November 2021 – Gratitude

I’m thankful for music.  I’ve been blessed quite a bit in life, but nothing quite competes with music for my fanciful wanderlust and attention.  It’s my chief hobby.  Sure, I’ll hunt and fish and I’m a diehard sports fan for my squads…but music consumes me in a way like no other entity.  If there’s a free spot on my calendar, I’m looking for a show.  And, there’s still nothing quite like the thrill that I get when I hear a song that resonates with me for the first time. Music isn’t just good for the soul, it’s essential. For many

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October 2021: Drafting the Biz

The Texas Music scene in 2021 is kind of like your favorite sports team that hasn’t won a title in a couple years.  The roster is aging, the fanbase is satisfied but restless and everyone is waiting for the draft pick, coaching change or free agent signing that’s going to turn things back to a championship level.  This is not to mean that the squad isn’t scoring victories, because we’re racking up dubs with Cody Johnson selling out arenas nationwide, Koe Wetzel packing baseball stadiums, Parker McCollum playing the Opry, stalwarts like Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen keeping things

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Aug 2021 – It Lives in Here

Andy Dufresne had just spent two weeks in solitary confinement, better known as the hole, when he emerged bemused and seemingly even more confident than when he had gone in. His mess hall buddies were confused and still roaring with laughter about the stunt that put Andy in the hole in the first place. Andy had leveraged his position as prison librarian to obtain a shipment of LP’s and books. One of the records was an Italian opera.  “Le Nozze di Figaro,” specifically the Duettino “Sull’aria to be exact. Andy barricaded himself in the wardens office and blared the recording

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River Jam Artist Preview: Mike Valliere

Copper Chief is a band that has established itself as a preeminent rowdy honky-tonk outfit that can translate that style from the biggest stages to the most historic bar rooms.  Leading that charge alongside Rio Tripiano is Mike Valliere.  Mike Valliere handles many of the lead vocals for the band and is in the midst of an acoustic tour with fellow River Jam artist Mike Stanley.  The last stop on their jaunt is Lone Star Floathouse and River Jam 2021.  Come see Mike V play your favorite Copper Chief songs, perhaps an obscure cover or two, and you just might

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River Jam Artist Preview: Nyles Robakiewicz

Shaker Hymns is a band on the verge of breaking through.  The music they make is in the vein of vintage Cross Canadian Ragweed and contemporary Whiskey Myers.  There have been many bands to play in that style, but few emulate it and create their own vision of it with the verve and originality of Shaker Hymns.  The San Marcos based band is led by Nyles Robakiewicz, an adept and versatile stylist both with his voice and six strings.  As an ace guitarist, Robakiewicz has learned when to step on the pedal and when to throttle back.  He does the

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