Live Entertainment in Houston, TX

Mar
6
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March 6 Josh Grider w/Special Guest: TJ Broscoff
Mar 6 @ 9:00 pm

Josh Grider

Josh Grider is a songwriter/country recording artist. His latest and greatest is the 4/29/14 release entitled ‘Luck and Desire’. www.joshgrider.com.
Bio
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.”

For more information check out www.joshgrider.com.

Releases: Josh Grider Band (2005), Million Miles to Go (2007), Josh Grider Trio JG3-EP (2008), Sweet Road To Ride (2009), Live At Billy Bob’s Texas (2012), The Gettin’ There-EP (2012), Luck and Desire (2014)

TJ Broscoff

Mar
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March 7 The Guzzlers
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm

the guzzlers red carpet

The Guzzlers were THE BAND that started with the Firehouse Saloon. They always put on a super show! Don’t miss it!

Mar
12
Thu
Drink of Ages Radio Show Every Thursday at 7 pm
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm

drink of ages beer glass

This show features craft beer and live music each Thursday Night starting at 7 pm. The show airs Friday on ESPN then Sunday at 8 pm on Badlands Radio.

Drink of Ages Website Find out more.

Mar
13
Fri
March 13 Cody Jinks w/Special Guest: Tyler Rogers Band
Mar 13 @ 9:00 pm

Cody Jinks

tyler rogers band

With their roots planted in McKinney, Texas The Tyler Rogers Band is a rather fresh faced band on the Texas music scene. Front man Tyler Rogers has been playing in and fronting bands for nearly a decade. His early days spent in Hard Rock bands. Tyler’s north Texas influences are clearly apparent by the rock aspect of their original music. Tyler also spent 4 years in Lubbock, Texas attending Texas Tech University where he was first exposed, and heavily influenced by the “Red Dirt” scene. It was really during this time that the signature sound was cultivated. With the perfect mix of “Red Dirt” and “Rock N’ Roll” oozing from their veins, The TRB is currently trying to create that momentum to move from local to regional beyond there the sky is the limit.

Mar
14
Sat
March 14 Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue w/Special Guest: Drugstore Gypsies
Mar 14 @ 9:00 pm

Statesboro Revue

“The Statesboro Revue is in the process of re-defining rock and roll, refusing to let blues and country, the real roots of rock music, fall by the wayside. Stewart and the Statesboro Revue are trying to remind America what rock music is really all about: soul. Mann’s voice, songs, and band have that in spades.” Andy Hertsch, Vail Daily News

Drugstore Gypsies

Born out of the intuition of former Berklee college students to back yard bull shitters alike we are Duke Ryan and the Dead Fellas. We are singers, songwriters, and all musicians who have grown up with great influences of country and western, folk, rock and roll, blues, and many other music stylings packed into one. Between Drew “Duke Ryan” Sebesta, Tyler “Buck Nelson” Sebesta, John “The Hammer” Wilson, Dillan “Diamond in the Rough” Dostal, and Kelsey “The Hitman” Hickman we have collaborated our own Red Dirt music. Our live show can be seen as just as crazy as the slab we get to it in! So if you have not yet heard of the Dead Fellas please acquaint yourselves with us. You’ll be sorry if you don’t!

Mar
19
Thu
Drink of Ages Radio Show Every Thursday at 7 pm
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm

drink of ages beer glass

This show features craft beer and live music each Thursday Night starting at 7 pm. The show airs Friday on ESPN then Sunday at 8 pm on Badlands Radio.

Drink of Ages Website Find out more.

Mar
20
Fri
March 20 Jarrod Birmingham w/Special Guest: Rex
Mar 20 @ 9:00 pm

jarrod birmingham

Jarrod Birmingham’s CD, “No Apologies,” spawned a 1 single and earned the country music outlaw a top ten spot in the Best Of Texas Top 30 songs of the year.

He has been compared to Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr. and producer Eric Paul described the country traditionalist as “the first real singer of the 21st century.” Humbled by the accolades, Birmingham attributes his pure and gritty musical style to his true grit life style.

“I believe that country music should reflect the common people,” says Birmingham. “That’s pretty much my mission statement, to stay grounded in the knowledge that I‘m a blue collar individual, a country boy. There are a lot of people out there like me, and I’d like to be their voice.”

This South Texas native is no manufactured “hat act.” Birmingham is a REAL cowboy. A former professional bullrider who has enough pins, plates and screws in his body to make it difficult to pass an airport scanner, Birmingham’s music is steeped in stark realism.

“I never really quit riding bulls,” he laughs. “The music just sort of took over. But, what you see is what you get when you deal with me, and that is how I want to come across through my music.”

rex griffith

Mar
21
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March 21 Jeremy Steding
Mar 21 @ 9:00 pm

jeremy steding

Jeremy Steding has a great new song out called My Own American Dream. He travels with a tight band. If you enjoy dancing, you will enjoy Jeremy Steding. His strong vocals lean toward classic country. But, he’s got his own style that sets him a part from the rest. Come see.

Mar
26
Thu
Drink of Ages Radio Show Every Thursday at 7 pm
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm

drink of ages beer glass

This show features craft beer and live music each Thursday Night starting at 7 pm. The show airs Friday on ESPN then Sunday at 8 pm on Badlands Radio.

Drink of Ages Website Find out more.

Mar
27
Fri
March 27 Cody Canada w/Special Guest: Thieving Birds
Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm

Cody Canada & the Departed

Cody Canada formerly lead singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed has been rockin and rollin with his own awesome band, The Departed. Their shows are high energy and entertaining. They have their current single out on radio stations across the country called, Inbetweener. Don’t miss them.

thievingbirds

Thieving Birds are one of the tightest bands around. Come see what we’re talking about.

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