Oct 282014

The “duo” of Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr. will saddle up and ride on in to Headliners Music Hall on November 1, there to play a couple of related but differently flavored kinds of music. Granger and his alter ego Dibbles are a couple of good ole boys from Big D, though Granger might be from North Dallas, whereas Earl is definitely from out around Mesquite. There are seven studio albums, with 2013’s Dirt Road Driveway the most successful of the bunch. Smith made the Nashville effort for a few years but now is back in Texas, with a wife and family. It’s a fun show, particularly with the change of persona. Tickets are $13 adv/%15 Dos.

Here’s his take on bro country, “Silverado Bench Seat”:


Website: www.grangersmith.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrangerSmith

Sep 222014

A co-writer of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” along with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser has had a pretty fair start to his performing career, putting his first album, Anything Goes, at No. 1 on the US Heat Seekers chart. His best Country chart album to date is his third, How Country Feels, the title single from which was his first No. 1 on the Airplay Chart, followed by “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” He hasn’t yet won any country music awards, though he has been nominated. The Airplay chart will mean he’s familiar to country music fans who listen to WAMZ, so his show at the Iroquois Amphitheater on September 26 should draw a few folks. Tickets run $20-$30.

Randy sings “Like A Cowboy” at the Grand Ole Opry:


Website: www.randyhouser.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RandyHouser
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RandyHouser

Sep 212014

The September 25 show at KRC Yum! Center will give country fans a bit of the “real” country that so many have been lamenting the loss of on the charts. That would be Dwight Yoakam, of course, who’s not the headliner - Eric Church is, with the Brothers Osborne the third at. Church is a rocker turned country rock singer, which is not too much of a turn these days. He’s touring in support of The Outsiders, his fifth studio album. A winner of several CMA and ACA Awards, he’s currently nominated for Album of The Year for The Outsiders and Song of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The Brothers Osborne have a new, just-released EP, Brothers Osborne. Dwight Yoakam is touring in support of 3 Pears, so there’ll be plenty of merch. Tickets run $25 – $59.50 plus fees. UPDATE: Rolling Stone has a new interview with the Brothers Osborne here.

Here’s “Give Me Back My Hometown”:


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericchurch


:Brothers Osborne – “Rum”

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/brothersosborne


Here’s “A Heart Like Mine”:

Website: www.dwightyoakam.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dwightyoakam
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DwightYoakam

Sep 212014

The master of the “Giit-Steel,” Junior Brown, has made Jim Porter’s his venue of choice in the Louisville area for quite some time now, so it’s not really necessary to promote his shows there heavily, as he has an audience when he comes. Even though Brown is an Indiana native, he spent several years playing with Asleep At The Wheel, so his music is drawn from Western Swing, honky-tonk and a bit blues plus some surf guitar. His most recent CD, Volume Ten, is his eleventh studio album (but tenth under his own name) and comes after a seven-year delay. His songs lean to the humorous: “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead” is a classic; the video for the song won the CMA Country Music Video Of The Year Award in 1996. Tickets are $40 front row V.I.P.,$20 guaranteed seating, $15 general concert admission.
Here’s the video for “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead”:


Website: www.juniorbrown.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJuniorBrown
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Junior+Brown

Aug 122014

Hasn’t Alabama been around playing music since the original hippies were whooping it up in San Francisco? Well, close, since they started a band in 1969, though the name wasn’t adopted until 1977. Their biggest hits happened in the Eighties, which is perfect for most State Fair goers. They also broke up in 2003 and went through some nasty fights over money, before getting back together in 2011 for a benefit show. That made them realize that they missed playing, so they put together a Back To The Bowery tour in 2013 and released Alabama & Friends, a tribute album of covers of current songs. For the record, they are the most awarded band in country music with some two hundred plus awards, never mind listing all their No. 1 hits. The current group is minus longtime drummer Mark Herdon, which won’t matter to the fans anxious to see the band after ten years away. They’re playing Freedom Hall on August 16, with Sunny Sweeney opening. Tickets are $35 and $40.

Here’s a mashup pf “Dixieland Delight” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” from a recent appearance on The Grand Ole Opry:


Website: www.thealabamaband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alabama
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Alabama

Jun 022014

This isn’t a Waterfront Wednesday show, unfortunately, this one is a pay-for-it show, but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson, the genuine musical legend himself, along with the altogether amazing Alison Krauss And Union Station with Jerry Douglas, the fabulous bluegrass singer-songwriter and champion fiddler and her band, a headlining act itself. The Wild Feathers are an up-and-coming Americana band from Nashville that puts this (uncredited) summary on their Facebook page: “They’re like if Led Zeppelin & The Band had a baby in Joshua Tree that grew up listening to Ryan Adams covering the Stones 70’s country influenced songs.” Let’s cut to the chase: this is a show for acoustic music fans who like country and bluegrass and all of whom already know these performers and are aware of this show, set for June 6. You either have your tickets already or are just procrastinating in the matter. They are fairly steep for a Waterfront show at $55 adv/ $65 Dos but, hey, it’s Willie Freaking Nelson and Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas.

Watch the music video for “Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain”:




Watch Alison Krauss & Union Station live at a show in Murray, KY last week:



May 102014

While it often seems that Louisville only ever gets slightly-past-their-prime and/or nostalgia country acts (See: Kentucky State Fair) or monster pop-country tours with hundred-dollar plus tickets, the show at the Mercury Ballroom on May 14 puts the lie to all that, with an appearance by country singer David Nail, with a tour he’s called The Country Deep Tour. Nail is three albums deep into his country career, with only a single No. 1 hit, “Let It Rain,” from his 2012 record, The Sound Of A Million Dreams, on his brag sheet. Heck, he hasn’t even won any of the multitudinous awards that are handed out by the bushel in Nashville these days, but give him time. “Whatever She’s Got,” from his new album, I’m A Fire, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart back in February, so things are looking up. Best catch him while you can for only $24; soon enough, he’ll be playing Freedom Hall at $74.50 a pop.  Sam Hunt will open.

Here’s an acoustic version of “Kiss You Tonight” from I’m A Fire:


Website: www.davidnail.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/David+Nail

Apr 292014

The marketing tool called “American Idol” has proven to be one of the industry’s more fruitful ideas for generating fans for new talent. Case in point, the headliner for the Kroger Fest-A-Ville Derby Eve show, Scotty McCreery, who climbed to the top of the tenth season of Idol in 2011. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum and generated a couple of top 20 country songs, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble Wit Girls.” He’s currently promoting his 2013 release, “See You Tonight,” the title tune from which was his first top 10 tune. He has also scored several awards from the country organizations running those awards. Also on the bill is Steve Holy, who has put fifteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, include the #1 hits “Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend.” The third act is Cassadee Pope, who won the third season of “The Voice.” Her debut solo country album, Frame By Frame, hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts. Tickets are $32.50.

Here’s “See You Tonight”:


Website: http://www.scottymccreery.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottymccreery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottyMcCreery?