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Whitey Johnson

Whitey Johnson is a recently discovered blues singer/songwriter/guitarist from Texas, now living in Tennessee and performing worldwide. There are various stories about Whitey’s past. He has made his living making music for well over thirty years, yet has remained relatively unknown, having only recently recorded his debut album. But one known fact is that under the psuedonym Gary Nicholson his songs have been recorded by such blues greats as BB King, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton, Gatemouth Brown, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Shemeka Copeland, John Mayall and many others. He also won a Grammy as producer of the Best Contemporary Blues Record 2001, Delbert McClinton”s “Nothing Personal”.

Whitey describes his style as ” Feel Better Blues” with songs such as “Use the Blues (To Make You Feel Better)”, “Worry Be Gone”, “Leap Of Faith”, and “Better Off With The Blues”. He learned to play guitar watching Texas legends Freddy King, Lightnin Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, then fell in love with Robert Johnson, Muddy and Wolf and the songs of Willie Dixon. He brings a deep respect for all his heroes to his own style. His band includes Colin Linden, Tom Hambridge, and Dave Roe who all have many credits having worked with artists such as Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, Lynryd Skynrd, Johnnny Cash, and many others.

Why Whitey? Whitey Johnson was born when Gary Nicholson wrote a short story about an amazing guitar player he saw perform at a fair in his hometown Garland, Texas. This guitarist, who covered everyone from BB King to Jimi Hendrix, was a black albino and his family called him Whitey. At the end of the story Whitey dies when a church is burned by the Klan. Now when Nicholson performs as Whitey he invokes the spirit of the blues music he has loved all his life. With deepest respect for all the great founding fathers of the blues, and songs that reflect his own unique point of view, Whitey Johnson lives on.

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Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON. 

With seven #1 songs & 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going Going Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin Ride”. Several cross over hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”. An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours”, was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months. 

Greenwood’s latest CD is: "I Want to be in Your World". He wrote three of the seven songs & plays saxophone on the original track, “Here Comes Love There Goes My Heart”. He also covered the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald is featured playing piano on the song. 

Lee Greenwood has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 & 1984 and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”. He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The singer knows first-hand what it’s like to have loved ones fighting for the freedom of all Americans as his father served in the Navy & the Merchant Marine in World War II. “USA” is now part of the film for Homeland Security shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States. 

“God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also #1 on the pop charts after 9/11/01. 

Greenwood says; “USA is the song I always felt the need to write”. “I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast. and to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men & women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love & enjoy.” 

In 2011, Beyonce offered her version of “God Bless the USA” as a download, with the proceeds going to the 9/11 firefighters fund in NYC. It has been performed by contestants on the Fox Network’s “American Idol” twice & was the winning song in the 2011 “Dancing with the Stars” competition on ABC. It is performed at all military and patriotic events throughout the year all across America. “USA” has also been in several movies. 

Greenwood performs for many charitable events and gives his time & name to numerous organizations and fundraisers. He is the National spokesperson for “Products for Good”, the Honor 1 Campaign, and on the advisory board of the “Challenger Commission”. The singer is also a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a Presidential appointment. 

Music has always been a part of Greenwood’s life. He started playing the piano when he was seven and the saxophone at 12. In junior high, he started his first group called the Moonbeams. His sister Patricia was the piano player in the band. By the time, he finished High School he played most all the instruments in the orchestra and was the Drum Major for the marching band. 

Greenwood was born in Los Angeles California & finished high school in Sacramento in June 1960. He passed on track & music scholarships to the College of the Pacific along with a professional baseball career to pursue his passion for music. He also elected to skip his high school graduation ceremony to begin work at the Golden Hotel & Casino in Reno Nevada with his own band, the “Apollos”. That turned out to be a great choice. 

The California native was discovered in 1979 by Larry McFaden, who saw him performing in a show at the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada. Larry was the bass player and bandleader for Mel Tillis. He brought the singer to Nashville and got him signed to the Halsey Agency, who booked the Oak Ridge Boys. He began working with producer Jerry Crutchfield who would record with Lee for the next 20 years. 

“Choosing songs to record is always exciting,” says Greenwood. “I’m a songwriter as well and I love lyrics that have depth and emotion. I’m thankful for the many writers & artists who have contributed to my career”. 

Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a former Miss Tennessee, fell in love on his 1989 USO/DOD tour. They were married in Nashville in 1992 and have two sons, Dalton and Parker. 

Greenwood has also released a book in 2012, "Does God Still Bless the USA". It features a 30 day calendar, “Prayers of a Patriot” and includes two songs, written by Greenwood, free for download in the back of the book. One is a new version of “God Bless the USA” and the other is a Praise & Worship song, “Show me the Way”.

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Live and Let Die: A tribute to Music of Paul McCartney & Wings

Veteran of the Broadway hit, Beatlemania, Tony Kishman has toured worldwide with productions of Twist and Shout, Classical Mystery Tour, All You Need Is Love, Legends in Concert, and was a member of classic rock band, Wishbone Ash.
Some of the songs featured in the show include: Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Live and Let Die, Yesterday, My Love, Uncle Albert, Let It Be, Maybe I’m Amazed, Hello Good-Bye, Long and Winding Road, Silly Love Songs, Jet, When I’m Sixty-Four and many more…

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Quiet Riot with Documentary

QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. Their followup album Condition Critical went double platinum and the band continued to record and tour throughout their 25 + year history.

QUIET RIOT continues their historic journey in 2012 with Metal Health founding member Frankie Banali who is joined by QUIET RIOT veteran bassist Chuck Wright and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi from their last and most stable lineup. They are proud to announce their new vocalist Jizzy Pearl to complete the QUIET RIOT lineup.

The story of QUIET RIOT begins in 1980 when Kevin DuBrow formed a new band under his own name, working with Frankie Banali and a variety of musicians over the next few years before signing with Pasha/CBS Records, reverting back to the QUIET RIOT moniker, and entering the studio with new guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright to start work on a new album. The year was 1982 and, following Randy Rhoads' well-documented death, former henchman Rudy Sarzo left Ozzy, replacing Chuck Wright who is the bass player on record for both the "Metal Health" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go" tracks, to complete the lineup and sessions for what would become 1983's Metal Health. Driven by the irresistible double whammy of the title track's muscular bass line and a raucous rendition of the old Slade chestnut "Cum on Feel the Noize," the album stormed up the U.S. charts, duly reaching the number one spot and going platinum five times over in the process at that time. The sales of Metal Health has now exceeded the 10 million mark worldwide to date.

QUIET RIOT returned to the studio to record 1984's Condition Critical, which went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US and included another chart-ready Slade cover in "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and the self penned "Party All Night." In 1986 QUIET RIOT re-grouped to launch the QR III record, Sarzo had been replaced by former bassist Chuck Wright. Vocalist Paul Shortino stepped in and recorded 1988's simply named Quiet Riot with Banali, Cavazo, and new bassist Sean McNabb.

In 1991, DuBrow and Cavazo began working together once again, joined by Frankie Banali and eventually recording 1993's Terrified with bassist Kenny Hillery. Down to the Bone followed two years later with Chuck Wright back on bass, and in 1997, a one-off performance at a after show party hosted by industrial shock rocker Marilyn Manson who had requested to Banali that QUIET RIOT perform, lured bassist Rudy Sarzo back to the fold. 

With that lineup once again, QUIET RIOT hit the road playing venues across America, Europe and Asia. This lineup was captured on 1999's Alive and Well album, and 2001 saw the release of Guilty Pleasures. QUIET RIOT officially parted company with Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo in October of 2003. In 2004 DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright and continued to tour nonstop throughout 2006 in America, Europe, South America and Asia. For the recording of Rehab in 2006, DuBrow and Banali entered the studio with bassist Tony Franklin and guitarist Neil Citron, both long time friends of Banali. QUIET RIOT with the lineup of DuBrow, Banali, Wright and Grossi continued to perform live worldwide until November of 2007 when sadly, Kevin DuBrow's singing career was cut short with his passing on November 25, 2007.

Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 28 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983's Metal Health through 2006's Rehab. After nearly three years since the loss of his friend and band mate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has decided to continue his journey and the musical legacy of QUIET RIOT along with bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist Jizzy Pearl.

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Milligan Vaughan Project

It has been said that the sum is always greater than the parts. The parts can be good but together they are exceptional and that holds true in the case of MVP. The Milligan Vaughan Project or MVP is a musical partnership between Austin’s highly acclaimed vocalist Malford Milligan and guitar slinger Tyrone Vaughan both of whom have a rich musical history steeped in The Blues and Rock and Roll. It was at an early age that both were introduced to music that would become an integral part of their lives.

Some of Tyrone’s earliest memories go back to the early days of Antones, Austin’s legendary Home of the Blues. The legendary Muddy Waters gave him one of his harmonicas which he proceeded to blow on, and Muddy put cotton in Tyrone’s ears before starting his set. He found himself sleeping in Boz Skaggs guitar case and as a kid wearing out his toy guitars in no time. His first true guitar given to him on his 5th birthday by his uncle Stevie Ray Vaughan was an old Harmony scored at the local pawn shop. Later on it was Stevie, Lou Ann Barton and WC Clark all pitching in and buying Tyrone a Fender Musicmaster. Stevie Ray was very proud of that small neck guitar and happy that his nephew was following in his and his father Jimmie’s footsteps. Since those early years, he has performed with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Doyle Bramhall, Doyle Bramhall II, (Little) Jimmy King, SRV’s Double Trouble, Pinetop Perkins, John Popper and Eric Gales. In April of 2015, Vaughan joined Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) featuring Cyril Neville on vocals, which resulted in 2 albums on Ruf Records, one recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and the other album recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice LA. 

No stranger to the blues, Malford Milligan was born in Taylor, Texas but as a young child music took a back seat to just trying to get by. In 1981, after a short stay in Lubbock, TX as a student at Texas Tech, Milligan moved to Austin to begin studies at the University of Texas. Instead of academics, singing took precedent and Monday night blues jams became the beginning of a life in music. His local band, Stick People, launched his career as a talented singer. In 1994, he helped form the Texas super group, Storyville, with David Holt, David Grissom and the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble, which included bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. Storyville released two stellar albums on Atlantic Records along with the independently released CD/DVD titled LIVE AT ANTONES. As a session singer, Milligan was in great demand. He toured and worked on albums together with other outstanding musicians, including Hal Ketchum, Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Sue Foley and Eric Johnson. He has also appeared on The Voice NBC TV series on September 30, 2013 and was recently named “Vocalist of the Year” at The Austin Chronicle Music Awards.

Both Malford and Tyrone have a deep love for the Blues, along with a strong mutual respect for each other, and both share a part in Austin’s rich musical history. At the time when each were looking to see what the future held and what musical path they might take - one phone call followed by a short meeting brought the two together - and The Milligan Vaughan Project was launched. There is a feeling of family here. Though not technically related the bond between them is still strong. The stage is where they are both most comfortable and the synergy between these two musicians which will bring you to your feet.

So what does 2017 hold for these two talented musicians? After an inaugural performance for Austin’s SUN Radio, followed by a public show at South by Southwest, look for MVP to head into the studio to record their debut CD followed by a worldwide tour. Hold on! This ride is just starting and the future looks mighty bright indeed.

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"A League of Their Own" Movie and Q&A

This is the 25th Anniversary of the movie, spotlight the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In attendance will be Maybelle Blair (1948 Peoria Redwings), and Shirley Burkovich (Muskegon Lassies (1949), Rockford Peaches (1951), Springfield Sallies (1950).

  • Maybelle Blair:  Maybelle Blair was already an accomplished softball player when she joined the Peoria Redwings of the AAGPBL for one season in 1948. She left the league the following year to play professional softball in Chicago. This Texas native then moved to California, where she attended Compton Junior College and then the LA School of Physiotherapy. After working at a treatment center in Los Angeles, she changed fields and began a 37-year career at Northrop Corporation. Maybelle started as a chauffeur and ended up as one of only three female managers at Northrop. After retirement, she became vice president of CELS, Central Extended Learning for Seniors, a program provider for Elderhostel.

