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Jul
8
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Have you ever wanted to play on the Firehouse Stage?

Details:
• Starting Wednesday nights beginning June 3rd.
• Participants are encouraged to pre-register via email to rebecca@firehousesaloon.com. Use “Open Mic” in the subject line. No phone calls accepted.
• Signups for the week begin at noon on Sunday prior to that Wednesday and participants are assigned a slot in the order received.
• Start time is at 7:00 pm and will end at 10:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm.
• Walk-ins welcome but will only be placed in open spots.
• Each performer will do 2 songs and if time allows, we will go back through the list.

Contest:
Every Wednesday through the summer (June – August), members of the audience will vote on their favorite performer. Winner will be determined by votes received and management discretion on stage presence, sound, originality, and song performance.

Winner will receive:
• Opening spot on either a Friday or Saturday night.
• One original single produced at Hill Tracks Studio.
• Interview with Hank T. Moon on Badlands Radio.

Jul
9
Thu
July 9 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: Matt and the Herdsmen
Jul 9 @ 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.

More information at Drink of Ages Website

Matt and the Herdsmen

MATT AND THE HERDSMEN (M&TH) IS A TEXAS COUNTRY BAND FROM THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY (EDINBURG, TX). THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER PART OF 19 MONTHS AND HAS SEEN AN IMMENSE GROWTH WITHIN THIS LAST YEAR. THIS FOURSOME HAS A RADIO SINGLE OUT NOW CALLED “DANCE ALL NIGHT” AND RECENTLY WENT ON A RADIO TOUR TO PROMOTE THIS SINGLE ALL OVER OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.. THEIR DEBUT RECORD, “SMALL TOWN STORIES”, HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED LOCALLY BY MANY VENUES AND HAS PLAYED NUMEROUS VENUES IN TEXAS, SUCH AS THE NUTTY BROWN CAFE, RIVER ROAD ICEHOUSE, LAS PALMAS RACE PARK, AND LOCAL VENUES IN SOUTH TEXAS, SUCH AS SPORTS BARBERSHOP AND THE QUARTER..

MATT & THE HERDSMEN HAVE TRAVELED ALL OVER TEXAS TO PLAY SHOWS IN KINGSVILLE, ALVIN, CORPUS CHRISTI, AUSTIN,NEW BRAUNFELS, BAY CITY AND SOUTH PADRE ISLAND. PROMOTERS HAVE SEEN THEIR EFFORTS AND HAVE BOOKED THEM TO OPEN UP FOR ARTIST SUCH AS TOBY KEITH, JACK INGRAM, DUSTIN LYNCH, EASTON CORBIN AND MOST RECENT KYLE PARK. THEIR SINGLE IS CURRENTLY NUMBER 49 ON THE TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT (T3R) AND STILL CLIMBING WEEK TO WEEK.

MATT & THE HERDSMEN HAS BEEN STEADILY GROWING A LOYAL FAN BASE WITH CURRENTLY OVER 2,600 LIKES ON FACEBOOK. BE SURE TO FOLLOW BAND ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIER YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Jul
10
Fri
July 10 Kristen Kelly w/ Special Guest: Breelan Angel
Jul 10 @ 8:00 pm

Kristen Kelly

People believe in Kristen Kelly. Candid and down to earth, with a room-filling smile and a voice that echoes the heart of what she sings, Kristen laughs as she describes her music as “a little more grease than polish.” And that grease is an exciting mix, distilled from her country, blues, and classic rock influences into a passionate, playful, often sexy, and always heartfelt reflection of real …life as she knows it.
“I have a hard time singing or writing about something I can’t relate to,” she says, and that philosophy is front and center on her Arista Nashville debut album, co-produced by nine-time CMA Award-winning producer Tony Brown and two-time GRAMMY®-winning songwriter Paul Overstreet.

Breelan Angel Half Way To Wasted

Striking a chord on a grand scale, native Texan Breelan Angel landed on the country music scene in true Lone Star fashion; launching independent label, MisBhavin’ Records, she released three singles (all of which have impacted the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart), and released her debut album, “Dirty Little Secrets,” to much critical acclaim on June 24th.

