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Lake Nasworthy WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST

they follow the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer Stories and Songs for Pre(IBEX) spacecraft. Audiences will schoolers: Every Wednesday and get an in-depth look at the mission, Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at and how IBEX is mapping our Sothe Central Library. 33 W. Beaure- lar System's boundary. Narrated gard by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the developTops in Blue at the City Auditori- ers of the IBEX mission, and get um, 7pm – Free Patriotic concert the latest updates on the mission's performed by World Tour Air Force discoveries. Entertainment, ―Rhythm Nation.‖ The tour features the 17th FORCE Support Squadron, Inside City FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD Hall, 72 W. College Ave. Search for the Edge of the Solar System @ the ASU Planetarium, 7pm - $3 per person. Visitors will THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND learn about scientific research, as Stories and Songs for Prethey follow the creation of NASA's schoolers: Every Wednesday and Interstellar Boundary Explorer Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at (IBEX) spacecraft. Audiences will the Central Library. 33 W. Beaure- get an in-depth look at the mission, gard and how IBEX is mapping our Solar System's boundary. Narrated Concho Valley Farmers Market by two inquisitive teenagers, audi@ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – ences will hear from the developLocally grown fresh produce ofers of the IBEX mission, and get fered for sale. the latest updates on the mission's discoveries. Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, a children‘s show, @ the ASU Secrets of the Sun @ the ASU Planetarium, 7pm - $3 a person. Planetarium, 8pm - $3.00 per perOur family feature show allows the son. An intimate look at the role audience to embark on an outthe sun plays in the life of our solar standing adventure as two children system. From the nuclear forces spend a night touring the solar sys- churning at the heart of the sun to tem alongside their ship's naviga- the mass ejections of solar materitor, an astronomy book. With spec- al in to surrounding space, we will tacular effects created at George experience the power of the sun Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, Secret of and its impact on the planets and the Cardboard Rocket is a show ultimately life on Earth. We will suitable for all ages. trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and Search for the Edge of the Solar moving forward in time to its evenSystem @ the ASU Planetarium, tual death. 8pm - $3 per person. Visitors will learn about scientific research, as Page 4

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH Kendall Art Gallery – Fiesta in Realism Exhibit, 9am-1pm on Saturdays June 4 – June 25th 1st Saturday at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center The first Saturday of each month is a special treat at the Art Center. We feature work of special invited artists plus all of the art center artist‘s studios are open for visitors. Located at 2505 Martin Luther King Blvd. FMI call 325-653-4936 Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for sale.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8TH Stories and Songs for Preschoolers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard.

Samaritan Counseling Center Benefit— Benefit—June 10th

Rooftop Sculpture Garden

Fast Eddies


Secrets of the Sun @ the ASU Planetarium, 8pm - $3.00 per perStories and Songs for Preschool- son. ers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH

ing. A parent or guardian required to accompany camper in overnight campout. Campers will provide their own camping gear - sleeping bags, tents, etc. Snacks will be provided. FMI: Kurt Kemp 325-947 -2687 Concho Valley Farmers Market @ Kendall Art Gallery – Fiesta in Realism Exhibit, 9am-1pm on Satur609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Summer Arts Conservatory 2011 Locally grown fresh produce offered days June 4 – June 25th - Registration in underway for the for sale. Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 2011 Summer Arts Conservatory. Classes in Arts, Drama, & 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Chicken Farm Art Center – Live Dance will be offered June 13 - 17 music in the Courtyard, 6:30pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for children, youth and adults. This for sale. Free yard concert, bring a lawn year's theme "A New Spin" will emchair and a cooler. The Silo House Adult Birding Adventure, 9am @ phasize the textile arts. Deadline to will be offering burgers for purregister is may 31st. FMI: First chase. 2505 Martin Luther King FMI the San Angelo State Park/South Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving Gate – Bring your binoculars and 325-653-4936 Street 325-655-5694. camera. FMI Bob 325-944-1839

ers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard

THURDAY, JUNE 16TH Stories and Songs for Preschoolers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard

