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Contributing Writers Aimee Bryant, Mike Cheney Brandon Meyers, Tiffany Aldridge Elliott, Philip Corder
Hello This has been a great month here at Southern Music Scene, You will notice a few new ads and a few more articles, and a new writer, Tiffany Aldridge Elliott has joined our team. Very excited to have her on board with us. Be sure to email us with any story ideas to email@example.com. Hope ya enjoy this months issue
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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 2 february 2013
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cover photo by- Susan Wood
Texas Music Chart January 28, 2013 LW
Artist Title (Label)
Josh Abbott Band I’ll Sing About Mine (Pretty Damn Tough Records)
Weeks on Chart
Stoney LaRue Travelin’ Kind (B Side)
Jason Boland & the Stragglers Obsessed (Vision Ent./Proud Souls Ent.)
Reckless Kelly Pennsylvania Avenue (No Big Deal)
Eli Young Band Say Goodnight (Republic)
Randy Rogers Band Trouble Knows My Name (Mercury)
Aaron Watson Lips (Thirty Tigers)
The Great Divide Without You (TGD)
The Departed Worth the Fight (Vision Ent./Underground Sound)
Curtis Grimes Smile (CG)
Turnpike Troubadours Wrecked (Bossier City)
Kyle Park The Night is Young (Indie/Thirty Tigers)
Roger Creager Crazy Again (Winding Road)
Granger Smith We Do It In a Field (GS)
Chris Knight In The Mean Time (Drifter’s Church Prod.)
Green River Ordinance The Weight (Good Time Entertainment)
William Clark Green It’s About Time (98 Records)
Bart Crow Dandelion (Smith Ent.)
Mike Ryan The Cold One (MR)
Josh Grider Lone Star Highway (AMP)
Ray Johnston Band Me, You & Emmylou (RJB)
JB and the Moonshine Band Kiss Me That Way (Average Joe’s)
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s w e i v e R c i s u M s a x e T
by. Mike Cheney
Jeff Hobbs took a brief break from
the music scene to step back and handle some things. During that time, he nearly rebuilt the entire band. In talking with him, he revealed that he found his new bass player on CraigsList. Then while playing and rehearsing to get the band to gel, the bass player said “hey, my girlfriend can sing”, so Jeff gave her a chance. It was definitely a great move. She, along with the addition of a steel guitar and keyboards gives Jeff Hobbs & the Jacks a new vibe from the previous edition, but the ability to impress is definitely there. One of the neat things about this show is that the band played absolutely no cover songs in the entire set. It doesn’t matter one bit though because the way the songs are played, they make you feel like you have heard them before. If you are familiar with the Texas/Oklahoma regional music scene, you will immediately recognize “Comfortably Southern” as well as “Red River Anthem”, but the set would be awesome without them. (Yes, Stoney LaRue has a song of the same name, but Jeff ’s is different) They just make it more fun to listen
to. One song that I heard on his “Mockingbird” album that is just a lot of fun to hear live is the title cut, “Mockingbird”. If you hear that song and just don’t start feeling immediately better, then there’s something definitely wrong with you! The guitar work in that song combined with everything else brought into that song just makes it a very enjoyable track to hear. BOTTOM LINE: If you get the chance to see Jeff play, I promise you, that you’ll soon be a fan!
