soundtracks of several of their television shows.
STEAM Where is this tour taking you and when?
JW I will be hitting the road, beginning in
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late-May and traveling to 10 states and 16 cities all throughout the eastern half of the Unites States. The tour begins May 25 in Oklahoma City, then I will travel back down through several cities in Texas (Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi). In June, I’ll be off to Nashville, Tennessee, followed by Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Madison Heights, Michigan; Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio; Pittsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C. and finally, New York (New York City and Seacliff).
STEAM What do you plan to do differently on this tour?
JW This time, I plan to include a major radio and in-store promotional tour in the midst of the show dates, to further promote the tour, the music, and my brand. And I hope you guys support the journey!
ers, t-shirts, etc.).
With campaigns like this, don’t donors get something in return for their support?
JW Yes! In return for your donations toward our goal, we have some FANTASTIC perks lined up; including exclusive digital downloads, access to a password-protected TOUR BLOG, signed copies of our EP and t-shirts, etc. And my favorite perk… The Tour Booklet! At the end of the tour I will be making special scrapbooks for our dedicated supporters and fans that will lay out the whole adventure from beginning to end.
STEAM So what’s the future hold for you? JW The whole point of planning this extremely grass-roots, independently-built music tour is continue the overall goals I have for my musical career over the next five years. 2015 is the beginning of a five year process where I will continue to travel, record, travel, record and work as hard as I can to push my music as far as it will go.
STEAM I know taking on a tour is very
expensive, how are you planning to fund this project?
Jimmy Willden, award-winning writer, filmmaker and songwriter, returns after a sixyear hiatus with his brand new CD, "Melodies of the Aftermath - The EP" (released December 2014)! The journey through that long hiatus included personal struggles and setbacks that directly influenced and inspired Willden. In return, the songs that came from that period of upheaval are some of his most accomplished, and most intimate. But of course, that journey started somewhere. For Willden, it began with the release of his debut album "Beginnings" at fourteen. Since then, he has released four solo albums, two EPs, toured the western half of U.S., and attracted the attention of MTV, with one of his songs making it onto the soundtrack of the popular
dating show, 'Next'. In his spare time, Willden has also founded the #ccsongwriters group in Corpus Christi, and has written and directed a handful of awardwinning films. Willden is ready to share his new music with the release of "Melodies of the Aftermath-THE EP" and Willden plans to hit the road to promote the new record!
STEAM You took 6 years off, so how long has it been since you toured?
JW The last time I hit the road for a nation-
al tour was 9 years ago, 2006, with fellow songwriters David Martinez (Corpus Christi, TX) and Hope Cassity (Nashville, TN). The tour was highly successful, leading to several contacts and opportunities for me over the next few years, including signing a licensing contract with MTV to use my songs in the
We are running an IndieGoGo.com campaign to raise the initial funds to hit the road through May 21. All of the funds will go directly to the travel expenses of the 5,400 mile trek (including gas, lodging and food) and tour marketing materials (posters, stick-
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ual procrastination— which sadly, keeps you a safe distance from focusing on your big goals and impossible dreams. Your Website provides an opportunity to experiment, and create new innovative ways to connect with your fans and customers, and grow your presence on the Internet.
J. Michael Dolan (1:19) It’s a very cool cocktail party with your friends and family, where you get to exchange funny stories, post crazy pix and videos, argue about politics, announce your happenings, and keep up with intimate family news and updates. Oh, and have 1000 people wish you happy birthday! However, when it comes to doing business, nothing is more effective than your own website. That said, Facebook has become the lazy man’s business card, and many artists & entrepreneurs, even pros & CEO’s seem to think that their Facebook page is enough. Here’s why it’s not: Facebook is Mark Zuckerbergs’ website, designed how he wants it to look and function. Your Website is designed exactly how you want it to look and function. It should reflect your style and that of your brand, and make available your art and commerce. Mark’s Website: if you launch a post on FB you HOPE that your fans, clients and customers see it—as they quickly scan through many others—spreading “Likes” like flower petals. And the illusion is that those “Likes” will translate into dollars. Your Website: If you send a weekly email or blog directly to your fans, clients and customers you KNOW they’ll see it—then you can entice them to visit your site, ex-
perience your art, consider your new offerings, and make a purchase. Mark’s Website: FB advertisers target your followers much better than you do. They stalk your fans and customers and lure them into clicking on those targeted ads that mysteriously show up at just the right time. Your Website: Your fans and customers are there because they have chosen to visit your site and discover more about who you are and what you have to offer them. Mark’s Website promotes petty distraction and provokes habit-
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cool, so awesome, so worthwhile, so beautiful and simple, that you spread the word for him—every single day, with everyone you know. That is a marketing lesson you should apply to your own creative world, any way you can! P.S.S. I would never suggest that you abandon Facebook. And if you’re using Facebook as a fun “cocktail party” with your friends and family, that’s great! However, if you’re depending on Mark’s website to help you establish meaningful interactions with your fans, clients and customers, then you’re avoiding, denying or resisting the importance of improving, tweaking and growing your own digital storefront.
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JESSE STONE BREAK OF DAY Montreal troubadour Jesse Stone made the move to Brooklynn to ply his trade with his mixture of Dylan and The Boss, and to record his debut album Break Of Day. This is a ten-song alternative roots album that was recorded and mixed in Montreal and mastered in Brooklyn. Stone called on a bevy of great players to create a big band sound on the record, including drummer Josh Trager of Sam Roberts Band. There's also David Carbonneau on Trumpet, Dave Lines on keys, Josh Zubot on fiddle, Guy Donis on banjo, and a couple of guitarists. The clean sound was recorded by JUNO Award winner Joseph Donovan, who produced The Darcys, Sam Roberts, and The Dears; it was mixed by Dave Sturton, who produced James De Salvio of Bran Van 3000 and Jean Leloup. The opening track, “Love on Charles Bridge,” is a rambling two-beat barrelhouse that sets the tone for Stone’s tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating lyric style. The horn section ushers in that E Street Band style for “Promises.” Stone then goes old timey on “Fisherman,” with the banjo and snappy twang-filled guitar from Alex Sitarski making a fine
JP HENNESSY SELF TITLED Guitarist/singer-songwriter JP Hennessy immigrated to Seattle from Ireland in 2012, the former member of the successful rock band the VooDoos released his self-titled debut EP in December of 2014.
support to the vocal shouts. The soft blues number titled “Don’t Come Around” lilts along nicely with fiddle and Melodica giving counterpoint that emphasizes the vulnerability in Stone’s tenor. The muscular roots rocker “Fortress” has indie pop radio potential, with its easy sing along chorus. Zach Creachman trades vocal lines with Stone for the neo-folk stomper “Life Lonely Road,” adding fire to the Avett Brothers-styled track. Album closer “Don’t Apologize” sums up Stone’s worldview with sage advice: “Don’t feel sorry for the rules that you break / It won’t help you much once you made the mistake / Learn what you can and be on your way / Just do better next time.” Words many of us need to hear. JESSESTONE.COM
The four-song set of power soul, and rockin’ blues was recorded by Steven Bell at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, with the purpose of showcasing the immerging talent of the young gun and forging his stake in the Northwest music scene. A jagged Stevie Ray Vaughan -styled guitar riff kicks off opening track “Overdose,” followed by a muscular rhythm section and sizzling horns, as Hennessy pleads his case for getting clean from too much bad love. The band really swings during “Done Being Yours,” which feature trade-off solos between Hennessy and Sax Man Ted Dortch. A touch of his Irish lilt shows thru on the enticing circus-flavored tango “Trouble,” cowritten by drummer Fionn Hennessy–Hayes, who got to play all his toys. The tender “I’ll Watch Over You” closes the set, with Hennessy pouring his heart out and doing his best Roy Orbison. Expect more good things to come from this proud Irish son.
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July Picnic moves back home to Austin this year, taking place at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre at the Circuit of Americas Racetrack. Joining Willie is a huge list of artists including Merle Haggard, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Billy Joe Shaver, just to name a few. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets.
In other Willie news, on June 2nd, he and Merle Haggard will release ‘Django and Jimmie,’ an album of country duets, cover songs and new originals. Recorded in less than a week, it's the latest in a long line of collaborations by the two country legends that first teamed up for 1983's ‘Pancho & Lefty’ and recently co-headlined three shows at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels. "We've been talking about it for about 18 months," Haggard recently told Rolling Stone Magazine. "We've been back and forth on the phone about what kind of song we needed to find, and we even wrote a couple of songs on the phone. When we got into the studio, it was probably three or four days, max." The album's title tips its hat to Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, two major influences on Nelson's guitar playing and Haggard's songwriting. ‘Django and Jimmie’ also finds the two singers paying tribute to each other, with Nelson singing lead vocals on a new recording of Haggard's "Somewhere Between" and Haggard returning the favor with a cover of Nelson's 55 year-old classic, "Family Bible." Buddy Cannon, the album’s producer, helped write or co-write five songs, including "It's All Going to Pot." Willie sang a short snippet of the tune when he guested on the Jimmy Kimmel show during his SXSW taping in Austin in March.
The next new singer songwriter making waves on
Texas charts is 28 year old William Clark Green. His last CD, ‘Rose Queen,’ had two Texas radio Number Ones, "She Likes the Beatles" and "Hanging Around." His brand new album, ‘Ringling Road,’ takes its name from a long-forgotten circus train's rest stop in Eastland, Texas. "The story I've heard is that Ringling Bros. bought this property in Eastland, like 400 or 500 acres. Their plan was to build an amusement park, but it didn't happen and this land was just vacant. So what I've heard is they would come through on the train and let their elephants and everybody out to rest a while. It's public land now and you can see there's old tracks that come right up to the lake, and you can just picture it in your head." He told this story to pals Ross Cooper and Randall Clay, who was once a circus roustabout, and the story became a song. Green's song turns the innocent circus
clowns and noble ringmasters you thought you knew into wild, untamed creatures of the night. "It's really more about (Clay's) experience and what he witnessed in the circus," says Green, "which is that it's like the music business." Green is currently on tour promoting the new album and will also be performing at this year’s Americana Jam at Gruene Hall on May 17th.
