Sep 28, 2012

El Cerrito Place Is Getting Crowded...

So Kenny Chesney has decided to cover El Cerrito Place. When I first heard this I was probably a lot like most of the fans in the Texas/ Red Dirt music scene. "Oh great! Nashville is going to ruin another great song from Texas." Everybody keeps saying Charlie Robison's version is way better. Newsflash folks, Charlie covered the song too. It isn't his. It was written by amazingly talented song writer Keith Gattis. Here is what Charlie had to say about it all via his Facebook page.

Hey ya'll, Chuckie here. I'm so flattered by ur comments about my version of ECP is better than Chesneys,but the down low is that the man who wrote that song{Keith Gattis}should be heard no matter who sings it. Bruce sang Angry all the time better than McGraw{sp?} but that puts his kids through school. i know this aint popular but at least chesney and mcgraw know where the best shit is coming from. Long live Texas/Red Dirt

So before we all fire up the torches and lynch Chesney and Nashville, just remember, our boys sold them the song. I have included all 3 versions. You listen  and decide for yourselves. I will tell you though, my favorite version is from Keith. 

Sep 27, 2012

Throwback Thursday Bob Childers- Mexican Morning

Bob Childers is seen by many in Oklahoma to be the godfather of Red Dirt music. You may not know him but I can almost guarantee you know his music. His songs have been covered by Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Mike McClure, No Justice and many others. His music embodied what many feel is the soul of Red Dirt music. His songs were simple and pure yet could touch your soul before you even realized it. And once they had you... you were hooked.

Sep 20, 2012

Throwback Thursday - Wade Bowen "Who I Am"

This week's Throwback Thursday is more or less a dedication. Sometimes you hear a song and like it for no reason other than it being a good song. Sometimes you can get lucky/unlucky enough to have a personal attachment to a song based on something you have gone through. This song for me was just a good Wade Bowen song; until I met my wife. When I met her, I knew I had met my soul-mate. She and I haven't always been perfect. We have laughed, cried, loved, fought and faced more in our short time together than most couples do in a lifetime. But through it all she stood strong and she stood beside me. It is because of her that I am a better man today than when we met. I want to be the man that I think she deserves. So... this one is for you Love. Thank you for letting me be the man that gets to love you.


Sep 14, 2012

Texas Music Cares

Here is just one more example of why I am a fan of the Texas music scene. If you are like me,you all love to drink beer and listen to music. How about doing it for charity? Below is a press release for a benefit to help out the Texas Music Cares organization. Read the release, mark your calendars, and get out there and party for a good cause!

On October 14, 2012 Red Cactus Music Co. is hosting a great event to help raise operating funds for Texas Music Cares.  Texas Music Cares is an organization that truly cares about the musicians and the non-profit organizations in Texas. This is what is stated on their website "The purpose of Texas Music Cares is a plethora of reasons.  First and foremost we want to help the Texas musicians get their music heard and their   fan bases built. They pour out their heart and soul to all of us that listen...they deserve to be heard.  Although in that quest we also know that Texas musicians care.  So when each concert event is planned we will   also be deciding on a local non-profit organization to help out. We as a Texas music community want to help in any way we can and this is the avenue we can take to do it. At the end of each concert event the local non-profit organization will receive a portion of the profits to help them in the mission they are working so hard towards.  Our purpose is to help all that we can."  Texas Music Cares was founded in 2010 and has helped many musicians be heard in areas that might not have ever heard them. Each concert event they put on has at least two acoustic artists and one full band along with auctions and t-shirt sales to help raise even more money to help out. A few organizations that have been beneficiaries of Texas Music Cares events are: St. Joseph Madison Health Center (providing mammograms for low income women), Academy of Texas Music, Humane Society of New Braunfels, Texas Honor Ride and Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter. While Texas Music Cares has been approved by the state of Texas for a non-profit status it is still lacking the funds to file the official paperwork to get the 501c3 status and number. Since it has been founded Texas Music Cares has always relied on the good hearts and generosity of businesses and organizations in the local communities for funding and support to hold the   events.  Once they gain the 501c3 status and number they can then pursue bigger sponsorships to be able to help the musicians and non-profit   organizations even more. 