  • Maybelle co-chaired many AAGPBL-PA reunions in the Palm Springs area along with Shirley Burkovich,  Maybelle also served on the Board of Directors and was Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

  • Shirley Burkovich: A native of Swissvale, Pennsylvania. Shirley Burkovich was a utility player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) for three seasons. Following her time in the league, she spent 30 years working at Pacific Bell (now SBC), starting as an operator and working her way up to assistant engineer. Since retiring at age 50, Shirley has enjoyed traveling and doing baseball clinics for kids through the organizations Kids in Sports and Sports Educators of America. She is one of the few AAGPBL players who had a speaking part in the film "A League of Their Own" (as “Older Alice”). Shirley served as a member of the board of directors of the AAGPBL Players Association, the organization as Treasurer for many years. Shirley enjoyed her time in the league and best remembers her game-ending single to center field to drive in the winning run and end a 12-inning game.


Sit back, relax, enjoy the movie and look forward to a personal Q&A afterwards!

During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players.

One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she's not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they're chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who's now a drunk, is the team manager.

He doesn't feel as if it's a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that grabs attention. And it isn't long Dottie is the star of the team and Kit feels like she's living in her shadow.


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Matt the Electrician

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.

“I don’t generally write mining disaster songs,”he explains. “I tend to write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”

With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he’s focusing on a string of 7-inch vinyl singles. Every new release will focus on collaborations with different artists who’ve crossed Matt’s path over the years, including the bluegrass band Wood & Wire (who appear on the very first installment of the vinyl series), experimental solo musician Little Brave, and others. Rather than record an entire album’s worth of material, then carefully plot the album’s release for months, Matt the Electrician will release the 7-inch records as they’re finished, with each new release following its predecessor by three or four months. The goal? To get new music to his fans as quickly and creatively as possible. The icing on the cake? Matt gets to extend the collaborative spirit that’s been present in his music ever since his very first gig in Pacific Grove, CA, when he invited his high school classmates to join him onstage.

“The coffee shop paid me in tips, free coffee and a sandwich,” he remembers of that teenaged gig. “I had to fill three hours, and I only had two songs, so I invited all the friends I knew kids from the school orchestra, friends, other kids who had started writing songs and the show wound up being ‘Matt and Friends.’ That was 25 years ago and that’s what I’m still doing.”

Years before moving to Texas and launching his career as a boundary-breaking, working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast. His parents, a union carpenter and a seamstress, played John Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the joys and heartaches of everyday life, and above all else a strong work ethic.

That work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job to help pay the bills, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he’d grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. “Hi; I’m Matt the Electrician,” he’d tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home as well as abroad, where he’s since become a frequently-booked musician throughout Japan and Europe allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.

Hit Songs Include: Accidental Thief, I Will Do the Breathing and Animal Boy

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Not sixty seconds into Beautiful Friction and it is clear; the haunting guitar of Jamie West-Oram, expressive synth of Rupert Greenall, pounding bass of Dan K. Brown, steady beat of Adam Woods and unforgettable vocals of Cy Curnin add up to the undeniable sound that could only be The Fixx. Apart, you couldn’t refute their talent, yet it’s together that they shine. Together, The Fixx has an incredibly strong voice, strong legacy and strong future.

Beautiful Friction, the band’s tenth album studio album, finds The Fixx sharper than ever. Never at a loss for what to say, Cy Curnin and company have the same thought-provoking intensity fueling their lyrics and performances as they ever have. Fired up and as hopeful as ever, the band continues to take us on a journey which started in 1982 with the release of Shuttered Room. Says Curnin, “There’s a theme that traces through The Fixx. Our catalogue is connected, our viewpoint as a collective has always been socially driven. With the Internet, things sped up, and we were able to get feedback quicker and became closer with our fan base. We’ve been so thankful to hear from people who let us know our music made a difference in their life. It made us realize we had a sense of responsibility to our audience, that our work as a band was unfinished.” 

Hit Songs Include: One Thing Leads To Another, Red Skies, Saved By Zero, and Stand or Fall

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Music In The Spirit

This will be an ecumenical event featuring local musicians from Hunt County churches. Local clergy will provide Invocation and Benediction. Readings from scripture will be read in-between music sets, which will include singing by all present.

The event is free. It will be a labor of love by the emcees and performers on stage. The event is sponsored by Barbara Horan and the Texan Theater.

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Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell has been doing this for a while. In fact, his career has been so long and varied that you have to specify exactly which this you’re talking about. There’s the record-making, which dates back to 1978 (when he released Ain’t Living Long Like This), peaked commercially a decade later (with Diamonds & Dirt, which yielded five number-one country hits), and has only grown in sophistication and power in recent years. There’s the fiercely lyrical and personal songwriting, which has attracted the attention of everyone from Bob Seger (who famously covered "Shame On the Moon") to Keith Urban (who had a number-one hit with "Making Memories of Us"). And then there’s the autobiographical writing, which extends beyond the music world to a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, which was published in 2011.

Now there’s a new album, Close Ties, on which Crowell both demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. It’s at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter—and be entered by—life. "It’s a loose concept album, you could say," Crowell says. "And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative—especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing—had become a part of my songwriting process. One of the reasons I brought Kim Buie in as a producer is that I wanted her to work with me the way an editor works, to look at a number of songs and find the ones that worked together to create a tone."

Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies. But is defies easy classification. Is it country? Is it a songwriter record? Does art need categories? "Well," Crowell says, "when I was a quote-unquote country star for my fifteen minutes of major fame, I hated the label. I bristled at it and got myself in trouble. I would go around to radio stations and that early morning drive-time, chirpy optimism, and I would come across as grumpy. They knew my mind wasn’t in the right place. I was an interloper in that world. I didn’t fit it. It soon spit me out. In hindsight, it should have: I was no asset to their goal, which was to satisfy their advertisers."

On the other hand, the rise of Americana music struck a nerve with him. "I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell—share a common thread, and that thread is poet. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me."

One trait of a poet, Crowell explains, involves the careful handling of memory. "A few years ago I made a record called The Houston Kid that triggered Chinaberry Sidewalks," he says. "Those memory muscles are pretty strong in me. They have a natural pull. And so many of these songs use those memories as raw material." They range from songs about Crowell’s childhood in Texas ("East Houston Blues") to songs about arriving in Nashville as a young songwriter ("Nashville 1972") to songs about friends (the anguished "Life Without Susanna") and lovers (the rueful "Forgive Me, Annabelle"). "It’s not always autobiographical memory," he says. "There’s fictional writing involved in it, too. But it’s all about thinking through the places that I’ve been, and how I might use them as backdrop for reflection. In ‘East Houston Blues,’ for example, I’m talking about the place where I grew up. Central Houston is broken into wards. The Fifth Ward is where Lightnin’ Hopkins came from. The Third is where I come from. Traditionally, the third ward was home to the poor white population, and the song doesn’t shy away from that: it talks about poverty and petty crime but also communicates the joy of music." 

In the simmering "I Don’t Care Anymore," he reflects ruefully on his current self-confidence ("I don’t care anymore / if I stand out in a crowd") but only in contrast with earlier incarnations of himself. "That song is based on sketching who I was at my commercial peak, when I had five number one records," he says. "I had a mullet and I was trying to strut my ass around and make the girls buy my records. I look back on that with some bemusement and a certain amount of sarcasm. I pick on the work more than I should, maybe. In the song, the guy is writing middle-of-the-road songs. That’s not exactly autobiographical. But it’s the feeling of not being completely honest to yourself."

"It Ain’t Over Yet," a vocal collaboration with his ex-wife Rosanne Cash and John Paul White, addresses how the passage of time can burnish love. "I don’t care what you think you heard / We’re still learning how to fly," he sings, and Cash answers with "I’ve known you forever and ever it’s true / If you came by it easy you wouldn’t be you." The record also features a duet with Sheryl Crow on the haunting "I’m Tied To Ya." The wisdom of women is never far from Crowell’s mind, either in song or in life. "If you follow my path I think it was there from the start," he says. "Susanna Clark, who was married to the songwriter Guy Clark, became a very close friend when I was in my early 20s. We weren’t lovers and in fact she offered me more than that. She was this incredibly intelligent, creative woman---and my first ever muse. In my quest to please her artistically, I became a realized songwriter. The same goes for Emmylou Harris whose natural grace has impacted my life since 1975. Then there was my partnership with Rosanne Cash. The marriage ended but from time to time the musical collaboration goes on. My wife now, Claudia, offers the gift of stability to both my personal and professional endeavors. And with four daughters and two grand daughters, my corner of the world is populated by formidable women."

As he moves into elder-statesman territory, Crowell continues to extend the path carved out by the top-tier songwriters who preceded him. "All are so important," he said. "Bob Dylan would of course be an archetype, as would Neil Young, Johnny Cash, John Lennon. Every time they release work I find something in it." He would add a name to the pantheon. "Kris Kristofferson belongs in there, too. He personifies all that intelligence and emotional vulnerability and magnetism. I spoke about him at Austin City Limits and said he changed the face of Nashville, and he’s continued to give us deeply meaningful work like This Old Road."

Fifty years after Crowell first started playing as a teen in Houston garage bands, he still believes in the power of songs, and the responsibility of singing them. "The interesting thing about that garage band back then is that we would go from ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by the Beatles to ‘Honky Tonkin’’ by Hank Williams. In southeast Texas those songs fit side by side. ‘Drinkin’ Wine Spo-de-o-dee’ went right next to ‘Crossroads’ by Cream. That was the beauty of it, that all of that existed side by side." Crowell finds himself going back to that music, but also going even earlier. "Recently, I think—I hope—that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it’s Lightnin’ Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I’m trying to move forward but also get back there."

Hit Songs Include: After All This Time, She's Crazy For Leavin' and I Walk the Line 

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A unique, one of a kind evening with some of your favorite stars from Hee Haw.  Enjoy dinner, great music, and stories in an interactive environment where you get to participate with questions during the show and meet with them afterward.

Jana Jae

Jana Jae, known as the First Lady of Country Fiddle recently joined Roy Clark on a 3-day Christmas tour.  Jana and Roy were a perfect combination playing and singing some great hits from “Yesterday” to “The Orange Blossom Special”. They brought back many Hee Haw memories culminating in a legendary show for the whole family. 

Jana Jae was introduced to the classic study of the violin, on a 1/8 sized instrument, at the age of two. But she credits her love of country music to the direction and inspiration of her grandfather who was an accomplished and champion fiddler in his own right. She continued her training and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music and studied abroad at the Vienna Academy of Music.

She taught music for several years until she got her big break at a Buck Owens concert when she was invited on stage to play the "Orange Blossom Special." Buck was so impressed he offered her a job as the first female member of his "Buckaroos" band. She later became part of the regular team of performers on the "Hee Haw" show where viewers tuned in each week to see her perform with her trademark blue fiddle.  She now tours with her own band or with package shows.

Jana Jae would be a perfect choice for your next entertainment series, party, fair or festival.  She has built a solid career with her one-of-a-kind style of music including, country, western swing, bluegrass, pop and the classics, producing thrilling performances and critical acclaim.  Her special talents have enriched the world of music.  You can find additional information on her web site www.janajae.com, you will quickly see that Jana Jae will fit into any venue for which you need entertainment.

Misty Rowe

Some of her great memories include the year she spent on Happy Days as Wendy, the car hop, when Ron Howard made his directing debut; auditioning for Mel Brooks and winning the role of Maid Marion, on the series, When Things Were Rotten, where she would play opposite Sid Caesar one week, and Dudley Moore the next.

Another of her favorite memories was starring opposite Joe Namath in L'il Abner on a Nationwide tour. The shorts she wore as Daisy Mae in that production, she also wore on a poster that would sell over one million copies.

