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By Sue Donahoe Steam Magazine is a proud supporter of the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. With the season approaching for inducting the newest stars, we asked Sue Donahoe to contribute a series of articles for us. The second installment in the history of the South Texas Music Walk of Fame covers the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. 2010 - 2012 Big changes took place in 2010 – lots of big changes. The biggest change was that the La Retama Central Library allowed us space to store an archive for the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. In it we placed photos of all previous year’s ceremonies as well as background information about each of the inductees and the ongoing list of possible nominees. So many wonderful things are the result of having a public archive. Anyone who wishes to learn about the Walk - including those who are researching the history of our region’s music – can simply walk into the library and ask to see the archive. Over time that archive may provide information for dozens of magazine articles, books and maybe even films. To celebrate this wonderful growth in the importance of the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, the Library held a reception on the Sunday after the ceremony, and the nominating committee chose two authors, who are also musicians, to be new inductees. Geronimo Trevino, a very popular dance hall singer and songwriter, is also a music historian. His book, Dancehalls and Last Calls documents the cultural diversity that makes Texas Music great. Mike Blakely is president of the Western Writers of America and author of sixteen novels books…including a co-write with Willie Nelson. He’s also a great songwriter and performer with at least seven CDs under his belt, a few tours of Europe, and a long list of awards for being a crowd pleasing performer. We placed their stars side by side in the courtyard and they shared a table in Surf Club Records for a book signing after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Everything was paired up for 2010. Terri Hendrix is from San Antonio and Michael O’Conner grew up in Corpus Christi. These days though, they are neighbors. She’s in San Marcos and he’s in New Braunfels – both for convenience. Michael is a songwriter and blues artist, but also a hired guitar slinger for some of the biggest names among songwriters from San Antonio and Austin. Terri tours around Texas and the U.S. and headlines festivals in Europe. One of the most successful female singer/songwriters in Agapito Zunig the world, Terri is totally independent. Agapito Zuniga made a name for himself as an accordion master when he was just a child in Mexico and was a star in the Rio Grande Valley for decades. His health was marginal, though, and we knew he would be unable to perform. Ponty Bone, known all over the world for creating “Texas Style Zydeco” gave Agapito’s family (and everyone present) a very special gift. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ponty led fans from the courtyard into Surf Club Records for the book signing – and he did so by playing Agapito’s songs. Musicians are the most wonderful people on earth. Two Tons of Steel 2010 was the first year we eliminated the weekend long art portion of the event. There were too many stars in the courtyard for art booths! We moved the ceremony to Saturday morning and filled the day with small events in the Surf Museum and club. That night’s show included three acts and a grand finale. Michael O’Connor, Ponty Bone, and Terri Hendrix each played a full set…then they all took the stage together in a roots rock moment never seen before or since.