Breelan’s anthemic debut, “It’s My Turn,” sealed her spot as “One To Watch” (CMA Close-up) and, hot on its heels, she wasted no time in getting her sophomore effort, “Halfway To Wasted,” out to fans and radio. Celebrating as it soared to the Top 40 (MusicRow) and Top 50 (Billboard Indicator) spots on national charts, the heartfelt and emotionally charged tune earned the praises of critics and fans alike (Robert K. Oermann of MusicRow recognized it with a “Discovery Award” honor). Breelan’s third radio single, “Double Standards,” is quickening its pace as it climbs the charts.

Jul
11
Sat
July 11 Country Showdown Local Competition
Jul 11 @ 3:00 pm

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Can you sing? You could be eligible to win $100,000. in the longest running talent show in the U.S.

Join us for the chance to see one of the acts who will be selected to go to the regional showdown at the end of July 2015.

Please email kim@firehousesaloon.com for entry forms if you would like to participate.

For more details: https://www.countryshowdown.com/

July 11 Paul Cauthen w/ Special Guest: Nathan Bonnes
Jul 11 @ 9:00 pm

Paul Cauthen

He’s from the piney woods of East Texas, but Paul Cauthen is a citizen of America. With his forthcoming new record “Marfa Lights” set for a 2015 release, Paul is stepping out with a bold new style that can only be called American Music. That’s because Paul is a collector of stories and sounds and in America you hear all kinds of stories and all kinds of sounds. In his youth, he learned to sing from his grandfather Jim Paul, in a little gospel church in Tyler, Texas. Paul quickly learned that he found an incredible joy in singing and playing guitar and piano. He always had his guitar handy and was never one to shy away when he was called upon to sing and play.

After high school, Paul had a run in with a law and like many young men found himself doing a stint in jail. He felt he had let his family down, especially his grandmother who had taught him to play the piano on an old upright piano that stood in the corner of the living room in a house he loved to visit. After serving his time, he needed a new start and decided to leave behind old habits to see what Colorado had to offer. There he honed his skills even further playing in bluegrass bands and jam bands.

It wasn’t long before Paul could feel Texas calling him back home. He packed up his things and landed in San Marcos, Texas where he immediately co-founded Sons of Fathers, the band that would take him on his next musical journey. Sons of Fathers found success relatively quickly, perhaps too quickly in hindsight. They played the Grand Ole Opry four times, ACL Music Fest, and Bonnaroo. In addition to this, they played countless venues and festivals across the country sharing stages and making music with some of their heroes, while making new fans all the time.

In April of 2014 the two voices of Sons of Fathers, Paul and David Beck decided to go on an “indefinite hiatus”. After this was announced, Paul found himself at his grandmother’s house with his phone off trying to avoid the constant questions. He had come full circle. He found himself sitting at that same piano in the living room of his grandmother’s house. He immediately began working on what was to become “Marfa Lights”. The record is a summary of everything that has happened to Paul Cauthen up to this point in time. All the sounds and all the stories come together to to create a record that is both unique and familiar at the same time.

Also come see and check out this new artist: Nathan Bonnes
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Jul
14
Tue
July 14 Rodeo Committee Meeting
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm

Firehouse Saloon is available for all rodeo committee events. We support the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo

Rodeo Committee Party

Jul
15
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Have you ever wanted to play on the Firehouse Stage?

Details:
• Starting Wednesday nights beginning June 3rd.
• Participants are encouraged to pre-register via email to rebecca@firehousesaloon.com. Use “Open Mic” in the subject line. No phone calls accepted.
• Signups for the week begin at noon on Sunday prior to that Wednesday and participants are assigned a slot in the order received.
• Start time is at 7:00 pm and will end at 10:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm.
• Walk-ins welcome but will only be placed in open spots.
• Each performer will do 2 songs and if time allows, we will go back through the list.

Contest:
Every Wednesday through the summer (June – August), members of the audience will vote on their favorite performer. Winner will be determined by votes received and management discretion on stage presence, sound, originality, and song performance.

Winner will receive:
• Opening spot on either a Friday or Saturday night.
• One original single produced at Hill Tracks Studio.
• Interview with Hank T. Moon on Badlands Radio.

Jul
16
Thu
July 16 Drink of Ages Radio Show featuring: The Crooks
Jul 16 @ 7:00 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.

