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Sep
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Sept. 3 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: Grand Old Grizzly
Sep 3 @ 9:00 pm

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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.

Get more information at: Drink of Ages Website

Grand Old Grizzly

Grand Old Grizzly has been compared to “a ride through a cool desert with a stiff drink in hand”. Fronted by principle songwriter Will Thomas, the Houston-based quartet melds rock, folk, country, indie, and more rock, garnering favorable comparisons to Old 97s, Tom Petty, Uncle Tupelo, Neil Young, and Robert Earl Keen. In its brief time together, the group has generated an impressive local buzz. Grand Old Grizzly has been embraced by respected radio station 90.1 KPFT. Houston Press says “GOG might become your favorite new local band if you have a hankerin’ for Tom Petty and the Old 97′s.” The highly regarded paper recently nominated GOG for “Best New Act” and “Best Folk/Americana” awards.
The band is comprised of seasoned vets who have played in nationally recognized bands. Members of the band have played with such diverse and esteemed artists as Katie Stuckey, Mike Stinson, The Small Sounds, and Beetle, among others. Grand Old Grizzly is: Will Thomas (vocals/guitar), Paul Beebe (guitar/vox), Mark Riddell (bass/vox), Chris Lewis (drums).
GOG has a refined chemistry nurtured from the time its members worked together backing Katie Stuckey. Back then, Will wrote a couple of songs for Katie’s album The Old States that were well received. During a break from working with Katie, Will informally convened the other guys to jam on his other compositions. “Everyone was so prepared. It was wild to sit around for two hours and play my own songs with a band,” he says, recalling that first rehearsal as a bandleader and primary songwriter. Will decided to dub the band Grizzly to commemorate a Katie Stuckey tour moment when—emboldened by margaritas—Will took to calling himself Grizzly. After learning about a few other bands called Grizzly, he changed the name to Grand Old Grizzly.
Grand Old Grizzly offers up compelling and literate storyteller lyrics with alt-country flavored compositions. The shitkickin’ hooky “Tallahassee” is a moving vignette about heartbreak on the road. “Sundowners” features high lonesome vocal harmonies, quicksilver country guitar filigree, mesmerizing lap steel, and an engaging snapshot lyric approach. “That song is about when I used to live in New York City and go to this Irish bar on my block. Everyone was friends, but there was one couple that never said hi to anyone and was always bickering. ‘Sundowners’ is how I picture their relationship,” he says. Here Will’s vocals are plaintive with a congenial twang and his words are achingly beautiful. He sings: One more glass of wine/A lovers only kiss/Twenty years of dreaming how did we end up like this/And I’ll say things like, it’s hard to say just what I mean/Oh darling, you’re as far as I’ve ever seen. Other highlights are the breezy banjo-driven “Marvelistic Coward Band,” a playful poke at every band’s self mythologizing,” and the dreamy “Lament.”
The album was produced by band members Will Thomas, Paul Beebe, and Mark Riddell at Beebe Gunne Studio and El Casa Del La Studio in Houston, Texas. Though Will is the primary songwriter, the album greatly benefits from each member’s creative input and the nuanced and telepathic interplay the collective has developed through years of gigging together in various combinations. The album also includes special guest appearances by Hunter Perrin (Thunderado, John Fogerty), Dustin Welch, and Craig Feazel (Small Sounds, Katie Stuckey).
Grand Old Grizzly is quickly building a sizeable live following through its blend of fine musicianship and timeless songcraft. The band has gigged extensively around Houston, and has played shows throughout Texas. A recent highlight was opening for roots rockers Blackberry Smoke at a sold out concert at the House Of Blues.

Sep
4
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Sept. 4 Hill Country Jane & Jared Wagner
Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm

Hill Country Jane

Bio Since 2005, Hill Country Jane has been steadily gaining momentum in the Texas/Red Dirt Music scene. Starting out as an acoustic trio in Austin, and now based in their hometown of Houston, Hill Country Jane has evolved into something a little different than most of what you’ll hear coming out of Southeast Texas these days. After the release of their 2008 debut LP, “The Great Charade”, the buzz about this up and coming band grew louder and louder. Then, in 2012 came some big changes. With the exit of two founding members, HCJ joined forces with a few old friends from local Houston band Last House on the Left. Now, with the right pieces finally in place, the guys went straight to work writing material for the new and improved line-up. In mid-2013, HCJ began production on their latest album with producer Billy Hillman of HillTrax Studios in Huntsville, TX, expected to be released this summer.

You can catch Hill Country Jane bringing their unique brand of “Homegrown Texas Music” to dancehalls, dive bars, beer joints, backyards and festivals…and anywhere else there’s good-timing, gun-totin’, red-blooded, chain smokin’, beer drinkin’ live music lovers…throughout the great state of Texas.