Every year the Walk seems to develop its own magic. Before 2011 even began an avalanche of nominations came pouring in from all over the world for Jason McMaster. This black leather wearing, heavy metal singer had the hearts of fans everywhere – but more importantly – he had the support of dozens and dozens of fellow musicians. Apparently he was more than the lead screamer for Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth and more. He had also spent a few decades mentoring and inspiring others. It takes something special to be worthy of a star, so even though he rarely plays in Corpus and was Jason McMaster better known in London than here, Jason seemed to have the right stuff. Vallejo, on the other hand, is one of the most popular bands in all of South Texas (and countless other places). These young El Campo natives have had major label releases and heavy tours of the U.S. The two acts made for an enormously popular Saturday night show. Lito Martinez, was inducted in 2011. This very successful Tejano artist is the brother of Freddie Martinez and joined him in the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. The late Henry Cuesta, a long time jazz star who played on the Lawrence Welk show for decades, was honored as well. And a Friday night set featured the other two “stars” – three artists in total. The very popular and critically acclaimed McKay Brothers and the award winning songwriter and performer Walt Wilkins gave fans a Friday night to remember. 2012 saw a stroke of good luck as the new and very exciting FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK happened to fall on the Award weekend. And due to another stroke of luck, Karen Abrahams was available. A Taft native, Karen tours frequently and has a tight schedule. But that particular Friday evening she came and sang to surprised fans at sunset. Latin Talk filled the club, as they always do. Several members of this group Walt Wilkins are grandsons of Beto Garcia, and Eddie Olivares – big names from the Texas Jazz Festival. But these guys have earned their star on their own. Their highly original mix of traditional jazz and Latin rhythms has set them apart from countless other bands. They’ve grabbed radio play and press and have sold hundreds of CDs in Corpus and all the way up to Austin since back in the 1990’s. Just as Latin Talk represents the best of Corpus Christi’s young jazz artists today – that title went to The Caceres Brothers in decades long past. Emilio Caceres was an international recording star on Victor Records in the 1930’s Ernie followed a little later and, over their long careers, they performed all over the U.S. on stage with every big name in the world of jazz. The Saturday morning ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a most unusual treat. Mingo Saldivar, aka “The Dancing Cowboy” is such a huge star that he typically plays in venues that seat thousands. His crowd is too big for our entire block. Even his band is more than we can handle. But for us – he put on a special, scaled down show. This highly animated accordion master danced in the courtyard with only a bajo sexton player backing him. Then he dashed off to join his entire band for a big show that night in Houston. We wrapped up the awards for 2012 with one of the most popular shows ever booked in the Executive Surf Club – a rockabilly night from two favorite bands who played the same show a few years earlier as a Bill Haley tribute…but in 2012 these much deserved artists got to claim their own stars. Matt Hole, our local rocker and British transplant has been selling records as far away as Japan and Finland since the ‘90s, opened for his own favorite band… world-wide touring artists, Two Tons of Steel. (How many of you know where they got their name?) In the May issue we’ll tell you all about the 2013 inductees – so, watch this space! ** Turn to page 10 to learn more about the Stars on the Music Walk of Fame.**
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Blue October STEAM: Haunting and therapeutic at the same time, releasing a book like ‘An Open Book’ is a revelation into your song writing process and to you as a person. Are you ever concerned that revisiting those moments in your life might have bad consequences? JF: Just the opposite actually. In my life I’ve always looked at the lyrics from songs from other bands and question why they aren’t going into more detail. Growing up listening to bands like The Cure and The Smiths I’d always say to myself ‘man these lyrics are so haunting but why not go to the extra level and get real?’ Then reality TV came out and I asked why doesn’t somebody do this for music? I’ve always respected people that walk around with their pants down and care not what the world thinks of them. We had a song called ‘The End’, probably the most dangerous song I wrote but also the most fictional, about a man that went and shot his family and then offed himself. Well my ex-wife took it literally and the next thing you know I’m being called into court because people thought I was going to do that to her. Things like that do happen but I’m a trained artist, I have to go one hundred percent all the time, if I don’t then I consider it a failure. I don’t ever regret any song because it was a moment in time and as long as I keep my side of the street clean nothing can
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4/20 Live at The Paramount Austin, Texas Photo Credit: Zayra Alvarez come back to haunt because I’ve already told everyone about it. STEAM: That being said we live in the world of TMZ, are you ever afraid of being ‘Too Open’ with your music? JF: Not really. I’m not popular enough for TMZ (laughing). That’s the greatest thing about it. What are they going to say that hasn’t already been said? That’s the beautiful thing about being so bluntly honest. STEAM: Going through the different notes you placed on songs throughout the book you state some songs took you thirty minutes to write while others took a few years. For the longer material is it because until the point of completion you were still dealing with the strife detailed within the song’s lyrics? JF: I think it’s more that every album has their theme and feel and some times you have a great song but it’s not for the album you’re working on. Perfecting things is all I do. That’s why my ex-girlfriends always used to get
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All Ages, from 6:00pm – 2:00am. Free for students, and 9:00 pm for the general public. Three dollars thereafter with automatic inclusion into the raffle at midnight! Do Not miss out on this once a year event! Friday May 3... House of Rock ~ 6pm!
