2350 S. Day Street
Brenham, TX 77833
Phone: (979) 421-8100
Fax: (979) 421-8108
2350 S. Day Street, Brenham, TX, US, 77833
- Phone: (979) 421-8100
- Fax: (979) 421-8108
July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Power, sincerity and conviction are hallmarks of Brandon Jenkins the songwriter and Brandon Jenkins the singer. He has made a name for himself as a songwriter able to tackle all slices of life with equal vigor. As a vocalist, Jenkins possesses a country twang that crushes the metaphorical crutch of not judging a book by its cover that many folks would use to describe his appearance. It is unwise to simply dismiss Brandon Jenkins as a tattooed guitar wielding giant, although that is certainly part of his personality. To truly understand Brandon Jenkins you must realize that he is a thoughtful and soul baring artist sharing his craft with audiences nightly and on each of his records. Brandon Jenkins has been breaking musical ground and stereotypes since the mid 1990's and continues to get better with each passing year. In addition to his success as a solo artist, he is well known for his writing and co-writing of hit songs for other artists, most notably: Stoney LaRue, Bleu Edmondson and Cross Canadian Ragweed. Jenkins' talents in all areas of music have allowed him to reach legendary status among Red Dirt aficionados, all while still being in the prime of his career. His live shows, whether acoustic or featuring his rocking electric trio, are a spellbinding display of music mixing force and subtlety. The diverse nature of his song catalog and the versatile dynamics of his musicianship allow him to conquer any audience he is in front of. With a new album set for release in April 2011, Jenkins is poised to further cement his place as one of the foundations of the entire Red Dirt music scene and the larger Americana scene. Paired with a determined and ambitious tour schedule in support of the new album, audiences will continue to witness Brandon Jenkins break models and shed labels in his quest for musical dominance.
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July 25, 2014 8:00 PM
Cameran and his band, Guardrail Damage Ahead, are touring extensively and his new album "Happy To Beer" released in June 2013. This album includes the tracks "Thrown", which reached #70 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, "Happy To Beer", which remained on the Texas charts for 26 weeks and reached #19 on the TexNet50 music chart, "Reckless In Texas" which made the Texas Charts just one week after its late August release and climbed into the top 40 at #31, and the latest single "35 Runs Both Ways" which debuted on the Texas Regional Radio Report with the Trifecta at #66 and made it to #15 in only 4 weeks. Look for the new album on iTunes and CDBaby . For a hard copy visit mytexasmusic.org.If you added all the miles Cameran has lived in Texas since being born in Haskell, Texas, to living south of Kingsville, East of Rockwall, west of Lubbock and now living in the hill country, Cameran is from 1,815 miles of Texas! Cameran, with his high-energy Texas sound and energetic live show, has shared the stage with acts such as Lee Brice, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, Jack Ingram, Cody Johnson, Josh Ward, Reckless Kelly, Gary P. Nunn, Mickey and The Motorcars, Bart Crow, Charlie Pride, Gene Watson, Rick Trevino, The Rankin Twins, and has shows this spring with Dustin Lynch and The Lacs. In early 2013, Cameran was nominated for 3 Texas Music Awards, Male Vocalist, Rising Star, and Record of the Year. This year 2014, Cameran was also nominated for New Male Vocalist (TRRMA) and also received nominations for Male Vocalist and Record Of The Year "Reckless In Texas" for the Texas Music Awards."Getting on stage and playing is just that!" says Cameran about his show. "The work is over and we get to cut loose and have some fun!"With a commanding yet natural stage presence and a voice full of gravelly emotion, he has the ability to keep a crowd pleasantly occupied; a trait no doubt instilled in him by his musical background. Cameran spent a few years selling merchandise for the late great Gary Stewart. While working for Gary, Cameran was able to see how the "King of Honky Tonk" kept a crowd entertained, and also learned how to play a few of Gary's hits from Gary himself. At the age of thirteen, Cameran began playing bass in his dad's country band and built on this foundation by furthering his education at South Plains College, where he studied voice and guitar.Pulling from a deep well of life experiences, he writes songs that strike universal chords. He knows all too well about loss, after losing his best friend and guitar player in a car accident at the age of 17. Delivering a love song is as natural as the love for his wife and three children. He's not afraid to get a little "wild and reckless" as well, as his single, "Reckless in Texas" can attest. "I'm so grateful to be able to do this. I love getting to share our show and songs with new audiences," says Cameran.