Jarrod Wagner

Sep
5
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Sept. 5 Jody Booth & Thom Shepherd w/ Special Guest: Jay Statham
Sep 5 @ 8:30 pm

Jody Booth

This is country music that everyone can get into. Songs written and performed by Jody Booth. Get on board and see where this ride can take you. Check out more at Jody Booth Website

Thom Shepherd

Thom Shepherd is an Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter. After years of living in Nashville, Thom relocated to Texas in 2011 to pursue a full time touring career.

He is the writer of the #1 singles “Redneck Yacht Club”, recorded by Craig Morgan, and “Riding with Private Malone” recorded by David Ball. He wrote the title track of Tracy Lawrence’s Grammy nominated album “The Rock,” and the #1 Josh Abbott and Pat Green single, “My Texas.” Kevin Fowler recorded two of Thom’s songs, taking “Beer Season” to #1 for three weeks and “Cheaper To Keep Her” to #3 on the Texas Music Chart. He wrote the 2011 GMA Canada Song and Video of the year for High Valley’s recording of “A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How).”

In total Thom has had over 10 singles and had over ninety cuts by artists including Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Bucky Covington, George Jones, Trailer Choir, Montgomery Gentry, Buddy Jewell, and Cledus T. Judd.

His music has taken him on 9 tours performing for our military in 17 different countries.

His latest release is the single “Simplify” from the CD of the same name, distributed by Smith Entertainment.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school and college years in Stephens City, Virginia. He is a graduate of George Mason University and moved to Nashville in 1993. He is a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, a full time songwriter and touring performer.

jay stratham Band

These guys are a band on the run. They’re running from: Wellington, Clarendon, and Lubbock Texas

Catch their brand of Texas music here Website

Sep
10
Thu
Sept. 10 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: Shotgun Rider
Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm

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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.

Get more information at: Drink of Ages Website

Shotgun Rider

Shotgun Rider is Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez.

The 2 came together a year ago as part of the band Seven Miles South. After the band broke up, Logan and Anthony ventured out on thier own.

With Logan’s amazingly unique vocals and Anthony’s strong songwriting talent they are destined to make a mark on the Texas Music Scene.

In a very short time they gained the attention of Music Executive Alex Torrez. A Texan himself now living in Nashville, Torrez has assembled a strong team to take Shotgun Rider to the next level.

Sep
11
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Sept. 11 Page 9 w/ Special Guest: Sweet Ascent
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm

See the full line up of bands at: Sweet Ascent, Page 9 and more !!

Page 9

Page 9 is a Dallas, TX based quartet that is turning heads, worldwide. Armed with a unique hybrid sound of Powerpop and Alternative Rock, it’s no wonder why singer- Josh Roa-Martinez, bassist- Lindan Scott, drummer- Anthony Goodman, and guitarist- Nathan Northcutt have a constantly broadening fanbase. The band has been consistently touring since 2008 when they released their debut full length, “Addiction In Recovery”. Their first release helped them gain a nationwide audience through constant online promotion and a receptive audience who were yearning for a new sound.

So, when Page 9 entered the studio in late 2009/early 2010 with arising engineer Bryan David, their fans knew to expect something great. The band also enlisted the help of legendary producer John Naclerio (Brand New, Senses Fail, My Chemical Romance) to mix and master “Heartbeats & Citystreets” which the band says was “the perfect last piece of the puzzle” in what is an audibly stunning EP. Since the April 2010 release of “Hearbeats & Citystreets EP”, Page 9 has seen an immense amount of success; scoring the band atop the Purevolume.com & Smartpunk.com music charts and putting the single “Crawl” among Purevolume.com’s most downloaded tracks. The band has also been fortunate enough to share the stage and enjoy small runs with bands such as Jonny Craig (Rise Records), Cady Groves (Columbia Records), We Are The In Crowd (Hopeless Records), The Downtown Fiction (Photo Finish Records) and countless other national acts.

Page 9’s continuous drive and their infamous devotion to their fans are merely the backbone in what make them one of the most promising up and coming acts.

Sweet Ascent

Our Message: People matter. Playing music is one of the best feelings in the world, and so is impacting another person’s life. We are a 5 piece high-energy Rock band from Lawrence, Kansas. There isn’t another band that we sound exactly like. Our message of overcoming the past is what drives us forward.

Sweet Ascent is an up-and-coming Rock/Pop/Hardcore band based out of Lawrence, KS. The 5 piece quickly caught the eye of concert-goers due to their exciting chemistry and high energy.