The hit of the Cannes Film Festival for three different years, and on the cover of numerous European magazines, she would meet Robin Leach, who guest starred twelve years later on Hee Haw, and sent her to Quebec to stay in a castle on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Oh yes, by the way, she was a regular on Hee Haw for nineteen years.

Buck Trent

When Buck Trent says, “Oh, Yeah”, and gives his famous thumbs up signal, get set for a world-class performance by an internationally renowned county music artist. Buck Trent delights audiences with his spectacular banjo pickin’ and hilarious country humor. A short biography of Buck Trent’s extensive career follows.

Buck’s versatility on the banjo was made famous on such albums as “Sounds of Now & Beyond”, “Bionic Banjo”, “OH Yeah!”, “Pair of Fives”, “Banjo Bandits”, “Buck Trent” and more. Recording, and playing lead guitar and his electric banjo, on such singles as “Jolene” and “I’ll Always Love You” with Dolly Parton, Buck has received numerous awards. Buck composed many of the instrumentals for his award winning albums.

Over his long history, Buck has received many awards and nominations. He has twice been named the Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year (1975, 1976) and he has twice been the #1 Instrumentalist of the Year for the Music City Awards. Included in his nominations are the 1976 #1 Instrumentalist of the Year for Record World, 1972 through 1981 #1 Instrumentalist for the Music City News Awards and in 1979-1981 Instrumental Group of the Year (with Wendy Holcomb in the Bluegrass category) for the Music City News Awards. He was inducted into the Spartanburg Music Trail Hall of Fame. In Branson he was named Entertainer of the Year in 2014 and his show features many other award-winning cast members.

A variety of national and syndicated television appearances have brought Buck the title of entertainer as well as master musician. Starring in various TV shows since 1959, his appearances on other shows like the “Mike Douglas Show”, “Tonight Show”, “Nashville On The Road”, “Tommy Hunter Show”, “Dinah!”, “Command Performance”, “Music City Tonight”, “Nashville Now” and more have made Buck’s talents and humor familiar to millions of visitors. In 1962, Buck joined the “Porter Wagoner Television Show” and appeared over 11 years with such notable country legends as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Marty Robbins and more. In 1973 Buck joined the “Roy Clark Show” and was a regular featured performer on the popular country TV show “Hee Haw”.  In recent years his appearances have included the Grand Ole Opry with Porter Wagoner, the Marty Stuart Show, Larry’s Country Diner, Branson USA, Hee Haw Homecoming, and more.

Throughout his career, Buck has performed all over the United States and around the world. He began performing in Branson in 1981 and fell in love with the town. As a result, he moved to Branson in 1990 and was the first national star to open a morning show. Buck has always loved performing in front of an audience. Visitors say Buck starts their day out right, with a high-energy, eye-opening, family-fun, country music variety show. Buck visits with guests and signs autographs during intermission and after every show.

Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Buck started performing on WORD Radio at the age of 10. He traveled to California and Texas, finally arriving in Nashville in 1959 where he joined the Bill Carlisle Show and first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a regular on “The Porter Wagoner Show”, “Roy Clark Show”, and “Hee Haw”. Buck invented the electric Banjo and also plays the 5-string Banjo, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass and Guitar. Buck is well known for his incredible performances on a variety of instruments and for singing songs, telling country tales and creating a warm rapport with his audiences.

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Danika Holmes

Danika Holmes is a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He's a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. 

Hailed as "a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo," by Emmy Award winning songwriter Trey Bruce, Holmes initially started as a solo artist, her songs playing on Sirius XM's Coffee House station and on 150 radio stations nationwide. Her belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet gentle voice and truthful lyrics. 

Jeb Hart can tell a story with six strings - "I’ve seen some of the best guitarists that rock, blues and country have to offer." says Entertainment reporter Jim Renke. " Jeb Hart can hold his own with any of them. His heart and passion are matched only by his technical skills.” The multi-faceted Hart began playing music at the age of 9 - shortly thereafter he began a 16 year career of guitar instruction, opening his own company Six Month Guitar. Performing with various bands, ranging in genres from blues to rock, country to big band, Jeb found the partner he was looking for in Danika. 

Danika and Jeb are taking stages by storm - having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and others, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.  For more information, show dates and new music, check out Danika & Jeb here

Hit Songs Include: Black Swan, Unlit Match, Living Your Dream and Bluebird

"Danika and Jeb came through Red Clay Theatre a while back.  I had watched the videos and listened in space face world, but wasn't prepared for what they gave... LIVE.... Y’all spread the word bout them, and catch 'em when you can.  They'll outgrow the little places soon.” -Eddie Owen of Eddie Owens Presents and formerly Eddie’s Attic.

“Danika Holmes isn’t just easy on these eyes. She’s a true American talent... I couldn’t stop listening!” -Mike Wolfe, American Pickers on History

“In Nashville, you have to stand in a long line as a new artist and do something fresh. I’ve seen Danika and Jeb play a few times around town and I’m always struck by her voice and her uniqueness in phrasing and especially tone. She’s a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo.” -Trey Bruce, Emmy Award Winning Songwriter 

“Danika Holmes puts her heart and soul into every performance. Her smile draws you in, her music keeps you there.” Madalyn Sklar, GoGirls Music

“I spent 25 years in the newspaper business, most of it as an entertainment reporter and editor.  I’ve seen some of the best guitarists and rock, blues and country have to offer. Jeb Hart can hold his own with any of them. His heart and passion are matched only by his technical skills.” - Jim Renke, Entertainment Reporter

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Bruce, Kelly & Band

If Austin’s happily egalitarian music scene suddenly switched to a monarchy, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis might have to learn to perform while balancing hefty crowns. Already reigning as one of Americana music’s coolest couples, their latest release, Our Year, elevates them closer to the lofty territory once occupied by beloved royals Johnny ‘n’ June and George ‘n’ Tammy.

Not that they would ever seek royal treatment, of course. This duo is way too down-to-earth for “Downton Abbey” airs. They’re Texans, after all. Robison is a Bandera boy; Oklahoma-born Willis, an Army brat, got here as soon as she could. They fell in love while harmonizing together, though it took them until 2013 to release their first officially billed joint effort (not counting four children): Cheater’s Game.

Cheaters Game was very well received and Willis and Robison felt the wind at their backs. They were eager to return to the studio.
“With this album, we feel like we’re completing the picture,” Willis says. “These songs have been poking us on the shoulder, dying to be heard. We just didn’t feel like we were done. We had more to say.”

Working again in Nashville with producer Brad Jones, they delivered their musical thoughts in 10 outstanding tracks, from formidable originals to well-honed covers including a knockout version of the Tom T. Hall-penned “Harper Valley PTA.” Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 hit sounds like a classic all over again in the hands of this pair — and the chicken-pickin’, mandolin- plucking, shaker-grooving players who back them on this tart tale.

On their shared website, Willis describes how she learned the song in secret in order to zing her hubby for veering off the setlist during one of their shared performances, dubbed “The Bruce and Kelly Show.” It went over so well, they not only added it to their set, they made it the album’s leadoff single.

Competitive streaks aside, their harmonies align perfectly on such excellently chosen melodies as the country-rocker “Motor City Man,” by the late Walter Hyatt; T Bone Burnett’s “Shake Yourself Loose,” a beautifully melancholy duet; “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You,” a fiddle- sweetened Statler Brothers hit; and “(Just Enough to Keep Me) Hanging On,” the Ira Allen/Buddy Mize-penned nugget Vern Gosdin recorded with Emmylou Harris.

Willis and Robison also chose “Departing Louisiana,” by Robyn Ludwick, the youngest of three Robison singer-songwriter siblings. (“It’s about time we all started raiding her material,” brother Bruce says.) Darden Smith and Robison co-wrote the waltz-time “Carousel,” which he describes as “a classic country weeper.” Monte Warden collaborated with Robison on the bittersweet ode to youthful innocence, “Anywhere But Here,” which Willis describes as “classic Bruce poetry.” She penned the bluesy honky-tonker “Lonely For You” with Paul Kennerley; and they plucked the album’s title track, a Zombies song, from their annual Christmas show.

“I love the fresh-start, hopeful-promise aspect of this song and the nod to struggles that have been overcome,” Willis says of the Chris White penned tune, which features banjo, steel and dobro backing by Nashville session ace Pete Finney and Austin’s own Geoff Queen.

She’s not shy about admitting some of those struggles are attributable to married life and parenthood, especially when balanced between two musicians with their own careers. Hers began at 17, when she joined her then-boyfriend’s rockabilly band. They moved from Virginia to Austin, where her heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice lured MCA Records’ Tony Brown into signing her. The label positioned her as a country ingénue, a role she played in the Tim Robbins film, “Bob Roberts,” but she sought a different path and they parted ways. Willis finally achieved widespread recognition with 1999’s What I Deserve.

By then, she had met and married Robison, who has become one of country and Americana’s most respected songwriters. His compositions have become massive hits for George Strait “Desperately”), Tim McGraw (“Angry All the Time”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Travelin’ Soldier”). He also has recorded on his own and collaborated with brother Charlie and others as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and harmonica player and producer/engineer.

“Kelly has been singing [with me] since the first recording I made,” Robison says, “and she was the first person who ever recorded one of my songs. We’ve never stopped collaborating.”

The difference now is that they’re not assisting one another; they’re full partners.

“It’s not one of us running the show. It’s the two of us figuring out how to play together,” Willis explains. And that creates a different vibe, especially live. “I almost never worry when I’m onstage with Bruce because I know he’s got my back,” she adds. “If something goes wrong, he can completely take the reins.”

The desire to capture that live dynamic — their “swampier, grittier side” — drove the creation of Our Year, Willis says. Robison calls their style “a modern take on classic country music, without being retro.”

“I really feel like we came up with a sound, the way that the vocals blend together, and it rejuvenated me as an artist and a performer, which I really needed after 20 years,” he admits. “There’s a lot of great duos, and I love that. That close-harmony singing, it’s real organic; it’s a really lovely thing.

“I have to say, I think that Kelly’s voice is just a gift. She’s one of the greatest singers there is out there.”

Clearly, mutual respect is a major part of their glue as a couple, but making these albums has brought them closer, Willis says, adding, “Having these records that we both love is a really positive product of us being together.”

The original motivation was bittersweet, however; Willis was rocked by the death of close friend and fellow musician Amy Farris.

“I realized that I would never get to sing together with her again, and I realized what I had lost. And when you have something special, you can’t turn your back on that,” she says. “Bruce and I had that something special.”

They knew it the moment they joined their voices in song, which happened the night they met at an Austin party, and they still haven’t lost the thrill of making that sweet, singular sound. “I love listening to it. I love playing it,” Robison says. “And I love the sound of the band, how it all comes together. I really do. It’s been a great thing. It’s so much fun. It’s really interesting to think of where we’ll go from here.”

Maybe they’ll play Buckingham Palace one day, though night clubs and dance halls are more their style. But wherever Our Year takes them doesn’t really matter, Robison says, because they’re having the time of their lives.

Hit Songs Include: Cheater's Game, Angry All the Time and Lonely for You

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Fran Cosmo

Performing an ALL-HITS SHOW
Fran Cosmo is best known as a former lead singer of the band Boston. Cosmo performed in Boston tours from 1994 to 2004, and currently performs in the band Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of BOSTON along with Anthony Cosmo - 8 year veteran, songwriter, lead guitar player and vocalist of Boston, Bernie Garzio on bass, Mick Brooks on guitar, Gary Johnson, Rusty Foulke - keys/guitar & a songwriter for Boston, and Tom Moonan – recording drummer for Boston. Fran Cosmo was first featured on Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau’s self titled solo album in 1980, a prelude to the formation of Orion the Hunter in 1983.

