Archive for March 2018

Thanks for checking out the 237th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest this week is a major reason why our host Boston Chris wants to live closer to Ft. Worth. Joe Savage is a breath of fresh air for those out there who do not tune into mainstream radio, because everything is overproduced and everything is repetitive. Joe Savage is anything but repetitive. If you’re a fan of traditional sounding country music, then Joe Savage is your cup of tea! He brings those old sounds to new songs in a way that will blow your mind. We are excited to welcome Joe Savage to the show for the first time!

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The ETX ROCKS Show is proud to present "Songbirds & Troubadours™", a weekly episodic show featuring 2 songwriters and up to 60 minutes of original music! The songwriter is one of, if not the most unheralded arm of the music industry! Our aim is to showcase that craft!
Douglas Jay Boyd from Tyler, TX and Ian Power from Tyler, TX are our featured songwriters this week!
In this episode Douglas and Ian play 5 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!
Songs featured in this episode:

Douglas Jay Boyd - Labels
Ian Power - Believe Me
Douglas Jay Boyd - Treasure
Ian Power - Solemn Hearts
Douglas Jay Boyd - Be Here Now
Ian Power - He Sees
Douglas Jay Boyd - My Baby
Ian Power - 10,000 Years
Douglas Jay Boyd - The Answer
Ian Power - Oh Mama

DISCLAIMER: THERE IS SOME MILD ADULT LANGUAGE IN THIS EPISODE!

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Thanks for checking out the 236th episode of the ETX ROCKS SHOW! Today’s guest hails from Beckville, TX. With an authentic Texas/ Red Dirt sound, it’s no wonder his debut album, “Ain’t the Same” reached #1 on iTunes Alternative Country charts. His latest EP “Hills Lake Road” released in February and shows the same promise to reach the top. I’m proud to introduce Eley Buck Davis!

To purchase Eley's music go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/eley-buck-davis/1196003683

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Recently we caught up with the indie rock/pop artist Eli Tidmore! Eli talks with us about his debut album release from November called "Chameleon" and plays a couple of songs, including one from the album!! Make sure you check out our first episode with Eli which is #114!

 

Buy a copy of the new album "Chameleon" at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chameleon/1338619524

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Thanks for checking out the 235th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! From his beginning as original lead singer for the iconic Texas Metal band Pantera to his current gig with the 2017 ETX Rock Band of the Year Alan Fox Band, Donny Hart’s musical style has changed but his prowess has become legend. He has become a mentor to many aspiring artists along the way, and he has been an integral part of the Texas Rock & Roll scene for over 3 decades. Donny is not only a fantastic musician and eminent front man but he is also a very humble and kind person! In this episode not only do we talk to Donny but we will also feature 2 amazing live videos of Donny and the rest of the guys in AFB!

(Courtesy of https://www.alanfoxband.com/)

Donny has been a singer / songwriter of renown for over 30 years in Texas. 
Born in October, 1963, he was playing guitar by the age of 9, and soon 
thereafter began writing his own rock, blues, and contemporary compositions. 
Donny’s first band (in 1980) also featured neighborhood friends Terry Glaze 
and Tommy Bradford, and, after meeting a young Vince and Darrel Abbott, soon 
morphed into the first incarnation of the Grammy Award nominated heavy metal 
band Pantera. After leaving Pantera in 1981, Donny joined Dallas / Ft. Worth 
heavy metal pioneers Boss Tweed, and toured the U.S. almost nonstop for the 
next several years. In 1986, Donny formed the band Assassin, who enjoyed 
regional support from radio stations such as Z-Rock and Q102 for their 
self-titled debut album. In 1994, Donny moved to the East Texas region 
and was recruited into the band U.S Lords, and played with guitarist 
Donnie Pendleton for the first time. The band enjoyed regional success, 
playing numerous festivals and high profile gigs with bands as diverse 
as The Flies, The Animals (featuring Eric Burden), and Quiet Riot. After 
moving back to Dallas in 2002, Donny concentrated his efforts on writing 
music, and collaborating with other local music projects. When The Alan Fox Band 
offered him a spot in 2011, Donny jumped at the opportunity, where he is 
currently lead singer and front man. The Alan Fox Band is currently working 
on the follow up to their first album, "JuJu Ear Rub".
Donny Hart joined AFB Nov. 2011

To purchase "Coal Black Sky" or Alan Fox Band merchandise go to http://www.mesquitestrecords.com/

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The ETX ROCKS Show is proud to present "Songbirds & Troubadours™", a weekly episodic show featuring 2 songwriters and up to 60 minutes of original music! The songwriter is one of, if not the most unheralded arm of the music industry! Our aim is to showcase that craft!

Brandon Nichols from Longview, TX and Jessica Alyce from Shreveport, LA are our featured songwriters this week!