Sep
12
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Sept. 12 Dix Hat Band with Steven James and the Jaded w/ Special Guest: Chris Monteverde
Sep 12 @ 9:00 pm

Dix Hat Band

Three years after Dix Hat Band’s official formation, the determination is paying off and it has become a band to be reckoned with. Sharing the stage with the heroes of Texas music like Robert Earl Keen Jr., Pat Green, Jason Boland, Roger Creager, Bart Crow, Zane Williams, and Josh Abbot to name a few, the pipe dream of a career in music is becoming a reality. In the last year Dix Hat has played festivals like Outlaws and Legends, Waylon Fest, Spring Fest, Gator Fest, and Woody Stock, exposing more and more people to their truly new take on Texas music.
The heads began to turn on a statewide scale for the first time in the summer of 2014. At last breaching the surface of underground obscurity, the band officially released its first single “In and Out” after recording a radio version of the song originally featured on the EP “Cliff Dance.” The single had the highest debut into the top 100 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, made it into the 40’s and held its ground for several weeks before showing any signs of slowing down. During the push for “In and Out” the guys were making final touches on the preproduction for the first full-length album “Red Dime” which will be released April 28th 2015. This album is testament of the capacity of Dix Hat Band to make unprecedented music. The unique sound and musical innovation that has become a hallmark of the band continues to mature like a vine spreading tendrils into the sonic spectrum, which wrap themselves around multifarious musical ideas in the most unexpected of places. The unexpected is about the only thing you can expect when you listen to this record, other than listening to it again.

Steven James and the Jaded

The young singer who often draws comparisons to Kings of Leon or Black Keys has teamed with acclaimed producer/engineer Lars Goransson, in Austin, who has produced international hit records from groups including The Cardigans; and some of Austin’s music royalty including What Made Milwaukee Famous, Alpha Rev and members of Fastball.
Steven James has been touring off his debut singles “Best of Your Love” and “Go Down Slow,” playing a non-stop string of dates during Summer and Fall. The shows have seen James off to some of the country’s top music destinations including Austin, Nashville and Los Angeles.

In that time, he has racked up radio and Internet plays in his home state of Texas, along the East Coast and now several articles and appearances in the UK.

Sep
17
Thu
Sept. 17 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: The Mighty Orq and the Unusuals
Sep 17 @ 9:00 pm

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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.

Get more information at: Drink of Ages Website

Mighty Orq

Since 2002 The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released six albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres.

Mid-2014 has seen major changes in the band; the departure of long-time drummer Matt Johnson and addition of Barry Seelen on Organ. The songs and instrumentation have matured as well. Where previously the musical focus was on raucous drum and guitar lines, now Orq has taken a more song-centered approach letting songs dictate the instrumentation rather than the other way around . New compositions such as “Love In A Hurricane,” “Say It With Silence,” and the Weissenborn instrumental “Cannon Ball” from the forthcoming album entitled “Love In A Hurricane” feature an experienced composer, instrumentalist, and singer beginning to reach his stride.

Sep
18
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Sept. 18 Jeremy Steding w/ Special Guests: The Merles
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm

jeremy steding

Jeremy Steding’s fourth studio album, My Own American Dream, travels the highways, honky tonks and pubs of the world. Immediately, you’re hooked into the rhythmic romance of “Stay.” You’ll want to. Steding’s songs, vocals and band are better than ever. Enhanced by the tasteful production of Chris Gill and super-musicianship of Lloyd Maines and Tim Crouch, this album is a fun journey to take!

Jeremy Steding was raised, in a musical family, on the jingle jangle of The Byrds, the stories of John Prine and the rhythms of Buddy Holly. These influences blend pleasantly in the catchy tale of reconciliation, “Love Love Love.” Compared to Jim Croce, Steding also has a knack for painting bittersweet pictures, as displayed on “Arkansas Rain” and “Walker County Fair.”

Jeremy was turned on to independent Texas/Red Dirt Music while attending the University of Florida. Long a fan of Willie and Waylon, he was now also a fan of Cory Morrow and Robert Earl Keen. “The Story,” nostalgically pays homage to Keen’s “Feeling Good Again.”

An Austin local since ‘07, Steding is now an international touring artist and a staple in the TXRD scene. He draws inspiration from contemporaries such as: The Turnpike Troubadours and national acts such as The Zac Brown Band. The dance halls are a second home. The autobiographical title track, invites you in for some two-stepping. When you’re almost danced- out the Irish-inspired “Four Hour Gig” will bring you back up!

My Own American Dream is Jeremy Steding’s best work yet. Six years of pavement, pens, paper, triumphs and heartaches are paying dividends. The debut single, “Lyin’,” was his first top 20 hit on the Texas Charts, and certainly not the last. Look for Jeremy and his band, The Rebellion, to start seeing more and more dreams come true!

