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”.
“Bringin’ Country Back” is more than a catchphrase for Zane Williams. It is a rallying cry for a
return to authenticity and substance in mainstream country music, and a fitting title for his sixth
studio album. “I think of country music as poetry for the common man,” he says reflectively.
“The stories that draw you in, the simple truth stated in a way you wish you could’ve
said…there’s an honesty to country music that totally grabbed me the first time I heard it.”
That plain-spoken, down-home honesty has now become the calling card for Zane’s own
career, landing him four #1 songs on the Texas radio charts, opening gigs with heroes like
George Jones and Alan Jackson, and even an invitation to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in
2015. The genuine quality of his music is no fluke. In a world where most popular music is
created by committee, Zane writes the vast majority of his songs alone, whenever the
inspiration strikes. “I get a lot of ideas while I’m busy doing other tasks,” he says, “say driving
down the road, or doing dishes, or mowing the yard. My wife can always tell when I’m working
on a song because my toe is tapping, my lips are moving, and I can’t hear a word she’s saying.”
Taking the reins for the first time as sole producer on this project, Williams says that being an
independent artist has its advantages. “We didn’t have any hoops to jump through for this
record, and no one to please but ourselves. I just went into the studio with my favorite players,
most of whom play with me on the road, and I did my best to create a record that sounds like the
music I love.” For Zane, that means lots of harmonies, fiddle, and steel guitar wrapped around
songs that, while carefully crafted, lean more toward good-natured showmanship than gloomy
Unsurprisingly, most of the subject matter draws its inspiration from Zane’s current life
experiences. He offers the listener some road-tested dancehall advice in the rollicking
“Honkytonk Situation,” while “Slow Roller” and “That’s Just Me” celebrate his traditional values
against a backdrop of easy-going, mid-tempo grooves. Only twice on the record does Zane
break from his real life situation to play a character role…first as a cowboy down on love in “I
Don’t Have the Heart,” and second as a recent divorcé in the heartbroken “Goodbye Love.” He
closes with an homage to country music legend Willie Nelson, whose discovery of musical
independence in Texas has many parallels with Zane’s own.
Early on, neither Zane nor his family would’ve guessed he one day would become the
standard-bearer for traditional country music that he is today. Born in Abilene, TX, to a pair of
college professors, Zane was moved as a child first to Kentucky, then West Virginia, and then
California as his parents pursued their academic careers. While he enjoyed singing harmony in
church and composing his own instrumental pieces on the family piano, it wasn’t until he turned
sixteen and got the car keys (and control of the radio inside) that he had his first transformative
experience with country music.
“I’m flipping stations and I land on Bob Kingsley’s Country Countdown one Sunday morning
after church, and I hear this guy Garth Brooks singing “The Dance.” I had just broken up with
my first girlfriend, and that song wrecked me; it cut right through me like no song ever had.” Not
long after, his parents bought him a used guitar as a reward for good test scores, and Zane
began trying his hand at writing his own songs. He was as surprised as anyone to find he had a
knack for turning a phrase and telling a story in song. Still, a career in country music seemed
far-fetched, so he followed his parents’ advice and enrolled as a math major at Abilene Christian
University. By the time he walked across the stage four years later to accept his diploma, his
hobby had blossomed into a passion, and he moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue music full
Music City, where co-writing was like shaking hands and pop influences dominated the
trends, proved to be a poor fit for a tradition-loving young man who did his best work
independently. In 2006, Zane released his first studio album Hurry Home, the title track of which
later became a top-20 Billboard hit for then-Sony artist Jason Michael Carroll. Despite this
success, his nine years in Nashville left Zane disillusioned with the state of the country music
industry and dissatisfied with simply writing songs for other artists. So in 2008 Zane left a staffwriter
publishing deal to move back to his wife’s hometown of McKinney, TX, start a family, and
start his career over as an independent artist. “I remember turning my office keys in to my
publisher, sitting there in the car, and feeling so frustrated. They liked my music, but they just
didn’t know what to do with it. It felt like I was giving up on my dream.”
However it didn’t take long for that dream to be reborn, as he quickly found in Texas a
welcome home for his brand of honest, traditional country music. “In Texas, all the middlemen
standing between me and the fans were gone. I could just make records, play shows, and be
myself. I found out it didn’t have to be complicated.” Four more independent records followed,
each attracting a wider audience than the last. When Zane put together his first band at age 33,
he was a decade older than most of the new artists on the scene, and much more experienced
as a songwriter, yet his obvious love of performing and connecting with his fans infused his
shows with a youthful passion. Bringin’ Country Back melds that passion with his hard-earned
experience as a performer and producer to create his most confident work yet. “I just love
country music, and I don’t want to see it fall by the wayside,” he says. “I wanted to create a laidback,
old-school country album that folks could listen to on the back porch with the sun going
down. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s real.” And isn’t that what country music should be
Country music with a blues and southern Rock influence. The Kenny Martin Band brings you great original music that mixes all these sounds together.
Adam Hood, 28, hails from East-central Alabama, but you’d be out-of-luck trying to pigeon-hole his style geographically. First picking up a guitar at age ten, by fourteen he was playing live in church bands. By sixteen, Hood had dropped off the football team and onto the local scene playing week-end gigs at local restaurants. “I could either make money playing music, or sit on the bench,” he says. After a stint at Auburn University, Hood entered the job-world and tried to back away from music. “I gave it up for three months in ’97 when I moved to Montgomery (Alabama), and I went crazy. It’s been getting better and more consistent ever since I moved back to Auburn.”
Indeed it has gotten better. Over the past ten years, Hood has become one of the most successful local fixtures in the college town of Auburn, Alabama. During that time, a soulful arsenal of original music crept through his usual covers, inspired by the songwriting spirits of musicians like John Hiatt, Ian Moore, and Steve Earle. In response, his local following has steadily grown.
Playing solo most of his life has led to a guitar-style to complement the lack of accompaniment. “Powerful” is just one of the words to describe the bends, twists, and minutiae that inhabit Hood’s compositions. It’s a curious blend of melodic works complemented by a tormented guitar and a patient, but very powerful, voice.
In June of 2001, Hood released a rough demo of his songs for out-of-town bars and other musicians. The demo ended up circulating rapidly among Auburn students. In December of 2002, Hood released 21 to Enter, his first full-length CD, recorded live in Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia. “It all boiled down to time and budget. The truth is, there’s something about the singer-songwriter live performance that is just American. People are drawn to the honesty of it.”
Hood takes a lot of time figuring out how to make each show as good as possible. Since he quit land surveying with the release of 21 to Enter, music is a full time job; and he gets a lot of practice, playing an average of twenty-five shows a month throughout the South-east. New music is another thing Hood gets a lot of these days. Powerful solo acts like Martin Sexton and Patty Griffin have inspired Hood to access subjects and feelings in his music that can be atypical of his Texas troubadour image. The complexity of his word-craft shows such muse, leading many to see a musician entering the music business for all the right reasons.