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Why Greenfest is Different

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There are thousands of music festivals each year.  They all share many common elements.  Large crowds. Long lines. Multiple bands. Multiple stages. Various settings.  A few bands you know. A few bands you don’t. And so on.

Greenfest has a few of those things, but it is truly different.  Spread over two days, Greenfest is built as a festival for true music fans.  It doesn’t strive to showcase the most popular bands necessarily, just what we feel are the best, most interesting, next big thing or most buzzed about.  There are areas for you to get away from the noise and network with like-minded music fans.  It’s not necessarily a music snob thing, it’s just a way to connect with people on your same wavelength.

More than a dozen years ago, as Galleywinter was in its infancy and the burgeoning online community was busting at the seems, plans were set in motion to have a get together to put faces with the handles and avatars.  That first event set in motion what has grown to be an established event that is part concert, part family reunion and part introduction.

Galleywinter and Greenfest have always been about the people first.  The connections that bind us first online and then in life.  There have been marriages, children, friendships, business relationships and more that have all spawned from meeting people via Galleywinter.  That’s why Greenfest is different.  Because Galleywinter is different.  There are millions of websites, but few that transcend from the virtual … Keep Reading

DK’s Backyard Innovation

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Last night Drew Kennedy walked out in his backyard with his guitar and a cold beer.  Nothing revelatory about that per se.  Kennedy had also set up a microphone, camera, laptop and a bundle of technology that would’ve made NASA scratch their heads in amazement in the 1960′s.  Nothing particularly special about that either in this day and age.  Plenty of people Skype, FaceTime and stream content online.

No, what made this special is the manner which Drew Kennedy presented this new venture.  Instead of you coming to his gig, he was bringing his show to you.  Wherever you are on whatever device you wanted.  Tablet, laptop, phone.  Your beer.  Your couch.  Your patio.  Your recliner.  It only cost a $1 to get in and you could tip him if he did something you really dug.  He told stories.  Took requests.  Etc.  It was a typical Drew Kennedy show, yet it wasn’t.

Again.  Other artists have done this exact same thing. This one felt more natural. More intimate. More unique.  Kennedy has a knack for this.  Whether it’s writing and releasing a novel or developing his own skiing-songwriting festival, Kennedy is ahead of the curve.  This is the same way.  He’s taken a general, modern music business idea and made it his own.  The future possibilities of private remote concerts and the like is limited only by Kennedy’s imagination.  He made this avenue of musical delivery his own and has already scheduled another one for September.  If you missed last … Keep Reading

{Brad's Corner} June 2014: Musical Gateways

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It was my granddad’s record collection that introduced me to Hank Williams.  The car radio of my youth instilled a joy and passion for modern country music.  A burnout in my 9th grade homeroom taught me about Pantera.   A childhood friend’s older brother blasted my head with hair metal and AC/DC.   Life and several musician friends made me really dig into the blues.

And, a busted old cassette tape made me fall in love with Texas Music.

Texas Music is unique in the broad spectrum of musical genres for a number of reasons.  But, one of the strongest has to be the manner with which people turn each other onto new bands.  That’s one of the reasons this website even exists!  It’s a community of like-minded individuals who decided to find a place (pre-Facebook/Twitter etc) to get together and enjoy music.  There is a continual domino effect among Texas Music fans.  They discover a new band that they really dig and they pass it on to their friends and it continues down the line until a whole wave of people are aware of some new band ripping things up.… Keep Reading

Red Dirt at Red Rocks: We Went There

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Red Rocks is the mecca of music venues.  This amphitheater near Morrison, CO is often ranked as the best setting in the world to take in a show alongside places like The Gorge, Hollywood Bowl, The Greek, Slane Castle, and Royal Albert Hall among others.   The list of acts that have performed on the hallowed Red Rocks stage reads like a Who’s Who of music history:  The Beatles, U2, The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix just to name a few.

In 2013, some performers from our little music scene were invited to join the talented roster of acts to take the Red Rocks stage.  I was unable to make it the inaugural concert that featured Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue and Casey Donahew.  So, as soon as plans were announced for a 2014 version of the show, my plans were set in motion.  I had to be there.  And I was.

What began with a 4AM alarm and hurried trip to DFW airport would end in a remote cabin in Evergreen, CO.

Red Rocks is majestic and magical.  You could really run out of adjectives to describe it.  What Wrigley is to baseball, Pebble Beach to golf, Madison Square Garden to basketball…that’s what Red Rocks is to music.  It is the venue. It’s nestled outside of Denver in the mountainside.  It’s literally carved from the earth.  There is no bad sightline and the vistas are breathtaking.  The sound can be spotty depending on … Keep Reading

RIP AG

 

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I first encountered Allan Goodman about six years ago, not long after he’d moved to Texas from California.  I was managing and booking Kristen Kelly, and the Modern Day Drifter project was in a period of transition after the departure of Joe Churchill.  We were seeking a guy that could play guitar, sing backing and lead vocals and write songs.  We put the call out and I was immediately inundated with referrals.  Of the dozens of name that poured in, the one that came  most often and with the most clout due to the backing of Shannon Canada and Wade Bowen was one Allan Goodman.  I reached out to him and we set up a jam/rehearsal in San Marcos.

The moment I met Allan I felt like I’d already known him a lifetime.  He had bright blue eyes and a big, warm smile.  Even though I’d only corresponded with him via email, he didn’t reach out for a handshake upon us first meeting.  He opened his arms and went in for a hug.  Not a bro hug, but a legitimate hug like you’d lay on your grandmother.  Conversation flowed as easily in the first five minutes with AG as it often does with your closest friends.  That’s just how he was.

After the jam, we all decided that Allan was great, but probably too good for what we were looking for.  I encouraged him to keep doing his solo thing and filling in with other groups until he found … Keep Reading