Happy New Year my friends, it’s the newest edition of Face the Music – the weekly article that highlights a few shows from the past week, provides you with a heads up for CD releases, updates you with life events for band members and the Galleywinter family, and gives you a glimpse of upcoming events in the Texas/Red Dirt Music scene. Check back each week to keep up with the dirt in and around the scene!
Shows in Review: Texas invaded the Rockies last week when Dickson Productions held its 21st annual Musicfest in beautiful Steamboat, Colorado. Dozens of Galleywinter members, thousands of Texas Music fans and over 30 bands made the pilgrimage to Colorado for the party! If you were wondering why there weren’t many shows last week, it’s because you were looking in the wrong state! Those who were in attendance came back with memories, pictures and stories. You can read about them in the TX/Red Dirt Events forum. Well, at least those fit to print!
Every year at MusicFest the Center for Texas Music History honors a living legend. This year they dedicated the event to one of the most influential members of the Texas Music community; Ray Wylie Hubbard. This year’s tribute included a 4 hour acoustic show dedicated to the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard. Participating in the event was: Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Cody Canada, Hayes Carll, Stoney Larue, The Dedringers, Brandon Rhyder, Wade Bowen, Bonnie Bishop & Matt Powell and many, many more.
Artists came together to talk about how Mr. Hubbard influenced their music, helped them in their careers and, of course, to sing his songs. The song swap was followed by a set featuring Ray Wylie himself accompanied on the guitar by Cody Canada and Ray’s 12 year old son, Lucas. This was truly a touching and once-in-a-lifetime event!
If you would like to see this living legend in action please visit RayWylie.com for tour dates and information. You can also hear Ray most Tuesday nights on KNBT FM in New Braunfels where he hosts his popular radio program Roots and Branches. If you’re not in the New Braunfels area you can listen online at KNBTFM.com
Ray Wylie Hubbard with Lucas Hubbard
Upcoming Events: The Bleu Edmondson Band and Micky & the Motorcars are teaming up for a show at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas this Thursday night!
Fort Worth fans have a few choices this Friday night: The Mike McClure Band is performing at the Horseman Club. While just around the corner at Woodys Tavern Wade Bowen & West 84 will be performing.
The Dedringers will also be performing in the DFW area this weekend. You can catch the duo on Friday night at Love & War in Plano and on Saturday for a FREE show at Adairs in Dallas!
And in Austin, The Randy Rogers Band and Brandon Rhyder take the stage at the Midnight Rodeo on Saturday night.
Stoney LaRue will be performing at the Hat Tricks in Lewisville on Saturday.
Hayes Carll and his band are filming a video on Thursday and Friday of this week. Be sure to catch them while they’re still in Texas. Hayes will be taking off for a 3 week tour of the UK in mid February. You can see him this Saturday in Austin and next weekend in Houston. Safe travels Hayes!
See Brandon Rhyder this Saturday at the Midnight Rodeo
Tina Mitchell Wilkins recently released her debut CD Espiritu with Highway 29 records. You can see Tina perform songs from her new CD along with her husband Walt Wilkins this Sunday, January 15th at the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth. The CD is available from Lonestarmusic.com
Jack Ingram’s latest Live CD Wherever You Are hit store shelves this week. This album was recorded Live at Gruene Hall and contains a studio track of Jack’s new single Wherever You Are. Jack recently talked about the meaning behind each track on the album to GAC. You can read what Jack has to say about these songs on GACTV.com Join Jack for a CD release party this Friday, January 13th at Big Texas Saloon in Houston or next Wednesday at the Granada Theater in Dallas. The cover for both shows is $17.00 and that price includes a copy of the new CD. You can also find them at Lonestarmusic.com and JackIngram.net
Coming Soon: Two Texas Music favorites have new albums dropping in February: Wade Bowen & West 84 and No Justice are both releasing albums on February 21st. You can pre-order yours now at lonestarmusic.com. And don’t forget to check the concert calendar for CD release parties!
The Dirt: 2005 was a big year for Dierks Bentley! In addition to his most recent album going platinum, being inducted into the Opry, headlining a wildly successful tour and taking home a CMA award, Dierks ended the year by tying the knot! Dierks wed his High School Sweetheart on December 18th in Mexico. Galleywinter wishes Dierks and his new wife a lifetime of happiness and continued success! Jack Ingram will be hosting GAC’s Edge of Country January 11th-17th. For more details visit GACTV.com
The most recent issue of Mavrik Magazine features Wade Bowen. Wade sat down with Mavrik to talk about becoming a Dad, his new CD, the band and the future of his music. Also in the January/February issue is an article about Greenfest and the history of the event. If you’re not already a subscriber, get your copy today at Mavrikmagazine.com
The voting has commenced! The 6th annual Gruene with Envy awards are almost upon us. Be sure to log your vote for your favorite artist at gruenewithenvy.com. While you’re there, get your tickets for the January 29th awards ceremony in Austin, TX. Performing at this year’s awards are Wade Bowen, The Eli Young Band, Micky & the Motorcars, Jason Boland, Stoney Larue and many, many more!
Until next time, see ya where the music is playing!
~Meg, Nee Nee & Stu