July 26, 2014 8:00 PM
It obviously takes some degree of talent to make it in the music business. It also takes killer songs that mesh the perfect lyric with a fitting and compelling arrangement. But perhaps the hardest, most frustrating part of the whole ordeal are the roles that timing, cosmic alignment, being in the right place at the right time, and pure unadulterated passion play. That matrix of unidentifiable variables that come together for some, while conspiring against others is what Josh Grider explores on his newest album, Luck & Desire.Luck & Desire didn't start out as an album title. "'Luck and Desire was just this song I had about songwriters and the music business." Josh explains. "One day Jeff Middleton (co-writer) and I were talking about all the folks, ourselves included, that come to Nashville chasing a dream. They'll lose money, time, and spouses, even their minds trying to figure out how to make it in this crazy business. We talked about how opportunity has so little to do with talent, and so much to do with timing. That led us to this idea of personifying desire and luck, and the interplay they have. You gotta get lucky, but a lot of that is just hanging around long enough for the chance, and even then there are no guarantees." Josh got his chance. The Las Cruces, New Mexico native moved to Nashville by way of Texas in early 2011 just to "try something different." There, he hung around Music Row for a few years meeting fellow songwriters, signing a publishing deal, and building a network of like-minded peers who challenged his writing and supported his dreams. One of them was fellow singer/songwriter and soon-to-be producer, Trent Willmon. The connection was mighty. "He's savvy," Josh explains. "He understands what being an artist is. He understands what being a writer is. He understands Texas and Nashville, and he understands the road. He understands so much of what I do, and the proof is in the pudding. We made a great record." That was the goal—to make a great record. But for Josh, it was about more than just making an album that would sell well or produce a litany of number-one hits. He says his goal was "to make something artistically satisfying enough for the purist in me, but relatable enough that I could play it for my dad." He pauses and explains, "My dad is a smart guy, but he's not a studied musician or anything, he's just a lover country music." Indeed he is. He raised Josh on the classics, the legends. Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson are the foundation that Grider builds on, but his own generation of musical peers is also present in his music. "Dave Matthews was a huge influence. John Mayer and Chris Thile make me want to just quit," he laughs. "I'm just blown away by everything those guys do. I could never do what they do, but I'm certainly challenged by them. For me, they are setting the bar for songwriters in our generation." Before you discount Josh as another young artist trying to "pop" the country format, listen to his explanation of how his diverse musical influences, which also include a generous dose of Garth Brooks Tracy Lawrence, Alan Jackson…and even a touch of Dr. Dre…meld: "I always say, if my musical influence was a house, it's built on a rock solid concrete foundation of country. But, there's a blues room I can walk in and a jazz room and a classical room, but no matter how many rooms there are, I'm always standing on country." Josh's confidence is unflappable. His mix of traditional and modern influences has combined to make a living, breathing collection of songs that range from ethereal and pensive, to light-hearted and downright funny. He makes no more apologies for his electronic loops than he does for his thoughtful lyrics. He proudly says, "I'm not ashamed of one thing on this record. I love traditional country music, but I doubt anybody will call this a traditional country album. I've got all the respect in the world for what was done, but I also believe that you've got to keep moving the ball forward. New stuff has got to keep happening. I'm not going to do it better than Haggard did it, so I'm not going to try and do that. I need to sound like me. My goal is to be greater than the sum of my influences. Not better than, but distinguishable from. Hopefully that's what you'll hear in Luck & Desire." The