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Additional events during the ArtWalk include: an installation by Ryan O’Malley at The Art Tunnel at Retama Park. Students from regional universities will exhibit in the Tunnel and The Hot Spot Gallery as well as posting street murals. The Texas Iron Commission will be hosting an iron pour in the parking lot across from the House of Rock.
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Artists will be featuring original works on paper, t-shirts, stickers, etc., all available to the hard working masses for $50 bucks or less! Music by local legends Hobo and Bertha, and a performance by The Amazing Hancock Brothers, with more to be announced!
The 3rd Annual Ink Slingers’ Ball Affordable Art Fair and Printmaker’s Review will take place during the First Friday ArtWalk on May 3rd at the House of Rock. This year’s lineup will showcase an internationally acclaimed list of artists, featuring Marc Brunier Mestas, Le Extraordinaire de L’Estampe from Riom, France! Also included: Dennis McNett from Brooklyn, Tom Huck and the Evil Prints crew of St. Louis, The Amazing Hancock Bros from Austin, Burning Bones Press of Houston, Chingo Zine of San Antonio, Nick Alley, Katy and Pat Seals, Curtis Jones, Matt Rebholz and More!!!
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This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a stand alone brick and mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
SevenDust a chat w/ Lead Singer Lajon Witherspoon STEAM: With the new album, Black Out the Sun, there is a familiar throwback vibe to some of your early material, was that the original intention? SEVENDUST: I think so. I also think that a lot of it has to do with how we recorded the album, in a live setting, writing off the cuff without preparing material beforehand. It felt real young, like when we first started out. We hadn’t done it that way in a while which was cool. STEAM: The band decides to take some time off between albums, about a year, but then decided to enter the studio giving yourselves only a month to record. Am I correct to assume that time frame added quite a bit of pressure on the band? SEVENDUST: There was pressure but it was good pressure, an exciting pressure. We would be in the studio Sunday thru Friday from noon until midnight which meant a lot of work was going on. We had two actual
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rooms set up to jam in the whole time so we had room to jam out and mess around in outside of the recording space. We hadn’t recorded like that in a while and with everything we had gone through as a band leading up to that point we were able to translate that into new material pretty easily over those thirty days. STEAM: This is also your first ‘Clean Album’, a rarity nowadays in the industry. Was there a conscious decision to leave the curse words out of new material? SEVENDUST: Not at all. At the end of the recording process we all sat down and listened to the album and realized there’s not a fucking curse word in any of the songs (laughing). It wasn’t intentional. I think we have the heaviest songs we’ve ever done on this album and I don’t think you need to curse when you have music like we do with the new release. Everything with the words speak for themselves and some words cut deeper than others. STEAM: The first single released from the album, Decay, was actually the last song you wrote. Is that record any indication of things to come with future material?
