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Michael Jackson passed away on this day in 2009.  In that time, many artists have paid tribute to the polarizing figure in very cool covers.   Here are 4 of our favorites.

Greenfest Artist Preview: Austin Meade

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Austin Meade came to our attention last spring as we were rounding up artists for LJT jams.  He reached out and we reached into his catalog of tunes.  What a find this dude is!  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.  We forecast he’ll be one of your favorite 2015 discoveries and one of your favorite sets of Greenfest 15.

Greenfest Tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sunday July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse, 5PM

Years at Greenfest:  Debut

Twitter:  @Austin_Meade

I Left Texas a Teacher, and Came Back a Real Songwriter

by: Kimberley Lewis

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I can sum up my review of the Red River Songwriter’s Camp in three words,  “Start saving now!”  Seriously, it was a modern day Breakfast Club.  If you consider a 9:00 am to 4:00 am diverse group of eclectic songwriters with the backdrop of mountains of  inspiration in Red River, New Mexico to be modern day:  The chemist, the teacher, the retired fireman, the website designer, the full time musician, and the kid to name a few.  Yes, even my 11-year-old was there. What does she have to write about?  The death of her sister that will make you cry more than this North Texas rainfall flood.

Then there were the masters, the teachers who fearlessly led the first campers like we had all been friends for decades:  Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Josh Grider, Kelley Mickwee, Jana Pochop, Brandy Zdan, and Drew Kennedy.  And lastly, the songwriters/artists that you haven’t heard of yet.  Mark my words, there were some that you will be writing your life’s soundtrack in the next few years.  Lucas Bevan for one.  Just saying, you heard it first here.  There were lots of crazy good writers, 18 campers total, and more talent than I imagined or could possibly explain.

The day’s classes were held in The Motherlode Saloon whose history itself contains the writing of Jerry Jeff Walker’s classic “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” by Ray Wylie Hubbard.  Workshops included everything from creating an online presence to master classes where our … Keep Reading

Greenfest Artist Preview: Mark Allan Atwood

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Mark Allan Atwood is a music business veteran.  He’s been knocking around the Texas scene for nearly 30 years.  He’s fronted country bands and metal bands.  But, at the root of it all has been his authentic songwriting.  Inspired by the likes of legendary songwriters such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt, Atwood stands on their shoulders as he crafts his own tunes.  He pairs his genuine lyrics with an immediately identifiable singing voice, and these combinations have allowed him a great deal of success.  Atwood has won many awards and scored several regional radio hits, and we’re proud to have him on the Greenfest bill once again as he was one of the standouts from last year’s Sunday serenade.

Greenfest Tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sunday July 19 at Lone Star Floathouse, 6PM

Years at Greenfest:  Two

Twitter:  @MarkAllanAtwood

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Greenfest Artist Preview: Crooks

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As a band that has been bubbling just under the radar the past few years, Crooks are poised for a breakout in 2015.  Slow building a loyal fanbase with solid releases and must-be-seen live shows have catapulted the buzz on this band to a new level.  July brings a new record release and will certainly take the band to that coveted next level.  What else happens in July?  Greenfest.  Join this explosively talented band at their jump off.  Come see them at GF15 and be able to say I saw them when…

Greenfest Tickets:  http://greenfest.preferredfan.com/

Performance date/time:  Sat July 18 at River Road Icehouse.  Approx 7PM

Years at Greenfest:  Debut

Twitter:  @CrooksCountry

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