Looking back and seeing the title of my end-of-year piece for 2019 was “It’s Been a Hell of a Year” seems laughable at this point because, without question, 2020 pulled a “Hold My Beer.” While the media likes to show us the world on fire and how we can’t agree on much of anything, I think most of us can agree on a common pool of emotions to describe the past twelve months. Sick, tired, lonely, worried, irritated, angry, dismissive, sad, skeptical are all almost certainly there, with a few other choice words thrown in to customize your recipe for
Avoiding all the cliches about how awful 2020 has been is difficult when compiling a list such as this. Or really just looking back at the past 12 months in any capacity. It’s unprecedented in so many respects, but particularly from the arts perspective. Concerts shut down. Venues closed. Movie theaters shuttered. Yet, as they will always do, artists found a way. And that way for musicians was to keep plugging along. Sure they couldn’t perform and play in the traditional manner, but they kept grinding. Live streams and album releases kept the music going until they could be joined
1. What’s new and exciting in the world of Bri Bagwell? First of all, quarantine made me a brunette because I decided to save the salon cash and grow my hair out au naturale for a bit. News alert! It’s not bright blonde without the bleach. Also, my music video for “As Soon As You” was on CMT for nine weeks. I can’t believe I’m typing that – we did the music video during quarantine with one camera man, a very limited team (in masks), clothes/props I ordered from Amazon (because the stores were all closed), and then the song
“Songs are like tattoos.” – Margo Price Tattoos are permanent. Sure you can pay tons of money to have them covered up or removed, but the memory remains forevermore. Songs are the same way. And much like tattoos, songs seem to come to us at just the right time. Some are visible for a short period of time and others are indelible marks on our psyche and soul. I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason. Songs and music are no different. Music, people, events all hit you at the right time in your life. Your opinion of
In case you missed it, we covered The Panhandlers’ show last Thursday night. Before downbeat, we got a backstage interview with Josh Abbott, John Baumann, William Clark Green and Cleto Cordero. We cover the origin story of The Panhandlers, what it’s been like trying to start a band during the pandemic, and some fun “20 Questions” type stuff you’ll enjoy. Cheers folks. We also posted a few highlights from the show up on our Galleywinter YouTube page. Go subscribe and enjoy.
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,
Wade Bowen delivered us some joy over the Labor Day weekend by dropping a new EP he’d secretly been working on during the lock downs. At first, I didn’t know what to make of the track list for The Waiting. It was kind of like peeking into a bag of Halloween candy and seeing familiar favorites (shout out Three Musketeers) mixed in with a few surprises. Even Bowen admits, “This EP is all over the place. The six songs don’t really fit together, which I like… and I did it on purpose. It’s almost like an encore on stage.” Here’s