Happiness has always come naturally to Cory Morrow. With his rollicking, soulful, feel-good Texas country, he has made thousands jump on tabletops, shimmy, scream, and suspend worries for almost two decades, like a honky-tonk pied piper––and he shows no signs of stopping. But these days, Morrow is also devoted to something more.
Life changes, and love was found. Phil’s marriage to Texas Music singer/songwriter Erica Perry, and the birth of their first child June, led to the newly released record Brazos Wind. With songs so compelling, Brazos Wind has already been said by many to be the best record of 2016. Phil challenged himself once again to take his talents to a higher level and, delivers with incredible lyrics and a voice that grabs attention. Brazos Wind is a very up close and personal look into Hamilton’s life over the last couple of years and tells his story with each soul stirring song.
The Troy Murph Band brings the sound of old school honky tonk with a little dash of rock ‘n roll. Pulling their influences from the outlaw country greats: Merle Haggard, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll and a touch of Johnny Cash, the Troy Murph Band will make you want to get up and dance the night away. This tight knit group of friends has become a family. Based on a country way of life, these boys remember where their roots are.
Texas born musician, singer, songwriter and producer, Deryl Dodd, AKA “The Double D”, has had a long and colorful career, entering the music scene in Waco, Texas in 1987. After four years of constant touring with several Texas bands, Deryl had the opportunity to open a show for legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. Following the performance, he was invited backstage to meet Mr. Dillon, where he complimented Deryl’s songwriting and arranged to meet with him in Nashville. So he did. “People ask me how you get into the music business. You just get out there and do it.
Twice as loud, half as popular was the slogan often found on his posters and merchandise when Mike McClure launched his solo career in April of 2004. “That was really kind of stretching it a little,” McClure laughs, suggesting he exaggerated the latter and was being modest on the former. Six years later as he releases his seventh album as the Mike McClure Band, Zero Dark 30, he remains one of the most popular and influential artists, producers, and songwriters working in the Texas/Red Dirt scene. With the February 2010 release of Zero Dark 30, McClure has entered the most prolific stage of his career – putting out three full-length studio albums in a span of less than two years. The wealth of music has been fueled in part by the studio he's built in the basement of his Ada, Oklahoma home. “It makes it easy to roll out of bed, come down to the basement and make it look like I'm working.
Country singer/songwriter Trent Willmon was born March 6, 1973, in Amarillo, TX, the son of Dean Willmon, a schoolteacher and cattle rancher, and Billie Willmon. He was raised on a ranch near the tiny West Texas town of Afton. His mother gave him a guitar when he was 16, and he learned to play, but he was also interested in other activities, and he won blue ribbons from the 4-H Club and the FFA (Future Farmers of America) for livestock judging, cooking skills, and speech-making, which earned him a scholarship to South Plains College in Levelland, TX, where he initially majored in animal science toward earning a degree in agriculture.
As a sophomore in high school in Abilene, Texas, Mark started his first band with his dad and Ryan Starks. After high school, Mark stayed in West Texas to attend college, but Starks went to college in Nebraska. Then, three years ago, “we both wound up in Abilene,” Mark said. Starks now manages the band and plays keys. “That was the coolest thing for me, being able to play in a band with my dad, my main influence, and Ryan, who I started a band with in high school.” Mark also owns Outlaws & Legends music fest in Abilene, the largest one stage event in Tx.
Kennedy is asking himself these questions as he drives through some snaking Colorado mountain roads, on his way to pick up his wife and two young sons from the airport after about a week apart. He’s missed them terribly, but it’s been such a good run: listening rooms scattered throughout Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas, all packed with devotees anxious to hear just him and his Gibson Hummingbird tell stories. He’s doing what he loves while who he loves most is 1,000 miles away. And it’s that tension––the struggle between being the kind of man he wants to be and being the kind of artist he has to be––that keeps him up at night.
After several years of improving his craft and singing solo on the Texas music scene, Ryan Turner is establishing quite a following. Ryan is a versatile and soulful Austin-based singer/songwriter who holds a compellingly different perspective on contemporary country music. He has dedicated the entire past year to working on his debut album, “Rollin’ Up My Sleeves”. The album features Ryan as a co-producer, alongside the multi-talented producer/engineer/drummer, Ken Tondre. Also taking part in the album are some of the finest players around the state including the renowned Lloyd Maines, members of Bruce Robison’s and Pat Green’s bands, as well as other outstanding musicians from the Austin music scene.