formally trained singer, who remembers pressing, "play" on his Fisher Price tape recorder to hear Ricky Skaggs "Heartbroke," always knew country was where he belonged. Even though he played guitar in a jazz combo in high school, and received a scholarship to attend college and study classical voice, it only took one night performing in a Waco honky-tonk for Josh's relationship with his roots to be cemented. "There was this night at Six-Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas. We had a little thrown-together band and played some cover songs, and I was done. I had already been in this little jazz thing, and they wanted me to sing classical at school, but fronting a band and singing country songs was the place I knew I was meant to be." Josh began putting pen to paper in high school and soon realized his passion. He beams when he says, "Writing is my favorite thing in the world. I'm very fortunate to be given the ability to deliver what I write, and I guess that's why singing the songs I wrote is my second favorite thing in the world." Writing is more than a job for Josh. It's a passion that allows him to chronicle his life, and a therapy that helps him make sense of the world around him. When speaking about song selection for Luck and Desire he says, "I just started looking at what I had been writing and all of the sudden these themes of want, and need, and desire, and getting or not getting what you want started surfacing." According to Josh, that is just what seems to happen. "There will be seasons in my life and things that I go through that will definitely influence my writing. It's really neat to go back and look at how the songs reflect what I was going through in my life and how I was trying to work it out musically." He's a thinking man's writer with an incredible baritone voice that delivers lyrics directly to his listener's soul. But he also has a keen funny bone, and he cleverly bookends Luck & Desire with evidence to both of this attributes. He calls the title track the entrance music to this melodic movie and "One Night Taco Stand" the hilarious outtake reel. Listen closely—the front end of the album is loaded with luck, but the project wraps with pure desire. There is, too, an unspoken theme to Luck & Desire that Josh is most proud of. "Luck and Desire definitely play a big thematic role in this album," he says. "But that particular song sort of ends sadly for desire. I think there's more hope than that in the record. Overall, I want there to be hope, because I have hope. Without it what the hell is the point? I say focus on the good and believe that something good is going to happen, and it just might."
August 01, 2014 8:00 PM
Presley Lewis has a true country sound that's fueled by her unique power voice. As a singer/songwriter, she's been defined as traditional country with a twist of attitude. So who does she sound like? Why Presley Lewis of course but if you'd like to compare her with other artists, be prepared to throw out names like Jennifer Nettles, Miranda Lambert, Reba and Loretta -all at the same time. "I believe I have a sound that's unique to me but it's such an honor whenever compared to some of the greatest women in Nashville." Presley admits.Don't think her influences stop with female artists; Presley incorporates timeless classics into her shows made famous by male country greats like Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to name a few. "I'm very much influenced by artists like Sean McConnell and fellow Texans Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen and my hometown favorite and friend, Josh Ward." she says.If you watch Presley perform live, her true-to-her-roots country sound is enough to give you goose bumps. So listen carefully to Presley's debut CD titled, COUNTRY ON YOU and you may become a fan for life.
August 04, 2014 6:00 PM
He is Legend is a stoner rock outfit based in Wilmington, NC. After its initial run between 2003 and 2009, during which it mastered a Southern blend of alternative rock and metalcore over the course of three LPs, the band announced its indefinite hiatus. With a revamped lineup anchored by founders Schuylar Croom, Adam Tanbouz and Matt Williams, He is Legend played a reunion show in 2011 and announced a new record. The band dropped its fourth studio album, Heavy Fruit, in 2014.
