Play just the first 10 seconds of “The Mountain,” which opens Geronimo, the
latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints. Robust a
cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young
son’s revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid
lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are
reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate.
From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17
states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly
to their musical and lyrical convictions. They’ve defied audience expectations by
delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band’s ability to unleash,
feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd — in spite of the fact that they
don’t fit easily into any musical category.
With Geronimo, they’ve dared themselves to exceed their own expectations.
Each song begins with Smith creating its “bones,” in the form of chords and lyrics.
He then joins fiddler Bennett Brown, lead guitarist Tim Allen, bassist Chase
Satterwhite and drummer Bryan McGrath in the studio to bring those bones to life.
Aside from a bit of cello, some horns and a few keyboard parts, the band lays
down each note on Geronimo. Their ability to bring songs to life has even earned
them opportunities to record instrumental tracks for other artists.
Smith’s ability to draw images from everyday life into poetry goes back to his
earliest days in Terrell, Texas, an hour east of Dallas.
“There was an old Catholic church right next to our house,” he recalls. “To this
day, I remember those church bells ringing. In fact, I use that reference in a song
from Geronimo called ‘Suzannah,’ which is about a guy who’s fighting a war and
is thinking of his hometown — and he also remembers being raised with a church
bell ringing on the hour every day.”
Before he ever thought of himself as a songwriter, Smith was concerned mainly
with tennis. He played for the formidable program at Tyler Junior College before
transferring to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Smith soon began getting
into music as well, playing solo gigs in local bars. And he began writing, inspired
by looking at life as it played out around him.
“I’d be in a restaurant and overhear someone saying something, and I’ll have to
excuse myself, walk outside and write a note to myself about it,” he says. “These
days, I make little iPhone recordings. The other day I made one about this
homeless guy I saw by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere. He was
dirty and worn out but he was picking these gorgeous flowers. I constantly see
moments and images and statements, put them in the bank and have them there
to reflect on and make into honest lyrics down the road.”
Even when he writes a love song, Smith almost can’t help but turn the mundane
into something transcendent. On Geronimo, he does this with “All I See Is You”:
“The storm’s running through the Midwest like a bandit on the loose. / All the
clouds are black as night and all I see is you. / The rain’s pouring through the
window panes and the cracks of this roof. / Tea’s boiling from the spout of the pot,
but all I see is you.”
Recorded and self-produced while on the road throughout Austin, Dallas and
Nashville, Geronimo weaves these images into story lines, each enhancing the
other, together coming alive. “I love trying to tell stories through songs,” Smith
observes. “There’s something that fascinates me about echoing old tales in
songs to carry them on for years and years, like old folk songs.”
And so we travel with a newly freed slave in the nineteenth century, hearing the
music and feeling the exuberance of dancing in Congo Square on “New
Orleans.” We feel the rueful reflection from a sinner who “spent time on the
wrong side of the church door” on “Right Side of the Ground.” We stand shoulder
to shoulder with the Alamo’s doomed heroes as their final seconds near on
“Crockett’s Prayer.” And the title track serves a dual purpose, taking us to a
heroic time and place while making a broader statement about this project.
“On one end, it is an attempt to pay tribute to the life of Geronimo, the Apache
warrior,” says Smith. “I’ve always been fascinated by Geronimo and the
principles he stood for. This also presented the perfect opportunity to relate the
term ‘Geronimo’ with our intensions of this album and the ‘jumping from a cliff’
idea that it symbolizes. If we are going to attempt a career in music, this album is
our commitment to give it everything we’ve got.”
“Our goal with this album was never to put out a bunch of catchy singles and be
all over the radio,” explains Smith. “It was to set us apart, with meaningful lyrics,
huge harmonies and the sound of a hard-working band that has played some
crappy gigs and come out stronger for it. We always had the options to either
make a ‘safe’ record or put something out that sounds like us and no one else.”
“We took that second option and named it Geronimo.”
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Thomas Csorba is a singer/songwriter from Houston, TX who grew up listening to artists like Townes Van Zandt, Buddy Holly, and Woodie Guthrie. Soon after immersing himself in these artists’ work, he felt compelled to start making music of his own. He released his debut EP, “Kentucky”, in the spring of 2014. With this release, he secures his place among the storied voices of folk and Americana music. Melancholy and nostalgic, this songs are written for old souls. Csorba’s songs — rustic, honest, and as mournful as they are sweet — recall the best of the artists he admired as a kid. “Kentucky”, in that great tradition, is the offering of a man both weary and hopeful, a traveller on a long journey home. With the release of his sophomore album “Hard Truths and Noble Lies” the following year, Csorba continues to show his skills both lyrically and vocally. HIs discography shows his true outlook on the world around him and give the listener a different perspective on life: one from the eyes of a young man who is pursuing a dream.