Speaking of the Jam, the lineup was just released for this year’s Americana Music Jam, hosted by Gruene Hall and KNBTFM. All the regulars are returning, like Cody Canada & the Departed, Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Randy Rogers, Seth James and Cody & Willy Braun. The new faces this year are Midnight River Choir, Paul Cauthen and Bart Crow. I’m happy to see Tom Gillam back in the line-up, he was on tour in Germany last year and had to miss the fun. A full list of all the acts, plus ticket info can be found at gruenehall.com.
The ACM Awards celebrated their 50th Anniversary by pulling up stakes and moving the entire show from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Bringing the show from a casino arena to a football stadium was a major undertaking, but it allowed more fans to attend. After all, the ACM’s are fan voted awards so it’s only fitting that more fans be in the audience. The awards featured many players from the Dallas Cowboys as presenters and the world famous cheerleaders acted as stage hostesses. Texas gal Miranda Lambert racked up an armful of trophies, just like she has for the past several years. She took home Song of the Year Award for ‘Automatic’ and Album of the Year for ‘Platinum.’ To no one’s surprise she also won for Female Vocalist of the Year. She didn’t get Entertainer of the Year as many predicted, that one went to Luke Bryant.
In other Miranda news, she was recently
asked by actor Reese Witherspoon to personally write a song for her new movie, ‘Hot Pursuit,’ co-starring Sofia Vergara. The tune, "Two of a Crime," marks the first time she has written a song for a movie. "Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write something or sing or both. I got inspired," Lambert recently told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. "It was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme and that's totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it." The song is available on iTunes and the movie hits the theaters on May 8th. www.martinsmusic.com
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Thanks for taking some time out and talking with us. I know the show at the House Of Rock here in Corpus Christi came up real quick and I believe it’s been a while since you first started I was playing Donovan played here. and Bob Dylan songs. At the time I Yeah, it’s been a while; I think didn’t know there was much of a difit’s been 15 years since I played the ference between Townes Van Zandt Executive Surf Club. This will be the and Bob Dylan; I learned about him second pass through Texas and I’ll be at the coffee house because all the back a third time in late summer for folkies would sit around and talk Austin. But yeah, I don’t get south of about him in hushed tones. So when I San Antonio much. went to find his I think we’ve only records they were played Cor pus “I remember standing sitting right next to Christi two times; Bob Dylan’s, so in a cow pasture with once with Rosanne really I didn’t know Cash in 1987 and I a bunch of cowboys any difference bethink the next time tween Townes and I played there was that used to kick my anyone else who at the Executive had their records in ass listening to the Surf Club and I a record store. So haven’t been since. he was a big deal to same music.” As a kid growing me as I started goup in San Antonio ing around and we’d go for vacation in Port Aransas. playing at other places. There was a We went to Gardner State Park a few service club coffee house in San Antotimes, but by and large people in Hounio that I played at and the ston go to there, whereas San Antonio guys there pointed me to a cofpeople go to Padre Island or Port fee house in Killeen ran by GIs; Aransas. then I started hearing about a That’s very true. The bar in Houston, The Old Quarreason we distribute in San Antonio ter, where Townes played by and Austin is because this is where that time. they vacation, and they want to know The first time I was ever in a what’s going on down here. room with Townes, I was crashActually, I was on Padre Island ing Jerry Jeff Walker’s 33rd when got my ear pierced. I was 15 birthday party in town. I was years old and there was a girl with a not invited. I had overheard needle in the middle of the night. It John Edmondson tell a girl hurt like hell; there was no ice inwhere this party was, so I lied volved, just hurt like hell. (laughing) to this other girl about being That’s too funny. So the invited because she had a car next question I have for you is what and I had hitchhiked there and drew you to Townes Van Zandt? needed a ride. I just went in, Well, I was 14 when I figured stayed close to the wall with my hat down over my eyes, and out who he was. It’s because I’d starthope that nobody realized I dided playing at the Gatehouse Coffee n’t belong there; by then I was Shop in San Antonio at 14. And what 17. I’d do was go down there and bug them until they let me play, so when I Milton Carol was there, so was
Texas in 1969, you’d heard tales of Townes. Do you remember the first time you heard your song on the radio. Oh God, I don’t remember. I think the By Rusty & Tamma Hicks, STEAM Magazine first one of my songs was probably not me doing it, it was Rusty Weir, BW Stevens, and Jerry Johnny Lee; a song called “When You Jeff. Of course Townes came in in the Fall In Love”. It has the dubious dismiddle of the night and started a tinction to be the first Johnny Lee craps game where he lost the jacket single that did not go to number one. he was wearing, that he had just gotIt did make it to number eight, but it ten for his birthday a week earlier, did get on the radio. That was the and all of his money and I thought year Justin was born and I thought “my hero”. that maybe Justin wasn’t going to be That’s a cool story! You raised on food stamps all his life. know, I had wondered how a young (laughing) I was in Nashville somekid would’ve picked up on Van Zandt. where when I heard that. I had an uncle that was five You are a true all years older than me, but playing in around artist! Besides being a Gramrock ‘n roll bands and I wanted to my winning songwriter you have writsound like Jimi Hendrix. My dad ten your autobiography, a novel, wouldn’t let me have an electric guibooks of