August 08, 2014 9:30 PM
Texas has produced some of country music's biggest legends, and Jody Booth could well be the next member to join that near-cosmic lineup. With a gritty edge that defies convention and a lyrical vulnerability startling in its honesty, this intense guitar-playing singer/songwriter from the tiny town of Livingston, Texas is hovering on the borderline between regional acclaim and national fame – and he's reaching out for the "big time.""I'd be happy enough to sing for free, just for the camaraderie with the band and the audience's energy," Jody says. "But to make a living and provide for my family, I've got to take a chance and believe that this new CD will take things further along."The "new" CD is Booth's upcoming HEAVEN AND HELL; a 12-track tour-de-force akin to Jamey Johnson's much-heralded debut disc of 2008. Produced by veteran hit-maker Doug Deforest (Todd Fritsch, Doug Spartz, Jonathan Edwards), it's country, offering the soul-baring truths of Kristofferson paired with the vocal chops of Haggard or Jones. Jody's music is pure and heartfelt; his writing forged by a life lived in the trenches of responsibility while dancing on the edge. "I don't always write about my life," Jody states. "But I think I'm a good observer of the human condition and I think it shows in my songs."HEAVEN AND HELL kicks off with the Waylon-esque "Heartache," a chicken-pickin', banjo-laced portrayal of a man leavin' the blues behind with a whiskey-drinkin', cigarette-smokin' run at freedom. A disc highlight is the starkly personal "Devil In A Bottle Of Jim Beam," a song Booth wrote about his father who passed away in April of 2000. "He was a whiskey drinker but he was also a good man." The album's first single, "Gold Digger," is a honky-tonkin' tribute to high-maintenance women. "I wrote it in 10 minutes flat," he says with a laugh. "It's a real-life story that makes for a pretty good country song.""Small Town News" picks up the tempo with an insider's look at small-town living. "When I play it live, I always tell the audience that the story is true, but the names have been changed to protect the guilty. And the names really have been changed."Another outstanding track is "Loneliness," a song Booth wrote in a Louisiana motel. "Back then I was working in the seismic exploration industry. That's a whole ‘nother story, but basically I was away from home for six to eight weeks at a time. That kind of solitude can eat at a man."Booth knows about loneliness – and hardship – and accountability. A father at 16, Jody set aside his early dreams of "stardom" to do "the right thing," taking a job at a local convenience store when he was just 15. "I worked there every day after school and in the summers," he says. In spite of the long hours at work, Booth graduated high school and was accepted at several colleges. But Jody knew that a few years at college wouldn't pay the bills, and he was hearing music's call. He separated from his first wife in 2000, and devoted himself full-time to songwriting and performing."I released my first CD in 2001, without any marketing or promotion. It was pretty disappointing when it didn't really go anywhere, but I kept on doin' shows and writing up until 2003 when I took a job in oil exploration in Louisiana," Booth says. "My first trip out into the swamps was pretty scary. I walked within five feet of a ‘gator with water snakes swimming between my legs." Jody worked seven days a week, 10 hours a day, for weeks at a time. "It was hard work," he says. "But I needed the money for my daughter Laci, and I did write a lot of songs during the day and in my motel room at night."Music is a family tradition for Jody, who was raised in rural Texas surrounded by talented aunts, uncles and cousins. His mom taught him to play the guitar when he was just eight years old. "She handed me a guitar tuned to an open E and gave me a kitchen knife to use as a slide," he recalls. Once Booth got his A and B chords down, his mother taught him G, C and D. The two now play together whenever they can, with Mom on fiddle and Jody on rhythm guitar. "Our family reunions were nothin' but an excuse to eat, drink beer and play music. Nothing's really changed there," he adds with a laugh.The youngest of five children, Jody joined his first band while he was still in high school. "Getting up on stage wasn't any different than singin' at the family gatherings," Jody recalls. "The crowds never intimidated me. Heck, I've been playing live since I was 14."Now, Jody's playing an average of 15 shows a month, both acoustic sets and with full-band. He's made a name for himself across Texas, playing honky-tonks, festivals and fairs and, while he doesn't like to "drop names," he modestly admits to opening for the likes of Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Roger Creager. Jody's enjoying his first #1 as a songwriter with Creager's recent hit, "I Love Being Lonesome," a song he wrote with Roger, Allen Huff and John Slaughter. Booth just wrapped up his first-ever video shoot for "Gold Digger," and when he's not writing, he's playing golf or poker and getting ready for hunting season. Jody's promotion and publicity specialists are on board; his new wife Brandi and five-year-old daughter Bailey are encouraging him, and Nashville's record labels are finally starting to take notice. "I've got a great team now," Booth states. "And I think this record is gonna bring me everything I wanted before – and never had a fair shot at."