Drink of Ages Website

Crooks

There’s no shortage of country music in Crooks’ hometown of Austin, TX. But ask anyone who has crammed into a packed honky-tonk to catch one of their infamously rowdy late-night shows and they’ll tell you there’s something that sets them apart from the rest.

Crooks are breathing new life into decades-old musical traditions, stripping away the polish and shine of modern radio country and replacing it with earnest songs about life, work and pain. Sometimes it’s weary and lonesome, sometimes it’s downright bleak, and oftentimes it’s just reckless fun. Suddenly, country music is dangerous again.

Frontman Josh Mazour formed Crooks in 2007 as a two-piece band, playing stripped down sets at dive bars around Austin. Things have grown from there. He’s now joined by drummer Rob Bacak, stand-up bassist Joey McGill, lead guitar player Ryan Goebel, percussionist/trumpet player Doug Day, and accordionist/trumpet player Anthony Ortiz Jr. Live, Crooks are an even greater spectacle, as trumpet, and accordion players jump on stage throughout their set.

Crooks released their debut LP ‘The Rain Will Come’ this year, featuring guest appearances from accordion legend Flaco Jimenez of the Texas Tornados, and produced by Danny Reisch, known for his work with other Austin luminaries like The Bright Light Social Hour, Okkervil River, Shearwater, and White Denim.

Mazour lists songwriting greats like Hank Williams Sr., Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Blaze Foley and even Kurt Cobain as influences on his style, which he describes as “just unapologetic country songwriting.”

“Country music is honest music,” he says. “You can get straight to your point, and if no one likes it, that’s fine. But you don’t have to hide your feelings in tired metaphors and youthful whining.” ‘The Rain Will Come’ has been a resounding success, kicking down doors for the band on a national level. American Songwriter called it “a driving slice of country noir,” and CMT.com praised it as “rugged and lonesome,” saying “this style of country music makes you want to keep your tab open.” KUT-FM put their money on Crooks as the “Austin artist most likely to score big in 2012,” while the Austin American-Statesman predicts that “the seemingly endless stream of media praise… points toward something bigger coming.” But Mazour takes it all in stride. “I write songs because it’s the only thing I’m good at doing. I have no idea what else to do with myself at this point,” he says. “I know I’m still gonna piss some people off, make mistakes, and that I have a lot to learn.”

Elements of conjunto and mariachi music are also incorporated into Crooks’ constantly evolving sound. Accordion legend Flaco Jimenez of the Texas Tornados appeared on their last album, while accordion/trumpet player Anthony Ortiz Jr. now performs with the band full-time.

Crooks are pushing the boundaries of modern country music and reclaiming decades-old traditions for a new generation of Texas outlaws.

With Crooks behind the wheel, country music is dangerous again.

Jul
17
Fri
July 17 JB & The Moonshine Band w/Special Guests: Callahan Divide
Jul 17 @ 9:00 pm

JB & the Moonshine Band

JB and the Moonshine Band are a group of four young East Texans whose love for music brought them together in a somewhat unorthodox way. In early 2009, front man JB Patterson gave up a successful advertising career to pursue his dream of being a songwriter. After realizing how difficult it is for a songwriter to break into the music scene, he realized what he had to do—start a band and sing the songs himself!

callahan divide

Callahan Divide is a 4 piece country group based in West Texas. The band performs 150+ shows a year for just about anywhere that will welcome live music. It’s not until you catch a live show that you’re officially hooked. In this way the band has captivated a huge fan base since the release of their debut album, “Party on the River” in 2011. The high energy of a rock show accompanied by meaningful lyrics is what makes up a Callahan Divide show.

Jul
18
Sat
Jul. 18 Grady Skelton
Jul 18 @ 9:00 pm

Grady Skelton

From Canadian Waters to Texas “Beaches”

Grady Skelton loves the water. And, he loves Texas. After a quick trip north of the border for duck hunting season, he came home to celebrate a successful radio run and the release of his sophomore album, LIVE SIMPLY, by writing “Beaches,” a musical tribute to Texas’ many beaches and the activities they are known for.