Linedrives and Lipstick - The untold Story of Women's Baseball at Fort Concho Quartermaster Galleries featuring exhibit which includes period photos and artifacts. The All -American Girls Professional Baseball League brought national attention to the women's game. Linedrives and Lipstick will Art Thursday, 2pm-6pm @ the be open from 10:00am to 4:00 pm, Museum of Fine Arts – In the Edu- Family Day at the Museum of Fi- TUESDAY, JUNE 14TH ne Arts, 10am-3pm Families can Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 cation Studio Art activities for chilparticipate in hands on art activities, Concho Valley Farmers Market @ pm to 4:30 pm on Sundays from dren and their families. FREE sample new foods, listen to the mu- 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – June 16th - August 11. FMI: 325Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, sic of different culture and tour cur- Locally grown fresh produce offered 481-2646 or for sale. a children‘s show, @ the ASU Plan- rent exhibits for FREE. FMI 325653-3333 Art Thursday, 2pm-6pm @ the etarium, 7pm - $3 a person. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH Museum of Fine Arts – In the Education Studio Art activities for chilSearch for the Edge of the Solar Old Town Second Saturdays on Orient Street behind the Museum, Stories and Songs for Preschool- dren and their families. FREE System @ the ASU Planetarium, 10am – 4pm - artist designers, craft 8pm - $3 per person. vendors and more will be showcasing and selling their goods. This Ringling Bros. & Barnum and outdoor boutique style marketplace Bailey Circus @ Foster Comm th th Coliseum, June 9 – 12 . Purchase offers shoppers a variety of original and unique handmade items, home tickets at Blairs, Elite Physique, -baked goods, fresh flowers, TicketPurchase?orgid=31207 or by etc. Participating will be non-profit agencies, clubs, groups and organicalling (325) 658-6464. zations. Musicians and food vendors will also be on site. FMI 325658-1714 FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH D’Vine Wine – Samaritan Counseling Center Benefit, 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Wine tasting event which will include music, Hor d‘oeuvres, tours of the wine making process, prizes, shopping and a silent auction. $20 per person (4 tastings), 113 E. Concho Ave, FMI 325-9442561


Leave No Kid Inside Day Camp @ the San Angelo State Park - special week-long camping activity where participants can learn all about the park . Campers will enjoy a week of projects and learning experiences tailored to teaching the youth about our native outSan Angelo Concert Series – Nora Struthers, 6:30pm – Emmanu- doors. Campers must be going into fourth grade, fifth and six graders to el Recital Hall, FMI: register. There is limit of 60 ers. Cost is $60 payable to Friends Search for the Edge of the Solar of San Angelo State Park (includes family overnight campout) CampSystem @ the ASU Planetarium, ers are asked to wear long pants 7pm - $3 per person. and no open end shoes for

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Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for sale. Downtown Artwalk, 5pm-9pm @ the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and downtown participating galleries and merchants. Free admission to the Museum including refreshments, entertainment, and a make and take art activity for children. FMI 325-653-3333

Art Thursday, 2pm-6pm @ the Museum of Fine Arts – In the Education Studio Art activities for children and their families. FREE Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, a children‘s show, @ the ASU Planetarium, 7pm - $3 a person. Search for the Edge of the Solar System @ the ASU Planetarium, 8pm - $3 per person.


Search for the Edge of the Solar Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, System @ the ASU Planetarium, a children‘s show, @ the ASU Plan- 7pm - $3 per person. etarium, 7pm - $3 a person. Search for the Edge of the Solar System @ the ASU Planetarium, 8pm - $3 per person.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH Search for the Edge of the Solar System @ the ASU Planetarium, 7pm - $3 per person.

Secrets of the Sun @ the ASU Planetarium, 8pm - $3.00 per person.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH Hispanorama Summer Fest, 10am – 10pm - Bands, Bands and more

bands at the Riverstage. FREE to the public. Come and enjoy a day filled with music. (No coolers please) Further information may be obtained on the Hispanorama TV show on Saturdays at 11:00 pm or on KIDY-FOX. FMI: Mike Garcia 325-340-7719 or e-mail


THURSDAY, JUNE 30TH Stories and Songs for Preschoolers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for sale.

Art Thursday, 2pm-6pm @ the Concho Valley Farmers Market @ Museum of Fine Arts – In the Edu609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – cation Studio Art activities for chilLocally grown fresh produce offered dren and their families. FREE for sale.


Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, a children‘s show, @ the ASU Planetarium, 7pm - $3 a person.