poetry, and you paint. tar, so I gravitated to more acoustic Hey, I’m just trying to make a stuff; and my uncle was horrified beliving. The music business isn’t as big cause he didn’t raise me to be a as it used to be and you have to do a “folkie.” Of course the other thing was lot of things to piece together a living. that I was too young to play in places I’m kind of headed towards Broadway that served liquor. You know if you right now. I live in New York and am were in a coffee house anywhere in in the very beginning process of developing Washington Square Serenade into a Broadway musical, because I think that’s where the monies are going. It’s going to go back to Broadway where it originated, because the record business is going to collapse. So along those lines, where do you see recorded music fit in? CDs are going to be gone in five years. They’ll be for kids and people who are into pop music and buy five or ten at a time, but for most people it’s CONTINUED
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The Dallas International Guitar Featured Guitarists Include: Clint Strong is a legend in Texas and no doubt one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of his generation. Widely known for his remarkable technique, ideas, and musical vocabulary; his influence upon the musical styles of country, jazz, western swing, and bebop music stand unprecedented. Clint is one of the few jazz players to completely conquer the country music world, while simultaneously setting bebop players on their ear; he easily makes the list of America’s most astounding players. Grammy award winning guitarist Redd Volkaert left a successful career in Nashville for Austin, where he has played with Merle Haggard’s band the past 10 years. Blues guitarist Innes Sibun began playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing B.B King. His first band the "Blues explosion" recorded the album "That’s What The Blues Can Do" with legendary producer Mike Vernon. In 1993 Innes was asked to join Robert Plant's band for his "Fate Of Nations" tour. During the U.S dates he was able to meet and play with many of his blues heroes as well as jamming at Antone’s Blues Club in Austin Texas. His guitar playing can be heard on Plant’s "66 to Timbuktu" & "Nine lives". Gary Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne was looking for a guitarist. Although he did not get the gig, he did take Ozzy’s advice and moved to LA. In 1993 Hoey recorded “Animal Instinct” which included a cover of the Focus hit, “Hocus Pocus”. Not only did it rocket into the Billboard Top 5, outpacing all other singles as the most frequently played rock song of the year, but the album went on to reach classic rock notoriety. It’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. George Lynch is one of the most recognizable names in the world of heavy metal guitar. With a career spanning more than 30 years, George has recorded more than twenty albums, toured the entire globe many times, and is the one of the most recognizable endorsees of the world’s finest guitars and equipment. Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965. Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter in 1969 forming Johnny Winter And (And referring to the McCoys). In '71 Rick was featured on three records, "Johnny Winter And", "Johnny Winter And-Live" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash". "And" featured the first version of Derringer's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo." Forrest Lee Jr. played his first gig at 7 years old. By the 80's in his teens playing 7 nights a week from TX to WA. In the mid 90's living in Nashville, his hybrid Speed Twang style was fully developed and his reputation grew. Wielding his B bender axe, he's torn up the US, Canada and Europe.
Festival is the largest and oldest guitar show in the world, blending musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities together into one musical extravaganza. Visitors can buy, sell, trade, or just browse among the thousands upon thousands of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps, banjos, mandolins, straps and strings, effects pedals, keyboards, music memorabilia and more.
to the best local and regional bands at the festival’s indoor and outdoor stages. Enjoy performances by more than 70 local, regional and national artists performing on the festival’s four music stages, including such guitar greats as past festival performers Johnny A, Rick Derringer, Bugs Henderson, Johnny Hiland, Eric Johnson, George Lynch, Greg Martin, the New Bohemians, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, and many more.
year the Dallas International Guitar Festival had the honor of being one of the last concert venues for the late, great Blues legend Johnny Winters, who performed an unforgettable concert on the outdoor stage.
the best in new young talent at the “Texas 10 Under 20” contest finals. Ten finalists under the age of 20 will be chosen, from competing bands and solo artists across all genres of music, to perform in the live showcase Sunday, May 31.
The festival features 800 booths
Festival Info Fair Park’s Automobile Building Dallas TX Friday, May 29: 12 noon to 7 pm Saturday, May 30: 10 am to 7 pm Sunday, May 31: 10 am to 6 pm
Continuous Music & Events Daily 4 Music Stages, 70 Artists, 800 Booths Tickets Can Be Purchased Online Or At The Gate! WWW.GUITARSHOW.COM See Page 24 For A Full List Of Featured Performers!
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and exhibits, where you can rub elbows with guitar legends and up-and-coming artists and get tips from the very best musicians at instructional clinics throughout the show. Also featured again this year is the Unplugged Room, especially for acoustic instruments.
urday night concerts. Student tickets are available at the door only for $15 one day ticket; $30 for two day student pass and $40 for a three day student pass.
adults and children 11 or older; free for children under 10. Two-day passes are $37, and three day passes are available for $47 each.
20,000 people are expected to attend the Dallas International Guitar Festival at Fair Park, with over $3 million of instruments and memorabilia trading hands. For more information, please visit the website.