Orion the Hunter released an album in 1984 on Columbia Records, which yielded a hit single “So You Ran”, featuring the sky-high vocals which prompted Cosmo’s entrance to Boston in 1993. In 1994, Fran Cosmo was featured as the sole lead vocalist on the Multi-Platinum Boston disc Walk On, which reached #7 on the Billboard Charts and produced three hit singles, including “I Need Your Love”, which climbed to #4 Mainstream Rock Chart, in spite of the growing popularity of the Seattle-Driven grunge movement. Upon Delp’s return to Boston, the two shared vocals in concert, where Delp said Cosmo covered “the really tough high parts.” In 1997, Cosmo was again featured on Boston’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Album, and took an even larger role in the 2002 album Corporate America, with the addition of co-production to his credits as vocalist.

Cosmo was originally formed in the mid 1990’s shortly after Fran’s return from Boston’s highly anticipated 1994 Walk On tour. The group experimented within the realm of Post-Grunge and Brit-Pop which controlled the radio, and it was in this time period that the group recorded several songs which would eventually be released on Boston’s “Corporate America” Album. On January 13, 1999, Tom Scholz, Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo appeared on Rockline
Radio to debut two of these songs; concurrently introducing Anthony Cosmo as the newest member of Boston. The new material included an extended version of Cosmo’s “Turn it Off’ (which lacked several guitar and organ solos found in the final cut) and ‘Someone’, which featured Brad Delp on vocals.

However, masterfully edited and 80’s guitar-laced versions of Cosmo’s “Turn it Off”, “Cryin’” and “Stare Out Your Window” would ultimately appear on Corporate America as a massive departure from the rest of the songs on the disc. Following the subsequent Corporate America tour, Fran and Antonio departed from the band and re-formed Fran Cosmo, former singer of BOSTON in its current form.

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Daryle Singletary

Hardcore country traditionalist, Daryle Singletary, has built a career based on musical integrity.

“When I moved to Nashville in 1990, I left Georgia telling my Daddy, ‘I want to make my living in country music,’” Daryle recalls. “I didn’t tell him I wanted to be played on the radio every day or be on a video channel every day. I said, ‘I want to make a living playing for the people who enjoy my kind of music.’ Fortunately and thankfully, I have been able to do that since 1995. 

“We’ve been very fortunate to stay on the road, year in, year out. I continue to work and continue to build a fan base. There are still people out there who want to hear traditional country music. I’ve been fortunate to be able to always keep it real and not have to compromise. I can’t ask for nothin’ better, I don’t guess.”

Daryle Singletary earned his notoriety for country authenticity with such unforgettable hits as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.” His newest album, “There’s Still A Little Country Left” , finds the country singer smack dab in the middle of what he loves the most, traditional Country music. On past albums, some of the greatest talents in his industry have lined up to sing with Daryle, including the late George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and Rhonda Vincent. On “There’s Still A Little Country Left”, Daryle finds harmony vocal assistance from Grand Ole Opry member Vince Gill on the poignant and moving “Say Hello To Heaven.”

Daryle is from rural Georgia. His father is a retired postmaster and his mother is a hair dresser. They sang gospel music on weekends. By the time he reached his teens, Daryle was a rabid country music fan, enthralled by the sounds of Keith Whitley and his all-time favorite, Randy Travis. 

He moved to Nashville in the fall of 1990 and made the rounds of Music City’s nightclub talent contests, picking up $100 here and there. Producer Greg Cole began playing drums in his band at a club called The Broken Spoke. Daryle recorded a pair of singles for the independent label Evergreen Records in 1992, but neither was a success. In the meantime, he was badgering his idol with letters. After members of the Randy Travis band heard Daryle at The Broken Spoke, they urged the star to listen, too. With Randy as his co-producer, Daryle Singletary issued his debut album on Giant Records in 1995. It included the career-launching singles “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations,” “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Workin’ It Out.” Traditional honky-tonk fans shouted “Hallelujah!” in response. Daryle’s consequent projects included the hits “Amen Kind Of Love”, The Used To Be’s and The Note. 2015 will bring the newest CD release “There’s Still A Little Country Left”, many corporate collaborations and a tour schedule packed with dates from March until December.

When asked about the current state of Country Music Singletary says, There are still great country songs out there. You just have to either write them or ask the songwriting community for them... and say, ‘Look, when I say country, I mean country.’ “And lucky for me, on this new CD I did both... and there are fans who still appreciate that. My fans are not fans of the bro-country movement, which doesn’t bother me a bit. They’re people who like it real, and that’s what I give them. “Like I say, I’ve been very fortunate. I just wanted to make a living doing something I love to do. I’m by no means a millionaire, but I make a living singing what I love, honest country music.”

Hit Songs Include: I Let Her Lie, Too Much Fun & Lovin' on Back Streets

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Ty Herndon

Ty Herndon is a master of the ties that bind. The Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning recording artist has the ability to connect with an audience far beyond his onstage performance.

Herndon has a passion and commitment to his music that continues to play out in his lyrics. “If I haven’t lived it, I haven’t sung it” as Herndon says. With a career spanning two decades, 20 Billboard charted singles and over five million albums sold, Herndon shows no signs of slowing down.

Raised in Butler, Alabama, Herndon has been a professional entertainer since his teenage years. At age 17, he performed at OPRYLAND USA as a cast member of “Today’s Country Roads.” He went on to be a finalist in the first season of the now iconic television series, “Star Search” and was a winner in the male-vocalist category.  This accolade led to appearances on numerous television shows and commercials.

As a live performer, he gained popularity while playing honky-tonks in Texas, and in 1993 he was named Texas Entertainer of the Year.  That honor led to interest from Music Row and a record deal with Epic Records. Herndon made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first No. 1 song and garnered a Song of the Year award (Music Row Magazine). It was also the title track to his debut album, which debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records’ Nashville.

Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No.1s and numerous top 10 hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.”

In 2010, Herndon released his album, Journey On. The album was heralded as the most personal project of Herndon’s career, due in large part to the fact that the project represented his first foray into songwriting. The songs reflected the personal challenges and struggles Herndon faced and conquered, and delivered on the promise of hope and new beginnings. The album received critical acclaim and earned him a Grammy nomination and his first Dove award.

Returning to his roots in country music and demonstrating his growth as an artist, Herndon released Lies I Told Myself in 2013. With the album, he found a new platform for bonding with fans. He invited the public to participate in his album launch via a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign that allowed fan investors to be involved both financially and emotionally. The end result was a testimony to Herndon’s affinity for connection; devotees more than doubled the original funding goal.

In November of 2014, Ty Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after, he made history when he hosted the first-of- its-kind country music event, titled The Concert for Love and Acceptance. The event, designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth and acceptance, received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more. Herndon received an outpouring of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans. Using his celebrity influence for the better good, Herndon is in the planning stages of a new coalition called RALY, (Rescue A Life Y’all) to help save lives and raise awareness for those with addiction or identity issues. A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has also donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children.

One of his most recent acts of giving back was lending his vocals on the tribute track, “Hands.” The single, released through Interscope Records in conjunction with GLAAD, is a musical tribute to the victims of the recent shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Herndon was among a star-studded list of artists, including Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Kacey Musgraves, P!nk, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainer and more, voicing support for the LGBT community in the original song. Proceeds from the track benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

Songs Include: What Mattered Most, Living In A Moment, and A Man Holdin' On

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T Graham Brown

T Graham Brown was born Anthony Graham Brown in Arabi, Georgia. T’s first performed in a duo, Dirk & Tony before founding two more bands, "Reo Diamond" and "T. Graham Brown's Rack of Spam" . He married his wife Sheila in 1980. The couple has one son, Acme Geronimo Brown

T moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald's, Disneyland, Budweiser, Coors, Stroh's, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Sears, Dodge Trucks, Ford, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Nashville Network, B.C. Powders, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Harrah's and many others. He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell "Run for the Border" television spots.
T also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. He was with E.M.I. for 13 years. His first release as an artist for Capitol, "Drowning in Memories", made TOP-40 on the Billboard country charts. His debut album and Title Song, "I Tell It Like It Used To Be", went to TOP-10, followed by "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" which landed at No.4.  His next 2 singles, "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" made their way to the number one slot.
His second album for the label, Brilliant Conversationalist, followed a year later and accounted for three more Top Ten hits. A third album, “Come as You Were”, produced his third Number One in "Darlene". ". In early 1990, he sang guest vocals on the multi-artist charity single "Tomorrow's World", as well as Tanya Tucker's single "Don't Go Out", from her album Tennessee Woman.
Brown joined Broadway icon Carol Channing for a duet of “Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree” on her 2012 album True To The Red, White, and Blue. He also recorded a duet of You Are So Beautiful with Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for her 2013 album At Last. In 2012, Brown appeared on a Country/Gospel album "Working on a Building" featuring a quartet version of the title song with Marty Raybon, Jimmy Fortune, and Trace Adkins that reached No. 1 on the Gospel chart.
In 2014 Brown collaborated with producer Mark Carman to produce a new album featuring guest appearances by industry giants; Leon Russell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges, Jimmy Fortune, Sonya Isaacs, and Jason Crabb. In July 2014 the first single from the album was released on the MCM World Media Label. The song, "He'll Take Care of You" was written by well known, award winning songwriters; Dan Penn, Gary Nicholson, and Donnie Fritts. It features vocal and guitar performances by country superstar, Vince Gill.

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Gary Morris

His voice is the only instrument needed to move your heart and soul, and his vocal mastery can hold audiences mesmerized in total silence. He has been asked to perform for every U.S. President starting with President Jimmy Carter. In November, 2015, former President George H. Bush and his wife, Barbara, invited Gary to perform at their home in Houston, Texas, for a private gathering of their friends. It doesn’t matter who is in the audience, Gary Morris is at home on any stage.

Morris recorded twelve albums which spawned sixteen Top 10 and five #1 hit singles, including Why Lady Why, The Love She Found in Me, Baby Bye Bye, 100% Chance of Rain, Leave Me Lonely, and Wind Beneath My Wings. In 1984, his original rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings won both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Song of the Year Award. In 1982, he was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year.”

At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was offered the role of Rodolfo starring opposite Linda Ronstadt in the Broadway production of Puccini’s opera, “La Bohème.” After its run on Broadway, Morris immediately returned to recording and touring, garnering more #1 hits in Country music.

Once again he was offered a lead role on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables at the height of its popularity. Morris had only three weeks to learn the challenging lines and songs. His performance received resounding critical praise and the Drama Desk Best Actor nomination.

His famous rendition of Bring Him Home on the platinum-selling Grammy Award winning international cast album resulted in a Command Performance by Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Upon meeting Morris, she mentioned how happy she was to finally put a face to the music and asked to shake his hand.

Morris is equally comfortable holding a bow, gun, or fishing rod as he is holding a guitar. His love of the great outdoors combined with his respect and compassion for veterans have resulted in his partnering with Project Healing Waters. (www.projecthealingwaters.org)

In 2005, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who were returning from combat. PHWFF uses the therapeutic properties of the serene sport of fly fishing to treat PTSD and other combat related conditions. This program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. Morris is a supporter of PHWFF and is very active in its various programs throughout the year.

Whether it is melting hearts with his voice and music, amazing critics with his acting ability, using his outdoor experience to teach others respect for the environment, or using his gifts to help our wounded service men and women through a difficult time in their lives, there is no doubt that Gary Morris has many gifts to share.

Hit Songs Include: That's The Way It Is, Velvet Chains and Headed For Heartache

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Steve March-Tormè

Steve's extraordinary voice has electrified audiences in venues from the Detroit Jazz Festival to the McCallum Performing Arts Center in Palm Desert, CA, to the Smith Center in Las Vegas, and worldwide from London to Japan, Australia to Brazil and Canada. It might seem an obvious choice that Steve would enter the family business, but he discovered his love for music almost by accident. Steve was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and the former model/actress, Candy Tockstein. They were divorced when Steve was young, and Candy married Hal March, an actor/comedian best known as the host of NBC-TV’s The $64,000 Question Show, but who also starred on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn. An avid baseball player and fan growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Steve's dream was to play for the Yankees. He was a devoted fan who listened to games on the radio in the basement of his family home. Following every game, he’d switch to the Top 40 music stations and sing along with such artists as The Four Seasons, Nat King Cole, The Temptations, Ricky Nelson, and Gene Pitney. With his natural ear for harmonies, his favorite quickly became and remains The Beatles. By the age of 12, he knew that he wanted to be a performer, and at 13 he earned his first paycheck fronting his own band. After his family moved to Beverly Hills, he continued to develop as a musician and his influences grew to include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, and Steely Dan.

