Archive for April 2018

Thanks for checking out the 247th episode of the ETX Rocks Show. Today we are in Tyler, Texas to talk to a very special guest. Known across the nation and beyond for digging his heels in and keeping his own original sound in the sellout age of country music, Jonathan Terrell brings an eclectic feel to rootsy country, with no skinny jeans in sight! With his third full-length album in the works, Jonathan Terrell is destined to change the landscape of modern country music with a minimalist attitude.

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

While on a run of solo shows in England this past summer with a couple of days off in Nottingham, Jonathan and Tony were introduced by a mutual friend which led to an invite and opportunity to spend some time in studio together. Sitting around talking tunes, old guitars and favorite bands they found that they both loved Mazzy Star, particularly the breakout song from 1994, Fade Into You. They quickly decided to start tracking it out with a couple session players and worked in a short amount of time to lay down vocals and Tony’s beautiful slide parts, the remainder of the song was completed at Cacophony Recorders Studio with Jonathan’s band.

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Thanks for checking out the 246th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! For this show we head back to the talent rich metropolis of Ft. Worth, TX and one of our favorite singer/songwriters anywhere! Simone Nicole embodies the art of songwriting, if emitting emotion is the goal! Whether it’s happy or sad you want to feel, Simone has you covered, Listen to her self titled album and prepare to take a journey where no genre is needed! So sit back and enjoy this great conversation with Simone along with a couple original songs that’ll knock you out!

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

Twenty-first century composer Klaus Schulze once said, "The human voice is the first and most natural musical instrument, also the most emotional." The stirring, soulful voice of Dallas/Fort Worth independent singer and songwriter Simone Nicole moves beyond "happy" or "sad" and illuminates a broad range of emotion for her listeners.

Simone first found her voice singing with her parents at an early age. She learned to play the drums and formed her first band in 2004. As she grew, so did her interest in music, especially singing and songwriting. A self-taught guitarist, Simone started playing open mic nights in 2008 and quickly expanded to performing along side other local artists regularly at coffee houses, restaurants, bars, country clubs, and house parties. 

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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!

Raven Hunter from Tyler, TX and Travis Christian from Marshall, TX are our featured songwriters this week!

In this episode Raven & Travis play 7 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

 

Songs featured in this episode:

Raven Hunter - Cigarettes

Travis Christian - Thinking About Yesterdays

Raven Hunter - Sheets

Travis Christian - Cold & Bare

Raven Hunter - Sorry I’m Not Sorry

Travis Christian - Here I Go

Raven Hunter - Medication

Travis Christian - Stay Strong

Raven Hunter - Pretty Girl

Travis Christian - For The First Time In A Long Time

Raven Hunter - Infidelity

Travis Christian - Slow Down

Raven Hunter - Bye

Travis Christian - Helpless

 

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Today on The ETX ROCKS Show, we welcome back our guest from Episode 173, Tanner Sparks! Tanner is blowing up right now with his top 50 single "You Should Probably Leave", the huge news of signing with Nash Records and an EP on the horizon! Tune in today as our host Boston Chris talks with Tanner and his lead guitarist about all things Tanner Sparks, they play "What The Heck" and play two great original songs, including their next single "Good Intentions"!

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Thanks for checking out the 245th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest today hails from Conroe, TX, she has one of the most soulful voices within the Texas music scene! Kenna Danielle will not only pull you in with her vocals but just take a listen to the lyrics flowing from her pen and you’ll be doubly impressed! Although still a young performer, she has hit success with the #2 hit in Texas by Jerrett Zoch called “Sippin’ On Shine” as well as a hugely popular song called “A Cross” which she co-wrote with Bri Bagwell! Her debut EP called “Like A Tumbleweed” will leave you breathless! Now with the release of her second single on the horizon in May we are proud to welcome Kenna to the show for the first time!

(Courtesy of http://kennadanielle.com)

Heralding from the eclectic city of Conroe, Texas, Kenna Danielle is poised and ready to make her mark on the country music scene. Her sound fuses blues, soul and down-home country, creating a delivery that is uniquely her own. Kenna Danielle wows crowds with sultry vocals and musical genius on both the guitar and harmonica. The singer-songwriter’s insightful storytelling is showcased in songs like Red, White and Blue and Between the Bottle and the Bible.

