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Album Review: Paul Childers's Naked Poetry

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Album Review: Paul Childers's Naked Poetry
Artist: Paul Childers
Album: Naked Poetry


The sound of Paul Childers's voice is a mix of Micheal Buble, John Mayer and maybe a twist of Disney movie soundtrack. Now Childers's fans please don't get all mad at me for comparing him to Disney movies soundtracks, they are usually pretty well put together. But far from being in a Disney movie with songs such as Why Don't You Stay or his Title Track Naked Poetry.

I absolutely love the song The Art of Being Twenty, probably because I've totally felt the way he probably did while writing this song. I really admire the craftsman ship he had in this album. I really see big things happening for him.

Rating:
3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Lillie Mae's Forever and Then Some

Friday, May 26, 2017

Album Review: Lillie Mae's Forever and Then Some
Album: Forever and Then Some
Artist: Lillie Mae


If you are into old school country and bluegrass Lillie Mae's voice is really a breath of fresh air. The sound of a steel guitar and mandolin will really make your heart melt. Her voice reminds me of early Natalie Maines.

I really enjoy her song Wash Me Clean. Lillie Mae's album is completely relatable I feel like I have been in her shoes. If I had the opportunity to see her live I would I jump for the chance.

Rating:
4.5 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Nikki Lane's Highway Queen

Monday, May 22, 2017

Album Review: Nikki Lane's Highway Queen
Album: Highway Queen
Artist: Nikki Lane


Nikki Lane has a sound that I feel like the country scene has been looking for a long time. Its a rebellious Country sound with some rock style that reminds me of Joan Jett. Her album has a real interesting sound that will make you think.

I really enjoy Lane's sound its real honest and makes you really think. Her songwriting is real and brings up feelings in me. I really enjoyed the album I can't wait to see what she will do in the future.

Rating:
4 stars out of 5 stars

Jonathan Tyler and Charley Crockett Live at the Blue Light

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jonathan Tyler and Charley Crockett Live at the Blue Light
Today I met the future of Rock and Roll.

Well maybe I am getting a little ahead of myself. I walked down Buddy Holly Ave hearing Charley Crockett sound checking in the distance. I walk into Tom's and talk to "O" about how good he thinks Charley is. I have to agree with him he has an amazing talent. I grabbed a Lonestar because they were all out of Topo Chico. I sat down on the back patio and hear the echos of Charley's voice, organ, and trumpet playing. Just hearing the echos through the hall you felt a new feeling of soul.


After the sound check I had the opportunity to shake Charley's hand. I introduced myself and he was to kind. Over the sound of beer bottles clanging in the background he spoke about the acoustics on the Blue Light main stage. It was really interesting to hear someone else's opinion about it other than my own.

One of the things I enjoy about sitting on the back patio of the Blue Light is that everything is personal. I was sitting reading a Rob Sheffield book and hear Jonathan Tyler talk to Six in the background. Talking about music and live on the road. Its always really interesting to hear about other people's view on life on the road. Tour Life: You really don't know it unless you are the person in the van.

Then I had the chance to catch up with Tom Mooney of New Slang we talked about the book I was reading and his opinion of Rob's style of writing. Its always good to chat with a fellow reader of Rolling Stone.

I had a great chat with Jonathan Tyler and his Tour Manager Tyler after talking to Tom. I was sitting at the bar reading my book when I hear Six say "Kate down there she is West Texas Sweetheart." I was really surprised that someone knew who I was. I came down there and set down after Six kindly gave up his chair. We spoke of bands that inspire him and books that he had read.

After our wonderful chat I continued to talk to Tyler "The Tour Manager' about how much I loved his Stevie Ray Vaughn tee shirt. He probably thought I was a little strange, but  he was nice enough not to tell me so.

Later on Charley took stage and stunned me. He brought a little west Texas girl weak at her knees. His style is really unique and incredible. He has a mix of honky tonk. soul. r&b and so much more. The whole set was incredible and I know I will replay it for years to come.