There are many things that Darryl Worley has come to know in his 15-year career in country music. One of those things is how to recognize a hit song, scoring nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits with the self-penned “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent an astonishing seven weeks at No. 1 as well as “I Miss My Friend” which came to him via a songwriter friends in Nashville. He also recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tenn.
“We’ve managed to do a lot by the grace of God over the past 15 years,” notes Worley. “We’re having the biggest years of fundraising now just because we’ve learned how to do it. It’s just a very positive thing that we’ve been able to accomplish.”
Next up on the charitable future for the singer-songwriter is breaking ground on a wellness center geared toward assisting youth battling abuse of drugs and alcohol. “It’s a labor intensive job, but it is a labor of love when you have a chance to really see how it affects human beings,” he says softly. “We’ve saved lives, and that’s what it’s all about.”
While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.
“It is a very difficult thing that our people have been through overseas during the past several years,” Worley says, his eyes glazing over with tears. “They just never give in or give up. It’s amazing.”
With 2015 marking the 14-year anniversary of 9/11, Worley has released a powerful new combo pack DVD/CD titled Music & Memories, documenting his many trips overseas to entertain the men and women in uniform. The touching tribute to our troops gives a real look inside the active war zones, which Worley has been piecing together for the past four years.
“We wanted to do something to be uplifting for our troops and really shine a positive light on what they do,” Worley explains. “It does that in a big way. It is real and it is raw. There’s so much on that DVD that regular civilians would never see.
“There are some funny moments on there as well,” he adds. “You will laugh your butt off, but you will also cry. The reality of what we have seen and experienced is heavy, so some of that will get to you because it is so real.”
In addition to the DVD portion of Music & Memories, fans will also be treated to a 7-song collection, which includes a revisited bluegrass-infused rendition of “Have You Forgotten,” and new songs “In my Book”, “The Bad Guys”, “Things That I Can’t See”, and “Unsung Heroes.”
“We initially released the music as a free download for the military, but we wanted to get it in the hands of the fan base as well,” says Worley. “So far, the response has been exactly what we were hoping for when we decided to create this project. I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I am just really, really proud of this.”
And if that wasn’t enough to keep Worley busy, he also has a handful of other musical projects in the works, including the upcoming release of a Greatest Hits that will feature his three chart-topping hits, as well as tunes like “A Good Day to Run,” “Second Wind,” “Sounds Like Life to Me” and “I Just Came Back From a War.” Besides the hits, Worley also has plans to include a few never before heard songs that will segue into a new collection of music further down the road.
“I am just in a really good place in my life and my career,” Worley says, as a smile spreads across his face. “I have been so blessed throughout my career. I have seen so much and experienced so much that I will never take for granted. I’m definitely not done yet. There is a lot more to come from me in the future. It feels good to start stirring it all up again. I’m ready to get back out there!”
The Broken Spokes came together in Houston, Texas over the love of the long forgotten country music of yesterday. Presenting this style as true to the day it was recorded, The Broken Spokes hope to fill the void in the “country music ” you may hear in bars and dance halls today. From the sad songs of Lefty, to the ringing harmonies of Buck and Don, The Broken Spokes will take you back to a time to when you weren’t embarrassed to say you were a fan of country music.
Green River Ordinance
Josh Jenkins (lead vocals, acoustic guitar,) Jamey Ice (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Joshua Wilkerson (guitars, vocals, mandolin, piano), Geoff Ice (bass, vocals, harmonica), Denton Hunker (drums, percussion)
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At the core of ‘Fifteen,’ the third studio album from Green River Ordinance, is a simple message: hold fast to the things that are true. On album opener “Keep Your Cool,” over slow, smoky guitars and a clear, bright church organ they advise, “Get your head out the clouds/ feet on the ground/ pride don’t mean you gotta be too proud.” If there’s a single lyric that sums up the way Green River Ordinance have conducted themselves over the course of the last decade and a half, that’s it — no matter what’s going on around you, remember to stay grounded and focus on the things that are important. “We’re at our best when we’re challenging ourselves about why we’re doing what we do,” explains frontman Josh Jenkins. “The purpose can’t be to sell a bunch of records — it has to be about something more.”
