River Jam Artist Preview: Gunnar Latham

A new arriver on the scene, Gunnar Latham’s love for music sprouted while growing up devoted to two sets of religious beliefs – the Southern Baptist church and rodeo. His father was a bull riding preacher, so it only made sense for Gunnar to wrestle steers while singing in the choir loft on Sundays. In 2019, Latham decided to take the Josh Ward route, dropping his calf rope in favor of his guitar. With the spring release of is first EP titled “Volume I”, Gunnar begins a different kind of grind, the one of a young country singer trying to

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River Jam Artist Preview: Drew Cooper

Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Drew Cooper is working to make inroads within the Lone Star State. With influences ranging from Garth, to Bruce, to even Ragweed, it’s pretty obvious his blend of Americana integrates well with Texan tastes. Rather than twang, Cooper’s music is dosed in blue collar grit with rock influences, thanks mostly to a grizzled voice that’s raw and to the point. But even through the sandpaper, Drew can slow it down and deliver a ballad that’s tender and soothing. Come let Drew Cooper win you over. He’ll be playing the Sunday showcase on Aug 1st, down at

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River Jam Artist Preview: Mason Lively

Mason Lively is another young up and comer we’re really high on. He started in the right places, with Cheatham Street and other Hill Country venues helping to get his feet wet.. He’s also learning from the right folks, his latest self-titled release was produced by Wade Bowen and Justin Pollard. Lively’s brand of country is an easy listen, anchored in Texas tradition while channeling a little John Mayer and bits of classic rock to spice things up. The songwriting and melodies are solid and he’s on his way to becoming a next generation mainstay in this scene. Mason will

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River Jam Artist Preview: Ben Kadlecek

Ben Kadlecek is next up in what is a rich music lineage to come out of Texas A&M. Kadlecek’s burgeoning catalog leans more rock than country, with biting guitar rhythms and runs that complement his radio friendly vocals. He’s still getting his feet wet, but he’s young, hungry and the banger potential is there. We’re ready to see where this Aggie goes. Ben Kadlecek will be hitting leadoff during our Sunday show at Lone Star Float House. Get there early and see this cat in action. Performance date/time:  Sun Aug 1 at Lone Star Floathouse Years at River Jam:  Debut

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River Jam Artist Preview: Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson got his start in music a little later in life than he planned, having fought a host of demons and bad decisions that trail back to his childhood. After raising three daughters, Johnson unleashed years of pent up thoughts and feelings into his pen, quickly becoming one of the most competent and underrated songwriters in our scene. He’s garnered some national attention with his personal opus, “Hemingway”, an epic concept album featuring cleverly interwoven stories and songs that draw on every part of the human experience. Our 2018 review covers it all. Spirit, beauty, tragedy, hope and horror,

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