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{Brad's Corner} May 2015: It’s Okay

{Brad�s Corner}

The recent buzz of the Chris Stapleton record has caused a great deal of talk to spread across online music fandom.  As with any quick rise in status, (see Sturgill Simpson), there is an expected backlash.  Even if it is a minor one.  Not everyone is going to “get” everything.  I don’t “get” Lucero.  I can appreciate it.  But, it’s not my thing.  I’ve tried to get into it because so many people I respect and trust claim them as their favorite band.  It just hasn’t clicked with me.  And, the important thing to know is that’s okay.

We at Galleywinter have always striven to be a filter among the noise that highlights music we dig.  It’s not always everyone’s cup of tea and from time to time we’ve been stuck with the “music snob” label.  But, when an outfit such as this loves “Donut Taco Palace”, that can’t really be a valid label.

Music is about what you feel.  It either hits you in the soul or it doesn’t.  It should make you truly feel something.  Whatever emotion impacts you via music, let it reverberate to your soul.  It’s food for your soul.

Like what you like and make no apologies for it.  If you don’t like the same thing that everyone else does, relish that.  It means you’re unique and special.  You are doing  you.

We’ve always gone to great lengths to tell you what we are digging, not what we aren’t digging.  Music discovery is a personal experience.  It, like so many things in life, can be guided by advice and anecdotes. But, it all boils down to what you find appealing.

Music can also be appealing in one moment but not the next depending on your mood.  It’s why creating playlists based on mood and adventure is such a cool activity.  Lately, due to certain things happening, I’ve been mired in the sad stuff.  Jamming songs like “Cigarettes, Anger and Wine” on repeat as I sing along off-key and loudly.  But, the moment that mood passes momentarily and I want to pick myself up I’ll crank something like the aforementioned “Donut Taco Palace”.

The prism through which our souls hear the music make its impact different.  When and where it catches you.  What it says to you.  Sometimes it’s a forever missed connection.  And that’s okay.  It’s all okay.

MINOR CHORDS

-Been working through some pretty serious stuff lately so my LJT recap has been postponed indefinitely and this column took about 12 days past deadline.  Life happens whether we want it to or not.  Picking up my pieces and working through things has been aided by writing.  It’s a great form of therapy.  I’ve been writing lots of little blogs and blurbs that I may never publish for anyone.  But to get them out of my heart and head and on the screen has been cathartic.

-Headed to Minneapolis-St. Paul in July.  What’s to do?

-Rangers teasing us lately, but I’m not falling for it.

-Got rid of my truck for a car.  Haven’t had a car in 15 years.  It’s been both liberating and challenging.  After sitting up high for so long, I’m countering my frustrations with savings at the gas pump.

-2 months to Greenfest15.

-Been leaning on Jesus a lot lately, glad he never gets tired.

-I’ve been writing this piece every single month for 12 years and this was by far the hardest one to ever get out.  Thanks for reading!

-This month’s recommended album: Dalton Domino – 1806.  Latest in the Lubbock lineage has dropped a collection that is indicative of a world of promise.  This record is good, but what’s really cool is the ceiling it shows for his future releases.

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

{New Braunfels} Todd Snider’s #OccupyCheathamStreet

20150428_toddsnider_cheathamstreet_crop_1200“We are here and we’re not going anywhere all week long. I don’t care what anyone says. We are going to stay here, and we are going to protest against the negativity and the craziness in the world. We want people to just ‘Be cool’. We want our world leaders to just ‘Be cool’. We are going to occupy Cheatham Street Warehouse.”

That was the message from Todd Snider on the first night of what could be a very interesting week in San Marcos, TX. Not only is Todd Snider…

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Walt Wilkins’ guitar is home!

Photo: Austin PD

Photo: Austin PD

In short, Walt Wilkins owned a really cool, custom Gibson Americana that was given to him in 2006. The guitar was stolen in 2009, then 5 and a half years later it made it back to Walt’s very grateful hands. Walt was gracious enough to answer a few questions about the guitar and its journey.

Me: What’s the story on this guitar, and how did it end up in your hands?
Walt: It is a Gibson Americana model, which never went into full production by Gibson. Gibson made 3 of them for a benefit in conjunction with the public radio station in Marfa, TX. Willie played one at the show; there’s pictures of him with one of the guitars. It’s cool. The other guitar was given to Dan Rather, I don’t know why. I do know that one of my life-long friends found a way to contact Mr. Rather with a request to buy his for me after mine was stolen. His email in response was brief & definitive; not interested. The band began calling the guitar ‘Merica, because during a soundcheck somewhere I hit a big G chord through the house PA & my amp, and it sounded huge. I told the drummer Ray Rodriguez “that’s a big AMerican G chord, man.” He started calling the guitar ‘Merica. It was that goofy & simple.
note: The guitar was made from wood from an old Army Base in Marfa where Willie performed to raise money for the
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{Review} RR, WB, WCG and Monster Records

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“Well, it’s not really a monster track Mike.”

Jerry Jeff Walker spoke those tongue-in-cheek words over 40 years ago as the tapes rolled on his recording “Gettin’ By”.  It was a knowing wink that while the song was simple and somewhat off the cuff, Jerry Jeff knew he was on the brink of a movement.  It may not have been a monster track, but it was part of a monster moment.  Texas Music has had a few of those throughout the past five decades.  We’re on the cusp of another one this week with the twin releases of two highly anticipated albums.  The Randy Rogers-Wade Bowen duets record Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 and William Clark Green’s Ringling Road.  The anticipation for each is for different reasons.

Ever since Pat Green and Cory  Morrow released the rollicking, Lloyd Maines produced Songs We Wish We’d Written Vol. 1 in 2001 there has been a void of that type of vibe and music in this scene.  It was a shoot from the hip, free-wheeling ride through some of their favorite tunes.  Morrow has never sounded finer and Green has never sounded like he’s having more fun than on that collection.  Into that void, 14 years later, steps Rogers and Bowen. For many years these two have taken their Hold My Beer acoustic songswap concept and made it half house party-half listening room.  This record bends more toward the party aspect.  It reeks, in the best possible way, of late … Keep Reading

LJT 2015 Must-Sees

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Here are a few highlights we are looking forward to.  As always, this is a formidable and very comprehensive lineup that has something for every taste and fan.  There are country acts, rock acts, folk acts, legendary acts and new acts.  Sometimes back to back.  The list below is far from comprehensive, it just includes many of the sets we won’t be missing and felt were particularly notable.

(all times approximate)

MON APR 20

8:00PM–Gary P. Nunn–T-Bird’s--The venerable singer/songwriter kicks things off for 2015 with his road-tested and proven old school Texas country jams.  If you’re starting your LJT experience on Monday and going the entire week, God Bless you.  This is the first time we can recall music starting on Monday!  There’s a party comin’ on for sure.

TUE APR 21

8:00PM–Delbert McClinton–Bud Light Stage–The legendary Texas blues howler takes to the mainstage for a set that will take place after his son Clay and prior to a set from Casey Donahew Band.  Our money is on the veteran Delbert laying it down like nobody else can.  He’s still got it…the Lone Star Blues and the goods.

WED APR 22

2:00–Cody Canada and Mike McClure–Allsups Stage–This is where things start to get greasy.  This classic Red Dirt pair’s annual acoustic shows under the small tent back in LJT’s relative infancy were always a true highlight.  It’s very cool to see them doing it once again.  Get there for this one.  There will be songs, stories, surprises … Keep Reading

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