Last week was my first LJT experience... and it was just that. A very fast-pace, insane yet amazing experience - not only to witness but to be a part of, I was on the media crew running video production, and got to see every corner of the Texas Music Fest...
In the post-Cross Canadian Ragweed era, Cody Canada put together an elite band, that earned a reputation for being a band that does whatever feels right. The Departed have pushed the outer limits of the red dirt genre, and delved deeper into rock, punk and blues. It comes together seamlessly on their latest effort, HippieLovePunk.
Beneath the foundation of country music -- too far down, but it's there -- there's a soft shaking. It's a low, quiet rumble that ever so often releases a quick jolt upward. It doesn't reach the foundation, but it's there.
With his uncanny ability to write songs that appeal to regular folks coupled with the success of his previous album "90 Miles an Hour," Brian Keane has become one of Texas music's favorite songwriters. And he's taken his craft to the next level with the release of "Coming Home."
Seems like most everyone is bashing country music these days, and there's reason to. I heard some legitimate reasons Why Country Music was Awful in 2013. And while calling people out for singing crappy songs serves a purpose, and may even serve to correct the ship -- you gotta admit, it's hard to argue how bad a song is, when people download it like crack.
I wish more often there were songs like this which resonate on the inside – a song that is pure and fresh. It should happen more often than not.
Don't expect to hear another sappy love song from this guy, because he ain't got it. John Edward Baumann is a very unconventional songwriter - and 'Bible Belt' is the perfect example...
We've come to expect certain things when you listen to a new Jason Boland and the Stragglers CD over the past 15-plus years. Expect new music to stay true to the dancehall country music that made them Texas/Red Dirt music icons. Expect great lyrics, and fantastic musical arrangements that are incredibly easy to listen to. And, of course, you can expect to enjoy one of the best vocalists in country