“While most people think of the beach only during the summer, Grady’s new radio single, ‘Beaches’ is not just a summertime song; I wrote it based on my personal experience that the Texas Gulf Coast is always a good place to be regardless of time of year,” stated Skelton. “The beach holds healing powers for me. It’s where the troubles of this life seem to be lost in its breeze. All I need is a cold beer with salt and lime, a fishing line, a lawn chair, bare feet and good friends. I love the coast… always have and always will.”

A bonafide tried and true Texas artist, Skelton is ready to ride the wave and bring along his producer, the unlikeliest of comrades, Nashville’s Bryan White. Known in country music circles for six #1 hits and being named 1996’s CMA Horizon Award winner and the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist, White’s hits include “Rebecca Lynn,””Someone Else’s Star,” “So Much For Pretending” and the epic “From This Moment” (a duet with Shania Twain). White’s own love of the Lone Star State and its music is on display for the first time ever on “Beaches” which also features White on acoustic guitar and a guitar solo by Grammy award winner, Steve Wariner.

“Working with Grady on ‘Beaches’ was a great experience and it was an honor to be a part of it,” White stated. “Grady is an artist that really knows who he is and has a clear vision. The song was really fun to record too; It really depicts what life on the Texas coast is all about! It was the right band and all the elements lined up. Having Steve play on the record just made it all the more special.”

Like most die-hard Texans, Grady Skelton believes Texas Music is special. For him, it is a breed of its own with a raw and organic sound and lyrics meant to rouse a range of emotions. Skelton believes Texas music has the power to turn people on to “country music” even when they swear they don’t like country. Well, that’s because it’s not country music – it’s Texas Music.

“Texas music is from the heart, honest to a fault, and can make you wanna dance all night,” says Skelton. “You either get it or you don’t. It just makes beer taste better, nights not seem as lonely and long, and brings back old friends and grand memories. I guess that’s why I love listening to it as much as I love writing and playing it.”

Aside from the good loving of a good woman, cold beer, life in a small town, and frequent beach trips, Skelton lives for the day that his style of Texas Music stretches beyond the boundaries that divide the genres. Furthering his efforts to achieve this, as summer draws to close, Skelton and White are hopeful the song will entice audiences to get out and enjoy the cooler weather at one of Texas many beaches.

“If you had told me that one day I’d get to work with Bryan White, I would have shrugged my shoulders and silently wished it would come true,” Skelton said. “It was truly an awesome experience for a small town guy like myself to even meet him. He is an accomplished and talented musician/songwriter and producer and he the many talented musicians he brought together for this single made for a great song. And to top it all off, he was able to get Steve Wariner to stop by the studio and play lead guitar on a whim. It was incredible!”

Releasing his album LIVE SIMPLY, produced by Clay Corn, in March of 2012, Skelton has had many experiences, both musical and personal, that have helped him build up to this latest release.

With the success of two radio singles from the album, “We Like Drinkin’” (which reached #50 on the Texas Music Chart) and “Girl I Love” (one of the Top 100 Texas songs of 2012), Skelton has appeared on the “Great Day Houston” morning TV program and was invited to be a guest on several radio shows including the debut of the singer/songwriter radio showcase “The Shiner Sessions w/ Katie Lee,” “Texas Tunesmith” with George Bancroft, and “Good Time Boys” outdoor lifestyle program that airs across the country. He was chosen to be a part of “RLife Live” performances at The Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth and, in July of 2013, he began hosting a songwriter music series at Cottonwood, a restaurant in the popular Heights area in Houston. In addition, Skelton has made several trips to Nashville to hone his songwriting skills with appointments to work with the writers of Carnival Music.

Using some much needed downtime to embark on another passion, Skelton, an avid outdoorsman, set off for the colder weather of Canada to take his mastery and love of being professional duck guide to a new level. Having been offered an opportunity to lead hunting groups for one of Canada’s most distinguished agencies, he was able to gain fans north of the border during evening campfire performances. As a result of this expedition, Skelton was the featured performer as the annual Texas Water Fowl fundraiser in Dallas.

Upon returning home, Skelton went right back to his musical ways playing shows at Windfest (Portland, TX), headlining the Bud Light Stage at the Woodlands’ Red, Hot & Blue Festival on July 4 and playing a show with Stoney LaRue at Hurricane Harry’s in College Station. He has also made appearances at South Texas Ice House and Izzy’s in Corpus Christi as of late, introducing new audiences to his branded Texas music.