Time passed in between sets and I took a round about. Let me just tell you do not come to shows during Texas Tech's graduation weekend. It was an amazing mistake.


Jonathan Tyler opens up his set with a marvelous song that would literally make your face melt. I met the future of Rock and Roll tonight. The way he played his guitar really blew my mind. How could someone bring that kind of sound with just a sly of hand. I am amazed. He has a charisma: shall I say swagger of a younger crowd to understand? He put a mark on me and I know it won't heal the same way it was. That man can shred a guitar.

Standing next to the stage makes me wonder if the girls who stood at the feet of the Rolling Stones. I witness today a new age of rock and roll come out of the hands of Jonathan Tyler.

Album Review: Charley Crockett's In the Night

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Album Review: Charley Crockett's In the Night
Artist: Charley Crockett
Album: In the Night


Charley Crockett really has a special sound that has a mix of soul, blues, and honky tonk sound.  It's really cool to see someone put all of those sounds together! In the Night has a really cool and fun sound.

I think my favorite songs of the album are I'm not Afraid and In the Night, each have their own sound and really an unforgettable sound. In the Night has this incredible organ playing that leaves a mark on your soul. This whole album is really a work of art! I suggest going out and buying it!

Rating:
4 stars out of 5 stars

Interview: Charley Crockett

Friday, May 19, 2017

Interview: Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett has the kind of voice that will leave a mark on your soul. The sound of his voice will also bring you weak at he knees. He brings the amazing sounds of Gospel, Blues, Honky Tonk, and soul into just one incredible sound.

While on the road Charley allowed me the chance to talk with him about his upbringing and the influence of music that music left on him. Splitting his time growing up in the valley of south Texas, then in Dallas and New Orleans. Hearing his music you will hear the spirit of New Orleans and the sequel of Honky Tonk coming from a steel guitar in Texas.

Photo by Lyza Renee

Charley has a spirit about him that is really freeing not only in his music but him as a person. We talked a little about his time on the road, "I spent time in New Orleans playing the streets and starting street bands. We would play over, in the French Quarter, on street corners, any where really we could play we would." He then spoke of  times he went out of the Texas and Louisiana area. "I would catch rides and hitch hike. I lived in New York city and again would play any where I could. I got the opportunity to go to Europe and I enjoyed my time there. At one point I ended up in Paris, France the language barrier was hard, but it ultimately helped me."

We talked about how he got started in music, what made him get into music. "I just grew into it. I remember singing along with my mom. She didn't push me into it but always wanted me to pursue it. I remember being in a store with my mom when I was eight and hearing The Supremes sing 'Stop in the Name of Love.' There is just something special about the music that just bleeds soul."

I have a habit of asking questions to make an artist really think and where I asked this one question Charley had the perfect answer for me. I asked him if he could open up for anyone who would it be? "I'd have to say Chuck Berry and Hank Williams as a co-headliners. I think it would crazy and fun at the same time. Lets just say people would be getting arrested."

In my experience talking to Charley and listening to his music, I have to say he is really worth seeing and listening to. So go out there and see him at a live show!

Album Review: Chris Shiflett's West Coast Town

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Album Review: Chris Shiflett's West Coast Town
Album: West Coast Town
Artist: Chris Shifflett


If you think that the name Chris Shiflett sounds familiar you must be a fan of either the Foo Fighter or his Podcast Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett. Growing up I was really in to punk rock so its actually really cool to see a different side of Chris.

The album West Coast Town, will give you a early 50's rock and roll and Bakersfield Country sound. I would have to say my two favorites off the album are West Coast Town and Still Better days, both have really interesting story behind them. Coming from producer Dave Cobb the success of the album really doesn't surprise me.

Rating:
3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Sunny Sweeney's Trophy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Album Review: Sunny Sweeney's Trophy
Album: Trophy
Artist: Sunny Sweeney


The moment you pop Sunny Sweeney's album in the cd player you will be wrecked. It by wrecked I mean you will be in tears by the emotion you hear in her voice on this album. One of the things I love about the album is that you can hear the steel guitar in the background, even without Sunny singing you can hear it in the music. Not all musicians can do that so I really commend her and her producer.

