Sad songs make me happy. That’s not just a slogan you see on a shirt or Uncle Bekah hat. It’s the truth. It’s true for me and it’s true for many. There are parameters on it though. It’s not an everyday thing. It’s a when the mood strikes thing. And it’s not necessarily happy. But, it is definitely comfort. I received some troubling news recently regarding the health of a close family member. After the cursory and mandatory calls and texts had been made, I turned to the music. I alway have. Through every triumph, struggle, setback, comeback and mundane
Bri Bagwell has carried the torch as the preeminent female Texas Music performer for the last decade. If there’s a festival bill, you can bet she’s on it. Far too often she has been the only female on those bills. Undeterred, Bagwell has always taken advantage of her opportunities. She and her Banned have won over fans from across Texas, Oklahoma, the country and even Europe. Bagwell has been featured on TV shows and Texas radios for a decade. She’s proven to be fearless, driven, humorous, relatable and multi-faceted. Her career has been built on the strength of her live
Six albums into a career can pigeonhole an artist. Throw in a few live offerings and you think you have a pretty good understanding of what a songwriter is and is trying to convey with their music. Wade Bowen is no different. He’s a brand unto himself. Solid. Heartworn. Country. With a rocking live show. It’s been that way going back to his West 84 roots. He’s always taken the stone cold country overarching approach in the studio and married his Zeppelin meets Keen live show to go along with it. I believe it was my The Co-Write podcast cohorts
From their forthcoming new album The Highway and The Boulevard, produced by Josh Serrato (William Clark Green), check out the new single from Shaker Hymns titled ”Weight of the World”. Principal songwriter, guitarist and singer Nyles Robakiewicz presents a raw, intense blast of guitar riffs and melodies layered with an impressive range of vocals distilling lyrics that are fueled with post Covid angst. The sonics are somewhere between Aerosmith and Whiskey Myers, and supremely Texan.
Relationships are the bedrock foundation of anything. And that is most definitely the key with regard to Galleywinter. So, let me tell you a little story or two. Way back in the day, in the very early internet era, some friends and I were crowded around my bulky PC connected to the net via dial-up. We were seeking information on this new guy we were hearing about from our friends in Dallas named Bleu Edmondson. He was blowing their minds. Well, while we were online we decided to see what Pat Green was up to and plan our next roadtrip
While Stoney LaRue was down in Key West with everyone living his best Buffett life, he dropped a new live record to kick off what looks to be a more open and music filled summer. Double Live 25 is exactly what it says it is… 25 tunes plucked straight out of the modern day Stoney LaRue experience. Familiar favorites, groove-filled extended interludes, lots of guitar, soul and Stoney energy. We got to chat with him to discuss the record, his goings on, and of course the other random questions we bring to the 20 Questions segment. You just got back
Sometimes the best medicine for a sick world is comfort food, and we’re about to be fed chicken fried steak, homemade biscuits and a big bowl of Soul Gravy. That’s right, The Departed’s refresh of the Cross Canadian Ragweed catalog has commenced, and batting lead-off is 2004’s Soul Gravy. Why the re-release? It’s the familiar story of record company sleight of hand, assuming ownership of music from naïve artists getting their first big deal. In the case of Cross Canadian Ragweed, the bulk of their catalog was released under the Universal South label – Cross Canadian Ragweed (a.k.a.“Purple”), Soul Gravy,