Mar 27, 2014

THAT'S THE SH!T THURSDAY- DYLAN STEWART LOVE SONG RADIO

Dylan is a guy that I have featured a few times both here and on other outlets I contribute to. I have had the pleasure of watching the world starting to take notice of this guy and this video will only serve to showcase why it's well deserved. The song in the video "Love Song Radio" is off of his self titled album released last year. Playing with him are a slew of talented Okies including Jon Knudson and Mike McClure and was recorded in McClure's basement Boohatch studio. Enjoy.



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Mar 6, 2014

THAT'S THE SH!T THURSDAY- ZANE WILLIAMS WHILE I WAS AWAY

This week's TTST is a song that will tug on the old heart strings. "While I was Away" from Zane Williams is off of his latest album Overnight Success and is one of my favorites. It is a song about how important the little things in life can be. As a parent and retired military I relate to this song on a very personal level. I missed out on my son's first day of school and later on missed out on baseball games. I saw my son grow up in pictures and through a computer screen. Zane has perfectly captured what it feels like to miss out and sometimes feel like you're watching your kids grow up instead of helping them grow. It is a beautiful song and you can feel the sincerity and what might just be a little sadness in his voice in the song. Hope you like it.




for more on Zane go here

Mar 5, 2014

A VOICE IN A DEAF MUTE SCENE

Brad Beheler over at Galleywinter is my fuckin' hero. That write up he did talking about how you shouldn't support something that sucks is A'ok in my book. I do hope that people don't go be all baby like and get their Pampers twisted just because he called out Kevin Fowler. Truth be told it has been a long time coming and could have been any number of the jack wagons that we as fans continually push to the top of the Texas music charts.

In fact, any one that follows me knows that I have echoed similar statements in the past. (see here)The main difference is that Brad and Galleywinter have established themselves as a respected voice. People listen to their opinions and even when they disagree they are still respected for it. But people like me, the new guy, the little guy, we mention anything remotely negative about anything in this scene and it's on like gangbusters. People come out of the woodworks to attack or defend something that in all likelihood is shit.

I don't openly give much negative criticism because of the misguided loyalty induced mob/ horde mentality that is often accompanied with saying anything bad or negative in this scene. Instead, I choose to not mention it. Odds are if something new came out and I didn't like it, you will never know. I will simply not say anything about it because I choose not to be one of the mindless drones that promotes everything just because it got released in Texas. In a way, that is also me just contributing to the problem.

I want to thank Brad for taking a stand. Yes there is crap put out by some of the biggest names in our scene. AND THAT'S OK PEOPLE!!! Everyone puts out a bad song now and then. I believe that there is a fine line between negative criticism and out right bashing something. You can say why you don't like something without being an asshole about it. However, if we don't speak our minds truthfully and say when we think something sucks, the same mindless drivel continues to infiltrate our music until we are left with something we don't recognize at all. See Nashville and "mainstream" country music for the blueprint on that one.

Personally, I do not want that to happen here. I have embraced our music scene because of it's higher standards and it's want to be more real and sincere. I listen to it because I can relate to it more than I do popular country. If you like all of the mind numbing beer drinking, back roads driving, party in a pasture songs then good for you, but by all means take your ass to Nashville. I beg of you not to weaken the gene pool of the Texas music scene any further.

Real music, good music, is about much more than that.

Thanks Brad.

Mar 1, 2014

RDBC ARTIST OF THE MONTH- ZAC WILKERSON

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were going to start doing a featured artist of
the month here on RDBC. It took some time because I wanted to make sure that we picked the right person to feature as our first artist of the month. We will be posting video, tour info, and anything else of interest along with an interview towards the end of the month. So who will it be?

I chose Zac Wilkerson. Zac is a singer/songwriter who hails from the Texas panhandle. In the time that I have been following Zac I have seen an incredible work ethic and talent to match. I have seen him do 3 week long stretches of shows on the road. I have seen him run all the way to Canada and back with shows all along the way. And I have also become a huge fan of his music.

As winner of the 2011 Blue Light Live singer songwriter contest in Lubbock, TX Zac has been quickly gaining momentum in many areas around North Texas. His honest and sincere songwriting skills are served up with a voice dripping with raw energy and soul. Whether doing solo acoustic or with his band, Wilkerson will definitely make a fan of anyone who is lucky enough to catch his show.

The video below gives you a closer look at Zac and a taste of what it is he does. Make sure and check RDBC for more on Zac Wilkerson this month.


Zac Wilkerson - Four-Lane Highway from Ryan Voight on Vimeo.

For more on Zac check out his website www.zacwilkersonmusic.com 
Or his Twitter @ztwilkerson