Finding that “something more” has been the core of the band’s mission since they first came together as teenagers 15 years ago, and it has remained central ever since. All of the band members have pursuits outside of music: guitarist Jamey Ice and his wife co-own BREWED, a coffee shop/pub in Fort Worth that was named one of the best in the U.S. His brother Geoff, the band’s bassist, is wrapping up his MBA. Drummer Denton Hunker designs leather and canvas bags for the company he founded, Hunker Bag Co. Guitarist Joshua Wilkerson is an avid cyclist who rides with the Fort Worth group Night Riders and Jenkins, in his down time from GRO, has co-written songs with some of country’s most notable artists. But even more than their hobbies and entrepreneurial pursuits, Green River Ordinance are a band dedicated to making a lasting difference not only in the lives of their fans, but in the world at large.
That was the mission behind their Hope GROs initiative, where each of the band members donates proceeds from concerts and album sales to a charity of their choice. And it informs the work Jamey and his wife do with The Net, a non-profit dedicated to providing a support system for homeless women. “This is the thing Green River Ordinance stands for,” Jenkins explains. “We believe that you truly find yourself when you give yourself away. Any time we get the chance to do that, to us, that’s what it’s all about.” That shared vision is made stronger by the group’s close bond, built over years of playing and touring together. They’re a family more than a group of musicians, and those strong ties come through in every chord. “There’s got to be a collective humility,” says Jenkins. “The reason we’ve been able to survive is that we’re each able to see when we’re at fault, and we’re able to humble ourselves and have a conversation about it.” Ice concurs: “In our band,” he says, “you check your ego at the door.”
That honesty and closeness reverberates throughout Fifteen. The rollicking “Red Fire Night” begins with the band harmonizing a cappella: “Meet me under that red fire night/ …I’ll bring the whiskey, you bring the wine.” “That song is about just enjoying life,” Jenkins says, “Just spending time with friends and celebrating.” Ice agrees. “There are a lot of things that can bring you joy,” he says. “You can watch Netflix for 20 hours and that can be fun. But really experiencing life, those good moments with friends and family — that’s what brings the deeper joy.” That same idea turns up again in the moving campfire country ballad “Simple Life,” where Jenkins sings, “I love the simple life, front porch and my lover’s eyes/ green grass and an open sky/ I love the simple life.” The song opens to become one of the band’s warmest and most graceful numbers to date, rich with pedal steel and twinkling piano. And “Life in the Wind,” a see-sawing acoustic sing-along, celebrates casting off the mundane day to day in favor of a life that’s fuller and more satisfying. “There’s life in the wind,” Jenkins sings in the chorus, “let yourselves out and jump right in.”
Much of the freedom found on ‘Fifteen’ comes from the fact that the band recorded it on their own terms. After walking away from a contract with EMI in 2011, they set out to make the kind of music that was true to them, away from the demands and restrictions of commercial music. “In that world, everything is about the three minute pop hit,” explains Jenkins. “We wanted the freedom to dig in and create our own sound.” Their first experiment out of the gate validated their instincts: “Dancing Shoes” became a breakout hit for the group, landing in rotation on Sirius XM and selling upwards of 150,000 singles, bigger than anything they’d done while they were on EMI. For ‘Fifteen,’ they continued making music on their own terms, writing the bulk of the record at the same cabin on Caney Fork River where they’d written their 2013 EP ‘Chasing Down the Wind.’ “That cabin is a sacred place for us,” Jenkins says. “When you’re out there and your phone doesn’t work and you can just jump in the river and relax — that environment really affects the things you want to write and sing about.”
That sense of freedom — what the Eagles once called a “peaceful, easy feeling” — radiates throughout ‘Fifteen.’ It is the work of the band making music on their own terms, and keeping the focus on the things that matter most. “We don’t let the world define us,” says Jenkins. “Those opinions are like leaves in the wind, so easily blown from here to there. We try instead to speak truth into our lives.” By doing that, they’re bringing truth to their legions of devoted fans as well. “I hope people make great memories to this record,” says Ice. “It’s not about us, and it’s not about the music — it’s about how the music enhances their lives. If anybody can listen to the record and know that they can experience life through this record, and hopefully have a better perspective on what matters and what doesn’t — at the end of the day, that’s the biggest thing that we could hope for.”
Grady Spencer and the Work is a blue collar band, making blue collar music, for a blue collar world.
The Work is a band formed and based out of the great city of Fort Worth, Texas. Songwriter Grady Spencer met and befriended guitarist Trevor Powell and drummer Blake Sager on the stage of Paradox Church, under the marble angels of Bass Hall. After an absence of a steady bassist developed into an issue, Grady took to the dank underbelly of the Craigslist musician forums. It was there he found seasoned veteran Steve Moore lurking in the shadows, vintage bass in hand.
