Saturday, 28 June 2014

Scott Dawson - 80 Miles To Nashville (2014)

Scott Dawson - 80 Miles To Nashville (2014)
This is the 3rd CD release from traditional country artist Scott Dawson. He is elated to have the opportunity to release yet another collection of original country songs. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio with the city's most polished session musicians, "80 Miles To Nashville" reclaims the heavy pedal steel/ twin fiddles combo that seems to be lost on today's country radio. His first 2 releases, "Dedicated Man" and "Many Years From Now" have received generous airplay worldwide and this new release promises to do the same. 2012 saw Scott perform his song "Sacred Circle" (A Grand Ole Opry Tribute) on RFD-TV's "Shotgun Red Variety Show" which is seen in approximately 1.2 million homes. His dream is to someday sing this song on the Grand Ole Opry. "80 Miles To Nashville" is Scott's bold new effort to reclaim country music's roots with songs ranging from a heartbroke fool to a single dad attending his only daughter's wedding. You won't be disappointed when you pop this CD .

Friday, 27 June 2014

Brushville - Brushville (2014)

Brushville - Brushville (2014)
Brushville is INTENSE…they are EXPLOSIVE…think matches and barrels of gasoline…with an unrelenting pressure on the audience of high energy…Brushville has been igniting stages all over the Midwest for the past 4 years. Being sought out by the BIGGEST and BEST events that the industry has to offer, including Chicago’s COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL, COUNTRY FEST and COUNTRY THUNDER in Wisconsin…as well as premiere venues like, 2 Time ACM NIGHT CLUB OF THE YEAR WINNER, JOE’S BAR in Chicago, Illinois and SPINNAKER BEACH CLUB in Panama City Beach, FL for SPRING BREAK!!

To prove just how much of an impact Brushville can have, they decided to enter the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary WILDHORSE SALOON in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushville came out on top and was selected the winner by a panel of top industry professionals including Michael Knox (the man credited with “discovering” talents such as Jason Aldean, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson).

To further add to Brushville’s resume…they have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s MEGA-STARS including:

Brushville blends five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience. Brushville has been expanding their assault throughout the nation and is sure to be lighting up your area very shortly.

Joshua Scott Jones - The Healing (2014)

Joshua Scott Jones - The Healing (2014)
Joshua Scott Jones, best known as one half of the country duo Steel Magnolia, released his debut solo album, The Healing, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The 11-track release is a collection of well written songs that reflect upon his journey over the past few years in an honest, personal and emotional way. Joshua wrote or co-wrote all eleven tracks as well as executive produced the record. He has said, “This has been a long time coming for me,” he said. “I feel like it’s really a chance for my voice to be heard.”

The Healing starts off with “Honk (If You’re Tonky),” but don’t think that this song sets the tone for the remainder of the album. The songs, especially on the back half of the record, really touch an emotional nerve and require one to listen to the lyrics to experience the impact of the songs.

Throughout the album, Joshua’s warm vocals touch on a variety of themes. Love and relationships are the focus of songs such as “City of Angels,” with its subtle fiddle and mandolin, “You & I,” “Rearview” and “Lover Let Me Show You My Heart,” which has a terrific old school country sound.

Piano and fiddle set the mood for “Just How A Heart Breaks” which was written at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, TN, where Jones completed his stay in rehab. “It wasn’t all a waste/’Cause we really know now/Just how a heart breaks.”

Of course there are up tempo numbers too, like the bluesy “Tennessee Blue” and the can’t get it out of your head “Whiskey Anthem” in which a relationship ends and he decides “Life’s too short its not worth the fight anymore/Don’t care what she said gonna paint this town red/Light it up like a star spangled night/Gonna call all my friends/Get lost all weekend/In a whiskey stompin’ goodbye lullaby.”

The album closes with the title track, “The Healing.” A powerful ballad that touches the heart and mind through the atmosphere the melody provides and Joshua’s delivery. “That spark in our eyes/That God was revealing/May the hurt that we’re feeling/Lead to the healing.”

