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LJT 2015 Must-Sees

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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)

MON APR 20

8:00PM–Gary P. Nunn–T-Bird’s--The venerable singer/songwriter kicks things off for 2015 with his road-tested and proven old school Texas country jams.  If you’re starting your LJT experience on Monday and going the entire week, God Bless you.  This is the first time we can recall music starting on Monday!  There’s a party comin’ on for sure.

TUE APR 21

8:00PM–Delbert McClinton–Bud Light Stage–The legendary Texas blues howler takes to the mainstage for a set that will take place after his son Clay and prior to a set from Casey Donahew Band.  Our money is on the veteran Delbert laying it down like nobody else can.  He’s still got it…the Lone Star Blues and the goods.

WED APR 22

2:00–Cody Canada and Mike McClure–Allsups Stage–This is where things start to get greasy.  This classic Red Dirt pair’s annual acoustic shows under the small tent back in LJT’s relative infancy were always a true highlight.  It’s very cool to see them doing it once again.  Get there for this one.  There will be songs, stories, surprises … Keep Reading

Haggard Undercover

Merle Haggard is one of the greatest American musicians of all time.  His influence is immense and legendary. The Texas/Red Dirt scene is littered with tributes to The Hag and on the occasion of his birthday we’ve compiled a few of the best.  Hit up the comments section and let us know others that you dig.

 

 

 

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Sturgill Mania

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It’s been quite some time since an artist captured the collective heartbeat of the underground country scene quite like Sturgill Simpson has done.  His rise has been historic and meteoric.  Fans of all stripes are flocking to Sturgill as some sort of country music savior.  His latest Texas run is the most recent indication of his current status.  Sell-outs at large venues at Beatles/Garth rates occurred.  Fans are traveling from far and wide to see their latest hero.  Sturgill’s easygoing attitude and calm nature about it all has only endeared him to people further.  There is a tiny hipster minority of folks waging a Sturgill backlash but they can’t stem the Sturgill tide.  Who’s coming to see what all the fuss is about this weekend?  Many of the GW crew will be at both Stubb’s shows and the Billy Bob’s gig.  See you there.  Come say hi.  As a music fan, this is livin’ the dream.

April 2 – Stubb’s – Austin, TX

April 3 – Billy Bob’s – Fort Worth, TX

April 4 – Lubbock Memorial Civic Theater – Lubbock, TX

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Ray’s of Hope Concert and Golf Tourney

Our good friend Wade Bowen and his Classic aren’t the only golf game in town, or the state, as it were.  Some folks in Gatesville have rounded up quite the cool line-up for a golf tournament fundraiser in a couple weeks. April 11-12.  A concert featuring some really cool acts such as full band performances from Adam Hood, Jason Eady and Thieving Birds will be alongside some acoustic performances from acts you don’t get to see very often anymore: Ryan Turner, Ryan James and Clayton Landua formerly of 6 Market Blvd.  The opportunity to raise some money for a good cause AND see some guys jam some tunes that you don’t get to see much anymore is too cool to pass up. We hope to see you in Gatesville on April 11-12.

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Lift Up Jayce Ward

Josh and Heather Ward are part of the Galleywinter family.  They’re what we like to refer to as “old-skool”.  Heather was a part of the original Tore Up From the Floor Up group that birthed this website/community.  We’ve watched Josh grow from banging around on a couple chords to becoming one of the most successful independent artists in Texas at the moment.  Recently, their young son Jayce has been beset by some medical issues.  The family has circled the wagons around their little man and due to this Josh and Heather have missed a great deal of work.  Postponed gigs equals postponed money that the family could use now.  Due to this, a GoFundMe has been set up for the family where you can learn more about Jayce’s prognosis and the family’s story.  The Texas Music Family at large, and the Galleywinter family more specifically, encourage you to consider donating to the Ward’s.  They’re good people…and they’re family.

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