I feel like Trophy was a great addition to her discography. I think one of my favorite songs that has come from Sunny is I feel like Hank Williams Tonight, it really is perfect for a waltz. Sunny has such a powerful voice and it really makes you think.

Rating:
4 stars out of 5 stars

Interview: Curtis Grimes

Interview: Curtis Grimes
In my experience of talking to Curtis Grimes I have to say he is a guanine and kind guy. We had a great conversation about life, love and music, It really refreshing to see someone who who shares a love of licks on the steel guitar and a love for Jesus.

We spoke about the latest announcement, "My wife and I recently found out we are having a baby girl. You know my wife wanted a girl, but I really wanted a boy. Over all I'm really happy to have a healthy baby girl." What a wonderful announcement for Grimes, I know that Curtis will be a great father.

Curtis recently released his album Undeniably Country, I had to ask what his favorite track from the album was? "Well I have to say Born To Die, It has a good message, and I really wanted to put out a song that showed my love of Christ. I also really like Had a Thing also, it really is my testimony." I really appreciate a honest song and both songs are very honest. Had a Thing will really pull on your heart strings.

Album Review: Curtis Grimes's Undeniably Country

We went on talking about Undeniably Country, I asked several questions about why he made the album. "There were a lot of different reasons why to make this album.The sound of the last couple records were just not me. I felt like I wasn't what I wanted to make. Like with Bottom of  the Fifth, the song Me and Trouble we put it on the album when Sirius XM Highway were playing up and comers. They (The Management Company)  wanted to have something that wasn't me. They wanted a song on the album that could attract a broader audience. Well after everything we were never able to get it on the station. So we pretty much recorded it for no reason." He went on about the difficulty he had with the album. But he closed with this, "I wanted to make a positive record. I wanted to make a record that sorta mirrored 80's and 90's records. I wanted to make a record that I love."

We talked about the decision he made a while back to stop drinking, I asked if that him quiting drinking has affected him while preforming? "Absolutely, I am a really shy guy. Being a musician and the front man was even harder for me. Drinking gave me courage to get up on stage and preform. Now I feel like I am have a conversation with the crowd. I have seen a different side of preforming."

I had one last question for Curtis and it was What do you want to be known for in this music scene? "I want my music to reflect me as a person. I want the glory to go to God. I'm not just doing it to raise hell. I want my music to be my Testimony."

I really want to thank Curtis for taking the time to talk to me, he was a a real gentleman.




"Who I was, Ain't Who I am"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Who I was, Ain't Who I am"



These words were written a book for months and until, I heard Dalton Domino sing them on his latest album Corners. I feel like for the first time in a long time I've grown. Listening to this song reminds me how far I really come.

A few years ago I put on a mask, I acted like someone I wanted to be instead of myself. I was so unhappy and as soon as I found myself again I found peace. I met Dalton in that time, I feel like he saw more in me, as a friend he encouraged me to push forward and be more than just what I thought I wanted to be. For him I am thankful.

Album Review: Jake Worthington's Hell of a Highway

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Album Review: Jake Worthington's Hell of a Highway
Album: Hell of a Highway
Artist: Jake Worthington


The first time I remember hearing of Jake Worthington was from his time on the voice. I was very surprised that I had never heard of that deep voice man before. Usually if a person is from Texas and goes on the voice I know of them.

Hell of a Highway gives me flashbacks to the 90's of the Tracy Lawrence and Shenandoah days. I'm not sure if that is what he was going for but if it was it hit the head. If you know me I am a sucker for an album that really showcases a great steel guitar. I really enjoyed the album and can't wait to see what Jake will do in the future. I really hope that he can follow this up with more. This album really showcases his great voice.

Rating:
3 1/2 stars out of 5 Stars