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Hello everybody and welcome to the Corey Michael Band page. We are a super dynamic band that covers multiple genres of music and have a darn good time doing it. We are a progressive style country band that plays modern country favorites along with your all-time classics. Throw in a little Texas country, some rock, blues, and pop and it’s a party that appeals to all music lovers!
This band plays around 80-90% cover music but throws in some of their originals that will be compiled on an album in the near future! Come see them as soon as you can and you will be a forever fan!
LONE STAR LIVE 2016
Get your Austin fix at Texas Exes Houston Chapter’s Annual fall party!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 7:00 PM @ Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX 77057
All proceeds benefit the Texas Exes Houston Chapter Scholarship Fund.
General Admission Tickets: $60 **Special Early Bird Ticket: $50 through 10/7/16**
- Catered Tex-Mex dinner from Chuy’s
- 2 drink tickets good for beer, wine or well drinks including select brands: Tito’s, Jose Cuervo Gold, Crown Royal, Dewar’s, Bacardi
VIP Tickets: $100 **LIMITED AVAILABILITY**
- Catered Tex-Mex dinner from Chuy’s including special appetizer selection
- 4 drink tickets good for beer, wine or well drinks including select brands: Tito’s, Jose Cuervo Gold, Crown Royal, Dewar’s, Bacardi
- Access to VIP lounge with dedicated bar and VIP loft
- Special VIP Gift
- Meet and Greet with the band
*ALL SALES ARE FINAL/NO REFUNDS*
Cody Sparks Band
Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Guy walks into a bar. And now he leads one of the hottest bands in Austin.
Actually, that’s just the beginning, even though the punchline does tell a key part of this story.
The guy we’re talking about is Cody Sparks. He heads The Cody Sparks Band, whose raw, spirited music stands out even in the teeming Texas country scene. He’s a big, amiable guy who looks right at home onstage. Yet his songs often tell stories about heartbreak — about the lighter side of broken romance (the playful “My Baby’s Gone”) or the fury kindled by betrayal (laid out over a foot-stompin’ beat on “No Time”). He writes with artful metaphor (“Set in the West”) and reckless abandon (“Stilly”). And he finds time to share some of the wisdom handed down him by his grandfather in the wistful, fiddle-laced “Sinners and the Saved.”
These songs and all the others on the band’s debut album, Sinners and the Saved, suggest that Sparks must have started writing years ago, that he’s absorbed plenty of one-two punches from both the music business and life in general.
“We’ve been pretty lucky,” is how he puts it. “More than that, we’re very, very blessed. I’ve talked to guys who have been working the clubs for seven or eight years and they haven’t come close to what we’ve accomplished from just doing this for a year and a half.”
This is no boast. It’s more like amazement at how far Sparks has come in such a short time. Consider this: He was 20 years old before he ever picked up a guitar — and it wasn’t until three years after that that he sang for the first time.
Instead, growing up a pastor’s son in the Texas Panhandle, he spent his first two decades obsessing about sports. Sure, there was music in his household — his younger brother Seth started playing drums at a precocious age, and his dad had toured and recorded with several gospel quartets. As far back as seventh grade, Cody had started listening to music with more than idle interest.
“I was on the bus going to a basketball tournament and my friend had a Pat Green CD,” he remembers. “I took my Newsboys CD out from my Walkman, put Pat Green in and heard ‘Wave on Wave.’ I was like, ‘Whoa who is this guy?'”
Still, a football scholarship was Sparks’s ticket into Oklahoma Panhandle State University. His aspirations were more athletic than artistic for a long time. But then, he recalls, “in the off-season, I was on a retreat and I saw this guy playing a guitar. I thought it was interesting, so I asked for a guitar for Christmas. My dad laughed and said ‘What the heck do you want a guitar for?’ But he got me one. Then I went to Walmart, bought myself a chord chart and taught myself to play. I still remember the first time I pushed the strings down hard enough to actually play a G chord. I was like, ‘Holy smokes! That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard!'”
Eventually, sports had to shove over and make room for music. Cody recruited his brother Seth, put a group together and and in three weeks learned 20 Texas country favorites. They debuted at the annual Wheatheart of the Nation Celebration in their hometown of Perryton and soon were booking local shows. When Cody moved to Amarillo with a new job coaching high school football and basketball, he kept playing music too.
Then came the inevitable fork in the road. “I always knew that music would be with me,” he says. “You can play music forever. But I decided that if you have an opportunity to do it for real, you should take advantage of it.”