SEVENDUST: There’s always stuff from other sessions that never gets used and that’s one of those cases in particular. At the end of the session we were hanging out and somebody pulled up a little piece of that song on their computer and it sounded great so we jammed it out right then and there. I guess you never know what you have until you’re sitting there and then things just come together. STEAM: The new album so well mimics your live performance that your drummer Morgan Rose described the recording process as ‘not knowing how many you had left so everything played out like it was our last album ever’. Is this the kind of energy we will continue to see in the future as well? Play very album like it’s your last? SEVENDUST: I think we’ll take everything in moderation but I think our live aspect is more ‘live’ than it ever was before. I think with the release of the new album things might actually get even more hyper. I’m excited to get back to things after taking the year off. It’s good to take away and look outside and figure out what we needed to do to get back and focus
on kicking everybody’s ass in America and around the world. STEAM: Black Out the Sun is vacant of any collaborations, is the reasoning behind that because you we’re putting the work out independently for the first time and wanted to show what you could do with just the band? SEVENDUST: Yes, we really wanted to focus on just us as the band, the brothers. We were working so hard and so fast that there just wasn’t any time. Of course we always want to collaborate and there’s plenty of time in the future to do that, but with this album it was something that we needed to do together. STEAM: John Connolly recently had a solo project that turned into a full band with him front man on vocals. With his experience there will we ever see him share the main vocals with you in the future on some songs? SEVENDUST: I think you have to ask John that, that’s a good one. You can ask him about how he likes being a singer (laughing). It’s very cool to see what he was able to with that. STEAM: Any word on your solo work? SEVENDUST: I was actually able to work with a band from Connecticut called Earthside and do a song with them and an orchestra for my first score which was an incredible experience so I’m looking forward for people to hear that in the future too once everything calms down. By Derek Signore, The Sound Magazine Show Info: 4.27.13 Old Concrete Street
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...continued from page 6 so pissed because I would rather work in the studio than go out on a date. There are songs though that I needed to finish where I was in life to see how to conclude them. I can’t sit down and say ‘I need to finish this song right now’ it would be forced if I tried. STEAM: How does making notes on your songs help you as a musician and as a person? JF: Ever since we’ve been making music I’ve been making notes on these songs so I can see my growth as a person. I can notice that my handwriting is getting worse but my thoughts are a lot clearer now. Early on in the albums I was really dramatic and as we got older and wiser I just kept adding more and more notes. That being said I would never go back and change any of the lyrics to any of the songs. Sometimes when I read over the notes I yell at myself for being such a whinny little bitch and then there are times when reading that I’m happy I’m not that guy anymore. STEAM: There are many temptations in the world to which you live, what precautions do you take to ensure you stay sober while on the road? JF: It’s kind of a lifestyle now. I won’t tour without my sober bus. My motto is I will not take the stage unless I have a meeting that day. On my phone there is an app called ‘Meeting Finder’ that helps me find meetings in the cities I am touring. It’s my new addiction, being the best person I can be and when I’m on stage I’m an animal because that’s where all my energy goes now. STEAM: Most people know Blue October from your hit ‘Hate Me’, a song you note you lost your confidence after writing. Seeing as that became such a massive hit, how much did that screw with your mental and creative process going forward? JP: The label actually called me and said that it was going to be the single and to be honest if your most artistic and weird song gets
that kind of recognition just keep doing what you’re doing. It was reassuring. There was never any pressure to reach such acclaim after with other songs. I’m blessed if I get a hit like that again and I’m more blessed if I just law low and be cool. STEAM: Playing at home for the fans in Austin, Texas will there be anything different for those performances? JF: I will probably play a lot more material and get more personal because my fans there have been supporting me for so long. The best part is that they’ll get to hear me play songs they’ve never heard before. We haven’t put out all of our songs yet and I get to just talk to them. When they ask me about a certain time in my life I can say ‘Oh Yeah that happened over at the Double Tree on Main’. There’s nothing scripted about it so I have to answer honestly. STEAM: Is there a song from your catalog that you are looking to play
on tour to tell the fans about? A story to which they might not have all the details? JF: Probably a song called ‘Not Broken Anymore’. It’s very special. I had never written a song for anyone that didn’t have negative aspects of it. This is the one song that gives back to her for helping shape me up and get my shit together. I adore her for that.