God Gives For Us To Give Dempsey Pullen by. Tiffany Aldridge Elliott This quote is one that has so much meaning behind it. You see, God has given Dempsey Pullen the gift of music. Dempsey has made it his life to give it back. He is not only using it for gaining fans and singing for himself; he had made it his life to give back to the world in many charitable ways. Dempsey donates his music at many benefits here in Texas and 8 months ago he was asked along side of a lot of other artist to help raise funds at The Honkey~Tonkin For HOPE. Benefiting the Hope Center for Autism. Dempsey Pullen then along side Aubrey Lynn England and Jimmy Jones went a week later after playing the benefit to the actual center to play for the children there. They were touched beyond description by how the children who have been diagnosed with autism all were so attentive and responsive to their music. The emotion not only from the children and staff could be seen along with tears from the artist. These children were responding to their music is ways no one ever dreamed. Susan and Glenn Wood the directors of Hope asked if Dempsey would be interested in coming back. So for the last 8 months Dempsey goes at least once a month some times 2/3. He has a list of Texas music artist offering to volunteer their time at this amazing facility where the children touch the artist and change their lives. HOPE CENTER FOR AUTISM is a non-profit center for children diagnosed with autism (Not a school, funded by tax dollars). The center provides additional support for the children and their families and friends. Hope provides therapy for the children to teach communication and social skills giving them ability to cope with a world that sees things differently than they do. HOPE also has parenting & family/friend workshops helping to enlighten them on what it is like to live autism, giving them more of an understanding and teaching patience as both parties have to learn to work together enriching each others lives through autism. Dempsey Pullen began his love of music at the age of 9 but singing and guitar playing wasnâ€™t his passion then. At 9 years old he wanted to make as much loud noise as possible and beat on things so, his parents thought maybe some organized chaos would be good so drums were introduced. He played in several bands thru the years and began to play guitar and sing at 17. Up until 2 years ago he was pretty much a closet musician, playing here and there but not really doing much with his talent, but a broken heart and life lesson changed how he looked at the world. Dempsey began playing acoustic at many of the venues here in North Texas. From Chances in Cleburne, The Spice Rack in Burleson, Hanks in McKinney and The Thirsty Armadillo in Fort Worth Stockyards As his heart began to change and heal Dempsey decided that he wanted to give back the music to help others. Dempsey may drive a truck but he has wings of an angel and though his halo may be a little off kilter from time to time, he truly is an amazing person with the love and gift of music from the Lord.
photos by- Susan & Glenn Wood
HOPE CENTER FOR AUTISM is so blessed to have him in their corner to help with their benefits and monthly music events. In fact, Dr.Temple Grandin will be in Fort Worth on Tuesday February 26, 2013 at the Ridglea Theater to speak about her life experiences, her journey with autism, her work as a professor at Colorado State University, her work in business and her love for her work with animals in a fascinating, informative and inspiring evening. HOPE would like to invite you to attend and assist in underwriting efforts through our sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from the evening will go directly to The Hope Center for Autismâ€™s scholarship program that provides hours of treatment for children with autism. Dempsey along with several other Texas music artist will entertain during the evening as well. HOPE CENTER FOR AUTISM is a strictly non-profit, funded charity. Relying only on donations to keep the enrichment alive. For Tickets and more information about HOPE please contact Susan or Glenn Wood @(817) 5601139 or www.hopecenter4autism.com
THE NEXT BIG THING!!!!!! With a soulful, powerful, driving sound BIG Stage Records Recording Artist Jaron Bell has become one of the most buzzed about rising stars in TX Music. This young Singer/songwriter out of Clyde Texas, brings a fresh approach to the Texas Music landscape. In early Feb 2013, Bell will be sending his New Radio Single "Over Again" with All-Star promoter Rick Lovett to the Texas Music Radio Market. This is the follow up single to his late fall of 2012 catchy single "Dirt Road Beauty Queen" featuring Joey Green, which spent 18 weeks in the Top 100 on the Texas Regional Radio Report(TRRR). Written with fellow singer/songwriter Jeff Allen, the song brings a new sound and a great hook with a Rockin’/ Pop Country feel that sounds like a new bread of main stream TX Music. With a great team of people, an ever growing fan base along with his debut Full-Length Studio album produced by Bart Rose at Fort Worth Sound Studios coming this summer you can expect nothing but bigger and better things for this Young Star..... by Ricky Trietsch