With that, he, Seth and a guitar player moved together to Austin. And Cody’s real education began shortly after that, when he actually did walk into a bar …
“It was a cold, rainy Tuesday night in February,” he notes. “We went to the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. Somebody was playing and I was like, ‘I could do that!’ So I went up to the bartender and said, ‘How do you get booked here?’ She said, ‘You see that man sitting over there in the corner. His name is Kent. Why don’t you ask him?'”
This was, of course, Kent Finlay, celebrated songwriter and proprietor of the Warehouse, who had mentored George Strait, Hal Ketchum, Todd Snider, Bruce Robison and many other outstanding artists-to-be. “I said, ‘Hi! My name is Cody Sparks. How do you get booked in this bar?’ He said, ‘Do you write your own songs?’ I said, ‘Well, no, not really, but we can play a ton of covers!’ And he said, ‘Write some songs and then come back and talk to me.’ And I said, ‘Okey dokey!”
Around that same time, the hand of fate guided Sparks to the local Whataburger, where he struck up a conversation with songwriters Jordan York and Haley Cole, who invited him over and played a few of their songs for him. “I just went, ‘Holy cow, these are so good!'” Sparks says. “So I went home and wrote my first song.”
Once he had a bunch of original tunes, Sparks started rounding up gigs. “I took my guitar, walked into the bar and said, ‘You guys do live music?’ I’d play a song for the owner. He’d say, ‘Can you come back and play an acoustic show?’ So I came back, played a two-hour acoustic show and he said, ‘Do you have a band?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘See you guys Friday night.'”
And that’s pretty much how it started. From there the story takes the Cody Sparks Band onto countless stages as featured acts or opening for Jerry Jeff Walker, Cody Canada, Casey Donahew, Curtis Grimes, the Dirty River Boys and Shane Smith & The Saints. They’ve battled their way into the Top 20 and eventually advancing to the top 5 out of more than 1,200 contenders in the Red Dirt Battle of the Bands, staged at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City.
And in May it led them into a recording studio for the first time. Produced by Shane Smith’s guitar player Tim Allen, Sinners and the Saved launched their first single, “Oklahoma Fool,” into the Top 10 of the ReverbNation Country charts, with its vivid picture of growing up as Sparks did, on late-night drives down dirt roads near Colter’s Hollow with friends, a brilliant starry sky and hours to kill in making memories that would someday be set to music.
“A year and a half ago, we weren’t anywhere close to where we are now,” he reflects. “A year and a half from now, I highly doubt we’ll be anywhere close to where we are at this moment. As long as we can keep progressing and getting better and continue to grow a following, we’ll keep moving forward.”
Then, with a smile, Sparks adds, “Besides, I can always go back to coaching high school when I’m 50, 60 or 70.”
Which adds up to a long time … and a lot of great Cody Sparks Band music … ahead of us all.
IT’s a 10 Year Sauce Halloween Party !!! Put on your costume and come on out for some fun. !!
10 Year Sauce is a new party band and project from several long time Texas musicians.
If you want to listen to a blend of classic rock, Motown, country and even a few other styles then bring your friends and come to the firehouse saloon on Oct 1.
Lead singer and veteran guitarist Blake Ratliff actually spent time touring throughout the south in a Motown and Gospel based band. If sweating were an Olympic competition he could proudly represent our country. He will also explain the story behind the name 10 Year Sauce at the show.
Bassist Shane Hildreth has toured all over with Owen Temple, Max Stalling and Phil Pritchett. Plus we think he actually may own some or all of the Astros. And Yeti Coolers.
Ty Hoffer on drums had played mainly in bands in Austin and Fort Worth. His project Change of Standard has received critical acclaim for their original releases on iTunes. He also has a great tennis serve.
Guitarist Art Valenzuela also plays in another project called Texxas Heat and style is heavily influenced by SRV. He can beat 97% of people in the world in arm wrestling.
Keyboardist Randy Wall plays in more bands that we have room to list. Most notably with Commercial Art, The Waltones and Dan Ackroyd. He is not an early riser.
I don’t know how good of a saxophone player you may be, except Jeff Magnus is better than you. He will also be playing. Come here him wail.
The Dirty River Boys are paving their own road as they travel it. They are a testament to the idea that “if you can dream it, you can do it,” moving with determination ever closer to the light. Above all is their belief in their music. It motivates them and provides exultation for each member, as well as for the audiences who have become fans by the force field the band creates in live performance.
Steely intention aside, there is a magic to being in the right place with the right stuff at the right time. Home in El Paso, the Dirty River Boys yearned to make music the centerpiece of their lives. Then they played their very first Austin gig, a happy hour set at hipster haunt, Lustre Pearl. The music they presented was energetic and infectious, though stripped down acoustic. The joy was unmistakable. And a new path with exciting possibilities was being born. The band migrated to Austin shortly thereafter, where they thrive amidst the other musicians in town, and love the strong sense of community they found. “Being in Austin, with so many great bands, it makes you up your game.”