Stories and Songs for Preschoolers: Every Wednesday and Thurs- Search for the Edge of the Solar day at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the System @ the ASU Planetarium, Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard 8pm - $3 per person.

Secrets of the Sun @ the ASU Planetarium, 8pm - $3.00 per person.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for sale. Family Fun Day at the Depot, 10am – 4pm - The Railway Museum of San Angelo is celebrating San Angelo families this summer. Along with free admission to the Museum, families can enjoy live music, children's activities, food and more. FMI: 325-486-2140

TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST Concho Valley Farmers Market @ 609 S. Oakes St, 7am – 12pm – Locally grown fresh produce offered for sale.



San Angelo Texas will put on its fifth annual drag boat races. June 24th – 26th. Come see one of the fastest shows on the water, SHOWDOWN IN SAN ANGELO. At Lake Nasworthy, this venue has been seen by THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD Stories and Songs for Preschool- many of the regular boat racers and spectators as the BEST on the circuit. Boats will ers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the line up side by side and run a liquid quarter Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard mile at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour in Stories and Songs for Preschoolers: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 10:30 A.M. at the Central Library. 33 W. Beauregard

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less than 5 seconds. The liquid quarter mile lies between two of the most awe-some spectator areas that you will see on the circuit. Walk the pits and see the boats up close. Talk to the drivers and crew and see them working on the boats for the next round. Buy t-shirts, photos, cards or posters and have your favorite driver autograph them. FMI:

more than anyone else in town for precious metals. We know that what we pay for is what we are getting, but the other guys are making an educated guess as to the quality of the metal they buy. So they pay less to cover the losses. With what we will pay in cash for gold in San Angelo, we are really forcing our competition to be more aggressive as well.‖

Many of you have heard advertisements recently about investing in gold. Some guy in a very excited voice on the TV waving his hands around and screaming, ―Gold is the highest it has ever been. Invest now!‖ Ads like these always make me wince a little on the inside and leave me wondering ―what‘s the catch?‖ So recently I decided to talk to some experts and find out what the deal is on the value of gold these days. At Angelo Gold Exchange I met up with the owners Andrew and Daryl who have been in the precious metal buying business for years. They‘re a reliable resource with genuine expertise in the precious metals business. Andrew and Daryl moved to the Concho Valley from the Big Country in October and set up shop at 1101 Caddo St by Central High School. I asked these guys to explain what the craze is all about with gold lately. As it turns out, the guy on the TV is telling the truth. Gold has doubled in value in the past year and silver has almost tripled in value. Andrew said that currently gold sells for $1530 per ounce. In ‘06 that figure was $600, and in ‘09 it was $800. But according the Andrew and Daryl there are a lot of gimmicks and unprofessional gold buying going on out there. Andrew explained, ―We really have to know what we‘re looking at when we buy. We have a lot of technology that the other guys simply don‘t have that allows us to know what the gold or silver we buy is worth. That‘s why we are aggressive buyers and pay

Andrew and Daryl have found in the recent years that their competition is no longer only other precious metal buyers, but coin collectors as well. Apparently since the value of silver and gold has sky-rocketed old coins are often worth more as metal than as a collectable. I asked Andrew what they buy the most. He said, ―Sterling. We buy anything that is sterling. Right now silver is going for $37 per ounce. That‘s unheard of, so we‘ll take anything that‘s sterling. I‘ve seen some people who buy an old set of silverware for five bucks at a garage sale and they turn around and bring it to us we give them five hundred. A lot of people really don‘t know what they have and are really happy to find out when they come see us.‖

So if you‘re looking to off-load some long forgotten set of dinnerware go see Andrew and Daryl down at the Angelo Gold Exchange. These guys will take care of you without any gimmicks. They‘re soon to move their shop to a location next door where they‘ve set up a discrete buying area. Or if you‘re just curious to know a little more about the value of what you do have, these guys are professional and knowledgeable, and will be able to give you a fair, market based assessment on the value of your precious metals. By Grant Ingram