Admission to the Friday night con-
VIP passes that allow ticket hold-
A single day ticket price is $22 for
cert, starting at 7 p.m., will be $10, or free with a two-day or three-day pass. The Saturday night All Star Jam, starting at 8:30 p.m., is also $10, or free with a two or three-day pass. The two-day pass includes either the Friday night or Saturday night concert, and the threeday pass includes both Friday and Sat-
ers to sit in the front few rows of all concerts are also available for single, two-day or three day admission tickets, priced at $40, $70 and $90. All tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets to the Dallas International Guitar Festival are also available online at www.guitarshow.com.
CORPUS CHRISTI’S BLUES MAN
How did you get interested tightest rhythm sections around. That in the Blues genre and how long have would be Antone Perez on drums, who STEAM I know you’ve gone back in the stuyou been playing? has played with some of- if not the best dio, so tell me about your current recording proRP I've always been a fan of Blues blues players to ever roll to Texas. And ject? but I first heard the real stuff live in Art Galvan on Bass, who is a Tejano RP I'm currently working on a new project the 80s- I'd go listen to Blues guitar Music Hall of Famer. There's Austin adding some of my favorite songs from some of monsters like Howard McLaughlin or native Jack Payne on Key, who is an my favorite guitar Superheroes. I recently began The one and only Rocky Benton - few amazing musician and I convinced to recording at Del Mar College under the engineerblues greats of South Texas. I came move to Corpus for the fishing. There's ing of Richard Cruz; great guy! I will also be from a musically diverse family and also my Cajon drummer Julio Gomez traveling to LA once again to be produced by.... I can't say now, it's a BIG grew up listening to Country, Blue- Rejon owner of Toro de surprise! grass, Mariachi, and Spiritual music (I Lidia Tequila which is a I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN I could only catch on the am station). I pretty darn good thing Regarding the was very young when I decided that to have on your team – DECIDED THAT MAKING MUSIC STEAM WOULD BE MY LIFE. cover songs you do, how do making music would be my life, we're the owner of a Tequila you choose which songs fit talking kindergarten when I sang at an company that is! your style? "ice cream social" at Prescott ElemenTell me about your original RP Whenever I do cover material I first have to tary and then a little cantina my dad STEAM use to run. I would sing on top of the songs. What inspires the music you feel the tune, I don't like to play stuff I don't groove to. I like to play what will move the lisbar hustling tips. I later joined my first write? I'm usually inspired by life experi- teners without selling out. band at 12 years old with Ida Saenz & RP Her Country Boys. Fast forward 20 ences or people’s conversation whether years I moved it be interesting story, a STEAM We know you play at venues and festito LA and rant it, heck it could be vals all over Texas, what are your plans for tourthen Austin I WILL ALSO BE TRAVELING TO just something clever that ing? Do you have any road trips planned for the LA ONCE AGAIN TO BE PRO- someone says whether it's summer? where I did nothing but DUCED BY.... I CAN'T SAY NOW, a child or 90 year old. RP This should be a pretty busy Summer for us dedicate mySometimes I'm lucky here at AMFMSTUDIOS! We've got a tour IT'S A BIG SURPRISE! self 100% to enough to wake up from a planned now for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kenmy music and dream after hearing a real- tucky. In Biloxi we’ll be at the famous Julep soon found myself playing next to ly good, cool melody or groove then Room, where Elvis Presley played, and in Louisgreats like Pinetop Perkins, doing jotting it down while it's still cooking ville at Stevie Ray’s which is a Number Juan shows with Bobby Blue Bland, Merle up in my thinker. Tequila Promotions show. The owners of NumHaggard, I couldn't be more grateful ber Juan Tequila are Ron White and, Latin for what music has done for me nearly STEAM Tell me about your last al- Kings of Comedy RedNexican, Alex Reymundo. my entire life. bum. RP My last album, This Hell, was just RENO PEREZ SHOWS: STEAM Tell me about your band a blast to do and is a collection of origi5/1 V INO MIO, CORPUS CHRISTI TX members. nal songs that I wrote that pertain to 5/3 THE JULEP ROOM BILOXI MS RP I'm blessed with a great team of the struggles of life, truth, and redemp5/5 THE HARD ROCK CAFE BILOXI MS musicians here in south Texas as well tion. I went through some dark times 5/21 BAR LOUIE STONE OAK SA TX as North Texas, California and upper and God and music saved my life. I'm 5/22 BARRIBA CANTINA RIVER WALK SA TX the East Coast. When I'm working the very grateful for what I have and hope WWW.RENOPEREZ.COM Texas Circuit I play with one of the to achieve in the future.
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the water and the waves, and of course athletes and their egos.
STEAM I’m sure you’re like us and do research before you go do a shoot either somewhere you haven’t been or with a groups you don’t know. JS Oh yeah, especially for places I haven’t been to. You have to have your shots and passport in order and your visa paperwork ready to go. You know the over to Mexico and back is a farce. You screw up in China while you’re shooting the river, you ain’t getting out dude. That’s all there is too it.
STEAM You travel all over the world, so do you follow the surfing circuit?