Steve recorded his first LP, Lucky, for United Artists Records, supporting it with a 20-city, national concert tour. Upon returning to California, he produced and sang on Liza Minnelli’s Columbia Records release Tropical Nights, which became a favorite of the New York dance clubs.

Following Lucky, Steve received a phone call from noted jazz critic Leonard Feather, inquiring his interest in auditioning for a vocal group that Leonard's daughter, Lorraine Feather, was starting up with her friend Charlotte Crossley of The Harlettes. The recommendation came from Quincy Jones, who'd seen Steve perform at a tribute to Henry Mancini at the Hollywood Bowl. Steve went to the Planet Records offices to sing "Serenade in Blue" and "Blue Suede Shoes" for producer Richard Perry and his partner, movie producer Joel Silver, and got the gig as the solo male voice in the trio Full Swing. After the debut album (entitled Full Swing) was recorded, it was followed with tours of Brazil and Japan. Another Full Swing highlight: singing with his father, Mel, at the Kool Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. Steve sang the lead part on Mel's arrangement of "What Is This Thing Called Love,” previously performed by the Meltones. After Richard Perry sold Planet Records, Steve left the group to pursue his solo career.

Honing his craft as a performer, Steve worked as an actor, playing the male lead in a mini-series for RAI (Italian) Television, and appeared on a number of variety television shows back home. He spent three years as the featured vocalist on ABC-TV’s $100,000 Name That Tune and also hosted two Los Angeles-based television shows, Video 22 (a precursor to MTV) and Box Office America.

Steve’s first solo project after Full Swing was his CD Swingin’ at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, recorded with a crackerjack big band. It also features a duet between Steve and Mel (“Straighten Up and Fly Right”) and showcases an improvised scat lesson between father and son. That disc was followed up by The Night I Fell For You, featuring an alluring arrangement of the Lerner & Loewe classic “On the Street Where You Live,” and a number of Steve’s original tunes, many penned with longtime collaborator, pianist and musical conductor Steve Rawlins. In reviews of both CDs, critics singled out these new songs as “contemporary yet timeless,” and “combining a wry sense of humor and a natural feel for romance, with classic melodies.” Those two releases were followed up by The Essence of Love, a collection of some of the most romantic, well-crafted standards ever written, including “Blue Skies,” “Stardust,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” and a playful duet with jazz icon Diane Schuur on “The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else.” His current jazz CD, So Far (on iTunes, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com), combines the most popular material from his first three CDs into one “best of” recording.

Steve’s latest CD, inside/out, goes back to his roots as a singer/songwriter, words and music written by Steve, on which he not only sings but also plays keyboards and guitar. Inside/out was written and recorded in the pop vein that Steve was weaned on as a teenager and young adult and includes cleverly penned homages to Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren and Joni Mitchell. (Available on itunes, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com.)

Steve performs shows backed by configurations ranging from trio to symphony orchestra in venues around the world, from intimate jazz clubs to performing arts centers to festivals. Because a natural interest exists in hearing Steve sing the songs his dad was known for, he did a 28-city cross-country tour for Columbia Artists Mgt. Inc. (CAMI) entitled Tormé Sings Tormé. Steve is proud to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to his father ina show featuring a ten-piece band (dektette) playing the extraordinary arrangements penned by Marty Paich exclusively for Mel, and a multimedia presentation of photos and video clips. A Hi-Def, 5.1 Surround Sound version of Tormé Sings Tormé was released on AIX Records, and won Best Music Dual Disc at the EMX DVD Awards Show in Los Angeles.

In addition to his performing and recording career, Steve hosts his own radio show on the Music of Your Life network every Wed. and Thurs. afternoon. And, he is the weekday afternoon host on 91.1 FM The Avenue in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and KVYL-FM Vinyl in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He can also be heard every Monday morning on KVYL-FM at 9 a.m. Mountain Time for a sports segment called “Mondays with March-Tormé.”

Hit Songs Include: Swingin' at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, Love Street and Say It Ain't So

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Darryl Worley

There are many things that Darryl Worley has come to know in his 15-year career in country music. One of those things is how to recognize a hit song, scoring nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits with the self-penned  “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent an astonishing seven weeks at No. 1 as well as “I Miss My Friend” which came to him via a songwriter friends in Nashville.  He also recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tenn.

“We've managed to do a lot by the grace of God over the past 15 years,” notes Worley. “We're having the biggest years of fundraising now just because we've learned how to do it. It's just a very positive thing that we've been able to accomplish.”

Next up on the charitable future for the singer-songwriter is breaking ground on a wellness center geared toward assisting youth battling abuse of drugs and alcohol. “It's a labor intensive job, but it is a labor of love when you have a chance to really see how it affects human beings,” he says softly. “We've saved lives, and that's what it's all about.”

While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.

“It is a very difficult thing that our people have been through overseas during the past several years,” Worley says, his eyes glazing over with tears. “They just never give in or give up. It's amazing.”

With 2015 marking the 14-year anniversary of 9/11, Worley has released a powerful new combo pack DVD/CD titled Music & Memories, documenting his many trips overseas to entertain the men and women in uniform. The touching tribute to our troops gives a real look inside the active war zones, which Worley has been piecing together for the past four years.

“We wanted to do something to be uplifting for our troops and really shine a positive light on what they do,” Worley explains. “It does that in a big way. It is real and it is raw. There's so much on that DVD that regular civilians would never see.

“There are some funny moments on there as well,” he adds. “You will laugh your butt off, but you will also cry. The reality of what we have seen and experienced is heavy, so some of that will get to you because it is so real.”

In addition to the DVD portion of Music & Memories, fans will also be treated to a 7-song collection, which includes a revisited bluegrass-infused rendition of “Have You Forgotten,” and new songs “In my Book”, “The Bad Guys”, “Things That I Can’t See”,  and “Unsung Heroes.”

“We initially released the music as a free download for the military, but we wanted to get it in the hands of the fan base as well,” says Worley. “So far, the response has been exactly what we were hoping for when we decided to create this project. I think it's one of the coolest things I've ever done. I am just really, really proud of this.”

And if that wasn't enough to keep Worley busy, he also has a handful of other musical projects in the works, including the upcoming release of a Greatest Hits that will feature his three chart-topping hits, as well as tunes like "A Good Day to Run," "Second Wind," "Sounds Like Life to Me" and "I Just Came Back From a War." Besides the hits, Worley also has plans to include a few never before heard songs that will segue into a new collection of music further down the road.

“I am just in a really good place in my life and my career,” Worley says, as a smile spreads across his face. “I have been so blessed throughout my career. I have seen so much and experienced so much that I will never take for granted. I'm definitely not done yet. There is a lot more to come from me in the future. It feels good to start stirring it all up again. I'm ready to get back out there!”

Hit Songs: I Miss My Friend, Have You Forgotten and I Just Came Back

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Dale Watson

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.

Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet). 

“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker," Watson says. "But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you’re gonna like what comes out and it's amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists' artist.

The admiration is mutual. "I've been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records," Maines says of the sessions. "My early musical influences are the same as Dale's. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today's artists who still keeps it real country. I'm honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music."

Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW 2015. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.

Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions(PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio).  If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.

Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status.  He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Hit Songs Include: I Lie When I Drink, Nashville Rash and Country My Ass

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Crystal Gayle

"Before country was 'cool,' Crystal was 'class'..."

Never has one reviewer captured a platinum clad, Grammy Award winning career so beautifully in so few words.

Crystal encapsulates everything the dazzling qualities of her name imply -- although that name came to her in quite an unusual fashion. "Crystal" was suggested by Brenda Gail Webb's older sister, Loretta Lynn. Knowing there was already a 'Brenda Lee' currently successful in the music industry, Loretta selected the name 'Crystal' for her younger sibling when she began recording.

Once re-named, Crystal's musical boundaries have since been seemingly limitless, as proven by her recent project "All My Tomorrows," a mood influenced collection of American standards. Songs such as "Cry Me a River," "Sentimental Journey," "It Had to Be You," and "Smile" somehow reach the heights their songwriter' must have dreamed of when piped through the beautiful chords of Crystal Gayle. "These are songs any artist loves to sing," said Crystal in a recent interview. "They've endured to become timeless classics."

Strange to think of anyone as young and vibrant as the artist in question as a "timeless classic," but that indeed describes the course Crystal Gayle's career has taken. Her earliest roots in country music led to what was at the time in the industry an unusual turn of events: Crystal's success wave engineered a seamless crossover to mainstream, following the footsteps of Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Ray Price and so many more of her musical heroes and continuing the path for other great artist such as Shania Twain and Faith Hill.

In the late 70's, Crystal was the star of her own hour primetime specials on CBS television - Specials that earned the praise of audience viewers and critics alike. The years that followed saw Crystal host a concert special on HBO, a Christmas special from Sweden, and a  variety special taped in Finland. Chic, hip and cool with a romantic mane of hair, Crystal's television specials and myriad guest appearances on specials and talk shows solidified her stardom.

While still in school, she signed her first recording contract. Her debut single, "I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes," was written by Loretta and reached the Top 25 on the national country music charts. Three more singles were released over the next three years, all making an impact with radio and listeners. Her first album project began a rollout of smash singles to come. "Wrong Road Again," (her first of many hit singles with producer Allen Reynolds) became her debut Top 10 record. "I'll Get Over You." became her first #1 single.  By her fourth album, "We Must Believe in Magic," Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Driving the engine of the album was the song that was to become her enduring signature song: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." "Brown Eyes" opened the world's eyes to Crystal Gayle. She became a familiar name in households, grand and small, from Louisville to Leningrad. She swept through tours - and repeat tours - of the U.S Japan, England, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Australia and the Far East.

In the wake, her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA's "Female Vocalist of the Year," for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for "Best Female Vocal Performance," thanks to her beloved "Brown Eyes" - a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing.  Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their "Top Female Vocalist" statuettes. She is the recipient of three "American Music Awards," voted by the nation as America's "Favorite Female Artist." Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal's career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009.

At home in Nashville when not touring, Crystal continues to make the world a little more beautiful just by her presence. Her two children, Catherine and Christos, her toddler grandson, Elijah, and her husband, Bill Gatzimos, are her admitted heartbeat.

Songs Include: Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue, Talkin' In Your Sleep, When I Dream and I'll Get Over You

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Cory Morrow

Happiness has always come naturally to Cory Morrow. With his rollicking, soulful, feel-good Texas country, he has made thousands jump on tabletops, shimmy, scream, and suspend worries for almost two decades, like a honky-tonk pied piper––and he shows no signs of stopping. But these days, Morrow is also devoted to something more.

“I’ve always been able to find happiness and help others find happiness,” he says. “But there’s a difference between happiness and joy. Now, I feel like there’s a deeper sense of joy that’s not circumstantial.”

That deep joy courses throughout The Good Fight, released June 16, 2015. The 15-song collection was recorded at East Austin’s 12th Street Sound and polished at the Zone Recording Studio in nearby Dripping Springs, Texas. Reflecting on the process from his home in Austin, Morrow says, “I want it to be right. Looking back on other albums, I feel like I’ve settled on certain things. And this time, I really don’t want to settle.”

Listening to The Good Fight, it’s immediately clear that this is a record brimming with guts, truth, and growth––not compromises.