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Kyle Bennett

has a confusing story that needs to be set straight. Did the Kyle Bennett Band break up a few years ago? Yes… but not really. But then again…. In any case, Bennett is still around and doing what he‘s done his entire life. Grown up in a church of 25,000 members strong, Bennett and his family all played music. His mother, by the age of 6, recorded a series of 10 seven-inch records (45‘s for those who are so vinyl savvy) who also sang back up for Larry Gatlin (back before his ―All the Gold In California‖ days made him a star) and his father, a bass player who was a member of the Gateman Trio, have had a very profound influence on his life and music. Although there is not much written or known about Kyle, his music seems to tell us all we need to know. ―We have more music coming out, a new album to look forward to and you WILL know who we are‖, states Bennett. I got to speak to Kyle while on the road from Austin on the way to Corpus Christi, Spotlight: Your family has always been active musically. Would you say you‘re carrying forth a family tradition? Bennett: (Laughs) Well, not necessarily in the way they‘d want me to but they are huge fans.

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have a band and that‘s the way we do it.

Spotlight: Are you happy with the attention you‘ve had thus far? Bennett: It was very unexpected. I was really shocked by the turn out of all the people coming to the shows and stuff. But it‘s something you have to adapt and learn to embrace and it‘s given me the opportunity to meet some really cool people and to connect with people who our music.

Spotlight: Is it any different from before? Bennett: Well, there‘re some things that I cannot say due to legal reasons. But it‘s still the Kyle Bennett Band and we still sing the songs that everybody knows and loved. I wrote all those tunes.

Spotlight: How is the solo career going? Bennett: I wouldn‘t call it going solo. There was just a personnel change and I hate the way it all went. But it‘s still the Kyle Bennett Band and we still do the same songs as we did from before. I‘m Kyle Bennett and I

Spotlight: What‘s your take on the Texas country music scene? Bennett: Specifically I believe that it‘s a great avenue for people that like country music. You know, it‘s a great representation of Texas and what better way to do it than through music. It‘s a great deal. I think the Texas music scene is right where it needs to be.

Crow: Yeah man – I wrote that song and it‘s something I‘m very proud of.

Spotlight: Are you excited about playing San Angelo? Crow: Oh yeah! We always love to play San Angelo! We‘ve been playing San Angelo for years so we‘re always excited to come back.

Spotlight: Do you play a lot of festivals like the Texas Country Music Festival that will be taking place? Crow: Yeah, man. I love playing festivals. It‘s a time for us to kind of let our hair down and not have to worry so much about being here and there at a certain time and doing radio and we just get to talk to fans and hang out and it‘s a lot of fun for us. We can relax a bit. And we can hear other bands we like that we don‘t always get to because we‘re always working when they are.

Bart Crow is a man who is quite possibly the most honest and assertive person there is in Texas country music. He‘s not afraid to reach outside the boundaries and worry about being a misleading figure (or being any kind of figure at that). He just loves to play music and loves music in general. Consider him the James Brown of Texas country music due to his hard work and contributions. Four albums into his career speaks for itself. Not much is out there to be said on Crow and his beginnings. Hopefully this interview from his home in Austin is a good place to start.

Spotlight: Any new music on the way? Crow: Yeah man. We put out a live album recently but I‘ve been in the studio recording some new songs just gearing up for that. I just nailed 17 new songs down. I don‘t even know what I‘m going to do with. They‘re just some acoustic songs. By Bob Simpson

Spotlight: Where is Bart Crow now and how did he get to where he is today? Crow: Well, I live in Austin, Texas with my wife and we just had our three month old boy. After I graduated high school, I was in the Army from 1995 through 1998 and that‘s where I started playing guitar. After an honorable discharge, I went to Tarleton State University and that‘s where I started playing music. Then I moved to Austin and was playing out there and then moved to Dallas and was playing on the weekends. Then I was getting laid off from different jobs so I moved back to Austin and started to focus on music. So 6 years later, here we are and we have running water and the electricity is still on.

Spotlight: How does Austin treat you? Crow: Oh, I love the city. It‘s the only place I‘ve been to that the culture and the food is amazing. It‘s a great place to be; a beautiful city.

Spotlight: Explain to us what the difference between Red Dirt music and Texas country is to you and your place in both? Crow: Man, I don‘t know if I have an answer for that. I don‘t really know. I can say that there is a certain feel to what‘s going on out here. But to define what Texas country is and what is Red Dirt, I have no idea. I know there‘s a theme and a market and a radio station format for it but I think it‘s just a lot of independent countryesq music. For me, I just make American music, I write songs that I create but not to create for a format. That‘s what I do. I go into a studio and create parts and make it a song.