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Thanks for checking out the 244th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest today had two heavyweights in the Texas scene encouraging him to become a performer! When Texas legends Cory Morrow and grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines say you should get a band together, you listen! Since then The Drew Fish Band has been playing every venue imaginable and shaping the Texas Country Charts with old school, melodic Country music! Now riding the success of his brand new top 50 hit “Flood”, Drew continues to rise ever upward! If his latest EP “Treat You Right” isn’t a part of your go to playlist then you haven’t heard it yet, it’s the true definition of a sing along album, every song designed to make you move or make you think! Today we are excited to have Drew Fish on The ETX ROCKS Show!!

(Courtesy of http://drewfish.com/)

From the minute Cory Morrow pulled Drew up on the legendary Gruene Hall stage to play in front of a sold out crowd, Drew knew he was born to play music. Drew’s early piano training and devotion to song writing touched off his perfect musical storm. Soon after Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines and Texas Country staple Cory Morrow encouraged Drew to put a band together, the newly formed Drew Fish Band was shaking the Austin music scene. Since then, the DFB has performed energy-filled live shows all over the Lone Star State in renowned venues including The Rustic in Dallas, Blue Light in Lubbock, Coupland Hall in Coupland, City Limits in Stephenville, Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches and Stubb’s when they return home. You can also catch them performing as guests on stage with friends Reckless Kelly and Curtis Grimes.

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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!

David Allen from Reklaw, TX and Shannon Baker from Big Sandy, TX are our featured songwriters this week!

In this episode David & Shannon play 5 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

 

Songs featured in this episode:

David Allen - Pieces Of Our Life

Shannon Baker - I’ve Seen Texas

David Allen - While You Were Sleeping

Shannon Baker - For The Love Of My Woman

David Allen - Ain’t Makin’ It Out Alive

Shannon Baker - Things Aren’t All That Bad

David Allen - Kamikaze

Shannon Baker - I Do

David Allen - I’ll Race You

Shannon Baker - He’s My Dad

 

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

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Thanks for checking out the 243rd episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! With his band Neon Hustle, our guest today is one of the hardest working touring artists in the state Texas with over 250 shows in 2017 alone! With only a couple of years under his belt in the music business, Drew Moreland has already made his mark in the Texas scene with the release of his debut EP in April 2017 called “Bench Seat Revival”! Now he has released the title track from that cd as a single and after only a short four weeks on the chart it is already impacting the top 70, coming in at #68 this week! We are excited to have Drew Moreland on the show for the first time!

 

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

Born on January 12th, 1984 in San Antonio, TX, Drew Moreland was raised in a city with many converging cultures. Despite growing up in what is now the 7th largest city in the United States, Drew's life was grounded by his parents who both came from a small farming community. From an early age, he enjoyed listening to music and playing it came naturally. Drew currently resides in Marion, TX

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The ETX ROCKS Show is proud to present this first episode of The Ricky Lynn Gregg Show! In this episode Boston Chris and Ricky discuss Ricky's days in the late 1970's with the Fort Worth band Savvy, Ricky talks to his long time friend Jeannie C. Riley about spirituality, her iconic song "Harper Valley PTA" and the story about the day she first recorded that song! Lastly Ricky answers a few fan questions!!

 

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Thanks for checking out the 242nd episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest today has burst onto the Texas music scene with an incredible video for her song “Stars” which deals with the topic of suicide and mental health, two topics which are passionate for her, and the release of her debut single “Boy In A Ballcap” to Texas Radio which comes in at #92 on this week’s Texas radio charts! Darbi Shaun has a unique voice and an incredibly powerful pen. As one of the youngest artists in the Texas Country Music scene, she definitely has a bright future in front of her!! We are excited to introduce everyone out there to Darbi Shaun!

(Courtesy of http://www.darbishaun.com/)

There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun's unique tone and emotion does just that. Matt Davis, the GM of Main Street Crossing, said, "Darbi is a wonderful talent. If you have the chance to hear her in a song, it will be an experience for your ears that you will not soon forget. Polished beyond her years, this young performer has a bright future ahead."

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Thanks for checking out the 241st episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest today has a big show Coming to Tyler, TX on April 20th at Liberty Hall! He is easily one of the most prolific songwriters of any genre and any generation! With songs like “City Lights” “Still”, “Po’ Folks”, “Tips of My Fingers”, “Whiskey Lullaby” and “A Lot of Things Different” in his repertoire, “Whisperin” Bill Anderson has been writing songs since the late 1950’s. He is a member of The Grand Ol’ Opry since 1961, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and will be inducted this year in The Songwriters’ Hall of Fame! In this episode our producer Louise Leone talks with the icon about his career, his upcoming show in Tyler and much more! At the beginning of this show Bill mentions 3 Texas tour dates, the actual concerts are April 19th at The Corsicana Palace in Corsicana, April 20th at Liberty Hall in Tyler, and April 21st at Arlington Music Hall in Arlington! Don’t miss Bill Anderson on ETX ROCKS!

