Sam Riggs is one of those rare talents that takes off so quick, it seems like it happened overnight. In one year’s time the Austin-‐ based artist has gone from opening act at venues across the major to headliner. His songwriting wizardry, his on stage star appeal and his motion picture quality music videos have continued to ensnare the media’s attention on a national level. With the release of his latest album “Outrun The Sun,” Sam Riggs has emerged as one of the most talked about artists in the independent music scene. Months before the album was released, “When The Lights Go Out” commandeered the #1 spot on the fan voted CMT Pure 12-‐Pack, a monster debut that also snagged the #2 spot on the “Top 5 Music Videos of 2013” list. Sam was also personally invited to fly up to Rock Island, Illinois to record his official Day Trotter session in December 2013. Day Trotter remains one of the biggest sources for emerging artists and includes sessions from artists like Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, Death Cab For Cutie, Ryan Bingham and The Lumineers, to name a few. The high octane track “Collide” garnered a music spot on ABC’s hit drama “Nashville,” and a deluge of critical claim on the album followed from outlets like Country Weekly Magazine, Billboard’s The 615, Texas Music Magazine, Day Trotter, Engine 145, The Boot, and most recently, Rolling Stone Country who featured the young troubadour’s rise in music.
Back at home in Texas the album has produced three Top 10 hits on the Texas Music Chart with “Angola’s Lament,” “Hold On And Let Go” (both singles making the Texas Music Chart’s Top 100 songs of 2014) and his newest single “Long Shot.” He has been featured on the nationally syndicated show “Texas Music Scene TV” with 9-‐time Grammy winning host Ray Benson, and to over 27 million viewers on “Lone Star Roads TV” with host Justin Frazell. Sam’s live show has become a most talked about “event” earning him an invite to perform at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the region including the renowned Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival in Stephenville, Texas and the iconic MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
To date, Sam has sold more than 30,000 singles and over 10,000 albums. He was nominated at the Lone Star Music Awards for “New Artist of the Year,” TRRMA’s “New Artist of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” for “Hold On And Let Go.” Sam won Study Breaks Magazine’s “Best Band of 2014” and Texas Music Pickers’ “2014 Entertainer of the Year.” Looking ahead to a career on the verge of a grand explosion, Radio Texas Live confirms this onster talent picking Sam Riggs as one of five artists projected to dominate in 2015. So as it turns out, the iconic Ray Wylie Hubbard, who mentored Sam early on in his career, was right on the money when he said… “Sam Riggs wears a legacy of honest country, makes good rock, writes lyrics that matter and straps on a stage presence second to none.”
Neil Austin Imber is one of the most exciting new artists on the Texas Music
Scene. Neil is a young man exuding wisdom far beyond his years, writing
songs with an insight and maturity that some artists never attain. From the
title track to the radio friendly, It’s Been A Few Years, to Full Blooded
Texan, Neil Austin Imber takes the listener on a roller coaster ride of insight
and emotion with stories of life, love and lost opportunity.- Chris Harkness, M55 Productions
Carla Leigh of KBHT in Grapeland, Texas, commented Imber had, “the look, the
voice, and the songs. He has it all”.
“He’s got one of the truest voices I’ve ever heard. His pitch is next to
perfect, and he’s just got charisma. That is what it takes. In my opinion,
that’s what made George Strait – his charisma. And I feel like Neil has that
charisma”, said Don Westmoreland, 57 year music industry veteran,
producer/engineer, and owner of Limelight Recording Studio.
I have to thank my father for taking me to the Wynona Theater back in 1964 on Main St. in downtown Tomball, Texas to see the movie “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. That’s where it all began. The story of Hank Williams to this day still hangs around in the back of mind along with all of those songs on the album my dear mother bought me at the local grocery store. I ran the needle through that album, wrote down the lyrics on a Big Chief tablet and learned the chords to every song on an old acoustic guitar bigger than me. My father also picked and sang with the owner of the local Western Auto, Sonny Wilcox. I grew up listening to Hank, Merle, George, Johnny and Roger Miller to name a few. I grew up on a farm and experienced the country life where my father would drive back and forth to Houston everyday to provide us with the things necessary for that lifestyle. I learned how to drive in a Chevy pickup he bought at Ford’s Chevrolet. Our old frame house on twenty three acres had everything including a three wheel John Deere tractor. Baby calves and young colts were fed from a bottle. Klein High School FFA would come to our house on field trips to see what real farm life was like. Saturday night dances at Spring Creek Park and Tin Hall listening to Bud and Bud the Hooper Twins and my parents square dancing at the old Humble camp were a common practice. I remember riding my horse bareback down the side of the road singing Dang Me, Hang Me. I’m not officially a songwriter yet, maybe the ideas and memories of past life experiences will someday come out in a song.