Spotlight: So you‘re a beastie boys fan? Crow: Oh yeah, Dude! I‘m actually going to Waterloo this afternoon to get the new album on vinyl.

Spotlight: ―Wear My Ring‖ is probably your most well known song…

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Wednesday, June 1 Andrea Marie – Sealy Flats Coy Moses – Stagecoach Saloon Karaoke Night – Fast Eddies The Pleasants – The Deadhorse Tops in Blue – San Angelo Coliseum

Monty Branham – Blaine‘s Pub High Seas Adventure, The Beat Dolls—The Deadhorse

Thursday, June 2 Matt Harian & Brian Hudson – House of FiFi Dubois Spring Mill Grind – Sealy Flats Psychostick/ Kill This & Plagues Within – The Deadhorse Matt Harian – House of FiFi Dubois Piano Bar Sing A Long – Miss. Hattie's Texas Chuck’s Open Mic Night – Spam‘s Bar Friday, June 3 Kevin Fowler w/ Granger Smith – Midnight Rodeo Tablespoon – Little River Club Jeff Strahan – Sealy Flats The Tone Pirates – Stagecoach Saloon Muchos Backflips – The Deadhorse Crossing Tyler – The Wall Barefoot Mark – House of FiFi Dubois

Saturday, June 11 Black Eye Shiner – Party Ranch Erin James Band –Sealy Flats Buckshot Bradley – Blaine‘s Pub The Phuss, PTN and 3 Second Rule—The Deadhorse Tuesday, June 14 Clay McClinton – House of FiFi Dubois Thursday, June 16 Texas Chuck’s Open Mic Night – Spam‘s Bar Friday, June 17 Texas Country Music Festival – Graham Central Station Mark McKinney – Midnight Rodeo Closure, Shotgun Rebels and Falling Ashes – The Deadhorse Texas Blues Runners – Sealy Flats Saturday, June 18 Texas Country Music Festival – Graham Central Station Hosea Hargrove and The Roadrunners – Sealy Flats Faint the Fiction and Sindrone – The Deadhorse Hard Tymes – Coachman Club 21 in June – Blaine‘s Pub

Saturday, June 4 Silverado – VFW Ricky Stein & The Warm Guns – House of FiFi Dubois The Tone Pirates – Stagecoach Saloon Calling All War, A Black Anatomy– The Deadhorse Sunday, June 5 Blind Nello – VFW Jeska Sheppard and Friends (every Sunday) – Sealy Flats

Thursday, June 23 Pat Green w/ Josh Abbott – Midnight Rodeo Tablespoon – Party Ranch The Rankin Twins – Blaine‘s Pub

Tuesday, June 7 Whistlestix – Spam‘s Bar

Friday, June 24 J.B. & the Moonshine Band – Midnight Rodeo Favors for Favors and The Black Irish – The Deadhorse Scooter Brown Band – Blaine‘s Pub

Wednesday, June 8 Wildstreet and Black Tora – The Deadhorse

Saturday, June 25 No Dry Country – Blaine‘s Pub

Thursday, June 9 Barefoot Mark – Chicken Farm Art Center Josh Abbott Band – Midnight Rodeo

Tuesday, June 28 Avey Brothers – Sealy Flats

Friday, June 10 Nora Jane Struthers – San Angelo Concert Series Tablespoon – Kimbo‘s Saloon

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Thursday, June 30 Cody Johnson – Midnight Rodeo Bobby Duncan – Blaine‘s Pub Texas Chuck’s Open Mic Night – Spam‘s Bar

Rich O‘Toole hails from Houston, TX (now residing in Austin) as one of the ―lucky ones‖ to breakout even onto the Texas country music scene by just releasing his first album. ‗Seventeen‘, released in 2007, garnered much attention not only to radio stations all over the state of Texas, but to the college crowds who wallow in the nothing-but-true-to-Texas sound (and usually settle for nothing less). Since the release of his first album, another album followed and O‘Toole still managed to keep his head above the water by avoiding each recording artists nightmare of the so called ―sophomore slump‖ by touring and attracting more fans. After a few line-up changes, Rich and the gang went to record a brand new release slated for July 12. The album is yet to be titled by his fans on his Facebook page. I spoke to Rich from a coffee house in Austin, TX.

