Texas country artist with many friends in the music industry. He was recently, a guest on Good Morning Texas with his friend Jerry Matheny professional guitarist for many top acts in country music. The main reason he began a career in country music started with a close friendship with Sonny Burgess (CMA). Enjoys meeting new people and having a good time wherever he goes.
Bubba T is always looking ahead – and never looking back. Isn’t that what makes a great artist? Living it up and cooling it down…enough to catch some perspective. Well, at least long enough to record a tune that’ll be the soundtrack to the next good time.
Bubba T has plenty of material to work with, as he’s already done plenty of living – living large. But now, he’s really living it up by living his dream – making and sharing music. He would have done it earlier, but back in the well-intended family (backed by Brother Bob the preacher) there to nip his budding music career in the bud. What else were good, non-dancing Baptists to do? Besides, Bubba had a big brain. Why not use it? So he did …and still does, by the way.1960s a whole host of
We all like music. So does Bubba. He wanted to create some and share it with you. We all thought that would be a good idea. Hopefully, you’ll agree. Then, we can all have some more fun. (And, Bubba can freak out the stuffy-lawyer-world with his new endeavour, and potentially-new-found-fame.)
We rest our case. Bubba is a good guy. But, more importantly he appreciates good music – and hopes you put his in the “good” category, and will enjoy listening – whether it’s on your own or in a crowd. Your next good time might be tonight, courtesy of Bubba T’s music. He also thanks God for his blessings and ability to have his dream at 70. He considers himself very lucky.
Sounds like an ‘ol country song, “Because it’s never too late to have a good time. Honey, it’s late, but it’s never too late. Actually, it’s kinda early. Early in the mornin’…” Well, maybe Bubba can cook something up for his follow-up album. Stay tuned. You never know what he might do next.
“Shane Owens brings it all…vocal, writing, performance, and passion. He has paid his dues, remained committed to traditional country and brings you a song with heart and a story. Songs that will get you through the tough times and enjoy the happy times; and, lyrics that will remind you of the threads in life that make you the fabric you are today. He will bless you with his talent and his kindness. To Shane, I gladly pass the baton…” -Randy Travis
The staunch country traditionalist has survived career setbacks that would have defeated most performers. Instead, he has recorded a group of songs that will make him the most applauded newcomer of the year.
“I think of myself as a crusader for traditional country music,” says the Alabama stylist with the burnished baritone. “A lot of the music that’s on the radio now is not traditional country. They’ve kinda gotten away from that. I’m country, and there ain’t no other way I can be. That’s just what I am and I think the traditional style is coming back around. At some point in time, this younger generation is going to start catching on. You can already see that they are. I see it at my shows.”
The fact that this new project exists is something of a minor miracle. Every other time he tried to make a record, the music industry burned his dream to the ground. Until this year, all his hard work had always seemed to be in vain.
Shane Owens built a following in nightclubs of the Southeast for a decade. Fans flocked to hear his powerfully emotional singing. He opened shows for dozens of major stars, and word from them trickled back to Nashville’s music executives. Inevitably, he was offered a recording contract but, they only offered Owens a deal to make singles, not an album and he gracefully passed on the offer.
A second record label approached him. In 2005, a Shane Owens CD titled Let’s Get On It briefly saw the light of day. Its single, “Bottom of the Fifth,” was a hit in Texas and was halfway up the national charts when the label folded. His album was on the market for less than 100 days. Owens dusted himself off and pushed forward.
Producer James Stroud (Chris Young, Clint Black, etc.) took him under his wing. A second album was recorded and ready for release in 2009 when its record company also went under. This time, Shane Owens was badly bruised.
There was a silver lining in his second album’s demise, however. He was able to maintain ownership of the stellar songs he’d recorded with James Stroud. These now form the basis of his new CD for Amerimonte Records, along with several newly recorded tunes with the also esteemed Ed Seay (Martina McBride, Collin Raye, etc.).
Garrett Simon & the Thomas Creek Band are a Texas based band out of San Marcos, TX. Garrett and lead guitarist Kyle Villarreal (Trinity, TX) began playing together in 2016 and started recording their first EP titled “Ramblin’ Heart” in June of 2017. The EP had reached over 2100 spins on Spotify during its short four months of being released. Later this year the band was joined by Kyle Pittman (Brenham, TX) who wasted no time jumping head first into the road life & playing bass for the TCB. The band began playing venues all over Texas making a name for themselves and started to build a steady fan base. Soon after the release of the bands EP, they began playing well know venues across Texas that include Cheatham Street Warehouse, Brewster Street Icehouse, The Roundup and many more venues.
