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Sharing and Collective Creativity

This entry may be horribly incongruent & scattered, and I apologize for that. Coffee & stuff. Also typos.

I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I’ve been thinking about where it comes from, how to stimulate it, how to harness it… all kinds of things. This has led me to reading interesting articles & books, to watching YouTube videos, to drawing, to writing, to creating music. I tend to post a lot of these things I’m doing online. Sharing them with the public as if they should have some kind of interest. Only after reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, did I realize that that has somehow become a weird part of my creative process…

Early in the book, Kleon states:

Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. These people aren’t schmoozing at cocktail parties; they’re too busy for that. They’re cranking away in their studios, their laboratories, or their cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and hoarding their work, they’re open about what they’re working on, and they’re consistently posting bits and pieces of their work, their ideas, and what they’re learning online. Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it – for fellowship, feedback, or patronage.

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LJT Campsite Jams

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We are teaming up with our friends over at TXRDR.com to bring you the best of what makes LJT special each year:  those unique and magical acoustic moments around campfires.  The guitar pulls that last until sunrise and feature some kid you’ve never heard of singing his heart out right alongside someone who headlined the mainstage earlier the previous day.  The feeling of community and spiritual harmony that is found in these instances can’t be matched and we’re stoked to be joining forces with the TXRDR boys to bring you the best of the best.  We’ll be cultivating a special set of campsite jam sessions Thursday-Saturday nights.  We did this in the past with Mandatory FM to great acclaim and aim to recreate that magic.  Drop by and say hi after the mainstage shuts down.  It’s gonna be a scene not to be missed!… Keep Reading

2014 LSM Award Nominees

The  nominees for the 2014 Lone Star Music Awards were announced this morning.  You can vote once per email address by clicking HERE.
We are humbled and honored that once again, Greenfest was chosen as a nominee for Festival of the Year.  The entire field of nominees in each category are filled with special people, songs, events and albums, we are lucky to be included in such amazing company.

Album Of The Year 
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
Randy Rogers Band – Trouble
Shinyribs – Gulf Coast Museum
Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War
William Clark Green – Rose Queen

Country Album Of The Year 
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Cheater’s Game
Chris King – 1983
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
Kyle Park – Beggin’ For More
Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain
Zane Williams – Overnight Success

Americana/Roots-Rock Album Of The Year 
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Quaker City Night Hawks – Honcho
Reckless Kelly – Long Night Moon
Shinyribs – Gulf Coast Museum
Sons Of Fathers – Burning Days
Thieving Birds – Gold Coast
William Clark Green – Rose Queen

Singer-Songwriter/Folk Album Of The Year 
Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves
Drew Kennedy – Wide Listener
Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You
Owen Temple – Stories They Tell
Patty Griffin – American Kid
Slaid Cleaves

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LJT 26 Lineup Released

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You can find the entire line-up HERE at 10AM central, and it is already posted on the LJT app for iPhones.  Here are a few highlights we are looking forward to.  As always, this is a formidable and very comprehensive lineup that has something for every taste and fan.  There are country acts, rock acts, folk acts, legendary acts and new acts.  Sometimes back to back.  The list below is far from comprehensive, it just includes many of the sets we won’t be missing and felt were particularly notable.

(all times approximate)

TUE APRIL 22

8:00PM – Bud Light StageBart Crow returns to the mainstage of the festival he started attending as a Tarleton State student in the late 90′s.  He was off the bill for a couple years before returning and he never sounds better than out at LJT.

WED APRIL 23

3:30PM- Allsup’s Stage -The reverend Walt Wilkins takes to the Allsup’s Stage with his Mystiqueros backing him.  It is sure to be a soulful, mystical and magical trip through Walt’s catalog of songwriting gems.

4:30PM-Allsup’s Stage –  In the words of Robert Earl Keen, “the great Joe Ely” takes the stage next. Ely is known for his intense live shows that have inspired everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Clash.  This should be no different.

6:00PM -Bud Light Stage – One of our favorite bands, Uncle Lucius, makes their LJT debut.  Nobody brings it quite like our favorite uncle.  A country jam band … Keep Reading

Six Market Blvd Heads Down Different Roads

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Much like the recent high profile departure of Josh Weathers from our music scene, tomorrow night Six Market Blvd says goodbye with a gig at their home base of City Limits in Stephenville.  The band, known for its fresh energy and zestful live show is calling it quits so lead singer Clayton Landau can focus on other endeavours and callings.  Landau will be pursuing other business ventures and pouring his musical talents into praise music.  The rest of the band, Josh Serrato (lead guitar), Ben Hussey (bass/vocals) and Red Shahan (guitar/vocals) will forge ahead with a new project that finds Shahan in the lead role.

This band has had a formidable five year run.  They rose quickly up the ladder of Texas Music through the power of their unique songwriting and a strong base in the Stephenville-Fort Worth areas rooted in their formation at Tarleton State University.  They’ve been a friend and advocate to Galleywinter and we, along with everyone else that has been charmed by their music will miss them.  Here’s to the good times and the music that will live on into perpetuity. Best of luck to all and we look forward to digging into the new music fronted by Shahan.

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