written song. Spotlight: Speaking of recording songs, how did the ―Cricket Song‖ come about? O’Toole: Well one of my good buddies, Gabe Wootton, wrote that song and played it in college all the time at A&M and I fell in love with that tune. And I‘ve written everything we‘ve recorded but I wanted to go outside my boundaries a little bit and record another persons‘ song so I did. Spotlight: It‘s rumored that you played baseball or wanted to be a baseball player…

O’Toole: I played baseball in high school and my senior year, I blew out my elbow and it kind of sidelined me for a little bit so I had to let it go so I kind of focused on music. But even on the road Spotlight: What enticed you to do a we kind of play a little baseball. And I Postal Service song on your last album? watch baseball. I‘m a huge Astros fan. I watch them every chance I get. I love O’Toole: When I was in college, there baseball. was this girl that I hung out with you listened to the Postal Service and I always Spotlight: Does being on the road ever liked that song. I thought it (―The District take its toll on you guys? Sleeps Alone Tonight‖) was a great song and I write for great lyrics and O’Toole: Yeah, of course. Just like anygreat chord progression and it had all thing in life. I might get burned out right that. And even though it was electronic, after a show but I‘ll get a goodnights I could still feel that I could sing to it and rest and wake up in the morning and it delivers a message. It‘s a really well love it all over again. By Bob Simpson

Spotlight: Do you expect another audiences; which is already happening. breakthrough of some kind that was We‘ve sold 600 tickets in one night besimilar to that of 2007‘s ‗Seventeen‘? fore where as in the beginning I was just O’Toole: Yeah, I mean with the new happy to play to 100 people. record coming out in July, we plan on being a national act and go to radio. We just had our first number one on Billboard. So yeah, we‘re taking our first steps and the very first is to release this new record. Hopefully get a bigger fan base and keep rockin‘ and rollin‘. Spotlight: What do plan to do after the new record comes out? O’Toole: Getting a bigger fan base, writing more music, playing for bigger

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music is growing. It‘s constantly changing and constantly evolving and that‘s what I want as a musician is to be constantly evolving. But more than anything I want to keep that question and the answer for my listeners instead of me telling people what kind of music I play, I‘d rather have people categorize it more than me tell them what it is. Do you know what I‘m saying? But you‘re right man, I‘m a little bit of country, rock n‘ roll, hip hop, soul, R & B, you know so it‘s all the types of music that I loved to listen to when I was growing up and I think the older I get, I keep trying to find ways to bring them all together; all the different types of music that I love and I think the older I get, I want to try pushing it all together. Spotlight: So how did you fall under the Texas country category? Cooper: Well, I live here in north Texas and I‘ve had the ability to see guys like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Blue Edmonson, Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers …you know a lot of those cats were coming through my area. And being that I‘m so close to Oklahoma, I was always, constantly hearing about these bands. So after seeing these people I got inspired to kind of follow that same avenue. And they were the ones that inspired me to want to go out there and play live music. And so being around all that growing up and being from around the area, I was just kind of thrown into it all and that‘s totally fine with me because that‘s where they too came from.



is Texas‘ boy wonder of music. By look-

ing at him, you‘d think he was a young John Mayer that just rolled out of bed. But he‘s just the opposite. Cooper is an artist in his own right creating sounds not yet composed by an artist in his genre and incorporating many more influences in his music than the typical ‗Waylon and Willie‘ from their dad‘s old record collection that‘s been done (and is keeping on) within Texas country music. The 22-year-old from Wichita Falls recorded his first record at the age of 16 entitled ‗Live at the Pub‘. His real breakthrough came a few years later with his album ‗Ignition‘ that landed him not only on the map of Texas music but also on its charts. With ‗Live at the Pub 2‘ slated for a release sometime this year, Cooper is still doing what he does best (and the only thing he knows how to do); playing on a stage in front of audiences and winning them over. I talked to Johnny from his home in Wichita Falls, TX. Spotlight: You‘re a lot younger than most of your peers in the Texas country genre. Do you feel that the media focuses too much on your age than they do your music? Cooper: I think when I first started playing music when I was 16, 17, 18, and 19, I think that might have been a bigger deal than the actual music, but I kind of showed everybody by sticking to playing and touring. It‘s like it all kind of flip-flopped. Like I came from being a Page 16

kid to just playing music to a guy who really, really wanted to play music who happened to be young. Spotlight: You have a pretty edgy sound that‘s not the typical format in Texas country music. What do you consider your music to be? Cooper: You know, that‘s a really good question. I‘ve not even, myself, have found a label for it that I feel comfortable with. Mainly my