The band is currently recording their debut full length album “Broke Down” in Fort Worth Texas with Bart Rose who has recorded many of the big names in the Texas Music Scene. The TCB is also spending some time recording in Castroville Texas with Weston Ripps who produced their EP “Ramblin’ Heart”. A release date for “Broke Down” has not been set yet but is projected to be released late January.
Look out your window. Whether you’re in a Manhattan hi-rise or at a truck stop somewhere off a Midwestern interstate, keep your eyes open. Bart Crow is coming your way.
Always known as “the nice guy” with a smile on his face, the tides are turning and the gloves are coming off. Bart Crow is still the kind of guy and artist fans in the South and Midwest have grown to love. But on his new album The Parade, boundaries disappear and things are getting real.
The road-toughened troubadour and his band have already logged thousands of miles playing 130+ dates a year in front of loyal rowdy crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and beyond. It’s his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his unique imprint. They hear their lives in his lyrics, written in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and other true-life troubadours.
With no help from big-time labels, and money pulled from his own pockets, Crow has put together an admirable track record as a recording artist, having lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart – one of which, “Wear My Ring,” sold over 165,000 copies. He has sold over 40,000 albums, released five self-produced albums in just over a decade, including Dandelion, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart. He’s been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views.
Don’t miss this unique concert! Join us on Saturday, March 31st at the Firehouse Saloon, to be entertained by one of the most unique bands imaginable! MD Anderson doctors, staff and friends “the Checkmates” will provide a fun night of live music. All proceeds raised will benefit Halo House, and help to provide a “home away from home” to blood cancer patients in treatment at the Texas Medical Center. Doors open at 7 PM.
Band members include Dr. Greg Lizee (drums), Dr. Anthony Lucci (guitar), Dr. Tony Conley (bass), Dr. Scott Woodman (lead vocals), Nina Boulton (vocals), Dr. Jim Allison (vocals and blues harp), Dr. Patrick Hwu (keyboard), Dr. Powel Brown (trumpet), Scott Krueger (trombone), and Dr. Ferran Prat (sax).
Sponsorship packages are available. No paper tickets will be issued. Check in at the door with a copy of your email receipt.
Shawna Russell hails from Okemah, Oklahoma, the home of Woody Guthrie. And like the legendary figure, Shawna has spent a good deal of her life writing songs and travelling the roads of America performing her music. Forging a musical sound that combines Country, Rock, Folk and Americana, Shawna has built a reputation as a powerhouse singer who also knows how to play a mean slide guitar. Her music has received critical acclaim from COUNTRY WEEKLY, BILLBOARD.COM, CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), MUSIC ROW, ROUGHSTOCK, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, TODAY’S COUNTRY MAGAZINE, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE and others. Shawna’s songs have charted in the U.S. on the Texas Music, Billboard “New and Active” and MusicRow charts, and internationally on the Hotdisc and New Christian Music charts.
Shawna released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records in 2011. Recorded in Oklahoma City and Nashville, and co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, the album reflects her growth as an artist and a maturity of her song crafting skills. Shawna wrote, or co-wrote, the 10 songs on the project and they provide the listener with a deeper personal connection to her varied influences and artistic expression. From the guitar-driven Country Rock sounds that have become her trademark to mandolin-tinged traditional Country and Americana stylings, ‘SHAWNA RUSSELL’ presents the Oklahoma songbird at a new creative pinnacle.
Shawna is now hosting “Our Land-The Music Highway” a new television show exclusively on TCN “The Country Network” which broadcasts in to 60 million households nationwide. The monthly music special focuses on Americana/Texas/Red Dirt music and includes performances and interviews with the genres’ most prolific artists.
Musical beacons of the Southwest, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers deliver vivid lyrics, addictive guitar riffs and a full bodied rhythm section on more than a dozen studio and live albums over the past fifteen years. RCPM consistently produced nothing but uncompromised, unadulterated, pure rock and roll, building a reputation as one of the hardest working touring bands in America. Clyne’s musical career spans close to two decades including several hits with The Refreshments and penning the theme song for the TV show ‘King Of The Hill.’ He also produces his own brand of triple distilled, extremely smooth, Blue Agave tequila called Mexican Moonshine.
2018 will be the 20th Anniversary of their platinum breakthrough album “All the Pain Money Can Buy”, which spawned multiple Grammy-nominations with hits including “The Way”, “Out of My Head” and “Fire Escape”. They also released a new album this year which has had solid radio and press pickup.
Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in 1995. The band originally called themselves “Magneto U.S.A.” but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records. In 1998, their album All the Pain Money Can Buy reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for a year. In addition, the group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards – Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “The Way”,] and Best Long Form Music Video for their promotional video “The Way”. They also received five The Austin Chronicle awards: 1998’s Album of the Year, Best Video, Best Single/EP, Band of the Year, and 1995’s Best Pop Band.
The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the investment made by the fans who have supported him since his first album in 2003.
“A lot of start-up acts are using fan-funded programs to finance their record. That’s what my whole career has been: Kickstarter before Kickstarter. When my fans show up and buy a ticket and a t-shirt, they’re investing in what I’m doing,” says Corey. “It’s my responsibility to invest it wisely and give them the best album I can. That’s what led me to While the Gettin’ Is Good.”
It’s also what led him to Stegall, who has produced such radio heavyweights as Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band. It was the producer’s track record, country-music experience and easy-going nature that convinced Corey that he was the man to refine his signature acoustic sound. “Keith knows how to make country records,” he says, “but I wanted to make my kind of country record and he understood that immediately. He simply wanted to get us comfortable in a studio environment so we could do what we do onstage every night. For me, it was very liberating to be able to focus solely on performing and not be burdened by a lot of the decision-making and drilling down that goes into producing. It was the first time I was able to go into the studio and focus on what I do best. Keith was there to handle the rest.”
A collection of 12 songs, While the Gettin’ Is Good was written entirely by Corey. As such, it’s a deeply personal album, one that explores themes of love, hometown pride and even personal discovery. A close relative inspired one of the record’s highlights, “Bend,” about learning how to adapt to what life throws at you.
“I wrote ‘Bend’ about a family member who was struggling with issues and I realized through writing this song that I was also talking about myself at the same time,” says Corey, who scored a Top 20 album with The Broken Record in 2011. “So that song really hits home.”
Still, the album stands as the Jefferson, Georgia, native’s most upbeat. Especially on the nostalgic “Pride,” a bouncing look back at Corey’s high school days, from pep rallies to game day. His children attend the same school he did and together they often attend high-school football games, where the one-time social studies teacher sees friendly faces from his past.
“I remember sitting up in the stands going, ‘Man, this is so cool.’ I’m so glad we decided to stay here and let my kids be a part of this tradition,” he says. “‘Pride’ summarizes who I am and even how my career has developed.”
Likewise, album opener “Don’t Mind” coasts along with a New Orleans vibe, full of fiddle and clarinet. A fun, happy song, it sets the tone for the record and pays tribute to the things we all gladly bear when we’re in love. It also epitomizes Corey’s current worldview.
“I have a 2006 truck that runs great, so I don’t need a new truck. I don’t have much time to get on a big lake, so I don’t need a bass boat. I could have bought some really cool stuff with the money that I spent on this record, but I didn’t, because I’m happy,” he says. “It’s a privilege to be able to do something like this, finance it myself and not have anyone telling me how my music needs to sound.”
Nonetheless, Corey has hit on the perfect song for today’s country radio: the approachable ballad “Taking the Edge Off.” It’s a road-weary travelogue, like Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” or Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather,” about the loneliness of touring and how people who travel combat such feelings.
“It captures a certain mood that we go through, especially in the winter. It’s really a grind, it gets cold and lonely, and you’re taking the edge off with a drink,” he admits. “I remember being in Omaha and it was cold as hell. I worked on that tune throughout the day and night there and every time I hear it, I am transported back to that time.”
Now, however, Corey is focused squarely on the future. As the new album title suggests, he’s ready to make a determined grab at country’s brass ring while the gettin’ is good. And with Keith Stegall and Sugar Hill Records behind him, the gettin’ has never been better. As the perseverant Corey is fond of saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat in country music.”
“I always dreamed of being able to make a record like this. I wanted to explore all the possibilities of a song and work with a producer who was among the best and who could teach me,” he says. “What makes me different is that I write all these songs, and I write them from the heart. I’ve lived them.”
Which is exactly why his fans are willing to go along for the ride and invest so much in an artist who speaks to their way of life. To Corey, While the Gettin’ Is Good is his way of opening up his heart, along with his wallet, and paying them back.
“I’m going to take the goodwill they’ve given me and continually invest it into making better and better records that reflect who I am and my vision,” he says. “They’ve entrusted me with a lot, so I’m trying to be the best steward I can be.”
Riley Redding is a singer/songwriter based out of Lindale, Texas. His style rides the line that lies somewhere in the mix of country, americana, and folk music. His latest album, Shovels and Strings, was released on August 4th, 2017. It was produced and mixed by Chad Mauldin for Mauldin Productions.