JS No, more like the seasons. I wanted to see the world and that’s why I started to do this work. As a young kid I just started checking off places I’d see in magazines and say, “I’ve got to go; I’ve got to see that wave and surf it!” So, basically what we are doing is chasing seasons. What it boils down to now is 6 months in Hawaii in the winter and 6 months in San Clementi for is the summer swells, and I’ve been in San Clementi for like 15 years now. I’ve been bouncing back and forth and throughout the year I’ll jettison to other locations and like I said I’ll be there for three weeks or a month, so I really get to know the people and the places and that’s how you get portraits. By learning the culture, interacting with the people; you miss a whole lot if you’re just flying in, shoot the wave, and leave.
evokes the feeling of love. JS Well, that’s what I’m getting at. That’s one of my team riders, Gavin Beschen, and that’s his family opening up to me, because
people don’t want a camera in their face all the time; it’s those special moments that you work really hard to capture. That photo really means a lot to me because it means she felt comfortable with me. And the reason I included that one is that she plays ukulele in front of a lot of people. In fact she and her dad teach ukulele. They are bad asses!
STEAM Have you been the Island of La Reunion in the French Indian Ocean where a boy was attacked and killed by a shark just last month? JS No, I haven’t been there yet.
STEAM This is probably a silly question, but have you seen a shark? JS OH yeah, yeah!
STEAM So when you’re out there that
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have such an ability to capture the moment and the personality of your subject, whether it’s in action or a still. For example looking at the picture of the little girl looking so admiringly at her dad just
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has got to be an anxiety or an adrenaline rush! JS For sure, there is energy with those things. I’ve seen them, I’ve felt them before, and we’ve swam with them a bunch of times.
STEAM So if you want to surf that’s just part of it. JS Yeah, it’s just part of it. It depends on how much you want it and, you know, when it’s your time it’s your time.
STEAM I think that’s what separates the amateurs and the pros.
JS Yeah, you pick your battles wisely. But you know I have hundreds of friends all over the world that have been doing this for a long time and our water time percentage is through the roof so it’s like how many of us have been bitten? It’s extremely rare. It all depends on where you’re at. We were in the Galapagos and there are sharks everywhere, but they are busy, they’re done, and they don’t want you. There is a big ol’ turtle there that they can get after. And then you have those places like Florida where you just get little leg hits all day long. It’s all part of the job.
I guess it isn’t too much of a redundant question now is it? JS No, it’s a real deal and they are beautiful creatures and they are really respected.
Have you been to South Africa? JS No, that’s one on my list, so are Norway
and Ireland. Ireland just because that’s where my family is from and my uncle is a genealogist. I also want to go to Germany and drink beer; my dad lived over there during the war. My grandma just passed away so we’ve got all her stuff and the other night Dad was showing us her passport and how important it was when the war broke out. It was your free pass on a boat out, this is good for food rations at checkpoints you could get to, and just crazy stuff you wouldn’t believe. We have no idea what people were dealing with then. I’ve always really liked history like that.
vertebra in Alaska. So yeah, things happen and we just try to be ready for it.
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STEAM My last question; we hear about the pollution in the oceans, that it’s near a crisis level, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; so does pollution get in your way while your shooting? JS Oh for sure. Being out in the Galapagos it was a big concern not because they are losing a lot of their garbage off boats, but because the currents are taking it there and it’s not even their garbage. I was hanging out with Jean Michel Costeau and he was saying the
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STEAM I’m sorry for the loss of your grandma, but it is really cool that you can get a new understanding and perspective of what people really went through. Ok, back to your job. So obviously you’re in the water while you’re shooting. How do you keep your lenses clean and what do you do if your battery dies? JS Well first thing you learn is to have two of everything with you out there. As for the lens there are a few tricks we use like a drop of JetDry keeps the lens good. We’re kind of like Batman in the water with these utility belts full of gear, because every shoot is different.
STEAM What about injuries and such? JS Oh yeah, that’s just comes with the territory. I was a Boy Scout and a lifeguard here and my dad is a doctor, so I just learned to always be ready for everything and have the mindset of anything and everything will happen. We’re surfing places we don’t know and pushing our limits, so we’re dealing with waves and consequences. Things get broke, boards and bones; one of my girls fractured a
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same thing is happening to Midway and other locations, so unfortunately it isn’t them it’s other humans and garbage makers that are causing their problems. That’s one of the reasons I started doing shows and invite Surfrider Foundation or Waves For Water, because you always want a platform to educate, entertain, and enlighten. So that’s what I’m doing by turning these kids on to how to take care of this by showing them the beauties of the world. I think my generation is more conscious than the last and I think the next generation should be even more so.
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By Tamma Hicks
You know the saying… April Showers Bring May Flowers? Well after all the rain and crazy weather we had last month – I expect LOTS of flowers… And not just for Mother’s Day! So the next best thing about big rain storms like April’s is how wonderful everything smells and looks. Fresh! Which brings me to May’s 3rd Coast Foodie restaurant… Costa Sur Wok & Ceviche Bar on North Padre Island! About as fresh as you can get! Have you been there yet? It’s a must go; not when you get time – make time! In fact when we called our “foodie teammates,” Lesha and Bill Jones, and explained where we were going, they agreed before we finished talking. Turned out that Costa Sur is their favorite restaurant on the Island and that is a great recommendation!