Spotlight: Would you consider your album, ‗Ignition‘, to be the essence of your music and the artist you portray? Cooper: Yeah, I would definitely say so. ‗Ignition‘ is where it all kind of started for me. It hit closer to home because that was back when a light bulb went off in my head that I could really do my own music. So, a lot of songs on that record are real close to me just because when I first started, I started to realize that I could write my own music. And they were all songs that I wrote in my room as a 16/17 year-old. Spotlight: Besides your age and sound, what sets you apart from the rest of Texas musicians in the Red Dirt market? Cooper: I‘d like to say more than anything that it‘s the work ethic. I feel blessed to have the chance to even do what I love to do and make a living at it. I really, truly believe in the music that I‘m trying to do and as long as I try to keep working hard, I think that will set me apart from everybody. Spotlight: When you‘re not out rockin‘ the world over, what does Johnny cooper do? Cooper: I‘m a sucker for sitting at home and playing video games and cooking out on the grill and I‘m a huge Mavericks fan so of course I love to watch basketball and I‘m a huge hockey fan also. So between cooking out and doing the normal stuff I do, I really love watching sports and being outside and just kicking back. By Bob Simpson

Randy Rogers is known for such hit songs as ―Kiss Me in the Dark‖ and ―In My Arms‖. The San Marcos resident happens to be a very shy and quiet kind of guy who accounts his success as just icing on the cake. He‘s still very well deep rooted in the places where he first started playing music; most notably at San Marcos‘ Cheatham Street Warehouse where he and his band recorded their first album in 2002 as a live venture. Rogers was born in Cleburne, TX. At age six his grandmother taught him how to play music; mostly songs chosen for church hymnals. It wouldn‘t be long after that that Rogers would envision a career in music and pursue it for a lifetime to come. By 2005, Rogers and company saw all goals completed as some songs reached the Billboard country charts and released the critically acclaimed ‗Rollercoaster‘ album co-produced by Radney Foster. The following year, Rogers said goodbye to being true to the Texas independent music scene and signed on to Mercury Nashville then by 2010 released his current album ‗Burning the Day‘ on MCA Nashville, the home of Texas music legend George Strait. I got the chance to talk to Rogers from his home in San Marcos. He didn‘t have much to say.

Rogers: Yeah. She was the only Rogers: No, it‘s too early for all person who put music in my head that. It‘s in the process of getting when I was little so absolutely. written pretty much. We‘ll probably start recording it in the fall. Spotlight: Being a fulltime musician, as you have been for awhile Spotlight: Are you touring connow, do you miss your day job? sistently? Rogers: No (laughs). The last job Rogers: Yeah we‘re doing right I had was working at Mailboxes around 200 shows this year. Etc. Spotlight: What are the acoustic Spotlight: Where did you form tours that you and Wade Bowen the band? do like? Rogers: In San Marcos. Rogers: Well, it‘s an acoustic tour we do called Hold My Beer Spotlight: Do you miss playing and Watch This. It usually hapthe old venues like the Nutty pens in May or June and we‘ll go Brown Cafe or the Cheatham out and do it again this year. Street Warehouse or do you still play those places? Spotlight: Being on a major laRogers: Yeah, we still play bel, do you get called a ―sell out‖ Cheatham Street. It‘s very dear to by Red Dirt/Texas music fans? my heart and I thoroughly enjoy it. Rogers: I don‘t think we as a Spotlight: You got to work with band have sold out. We decided R a d n e y F o s t e r o n y o u r to make the transition as a band, ‗Rollercoaster‘ album. What was record our own records, and write that like for you? our own songs so no, I don‘t think Rogers: It was a dream come we ever get called a sellout. We true. I‘ve always been a big fan of already had our own sound to his. And from being a fan her begin with and so on and so forth. turned into my mentor and a dear friend and has given me good ad- Spotlight: What are you listening vice; not just musically. to these days? Rogers: Oh, I‘ve been listening to Spotlight: You‘re on the road a old stuff, man. I‘ve been listing to lot. Do you have a funny tour sto- Willie (Nelson), some Merle ry to share? (Haggard). Rogers: I have a lot of funny tour stories but not any that you can Spotlight: Have you ever been print (laughs). offended by crowds while on stage? Spotlight: How is your new label Rogers: Well, you know, I‘ve MCA Nashville treating you? been nailed by a few beer bottles Rogers: They‘re great, man! and stuff in my life but you know, We‘ve been on Universal for five not much really pisses me off. I‘m years now and we‘re going to a pretty easy going guy. make another record this year. By Bob Simpson