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The Stars of South Texas but I don’t know how I got one. I think I’m the only one not from the US on the walk. I’m still not sure why, it could just be my persistence in being around for 18, 19 years. STEAM Since you weren’t looking to be a musician, how did you get your start here and your name? MATT I started out playing at the Executive Surf Club on the open mic nights. I started playing with a couple of guys regularly, so we formed a trio. We would go there every Wednesday night but we never picked a name. Then one night the host, Michael O’Connor, said let’s get Matt Hole and The Hot Rod Gang playing, so that’s how we got our name. Then people just started coming to open mic nights to see us and we thought it was unfair so we started finding our own shows. (inducted STEAM You guys are all original. Who does most of 2012) the writing? STEAM I guess the first MATT Yes, we do about 90% originals and I do most question is pretty obvious… of the writing. How did Matt Hole end up in STEAM Rockabilly is a pretty unique genre and it Corpus Christi Texas? seems like fun to play. MATT 22 years ago I sold everything I had and decided to leave England and come to this MATT It is actually. We started out as a blues band but at the country. I traveled around a little bit. Came to Corpus and met time there were so many blues bands in Corpus. Then one my wife (because there’s always love mixed in) and decided to day I was in San Antonio and I saw a picture of 2 Tons of Steel, a Corpus band, in the San Antonio paper and they stay. Music just wasn’t even part of my plan. STEAM So when you came to the US, were you a musician with looked rockabilly. And everything came back. The Stray Cats just kind of popped into my head and I came back to Corpus a guitar strapped to your back, looking to play? and said we’re going to change to rockabilly. And we did. MATT No, I came here looking for work. I landed in Florida and traveled around; Nebraska, Kansas, and of course Texas, just STEAM I saw a picture of the standup bass. It is outstanding! all over the place. My dad, Tony, has always had bands and I Tell me who is in the band? would jam with him but I wasn’t looking for music here. It wasn’t MATT Mickey Allen is the bass player and you’re right, the bass is beautiful. Mickey’s been in for about a year now. my interest to come here and make it music. It still is in. James Starr is the drummer and he’s been with me for about STEAM Really? So what do you do besides music? 10 years or so. MATT I work for a masonry company. We build schools and such. Music is more of a hobby; it’s not something I’d ever plan STEAM Do you play a lot of local gigs or are you more about touring? to pursue. MATT We play all over Texas, like Laredo, Austin, and HouSTEAM And rockabilly? That just doesn’t seem very English. ston. We’ve done a few mini tours out to California and did a MATT No, it isn’t. But when I was 14, 15, 16 I was a huge Stray week in Japan. We’re not big travelers so we like to try to keep Cats fan and they used to play in England quite a bit. I would go close. We do some of the rockabilly festivals. Austin has a big see them and that’s where I got hooked on rockabilly. one and there is one in Houston too. I think we’re going to be STEAM I remember them. At one point I thought they were an doing Viva Las Vegas next year. We’ve been lucky and English band because MTV was always pointing out that they shared the stage with Jerry Lee Lewis and quite a few others. were just coming in from England or Europe. STEAM Do you have CDs available? MATT The Stray Cats were from New York, but they were un- MATT We have three CDs out and were working on the next heard of until they went to England and cut a record. one. Current state is very hard to get Amazon might still have STEAM The reason were talking with you is because we are a few there might be a few ads surf club records but they’re doing a series on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame and you there pretty limited. were given a star in 2012. Were you surprised when the commit- The best way to keep up with Matt Hole and the Hot Rod tee called? Gang is to like them on Facebook. He keeps their schedule MATT Yes I was. I know that you have to be nominated and the there as well as news of the upcoming CD release! committee looks over the nominations and makes their decisions www.facebook.com/ Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang 10 STEAM MAGAZINE APRIL 2013 WWW.STEAMTX.COM
