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Album Review: Clay Hollis

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Album Review: Clay Hollis
Album: Clay Hollis
Artist: Clay Hollis


Clay Hollis's sound reminds of my childhood. Full of skirts turning wishing I was dancing with all of my friends in my room. The sound his voice reminds me of a mix between Clay Walker and Tracy Lawrence.

I really enjoy the song Strait To Jones I really think it would be perfect for any Texas Dance hall. I really can't wait to hear what the future has for Clay.

Rating:
4 stars out of 5 stars

Week of 10/22/2017 Favorites

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Week of 10/22/2017 Favorites
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Album Review: The Texas Gentlemen's Tx Jelly

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Album Review: The Texas Gentlemen's Tx Jelly
Artist: The Texas Gentleman
Album: Tx Jelly


If you have never heard of the Texas Gentlemen you were probably living under the same rock I was around six months ago. The first time I heard about the Gents was because I follow a very talented photographer named Cal Quinn. He was photographing them while on tour then.

Every song on the album is different than the one before. I hear hints of old school rock and roll, Johnny Cash,The Beatles, Willie Nelson and an old school Pentecostal Revival all rolled into one.

One thing I really love about the Texas Gentleman is that their harmonies just melt together. Especially in the song Superstition, they could really melt any heart with them.

Rating:
5 stars out of 5 stars 

Dalton Domino at the Blue Light Live Street Show

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dalton Domino at the Blue Light Live Street Show
Photos by: Tim Castleman (Check out his Instagram)






An Incredible Experience, Feat. Paul Cauthen, The Texas Gentleman and Van Darien

Saturday, October 21, 2017

An Incredible Experience, Feat. Paul Cauthen, The Texas Gentleman and Van Darien
The sun was already setting by the time I got to The Blue Light. The street lights were just now coming on, the interesting characters were coming out to play, and I thought to myself that this night would make a statement on my life. Then again asking myself if coming out tonight would have been the right thing that night.

I hear the sound check start from down the hall in the Blue Light. I hear the whispers of what I thought was Willie Nelson at the time. Then I realized that there is no way that it was Willie Nelson. The things Paul Cauthen can do with his voice is incredible. The range he has in the voice is unbelievable.


I had the chance to sit down and talk to the opener Van Darien. We talked about the life, music and writing. The trips back and forth from Texas to Nashville, all the experiences she has on the road. “I started really writing songs when I was twenty-one, I then followed that by learning guitar.” I then asked her what was it like to live in Nashville. “Inspiring, the people there are just inspiring. The people that are there to grow in music and I love it.”

Photo by Tim Castleman

The next person I met was one of Texas Gentleman Mr Nik Lee. The amount of kindness I received from just sitting down and talking to him was incredible. We chatted about how the Texas Gentleman started. “Well it all started as an idea for a band, a group of very talented guys from Texas just making awesome music. Then at one-point Sundown at Granada in Dallas needed someone to fill in for a residence and we needed a name. That’s how it all started and now we have opportunities to play on the same bills at Willie Nelson and George Strait.”



The Show starts:
Van Darien comes on stage and blows me away in a way that I can only describe as unstoppable. I would have to say my favorite song she played was a song called “Easy Tiger”, a song she wrote about her grandmother. The talent that comes from this woman is absolutely incredible and I really recommend if you see that she is in a city near you to go to that show.

Photo by Tim Castleman 
Photo by Tim Castleman



Photo by Tim Castelman

The next band was to come on stage was the Texas Gentleman. If you haven’t heard of them before, please go check them out. The whole band is incredibly talented. Some bands have opportunities to have one or two good players, this band and I hate just to say that they are a band they are all incredibly talented musicians that come together to create something amazing.


Photo by Tim Castleman

Photo by Tim Castleman

Photo by Tim Castleman

Then Paul Cauthen jumped on stage and he just added to the energy I was feeling. Sometimes it feels like a band is playing just for you and tonight it felt that way for me. Paul Cauthen is one of the most talented vocalist I have ever met. He has a vocal range that will blow your mind. I came hope Friday night after the show to try to explain to my family how the music made me feel. It’s a mixture of Spiritual awakening and sexual ecstasy. That is the only way for me to put into words the way his music makes me feel. Every song he sang with the Texas Gentleman was outstanding.

This one of the best shows I have ever been to.

Album Review: Margo Price's All American Made

Friday, October 20, 2017

Album Review: Margo Price's All American Made
Artist: Margo Price
Album: All American Made


There is something powerful in Margo Price's voice. The attention she has in her song writing is really mind blowing. Margo has sang with most of the greats of country music and the soon to be, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and many more.

I would like to compare her to someone from the past but Margo Price is something special all in her own. She has more talent than most other male country singers these day. I love that the fact she is so honest in her music.

I have two favorite songs from the album, Wild Women I love the story she tells in this song. Her song Nowhere Fast is also really enjoyable. The whole album is really incredible.

Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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The Turnpike Troubadours at the Blue Light Live Street Show

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Turnpike Troubadours at the Blue Light Live Street Show
Photos by Tim Castleman







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Thankful for Every Moment

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thankful for Every Moment
I get into the gold Dodge ram pickup truck and see my grandfather trying to fix something in the truck. I swear we set there for at least for five mins while he fixed it. We finally get on the road and get to the interstate. I hear a weird sound coming from the back of the truck.

He pulls over. On the interstate. One of the scariest thing of my life. I thought we were going to fall of the highest point of the interstate. I really thought we were going to fall.

So, he gets out and semi’s and all sorts of cars and trucks are passing by at 70 miles per hour. I keep picturing different things happening. Like a semi hitting the truck, falling and dying. I know I’m morbid. An hour later after Papa was trying to change a tower. I see lights behind us, a high patrol comes up behind and helps us.

I am so thankful for all law enforcement who helps us every day.

Numb

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Numb
Stop and Think.

Are you in the spot you are supposed to be?

Now stop and breathe.

There is a reason you are in this position. There is a reason for everything. What I am going through now will maybe help someone in the future.


The pain I feel is almost like a numbness.