Spotlight: Your grandmother taught you to play music. What kind of person was she like? Rogers: She was a very religious person. And most of those s songs she taught me were Baptist Spotlight: Do you have a hymns. title for it or anything you Spotlight: Do you cite her as an want to share about the new album? influence?

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WADE B OWEN Hailed as one of the most important songwriters in the new wave of Texas music, Wade Bowen takes aim on emotion and molds it in song. He‘s been all over Texas with his band and alone just him and a guitar. He‘s the ―universal soldier‖ of Texas music and recently released his second live record ―Live at Billy Bob‘s‖. Bowen is known for his song crafting and speaking out against post partum depression; an illness his wife suffered after giving birth to their two boys almost 4 years ago. Currently residing in New Braunfels Texas, Wade was once a Red Raider studying at Texas Tech University--the place where he started playing music. Playing over 200 concert dates a year, he consistently keeps up his pace in the Texas music world. Spotlight: You used to be in the band West 84. What happened to those guys? Bowen: Well it was our band name and then we just dropped it eventually changed it to Wade Bowen. It was just a band that I started back in Lubbock and we were just in it together in college so we were West 84 and then Wade Bowen and West 84 and then we just dropped the name. Spotlight: How does the Wade Bowen song process work? Bowen: Kind of all over the map. I mean, I try to write songs about my life and my kids and venture off to find other stories that I hear about. I don‘t have any straight formulas for it. I just do the best that I can with one idea at a time.

they‘re a good group of guys. I enjoy being on the bus and the fan interaction. I love being on stage for a couple of hours. If I‘m going through something and I don‘t think I‘m going to make it, being on stage just makes it all go away. But I love it and the interaction of people that get into it when we‘re doing a show and the love they give Spotlight: What‘s your favorite song you‘ve back to us. And it‘s something else to see written and why? how a song affects other people‘s lives. Bowen: I‘d probably say my favorite song that I‘ve written is ―Turn on the Lights‖ just Spotlight: What‘s the wildest show you‘ve because I captured something going on just ever done? the way that it was. It was one of those Bowen: I don‘t know, man. There are quite times that my wife and I went through. I a few wild ones. Talk about San Angelo; wrote that about 4 years ago. we‘d play at Blaine‘s Pub and people would be dancing on the tables. That was pretty Spotlight: How are your wife and children fun. Those were pretty wild days. We‘ve doing? played some pretty wild shows at the Blue Bowen: Everybody‘s great. They‘re awe- Light back in the day in Lubbock. some and having way too much fun. Spotlight: Any plans to work with your Spotlight: What do you like best about brother in-law Cody Canada? Bowen: No. We‘ve never really even talked playing live and being on the road? Bowen: I enjoy hanging with my band; about it. He‘s busy doing his new thing with Page 18

his new band and I‘m busy doing mine. He‘s kind of picking up where he left off with Cross Canadian Ragweed and staying real busy. Spotlight: You just released ‗Wade Bowen: Live at Billy Bob‘s‘. Are you supporting this album with your tour? Bowen: Sort of. We never really stop touring. We‘re on the road nonstop. But it‘s good to be a part of the ‗Live at Billy Bob‘s‘ series. They‘ve been good to us. Spotlight: Tell us a little bit about the golf tournament that you host. Bowen: Well, it‘s a concert and a golf tournament. This year we raised around $133,000 for a charity and had about 1,800 people show up so it was a good year. We‘ve sold it out for the last seven years and it‘s a really good even and we have a lot of fun with it. And we just enjoy giving back a little bit of what‘s been given to us. By Bob Simpson

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San Angelo Spotlight - June 2011  
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June 2011 Edition