River Jam Artist Preview: Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley may be the hardest worker in a music scene full of them.  It’s rare that he’s not gigging.  If the day ends in Y, he’s got a guitar in his hands on a stage singing his blues laden spin on Texas Music.  A serious artist with serious chops who is respected by his peers for his songwriting ability and affable nature, Stanley is growing his fanbase one night a time. He’s logged hours in just about every hub of the larger music scene you can imagine, but currently resides in central Texas…which makes reaching those 7 night a

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World Premiere: Sun Valley Station – “Church House”

In the modern music era, the visual arts are often as important as the auditory elements of breaking a song. Shrinking attention spans, TikTok virality and the ever present YouTube are like vintage MTV on steroids. Bands seeking to break through understand that to make things happen, they must crank out content that will be shared and discussed. This has led to an entire new career path for creative types as many of the major bands in this scene and nationwide now hire full time content creators. Some bands, like Sun Valley Station, know when to call in the big

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River Jam Artist Preview: The Cole Trains

Sprouting from the deserts of Arizona is an Americana powerhouse of a band co-fronted by Texan Shane Britt. Britt is joined by TJ Taylor at the forefront of the roots rock project which borrows as much from Red Dirt as it does the larger sonic sounds of Tom Petty and Foo Fighters. Speaking of the Foos, the Trains debut record, Lucky Stars, was recorded with Cody Canada at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles. This is a band on the come-up that has been touched with greatness and is paying it forward. We don’t get bands from Arizona torching

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River Jam Artist Preview: Thieving Birds

Thieving Birds are a rock band at their heart and a country band in the soul.  Heavy riffs mix with heartfelt lyrics that grab your attention and hold it.  Lead vocalist Ace Crayton is an able and adept singer that twists his octaves into all manner of emotional ranges.  Their songs range from ballads to foot-stomping bangers.  Thieving Birds are a band that is based in Texas, but has found acclaim nationwide.  If you like bands like Whiskey Myers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, then you will love Thieving Birds too.  Come jam the river with them on Sat July 31 at

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RIP Chad Sullins

Chad Sullins passed away unexpectedly from an aortic valve rupture on June 27, 2021. Chad Sullins was under appreciated and over talented. He wrote great songs and delivered them in a natural style that conveyed whatever emotions he was trying to put across. This is a significant loss for the Oklahoma music scene and Red Dirt at large. While never quite reaching the top of the mountain, Sullins carved out a career that was admired by his peers, lauded by critics and attached to by fans. Sullins cultivated a strong base in Stillwater, but had diehards in every pocket of

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