Bio Chuck Ligon is a musician born and raised in Texas…and damn proud of it! Having a father that grew up in Lubbock, Texas and played bass in a 1950’s rock band that toured with Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Waylon Jennings, it was only natural that Chuck would get an early start playing music. After receiving his first guitar at the age of 10, Chuck knew that he was destined to play in a band. As a self-taught guitar player, Chuck quickly progressed from strumming along on his Martin acoustic to ripping leads on his ’77 Fender Strat. After playing in several bands through high school and college, and doing a little studio work on the side, Chuck married his high school sweetheart Kim, and the guitar was put away. Chuck focused on a career in real estate, and after a few years, they started a family. Chuck thought his music days were gone forever…
But many years later, in an odd twist of fate, the turn of events surrounding Chuck’s birthday would change everything. You see Kim surprised Chuck with a Harley, and after researching the best places to ride in Texas, they decided to head to the Hill Country…and specifically to Luckenbach, Texas. When Chuck and Kim began touring the Hill Country on their Harley, they discovered some great watering holes. They also discovered the exploding Texas Country/Red Dirt music scene, and Chuck’s interest in music was rekindled. So after dusting off his guitar and playing a few “open mic” nights, Chuck decided it was time to jump back in and start a band, and within a few months they were playing numerous local venues, private events, and even received an invitation to play at the Wildflower Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. In 2011, Chuck and his band opened for Roger Creager and Jack Ingram at Wildflower. After being invited back in 2012, they opened for Neal McCoy and Mark Chesnutt, and in 2013 they opened for Ray Wylie Hubbard and Robert Earl Keen.
In 2013, Chuck released an original EP titled Come And Take It that included crowd favorites You Talked Me Into Lazy, Down The Road, Bound To Know, and the Texas anthem, Come And Take It, which was Chuck’s the first single released to Texas Radio. The EP also included Fight For Life, which is a heart-felt song written for his mother. In 2015, Chuck released a full-length album titled Faith, Love & Revenge, which includes notable tracks such as My Just Revenge, Judgment Day, Preacher Man and Goodbye Lonely. Both the EP and the full-length album can be purchased here, or on iTunes, Amazon.com, and live shows.
Celebrating ten years together, The Band of Heathens is set to embark on a banner year with founding members Ed Jurdi (guitar, keys, vocals) and Gordy Quist (guitar, vocals) along with Trevor Nealon (keys, vocals), Richard Millsap (drums, vocals) and Scott Davis (bass, vocals). Fresh off the boat from the SiriusXM Outlaw Country Cruise, this Austin, TX based world class rock n roll outfit has two new releases slated for 2016. The Green Grass EP premieres four new BOH originals and a faithful cover of The Band’s “Bessie Smith,” featuring Joe Fletcher, and will be followed by their 8th full length album tentatively slated for release in September.
In the coming months, they will be sailing the high seas aboard Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ The Most Cruise, hitting select markets in the Rockies, Midwest and the Southeast and are set to return to The Ride Festival in Telluride, CO with Pearl Jam and many others later in the year. For their spring and summer 2016 tours, fans will receive a free digital download of the five-song limited edition EP, Green Grass, with all advance ticket purchases. The CD version will only be available at their shows and in the web store: www.bandofheathens.com/music. For a limited time anyone can download the title track for free at http://bit.ly/BOH_GreenGrass_2016.
The title track of the EP, “Green Grass of California,” is a timely tongue-in-cheek marijuana anthem. “The issue of legalization has become both a ballot issue and a hot topic of discussion around the water cooler, so I like the idea of pushing it a little bit and getting involved in the discussion,” says Ed Jurdi. We’ve been playing that song live and it’s something that everyone’s been talking about with us after the show, so it’s connecting and is something that is on people’s minds.”
“It’s nice to think that we can shed some humor and light on some of these subjects that were once ‘taboo,’ but are now becoming more mainstream and integrated into the fabric of the country,” continues Jurdi. “I like the idea that we’re part of the dialogue where we drag some old draconian ideas out of the closet and expose them to the light and realize that they aren’t quite so scary in the daytime.”
The EP is a return to the kaleidoscopic rock n roll sound that the band has fearlessly forged over the course of their ten-year career. Seamlessly blending country, and R&B, on tracks like “DC9” or integrating lyrical prose with rock n roll and pop sensibilities on “Out On Each Other”, the music showcases the combustible creative chemistry of the band’s current lineup. “There’s a deeper sense of exploration on these tracks that feels really special,” remarks Gordy Quist.” I think it’s the best the band has ever sounded, and I think it’s a good reflection of where we are right now.”