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Henry Cuesta was born in McAllen, Texas. At an early age he began studying classical violin however switched to woodwinds before he was a teenager and in high school he was invited to perform with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. His mastery of the clarinet has often been compared to that of Benny Goodman. Cuesta majored in music at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and was drafted into the Army in 1952 where he entertained troops in England and Europe while serving in the Special Services branch. Afterwards he toured the United States and Canada for eight years, playing with the big bands like Jack Teagarden, Ted Lewis, and Shep Fields. Cuesta formed his own band when he settled in Toronto in the 1960s. Big band trumpeter Bobby Hackett gave Cuesta the tip that Lawrence Welk was looking for a new clarinetist. Cuesta was in Toronto when Welk called and invited him to appear with his band in Lake Tahoe. "I thought I was set," Cuesta told the Riverside Press Enterprise in a 1992 interview, "but after the performance he asked the audience, 'How do you like this man?' They applauded and he turned to me and said, 'OK, Henry, get yourself a haircut and you have yourself a job.' " "He (Welk) expected a lot of his musicians, and the clarinet chair was a hot seat because Welk loved the instrument and featured it a lot," Cuesta said. Cuesta held that chair for 10 years. During that time he appeared as a soloist with Mel Torme, Bobby Vinton and Bob Crosby, just to name a few. He also performed in and conducted jazz festivals and pop symphony concerts, conducted the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on tour and played at both of President Clinton's inaugural balls. (1931 – 2003)
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Chester “Chet” Rupe began playing guitar professionally at age 10 after moving to Corpus Christi. Inspired by the famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, he bought his first Gibson guitar at a pawnshop for $4. When he was 13, the Musician's Union made him an honorary member. Rupe was a critically acclaimed guitarist and performed with the Galvan Orchestra, backed many touring stars and took part in the early development of the Texas Jazz Festival. He toured the country, playing wherever he was needed and picked up hints from other guitarists he met along the way. He played in the Air Force orchestra and went on a governmentsponsored Statesman Tour during the Korean War, playing alongside Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, among others. Rupe, was a longtime music teacher at Del Mar College and gave private guitar lessons as well. He mentored young talent for 40 years and was well known for his own jazzy language using words like “hep”, “daddy-o”, “nutty”, and “tasty tune motifs”.1928-2001
bonafide rock n’ roll
(inducted 2009) Bill Haley was born in Michigan in 1925, died in Harlingen, Texas in 1981, and, in between, INVENTED Rock-n-Roll! Haley combined steel guitar with Rhythm and Blues, and songs like "Rock Around The Clock" and "See You Later Alligator" changed the face of popular music forever! In 1954 Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock,” a rock and roll anthem that stayed at Number One for eight weeks and sold an estimated twenty-five million copies worldwide. “Rock Around the Clock” was in the British charts seven times. It is estimated that Haley and His Comets have sold 60 million records worldwide.
Haley broke into rock and roll via country and western music. He was a member of the Downhomers and musical director for the Saddlemen. The latter group had a regular radio show at a Chester, Pennsylvania, radio station. Haley brought different sounds into the Saddlemen’s repertoire in an attempt to blend “country and western, Dixieland and the old-style rhythm & blues.” In 1951, Haley cut a version of Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88”- arguably the first rock and roll record - which would make Haley’s cover “the first rock and roll recording by a white artist,” according to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. In 1952, Haley and the Saddlemen released “Rock This Joint,” a rocked-up R&B song, on the Essex label. Decades later, writer Nick Tosches would single it out as “one of the first instances of a white boy really getting down to the art of hep.” By 1953, the group had changed its name to Bill Haley and His Comets and recorded the slang-filled “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” a bonafide rock and roll hit whose title derived from the teenage slang Haley picked up from performing at high schools. Haley and His Comets thereupon got signed to Decca Records. At their first session for Decca in 1954, they cut “Rock Around the Clock” (which had originally been recorded in 1952 by Sunny Dae and His Knights). The fast-fingered guitar solo was provided by session musician Danny Cedrone, who basically reprised the solo he’d contributed to Haley’s “Rock The Joint” two years earlier.1925 - 1981 (rockhall.com)
