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Jub Jam 2018

by: Cody Starr

Galleywinter’s M.O. has always been “Support Music You Love” and that mantra extends to other aspects of our lives, including supporting good causes. Last year we began covering Jub Jam, a charity event put on by George “Jub Jub” Dunham, morning drive radio host of our favorite sports radio station, Dallas-Fort Worth’s “The Ticket” (KTCK 1310 AM, 96.7 FM). It’s a night of live Texas Music and a charity auction, all benefitting The Senior Source, an organization providing medical and other social services to the elderly. Another worthy line up is set with recurring Jub Jammers – Bobby Duncan, Steve Helms, Kylie Rae Harris, and Michael Padgett all performing. The P1s will get to see The Gordon Keith Band and George’s band, The Bird Dogs will hit the stage before giving it up for headliners No Dry County and Cody Jinks.

Seven years in, Jub Jam has outgrown its previous home at the historic Kessler Theater and hopes to get comfy at its new digs – Southside Music Hall at Gilley’s. Despite being a bigger boat, tickets for the event are scarce, but you can still get your hands on some by going to www.theticket.com.

Last year’s coverage included ALL the Jub Jam, with history plus a slew of interviews from musicians (Flatland Cavalry, Steve Helms, etc.) and Ticket on-air hosts. This year will be similar, so check back in the coming weeks for follow up video, interviews, photos and maybe a failed bit or two.

To kick this thing off, I sat down with George and the good folks at The Senior Source to do a Jub Jam Preview. We talk about the event, artists, special guests, and touch the sports page with random Rangers stuff. Enjoy.

Final Note: our podcast boys from The Co-Write (Bobby Duncan and Donovan Dodd, our own BaD radio if you please) will also be there. Come hang with us on April 19th at Gilley’s and enjoy a great night of live music and help raise money for a good cause.

{Brad's Corner} April 2018: Beyond the Surface

{Brad�s Corner}

Red Shahan released a fantastic new record this week.  It’s his second straight home run.  Despite his growing notoriety, he still remains an enigma and that has definitely helped spur his buzz.  In this modern age of sharing every details of our lives online and then having those details sold to the highest bidders, it’s unusual and refreshing for an artist to hold some mystique.  The most interesting part of Shahan is that it’s almost unconscious.  He’s just living.

On the flip side, there are artists such as Kacey Musgraves who also delivered a fantastic new record all but prodded into public consciousness via social media.  Kacey is a smart singer/songwriter who has also developed a knack for knowing what buttons to push to keep her career moving forward as country radio/industry remains landlocked in the 90’s. (see also Miranda Lambert et al). Musgraves shares everything with no filter or bs.  Whether it’s a novelty karaoke microphone, a sparkly dress or a song she just wrote, she puts it out there.  This open honesty has connected her to fans worldwide because it fits her music.

The lesson here, for artists, is to be yourself.

Be true to who you are.  Fans are craving authentic interactions.  Red Shahan is the cosmic, caustic Texan songwriter who writes weirdly evocative songs about desolation and intimacy with equal insight.  Kacey Musgraves mines the melancholy of life in all forms: love, loss, hypocrisy, culture and relationships. In turn she delivers it in these striking tones of originality and creativity.  Saying the familiar in a fresh way.

I fell into a wormhole on my “Old Skool Country” Spotify playlist recently and listened to nothing but Rodney Crowell and KT Oslin nonstop for nearly 72 hours. KT Oslin was the Kacey Musgraves of her era…but in a different way.  She didn’t fit the mold by any stretch.  She was a mid 40’s female with the resume of an out of work actor off Broadway.  But, Harold Shedd (producer of Alabama) heard a few of her tunes and knew that it was just different enough to be huge.  He was right.  Oslin wrote about her life.  Not a fantasy life, but her own.  Jilted wife, nostalgic midlife, successful businesswoman.  Her viewpoint resonated because despite the attitude found in some of her work, she was being true to herself and in turn true to millions of others.  Musgraves has found that ground.  Taking a kernel of truth and expanding on it until everyone knows what she’s about.

