We have 5 great singles this week from Lower 40, AJ Guel, Jefferson Clay, Jarrod Johnson, and Paul Renna! Listen, Share, and Request! Let’s help these great singles breakthrough on to the Texas music charts!
Lower 40, is one of the Southwest’s fastest rising bands. Their first three singles, “Call Me Crazy”, “My Country”, and “Shot In the Dark” all quickly made the top 40 of regional charts. The groups members – Kyle Earhart, Zach Felts, Sherman Haynes, Michael Lloyd, and Nick Work – share their new age country with a little bit of Southern Rock, their harmonies have garnered National attention and have led them to be compared to great artist such as The Eagles, Richochet, Diamond Rio, Restless Heart and even a red dirt version of Boston. The band’s original music, lyrics, tight harmonies and entertaining style and strong work ethic, combined with musical talent have made them one of Oklahoma’s most sought after bands.
Singing and playing instruments seemed to come naturally to AJ as he got into the Jr. High and High School band. His focus moved from brass instruments to the guitar as he graduated and began college at Texas State University. While Living in San Marcos, Texas, AJ immersed himself in the Hill Country music scene as he honed his songwriting and performance craft. If you ask AJ what it is about music that he loves the most he’ll tell you, “Singing is all about telling a story. I’ve always loved songs that could paint a picture in my head of what the singer was thinking when they were writing. I listen to all types of music but for me, Country music is how I best tell my stories.
Jefferson Clay is a singer-songwriter residing in Austin, Texas. With a unique, but warmly familiar sound takin on likeness to that of artists such as John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Eric Hutchinson, and James Bay, he blends the classic singer-songwriter feel with a soulful, blues-edged, and undeniably pop vibe. Clay won the 2015 University of Texas Songwriter Competition, and was awarded a set at the Prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Jefferson Clay was featured in the 2014 SXSW Issue of Study Breaks Magazine, and invited to perform at the 2014 Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival.
Unlike his other singles, Jarrod did not write this one. It was penned by fellow Texas artist, and friend, Deryl Dodd. “I remember the first time I heard the song.” says Jarrod. “As soon as I heard it, I wanted to cut and knew I wanted to do it with Randy Kohrs.” Jarrod’s friend Randy Kohrs is a Grammy winning bluegrass producer and dobro player. I know bluegrass isn’t something you normally release to Texas radio” Jarrod explains,”but I owe it to the music that I love so much to release this song. Bluegrass music was around before rock and country and those old pickers like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs paved the way to the music we do today. It was a real honor to do this song with Randy Kohrs and an even bigger honor that Deryl let me cut this song.”
Paul Renna is a visionary singer-songwriter from Austin, Tx. with the extraordinary ability to raise hidden emotions in his listeners, surreptitiously forcing feelings of love and longing and happiness and heartache from the depths of even the most hard-edged among us.
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.