Morrow sings hard, proving his smooth, fiery drawl has only gotten better with age. The music revels in a life full of love and purpose, drawing on gritty rock, thumping gospel, and Morrow’s signature juke-joint country. Many of the songs address faith and relationships, both human and holy, with urgency, gratitude, and wonder. “I think there has always been a thread of spirituality in everything I’ve done––I’ve always been searching for something more,” he says. “But in the last five or six years, I’ve started to actually find it. And in the last three or four years, I’ve begun to come into really deep contact with it––to walk in it.”

As a songwriter, Morrow has retained his token wit and self-deprecating humor, two traits that play well with the album’s loftier themes. His circle of collaborators continues to expand: Nashville aces Brian Keane and Mando Saenz, along with Texas troubadours such as Carter Beckworth, joined an existing cast of favorites that includes the sagacious Owen Temple.

Written with Keane, “I Don’t Mind” captures the bliss of submitting your will to that of a higher power with piano-fueled, tent-revival panache. “I love the way that it speaks and the truth that it speaks,” Morrow says of the song.

Another track that Morrow tackles with a gospel-worthy aplomb, “Dreams” was penned with friend Matt Davis, who runs beloved Tomball, Texas venue Main Street Crossing. “I think we’re all dreaming to do more,” he says. “I find my dreams changing. They’re getting bigger in that they’re focusing less on me and more on what I can do for others. And that can be a really scary concept for me, because I’ve spent most of my life doing for myself––and that was pretty easy. And pretty fun,” he says, laughing.

When asked what “doing for others” looks like for him, Morrow doesn’t hesitate: “Serving. It’s little things all the time.” He mentions his band, and the urge to care for them as people and friends. He brings up his wife, Sherry, and his dedication to her, as well as their shared commitment to supporting organizations such as the Salvation Army in new, concrete ways. “It’s looking around my community and just seeing where there’s loss or grief or suffering. Is there any way I can be there for somebody?” he says. “Even if it’s for me to just be in the room, quiet and available.”

His newfound dedication to seeking out hurt and need around him emanates throughout the album. “In and Out of Light” explores the ideal balance between consistency and change, and serves as a call to see the downtrodden we so often choose to overlook. He sounds a similar cry on the soaring “Let Us Love,” a chest-pounding anthem pleading for open hearts, and “Hiding Anything,” in which he encourages listeners to “fall into arms that you can’t see.”

“Old Soul” is signature Morrow, gleefully mixing profound and silly to create a song that’s introspective, enlightening, and playful. “I’m an old soul, searching for a new way to rock and roll,” he sings over a flush band with standout guitar and Hammond B-3. A jubilant rock breakdown pays homage to early Morrow heroes like Led Zeppelin, and it’s clear he’d be hard-pressed to have more fun.

Pickup lines are turned on their head in “Old with You” as Morrow celebrates settling down. He penned the poignant “Little Man” for son Bear, his oldest. A four-year-old, two-and-a-half-year-old, and six-month-old twin boys fill his house with a different kind of crazy these days, keeping the Morrows perpetually on their toes.

Morrow laughingly refers to “Running After You” as his “blanket song”––a song that covers all of his boys. “It’s the idea that they’re each individually unique and beautiful in their own way, but all loved exactly the same,” he says. In the vein of “Love Without End, Amen,” written by fellow Texan Aaron Barker and immortalized by George Strait, “Running After You” is a masterfully delivered ode to fatherly love, both earthly and divine. “I want my sons to know that truth and love from the moment that they can actually speak so that when they get older, it won’t be such a far distance from them to travel––to come back home,” he says.

When asked if love serves as a unifying theme for The Good Fight, Morrow brings up the parable of “The Prodigal Son,” and the story’s precarious conclusion: Does the angry, older son ultimately follow his father into the party to celebrate his lost brother’s return?

“I think that’s what the record is for me,” Morrow says. “Everybody is the prodigal son––they’ve gotten lost and experienced love and redemption. And everybody is also very jealous of anybody else who’s gotten the kind of love they think they deserve. I think that the point of that story is that love is there, no matter what. You can’t earn it, you can’t make it greater, and you can’t do anything to make it smaller.” He pauses before adding, “Yeah. I’d love for the record to be about that kind of love. Perfect love.”

Hit Songs Include: Beat of Your Heart, Texas Time Travelin' and Nashville Blues

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Vocal Trash

“It’s entertainment with a conscience,” says Steve Linder, creator of Vocal Trash; a diverse blend of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences across the U.S. for over a decade. The musical aspects of this exciting, high-energy troupe from Texas appeals to everyone – from the very young to the very old – in its perfect mix of pop, rock, swing and classic oldies.

Described as “Glee, with a kick”, Vocal Trash plays to capacity crowds, from Las Vegas to Madison Square Garden, presenting their “wow factor” experience and making them a hit with all venues. Audiences can’t seem to get enough of this energetic group whose “feel good” music literally gets people up and dancing in the aisles.

Vocal Trash combines uniquely recycled musical instruments, such as their “one of a kind” bass and guitars, with an industrial percussion section made-up of metal trash cans, plastic barrels, water bottles and other landfill rescued items. Their hip, yet poignant, presentation teaches children to use their imagination in a meaningful and lasting way as it relates to eco-friendly living. This makes for a powerful and personal tool to reach young minds while enforcing an important narrative to reuse items that would normally end up as discarded, earth burdensome waste.

With a rare display of excellence, synchronization, precision and musicianship, Vocal Trash followers, affectionately deemed as “Trash-Heads,” love the distinctive blend of first-rate singing, industrial style drumming, comedy antics and award-winning break-dancing. When it comes to diversity, Vocal Trash is the ultimate variety show with an urban feel and Broadway appeal.

While Earth Day is celebrated once a year in April (22nd), Vocal Trash has been doing their part by incorporating recycling into their shows for years, long before “green” was hip – making them one of the most positive role models in entertainment today. Part stage performers, part recycling gurus – these entertainers make green awareness fun for folks of all ages. Kelsey Rae, star of the show who coined the groups mantra ‘THINK… before you throw it away’ says, “We’re simply presenting a positive message. Music and dance is universal… there’s no better way to reach the masses.”

Touring coast to coast, this in-demand group of top notch entertainers have made appearances on Worldwide Telemundo, Fox 21 in Colorado and Good Morning Texas (both Houston and Dallas), various high profile “Green” websites and numerous large market newspaper publications.

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Music In The Spirit

This will be an ecumenical event featuring local musicians from Hunt County churches. Local clergy will provide Invocation and Benediction. Readings from scripture will be read in-between music sets, which will include singing by all present.

The event is free. It will be a labor of love by the emcees and performers on stage. The event is sponsored by Barbara Horan and the Texan Theater.

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Purple Hulls

You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree.

The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.

Songs Include: Get In The Boat, Mind Of Its Own and I Just Wanted You To Know

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Lonesome Traveller featuring Peter Yarrow

The story of folk music is truly the story of an ever-changing America.

Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with Lonesome Traveler, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating…revelatory…achingly beautiful.” The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Don McClean, James Taylor, Van Morrison with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Charismatic young singers and multi-instrumentalists return us to a time when music brought us together – when it changed us. Complete with period costumes and multimedia projections, this unforgettable concert event features romantic duets, patriotic songs, church hymns, union anthems and songs of protest, taking us from the 1920s to the 1960s and beyond– from the front porches of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York – from the festival stages of Newport to the sound stages of Los Angeles. Songs like: “If I Had a Hammer,“ “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “This Land is Your Land,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Blowin in the Wind”, “Like a Rolling Stones”, “Turn, Turn Turn”, “American Pie”, and “Hallelujah”.

Folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary has enthusiastically endorsed the show and will be appearing in this production of the show as a special guest star. An inspiring evening of great music, Lonesome Traveler presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages.

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Warren Hood

Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor - The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's BandToni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks (featured on NPR) who accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans and Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll. He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle LovettJoan OsborneEmmylou HarrisBen KwellerLittle FeetElvis CostelloSusan TedeschiGillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.

"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear."
Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle

The self-titled debut album, The Warren Hood Band, was brilliantly produced by Charlie Sexton and 9 of the 11 songs were written/co-written by Warren, including the album's single "Alright" and the rockin', soulful "Where Have You Gone."

The Warren Hood Band is available for download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, and others as well as on CD in stores.

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Two For The Show

Starring Dorothy Dale Kloss & Ken Prescott!

TWO FOR THE SHOW, features GREAT dancing, GREAT singing, GREAT Comedy, and tales told from the people who actually performed in the golden age of NIGHT CLUBS, TV, and THE BROADWAY STAGE! With WONDERFUL MEDIA throughout the show that displays each performer in some of the shows that made them famous, eye-popping costumes, and a nostalgic journey through the GOLDEN AGE OF ENTERTAINMENT, that will keep the audiences completely enthralled.

Dorothy Dale Kloss

Night club Star of The Big Band Era. One of a Kind at 93!

Dorothy Dale Kloss began dancing at age three, while Calvin Coolidge was President. While teaching the legendary Bob Fosse in a Chicago Tap Dance Class, she won a tap contest, changed her name, and overnight catapulted to stardom doing her own act at the Empire Room in Chicago. She toured the country from The Strand Theatre in New York to California to Mexico City with the famous CANTIFLAS. With her exciting tap rhythms, and style she toured with Eddy Duchin for a year, and was the last act to work with his orchestra before their induction into Military service in World War II.

Her talent and wit constantly entertained the troops for the USO in WWII. In 1946 she was the hostess and dance instructor of one of the earliest TV Shows in Chicago, “THEATRE OF THE AIR” on WBKB! She has starred with Liberace, The Mills Brothers, Mel Torme, Harry Richman, Carol Lawrence, Howard Keel, Kaye Starr, Frankie Lane, Gloria De Haven and Chico Marx to name a few. She was accompanied by such bands as Eddy Duchin, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Ray Noble, Skinny Ennis, Shep Fields and his “Rippling Rhythm” to name a few.

Her “Betty Grable” legs were seen for 15 years at The Palm Springs Follies, and her interview on “THE TODAY SHOW” on NBC caused a huge sensation. She received her very own star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars May 29, 2010. She is in the Guinness Book of Records, 2009, as the World’s oldest, living, working showgirl. And, she just received the “Golden Halo Dance Award” from the Southern Motion Picture Council; the past recipients have been Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Cyd Charisse to name a few. She spent 15 years in THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES, and decided to leave for among other things, her new book, “I’M NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE, LOVE DOROTHY” ! Her tap dancing is legendary, and she can “banter” with the best of them. Her new act, TWO FOR THE SHOW, with Broadway Performer KEN PRESCOTT, is a showstopper! As Dorothy says, “Age is a state of mind”.

Ken Prescott

Star of "42 Street" on Broadway!

Ken is a producer, director and choreographer of a great new musical, “BUGLE BOY: The Life Story of Glenn Miller”! Ken has directed, produced, and choreographed from Broadway to Brazil. His newest screenplay, “A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS”, has just been optioned, and he has written six songs for the production. He also starred on Broadway in “42 STREET”, and has won ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR from the Motion Picture Council of Southern California! He has sung with the “New” Modernaires – starred on Broadway in “42 STREET”, toured the country as the star of “CRAZY FOR YOU”, “SUGAR”, “PAL JOEY”, “WESTSIDE STORY”, GEORGE M !”, “THE BOYFRIEND”, “OKLAHOMA”, “DAMES AT SEA”, and dozens of other productions. His leading ladies include Yvonne De Carlo, Vivian Blaine, Gale Storm, Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Ann Miller and many more. His tenor voice soared in such roles as “THE STUDENT PRINCE”, “NEW MOON” with Harve Presnell, and and extensive tour as Prince Danillo in “THE MERRY WIDOW”. He had his own Big Band Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. called “BIG BAND AT THE SAVOY” which cast him in several roles: Star, Producer, Director, and Choreographer! He just returned from Casino Magic doing “SILVER SIZZLES REVUE” as the lead singer. He has reprised his act many places including on the High Seas on Crystal Cruises doing his one man show called “KEN PRESCOTT – The Song and Dance Man” !