15113 S PADRE ISLAND DR CORPUS CHRISTI TX
Nick Mackrizz Executive Chef, Owner
OPEN DAILY SUN—THU 11am-10pm FRI– SAT 11am-12am
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From the Hostess to the wait staff to the chefs, really just everyone will meet you with a smile and answer every quesCosta Sur’s Chef Team
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Alfonso Mackrizz, Owner
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For those who haven’t been, Costa Sur has a Photo by Dallas McMahon wonderful relaxing atmosphere that is great for intimate dining as well as meeting a group of friends to hang out with and have some amazing food and drink. And for those that haven’t been in in a while the first thing you’ll notice is that Costa Sur has under gone a major remodel and tripled its size! They now have a full bar that is proudly stocked and bartenders that defiantly know how to make all your favorite drinks and then some; which we had to test! Of course patio seating is available too and we highly recommend making reservations!
tion you have. We had a lot of questions about Peruvian food as this was a brand new adventure for our taste buds! When we went, we were met by owner Alonso Mackrizz who explained that his brother Nick, the Executive Chef and mastermind behind the fusion, was off for the night. It’s always a bummer when we don’t meet the Executive Chef; however his staff had us in their capable hands and between them and Alfonso all of our questions were answered. The first thing they had to do was explain was Ceviche… a way of curing the fish in the citrus juices, like cold
NEWS Texas State Aquarium… Congratulations to Costa Sur Wok & Ceviche Bar Executive Chef Nick Mackrizz and his team, Alonso Mackrizz and Joe Brock, for their victory in our Seafood Wars - Battle of the Beaches: Texas Gulf Shrimp sustainable seafood event on April 28 2015! WWW.COSTASURCC.COM FACEBOOK.COM/ COSTASURBARGRUB
cooking, and that’s why the fish is highly infused with the flavors. Oh and is it ever!! We followed all of Alonso’s recommendations, because as I said we were newbies! We started our meal with Ceviche Fusion which is a twist to traditional Ceviche with mangoes and avocados. Ours was with red snapper and if I had been at home I probably would have licked my plate. The twang in the citrus and fish were perfectly mellowed by the avocado and sweet mango. The chips were good, but the sweet potatoes were outstanding! So good that my husband asked for the recipe! And I’ve been trying to get him to eat sweet potatoes for years! Anyway, they bake them with a coconut milk, cinnamon, sugar coating and WOW! I could have stopped at this point and been a very happy camper, but no! There was more to come! That’s when they brought out our meals. The first thing you notice is how exquisite the plates look and the scents were enough to drive you crazy, but in a good way. We had to think twice before pouncing, just in case people were watching! Now if you remember, the big rule to a Foodie is that everyone at the table gets to try all the meals. That way we get to tell you about a number of items on the menu and not just one. This was a very hard to follow rule! Because no matter which item you started with, it was wonderful and we didn’t want to move on! So I started with the Peruvian Poke. This is a very traditional style meal, but with flair! Sashimi sliced fresh yellow fin tuna served over white rice drizzled with hot sesame oil, leche de tigre soy sauce, mangoes, and avocados. Heaven. My favorite.
Chef Team members Micah Steph & Joe Brock creating Lomo Saltado and Peruvian Poke
Next I stalked the Pescado Saltado! It comes with your choice of fish, so we stayed with the red snapper which was seasoned in Costa Sur’s chili mix, sautéed, and served over white rice with aji amarillo dressing. This was my favorite. The flavors were mixed just right, nothing over powering the others and the texture of the fish and rice… Perfect! Lesha had been waiting to try the next meal, so she was thrilled Alfonso had suggested it, Lomo Saltado. It was fun to watch them prepare the tenderloin as it flamed up in the wok with tomatoes and onions. This is then served over rice and homemade French fries with a sunny side up egg resting on the top; until you poke the egg yolk and it drizzles down the mountain of tenderloin adding its rich flavor. I take it back, this was my favorite! As we started to dig into the Fish Tacos, made with red snapper (again, our choice) seared with peppers and topped with mango, avocado, salsa criolla, and spicy mayo Alfonso told us the story of how they were added to the menu… It wasn’t too long after they had opened the doors of Costa Sur and, of course at the end of a busy day. Just as they were about to close a woman came in and asked Nick if she could get fish tacos, which wasn’t on the menu. Well, he’d had an idea for this but hadn’t presented it yet, so he whipped up a plate for her. She claimed they were the best fish tacos she’d ever had, so after she left Nick made some for everyone to try and she was right! Fish Tacos were instantly added to the menu. Hmm, I think this is my favorite!