Texas unplugged broadcast weekly from Eagles Nest in North Fort Worth 8455 Boat Club Rd, 76179 I have to say I was not sure what to expect. But it was a great show,Caren Quinn and Kip Richards were very entertaining as they bounce back and forth between themselves and the artist. Tuesday was “Two Buck Tuesday “ so beer sales were high! The crowd enjoyed tunes from Dempsey Pullen, Aubrey Lynn from 7-9. Quinn and Richards did a great job interacting with the artist, the crowd and the fans by Facebook all evening. They gave away Billy Bob tickets and tons great CD’s. Austin Allsup finished off the evening of music from 9-11! If you need a place to hang out with friends . grab a bite and maybe a beer and have of fun while enjoying a great show, I suggest Texas Unplugged live at The Eagles Nest or by internet.www.texasredhotradio.com 7 to 9 pm every Tuesday by. Susan Wood
s n i k p o JC Hview re
by. Brandon Meyers
Fly On, the recent EP from Oklahoma’s JC Hopkins will no doubt have you tapping a toe, scooting a boot and maybe even lead to a tear in your beer. Hopkins has a true and honest vibe to his music and a sound that reminds me of the good ol’ story telling cowboys. Which makes sense seeing as his bio reads like the Chris LeDeux story. JC rode rodeo for several years before turning his attentions fully towards music and over the years has honed his craft into a very solid product. The songs on Fly On range from the rocking “Main Street” to the slower dying love ballads “Is This What Leaving Looks Like” and “We Built Our Bridge.” JC manages to pull you in with lyrics that will have you loving, crying and leaving as you can’t help but see yourself standing in the shoes of the balladeer. Do these songs tell his story or yours? The short answer is both. His songs are true stories whether they be your or his own. That is the beauty of good song writing. I had seen JC do acoustic sets prior to the release of Fly On and was nothing less than impressed. The emotions and passion that he put into each song shows more than a musician telling a story. He has lived the pain and loss that he pours out to a crowd in song. He has recently put together a full band which only solidifies his music and open the door to many more things for them as a band. And I only see good things ahead. Go give it a listen. Til next time.
A Look Back Jack ingram 2003 interview
by. Philip Corder
Phillip Corder: When did you begin your music career? Jack Ingram: I started playing music in college. I got a guitar and a Willie Nelson songbook and learned how to play. I started putting lyrics to music shortly thereafter. PC: Who are your main musical influences? JI: Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Etta James, The Rolling Stones and Chet Baker to name a few. PC: What approach do you take when writing your songs? Do you have any specific routine? JI: I usually start with a lyric or a title then pick up a guitar and start figuring out where it should go. PC: If you had to pick a couple of songs you have written that you are most proud of, what would they be and why? JI: Every time I write a new song I get very attached to it for a while. So I’m always most proud of the last song I wrote. I think it’s just because I’m so glad another one came along. PC: I’ve got five songs if you don’t mind, I was wondering if you could go over how they came about or what was going on at the time. “Biloxi” JI: I wrote this song about my perception of my parents divorce. “Inna From Mexico”
JI: I met this lady in a hair salon in Chicago. The story is true but she’s really from Russia.. artistic license! “One Thing” JI: Wrote this one in room 124 of the Shoney’s motel in Nashville. It was the first love song I’d written in a long time. More importantly for me, it was the first time in a long time I felt like writing a love song. “You Never Leave” JI: I was sick and tired of hearing the same old bullshit so I wrote about it. “Barbie Doll” JI: Todd Snider and I were laughing about some of the stuff we see from the vantage point of the stage. I see this girl A LOT!!!! PC: Where do you want to be in the next few years with your music career? Any long term goals? JI: The long term goal for me has always been to make music and play it for as many people as I can, Play music forever, for everybody. It’s pretty simple. PC: What’s your fondest career memory so far? JI: Opening for Johnny Cash at The House of Blues in Chicago.