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Deana Sings Dino

In Celebration of Dean Martin's 100th, and Legends Radio's 3rd Birthday, and in support of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook:  "Deana Sings Dino"

Deana Martin is a world-class entertainer who is equally comfortable with a celebrated symphony, at a legendary concert hall or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, a gifted actor, a vocalist of incredible depth and passion and a licensed pilot.

Deana's performance will also include selections from her latest album, Swing Street -  her fifth album release on which Deana pays tribute to three men who helped guide and encourage her performing career: Uncles Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and, most certainly, her Dad, Dean Martin. The album is an elegant mix of jazz and blues inspired songs.

Deana’s smash 2013 release, Destination Moon, offers her distinctive take on jazz and pop classics, including the song “True Love,” a duet with her father. “To record that song with my Dad,” says Deana, “was an incredible highlight in my life and another dream come true.  When we listened to the playback I was thrilled to hear how beautifully our voices blended together. It’s an unbelievable memory that I’ll carry with me forever.”

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My Brother and Me: Bruce & Charlie Robison Song Swap

Bruce Robinson

Imagine you are Texas singer-songwriter Bruce Robison on any given Saturday night, and you might be forgiven for thinking life looks pretty good. You’re on your way to headline at one of the Texas Hill Country’s legendary dancehalls—the Broken Spoke, say, or Gruene Hall or Floore’s Country Store—when one of your songs comes on the radio. Maybe it’s Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s hit version of “Angry All the Time,” or George Strait’s cover of “Wrapped” or even the Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 hit, “Travelin’ Soldier.” It’s a pleasant interlude in what Dan Jenkins used to call “Life Its Ownself.”

As one of the most acclaimed tunesmiths to come out of Austin, Bruce has worked in the traditional musical model all his life: Sign with a label; Record an album; release single; tour to support same…and repeat.

But although his songwriting work ethic remains anchored to traditional values—strong storylines, compelling characters, hook-laden melodies—Robison is working hard to refit his business model to reflect new music industry realities.

Charlie Robinson

Let’s just get it out of the way right up front: In the five years between his last and most successful album yet, Good Times, and his new Dualtone Records release, Beautiful Day, Charlie Robison got divorced from his wife Emily (of The Dixie Chicks). So it’s only natural to assume that this is his “divorce album,” which is not altogether untrue.

But as with all devoted songwriters, Robison writes from a perspective that draws from and speaks to larger matters and issues within human experience and life in these times. And as the title indicates, even if this album is to a notable degree about and informed by the end of his marriage, there’s something different and more at work here.

Beautiful Day is ultimately an album that chronicles the processes and resulting growth one goes through and finally the redemption to be found within such a major life event. And it reflects a change in approach is the way Robison writes his songs. “In the past most of my songs were stories written from a third-person perspective,” he explains. “This is the first album where I’m writing in the first person. It wasn’t like I did it by design; I didn’t have any choice.”

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Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson is a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter from Wimberley, Texas.  She is a respected performer and writer with one of the top-selling country songs of all time under her belt - she wrote "Wide Open Spaces" that the Dixie Chicks cover and has six solo albums released nationally. 

Susan tours year-round and performs at a variety of festivals, listening rooms, and house concert venues.  She was also inducted into the West Texas Music Hall of Fame as 2009's Entertainer of the Year.  She released her 6th album, an EP titled “Remember Who You Are” in November 2016 and is also spending time leading workshops for kids and adults interested in songwriting.

Hit Songs Include: Wide Open Spaces, The Second Hand and Best of You

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Jeff Plankenhorn

A quick listen to the albums released by Jeff Plankenhorn will give you an idea of the extremely varied styles the man Emily Robison of The Dixie Chicks calls a “chameleon” of performing. A deeper listen will uncover the overwhelmingly deep love all types of music Jeff has incorporated in his own unique style. Plankenhorn, or “Plank” as he is known, has found a way to blend the soulful vocals of the church, Motown, and funk singers that dominated his speakers as a youth with the bluegrass he studied while living in Nashville and the lyrically driven feel of the songwriters he has performed with since moving to Austin into an intoxicating sound that spans them all.  

Like many other artists, Jeff found his voice in the church choir of his boyhood home in Ohio, “It was my first sense of belonging, community, and a feeling of doing good for others when we sang,” he recalls. Given a guitar from his older brother (an accomplished musician in his own right), Plank immediately found his calling as a musician, and began a lifetime calling of mastering the stringed instruments that spoke to him. His high school days, full of recording and performing, led him to the University of Michigan where he quickly became a mainstay in the Ann Arbor music scene. Following college, Jeff headed to Nashville to continue his education, “studying” under the likes of Uncle Josh Graves, Gene Wooten, and Jerry Douglas. Never satisfied with the status quo, Jeff was intrigued by the suggestion of songwriting legend Ray Wylie Hubbard of coming to Austin, Texas. Upon arriving in the Lone Star State, Plankenhorn’s Swiss army knife abilities immediately created a high demand for his talents, and he began adding to a resume that includes appearances on records by such luminaries as Joe Ely, Ray Wylie, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave and many more.  

All of these experiences have led to Jeff’s currently tireless schedule of playing shows that include, song driven folk solo appearances, slide guitar heavy rock ‘n’ roll/soul shows with his own band, as well as the many standing dates with the collaborative Austin bands, The Apostles of Manchaca, The Purgatory Players, and the Resentments. 2016 will have Jeff amping up his national touring schedule with band shows, solo gigs and festival appearances, all while maintaining his presence in the Austin scene. The year promises to let the rest of the country in on what so many other musicians and the entire Austin music community have been enjoying for years now.  

Hit Songs Include: Trouble Find Me, Born to Win and Like Flowers

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Adam & Chris Carroll

Ultimate Fan Experience! Intimate show (only 118 seats, back row only 68 ft from the stage), close parking, full gourmet dinner, luxurious table seating, and all gratuities always included.

Chris Carroll is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. She now lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband and music partner Adam Carroll.

Carroll’s music does a little bit of genre hopping, pulling in influences from all over the map, but her music is still deep within the Americana roots and has the ability to draw in an audience. Chris released her debut record, “Trouble & Time” in 2014, produced by David Beck (Sons of Fathers & Blue Healer).

“Chris Carroll’s recording, Trouble & Time, has so many expressions…just like a human face. Tracks like “Mister” smirk at you while “Dreaming You Up” has a Mona Lisa smile quality to it. Each song emotes such intimate eye contact, just like her live performance, and I don’t think Chris will be the first to blink.” ~ Susan Gibson

Hit Songs Include: Cause or Cure, Northern Wind, Just Like That, and Mister

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Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years.  It all began in Abilene, Texas in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was four, and Rudy was two.  Since those days, the road the brothers have plowed has won them countless awards and has taken them to numerous concert halls, festival stages, national television shows and even the White House on several occasions.  The brothers have seen their music top the charts and touch the lives of fans of all ages.

The brothers grew up singing gospel music after listening to James Blackwood and the Blackwood brothers, Hovie Lister, the Statesman Quartet and many others.  The brothers would sing anywhere and everywhere people would listen.  As children their music has taken them coast-to-coast, even singing at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.  They also recorded four Gospel records.

In 1966 Larry went off to college – studying English and law at the University of Houston.  In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis’ backup group.  He didn’t get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry’s oldest and best friends.  Dottie was initially taken with Larry’s resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury.  Dottie told him one night in their backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, “Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you’ve just got to be able to write great songs.”  After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to Dottie, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville.

Through Dottie, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion on Gatlin’s talent as a writer and singer.  Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records, which resulted in a contract with the record label.  His first album, The Pilgrim, was released later that year.  Johnny Cash wrote the liner notes for his first album, and dubbed him “The Pilgrim,” which is what he called Larry until the day he died.  Steve and Rudy were still in college at Texas Tech University and moved to Nashville in 1975 to sing backup with Tammy Wynette.  The two of them joined Larry in the summer of 1976 to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.  

By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy Award-winning “Broken Lady.”  The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, including their signature song, “All the Gold in California,” soon to be followed by “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).”   The number one hits continued throughout the next decade with “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “ I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love is Just a Game,” and “Night Time Magic.”  In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others.  “We won some of‘em too,” say Larry.

The brothers continued to tour through out the 80’s.   In 1992, they decided to take some time away from the road.  That year they embarked on their “Adios Tour” and released an album of the same title.  Upon completion of the tour, Larry would go on to Broadway to star in the hit musical, "The Will Rogers Follies,” as Steve built a theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC and Rudy starred in a production of “Oklahoma” in Branson, MO.  In early 2002, the brothers decided to tour on a limited basis, recorded a new a album, Pilgrimage, in 2008 and are still performing 40-50 dates a year.  In 2015 the Gatlin Brothers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the great state of Texas.  This past year they were inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Ft Worth, Texas.

As the brothers begin their 61st year singing together, they are looking forward to the next adventure.  We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can’t wait to see what else He has in store.”

“We have been very blessed and grateful for the many fans who have stayed with us over the years,” adds Steve.  “You have impacted our lives more than you can possibly imagine.”

Rudy adds, “One of the nicest things fans can say is that we are still singing & playing better than ever & that’s nice to hear.”

In addition to touring, the brothers recently released a new Gospel album titled, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers – The Gospel According to Gatlin.  Larry says, “The songs are a little edgy, a little bit different.   Steve, Rudy and I didn’t get where we are by playing it safe.  We have always pushed the envelope, we have always crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we’re not going to stop now… and that’s the Gospel According to Gatlin.”

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Paul Oscher

Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp), first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little WalterJunior WellsJames Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Paul Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature. 

Paul started playing the blues at the age of twelve when his uncle gave him a marine band harmonica and was taught the rudiments of blues harmonica by Jimmy Johnson, a southern medicine show harp player. By the time Paul was fifteen he had hooked up with guitarist/singer Little Jimmy Mae and was playing professionally in soul revues at black clubs like the Baby Grand, The 521 Cub, Seville Lounge and the Nitecap.

In the mid-l960s Paul met Muddy Waters back stage at the Apollo Theatre and in 1967, when Muddy came to New York without a harp player, Paul sat in with the band. He played twonumbers: "Baby Please Don’t Go" and "Blow Winds Blow." Muddy hired him on the spot. Working alongside blues greats like Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Sammy Lawhorn, Pee Wee Madison and S.P. Leary, Paul learned the deep Blues phrasing and timing characteristic of his music today. Paul lived on the Southside of Chicago in Muddy Waters’ house along with Otis Spann. Spann taught Paul the piano. Paul learned the guitar by looking over the shoulders of Muddy and Sammy Lawhorn.

While in Muddy’s band Paul toured the US and abroad and played all kinds of venues from the rough and tumble juke joints of the chitlin’ circuit to the major concert stages of the world and during that time backed up major blues artists such as John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Son House, Fred McDowell, Lightning Hopkins, T. Bone Walker, Albert King, Magic Sam and Big Mama Thornton. Paul recorded a number of records with Muddy Waters for the legendary Chess Records label in Chicago. These recordings and live performances would influence an entire generation of young players. Paul remained in Muddy’s band till the end of 1971 when he left to form his own band using the name Brooklyn Slim. 

In 1976, Paul toured Europe with Louisiana Red and continued playing with his own band in the New York area as well as backing up Big Joe Turner, Doc Pomus, Victoria Spivey, Big Walter Horton and Johnny Copeland. 

