Ward Davis is an American Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Monticello, Arkansas, Ward moved to Nashville in 2000 and has since had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wade Hayes, Sammy Kershaw, Bucky Covington, Jimmie Van Zant, Buddy Jewel, Carolina Rain, The Roys, and many others. Ward and his band, The Beagles, were featured and performed on the A&E reality series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville in early 2014. Ward’s EP, No Bridges is available on iTunes, and he is currently working on a new album with Grammy winning producer, Jim “Moose” Brown, that is scheduled to be released Spring 2015.
Ronnie Dean Tinsley is a man of many layers and talents. A long-standing member of Houston’s music community (as lead singer of the alt-metal group The Hectic), his work as an artist, singer/ songwriter, and guitarist in the metal genre has earned him acclaim and a loyal fan-base while entrepreneurial efforts, and life as a family man, have made him a friend and mentor to many. Exploring artistry away from the industrial sounds of The Hectic, Tinsley is branching out on his own and debuting RENEGADE, a vast collection with southern color that crosses genres and boundaries. Roadhouse blues and dark tales to country ballads and grungy riff rock, this is Americana in its finest form. Flavored with a touch of everything a southern music fan could ask for, Tinsley is taking the title of RENEGADE to heart by breaking all the rules!
“I tend to soak up everything around me and that’s why my interests are so varied,” Tinsley says. “I’ve had some great personal influences over the years to help me along the way, too. In my youth it was definitely my stepdad, who formed who I am as a man. It ended up being from the influence of mom’s patience and creativity, along with the traits of my biological father (who is also a musician), that I picked up the music bug.”
Welcome to School of Rock Sugar Land Spring Season Show. School of Rock is where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Sugar Land’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Sugar Land has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.
School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Sugar Land full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.
Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.
Louisiana native Mike Dean’s songs continue to give us a glimpse into the places and people around him. Longtime bass player and friend Buck Verret puts it this way: “Nothing fancy, no gimmicks. Just words and music from a man who has been there and done that. When we have a show to do we plug in and get to work.” In the years of playing their brand of Americana Roots music at festivals and bars up and down the Gulf Coast, Mike Dean and his band have had the privilege to support acts such as Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver, Pat Green, Cody Canada, The Bellamy Brothers, and Sammy Kershaw, among others.
His original songs have become trademarks, bringing a host of fans locally and across the globe. Live shows feature mostly Dean’s works, with the occasional influential cover. When discussing influences, he says “It’s a deep well. It feels like I’ve done a million shows by myself. Some of these bars (playing) four hours it’s just me and the acoustic guitar, and it feels like one long song. When you strip a song down to it’s bones, down to the chords and the lyrics, it’s easy to see how they all come from the same place. Don’t matter if it’s a Springsteen or a Waylon song, Tom Petty or George Jones, or one of mine, three chords and the truth is as far as you can fall.” Dean and his band have been regulars in the Acadiana music scene for over 10 years. Upon the completion of the “Woods” album Dean spent time in Nashville writing and performing before returning home to his roots to record the band’s fourth studio album, “Middle Ground.”
Dean’s smoky vocals and distinctive phrasing are the common thread that Louisiana locals have come to expect from his projects. Fellow Lafayette troubadour Dege Legg once described Dean and the gang as “George Jones meets Crazy Horse.”
Fans often compare Dean’s shows to a celebration rather than just another concert. When asked about what’s next, he again mentions a well known New Jersey songwriter: “I’m doing it, man. Like the song (Badlands) says ‘Talk about a dream, try to make it real. Don’t waste your time waiting.’ I live with highs and lows, but this is what I do. And I’m not waiting for anyone to tell me I can or I can’t.”
2016 included the release of their new album “Live in Louisiana,” featuring the single Cool Weather. The band is currently touring in support of their latest project. Be on the lookout for a Mike Dean show near you.
