We have four great singles this week from Brandon Alan, Dan Adams, Benton Leachman, and Melissa Ratley! Listen, Share and Request! Lets help these singles breakthrough on to the Texas music charts! (You can also hear all of these songs on Texas Music Pickers Radio!)
Bandon Alan looks at the many years he spent on the scene in Austin, TX as something of a “musical grad school” where he developed his chops as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. Now based in Nashville, he has moved his musical focus a slightly different way.
On November 18, 2014, He is set to release his self-titled Country-Rock LP. The album was produced by former Seal drummer and current partner at Creative Arts Group, Ramy Antoun. Brandon also enlisted Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) on bass, Clayton Corn (Pat Green) on Keys, and Jacob Hildebrand (Miranda Lambert) on the texture guitars. The album was mixed and mastered by industry giants Reid Shippen and Andrew Mendelson. Read more…
Dan Adams is a singer/songwriter that has made Austin, TX home to be in the heart of the Texas/Red Dirt music scene. After over 10 years honing his songwriting craft in Nashville, he’s now touring and sharing the stage with fellow Texas Troubadours – and loving the way Texans embrace independent, original music. In his first 18 months here, Adams has logged over 100 shows, often performing with artists such as Bart Crow, Josh Grider, Brian Keane, Adam Hood, Jason Eady, Ryan Beaver, Ben Danaher, Uncle Lucius, Damn Quails, Crooks, Clayton Gardner, Rosehill, Walt Wilkins, Josh Abbott and many others. With the release of his latest album “Live Oaks & Lights”, Adams continues to gain the respect of fans, peers, and critics in the Texas scene. Galleywinter.com posted a rave review of the album, saying “…Adams proves himself adept at delivering self-penned emotions that connect with his audience…” and “He’s the latest in a line of strongly talented carpetbagging artists that actually represent the modern sound of Texas better than many natives.” Adams looks forward to continuing to grow his following across Texas the old fashioned way, by writing, recording and performing quality songs in front of as many people as possible across this state and beyond.
Benton was born in the West Texas town of El Paso, the fabled bad lands that Marty Robbins sang about to earn himself a place in El Paso’s identity. While there Benton was raised to love classic rock and roll and hits of Nashville’s golden age. By the age of thirteen Benton could play both piano and guitar and even dabbled in reed instruments like the saxophone. As he grew, so did his need for new influence in music. Benton grew to love punk rock and heavy metal. His interests in band’s like Avenged Sevenfold, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, and Metallica were fundamental in developing his understanding of the guitar. When Benton was 18 he literally got his interest for metal knocked out of his head.
In a pre-season baseball practice Benton received a blow to the chin when a batted ball found his mouth in the Coronado High School batting cages. While in recovery, Benton found himself out of place listening to the fast pace and aggressive attitude of heavy metal and sought a more therapeutic sound to occupy his time. It was then that he rediscovered the classic country sounds of Randy Travis, Clint Black, and most importantly Keith Whitley. Read more…
What is music?
For Melissa Ratley, that’s an easy question. It’s songwriting and singing. It’s simply playing for friends and family, or performing under the lights in front of a crowd. Melissa’s music blends the lyrics and storytelling reminiscent of Paul Simon with the neo-traditional and millennial talents that remind us of Trisha Yearwood or Patty Loveless. As Melissa puts it, music is power, drive and creating a symbiotic relationship with the audience. Read more…
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.