Both new releases for 2016 feature the sonic shift in the band, straying further into their roots of a more which harnesses the rollicking energy of their live shows, and away from the more folk/singer-songwriter direction which they took with their 2013 release Sunday Morning Record. The new album also shows some new geographic influences with some of the recordings being done in Asheville, Austin, and Nashville.
Outside of the Heathens recording their own tracks for this year’s releases, the band spent much of their time the last couple of years backing and recording with artists like Kid Rock, Hayes Carll, and East Nashville’s own Tim Easton. The members have also been working on a variety of other projects, with Quist, continuing to live in Austin, producing records for a handful of artists and Jurdi having moved to Asheville, NC spending some more time at home with his daughter and making rounds with a number of other songwriters.
Having launched their musical career in Austin with 2006’s Live From Momo’s and 2007’s CD/DVD Live at Antone’s, as well as being honored as “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards (2007), 2008 saw the release of their eponymous first studio effort in a self-titled, produced by iconic Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard. That album won widespread fan approval and copious critical acclaim, as did 2009’s One Foot in the Ether, which, like its predecessor, reached the #1 slot on the national Americana radio charts. Also in 2009, the band gained substantial TV exposure, performing live sets on PBS’ Austin City Limits and the legendary German music show Rockpalast. The Band of Heathens were nominated for “New Emerging Artist” at the Americana Music Association’s Awards in 2009 & “Best Duo or Group” in 2010. In 2011, the they released their third studio album Top Hat Crown and the Clapmaster’s Son, followed in 2012 by the two-CD/two-DVD set The Double Down: Live in Denver, which once again spotlighted the band’s mastery as a live unit. Keep an eye on the band’s website and social networks for more about their first full-length album since to 2013’s Sunday Morning Record, due out in the fall of 2016.
Southern Slang, hailing from parts unknown, never fails to entertain the locals with its energetic stage show and long list of crowd favorites. Accompanied by a healthy dose of whiskey-swilling and general revelry, Slang’s signature brand of southern fried rock is not for the faint of heart. So grap a drink and strap yourselves in because the boys of Southern Slang will be bringin’ it.
Phil Pritchett is a rock and roll musician from Texas. Members of his band have varied over the years. The current incarnation of the Full Band includes J.W. “Blu” Marshall on bass and Stu Wiley on drums.
Phil’s performance to his eighth grade class of The Beatles Love Me Do first inspired him to enter into music. Phil got his real musical start at age 13 starting a Van Halen-style cover band and started playing local parties. His original high school band the Suburbans was an acclaimed Texas rock trio before breaking up in 1990.
Phil graduated from Highland Park High School in 1990, and entered Southwestern University studying History. At Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Pritchett formed the eclectic acoustic duo Romantic Embargo with friend James Dewitt. They played regularly in Austin and surrounding cities and made two recordings, a live tape “Cut Me Some Slacks” and a CD “Central Chilling Station No.5.” Pritchett went out on his own in 1996 and spent 5 years living in Austin, Texas and playing his original music to fans all over Texas and the South and building a large regional fan base. He started Spitune Records in 1995 and began recording and releasing his music independently. After a brief stint in Nashville, he moved back to Texas and has been touring consistently since 2002, often playing 150 shows a year or more.
Pritchett is known for his insightful songs, artistic albums and his live performances. His high-energy shows around Texas and the surrounding areas are known for the performances of songs such as “Song of the Doorman”, “High Tide in the Heartland”, “Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones”, “Colorado On Trial,” “Tougher Than the Rest” and the all-time fan-favorites: “Maria,” “Snuff Machine” (written by ex-Suburbans’ member Wes Cunningham), “Antarctica U.S.A.” (written by Dewitt now of the Residudes), and “Drink When I Think” and “Rolling” (both co-written with Chip Evans).
In 2006, Pritchett opened Trinidad World Recording in the Fort Worth Stockyards to self-produce his album High Tide in the Heartland. After the release of High Tide, he was asked to produce records for other acts at Trinidad. His producing credits include projects by Texas High Life, Johns Guns, Ty Wick, Magee Payne, Kurt South, J.D. Clark, Kyle Redd, Clay Thrash, Kevin Smith, Slow Rollin’ Lows, Zach Huckabee, Mike Mathis, Notorious Gringos, Change of Standard and several of his own albums. Trinidad World Recording is now located in the old Handley post office in Fort Worth.
Phil has played with many of the fan favorites in Texas including Jack Ingram, Roger Creager, Honeybrowne and others.
