Jan 23, 2015

RDBC 3rd Anniversary!

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the RDBC launch and what an incredible journey it's been. What started as a hobby during some down time has grown beyond my wildest expectations. I have made so many great friends, so many great opportunities and had more fun than one man should be allowed. I am thankful for all of the people that have followed along over the years. I am grateful to be a voice for the music that I believe in so passionately. But most of all I am honored that for some reason people still let me be a voice. Thanks to all of you and here is to many more years of RDBC.

Jan 22, 2015

Calamity Janes- Roots & Wings EP Review

Girls in country music don't sell. Well, excuse my language here, but that's just bullshit. Good music should always sell whether it's from a male, a female or a 3 legged set of Siamese twins. Some of my favorite artists in the Texas and Oklahoma music scene today are women. Courtney Patton, Sunny Sweeney and Kelley Mickwee have all put out great music lately and there is a large number of newer female acts rising up as well.

This is where you will find The Texas trio of sisters The Calamity Janes. Actual real life sister's Arwyn Benson, Alyssa Yancey and Courtney Childs-Mock have been making their way up the ladder in the north Texas scene pretty quickly over the last year or so. They were finalists in the 2014 Ranch Factor contest held by 95.9FM The Ranch in Ft.Worth and were just named one of the top 5 bands to watch for in 2015 by Kelly Dearmore of The Dallas Observer.

If you need further proof, allow me to introduce you to the Janes' new EP Roots & Wings. A 5 song collection of tunes that just may be one of the most auto-biographical efforts I have ever put ears on in a while. The honky tonkin' somewhat brazen lead off track "Middle Sister" with it's tale of revenge for the woman scorned by a bad man sets a pace that keeps rolling through the entirety of a really good EP. It's followed perfectly by the ode to the home state "Gone to Texas" and the first single off of the EP "One of Those Nights" which is already steadily gaining momentum and plays on Texas radio.

The back end of the album grabs your attention with an incredible remake of Oklahoma's Bo Phillips' song "Riverbed" that has some of the best harmonizing found on the album. Lastly, rounding out the album is what may be my favorite track, the funky tune "Gypsy." Another seemingly all to honest tale of the broken hearted that again features the kind harmonies only blood ties can bind.

In a short 5 song EP, I feel that the Janes have manged to put on display for us everything they've got. And it is good. Roots & Wings manages to run the spectrum of both song and emotion with a slow song here, a swinging honky tonker there, and some pretty cool other stuff in between. Look for the album when it drops February 3rd.

For more on The Calamity Janes go here http://www.thecalamityjanes.com/