August 09, 2014 8:00 PM
August 15, 2014 8:00 PM
Will Hoge has been through the wringer. Since launching his career in the late '90s, the Nashville singer-songwriter has grinded it out on the road, touring through the dead of winter in an RV with no heat; released albums that, while critically acclaimed, didn't result in the kind of commercial success many predicted; and even stared down an early death, surviving a wicked traffic accident in 2008, an experience that framed his poignant 2009 album The Wreckage.Yet Will has persevered. And that defiant worldview is woven throughout his latest project, Never Give In.Will's ninth album, Never Give In is a collection of 11 songs, ranging from Stones-y rock 'n' roll to Kristofferson country, that reflects an artist taking stock of where he is as a father, a husband, a man. There is pride in where he's landed and nostalgia for where he's been, all of it brought to life by Will's soulful voice and indefatigable spirit."In both my career and personal life, I've had a million chances to walk away or quit," says Will, a married father of two. "But with this project, there is a sense of pride and ownership that we—the band, our families and our fans—have taken, and that mentality is about never giving in. It represents where we all are, artistically and in our lifestyles."For Will, he's standing firmly in the sweet spot. In 2012, he received his first ever No. 1 single, for Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," a song he co-wrote with Eric Paslay. The song netted Will a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Song, along with CMA Award and ACM Award nominations, and made him an in-demand songwriter on Music Row. For their No. 1 album Golden, superstar trio Lady Antebellum chose to record Will's "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)."But while Will is enjoying newfound success in country music, Never Give In defies genre classification. Album cuts like the shuffling "Still Got You on My Mind" and the imagery-rich "Daddy Was a Gambling Man" are indisputable country songs, but other tracks would be right at home on rock radio. Album opener "A Different Man" is a hard-charging testament to changing one's ways, made to sound, Will says, as if "The Who were from Nashville." The sneering "Home Is Where the Heart Breaks" recounts an upbringing that is far from idyllic. And "Bad Ol' Days" calls to mind Keith Richards with its chunky guitar riff—and fond recollections of past vices."I'm a rock 'n' roll guy at heart. That's just where I come from," admits Will, who was introduced to rock's building blocks by his father. "My dad had grown up with a record collection that was The Beatles, The Stones, Zeppelin, Hank Williams, Otis Redding, Dylan…all of those things. That's an easy place for me to go, and that's very natural for me. But I'm lucky that my sound can't be pigeonholed. Being born and raised in Nashville, I never really saw a dividing line between rock and country. I like the stories each tells, and they're both a huge part of who I am."Never Give In excels in its storytelling. The album is remarkable in the concise tautness of its songs, a gift that comes only after years of writing."There is a tendency as a songwriter to be verbose and say as much as you can," Will says. "Some of that comes as a younger songwriter, because you have so much to get out and you haven't written many songs. But now, having made nine albums, and written a ton of songs in and around town for different people, part of the fun for me is to try to write as minimally and as simply as possible. I want to get more direct with each record and lyrically trim the fat.""Strong," Never Give In's bonus track, is one of the album's best examples of that lean approach. With lyrics like He's a need to move something, you can use my truck/ He's an overtime worker when the bills pile up / Everybody knows he ain't just tough / He's strong, Will sings about the quiet dedication of the common man in plain language. (The song's universal message prompted Chevy to adopt "Strong" for its national ad campaign for the Chevy Silverado.)"I think songs are smarter than we are," Will says. "We had the record done, finished, and that was it. But I write all the time and came up with ‘Strong.' It became its own entity and just had to be included on the album. In some ways, the sentiment of it is exactly what this record is about. ‘Strong' could have been the album title as much as Never Give In."However Will chooses to describe it, that stubborn, never-surrender worldview is paying off. And with Never Give In, Will is poised to further raise a profile that is already reaching lofty heights.Still, he refuses to see this timestamp as his singular moment."I don't believe that you have just one shot. I think there are these moments that you have, from whatever powers that be, that give you a tip of the cap or slap on the back and say, ‘Good work, kid.' And that keeps you going," Will says, recounting his recent successes."I've been an underdog for a very long time and a lot of people have wondered, ‘Why isn't this bigger or why aren't more people paying attention?'" he continues. "I never spent much time worrying about the answer to that question. I just wanted to keep writing, keep touring and keep letting it build."In other words, never—ever—giving in.