I actually surprised myself by how much I liked this album. Seek out, give a listen and purchase The Healing.

Micah Lathrop - Revival (2014)

Micah Lathrop - Revival (2014)
Born and raised in Chester, SC, population of around 5,500 people, Micah's church played a huge role in his life. Along with that, came the gospel and Christian Hymns which shaped his musical taste. He was always very inspired by the more complex, story-telling writers like Rich Mullin and in Micah's songs, you will hear a touch of that influence, as well as some southern rock, country and a bit of a Cajun style . 

As he got into his teen years and was introduced to more modern and secular music, he filled his days exploring every kind of music he could find. Once he discovered Aerosmith, despite a burn injury as a child that nearly cost him his right leg, he taught himself to play the drums. He also wrote his first song, "Travelin' Man" at about that time, and his been writing ever since. He knew from then on, becoming a successful musician was his dream and he has been working hard to reach that dream ever since.

In the Fall of 2011, Micah and his wife, Andi, moved to Columbus, Ohio and started performing on weekends together at different venues calling themselves Grapefruit Moon. Soon after, Micah was working at his job when he met their current drummer, Benjamin Premer. Shortly after that, they added the forth member, bass player Rob Trimmer to Grapefruit Moon, as well, and have been working hard to create even more amazing music.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers (2014)

Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers (2014)
The much-anticipated successor To All The Girls... (which became Willie's first Top 10 album in more than three decades when it was released in October 2013) Band of Brothers is the artist's first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades, debuting the master tunesmith's first major batch of newly-penned songs since his Spirit album in 1996. "I got on kind of a writing kick," Willie Nelson said recently, "it's good to be writing again."

The influential songwriter--whose early successes brought pop and country together with unforgettable standards like "Crazy" (Patsy Cline), "Hello Walls" (Faron Young), "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Billy Walker), "Night Life" (Ray Price) and many others--has added nine new essential songs to his classic catalog. One of Willie's most personal albums to-date, the songs on Band of Brothers range from the introspective ("The Wall" and "Send Me a Picture") to the rollicking ("Wives and Girlfriends" and "Used To Her").

Rounding out the album are five songs, penned by others, which compliment and unite the album's sonic textures and lyric themes. Included are Willie's interpretations of Vince Gill's "Whenever You Come Around", Billy Joe Shaver's "The Git Go" (a duet with Jamey Johnson) and the appropriately-titled "Songwriter," written by Gordie Sampson and Bill Anderson.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jon Wolfe "It All Happened Live in a Honky Tonk from Floore's Country Store Year Of Release: 2013

Jon Wolfe - It All Happened Live in a Honky Tonk from Floore's Country Store (2013)

Country singer and songwriter Jon Wolfe favors traditional country with just enough contemporary kick to sound both timeless and current, not unlike George Strait or Alan Jackson, and, at his best, he makes it all seem easy and natural. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wolfe grew up listening to church music and vocal pop artists like Frank Sinatra, but once he heard the hybrid country of Garth Brooks, he realized his dream was to sing country music. He completely reorganized his life to take a shot at it, leaving his successful job as a trader at the Chicago commodities exchange (where he states he was "the only guy on the trading floor in cowboy boots") to sing country. Against large odds, Wolfe actually pulled it off, going on to open for national acts like Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, and Asleep at the Wheel, among others. He independently released an album, Almost Gone, in 2005, before signing with Midas Records a year later in 2006. Wolfe's first nationally released album, It All Happened in a Honky Tonk, appeared in 2010.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Tobacco Rd Band"Rock This Truck" 2014

Tobacco Rd Band - Rock This Truck (2014)
The Tobacco Rd Band (TRB) is an American musical group that specializes in country-rock. The band, which is based in Tallahassee, Florida, consists of lead singer and songwriter Eric Durrance, lead guitarist Lex Vance, bass player Aaron Halford and drummer Joe Markham.

