John Baumann is one of the finest young songwriters plying his trade in Texas and beyond at the moment. He’s developed a knack for hard-scrabble emotional lyrics paired with sneakily infectious lyrics. He’s as adept at drawing from the well of personal experience as he is observation and imagination. That’s not an easy trick for any songwriter to learn, yet Baumann mastered it all before age 30. He’s experienced a lot of love and loss in his young life, including the uber impactful experience of unexpectedly losing his father as a young man. This loss informs even the brightest moments
At Galleywinter, we pride ourselves on sharing music from promising new artists that we think you’ll dig. At age 12, Jack Barksdale is about as young and up and coming as it gets. It takes all of 30 seconds watching Barksdale play guitar that you realize there’s something different about this kid. There’s no G, C, D campfire strumming to his style. It’s guitar slinging, a beautiful melodic fit of chicken pickin’ and slide playing that would make Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson smile. But Jack Barksdale is more than just a guitar phenom. He’s first and foremost a songwriter,
The first time I heard the name Bleu Edmondson, it came from the lips of a SMU sorority girl who was more well to do than anyone I had ever previously met at that point in my life. We were co-revelers at your standard college kegger. She was in the Hill Country with some friends and my group ended up near hers in the line to fill our plastic cups. She was talking about how her parents were going to throw her a huge rager out in Lakeway just because. They told her she could book any band she wanted.
What does live music look like now? What will it look like moving forward? There is so much uncertainty and too many unknowns to predict what it will look like with any degree of specificity. Since around March 16 it’s looked like a flurry of live streamed performances across various social media platforms. There have been hits and misses. We started our very own GW Covid Concert Series back in that mid March timeframe with Jack Barksdale. We attempted to be innovative and involve Twitch, Instagram and YouTube as the platforms. It sounded and looked great. The interface was super
The Hold My Beer Volume 1 release from Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers dropped five years ago. It was a rallying testament to the type of classic country music that they grew up on. Lloyd Maines punched all the right buttons and the songs selected made a statement from the opening single “Standards” to the infectious radio single worthiness of “Ladybug”. Five years later we now have Volume 2. Bowen and Rogers reconvened the same cast of characters and upped the fun quotient. This is the country music of the late 70s and 80s that evokes the best of Moe
You know Kyle Nix as the fiddle player from the Turnpike Troubadours, but the entire country music world is about to know him as singer/songwriter Kyle Nix as he is set to release his debut solo project Lightning on the Mountain and Other Short Stories on June 26. In this edition of 20 Questions, Kyle details the moment he felt like Turnpike had made it, explains what happened in that famous Rich O’ Toole incident and gives some the complete breakdown of writing and recording his new album. Nix will also soon be a guest on our Galleywinter The Co-Write
BJ Barham has carved out a spot among modern songwriters with his a signature brand of hardscrabble songs that evoke the best parts of Springsteen and Isbell, but with enough Carolina grit to make them completely his own. As Barham’s band has grown and undergone changes, so has his recorded output. The changes are subtle and smooth. On the Aquarium’s latest release, Lamentations, producer Shooter Jennings works to smooth out the rough edges where necessary, yet also amplify them when mandatory. Barham’s not afraid to tackle any subject. Politics, addiction, abuse, desperation, elation, parenthood, economics. It’s all here. American Aquarium’s