The difference is, we all saw what Kacey Musgraves looked like long before we heard a note.  Image is everything and it precedes the music.  Be it self promotional posts on IG or Twitter or some press blitz created by a team or label.  Whereas, back in the day I distinctly remember seeing my father seeing KT Oslin on TV at one of the bazillion country awards shows.  I believe she was doing “Hey Bobby” (upon further review I think it was THIS performance from Farm Aid) and him remarking “That’s not what I thought she looked like.”  Not in a bad way.  But, he and millions of others had created this image in their heads.  Yet, once you saw her the persona fit the music. It all made sense.

The same can be said for when you first see Red Shahan.  He’s not selfie posting on IG.  His Twitter feed is a maze of humorous and mysterious non-sequiturs and bon mots. There aren’t a ton of sleek professional videos on YouTube.  He’s a throwback.  To take him in, means to see him live.  And when you see the stout redhead stride to the microphone, guitar slung unruly, eyes closed and letting out one of his signature vocal runs, you have that same realization my father did all those years ago about KT Oslin. “Oh yes, this all makes sense now.”  Part cowboy, part poet, part guitar slinger. The songs become even more visceral.  Coyotes, oil fields, closed emotions inside open spaces. Shahan delivers it all and makes you relisten to the records with a renewed sense of enlightenment.

Sometimes it’s good to not know where the artist is coming from, who they are, what they look like or what their story is.  But, that’s rare.  Oftentimes, it only enhances the songs.  Does knowing Townes Van Zandt was an alcoholic drug addict make “Waiting Around To Die” even more poignant and haunting?  You bet it does.  Enhancements for the sake of the song.  Most people just listen to the song and are done with it.  They take it in like they’re taking a drink of water while not that thirsty.  We’re not most people.  We take it in as if we haven’t had a drink in days.  We find it sacred.  We are curious.  We want to know more.  Where. Why. How. Who.  The inspiration.  The reason.

Red Shahan and Kacey Musgraves (and countless others) give us the answers to those questions and the answers to questions we didn’t even know we had.  That’s what great music does.  Reassures you.  Inspires you.  Motivates you. Makes you think.  Makes you feel.  Don’t ever stop thinking or feeling the music.

 

MINOR CHORDS:

-I’ve been in the lottery for the Masters for several years, never made it.  This week some guys I know made it.  One day I will.  I’ve been able to cross off most of my sports bucket list. Wrigley is falling this summer.  That just leaves Augusta and the Rose Bowl as the two largest remaining.  I’ll get there.

-Speaking of baseball season, just as I thought, the Rangers look terrible and the Astros look unbeatable.  H-town friends, y’all are going to be good for a long while.

-It’s LJT month.  Shenanigans await.

-When you look up at the sky this weekend, just know that Parker McCollum is up there on Larry Hooper’s jet.

-River Jam details will be out very soon!  It’s like waiting in a room for a surprise birthday party guest of honor to arrive.

-I love the spring.  I hate her allergies.

-Topo and Tito’s.  Trust me.

-This month’s recommended album: in addition to the Red and Kacey albums, I recommend taking a trip through the Pat Green tribute album Dancehall Dreamin’.  The biggest standout to me was John Baumann on “Nightmare”.  But, I also dug what Jack Ingram did with “Wave on Wave” and Cory Morrow with “Adios Days”.  Up next for a tribute album should be Rusty Wier.  I’ll continue to beat that drum.

-“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” – Mark Twain

{Brad's Corner} March 2018: The Places They are a Changin’

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The recent news that Dale Watson had moved to Memphis sent ripples far beyond the Countrypolitan honky-tonk scene he made thrive in Austin.  It was seen as the largest domino to fall in the fight to keep Austin what it was. … Read the rest

{20 Questions} Johnny Chops Revealed

by: Cody Starr

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It’s been 5 years since Johnny “Chops” Richardson rolled out his first solo project, “Sticks & Stones” with his band The Razors. A couple more Randy Rogers Band records in the books and a lot of highway miles to go along, Johnny Chops has found the time and thanks to his fans, raised the money via PledgeMusic, to put out a self-titled, second offering on March 23rd.… Read the rest

Mile 0: Worth Every Mile Getting There

by: Cody Starr

We started the week bringing you Brad’s thoughts on Mile 0 Fest and we’ll end the week with mine. As usual, they’ll be some media to add pictures to words.

Let’s start by rehashing a tweet sent the moment the festival closed on Saturday night.… Read the rest