Take one listen to Sam Sliva and you’ll remember why you fell in love with music to begin with. Now based in Austin, Sliva grew up in the Houston area listening to everything from Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin to George Strait and John Lee Hooker.
“I like to combine all of my influences and make one collective sound,” Sliva says, and he did just that on his most recent disc, “…And the People Say.”. Elements of reggae, country, rock, blues, R&B and folk all intertwine to create something indefinable but coherent. Although it may best fit into Adult Contemporary or Americana rock playlists, the music retains a distinct edge and bluesy swagger that marks it as characteristically Sliva.
As adept a guitarist as he is a lyricist and songwriter, Sliva admits that he’s self taught and says “It really shows through in my music.
Radio immediately took notice as introductory single from “…And the People Say,” “It Is What It Is,” initially charted at #51 on the AC charts and opened the door for Sliva to reveal more of himself and peel back the layers of his distinctive style and sound. Even before radio took hold, Sliva was already developing a following throughout Texas, Oklahoma and the Midwest and has built his fan base the old fashioned way: one show and one fan at a time.
With roughly 1200 live shows logged in over the past 6 years, Sliva thrives on the road. More recently, his touring schedule has seen him branch out from the Texas circuit to the midwest, southeast, westcoast and beyond while sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Sliva’s soulful vocals and ability to craft not only catchy hooks, but also vivid and memorable lyrics as well as his eclectic style and ability to meld genres puts him in good company, allowing him to sit easily in playlists next to everyone from Michael Franti to Eli Young Band to John Mayer to Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
“It’s been said before, but the only way I know how to be immortal is through music,” Sliva says. “I don’t care about making a million dollars or selling a million records. Basically, I just want to be liked and appreciated by people who know what good music is.”
Those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive and as his last two album show, Sliva has the talent and ability to accomplish both. His reputation and following can only grow, spreading from the Midwest to both coasts, as he tours behind his next project and continues to break genre barriers for anyone who simply loves good music.
IDIGINIS is a Texas Roots Reggae Band based in Houston and our style of music is a mix of roots, rock , rhythm and blues, soul and dub. IDIGINIS has shared the stage with a wide variety of super stars which includes: Steel Pulse, Yellow Man, Ms. Chaka Khan, The Original Wailers, Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor, Third World, Elephant Man, Ky-Mani Marley, Dub Trio, Groundation,Frankie Paul, Kenyatta Hill,Badfish,and The Skatalites and Common Kings among others.In 2014 the band released a self titled debut EP , featuring the first single “Jah Kingdom Come”. which was mastered at the legendary Lion & Fox Studios in Washington D.C.The full length Cd entitled ” Suspended Animation soon followed as of 2016 we put out the second Cd entitled DECISIONS and they are available on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.After spending the summer on the West Coast where we shot the video She Never Knew.We are in the studio working on our 3rd Cd entitled Cataclysmic Consequences,set to be released the fall of 2017.IDIGINIS pronounced (Eye-Didjah-Nus) broken down is I-DIG-I-N-I’S.If you love Reggae Music then you are going love this band………………..Rastafari
Heritage: Rising from the back yards of Okaloosa County, Florida, Heritage delivers an energetic and positive show that will move all ages and genres! The band broke into the pop/reggae scene in 2009 with their debut album, Natural High. The album earned regional success and allowed the band to spread their message of positivity to listeners across the southeastern United States. In 2012 Heritage released it’s second full-length album, “Out Here…”, and has never looked back. The group has headlined hundreds of shows and served as support for national acts ZZ Top, Rebelution, 311, Ballyhoo, & more. 2013 has been an even more eventful year including a multi-show stint on the Van’s Warped Tour spanning from West Palm Beach, FL to Milwaukee, WI, an appearance on the Fall Brewhaha 2013 Tour (With Passafire), and multiple performances with Dirty Heads. Heritage sounds like a mixture of soulful roots reggae, rock, so-cal dub, and Hip Hop! The group is an up-and-coming talent that you will not only love to listen to, but also love to see…
Soulfiya is an influential veteran of the American reggae scene who’s accomplishments include being featured on a Billboard Reggae Top 10 album (Champion Sound by Skillinjah) and gracing the iTunes Top 50 with his solo releases REALITY(#44) and ONE (#16). Fiya’s music blends Reggae, Dancehall, Dub and Hip-Hop to create a raucous, high energy show that keeps the crowds excited. To date, he has performed in 39 states, 4 nations and with countless contemporary and legendary reggae icons.