Chris Weathers, co-founder of Red Cactus Music Co., met with Dillon Steen, founder of Texas Music Cares, Inc., and found out about the plight of Texas Music Cares and their dedication and mission...and in turn he decided to host this great event.  Several great companies have joined in for the sponsorship of the event: Texas Music Water, Silver Star Whiskey, 94.9 The Outlaw and Southern Music Scene. Outskirts in Wichita   Falls, TX is the place that has graciously donated their venue for the use of this great show.  Many talented Texas musicians have donated their time to play at the benefit any tons of great auction items have also been   donated.  Please look at the line up below and some of the items donated.
12:45-1:45: Rod Ballou, Rick Bussey, Blaine Gillespie and Dillon Ray
2:00-3-00: Aubrey Lynn England, Dempsey Pullen, Chuck   Ligon and Bailey McLaa
3:15-4:15: Erick Willis, Luke Holman, Chad St. John, and Zack Verner
4:45-5:45: Matt Dunn, Whitney O'Neil and Aaron "Fiddleboi" Mingus
6:15-7:15: Chad McBride and The Drifters
7:45-9:00: Tc Fambro and The Copperheads
Raffle items from some of the greats in Texas Music including: Deryl Dodd, Bart Crow, Jason Boland, Aaron Watson, Radney Foster and many more. Also we will be auctioning off an autographed guitar signed by the artists playing the benefit, an autographed guitar from Josh Abbott, 2 Tickets + Meet and Greets to any Randy Rogers show through 2013 and a live recording for bands through Texas Music Spotlight!
Chris, Dillon, all of Red Cactus Music Co. and all of Texas Music Cares, Inc. invite you to come out to this awesome benefit. Not only will you have a great time but you will also be helping an organization that believes in giving back and you will have the opportunity to support some of the best artists around.  So please make plans to join us at Outskirts in Wichita Falls, TX on October 14th. Hope to see you there!
Chris Weathers
Promotions Director
Red Cactus Music Co.

Sep 13, 2012

Throwback Thursday - Mama Sweet 'Truckstop'

For this week's throwback Thursday I did something a little different. The song I chose isn't really that old. Quick explanation. I asked on Twitter last night what a high school football coach and a bare foot guitar player have in common... The answer is that they are 2 parts of the best band that isn't... Mama Sweet. After several years of playing music the band has taken a break/ hiatus/ gone into semi-retirement. Some of the band has moved on to other projects while lead singer Aron Holt is now a football coach in Oklahoma. The bare foot lead guitar player I mentioned, Alan Orebaugh, now plays with Stoney LaRue. Mama Sweet does however still have a rather devoted following and has been known to put on a show or two for old times sake. I for one am hoping for one at the end of football season. What do ya say Coach?

Sep 11, 2012

Worth The Fight- The Departed

Yesterday I had the pleasure to put my ear to the first single Worth The Fight from the upcoming The Departed album Adventus, due in November. For those of you that somehow missed it or just don't know, The Departed is the new band from Cody Canada, former front of Cross Canadian Ragweed. This will be the first album of original songs from the guys. The first release from the band was last year's This is Indian Land, a tribute album of songs meant to honor his home state and the Oklahoma artists that define the state.

From the very beginning you feel it. Cody is back and his pairing with Seth James in The Departed is going to make people take notice. His passion and fire for music is alive and well, and it's about to kick your teeth in. He again has a group of guys around him that love the music and it shows. The single Worth The Fight shows you that these guys will be picking up the torch for the rocking Red Dirt sound that flickered a bit with the breakup of CCR.

On a side note, I want to thank The Departed for this song. For me it couldn't have come at a better time. I had been going through some pretty serious stuff both personally and as a writer. I had actually made the decision to quit writing. But one verse in this song really made me rethink some things.

'Kept on pushing
Till we got it right
Far from easy
But worth the fight'

Listen here ----> Worth The Fight

Anything worth having is worth fighting for. If you are doing something for the right reasons, to hell with the people that put you down. Stay true to yourself, and your beliefs and you can not fail. The only true failure is in quitting. Thanks for the reminder guys.