We all have bucket lists that we want to complete before we leave this earth and that's no different for Leander, TX native, Erica Perry. Fueled by passion for music, a drive to succeed and the desire to share her music with fans, this 'gypsy soul' unleashes her first full length project WANDERING DAISY in early 2014. Bringing the album's release to fruition, Perry checks off an important item on her list, delivering a CD chock-full of her own country bohemian style and flair. Erica Perry’s current project is with Band mate Hannah Owens, a duo called wandering Daisy releasing “Find Love” written by long time friend Clayton Landua formally of 6market Blvd.
"A troubadour with wanderlust and an eye for emotional detail, Jackie (22 year old Waco native) has been writing songs since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her voice is a powerful, multi-range instrument that features a soulful rasp and heart-tugging warmth.
Growing up in a musical family (her Grandfather is legendary songwriter Whitey Shafer, who wrote hits such as- "All My Ex's Live in Texas" & Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind") music is something that came natural to Jackie. However, what makes her truly special is her passion, desire and work ethic.
Nocona, TX native singer/songwriter Tanner Fenoglio is coming up on entering a new chapter in his life. One that has been in the making from the time he first picked up that sunburst ibanez acoustic guitar in high school. He has spent the last year in and out of the studio in Ft Worth working with a group of uber-talented musicians and producers to bring his songs to life. When asked about his upcoming EP and the long hours that he has put into making this dream a reality he simply says, “It’s time.”
Randy grew up in the heart of Cowtown - Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This part of Texas provided him with a steady dose of hardcore honky-tonk, Texas country, and western swing. His youth was filled with rodeo dances, chuck wagon campfires and big dancehall nights. Randy’s earliest memories are of cowboy suits, twin fiddles and crying steel guitars setting the stage for a honky-tonk night in Fort Worth. Every Saturday night in Fort Worth was a who’s who of real Texas music.
Sarah Hobbs embraces the sound of old school traditional country. From an early age music has played an important part of Sarah's life as well as many generations of her family. She is an independent artist from Northeast Texas. Her songwriting comes from the life experiences she's had, both good and bad, so when she sings, you can guarantee its from the heart. Her strong East Texas accent reflects in her singing voice, leaving no doubt you're listening to real country music. She has been nominated for Texas Female Vocalist of the Year the past 2 years and won Big Star 97's New Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017. She was recently named in Wide Open Country's "15 Texas Artists to Watch in 2018". Her first 2 singles to Texas radio were top 25 hits. Rest assure Sarah is just getting started!
Blake Burrow knows country. Raised smack-dab in the middle of nowhere in West Texas, he grew up living the country songs he writes and sings. Like many of his honkytonk heroes, Blake started out singing in the church choir and then moved his music into his everyday life. And that everyday country lifestyle is what you’ll hear in each of his original songs. In the time of Nashville sparkle and songwriting mills, this authentic country boy hits a down-home note that we can all relate to.
Jack Barksdale is a 10 year old singer/songwriter from Texas. Inspired by folk, rock and blues legends Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Wade Bowen and Courtney Patton.
Since late last year, he’s played over 100 shows regionally and wowed audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years. Jack plays guitar, slide guitar, mandolin and ukulele, but identifies first and foremost as a songwriter.
Buck's style and musical influences are an engaging combination of Folky Americana and Red Dirt Country. Buck Fuffalo is lightheartedly unique and playful just as his name implies. He writes songs that not only make everyone in the crowd happy, but more importantly make him happy.
He's not settling for anything. His songs are everything from gunfighter anthems, to side splitting comedy sing alongs.
Giovannie & The Hired Guns formed in late 2015. Hailing from the Lipan/Stephenville area, Gio and the boys have been gradually making a name for themselves in the Texas music scene. Blending many different styles including country, southern rock, and alternative, the Guns have a very unique sound that is sure to grab your attention.
Ryan Wilcox is an entertainer. You see lots of singer songwriters who can play well or write a pretty good song, but Ryan is able to do all that and connect with an audience like a much older, seasoned artist. He has a long list of songs and isn't stuck in one era. Original works range from Junior Kimbrough influenced blues jams, to Dylanesque folk ballads driven by finger-style guitars and harmonica.
Doug Rose is the epitome of "You're Never Too Old"!
Doug started playing guitar when he was 8 - mimicking his uncle who played the New Jersey club scene. After moving to the metroplex and growing up in NE Tarrant County, Doug continued to play around campfires, teaching his friends to play guitar, yet working and raising a family. Doug and his wife Cindy have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.
In 2005 Doug and several friends performed around town and his love for live music continued to grow. Doug was influenced by not only his uncle but the greats in country music -Willie, Hank,Merle and other genres as well Doug has been named the Human Jukebox by his close friends.
In 2014 Doug won a Crowman Jam title, which earned him a Coleman youcustom guitar and recording time.