The Tobacco Rd Band was founded in 2010 by Eric Durrance, who had previously been the lead singer with the acclaimed Christian rock band Big Dismal, which Rolling Stone once named one of “Five Christian Bands on the Rise.”

After Big Dismal broke up, Durrance began performing solo, and was selected to tour with Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum as part of Country Music Television's “CMT on Tour” in 2008. Durrance later formed TRB with his friend, lead guitarist Lex Vance. With its hard-driving sound coupled with Durrance’s reputation from his years with Big Dismal, TRB quickly amassed a large fan base throughout the South.

In early 2012, TRB released its debut EP titled “Where the Girls Are,” which consisted of six tracks: “Where the Girls Are,” “Jesus & Guns,” “All About Me Today,” “There’s No Such Thing as Goodbye” and “Dear Life.” Shortly thereafter, the band released the single “That’s Country,” featuring a guest performance by Colt Ford, who also appears in the accompanying music video.

In the summer of 2013, Durrance became the first artist to sign with Silvercreek Records, a new label in Nashville, which was founded by two Nashville music industry veterans—songwriter Stafond Seago and songwriter, producer and plugger Steve Pope. The Tobacco Rd Band is currently working on its first album under the Silvercreek banner.

Eric Huff - American Boy (2014)

Eric Huff - American Boy (2014)
Eric Huff's music is often described as modernized, traditional country music. His new album, "American Boy," reflects the style of country music adopted and loved by the Baby Boomer generation, both through the music and the artwork. The album will be released physically on June 21st and digitally on June 17th. The album release party is June 21st at the Leesburg Music Festival in Ohio.

Eric Huff was born in Ohio, where he began playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. In the beginning, he concentrated on Rock and Roll, later becoming interested in Country, which he has performed exclusively since. Huff began, and continues, his touring career in Clean Cut Country Concerts as well as many festival and charity events. Huff has also entertained at several Nashville clubs, Shotgun Red Show, and the General Jackson Show Boat.

"American Boy" was produced by Perry Music Group, which is run by the sons of legendary Nashville songwriter Wayne Perry. Bryan Wayne Perry, Wayne's oldest son, serves as Project Manager on the release. Justin Wayne Jones, Wayne Perry's protégé, produced the album at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, while Dave Hagen served as engineer and Cecil Meade, Huff's manager, served an instrumental role to bring the production group together.

The new album features three Wayne Perry songs as well as original Huff material and a few crowd-pleasing contributions by other writers. Many people feel the Baby Boomer generation's biggest contribution to both American and World culture is music – notably through the genres Country, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. These styles have stood the test of time, becoming established in people's lives over decades. Today's rapidly changing technology has flooded the music world with new niches that often don't see the success of these more established genres. Huff is well known for delivering the best by traditional Country music standards.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Texas Twister "Natural Disaster"

Don't let the name Texas Twister fool ya. Texas Twister is based out of Spokane Washington.
And are a local favorite when it comes down to Honky Tonking country music.
Started in 2010 by Frontman and bass player Rusty Brown.The band started playing pretty
much on call week to week at the Wagon Wheel in Medical Lake Washington. In 2011
they started playing more of the local honky tonks but The Buckhorn would become their home
for the next 4 years on Thursdays. Rusty declared it Honky Tonk Thursdays and the name stuck.
The band placed 6th in the Best of Spokane local bands in 2012 and played the Cheney Rodeo and a outdoor music fest and the Rodeo grounds that same year. The Twisters blew all the way to the Stateline to play for the crowd @ Big Al's Grand ol' Opry and then pushed into Post Falls,Idaho where they were in the Slab Inns Country Jamboree rotation. 2013 they were voted best Wedding band by Spokane's A list and were featured on KPTQ 1280 AM SPOKANE SALOON. 2014 has arrived and in February Texas Twister released its first CD self titled, Natural Disaster and were featured in the Inlander Events local newspaper.
If that ain't enough for a quote,"Local Band", how bout the fans. Called the Storm Chasers these folks are honest, hard working,fun loving, red blooded Americans loyal to the cause. Proudly displaying their Storm Wear T shirts.
They are easy to spot with the F5 on the front and the State of Texas on back. If your Storm Chasing best get some coverage.Storm Wear T Shirts got ya covered. Wanna get yer Chase on?

