Aug 16, 2013

Red Dirt Round-Up (yes, I know that name has been used 1.4 million times)

News in Red  Dirt Music. For those of you under rocks and who do not follow along with countless twitter and Facebook pages all day every day like I do, here is a brief run down of recent news.

Ms Rita Ballou got a new gig in radio working for the baddest ass station in Austin KOKE fm. She also launched the new version of her website go check it out and tell her congrats. She is kicking ass.

Bart Crow is having another baby(s). Looks like the Crow's nest is expecting twins. Big Congrats to Bart and his family.

John David Kent announced the release of his next album will be pushed back a few weeks due to landing a distribution deal with Thirty tigers. very cool news and congrats to JDK. Look for his album now set for release on Oct 1st.

Wade Bowen released an awesome new song titled "Trucks" that asks for the onslaught of songs about trucks to stop for a while... Thanks the fumes are starting to get to us all I think. Check it out here TRUCKS.

CMT has finally started airing the "Concrete Country" series we told you about a few weeks ago and will feature several Texas and Oklahoma bands. The most recent version featured Stoney LaRue. As much as it pains me to say this, check out CMT for airings or head to and click the "Concrete Country" links to see some of the video.

Be on the watch for an announcement as to who our first featured artists of the month will be and it's still open so send in your suggestions to us. We will announce it next week for the artists of the month for September.

That's all I can remember for now. I will keep better notes next week. Let me know if this series is something you guys dig in the comments.

I will leave you with this video from Brandon Rhyder. It is an acoustic version of the title song from his album out Aug 20th. I have heard it and it's a damn fine album.

Aug 14, 2013

Wade Bowen's song "Trucks" Gives You a Reason to Not Hate Nashville Today

Today I heard a song that hit the proverbial nail right on the head when making commentary on the sheer number of watered down pop filled truck songs dominating mainstream airwaves these days. The song "Trucks" from Wade Bowen is becoming a rather viral sensation as people who are tired of Nashville crap flooding the radio dial embrace and share the tune. But not so fast...

The song was actually written by Brandy Clark and proven hit-maker Shane McAnally, both of whom call Nashville home. Now whether this is the precursor to a change in the way things are run out east or not remains to be seen. What it does show us back here in TX/OK is that there just may be a glimmer of hope for Nashville. And at the very least do not write everything off that comes out of Nashville. You may just miss a gem like this one if you do.