The Merles

The Merles are a classic country/western swing band based out of Austin, TX featuring Todd Deatherage, Derek Tarnow, Loren Tarnow, Phil Spencer and Matt Winegardner. They play a mix of originals and covers by their favorite artists, such as Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, and of course, Merle Haggard. The band strives to create a classic stripped down honky-tonk sound with dueling twangy guitars, upright bass, tight harmonies and light drums played with brushes keeping the dance beat.

The Merles originated in 2005 in Brooklyn, NYC, when singer/songwriter Todd Deatherage and guitarist Eric Dunst decided to put together a band that played their favorite classic country songs. Eric enlisted his neighbor Joel Layton on a snare drum, and thus the band and sound were formed. The trio, along with Drew Fleming on bass/vocals, entertained people all over Brooklyn through busking in the streets and whiskey-filled late nights at well-known establishments.

In 2008, Todd moved to Austin and with Eric’s blessing, continued to use The Merles moniker with a new Austin line-up. In searching for another guitarist, Todd collaborated with his co-worker at the Allegro School of Music, Derek Tarnow. Together they performed in local dives and eventually added Matt Winegardner on drums and Mike St. Clair on upright bass. This quartet played all over Austin, garnering a local following. Recently, the band has added Loren Tarnow on backing vocals further developing the band’s classic country sound. Due to St. Clair’s busy touring schedule with other bands, Phil Spencer joined the group as the primary bass player during 2014. The band also enjoys having some of Austin’s finest country musicians occasionally sitting in with the band. These days, The Merles are busier than ever playing the finest dance halls and honky-tonks in Central Texas.

Sep
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Sept. 19 Jackson Taylor & The Sinners w/Special Guest: Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons
Sep 19 @ 9:00 pm

Jackson Taylor & The Sinners

Combining his real life experiences with old school country elements, and throwing in the flavors of punk and southern rock to create a style all his own, Jackson Taylor continues to break the rules of traditional country music with his straightforward lyrics, “take it or leave it” approach, intense live performances, and the drive and determination of a freight train. The end result can not be pigeon holed into any style and can only be rightfully defined as what it is: “Jackson Taylor Music”.

Jamie Talbert

Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons is a high energy Texas Country band, that in addition to performing their own heartfelt originals, also plays some old standards but with their own interesting twists. They have opened for a TON of national acts ( for a complete list see their website at www.jamietalbert.com) as well as headlined their own crowd pleasing shows. Their first ever radio release in Jan 2015, “South Bound Train” broke into the top 100 on the Texas Regional charts within weeks of its release, and stayed there for 15 weeks…quite a feat for a debut single. Their next single, a hard rocking version of Charlie Daniels “Long Haired Country Boy”, will be out in the second half of the summer of 2015 and is expected to do even better! Be on the lookout for shows in your area in the near future, and when you attend one, expect to have a good time!

Sep
24
Thu
Sept. 24 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: Tyler and the Tribe
Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm

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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.

Get more information at: Drink of Ages Website

Tyler and the Tribe

He’s one of those “Good ol’ Boys” that likes to Rock ‘n’ Roll! That’s what people could say about every member of the Tribe. From counties that have a higher population of cows than people, members Heath Robinson, Jordan Owens, Tyler Jones and Colton Joe Smith lived the slow sizzle of life in the country growing up. “You learn that throwing rocks at signs with a couple of buddies can be fun and sitting on a tailgate at night talking with a friend can’t be beat,” says Jones. Or in the case of Tyler and the Tribe, sitting in a studio late at night. This fantastic foursome found themselves recording on a project deep into East Texas nights at Jones’ house soon after they met. After becoming friends, the rest is history and history looks a lot like good music.

The 2012 release “Rock On” took months to record but the band found it’s chemistry in the process. “For Heath and I, the chemistry was there. We’ve been in lots of bands and projects together so everything is just very natural.” Owens says of his friend. Robinson claims, “It took a few jam-sessions to learn where everybody wanted to go as a whole.” The album speaks for itself though and shows that the band definitely found it’s groove. Late night recording sessions turned into late night show rehearsals as the guys quickly hit the road to play live all across multiple states in the region.

Fast forward less than thirteen months and the guys have re-entered the studio with a dozen new songs. “It spans the boundaries of rock all the way to country music and everything in between.” Says Smith. World-class producer CJ Eiriksson led the month-long charge of capturing the Tribe’s electric vibes between the band’s touring schedule. Smith continues, “We want people to feel love from this album. We want it to be a positive influence everyday for our fans.”

The band still enjoys coming off of the road to the country life to unwind from time to time. Back to the place where they learned hard work can pay off. The place where good people become friends. The place that Tyler and the Tribe was “BORN”.

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