(Courtesy of http://billanderson.com/wired/)

Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but spent most of his growing-up years around Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, having worked his way through college as a disc jockey on nearby radio stations. It was while he was still in school that he began performing and writing songs. At the age of nineteen, he composed the country classic, “City Lights,” and began rapidly carving his place in musical history.

He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, secured a recording contract with Decca Records, and began turning out hit after hit with songs like “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable country and pop smash, “Still.” His compositions were recorded by such diverse musical talents as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, James Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Walter Brennan and many others.

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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!

Heidi Lirette from Webster, TX and Miles Williams from Stillwater, OK are our featured songwriters this week!

In this episode Heidi & Miles play 6 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

Follow each of these artists on their websites:

Heidi Lirette: http://heidilirette.com/

Miles Williams: http://www.mileswilliamsofficial.com/

Songs featured in this episode:

Heidi Lirette - Happily Ever After

Miles Williams - Make You Mine

Heidi Lirette - Bluebirds

Miles Williams - I Don’t Love You Anymore

Heidi Lirette - The Better Life

Miles Williams - Teasin’ Me

Heidi Lirette - Bulletproof

Miles Williams - What Else Do You Want Me To Be

Heidi Lirette - Teargas

Miles Williams - Your Side of Town

Heidi Lirette - Make It Or Break It

Miles Williams - Louisiana Buoy

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

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Thanks for checking out the 240th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Today we talk with one of the most underrated songwriters in the entire state of Texas. Hailing from Ft. Worth, TX, Cami Maki has one of the purest and most powerful voices I have ever heard, couple that with an adept habit of writing poignant, edge of your seat songs that are emotional and inviting and you have the whole package! We are excited to welcome Cami to the show for the first time!!

 

To follow along with Cami and all she has going on go to http://camimaki.com/

For help with Mental Health issues and for awareness go to https://www.nami.org/

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Thanks for checking out the 239th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Texas Country music is a melting pot of so many styles of music including country, rock, bluegrass, blues, soul & americana! Saints Eleven is a combination of all of the above and much more! With a multitude of styles Saints Eleven has inhabited the Texas country charts for many years! Jeff Grossman, the frontman and co-founder of the band has transitioned into a phenomenal songwriter over the years and we are thrilled to pick his brain today on The ETX ROCKS Show!

Check out Saints Eleven at https://saintseleven.com/

Purchase the new album "Coming Back Around" at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/saintseleven2

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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!

Mason Marek from New Ulm, TX and Reed Barton from Burleson, TX are our featured songwriters this week!

In this episode Mason & Reed play 5 of their original songs and ask each other a couple questions about their craft!

Songs featured in this episode:

Mason Marek - Lightning Strikes Twice

Reed Barton - Spotlight

Mason Marek - I’m All Yours

Reed Barton - All The Money In The World

Mason Marek - Take My Advice

Reed Barton - Dancing With The Devil

Mason Marek - Beauty Queen

Reed Barton - Young Guitar Man

Mason Marek - Drifter

Reed Barton - Pancho

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

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Thanks for checking out the 238th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Today’s guest hails from Cleveland, OK and got his start about 7 years ago as an Elvis Tribute Artist. With a wide range of influences and styles, his songwriting has won him multiple awards within the state of Texas. Brent Giddens is a single father of 2 girls who has a wealth of life experiences he uses within his writing. The recent release of his CD “The Red Dirt Blues” and the debut single off this record “Why I’m Single” show Brent as a driving force in the Texas scene! We are excited to welcome Brent Giddens to The ETX ROCKS Show for the first time!

(Courtesy of http://www.brentgiddens.com/)

Brent Giddens has always had a passion for music: instrumentally and vocally. From the age of six, Brent was singing John Denver, Kenny Rogers, to Glen Campbell. In addition to vocals, Brent has played a wide range of instruments including the guitar and harmonica. With the diversity of instrument experience, this gives Brent a wide range of styles and patterns to pull from while writing, performing, and composing songs.

Song Writing: Passion and creativity is what drives him to compose and write.

Taken from his strong Midwestern values, and life experiences, Brent has taken the good with the bad. Single father, with two daughters, he expects to be writing several songs about love, family, and a lot of emotion. Brent enjoys writing creative lyrics that have a simple cadence. Moreover, turning a negative quality or situation into a comical play on words is also a goal for Brent. The country music listener has always accepted this notion with open arms.

To purchase the new album "Red Dirt Blues" go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-dirt-blues/1323980598

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