Facebook Twitter RSS

Articles by Author

{Off The Cuff} The Real Girls in the Songs and With the Songs

As the father of a young daughter, husband to a strong wife, brother of an awesome sister and son of a loving mother I’ve been taking in all this “Girl in a Country Song” vs Bro-Country brouhaha with a keen interest from afar.  The Bro-Country phenomenon is a fad.  A passing fancy no different than the Urban Cowboy, Countrypolitan, Neo-traditionalist, or Hat Act eras. It’s interminable in the moment, but will be gone relatively soon.

The difference in those previous fads and the current Bro-Country one is that those paid deference to women (for the most part–there were sexist elements that were a product of their time).  They respected them.  They weren’t just booty shorts on a tailgate. They weren’t just compared to a melody or relegated to disrespectful arm candy via the most baseless, brain-dead lyrics imaginable. I can’t fathom Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Randy Travis, George Strait, Keith Whitley et al singing about throwing beer cans at a girl’s window, skinny dipping in a river, or stripteasing in the bed of a pickup. Would they possibly allude to those things?  Sometimes.  But, they’d do it in a very clever manner.

The degradation of women is nothing new in the hip-hop world.  The late 90′s/early 00′s was fraught with the same types of disrespect women are currently being shown in country music.   Rap music, at large, moved beyond those elements years ago.  Nashville is still embracing them (just as they rip off the most corny elements of that terrific, … Keep Reading

{Brad's Corner} August 2014: Scouting

{Brads Corner}

A few weeks back at Greenfest, I was having a conversation with an artist who wasn’t on the bill but was just there to take in all the music.  He told me “Galleywinter does it right, man.  Y’all are always ahead of the curve.” This is a sentiment I heard several times throughout the weekend and have heard many times before.  One time somebody compared us to the old Buzz Bin videos on MTV if you’re old enough to remember that.

Being in front of trends is a dangerous thing on the night you’re promoting a concert, but is a thrilling thing all other 364 days of the year.  Heck, it’s even thrilling the night of the big show. Our community has been all about exposing, promoting and sharing music we dig since Pat Green was a newcomer. Over the course of the past 15 or 16 years we’ve seen trends, bands, styles and artists come and go.

This process is very similar to that of a pro sports scout.  A grizzled baseball scout looking for that 5 tool player.  A hardened football scout seeking that raw, athletic phenom.  A gruff basketball scout searching for that versatile player that can fill multiple positions and hit a jump shot.  And so on. We’re always simply looking for new bands (and old) that turn our ears. Are they doing something new, unique, different, original, cool?

Over the years, we’ve identified bands we thought were on the cusp and they proved us right.  … Keep Reading

Do It For Durrett

DoItForDurrett_event

Monday Sept 8th at Billy Bob’s some of the brightest names in our music scene will gather to pay tribute to a sportswriter named Richard Durrett.  If you’re unfamiliar with Richard’s story, you may ask why?  Well, the answer lies in the fact that he was an unusually kind, caring person and really thorough professional journalist.  The type of guy that by the recounting of friends would text out individual texts for Fathers Day, New Year etc instead of a group text.  The type of guy that worked his way up the journalistic ladder quickly in the cutthroat world of modern sports journalism via sheer kindness and tenacity.  Tragically, Richard passed away suddenly at his home a few weeks back.  He leaves behind a young family.  His friends have organized this concert as a way to raise funds for his kids and honor their friend.

We can’t announce the line-up exactly just yet because of some fun, music-biz legalese radius clause stuff…but just know that you don’t want to miss it. In addition to the music, the night includes one of the largest sports auctions of all time.

For complete info:

Follow @DoItForDurrett on Twitter
For More Info/To Buy Tickets:  http://doitfordurrett.com/?p=569Keep Reading

Greenfest Sunday: Kickstarting the Tip Jar at the Live Concertwindow

maxresdefault

In this day and age of modern music the Kickstarter method of raising funds to make records is very common.  That concept is becoming so murky that recently, as a bit, a man started a Kickstarter to fund a potato salad purchase to prove a point.  The last time I saw a story on it, he had over $40,000.

We added the Sunday portion of Greenfest five years ago.  In the early days of Greenfest we’d had a number of acoustic acts in front of the full bands on Saturday night and they always got swallowed up sonically.  There were notable exceptions such as the time Stoney LaRue headlined acoustic with the fiddle of Jeremy Watkins as his only accompaniment. For folks that have attended many Greenfests, that set still stands out and is talked about with great reverence.

We love acoustic music and songswap sets just as much as the rock show, and we wanted to give a stage to that.  But, we didn’t want it to have a stuffy listening room vibe.  Mind you, we expect that you’re quiet during the songs if you’re near the stage, but we also wanted to provide an area that would enable folks to chat and party periodically without ruining anyone’s vibe.

That led us to the Hill Country mecca of Lone Star Floathouse.  Terry Gillespie and the gang have been on board with our ideas from day one.  They are the coolest floating outfitter on River Road and have the best … Keep Reading

{Brad's Corner} July 2014: Authentic Coats From the Cold

{Brads Corner}

One of the many things that originally attracted me to this music so many years ago was the reverence paid to the forefathers of the “genre” by the young guns.  The first time I heard Walt Wilkins via Pat Green sing about Jerry Jeff and Guy Clark being coats from the cold cleverly resonated with me to my core.  Here were new artists reaching out and paying respect to the road-pavers of their cottage industry.  This doesn’t happen in a genuine fashion in other realms of music.  The faux cries about Hank and Waylon from the Nashville bro-crowd ring hollow.  But, when Cody Canada cuts a record of underground Red Dirt classics, that’s legit.  For every Aldean Lite that is pumping up Johnny Cash, there’s a Randy Rogers promoting the goodness of a Kent Finlay.

That’s not to say we haven’t had our fair share of fake callouts that stand alongside exuberant, exaggerated river trips that float atop suds of Shiner and Lone Star Beer. Thankfully, these are easily identified and castigated for what they are:  trash that is no better than the stuff I derided in the first paragraph.

I’ve said it so many times, but it bears repeating…what we all crave is authenticity.  Be yourself.  Be true.  People will respond.

In the instances I’m talking about here, pay true homage to your heroes.  Don’t do fake shoutouts in your songwriting and live shows because you think that’s what people want to hear.  When Drew Kennedy revels onstage about … Keep Reading