Monday, 9 June 2014

Matt Woods"With Love From Brushy Mountain"2014

Matt Woods – With Love From Brushy Mountain (2014) 
The first thing you'll notice is the voice. Matt Woods has a robust, vibrato-heavy baritone that is unmistakably country. His drawl is neither muted nor faked, and it's twangy as hell. He sounds good singing smooth and steady or letting it rip, his timbre becoming ragged and strained. His is an unforgettable set of pipes.
The next thing that sticks out is the songwriting. Or maybe that's the first thing. They are both more than notable, so you're right either way.
Matt's writing is truth. Period. Exclamation point. "It ain't no living, it's my life" he sings on With Love from Brushy Mountain's opener, a treatise on the road life of a singer. "I'll trade you a song for a beer" and there's no doubt some nights that's all he got paid and in the grand scheme of things, he didn't mind too much.
"Tiny Anchors" is a showcase of Woods' songwriting abilities. It's a subtle, insightful look into what are possibly last days of a relationship. But there's still some hope. "Hang on with me" he pleads.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Vernon Oxford (b. June 8, 1941, (Rogers, Arkansas)

                                            Vernon Oxford (b. June 8, 1941, (Rogers, Arkansas)

 Oxford was raised in Wichita, Kansas, where his father played old-time fiddle. He began playing professionally in Utah in 1960, mostly playing in the Kansas area in the early 1960s, then relocated to Nashville in 1964. In 1965 he met Harlan Howard, who got him signed to RCA Victor and helped him find material to record. He then released seven singles and one LP, Woman Let Me Sing You a Song; none of them charted, and he was soon dropped from RCA.

His career saw a resurgence in Britain, where he was first rediscovered in the middle of the 1970s. A best-of was issued there in 1974, and RCA signed him again to tour there. His hit singles "Shadows of My Mind", "Redneck (The Redneck National Anthem)", and "A Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Tonk Barroom Brawl" (U.S. Country No. 55, 1977) reinvigorated his career in America; in Britain, he was well known for "I've Got to Get Peter Off Your Mind" and "Field of Flowers" After a break of several years, he began a career as a gospel singer in 1981.

Eric Heatherly

Eric Heatherly - Painkillers (2012) 
Singer/songwriter Eric Heatherly grew up listening to country, rockabilly, and classic rock artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, and Roy Orbison, whose influences shaped his music while he was still a child. Heatherly began writing songs at eight and was performing by the time he reached his early teens, the Chattanooga native played with numerous bands through his high school and college years. After moving to Nashville, Heatherly made himself a fixture of the local music scene, which led to endorsements with Fender and Takamine guitars, as well as a gig in Shania Twain's band for her appearance on the 1997 CMA Awards Show. He recorded his 2000 debut album, Swimming in Champagne, with famed Nashville producer Keith Stegall. While the album spawned a hit single, "Flowers On The Wall", the album was released just as his label, Mercury Records, underwent a regime change while their parent company was in the midst of a merger. Mercury didn't promote Swimming in Champagne into a commercial success, and the label opted not to release his follow-up album. After leaving Mercury, Dreamworks signed Heatherly in 2003, and scheduled the release of his third album, Sometimes It's Just Your Time, for the fall of that year. However, while promotional copies of the disc were sent out to the press, Dreamworks pulled the album from release at the last moment, and it never received commercial distribution. Frustrated with the major label scene, Heatherly struck out on his own, and recorded his next release, 2005's The Lower East Side of Life, for his own NashVegas label, with distribution through Koch Nashville.