Soulfiya began his career well over a decade ago in Riverside California as DJ(mc) for The Gideon Band, a cover band playing reggae, dancehall, and soca. After quickly developing his own style of rough ragga toasting Fiya made an impromptu move to the Texas coast. There it didn’t take long for him to join up with seasoned Texas reggae bands like Shark Attack and Fiel. On the small island of Galveston Soulfiya swiftly made some big waves. A relative “Jack of All Trades” Fiya emceed and played keys for various bands, hosted, Dj’ed, and ran many local reggae nights, all while booking national and international headliners to play events in town.
Through tireless Texas touring and the release of several successful reggae/hip-hop mixtapes it became obvious that it was time for Soulfiya to “go solo”. He formed a backing band The Black Lung Crew, made up of a hybrid of veteran and up and coming young reggae musicians. The next 2 years would see Soulfiya & The BLC catapulted to a higher degree of success, playing several large regional festivals and releasing 2 more mixtapes.
Charlie and The Regrets is a Houston based alt-country/Americana band that brings the standout lap steel work of Willy T. to frontman Charlie’s narrative songwriting to create their unique Gulf Coast flavor of alt-Country.
Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has made several radio and television appearances and played venues across Texas and the Gulf coast including: The House of Blues (Houston), Adair’s Saloon (Dallas), The Raven Tower (Houston), The Rattle Inn (Austin), Fitzgerald’s (Houston), Poodie’s Hilltop Cafe (Austin), The Firehouse Saloon (Houston), The Old Quarter (Galveston), Longhorn Saloon (Vinton, LA). Cuts from the EP are regularly played on KPFT 90.1 FM and the band gets regular mentions in Free Press Houston features on “The Best Of” Houston entertainment lists.
The Powell Brothers is a Country/Americana recording artist from Houston, Texas. The band is fronted by its namesake, brothers Blake and Taylor Powell. With a strong passion for performing live, evidenced by a busy tour schedule that includes numerous radio station appearances, the band has garnered a diverse and expansive following. The Powell Brothers’ unique and innovative blend of Country, Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Rock creates a very memorable sound. The band’s music has been praised for its catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and superb musicianship. The group has performed with many top national and regional acts, including Willie Nelson, Josh Turner, Gary Allen, Granger Smith, Randy Rogers Band, Cody Johnson, and Kevin Fowler to name a few. In Texas, you can catch The Powell Brothers live in concert at some of the state’s top live music venues,such as: Gruene Hall, Floore’s Country Store, Concrete Street Amphitheater, House of Blues Houston, The Blue Light Live, Luckenbach Texas, and Redneck Country Club.
The Powell Brothers released its first radio single, “Four Wheel Hotel,” in November of 2016. In its very first week on radio, the single debuted on both the Texas Regional Radio Report and CDX Traction Texas charts, and continues to climb. 2016 was a breakout year for The Powell Brothers. The group is not slowing down in 2017. Looking to capitalize on its early success, the band released its new EP, entitled Introducing… The Powell Brothers, on February 14, 2017. Lead singer Taylor Powell stated, “Our formula will always remain the same. Trust in God. Work hard. Give thanks. Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Lead guitarist Blake Powell echoes his brother’s thoughts and adds, “We are committed to songwriting and releasing new material, entering new radio and tour markets, and constantly improving our live show to give fans the best possible live music experience imaginable.”
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