Grady Spencer and the Work meld together the grit of the old-time blues with the blood-red soil of classic country to forge a well-worn hammer of modern music. Their high energy shows keep people thirsty, rowdy, and always ready for more. The Work, from time to time, can be found riding around in what has been deemed “Jean-Claude Van Dam”, an iconic and stately Econovan, to criss and cross all over the Southern United States. Their shows have been described as “unmissable” by more than one late night drinker…and they always know everything about everything.
•Senior Comedy Correspondent for Fox Sports
•Host and Executive Producer of “Laughs” on Fox Networks
•Has over 60 million views on YouTube
•In the Adam Carolla movie “Road Hard”
•Former segment producer for Fox’s “Dish Nation”
•TV includes CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, hosting “Trial By Laughter” on Comcast, CNN’s “Campbell Brown”, the syndicated “Comics Unleashed”, E’s “True Hollywood Story”, Showtime’s “White Boyz in the Hood”, ESPN’s “Quite Frankly”, VH1’s “The Countdown”, CW’s “The Daily Buzz”, G4’s “Attack of the Show”, Sundance’s “On the Road in America”, ABC’s “Barbara Walters Special”, “Good Day NY”, “Good Day LA”, “Fox & Friends”, among others.
•His fifth album “Pick Your Battles” reached #1 on iTunes’ comedy charts
•His third album “Dark Side of the Room” was first ever comedian Pay-What-You-Want
•Former weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL
•Hosted “Four Quotas” on Sirius Satellite Radio for two years
•Hosted “The Sports Minute (Or So)”, syndicated for four years on over 170 radio stations
•Collegehumor.com’s original columnist
•From New York City, currently lives in Los Angeles.
Author, columnist, and comedian Steve Hofstetter is often called the hardest working man in show-business. With all due respect to the late James Brown.
Hofstetter’s national TV debut came on ESPN’s Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. Hofstetter has also appeared on CBS’ “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”, Showtime’s “White Boyz in the Hood”, VH1’s “Countdown”, Sundance’s “On the Road in America”, and ABC’s “Barbara Walter’s Special”, where he thankfully did not cry. He is the host and executive producer of “Laughs” on Fox networks, where he only cries occasionally.
One of the top booked acts on the college circuit, the original writer for collegehumor.com has also released six albums. Hofstetter has written humor columns for the New York Times, SportsIllustrated.com, and NHL.com, where he publicly admitted to being a Ranger fan.
After hosting Four Quotas on Sirius Satellite Radio for two seasons, Hofstetter moved to broadcast radio, and his Sports Minute (Or So) was syndicated on over 170 stations and in over 30 newspapers. Hofstetter’s second live comedy album (“Cure For the Cable Guy”) reached #20 on Billboard’s comedy charts. His third album (“Dark Side of the Room”) was the first ever pay-what-you-want” comedy album, since people were going to steal it anyway. His fourth album consisted of an hour of 100% ad-libbed material, which is, frankly, nuts. And his fifth album hit #1 on iTunes’ comedy charts, which is also a bit nuts.
Hofstetter’s brutal tour schedule consists of over 100 colleges and dozens of clubs every year, and is fueled by an immense online popularity, tons of press, and a Prius with great gas mileage. He reached 200,000 friends on Facebook and 400,000 more on MySpace, and high shelves in grocery stores.
While Hofstetter’s live shows are routinely sold out, he is best known for his writing, first published at age 15, mainly to impress girls. At 18, he co-founded “Sports Jerk of the Week”, an irreverent website featured by press like USA Today’s Baseball Weekly, Sports Illustrated and CNN. And at 20, Hofstetter took a year off of school to head up web content for the New York Yankees. The Yankees won the World Series that year, which would have been wonderful if they hadn’t beaten Hofstetter’s Mets. Yes, he’s also a Mets fan. Poor kid.
While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Hofstetter was a well-read columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and a voice of the Lions. After a summer writing for Maxim, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated for Kids, Hofstetter syndicated his column in several newspapers.
Without his glasses, Hofstetter also looks a great deal like Michael Rappaport.
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Jonah The Runner
Too Blue 2 Shine
Long After Midnight
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HoneyBoy Nelson is a Houston-based “Tex-Americana” singer/songwriter. His debut album “People & Places” is described as “a unique collection of introspective travel tales with one eye aimed back toward Texas…”
A second album is currently in progress.