River Jam is a Cut Above

River Jam, born of Greenfest, has been a tradition dating back 20 years.  It has evolved from a one-off let’s get together at George’s Bar in Waco and toast Pat Green and get to meet these people in real life that we only know behind a screen into a full fledged three day event.  Its evolution has mirrored that of the Galleywinter community and the Texas Music scene at large.  Underground, word of mouth has expanded into well known commodities. The format and location may have changed over the years, but the heart remains the same.  Whether we were at

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June 2022 – Zach Bryan is Blowing Up, but…

No act has blown up quite the way Zach Bryan has in the last two years.  Beginning during the initial Covid lockdown, buzz has steadily grown to a roar around the young Oklahoma singer/songwriter.  His rise has been a throwback to the type of word of mouth grassroots growth that typically was a hallmark of the early internet/pre-streaming era of the music business.  A network of individuals rising to form a colossal block of support, fandom and revenue.  Just last week, Bryan released his major label debut, a double album entitled American Heartbreak. An ambitious project that is also a

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Pat at 50

My entanglements with the music of Pat Green are well documented.  I’ve written and spoken thousands of words about it over the last 20 plus years.  The wave of energy that crested in the late 90s with Pat’s ascent is something that will not be recreated or experienced again.  His affable awshucks demeanor, blazing stage presence, professional band, catalog of songs and general attitude had not been seen before and it has not been seen since.  He took what Robert Earl Keen and Jack Ingram were doing next level.  He leaned on guys like Walt Wilkins and Joe Ely to

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Bowen Music Fest 2022 – The Return

After a two year hiatus due to Covid and all that implies, Wade Bowen is roaring back with his hometown Bowen Music Fest in Waco on April 9-10, 2022.  Bowen says, ““This year’s festival means more than ever because of having to miss the past two years!” The 2018 and 2019 editions found Bowen relocating the event to Baylor University’s McCLane Stadium facilities and expanding the booking reach by bringing in such large font, top of the poster headliners as Jamey Johnson, Cheap Trick, Tracy Byrd and REO Speedwagon to intermingle with the Texas/Red Dirt names of the day.   The

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Clubhouse Concerts Reunion

Through venue changes and shifts in the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Joni Beard always provided a top notch venue through which songwriters were able to bare their souls to receptive audiences. By following 3 main rules: sit down, shut up and listen; the Clubhouse was able to attract a very talented and diverse roster of guests. The Clubhouse atmosphere fostered and helped grow the careers of Ryan Bingham, Randy Rogers, Jason Boland, Jamie Lin Wilson, Mike Eli, Jason Eady, Wade Bowen, and Stoney LaRue among many others. The Clubhouse literally sprang from an apartment complex commons area.  Joni Beard aka Miss

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