Through it all, Skelton stays true to his home-grown roots. As evidenced by the 11 tracks on his sophomore album where the title, LIVE SIMPLY hints of a small town upbringing are ever present and each one is reminiscent of a boy with dreams for success, love, great friends and good times. It is this way of life that inspires him having grown up in the small town of Bellville, Texas where he and his buddies joke there are more cows than people.

“Live Simply” It isn’t just a song or a CD title, it’s a way of life about wanting to get back to the simple things where everything slows down and you can see the stars in the night sky while holding the one you love. It’s about being proud of your small town and saying, ‘hey, if you’re not from one, come on and see what it’s all about.’

“That’s the funny thing about small towns; people take pride in them because, like me, they have a sense of ownership. It’s ‘your town,’ and the smaller the better.”

In fact, the title track, “Live Simply,” was inspired by memories of that small town.

“It’s a song about meeting the perfect girl and wanting to get back to the simple way of life where everything slows down and you can see the stars in the night sky while holding the one you love. It’s about being proud of your small town and saying, ‘hey, if you’re not from one, come on and see what it’s all about.’”

Partnering with Clay Corn, a mainstay on the scene as Pat Green’s keyboard player, Skelton dove into the “Live Simply” project knowing that he wanted a producer that would meld his original songs and unique style into an authentic product. To differentiate from the norm, Skelton and Corn incorporated the use of a baritone guitar for a deeper tone, piano arrangements and female harmony vocals on select songs.

“When I listen to music, I want it to take me through a whole list of emotions. The songs on this record are a collection of stories from a growing phase of my life; I take a journey through first love, recent love, break ups and finding love again,” he said. “I wanted to bring my best but I didn’t want a producer that just twisted knobs. Clay has a great mind and he ‘got’ what I was trying to communicate.”

Having released a self-titled debut in album under the direction of Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen’s guitar player and producer) in 2009, Skelton knew the songs for LIVE SIMPLY needed to be superb.

“This album is a complete leap in maturity,” he states. “I’ve lived and learned a lot more and working with Clay has allowed me to grow as a songwriter.”

Skelton highlights this growth on “My Love,” a song that puts a new spin on the age old adage “don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.”

“In its own way, “My Love’ is a message not to put off til tomorrow who needs your love today,” he explains. “We live in a world where everything is ours in an instant. We forget that real love isn’t something that can be taken for granted and can get to be too far away or lost if you wait too long.”

What it was all about for Skelton was learning to play guitar and writing his own original songs in junior high; it wasn’t until his arrival at Texas A&M that he began to pursue music as a career. Running the gauntlet of open-mic nights, frat parties and sorority houses, pool halls and restaurants, Skelton built up a following at local venues such as Carney’s Pub, Texas Hall of Fame and Hurricane Harry’s.

Having established a name for himself, Skelton caught the eye of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and was invited to perform as part of the festivities of the All Aggie Hullabaloo at Cowboys Stadium prior to the Aggie’s game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Skelton has shared the stage with many of the greats including Robert Earl Keen, Eli Young Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Stoney LaRue, Adam Hood, Mark Chesnutt, Josh Abbott and many others. He has played such noted venues as Firehouse Saloon, Dosey Doe and Armadillo Palace in Houston, Brewster Street Ice House and Ropers in Corpus Christi, The Office in Lubbock, and the famed Saxon Pub in Austin where he completed a month long residency. Other performances include Austin County Fair, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest which serves as the kick-off to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

As he prepares to showcase his newest project, “Beaches,” Skelton is moving quickly, looking ahead to a radio tour, playing for new fans and just having a good time doing what he loves most. Whether that’s at home, on the road, while enjoying the beach or the duck ponds, you can be sure the soundtrack includes Texas Music.

Having worked with known producers and opened for some of Texas’ most popular artists, in a short amount of time, Skelton has accomplished quite a bit on the music scene. And, as far as he’s concerned, this is just the beginning of great things to come.

“The party has just started, so come in, grab a cold one and enjoy the music. I hope it touches your life and your soul. Music is strong glue and it’s something that can be an even stronger medicine.”

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