River Jam Artist Preview: Zac Wilkerson

There’s a soulful, groove based sound bounding down from the panhandle courtesy of Zac Wilkerson and The Wayward Souls.  ZW and crew jumped onto radars a couple year’s back by winning an LJT contest and getting on the coveted bill of that festival.  They have followed that up with a steady grind of gigs and some fantastic studio efforts.  Wilkerson’s music evokes influences as seemingly disparate as Walt Wilkins and Bill Withers…or Tom Petty and Otis Redding. This is music that will make you dance, sway, sing, and stomp backed by lyrics that make you think.  It’s a win-win. River

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River Jam Artist Preview: Jesse Dayton

Few artists come to the table with more legitimate bonafides than Jesse Dayton.  He’s the real deal.  A hard-charging troubadour with a range of style and catalog of songs to back up his badassery.  Lead guitar for Waylon and Cash? He’s done it.  Selling out venues across the globe?  He’s done it.  Collaborating with Rob Zombie on film projects? He’s done it.  Quite simply, if it’s cool, it is Jesse Dayton.  He’s not only an alarmingly great guitar slinger, he’s a songwriter of significant talent as well.  Dayton’s live show is renowned for its intensity and energy and we’re beyond

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River Jam Artist Preview: Kayla Ray

A honky-tonk throwback firecracker.  Relatively unknown outside of her central Texas roots, she’s drawn comparisons to other stone cold troubadours.  She’s somewhere between Dale Watson and Miranda Lambert if that makes sense to you.  Her records have been produced by Jason Eady so that should sort of give you an idea of what this girl brings to the table. Excited to have her back at River Jam this year and let people experience her music for the first time. **She is joining fellow River Jam artist Haley Cole at Floathouse this weekend if you’d like a preview! RJ Tickets:  RJ Tix

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River Jam Artist Preview: Austin Meade

  Lyrics and melodies for days, with the young energy to push them into your consciousness.  Austin’s on that cusp of being a very buzzed about act, and rightfully so.  Meade carries on the proud tradition of singer/songwriters hailing from Aggieland, but with a fresh twist.  Meade brings a drummer’s timing and a bluesman’s heart to the show.  He’s charmed our River Jam audiences for three years on the acoustic stages and this year he’s bringing the full band to rock the mainstage.  It will be a set that you will be talking about. River Jam Tickets:  RJ Tix Performance

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Favorites of 2017

The albums, songs, people and places (in no particular order) that were our favorites in 2017. ALBUMS             John Baumann – Proving Grounds Baumann had already established himself as perhaps the finest writer of his class, and this album catapulted him to one of the finest writers period. “Old Stone Church” is as real and honest as it gets.             Zephaniah OHara – This Highway Throwback, old-school honky-tonk can be kitschy and poorly done…this is neither.  This record sounds as if it was unearthed from a time capsule circa 1968

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