Travis Stearns and Nino Cooper met in the music scene in El Paso. They started gigging every once in a while, while they waited patiently for the day they could dedicate themselves to music 24/7. The Dirty River Boys trio formed 3 years ago, when Marco Gutierrez quit his job and school to join the band. “We had to go against full bands in El Paso, us with three people with acoustic instruments. It shows if you are consistent and serious about your music, you can really make it. We put our hearts out there every night. People see that.” They added an upright bass player about a year and a half ago. Colton James joined for a 90 minute set at the River Road Icehouse. It was a trial by fire and a foursome was forged.
The new album, Science Of Flight, was recorded at Yellow Dog Studio in South Austin, Texas. Marco, Nino, Travis and CJ put aside just five days for the process. They played everything on the album themselves, only tapping on the legendary Kim Deschamps to lay down pedal steel. Expect surprises; Wurlitzer, marching drum sounds, train whistles, a rattlesnake. The band was mindful of their ability to recreate the sounds on stage in the live environment. The Dirty River Boys are seemingly always on the road, having logged 200,000 miles in the van, though thankfully, the rattlesnake is not a traveling companion.
Science of Flight has been described by The Dirty River Boys as Western, Fat, and Rock and Roll. It touches on myriad emotions with gentle harmonies that shimmer with beauty, acoustic rave-ups, and hook driven tunes. “This time, we made a record. We build it, recording the parts ourselves. This is a band record. We are really excited about it.”
Felix Truvere was born & raised in San Antonio, TX. He received his Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from UTSA, and is a former high school band director, turned “corporate trainer” for bank underwriters at USAA Federal Savings Bank from 2001-2008. “The Open Road” provided miles of life-experiences years before Felix began performing on stages as a country band in surrounding San Antonio saloons and clubs. Sporting a diversity in music culture, Felix Truvere has a Drum Corps International World Championship as a mellophone player in the world-renowned “Cadets of Bergen County” from Bergenfield, NJ.
He earned himself the 2012 San Antonio Music Award for Best Original Song with his comedic, uptempo song of modern philosophy, “Thou Shalt Not Bitch.” SA CURRENT awarded Felix Truvere’s band with several San Antonio Music Awards to include Best Country Band, Best genre Song & Music Video for “What Best Friends Do,” and best songwriter for his genre. Felix Truvere’s songwriting is inspired by Dean Dillon (writer of over 50 popular George Strait hits) for whom Felix had an opportunity to open for in a song-writer’s showcase at The Longhorn Saloon in Bandera, TX. Felix’s song-writing offers similar passion in story-telling with comedy, spiritual philosophy, and lots of traditional country dance appeal! The excitement for Felix Truvere’s success sees his music making its way to Texas Radio with his songs now regularly seeing success on the Texas Regional Radio Report & respective charts.
With the February 2011 release of his debut album, FIREWORKS, Hudson Moore — Fort Worth-born 20-year-old junior at the University of Texas — is following his dream. The recording captures Moore’s own styles of songwriting and sound: alt.-Texas country laden with rock, soul, roots and pop written around a groove and a melody, original songs of love and life. With his five-piece backing band, he has built a following at Antone’s and Momo’s in Austin and clubs across Texas. He’s caught the ear of notables, but his heart lies with live performances for fans and entertaining as many as possible.
Back in early 2012, The Judson Cole Band was just barely getting started at a pub in their hometown of San Angelo, TX. With the help of their debut album, “Eastern Skies” and their 2 singles, “Call Me Back Home” and “Time to Run” the band continues to tour across Texas and the southern U.S., spreading their music to their fans. The band still consists of their 3 original members, Judson Cole, Bobby Schuyler, and Rylee Ramos. Along with Kory Rogers on keys, and Adrian Guillen on bass. Their sound is as diverse as their backgrounds, and is held together by a common thread of friendship, soul, and a love for music.
22 Too Many is proud to announce the 22 Too Many Tour featuring Matt Mason and friends.
22 Too Many, along with BIGFOOT Music & Outdoors are proud to announce that they have joined forces to embark on the “22 Too Many Tour”. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental health issues have plagued active members of our military and veterans to the point where there is a staggering rate of 22 suicides per day. This is something that we feel more people need to be aware of, and we believe that this tour will shed light on this horrible statistic in hopes that awareness can be raised, helpful resources shared, and lives saved. The Tour will feature performances by J.T. Cooper, a Purple Heart recipient, Brandon Holden, a US Army Veteran, and Matt Mason, Winner of “CMT’s Next Superstar”.