CONTINUED FROM PG 11 going to be downloads strictly. For people who listen to singer songwriters and rock music it’ll be more like listening to jazz or bluegrass and for them the formats going to be vinyl with the download card, which is what I’m doing now. I sell CDs, but our home-based format is an LP vinyl with download card and I’ve quit putting 15 songs on my records because that takes two discs; I’m also sequencing them like I did when I first started making records, with a side 1 and side 2. For you what is the best part of putting out a project? I don’t know, I think the thing is that I’m really lucky to have a job that allows me to do the things I love; however, it does feel like a job. There are deadlines and I need to get my stuff done, but because I’m working I can’t go to the baseball games or I can’t watch girls. But then I get my work done so the deadlines over and I’m okay, but then there’s a new deadline to work on. How do you deal with writers block? Well, I don’t really get it. I don’t know why but I can’t really remember ever having it. There’s always something to write. What I tell people to fight writer’s block is don’t run around the subway with earbuds in, don’t bottle yourself in, and don’t cut yourself off from input. Walk around every once in a while unplugged. Read. You have to take stuff in, to be able to put stuff out. Thank you. I think that’s probably one of the best answers I’ve had for that. How often do you paint? Boy, I haven’t painted in a long time. There was a spurt about three years back when I did a lot and I need to start again because I’m single again and nobody can bitch that I get paint on stuff. I’ve got an apartment that has got great light for painting; southern exposure on the fourth floor. I love the artwork on your new album, Terraplane; do you do your album covers? Oh, no they are done by Tony Fitzpatrick out of Chicago; he is a much bigger deal as a painter than I am. I was reading an article on Terraplane and it said that this is your first blues album and that you haven’t really done a lot of blues before. Well, actually I have done blues. This is just the first album that stays in that territory. I was watching David Letterman not STEAMMAGAZINE.NET too long ago and
saw you perform “You’re The Best Lover I Ever Had” off Terraplane. I really enjoyed that. I think it will be a song that people will quickly recognized as yours, just like Copperhead Road. Well, will see. Supposedly the song that has the most activity on the streaming services worldwide is “Galway Girl” and it has been for several years; it gets more downloads than any of my other songs because there’s a lot of Irish, everywhere. In fact, it’s one of those songs that are played at almost every wedding in Ireland. This will be your second summer doing Camp Copperhead; what exactly is it? Yeah, this is the second year I’ll be teaching a songwriting a Master class. It’s four nights, five days in the Catskills where cell phones don’t work. We have people coming back from last year, new people, and I teach every minute of it. Mornings are long Master classes, while everyone’s divided up into four groups for the afternoons. One group will spend the afternoon with me and the other three will work with one of the graduate students that I have coming or doing other activities including learning guitar. It’s a really beautiful place in upstate New York. So when you say Masters class does that mean you already
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have to be a songwriter? No; this means that I’m the one who teaches every day. There are different topics from structure to literature. We talk about Shakespeare, and of course I make everybody write a haiku, which makes some people cry, but I think it’s a great exercise. I’ve been teaching it for a while; I started with it at the Old Town Folk Music School about 20 years ago, but it’s developed over the years. Is this something you’d like to teach at a university level? Yeah, I would like to do that, but right now it would be a cut in pay
and I can’t do that because I’m supporting half of the women in Tennessee. I also have a little boy with Autism and he goes to a very expensive school. Speaking of your young son, how has he influenced your work? Well, you know it’s a lot of work. He was diagnosed at the exact same time Allison and I were separating. He thinks he lives in a house with a train in the middle of it; when I’m home, he’s with me, so I’m working on touring less to be home with him as he gets older. He just turned five and he’s in a very good school with a lot of one-on-one and is 40 hours a week,
which is what kids with autism need everyone was headed tobecause that’s what works the best. wards having what they And luckily in New York there are not needed and then suddenly, only services for these kids but there’s across the nation, people funding for them as well; which is were unwilling to pay taxgreat for us because his school is ex- es and when we are successful we want to keep it tremely expensive. You are very fortunate all until we’re dead and then pass it to our kids to in that. We are very fortunate and it’s screw them up. You know, becoming my main active point of I’ve always been kind of a activism. In fact, a few weeks ago I socialist and even more so was doing a benefit for Autism Speaks now. Speaking of with Shawn Colvin, Stephen Stills, which, with your political and Neil Young. Stephen has a boy with Asperger’s and, his wife, Kristin views I have to say that is a huge autism activist in LA. So being a Texan and an opponents a u of capitism tal punSTEVE EARLE i s ishment going AND THE DUKES h a s to be probahuge May 10 @ 7PM bly got part HOUSE OF ROCK, CC TX to be of my one of l ife WWW.STEVEEARLE.COM a n d FACEBOOK.COM & TWITTER.COM t h e hardest activSTEVEEARLEMUSIC roads i s m y o u i s could choose. going to be right there with it. Well, I was at SXSW Being the parents of a a few weeks ago. When special needs person, I want you to know how much we appreciated your leaving the Austin airport activism because it brings a spotlight I walked by the statue of to all the kids, not just those with a Barbara Jordan; that’s specific disability. We really appreci- Texas I left in 1974, and somewhere, something ate it as it helps everyone. Oh, absolutely. And you know happened. I can tell you this is why you need to pay taxes, so people did not even imageverybody can take care of everybody ine that Texas would have and use the resources that are there. a Republican governor The costs are daunting and ridiculous. back then. When I left in There was a time at one point where fact, Texas was becoming a Southern California. When
I left Willie Nelson even came back and I remember standing in a cow pasture with a bunch of cowboys STEAMMAGAZINE.NET that used to kick my ass listening to the same music. And then things changed and you can’t blame it on me; I wasn’t there. Just know, it wasn’t always like that.