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Music’s a Garden…Dig It

Much has been made about the salad/tomato female country singer comments.  It’s a sad, brutal reality for female artists, these guys just delivered the facts coldly, directly and oddly.  The good news for fans of our kind of music is that country radio doesn’t really impact or dictate what we listen to or dig.  We don’t discriminate where it comes from or whom it comes from as long as it meets our lofty expectations.  As fans of this scene of music we long ago gave up the bastion of country radio as our sole source of discovering new music. We migrated to web and social channels years before that was common.  Word of mouth and a few tweets from people you respect are generally all it takes for you to check out an album or artist.

Texas is currently blessed with an amazing crop of talented female artists.

At the forefront of the current trends in Texas are artists that redefine what Texas music is.  What country music is for that matter.  They push forward, invent and reinvent.  Chief among these artists are:

Jamie Wilson.  Jamie’s latest record, Holidays and Wedding Rings, is the best collection of tunes that have ever surrounded her achingly beautiful vocals.  That’s truly saying something when she has a catalog of solo, Trishas and Gougers material that would make a solid career for most songwriters.  The music is a bit more lively here and the songs a bit more lived in.  This … Keep Reading

{Brad's Corner} June 2015: Comfortably Numb No More

{Brads Corner}

The past few years I’ve drifted, almost subconsciously, away from focusing as intently as usual on lyrics.  Melodies and guitars began to overshadow the words of the songs I dug.  I attribute this to my children coming in to my life and a bit of boredom and complacency with much of the music I’ve been hearing.   Sure, I still heard lyrics and even reveled in them from time to time…but they weren’t hitting home like they were previously.  Recent life events have caused lyrics to find their way back home into my heart and soul.  It’s funny how the circumstances in which you hear a song can have such a gigantic impact on your interpretation of the song.

Songs that once meant nothing more to you other than you knew they were good, now find a place in your psyche.  They say the things that your brain or heart are  unable to get out on its own.  Other instances are kind of like reuniting with an old friend.  Music is magical in that way.  It’s cliche, but it truly is the soundtrack to our lives.  Triumphant at times, mellow at others, somber when needed and grounded assurance when required.  Thanks to modern technology we are easily able to make a playlist to fit any mood without having to swap out records, cassettes or cd’s.

This ease of listening makes at times makes our listening habits less intenful.  The simplicity and overwhelming volume of media at our fingertips can be a … Keep Reading

{Brad's Corner} May 2015: It’s Okay

{Brads 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 … Keep Reading

{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

{Brad's Corner} April 2015: Transferring to the Tube

{Brads Corner}

The way we consume media in these modern times is quite different from how we took it in as recently as five years ago.  Streaming and avenues like Apple TV and Netflix allow us to gluttonously devour television series and movies as if we were headed to Whataburger after a fast.  We don’t consume these shows quietly either.  We must blast our latest viewing habits out on all manner of social media.  Why do we do this? Because we as humans crave a connection.  We want to share our joy and love of something and feel validated.  Finding someone else who watches and enjoys the same show as you bonds you in some sort of unexplained social lockstep.  And, boy can we get passionate about these shows we watch.  Whether it’s Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Scandal, House of Cards or you name it…we will jump up on the highest cliff and stump for it harder than the 2016 candidates are striving for the White House.  We will beat the drums and tell people why it’s awesome and why they should watch.  We will act incredulous when someone tells us they haven’t seen it or didn’t enjoy it when they tried to watch it.

I used to see that same kind of passion about music.  But, it’s rare these days.  It’s easy to blame it on the changing fads or the death of both country music and “Texas Country”.  Yet, there has to be more to it.  I think … Keep Reading

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