In 2007, Phil began selling his albums in MP3 format for $4 each at p2tunes.com.
In 2009, Pritchett launched the P2 Podcast from his website. The weekly, hour long show delves into life as a musician, road stories, and discusses current challenges in the changing music business. He is frequently joined by guests, usually people he knows from his time in the industry including Kurt South, Pat Green, Pete Coatney (from Jack Ingram’s band), Zach Huckabee, Buddy Huffman (Macon Greyson), Owen Temple, Wes Cunningham and others.
2011 marked the beginning of the “Trinidad Tribute” series. Pritchett teamed with Rodney Parker to cover five of their favorite R.E.M. songs on the inaugural EP.
Come on out and hear upcoming artist Scott Wiggins. Check out his new music video This Ol’ Cowboy. Also you can free downloads of his music at his website: www.scottwigginsmusic.com.
Also playing will be Steven James and the Jaded:
And also a third band: Brad Thomas Band:
The Buffalo Ruckus is a compendium of roots, Americana, southern soul, psychedelic postmodern avante-garde experimental country-fried rock. Spun from the timbers of heart and soul, the Ruckus took its first musical breath in the middle of 2013. They quickly gained public attention after winning both the 2014 Texas Music Showdown and 2014 Shiner Rising Star competitions. The band has quickly spread its musical wings and taken its heavy soul-fueled sound through Texas, Georgia, New York and the midwest. The Ruckus has had the honor of performing at top notch venues such as Billy Bob’s and the House of Blues, at large music festivals such as The Larry Joe Taylor music festival, Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering, the 2015 Billy Bob’s 4th of July Picnic, Texas Music Revolution and the Wild Flower Festival. They have also had the honor of opening for artists such as Foghat, Cheap Trick, American Aquarium, The Dirty River boys, Ryan Bingham, Merle Haggard, The Turnpike Troubadours and many others.
Boot-stomping rhythms, howling vocals, and spear-in-the-back guitar leads their overall objective: Spread the Ruckus. Their debut self-titled album, released in August of 2014 was produced by the band and Grammy nominee Chris Bell (has worked with the Eagles, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Erykah Badu, and U2) of Blade Studios and takes listeners on a raw genre-defying journey through Americana, folk, blues, country, and roots rock-n-roll. The songwriting is pure and soulful with stories of heritage, spirituality, redemption, love gained and love lost. The band is currently performing, writing and scheduled to release their sophomore album in January of 2016.
So much country music today chases images of imaginary love stories leading to fairytale and film worthy lyrics. Country nights in a pickup truck down the back roads of your hometown tell the real tales of growing up for the Texas native and southern bred Will Carter. Growing up in a small town with a deep passion for music, Will Carter has been chasing his own dream down many roads for a long time. His father was his biggest supporter from the very beginning. After losing his father at the very early age of 13, Will Carter developed an unstoppable motivational drive to continue to pursue his dreams. He’s telling his story with a voice that’s turning complete strangers into life-long listeners.
Will Carter was hired at the age of 18 as a lead vocalist for the legendary dancehall band from Texas, The Emotions. During his tenure with the Emotions he played festivals and dancehalls all over Texas. “It was a sincere honor to be a part of the vastly popular band that I grew up idolizing. I learned a great deal of how to put on a high energy show and capture and hold the attention of audiences of all sizes” says Carter.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Will Carter decided to pursue original music. He has since had charting singles on both Texas and Nashville radio. Will Carter has a very high energy live show that combines rock star stage presence with catchy, groovy tunes. Will Carter has brought his show to dancehalls and festivals all over the south region of the US as well as major events such as CMA Fest in Nashville, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, National Football League, Houston Texans, and the JJ Watt Foundation.
Will continues to keep his voice healthy by taking lessons with renown vocal instructor, Tom McKinney. With more than 40 years as performer and voice teacher, Tom McKinney has trained many award winning singers including Mario, Demi Lovato, Ray J, Solange, and American Idol finalists. Tom also served as the New Talent Development Vocal Technique Instructor for Beyonce and Mathew Knowles’ recording and publishing company, Music World, in Houston.
Growing up on a self-sustaining farm in the rural town of Frydek, Texas, Will Carter learned the value of hard work and dedication at a very early age. “I’ve always been the wild one, and came up in a fast paced 24/7 work hard, play hard environment,” Carter says. “For me, it’s always been about working hard, making music and hanging with my people. This is what you’ll hear about when you listen to my album.”
With this attitude comes the conversational style found on Will Carter’s album. This voice will not go unheard.