August 16, 2014 8:00 PM
Julia Cole, now living in Nashville, TN, is a singer/ songwriter from Houston, Texas. She made quite an entrance with her first major performance in Reliant Stadium singing the National Anthem before the sold out, season closer, Houston Texans NFL game before an audience of 75,000. She has since been asked to performed for the Houston Astros, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NASA Rotary Space Awards, Vanderbilt University Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball games, the Chevron Houston Marathon, and many more. It was at this point that Julia began to write her own songs, accompanying herself with piano (which she has been classically trained in since age 6).From Contests to ConcertsAfter advancing rounds and eventually winning contests for the Houston Texans National Anthem, HSLR Rodeo Rockstar, and Woodlands Idol, Julia decided to seriously pursue her career in music. She moved to Nashville and quickly began to take over the scene. Performing newly written original material at places such as 12th and Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, and the Hotel Indigo,just to name a few. She had, by this time, gained the skill of playing guitar in addition to the piano, and was performing all original material at every show. By doing so, she caught the eye of a few Nashville musicians and producers willing to sponsor the recording of her first EP.
August 23, 2014 8:00 PM
The best introduction to Jon Wolfe is the basic yet not so simple fact that he's a country singer and songwriter. Country music, as it was, is and always should be, with boots firmly standing on the bedrock of tradition and an eye focused on taking it into the future. And that, as any fan of true country knows, is no simple proposition.At heart, it's all about being a great singer and storyteller. Hence the other best introduction to Jon Wolfe is to hear him sing and share the stories in the songs he performs and writes. And to learn his life story — from small town Oklahoma to the bustling big city commodities trading floor to the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma to Music Row, to give the highlights — and witness his faith in the power of music and determination to touch the hearts of others with something that means so much to him.It's world class country music from the American heartland, informed by the great singers that inspired Wolfe — like George Strait, Garth Brooks (a fellow Okie), Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few — yet fired by his own contemporary energy and vision.It takes a unique conviction to give up a lucrative career as an oil commodities trader for British Petroleum, as Wolfe did, to pursue the dream of becoming a country singer. But music has been a vital force in Wolfe's life from early on, and it's already made him a rising star in the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma. Wolfe's 2010 album "It All Happened in a Honky Tonk" introduced a modern country singer/songwriter whose music struck a perfect balance between the best country traditions and contemporary energy and vision. His gift for getting to the heart of a song reflects the unique life journey that led him to realizing his dream of a career as a country music artist. While Jon has done over 400 shows during his career in Texas and Oklahoma, he has spent years writing with some of the best songwriter's in the business, while spending countless hours searching the catalogs of country music's most prolific songwriters.Warner Music Nashville is proud to present the 2013 Deluxe Edition re-release of "It All Happened in a Honky Tonk". This album is born and bred deep in the heart of Texas, and soaked with dancehall sweat and swagger. You'll find Jon Wolfe as a co-writer on half of the album along with country music's finest songwriters, from the modern day hit writing trio known as the "Peach Pickers" to sure to be hall of fame writers like Tim Johnson ("I let her lie" Daryle Singletary, "He must have really hurt you bad" George Strait), James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time" Conway Twitty, "National Working Woman's Holiday" Sammy Kershaw) and Jon Robbin ("I Breathe in, I Breathe out" Chris Cagle)."We've really started zeroing in on my own recipe," Wolfe says. "I've got little hints of my heroes, but this album is me. It definitely feels refreshed and updated, but it's country, and that's the deal."For years I prayed to be in country music, but I didn't know how," Wolfe recalls. Now that he's done so, he intends to remain true to all that country music means to him. "I like songs that deal with core emotions. I like people to listen to my music and be able to relate it to what they've experienced in their lives."I feel connected with the tradition," Wolfe concludes. "There's something a little bigger than just my dreams going on in country music. That's why I feel so strongly about doing what I do." And to make it all even sweeter, "I'm doing what I love."
August 29, 2014 11:50 PM