
Buy at iTunes


“At its frequent best, Katie Armiger’s stunning second album recalls one of country music’s greatest talents. The Houston teen’s voice boasts a high-lonesome gorgeousness that recalls the early days of Patty Loveless. Katie Armiger grows by leaps and bounds on Believe, a sophomore album that catapults her well past today’s Nashville princesses and into the heart of real, pure emotion. If Believe doesn’t make Katie Armiger a star, people simply aren’t listening. This is the best album by a young country artist I’ve heard in years.” – Joey Guerra Houston Chronicle

“Overall the album is more up-tempo than her previous release, as she aims squarely for a soaring vocal brand of high-energy country, not dissimilar to Sara Evans or Martina McBride. “Jealousy,” has the fire of Shania Twain, while Armiger’s jaw-dropping voice gets showcased fully in cuts including “Trail of Lies,” the inspirational “Wash Away,” and the most hook-filled song on the recording, “Unseen.”” – Newhouse News Service

“Katie has this unbelievable big voice – and while a lot of lesser talented vocalists will attempt to sing to the back of the seats, trying to show off their chops, this young lady smartly pulls back sometimes – for the enhancement of whatever song she is performing… she is one of the most pure and refreshing talents to come along in a very long time. – Jim Asker AllAccess

Katie Armiger’s latest release is the perfect example of how things should progress between a debut and a sophomore effort. You want to show that you’ve grown with your music, but haven’t changed so much that you sound like a completely different artist. Thankfully, with Believe all you have to worry about is sitting back and enjoying the fine music by this talented young lady. What I like about Katie’s music is that she’s not afraid to take songs and lyrics to new levels. Anyone who listens to this album should Believe in Katie as much as I do, because she has all the potential in the world. –

Published in: on July 26, 2008 at 7:29 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

FREE CD Download!

You read that right a FREE CD!!

The Gougers are offering up their new CD A Long Day For The Weathervane as a free download!

Just goto and enter your eMail address and the eMail address of 3 friends and they will send you a link to download the CD in MP3 format (zipped of course).

I did and it worked fine!

I’ll get a review posted sometime this week!

Published in: on June 16, 2008 at 1:15 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Amanda Graves needs our support

The web site New Country Star has a poll going for best new female artist and Amanda Graves is nominated. Go on over and vote for her. She needs our help!

Help spread the dirt!

Click here to vote!

Published in: on July 11, 2007 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment