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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Quarantine Comfort Courtesy of Diamonds, Gasoline and Rollercoasters

Social media is currently a small, wooden boat carelessly adrift in a sea of fear, anxiety, boredom and general listlessness. It has given rise to creeping paranoia, despair and a flood of mini-polling data that now informs you as to what 10 random things your friends don’t like, which Tiger King character you most identify with and how much certain friends resemble their firstborn child. In the spirit of the times and a disrupted sleep pattern that found me up way too early on a Sunday morning, we tossed out the query “If you could only listen to one album

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