Curtis Braly was born into a family that shared a mutual passion for music—no matter the genre, no matter the locale. From the church pew, to the front porch and the backseat of the family SUV, Curtis embraces the hymns, rhythms and tunes that surrounded him.
Curtis spent his childhood in Humble, TX. Noteworthy by name alone, Humble is a distinguishingly small suburb where neighbors were friends and the community shared a common thread in its respect for, and a kinship with, the citizens and men and women of service. It’s the small town’s character and Lone Star State pride that built Curtis Braly.
Texans are very passionate and we are prideful people; we’re big-hearted and sport a welcoming hospitality. I try to incorporate these characteristics into my everyday life, business practices and how I address my music career.
As an eight-year-old, Curtis enjoyed the exhilaration of the spotlight; he won first place in a talent contest where he sang “Old Time Rock-n-Roll.” Music became his first true love and the experience set young Curtis’ passion in motion toward a “Risky Business.”
Something magical happened to me on that stage; I knew that music was my destiny. There is no other feeling like it!
Throughout high school, Curtis became an active participant in theatre and three different choir classes where he learned to perform a variety of genres.
I was all about taking a class that would enable me to be on stage; “the invisible kid” became someone bigger and stronger under the spotlight. I’ve gained a greater appreciation for all music art and being in choir and theatre armed me with the tools to sing just about anything.
During his sophomore year, Curtis started his own band and won a national talent contest; the prize was a trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The visit to Music City solidified his directive. Concentrating his energies and furthering his education to make his dream a reality, Curtis landed a job at The New 93Q Country Radio station in Houston where he became Sr. Promotions Manager. Working behind the scenes in country radio, Curtis learned first hand the importance of the relationship between artist and radio, and the diligence required to “make it” in the music business.
I learned how much an artist has to put into his/her career. It’s not just about walking on stage and singing; it takes both a creative and business strategy, and it’s about building relationships.
Three years later, Curtis took an entirely different direction—from the heart of country music to a street beat. He segued to study Criminal Justice & Crime Scene Investigation and after graduation, he attended the police academy.
I started as a traffic cop in a squad car and I eventually became a detective in the Warrant Division. Studying criminal justice, and being a member of the force, taught me how to listen to, and communicate with, people. I also learned how to see through a line of “BS”—which is always a good skill to have in this profession.
Early in Curtis’ performing career, he opened for acts such as Daryl Singletary and Johnny Rodriguez. A fellow 93Q staffer introduced Curtis “as a talented artist in the making” to a longtime friend and award-winning songwriter and publisher, Randy Boudreaux. Curtis and Boudreaux recorded a two-song demo, and just a few short years later, Music City became Curtis’ second home with sights focused and on target to launch his full-time career in the country music business.
Introducing his influences as Reba, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Clay Walker, to name a few, Curtis draws from these performers’ abilities to capture an audience—to bring music to life as a must-hear storyteller. He “delivers” with believable emotion and a charging energy to make a story unfold right before your ears. He travels the stage in each high-energy performance to offer something different than the night before. His 2016 summer show schedule included a number of performances on tour with Tanya Tucker. While Curtis is devoted to his country music roots, his music caters to the new generation of contemporary country music fans and listeners who have a hankering for pop, jazz, and rock.
I work to bring on the “BAM!” factor. You can be having a bad day, turn on the radio and your favorite song comes on, and “BAM!,” it’s a mood changer. You can be struggling with a decision, hear a song and “BAM!”—mind made up! That’s the power of music.
Curtis recently recorded his third CD, with Kent Wells producing. The project, titled YOU MATTER, is both personal and loaded with “BAM!”.
I was not the “popular kid” in school; I was picked on and bullied as an elementary student all the way through high school. That was a difficult time in my life—mere words can leave lifetime scars. But, it was an experience that made me stronger and I wouldn’t change it for anything. It taught me how important it was to be kind. My motivation to prove to my peers that I was somebody special was healing. Similarly, my motivation to record music with meaning is healing. Today, I have the advantage to utilize the various platforms (stage, television, radio) to share music with meaning—to show love for individuals from all walks of life and to set an example as a role model. I take pride and joy in that responsibility.
The 10-song CD features tracks (such as “Love You Down,” “Hate Me,” and “Simple’s Not Easy”) that touch on love, loneliness, fear, break-ups and beer. A “labor of love,” the compilation is a reflection of personal and artistic evolution and was created with purposeful intent to inspire.
I’ve taken my music to a whole new level on this project. One of my biggest goals is to “improve” with every single note I sing and with every storyline I deliver.
YOU MATTER delivers and hits all the right notes to take Curtis Braly and his listeners to new heights.