In this episode Brandon and Jessica play 6 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

Songs featured in this episode:

 

  • Brandon Nichols - Need My Help
  • Jessica Alyce - Wait For Your Love
  • Brandon Nichols - One Day At A Time
  • Jessica Alyce - Relapse, Refrain
  • Brandon Nichols - Go Fast
  • Jessica Alyce - You’ll Get Tired
  • Brandon Nichols - All I Know
  • Jessica Alyce - Retrostasis
  • Brandon Nichols - Ballad of the Battered Woman
  • Jessica Alyce - Broken Down Town
  • Brandon Nichols - Full of Love
  • Jessica Alyce - The Blue and Black Spin 

 

DISCLAIMER: THERE IS SOME MILD ADULT LANGUAGE IN THIS EPISODE!

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Thanks for checking out episode #234 of The ETX Rocks Show! We are excited to introduce today’s guest. Since her debut self-titled EP in 2014 that made the iTunes Top 200 for Country albums, she has taken Texas radio by storm. She made history winning the Ranch Factor 2017 competition that was sponsored by 95.9 fm The Ranch in Ft. Worth, as the first female artist to do so.   With multiple charting singles throughout her career, she is also well-known for creating the Girls Raised in Texas Tour, also known as GRITs, which is an all-female acoustic tour with artists such as Sarah Hobbs, Kensie Coppin, The Rankin Twins, and several other notable women in Texas Country. Her current single, Damn I Want a Love Like That, featuring Jordan Isaac, is destined for chart-topping success! Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce Adrian Johnston!

(Courtesy of https://www.adrianjohnstonmusic.com/)

Adrian Johnston, Dallas native and fourth generation Texan, is paying close attention to the passage of time these days. Whether she’s quickly touring the state on a whirlwind of gigs or radio stops, or pausing long enough to revel in her family’s deep Texas roots (her great grandfather was a cotton farmer in west Texas and a baseball player who played against Babe Ruth!), she fully realizes that time seems to stand still while rushing past you simultaneously. Seeing that the time is now to make a mark in the Texas Country Music scene, Johnston has spent the last several years winning over fans and industry with her southern drawl and charming them with resounding vocals by bringing a bold voice that is unmatched in today’s country music. And it’s paid off as she recently became the first female to win the Ranch Factor 2017 competition put on by 95.9 The Ranch in Fort Worth!

To purchase the brand new EP "It Takes Time" click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/it-takes-time-ep/1253719404

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Thanks for checking out the 233rd episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! One of the hardest things to do in the music business is to write commercially appealing songs while also keeping an honest approach to your craft as a songwriter. Mandi Powell has managed to find a way to do just that. With many different influences this San Felipe, TX native is the pure definition of what a songwriter should be. Someone who takes from the environment around her and transforms it into art! This week on The ETX ROCKS Show we are really excited to introduce everyone out there to Mandi Powell!!

(Courtesy of http://mandipowellmusic.com/)

Through adversity, foundational transformations often occur. In many instances these changes are not often seen to the naked eye. But in some, they can be heard. Mandi Powell’s debut in Texas Music came with “Canvas”, a songwriter’s album with every ounce of emotion worn on the heart sleeve, which the album artwork complements. “Canvas” was also given the RFT Album spotlight soon after it’s release in 2012. Three years later and with much anticipation, Ms. Powell has raised the bar with “Fly Away”. Recorded at Stormy Cooper Studios in Houston, this 10-track album showcases Powell’s vocal ability that is only matched by her diverse and well-groomed songwriting. It is apparent that she has found the secret ingredient of blending an artistic approach to commercially appealing melodies. Through the honesty of her lyrics, one could imagine the hardships and heartbreak seen during this young artist’s life, as well as her determination. Through all this, the foundational changes that have occurred in those three years shows us only one thing: the best is yet to come.

To purchase Mandi's music check out these links:

"Fly Away" Album: https://itunes.apple.com/bz/album/fly-away/id1019968861

"Canvas" Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mandipowell

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Thanks for checking out the 232nd episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guests this week are both from Houston, TX and classically trained in music at Berklee College in Boston! With influences ranging from blues and jazz to rock & roll and metal, these guys found their niche with a unique brand of Texas country/americana that is taking the state and the country by storm! 2017 changed things for The Powell Brothers though as Hurricane Harvey destroyed their house, their studio and they lost the entire project for their debut album. With perseverance and a dogged never give up attitude, the brothers are mostly back on track and looking to release their debut record this summer and I for one can NOT wait! This week on ETX ROCKS we introduce everyone to Blake and Taylor, The Powell Brothers!

(Courtesy of https://www.powellbrothersmusic.com/)

The Powell Brothers are Country/Americana recording artists from Houston, Texas. 

Fronted by brothers Taylor Powell (lead vocals) and Blake Powell (lead guitar), the band is currently promoting their latest single, “Coming Home”, released to radio on November 10th.  “Coming Home” is only the first in a long line of new music to come, as the band is currently working on their first full-length album (‘On My Mind’) to be released in the Summer of 2018. 

When asked about the band’s explosive growth and what the future holds, Taylor Powell explained “It all boils down to this; good songs and good people.  We are committed to the craft of songwriting. Our goal is to make every song and CD better than the last, and to surround ourselves with the best people.” Blake Powell echoes his brother’s thoughts and adds, “As we grow, we want to make sure we deliver music and performances worthy of the love and support we are so blessed to receive."