PC: Do you have a preference when it comes to playing, whether it’s acoustic or electric? JI: I like them both for very different reasons, There’s a definite energy from playing with the band but there’s a definite intimacy that playing acoustic brings. I enjoy them both. PC: Describe what Texas music is all about to you? JI: For me, it’s all about writing songs that impact people’s lives. Thats what music does for me. PC: You have 3 up and coming albums “LIVE FROM GRUENE HALL”, “ACOUSTIC MOTEL” & “YOUNG MAN” let everyone know more about these 3 albums and where to find them? JI: The Gruene Hall CD was recorded last December at the hall. It’s a full band thing. Another album, “Live at Billy Bob’s” came out Nov. 21, 2003. Its has 15 songs on it. The Gruene Hall CD will also have 15 tracks. There’s no repeat tracks on these two projects. Live at Gruene Hall will come out on my website (Jackingram.net) in March. The “Acoustic Motel Live” CD will be out at
the acoustic motel shows starting this February. It was recorded during last year’s acoustic motel tour. It will also be available at shows and on the website. “Young Man” is a compilation CD that Columbia Records is putting out. It is made up of songs from my first two independent Cd’s. I picked the songs and wrote the liner notes for the project.
s w e i v e r aimee's
by. Aimee Bryant
September 2nd, 2011 was a pretty nerve racking day for me. I had set up an interview with Micky Braun of Micky and the Motorcars and wanted to structure our meeting, but had to first deal with my day job. As it turned out, I ended up leaving work late and only had 2 hours to get ready for something I’ve been looking forward too for three months! Despite my rushing around and stressing, I did manage to arrive at the venue early. The guys were playing a very popular club inside the El Dorado Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana called Celebrity Lounge. As I waited for their Tour Manager (Logan) to meet me at the door, I took the opportunity to talk to a few people about the band and got them interested in hearing what my excitement was all about and they did come in for the show. There is no cover at Celebrity if you get there before eleven o’clock and as long as you get stamped before then, you can come and go as you please. That is just one thing I love about that place! In the middle of adamantly telling a man that he needed to be more open-minded music-wise, Logan came to take me back to the green room for my interview and the butterflies started again! Micky was casually waiting for me as I walked in, and he very respectfully stood to greet me as Logan introduced us. I first explained why I was there and what this magazine is all about so he knew why I was interested in talking with him. I found him to be very easy going and surprisingly soft spoken compared to the force behind his vocals when he sings. I soon relaxed a bit and our conversation turned to the last time he was in Shreveport. Although he had never played in the city before, he had visited once a few years back with friends and we laughed as he told me about gambling on his last $15. I felt very at ease in his company, so much so that I honestly forgot to ask a lot of the “musical” questions I had originally intended. Our conversation was just that, two people talking, it wasn’t really an interview at all and I like
that because it shows me that Micky is just an average person like the rest of us, just one that can write an play music with remarkable talent! I did not want to take up too much of Micky’s time before the show, so after about fifteen minutes, I decided it was time for me to leave him to whatever preparations he needed to make (something I suppose, as an afterthought, I should have asked him about). So we took a picture and said our goodbyes. I promised him I’d be right up front to enjoy the show so I would definitely see him again, and I went back out front. I spent the next hour singing along to the playlist Micky gave the club D.J. (which included Cross Canadian Ragweed and Ryan Adams) and trying to get people to come into the show. Oh and talking with the doormen about the awesomeness that is Micky and the Motorcars.
I was actually distracted by someone when the band took the stage but quickly made my way down to take some pictures and enjoy the show. They started off with a new tune called “Any Longer, Any more” and moved through a perfect balance of new and old material. I was very pleased with the energy they maintained on stage, it was the style I have fallen in love with and am used to experiencing from this genre. I believe I danced to every song, in between snapping pictures. By the way, this venue is an amazing one for professional photographers to set up in. The lighting is fantastic! Even with a cheap point and shoot camera, the pictures turn out wonderful. During the show I learned that some people from Dallas and Abilene had driven just for the show (and to gamble of course!). I thought that was impressive and when the show ended, I made sure to speak to everyone to see if their trip was worth it. They assured me that it was! On my way out the door, I obtained a copy of the new CD, which I hadn’t had time to do beforehand. Let me stress how awesome this is! There is not one song on that album that I dislike, and that isn’t normal for me. I can usually always find at least two that I have to skip. Not this time though, every song on here touches me in some kind of way and the love songs especially “take hold of my heart”. It is astonishing to me what wonderful song writers all of the
Braun Brothers are, how they can always find the exact words to express a feeling or thought. This is why they are all on my list of favorites.
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