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Greenfest Artist Preview: Charlie Stout

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Charlie Stout is a multi-faceted artist, perhaps best known for his work behind the camera lens as opposed to his work bending six strings; however, his songwriting is every bit as vivid and praiseworthy as his photography.  Although not native to Texas, Stout’s work and personality lend themselves to a certain Texas pedigree and charm that is undeniably riveting.  This stuff is deep, this stuff is grand, this is something to truly behold.  Come see what Charlie has to say, share and show at #GF15.

Greenfest tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sun July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse.  5PM.

Years at Greenfest:  Debut

Twitter:  @charliestout

{Brad's Corner} July 2015: Friends and Family

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The old saying that “friends are the family you choose,” is so very true.  When you go through hard times you discover this via a very unscientific mix of flakiness and sturdiness.  You find out who you can count on and who you can’t.  Another favorite saying of mine related to this is, “no friends like old friends.”  The amigos you’ve known the longest are like tall oaks in a forest of weeping willow trees.  They stand tall and proud alongside you.  They don’t cowotow to your weaknesses and the accentuate your strengths.

Many years ago I was adopted by a musical family of friends.  We shared a common passion and a common workday timewaste on the old PatGreen.com message boards. Pre social media, this was about as high tech as it got.  Some of the greatest friends I have, I met via this scenario.  We may only see each other occasionally throughout the year, and when our annual family reunion rolls around some of us may be so busy organizing things that we can’t sit down and catch up as we’d like…but I know they’re that tall oak in the forest for me.  They’ve got my back. During the recent hard times, many have reached out to help reaffirm my foundation and assure me that things will be okay.  Their advice has been indispensable and well-timed.  This crazy, musical family of friends is bonded together through thick and thin.  Marriages and divorces.  Births and deaths.  Good times and bad times.

Thread that runs among all the relationships of this little OKOM family is just that: the music.  There are times when music feels like my only friend.  And, I know you’ve felt that way too, even if you don’t want to admit it.  Music boosts us when we’re down, and boosts us higher when we’re up.  It consoles us during grief and cajoles us when we’re weary.  It can be spiritual, powerful, emotional, digestible, forgettable, unforgettable, magical, fantastic, realistic, easy, hard, sensual, plastic…it can be whatever you need, whenever you need it.  Music lives in our hearts, minds and souls.  It’s in the air we breathe, it’s in the fabric of our beings.  Having that as common connection to other people is not to be taken lightly.

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Greenfest Artist Preview: Larry Hooper

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Larry Hooper is the type of songwriter who’s work is criminally unheralded.  He flies under the radar, yet that does not and should not diminish the impact his music has.  To borrow from the piece Brad contributed to his biography, “Larry Hooper is a songwriter of great depth, quality and renown. His lyrics radiate with a realness few others can come close to reaching. His intelligent wit is matched by his generous spirit and infectious humor.”  Drew Kennedy adds, “Larry Hooper is smart, witty and kind, both in person and in song—a combination that is rarely found in music today.  I’m a fan.”  Essentially, Hooper is an artist balancing many things in his craft and doing it well.  He’s been a friend to this website and many members of the Galleywinter community at large for a number of years and we’re thrilled to have him back on the Greenfest bill.

Greenfest tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sun July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse.  7PM.

Years at Greenfest:  2

Twitter:  @Hooper

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Greenfest Artist Preview: Josh Grider

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Josh Grider has long been a Galleywinter favorite dating back to his earliest performing days in Waco.  Hand in hand with that, Grider has performed at Greenfest in various forms.  Acoustic, full band, trio, special guest…you name it.  Each time he has killed it. Each time he has brought something special.  Each time he’s left the crowd wanting more.  Grider returns to Greenfest this year as part of the Lone Star Floathouse acoustic songswap jam.  The past few years have found Grider on a continual career upswing;, and scoring several hits on Texas Radio. We’re proud to have been on the bandwagon since the beginning and even more proud to have him play Greenfest again.  Josh just released his latesst single, “You Dream, I’ll Drive” which you can purchase HERE.

Greenfest tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sun July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse.  8PM.

Years at Greenfest:  8

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Greenfest Artist Preview: Nick Verzosa

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Nick Verzosa is a songwriter in the smooth, intelligent mold of a Max Stalling.  Don’t let the smoothness trick you into missing the grit that populates some of his songs and lyrics.  Nick has a way of crafting songs and delivering them in packages that are multi-layered…just like his singing voice.  Adaptable, flexible and always fitting the song.  Nick Verzosa has the type of songs and show that are the perfect complement to an afternoon spent next to the Guadalupe River with your friends…lucky for you, you can do just that at #GF15!

Greenfest Tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sun July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse.  Approx 5PM.

Years at Greenfest:  Debut

Twitter:  @NickyTheFlip

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