Feb 4, 2012

Best of the Stuff You Haven't Heard of...

First things first, this week I would like to thank all of you who have read the blog and came back. It has been a pretty decent success with over 1000 views here in the first 2 weeks. A big thank you goes out to the guys from No Justice who all helped spread the word about the blog last week. This week I will be doing something a little different. I am going to highlight 3 bands that may still be flying under your musical radar but definitely deserve to be heard. So, without further delay, allow me to introduce, Backseat Molly, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, and Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition.

Backseat Molly are from Palestine, TX. They have been together since 2007 when lead singer Steve Callaway decided to put together a band after hanging around the Texas music scene. He gathered up some buddies and Backseat Molly was born.  The guys hit the road and quickly became a popular act in and around their hometown region and east Texas. They have a chemistry, and energy that shines through with an incredible live show. Their debut album “Texas Not Tennessee” has struck a chord with audiences and received a fair amount of radio play. The title song “Texas Not Tennessee” is an unapologetic proclamation that these guys will be big, in Texas, not Tennessee. And I believe that they are well on their way.
                            Backseat Molly "The Best Man"

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso reward come to us from out of the Denton, TX area. Rodney & the Pesos are hard to label as simply a country band, with a sound that prompted one writer to call their music “Weezer meets Waylon”.  One thing that is for certain, they definitely sound like Texas.  Rodney’s lyrics are a bit more introspective than most of his contemporaries but he holds an obvious respect for the lyricists and story tellers that came before him. That in itself, puts Rodney in a class all his own in my opinion. With 3 studio albums and 1 live album under their belt, they are veterans in the music scene. Every album has a different feeling and sound from track to track but it always keeps you tuned in and wanting for more. A Rodney Parker album is not just music; it’s a listening experience.
       Rodney Parker & 50 peso Reward "I'm Never Gonna Get Married"

I don’t honestly know where or how to begin to tell you about Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition. I recently had a chance to see them open for No Justice at the Wormy Dog in OKC and all I can say is wow… I hadn’t heard them before that night and 2 songs in I was an instant fan. I will say that they have more of a southern rock sound but with lyrics and songs that the Red Dirt music fan can relate to. Chad spent years fine tuning his music and his stage presence and that definitely shows in his live show. His songs will kick you in the teeth one minute and have you crying in your beer the next. Chad & LCC have put out 2 albums. One “Uphill Battle” is a full studio release that captures the raw energy and passion of his stage shows. The other is an acoustic EP titled “ What’s Left of Me”. Which I can assure you isn’t much, because this guy puts everything into his music. Chad is working on a new album due out later in 2012. Do yourself a favor and pick that thing up when it come out.

Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition "Little Things"

Well there ya have it for this week. I hope you guys continue to check in and read the blog. Tell your friends, spread the word. Write me and let me know what you think so far. Or if you know of a band that others might love.  I’m not just doing this because I have a passion for this music, I’m also doing it for you, the fans, because I know how hard it is to love music that most people don’t know anything about.  I’m also doing this for the bands and artists. I have met some amazing people in the Red Dirt/Texas/ Oklahoma music scene. If you are in a band and would like to be featured, or just like what I’m doing here, let me know. I thank you all for being with me to this point. SUPPORT RED DIRT MUSIC!!!
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