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Sending Well Wishes and a Speedy Recovery to Wade Bowen!
The Waco-native underwent surgery this week to due issues with his vocal cords. Bowen posted a video to fans on May 30th clearing any rumors and announcing his procedure scheduled for the next day.
An update was posted on Facebook on May 31st stating that the singer/songwriter’s surgery was a success and although Bowen will not be able to speak or sing, fans will still see him this weekend at his annual Bowen MusicFest event benefitting the Bowen Family Foundation. Wade hanging out and leading the band for the Wade Bowen & Friends Jam portion of the evening! See the official schedule below and get your tickets here.
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Margo Price, William Clark Green, Josh Abbott, and Ross Cooper Help Deaf Woman Discover Love for Concerts
Reported by Dallas’ Guide Live, it took almost 50 years for Plano resident, Meryl Evans to realize her love for concerts. Evans, who was born deaf and diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at 8 months old, just this year began attending live shows. With the help of some of Texas’ favorite artists, Evans has been able to obtain set lists in advance so she may study lyrics before attending the shows. Shout out to Evan’s friend who introduced her to the music of William Clark Green and Josh Abbott! Read more about Evan’s heartwarming story here.
Billy Bob’s’ Texas Selling Pieces of Old Dance Floor
Attention dancehall dreamers! Billy Bob’s Texas is out with the old and in with the new as the “World’ Largest Honky Tonk” it held a ribbon cutting for their newly installed dancefloor this week. The Fort Worth Stockyards venue also announced that pieces of the old dancefloor will be for sale in the venue’s gift shop.
#ICYMI. Last night we cut the ribbon and opened our new dance floor. After 37 years and many million two-steps, it was time to replace it. Congratulations Sandi and Roland Carter on the first dance. Welcome back Wendell Nelson with Rhonda Autry. Come dance with us anytime. Dance classes Sundays and Mondays and free line dance lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pieces of the old dance floor are for sale in our gift store
Parker McCollum to Make Outdoor Stage Headliner Debut at John. T. Floore’s Country Store
Parker McCollum will make his Floore’s Outdoor Stage headliner debut on August 4th! Special guests include Read Southall Band. This is a show you do NOT want to miss. It’s been a “Hell of a Year” for the Limestone Kid who also sold-out his Gruene Hall headliner debut.
Bowen MusicFest this Weekend!
Sam Riggs Finishes Up Recording for New Album
Sam Riggs teased fans on Instagram that the recording of his new record is, in his words, “…IN THE CANNNN…” and off to get remixed and mastered. Riggs also gave a shout out to Charlie Horse Productions and expressed this has been his “most excellent journey so far…” No word just yet of when Riggs is set to release but fans’ are already excited!
You GUYZZZ the neew rekkid is IN THE CANNNN hell yes!!! Now it’s off to mix and mastering and then I’ll keep you waiting anxiously some more until I can put it into your amazing hands. So until then… 💫😁 also, SO much love and thanks to @charliehorseproductions who has been my spirit guide through this most excellent journey so far…
Gruene Hall Takes Us Back
This #TBT Gruene Hall posted is so cool! Texas’ oldest dance hall posted a photo of the venue from June 1954 in courtesy of Innewbraunfels. Wonder who played there that night…
Headed to the Texas Hill Country this summer? Check out Gruene’s upcoming events here!
Jason Eady Announces New Album
Jason Eady posted a new video teaser this week and anxiously announced the release date of his new album titled “I Travel On”. Eady said the new record is scheduled for an August 10th release and expressed, “I’m extremely proud of what we did on this one and can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
Charlie Stout Launches Go Fund Me Campaign for “There’s a Song in There Somewhere – EP”
Charlie Stout launched a Go Fund Me campaign earlier this week to promote his newest EP “There’s a Song in There Somewhere” which is an album the singer/songwriter describes as being “full of horrible song ideas”. Stout posted the campaign announcement on Twitter on the morning of May 29th and announced later that evening that the project was 100% funded. Stout released the EP’s first single, “I Locked My Keys In My Car” and the track is skyrocketing on the charts. Check it out below!
There’s A Song In There Somewhere!
“I Locked My Keys In My Car” is rocketing to the top of the charts and it’s not even like I paid money to promote the single!! Holy shit!! This is real as it gets, and the songs ain’t even REALLY Texas country…https://t.co/Oo6ARjjazN
— Charlie Stout (@charliestout) May 31, 2018
Caleb and the Home Grown Tomatoes wins Houston Battle of the Bands
Congrats to Caleb and the Home Grown Tomatoes winning Houston’s Best Battle of the Bands on May 27th! The band from Conroe, Texas competed against 11 other acts at Big Texas Dance Hall and Saloon. The judges’ panel included Texas Country artists including Bri Bagwell, Bleu Edmondson, Jody Booth, and Scott Brown.
Tanner Fenoglio Currently Working on Debut Album
Tanner Fenoglio announced to Twitter this week that he and the band hit the recording studio this week to work on tunes for the band’s first full-length album. Fenoglio says to keep up with the band’s Facebook page for a sneak peek of what’s to come!
We are in the studio down in Dripping Springs! We are working on our first full length album! Y’all watch our Facebook page for a sneak peak of something new!
— Tanner Fenoglio (@tanner_fenoglio) May 30, 2018
Lonestar Legends Music Fest This Weekend!
The Lonestar Legends Music Fest presented by Sirena Fest kicks off June 1st in Salado, Texas! The fun family event will feature headliner Salado’s own Brandon Rhyder. The festival is benefiting an all-abilities playground project for Salado in partnership with Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom for Kids. Rhyder shared with Ann Harder on ABC KXXV how near and dear the organization is to his and his family’s heart, expressing that the organization is a “hidden gem” and something he and his family are “very happy to be associated with”. Tickets and more info can be found here.
KORA’s Acoustic Series starts at Hurricane Harry’s Kicks Off with William Clark Green & Parker McCollum.
Bryan/College Station, Texas’ KORA 98.3 FM and Hurricane Harry’s kicks off their 2nd annual Acoustic Summer Services on June 6th with William Clark Green and Parker McCollum. Check out the rest of the line up of the Part 1 series below and purchase your tickets here. We will see you at the shows!
Talent Request for Iola’s Newest Event Venue Main St. Market
Iola, Texas (just outside Navasota) Main Street Market event venue will join the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 1st. The historic venue which started off as a post-office in the 1920’s is looking for Texas Country/Red Dirt/Americana musicians for their updated venue. Contact information can be found here.
Pre-orders now available for Cody Canada and the Departed’s Upcoming Album “3”
Pre-ordering for Cody Canada and the Departed’s album “3” is now available out on June 29th. Fans can also find 3 different album covers to choose from as well as 3 different pre-order packages…good things really do come in threes!
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New Music Out This Week
American Aquarium – Things Change (Album)
Kyle Park – Don’t Forget Where You Come From (Album)
Kevin Fowler – Beach Please (Single)
Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.