In the 80s, Paul quit music—he’d gotten tired of the life and the disappointments—and got a day job. But he couldn’t stay away from the blues for long and in 1992 hooked up with piano players Dave Maxwell and Bob Gaddy and his old drummer Candy MacDonald and started playing again. His career took off. He recorded several tapes for Mojo Productions and Lollipop Records Under the name Brooklyn Slim. In 1994, Paul toured in the US with Jimmy Rogers and the Muddy Waters Tribute Band. In 1995 he recorded his first CD, The Deep Blues of Paul Oscher for Blues Planet records which led to a second CD with Viceroy Records, Knockin’ on the Devils’ Door and a W.C. Handy Award Nomination. Paul started touring the US and abroad with his own six-piece band. Since that time Paul has recorded more CDs in his own name and has appeared on other artists’ recordings and on videos and movie soundtracks.

In 1999, Paul performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival with Carey Bell and Jerry Portnoy in a show titled "The Super Harps of Muddy Waters" and traveled to Europe with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

In October 2000, Paul Oscher won the L.A. Music Award for"Outstanding Blues Artist of the Year". 

Paul is now touring as a solo artist or in a trio setting. His "Alone with the Blues" show, featuring Paul on harmonica, bass harmonica, guitar and piano, has received rave reviews from blues fans, musicians, press, promoters and club owners. As a songwriter, his songs have been covered by Alligator recording artists Little Charlie & the Nightcats and Blind Pig recording artist Big Bill Morganfield.

2004 was a busy and very productive year. Paul’s Alone with the Blues album for the Electro-Fi label, was released on May 18, 2004 and was nominated for FOUR 2005 W.C. Handy Awards: "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year""Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year", "Harmonica instrumentalist of the Year", and "Blues song of the Year". Paul also appeared on Mos Def’s CD New Danger released Oct 12, 2004 on the Geffen label. Paul is also a featured guest artist along with Mickey Champion and Johnny Dyer on The Mannish Boys’ 2004 Delta Groove release That Represent Man. Paul also appears on Mark Hummel and Johnny Dyer’s tribute to Muddy Waters CD Rollin’ Fork Revisited released Nov 2004 on Mountain Top records.

Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton. Dave Maxwell, Paul Oscher, and Keith Richards
In the studio recording Hubert Sumlin's new album

In January 2005, the long awaited Hubert Sumlin CD About Them Shoes was released on the Tone Cool/Artemis label and features Paul along with Eric ClaptonKeith RichardsLevon Helm and others. This album garnered a Grammy nomination and won a Blues Music Award for "Traditional Blues Album of the Year".

Paul’s latest release, Down in the Delta, won two 2006 Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards); "Acoustic Album of the Year" and "Acoustic Artist of the Year"

Paul is currently in the process of writing a book about his life’s experience in the blues, some of which has already been quoted in extensive interviews for Sandra Tooze’s book about Muddy Waters, Mojo Man, and Robert Gordon’s book about Muddy Waters, Can’t be Satisfied. An excerpt of Paul’s book appears in the companion book to the PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

As Muddy Waters’ harp player Paul Oscher inspired a whole generation of blues players including Rick EstrinJerry PortnoyPaul Delay, and William Clark. Paul Oscher is the real deal—he learned his blues from the Masters. He plays only the real, unadulterated, down-in-the-alley, gutbucket blues. He is not a retro player; he just plays the blues the way he learned them… lowdown and lonesome and has been doing so for the last forty years.

Hit Songs Include: Alone With The Blues, Bet On The Blues and Robin Lee

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Amar Khalil featuring Mino Yanci

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

"intimate Settings" with Amar Khalil (former lead singer of Tony, Toni, Tone) featuring Jazz fusion band, "Mino Yanci".

Concert, conversation and meet and greet.

Performing songs from his Solo Inspirational Project.

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Frankie Lee and Peyton Stilling

Frankie Lee

Frankie Lee, a young heart with a soulful sound. Frankie presents classic country, blues and folk. Her relaxed demeanor spiced with dry wit is relaxing as well as entertaining. Close your eyes and you will think you are hearing one of the greats.

Frankie Lee, Americana musician, was born in Austin and raised in the Dallas area. Frankie enjoys performing solo and backed by various local musicians. She has received training through Septien, Alchemy Music and from UNT and Berklee School of Music alum. Most recently, Frankie has begun working with Austin Cope who has produced albums for artists such as The Voice's, Madi Davis. She has also begun collaborating with Jayne Lybrand, vocal coach to greats such as Leann Rimes, Kacy Musgraves and Maren Morris.

Frankie has also enjoyed songwriting in Nashville with Melissa Bollea Rowe of Rhyme Partners. Rhyme Partners is an award winning publishing company with over one hundred cuts with artists, TV, and major motion pictures. Together, Frankie and Melissa wrote, Johnny Cash, a response to Johnny Cash's song, Give My Love to Rose. 

You can catch Frankie at shows from Dallas to Nashville. She has enjoyed playing at the Wildflower Festival, House of Blues Dallas, Klyde Warren Park, Belcourt Taps in Nashville, and also enjoys giving back to the arts in her hometown where she's performed for Leadership Richardson's Arts & Cultural Diversity Day and benefits for Little Mended Hearts.

Peyton Stilling

My name is Peyton Stilling and I am 16 years old, born and raised in Dallas TX.  I love my crazy family - my Mom and Dad (who admittedly break glass when they sing), my awesome brother Charlie (who dreams of being Stephen Curry) and my three Springer Spaniels, Josie, Benny and Poppy.  My relationship with God is my foundation along this long journey in life. Without Him I have no idea where I would be. Writing music and signing inspires me and I want to use my God-given gift to inspire and empower others. 

Life has thrown me some curve balls along the way.  I mention it, because while difficult, these trials strengthened my faith and created me into the person I am today.  My Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2009 when I was 9 years old.  To say it rocked my world would be an understatement.  God carried my family through those dark days and I am overjoyed to say that she has been in remission for 6 years.  She is my hero.  I am excited to announce that in 2016 I will be performing at various venues promoting and raising awareness for breast cancer.  I'll keep you posted!

I "officially" started singing when I was in 5th grade, although my Mom claims I came out of the womb singing.  I was working with a classical voice instructor and performing at various competitions.   I enjoyed it, but there was always something missing. After several years, I made the tough decision to transition to a studio that specialized in contemporary music, instrument instruction, song writing and musician branding.  I have been working tirelessly on developing as an artist.  I am performing at venues, writing music, playing the guitar and piano, recording demos and developing my brand. 

I am so excited for what the future holds.  I am writing new music like crazy and cant wait to share it with you! 

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The Black Lillies

The Black Lillies’ story is one of hard work and highway miles … a story that traces their evolution from a group of friends making music in songwriter and frontman Cruz Contreras’ living room into what is now one of Americana’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.

More importantly, The Black Lillies’ story is still unfolding, with the band’s sharp, southern-influenced songs — including Americana radio hits like “Hard to Please,” the kickoff single and title track from the band’s most recent album — leading the charge. Centered around multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Contreras (Robinella and the CCstringband), and featuring a rotating cast of incredible musicians including bassist and vocalist Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields), drummer Bowman Townsend (Jill Andrews), and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Schaefer (Micky & The Motorcars), The Black Lillies enter this chapter as one of the most visible, viable groups in contemporary roots music.

Hard to Please, produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt and recorded at Nashville’s legendary House of Blues Studio D, earned praise from Rolling Stone Country, NPR, American Songwriter and beyond, debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. 2013’s Runaway Blues and 2011’s 100 Miles of Wreckage both fared similarly well, with outlets like Entertainment Weekly praising the band’s “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.” The Black Lillies promoted each release in the blue-collar tradition: by hitting the highway, racking up 230 gigs in 2014 alone and averaging 175 during the remaining years. That road-warrior work ethic has become as integral to the band’s success as Contreras’ songwriting, taking the band from coast to coast, border to border, and even country to country.

Proudly independent since their formation, The Black Lillies were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times – sharing that stage with big-budget bands and major-label mainstreamers. They’ve chased down success on their terms, ignoring the trends of Nashville and focusing on a sound that, as Vanity Fair notes, “continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and…a touch of the Dead, for good measure.” With a reimagined lineup, new songs and the same dedication to touring, the Lillies continue to sink their roots deep into the Americana landscape.

Hit Songs Include: Hard to Please, Whiskey Angel and Smokestack Lady

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Shelley King

Shelley King is a musical ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound. For the past twenty years King has built a solid national career as a singer and songwriter who is both a successful solo artist and leader of a formidable band of Austin’s finest musicians. Her blend of original blues, rock, folk, country, soul and gospel led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Texas State Artist - Musician; an honor similar to poet laureate. On stage she leads her band through tangents of electric Southern blues and acoustic folk, revved-up Cajun country and rock and roll with a charismatic ease that evidences the resilience of a lifelong performer. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band and released seven albums of original music to rave reviews and radio chart success. Shelley tours relentlessly, performing over 180 dates a year at venues from coffee shops and house concerts to big theaters and major festivals across the world. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists and appeared in feature films.

“Building a Fire”, her most recent CD and the second recorded with members of New Orleans favorite sons, the subdudes, has affirmed King’s place as master of her own style of Americana blues. The Austin Chronicle says “Building a Fire assembles an audio dictionary of roots music.

King's powerful, twanged alto takes care of the rest. The kickoff cut blends Louisiana zydeco with blues sensibility, the singer's no-holds-barred vocal mastery front and center... “Building a Fire” is filled with sinewy soul and King’s trademark brand of torrid gospel and blues, it’s her most confident work yet. One where the songs, band, and singer sound comfortable together, each filled with the kind of grace that’s scarce and delivers salvation.”

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Jason Boland, Cody Canada, & Mike McClure

Music is having a moment. Listeners are crying out for something true––some meaty songs that’ll give us some comfort, even as they cut closer to the bone.

 Everyone is finally ready for the gritty, thundering country Jason Boland and the Stragglers have sharpened over almost 20 years’ worth of selling out roomy venues and commanding stages across the nation. And new album Squelch provides the ideal vehicle.

 “We’re just trying to make something that we're proud of,” lead songwriter and vocalist Boland says. “If any more people want to take notice of it, they’re welcome.”

 Since coming together in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Boland and his tightknit crew have sold more than half a million albums independently and earned a devoted following that’s swelled far beyond the band’s red dirt roots. At a Stragglers show, oil patch roughnecks, hippies, college kids, and intelligentsia all sway side-by-side like a traveling reincarnation of Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters in its cosmic cowboy, Willie Nelson heyday.

 While the Stragglers draw from rock and folk, make no mistake: they traffic in unfiltered, unfettered honky-tonk, raw and lean. Equal parts subtle, meditative, and snarling, and often wickedly funny, Squelch is a deeply rooted exercise in exhuming beauty by trading smoke and mirrors for what’s real.

 “We pay homage, but we don't want to copy or be a throwback act,” Boland says. “All you can do is try to take the music that inspires you and take it further. And make it personal.” If he has felt any pressure to make his “personal” what others have in mind, it doesn’t show. Boland has never constructed an identity or sound for mass or even niche consumption. He is who he is, and he’s all in.

 Recorded at Orb Recording Studios in Austin and mixed at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Squelch was produced by Jim Ward (At the Drive-In, Sparta, Sleepercar) and marks the band’s eighth time in the studio. Like two previous Stragglers’ albums, debut Pearl Snaps and 2013’s critically acclaimed Dark and Dirty MileSquelch was recorded and mixed directly to tape. “It's one thing when you can say, ‘Okay, now, engineer, you do your magic,’” Boland says. “There is no magic when you record and mix to tape. It is what it is. I think it’s a fuller, richer sound. And it’s just more honest.”

 Opener “Break 19” thumps brazenly, reveling in bassist Grant Tracy’s heart-pounding walks and punctuated by Nick Worley’s whirling fiddle, Brad Rice’s locomotive drumming, and newest Straggler Cody Angel’s achy pedal steel. There’s not a throwaway line to be found, as Boland’s deep baritone rumbles through a sly takedown of modern media and absolute certainty after copping to trying it all the wrong way first and realizing “the more I see, the less I claim to know.” It’s a fitting introduction to The Stragglers’ signature blend of social consciousness, self-awareness, and swing.