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Thanks for checking out the 231st episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest for this show was born and raised just north of the Forth Worth Stockyards but also has ties to the San Marcos/Austin area as well as East Texas. Bursting onto the Texas Red Dirt Country scene in 2017 with his debut single “Don’t Want to Want You”, don’t let this baby faced crooner fool you! His music is a melodic blend of country and rock that has been mixed thoroughly with Texas grit! Reid Farris is a young singer/songwriter who knows how to convey real honest emotion into lyric and melody and we are excited to talk to him today for the first time on ETX ROCKS!

(Courtesy of http://reidfarris.com/about/)

Born and raised just north of the Fort Worth stockyards, Reid Farris has always had country music running through his veins. It wasn’t until Reid moved off to San Marcos that he joined up with a few fellow Bobcats and began making a name for himself playing in bars from the San Marcos Square to the world-famous 6th Street in Austin. With powerful and truthful lyrics combined with smooth and versatile vocals Reid Farris is newcomer on the rise.

After playing with names like Zane Williams and Deryl Dodd, Reid has recently come back to the metroplex and is breaking through in the Fort Worth music scene collaborating with artists like the Brandon Steadman, Skylar Payne, and Ricky Russell. Currently working on his debut album, Reid Farris is here to stay and the future looks bright for this red dirt newcomer.

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This episode is dedicated to Veterans everywhere and to The Lone Survivor Foundation who specialize in helping veterans and their families transition to civilian life! To support the Lone Survivor Foundation please go to http://www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org/

The ETX ROCKS Show is proud to present "Songbirds & Troubadours™", a weekly episodic show featuring 2 songwriters and up to 60 minutes of original music! The songwriter is one of, if not the most unheralded arm of the music industry! Our aim is to showcase that craft!

Nick Sterling from Salado, TX and Justin Merritt from Many, LA are our featured songwriters this week follow them at the links below:

Nick Sterling: https://nicksterlingmusic.com/

Justin Merritt: https://www.facebook.com/TheJustinMerrittBand/

In this episode Nick and Justin play 6 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

Songs featured in this episode:

 

  • Justin Merritt - Why You Looking So Fine
  • Nick Sterling - Clear The Path
  • Justin Merritt - The Long Way
  • Nick Sterling - Texas Moonlight
  • Justin Merritt - I Might Get Drunk
  • Nick Sterling - Blood In The Water
  • Justin Merritt - All In Due Time
  • Nick Sterling - Simple
  • Justin Merritt - Sure Don’t Make Them Like That No More
  • Nick Sterling - Stand Your Ground
  • Justin Merritt - Play On
  • Nick Sterling - Just Getting Started

 

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Thanks for checking out the 230th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! In this episode our host Boston Chris joins special guest co-host Becky Terrell from Becky's Karaoke Krazy to talk to one of the rising stars in the Texas Country Music Scene! Robert Ray is an Alice, TX native who brings a fresh style and sound to the old time country songs that he loved growing up! With a multitude of influences and a unique way to his writing craft! Robert also plays his top 50 Texas hit "Drunk Enough" and another great original song on this episode!

(Courtesy of https://www.robertraycountry.com/)

Robert Ray is an aspiring Texas Country Artist & Songwriter born and raised in the heart of South Texas, namely Alice, TX. He is currently working on numerous production projects and anxiously looking forward to future albums written from the heart. In creating the 'Dream of You' EP Album and newly released 'Run Away With You' Album, he wanted to stay true to his traditional country influence, as well as the incorporation of today's Texas Country sound.

Each song was hand-tailored to express its own individual mood and vibe. He is hoping the variety of songs will appeal to all genres alike. Although, each one happens to be his own personal favorite, he hopes you enjoy them as much as he enjoyed writing and singing them for you!

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Thanks for checking out the 229th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! With experiences in Nashville, Texas and even Europe our guest in this episode is no stranger to hard times and “Scars”. With influences that range from Elvis to Strait and all the way to the Outlaw movement in Country Music, Kaleb McIntire has taken an interesting road to achieving success with his music. That road has been filled with roadblocks and changes in life choices along the way, including not giving up on the music he truly believes in! With help from guitarist Bryant Hunter and producer Heath Owen (Son of legendary Alabama frontman Randy Owen), Kaleb McIntire is blazing a trail in Texas and beyond with his unique sound! We are extremely excited to introduce y’all to Kaleb McIntire for the first time on the show!

(Courtesy of http://kalebmcintire.com/)

Landing hard after the success of his 2012 album SCARS, Kaleb fielded offers from several major labels. Unwilling to give up his vision for what his next record should be, he turned down offers and set out to blaze his own path in the country music business. To do so he had to step back, take time to develop his sound, and find the perfect team to bring his vision to reality. It wouldn’t be a quick process. It would take two years.

Teaming up with Texas guitarist Bryant Hunter the two started writing new music and developing a sound that was brand new and hauntingly familiar at the same time.

Purchase "In These Shadows" at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kalebmcintire4

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