The past few weeks have seen an unimaginable amount of devastation brought onto our friends and family in Oklahoma. Tornadoes have ripped through several cities. Lives have been changed forever and some have been lost. Hundreds are still homeless and the recovery is just beginning.
Several Oklahoma and Texas musicians have come together and will be putting on the Red Dirt Rising benefit for Oklahoma tornado relief. Set to take place June 9th in Davis, Oklahoma at the Arbuckle Ballroom, Red Dirt Rising will be an all day event with all ages welcome.
Artists set to appear include No Justice, JB & the Moonshine Band, Rich O'Toole, Six Market Blvd, The Damn Quails, The Great Divide and many more. Online tickets are $15 and at the gate will be $20. All money from ticket prices are going to charity and relief groups. For more information go to the event Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/reddirtrisingdavisok
As a fan of Texas music it's great to see bands do well enough to put out a music video. The guys from Rosehill just released a video for their song "Did You Ever Turn Around" last week and this song is currently moving up the Texas Music Charts pretty quickly. This week's report has it at #32. The video also features fellow Texas artist Brian Burke as the leading man in the story. Check it out here.
Less than a week after a major storm dropped Tornadoes in the DFW area another round of storms and an F4 tornado has devastated parts of our red dirt family in Oklahoma. Members of the TX/OK music scene are already coming together and are organizing a benefit. Artists Bo Phillips, who calls Oklahoma home, and Kylie Rae Harris are putting in the organization efforts and The Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis, Oklahoma has donated the venue. The show is scheduled to take place on June 9th. Anybody that wants to volunteer or donate can contact Bo at firstname.lastname@example.org Watch his Facebook page for updates and we will update you here with details and a line up as things become more final.
Ladies, do you like the kind of love song that says you are everything that your guy needs? Guys, want to find a song that will absolutely melt your lady when you play it for her? Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition have just released the song for you both.
Earlier this week the band launched a grass roots campaign release of their newest single "Only Girl" from their 2012 album Incommunicado. Tired of waiting for the powers behind the scene to put it into rotation the band took charge and pushed forward. With what they called "help from friends in radio and one badass friend" they are right now promoting "Only Girl" to dang near every radio station on both sides of the Red River line.
The song itself is amazing. It puts that old "you're the sun and the stars" love song stuff in terms that regular folks like you and I can actually relate to. See for yourself...
"She doesn't know what she does, when she does what she does to me..." It isn't cheesy. It isn't overly dramatic. I get that.
"I love the look in her eyes, night after night, when I walk in... And I hate to see her cry, when the fault is all mine. It's the ultimate sin..." The good and the bad. That's real. This is a love song from an everyday kinda guy to his only girl.
So start calling up your local stations and requesting "Only Girl" now. Support the music that tells your story. Support the bands that are doing it without major backing and going at it on their own. I can promise you, one listen and you will get it. You simply can't not love this song. And when you love this song, make sure you check out the band's website and Facebook for more.
So how do you tell people how good a new William Clark Green album is when everybody in the dang world has already been talking about how good it is? If I hadn't been so busy with my day job this week I would have beaten the dozens of artists and fans who gave him the shout out, and told you all to get the album. All that is left for me to do is add my spin to it all. Here we go....
William Clark Green, Holy cow Rose Queen is amazing sir. I got it to preview a couple weeks ago and it has been in my rotation since. Sometimes on repeat, sometimes I hit replay on a song that just finished, always played loud.
The singles "It's About Time" and "She Likes the Beatles" have already made appearances on the Texas Music charts so I won't bother you with how good those tracks are. Throughout this album you can tell that WCG can almost seamlessly weave words into art.
My personal favorite is "Dead or in Jail." It is a funky track that leans a little to the darker side of subject matters with a story about substance abuse and the inevitable outcomes... dead or in jail. "What it Takes to Be Me" is a deep and introspective albeit semi self loathing confessional tune told through the eyes of a sinner.
The title track "Rose Queen" is an all too real telling of the big fish in a little town story. "Let's Go" is an snappy little love song with a Cajun twang that will force toe tapping whether you want to or not. There really is a song that almost every one of us can relate to somewhere on this album.
So, that is my small piece on Rose Queen. Will has already secured a place in my top albums of the year and will be hard to beat out. He will cement himself as a force in the Texas scene with the release of this album. So get this album. Go catch a show. And get familiar with Will, because Rose Queen will be ruling the Texas scene this summer.