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The Roundup – What’s Happening today in Country Music, Vol 6
Catch up on your favorite stars of country music. Published each week or so and all new, this is The Roundup #6, with music news and behind the scenes material from the world of traditional country music. This edition features an international section for the first time.
Kimberly Murray reminds everyone that the Heart of Texas Anniversary show in Brady Texas is March 19th and 20th with Moe Bandy, and then again on March 26th and 27th with Johnny Rodriguez. Come out and see these artists along with all your favorite Heart of Texas Recording Stars including Justin Trevino, Amber Digby, Darrell McCall, Curtis Potter, Landon Dodd, Tony Booth, Leona Williams, Kimberly, Mona McCall as well as our friends Jake Hooker and The Outsiders and many more.
Moe Bandy has been tearing them up at professional bull riding events with his bull named “MoeBandy.com”. Moe’s website is probably benefitting from the traffic as well. If you go to MoeBandy.com you’ll find out that you can see Moe at The Finish Line in Aledo Texas on the 19th of March. Visit the PBR at PBRNow.com
Dwight Yoakam will be at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Friday, April 9 from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. That’s about a month away so you have plenty of time to put Dwight in our schedule.
Bill Creel has some fresh country music that you should listen to. Visit Bill at Soundclick and tell me what you think. Don’t miss “No Front Porch” – it’s just one of the songs that caught my eye. Bill says “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 14. Later I learned bass and keyboard along with song writing.” Bill Creel is also on Facebook.
Musician Randy Boyd from Port Lavaca Texas said “I play on the Yoakum, Refugio, Cuero, and Edna Opry Shows. My main instrument is pedal steel, but I do a little singing with my Tele each show. I have also been known to blow a little harp now and then. And, every so often, my altered ego “Beauregard” will show up, broadcasting some sort of major foolishness. The main thing on these shows is to have fun. When we have fun, the audience has fun! Come out and see us.”
Our friend Al Dean said “You know, Tim, Galen and I have been in the music business a good part of our adult lives. Last January we decided to do something different. Same good music only better. We now do from the fifties country to 2010 country. and still counting. If it’s good country we do it. People are noticing what we are doing. We book, clubs, convention centers, birthdays, anniversarys, weddings, etc. We’re even playing a roping in Loma Alto,Texas in April. Our show is called “Dancing with the Allstars” We play to the crowd.” Check out Al Dean’s music on Buck-A-Tune.
Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun can be seen Friday night March 12 at Whiskey River in Beaumont Texas, and Saturday March 13 at Cowboys (Cowboy’s of Lafayette) in Lafayette Louisiana. “Come out and have a great time with us”, says Wayne.
At Steel Guitar Nashville there is some interesting activity. Mike Cass is finishing up an extremely gorgeous Pro II and Harry Jackson will be installing a new mechanical undercarriage. Harry is also putting a new touch up changer in a gorgeous Pro I guitar soon to be on their website. Danny, Buck Reid and Mike Cass are staying busy with repairs and restorations. This is a good time of year to get your guitar in good shape for the upcoming summer playing season, said Bobbe Seymour. (Ray Price introduces Mike Cass in this video)
Bill Lewellyn said “I am a fan of “real” country music, I also play “real” Honky Tonk and “real” bluegrass. I play in a Honky Tonk band called the Midnight Boys and I also have a Bluegrass band called “The High Class Hillbillies”. I try to keep all of my music authentic to the time period it was created. I not only play this music, but I dress accordingly to the time period.” Visit Bill on Myspace.
It’s always great to hear from the cowboy Eddie Kilroy. Eddie said “I invite everyone to take a look of tidbits of our forthcoming TV show. You can visit that site at “The Kilroy Show.com“. Mike Siler and his band will be the resident band. Mike will be a regular on The Kilroy Show. As well as doing his own music, the band will often back guest artists.”
Episode ten of Tru Country, filmed at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton Texas, featured the very talented Bobby Flores and the equally talented and thrilling James Hand. Bobby Flores started the show with “Time Changes Everything”. Visit Bobby at Yellow Rose Records, where the sign above the door says “Great Texas Music”. Be sure to check out the official James Hand Website as well.
Jody Nix said “Howdy Friends, We have been real busy, you can check out my band page on Facebook to see where we are going and what we are doing. All of you please keep supporting the real music and call or write your favorite Traditional Country Stations. Listen to Willie’s Place on XM 13 and you will hear the best there.” Visit Jody’s website to learn more and read some great stories.
The quote of the week award goes to Freddy Fender Jr, who said “In answer to your question, I quit smoking about 27 years ago. My wife still smokes. The last time she tried to quit, she fired 23 people who didn’t even work for us!”
Traditional country music is popular around the world, and a new addition to “The Roundup” is news from the international country music scene. It has been a busy week.
Richard Harte from www.irishcountrymusicradio.com is playing traditional Country music on his web radio show “Hooked On Country” Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
I enjoyed a great conversation by cell phone from Ireland to day, talking with the Irish Cowboy and DJ Keith Wright. Keith was at a concert in Ireland featuring Georgette Jones, Leona Williams, and Billy Joe Spears, and he said it was great. Georgette admitted Keith as her guest. When I asked about Leona Williams Keith said he was not familiar with her prior to the concert but certainly was a fan after the concert.
Talented UK artist Ellie Jordan came to our attention with the best performances of “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” and “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” that we’ve heard in a long time. You can see Ellie Jordan on Myspace, on Facebook, and on Soundclick.
In the UK I had the pleasure of visiting with Sid Randell. “Providing information on the UK country music and westerner scene”, Sid’s website is a great stop on your international country music tour. They also have a 2-hour slot on a local radio station where they play only Country music, both American and British. “Listen on www.waylandradio.com local 107.3fm on Mondays 7:00pm til 9:00pm its great fun”, Sid Randell said.
Talented singer, songwriter and artist Levi Coby has attracted a great deal of attention both in the United States and around the world recently. Levi’s “Salute To The Troops” was featured in a recent article. Coby has written over 250 songs, and has fans all over the world. A large record label needs to sign this young man because the lucky label will immediately benefit from international sales. Levi Coby has over 20,000 loyal fans that I know of.
From Sweden, Lars Lindberg provided fans of The Country Classics and millions of listeners around the world with 90 minutes of great country music streamed directly to Windows media player and other devices. Listen to Lars and tell us what you think. If you are reading this in Sweden here is the radio station website.
We travel to Australia for our final artist this week. Beautiful and talented Eve Bolton has been performing since the the age of six. This young lady is a country music artist from Townsville Australia. See Eve 21st March & 11th April Sunday at the Royal Hotel, Stagpole STreet, West End Townsville from 12noon to 3pm, and the Easter Sunday 4th April at Cotters Markets, Townsville City Centre, performing main stage. Come by and say hello and purchase one of Eve’s CDs. You can also order CD’s via email at [email protected]
Kimber Sparks and Shari Williams are Queenslander Country Music folk and they selected Eve Bolton to be their champion at the Croydon Country Music Festival. They are well known Queenslander Country Music judges and performers.
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