You see this band Driftwood was started back in October of 2007. It’s just something I dreamed of doing for a long time. Before that I sang with a local band in LaPorte, Tx. Many thanks to George Dyer for giving me my start on stage. In addition to that I want to thank all the musicians that I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. I have learned something from each and every one of you. Thank you. Thanks to all the songwriters and Stormy Cooper and Lyndon Hughes at SC Media for a stellar CD. I also thank God above for allowing me to follow my dreams and passion and sending me my darlin’ wife who supports me 100% and is my biggest fan!
So, although my history does not include songwriting and years of playing on stage, the boys of Driftwood and I will continue to provide our audience with great dance music and do what we love to do; make people dance!
Have you ever wanted to play on the Firehouse Stage?
• Starting Wednesday nights beginning June 3rd.
• Participants are encouraged to pre-register via email to email@example.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.
From 9/2 until 12/2 we will continue the competition. Finalists from those weeks will be selected and they will play for finals on 12/9. The prize will be $1,000 and an opening spot at the Firehouse.
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.
Redemption through music is something Cory Morrow knows well after surviving nearly two decades in the rough and tumble music business. Battles with personal and professional demons inform Morrow’s music in a manner that many performers don’t have the experience to draw from. His wide ranging life experiences allow him to be a consummate singer/songwriter. He has the ability to write a tale about heartbreak as effortlessly as he can pen one about a carefree goodtime. That truth and authenticity is balanced by his infectious optimism and excitable personality.
A native of Houston, Morrow began playing guitar at a young age, but did not get serious about his music until attending college in Lubbock. Here, he was inspired by Texas songwriting greats like Robert Earl Keen and Townes Van Zandt. Spurred by this musical inspiration and a youthful vigor, Morrow moved to Austin in the early 90’s to build his own career. Amidst a sea of night clubs featuring line dancing and Nashville hat acts dominating radio playlists, Morrow set about creating personal music that harkened back to the heyday of Willie Nelson’s progressive country movement in the 70’s.
Through several years of breakneck touring that featured Morrow’s special brand of emotional and energetic live performances, he began to develop a large grassroots following. Coupled with the release of several successful independent albums and Morrow was really beginning to make a name for himself around Texas. By 1999, the music he was making with peers like Pat Green and Owen Temple was becoming a booming cottage industry and gaining nationwide notice. An acclaimed double album and a duets record with Green cemented Morrow’s place in Lone Star lore.
Yet, he was not satisfied. The intensity that was found in his hallowed live performances was spilling over into his personal life. The depths he reached while reclaiming his life made him a more well-rounded artist. Over the next several years, Morrow grew his sound by working and writing with dizzying array of successful songwriters and producers.
Now, an elder statesman of the Texas scene he helped create, his latest album Brand New Me showcases an artist in complete control and making some of the best music of his storied career. Music started Morrow’s journey and music has reinvigorated him. Behind these new songs and surrounded by a band of touring musicians among the best to be found anywhere, Morrow shows no signs of giving up his throne as one of the best Texas has to offer.
Carter Beckworth is a musician based out of Austin, Texas. He released his debut album, Fairweather Grace in 2007. He is also the lead vocalist of the acclaimed hard-rock band, Baker Hotel, with whom he has released two albums, 2008’s Baker Hotel, and Hard To Prove (2010).
“Beckworth’s voice is smooth, with just the right amount of soulful grit to his songs that build from their solid singer-songwriter frameworks into rootsy, guitar driven pop.”- Andrew Dansby, The Houston Chronicle
2011 saw the release of Beckworth’s self-titled sophomore album, which demonstrated his ability to exist within his own unique combination of genres. Touring in support of his self-titled release, Beckworth performed in over 35 states throughout the U.S. and Canada the following year, sharing stages with noteworthy performers such as Ryan Bingham, Hayes Carll, Radney Foster, Bob Schneider, Randy Rogers, and Monte Montgomery.
For his third solo effort, Beckworth enlisted the guidance of producer Fred Mollin (Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Billy Joel). Humble Heart was released on September 24, 2013. Recorded at Reba McEntire’s world-famous Starstruck Studios in Nashville, the album features 12 guitar-driven tracks over which the Texan’s raspy tenor resounds.
“Although most often classified as a rock artist, Beckworth is supremely happy with the musical liberty permitted to him by the post-genre age.” – Michael Barnes, The Austin American-Statesman