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3rd Coast Foodie A Sunday on the Laguna Madre
by Erik Hinz
The Coastal Bend is home to a lot of great seafood restaurants. One of the best is nestled right under the JFK Causeway on the Laguna Madre. Docâ€™s Seafood and Steaks has stepped it up a notch over the last couple of years and now could be considered one of the best seafood joints on the entire Gulf Coast. The STEAM Team stopped by on a Sunday evening right around sunset for a bite. The setting at Docâ€™s is second to none. The restaurant is on the second floor of a building a few yards from the Intracoastal Waterway. With stunning views of the JFK Causeway and the Laguna Madre the patio deck at Docâ€™s is one of the best places in town to watch birds fly in the beautiful Texas sunset. The general manager Chris Veltri and a gorgeous waitress named Julianne greeted us. Both were happy to see us and treated us like family. Shortly after we sat down two baskets of warm bread were put in front of us and were welcomed by the whole table on a chilly night where the temperatures were in the low 60â€™s. The bread was crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside
and accompanied by some soft sweet cream butter. We started with the Gulf Crab Stuffed Portabellas (12.99) and Docâ€™s award winning Seafood Salad (10.99). The Mushrooms were delicious, stuffed with fresh gulf crab and topped with herbs and a panko/breadcrumb mixture then baked perfectly and drizzled with a lemon butter sauce. The Seafood Salad was gorgeous filled with seared blackened yellow fin tuna, fresh gulf shrimp and a smoked calamari/seaweed salad. The dish was dressed with a chili aioli and accompanied with fresh kale and served with chopsticks. The menu claims to have the best Clam Chowder in town, so we tried it and agreed. The cup was full of clams and potatoes in a savory and creamy broth garnished with fresh cut carrots and a bay leaf. There was a distinctive flavor we thought was sage that gave the soup its well-deserved title of â€œbest in town.â€? With already a table full of food it was time to order the entrees.
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We had to start with Docâ€™s Fried Seafood Combo (19.99) which consisted of a heap of panko fried seafood including large cuts of tilapia, butterflied jumbo gulf shrimp and a savory crab cake on a tower of seasoned French fries. The dish was accompanied by a cup of coleslaw and a house creole tarter sauce. We loved the tarter sauce and thoroughly enjoyed dipping the perfectly fried seafood in it. The special of the night was grilled Mahi Mahi with a Laguna Madre Shrimp sauce and a bed of Cajun Dirty Rice. The Mahi was very fresh and melted in your mouth with bonus chunks of gulf shrimp in a garlicky sauce and the Cajun Rice was very dirty with large chunks of spicy sausage and smoked paprika. This dish should be a menu staple. Next up were the Steak and Shrimp, which were market price and served with Garlic Roasted
New Potatoes. The skewer was huge and colorful stuffed with marinated jumbo gulf shrimp, large roasted mushrooms, onions, peppers and pineapples. The steak was an 8oz top sirloin grilled and seasoned to perfection. It all went well with the new potatoes which were baby reds and like their title were nicely roasted with plenty of garlic and other seasonings. The final dish was a fan favorite. Docâ€™s Stuffed Chicken (15.99) consisted of roasted chicken breast stuffed with crawfish, bacon and cheese and smothered in a fire roasted poblano pepper cream sauce. The flavor combination was extravagant and also served with the new potatoes was a meal fit for a king. The prices were all fair considering all the warm bread and large house salads that came with each entrĂŠe. The service was extraordinary and everyone in the dining room and patio seemed to be having a great time. As the sun set a half of dozen people including us were snapping pictures of the Laguna Madre packed with gulls,
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pelicans, trout and boats cruising the waterway. As night fell you get a great view of the lights on the JFK and in the city. Doc’s is the perfect place to take visiting friends and family, especially if you’re trying to talk them into staying. Doc’s has a full bar and live music on the weekends. It also has a large, sea-level event area ideal for Fishing Tournaments, Reunions, Weddings, Receptions, Birthdays, Office Parties and Club Organization Dinners. They use the spot to host the Salty Aggies Fishing Tournament. You can now experience a fitness boot camp workout on Saturday mornings at Doc’s and…it’s FREE! Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the lower patio deck, they have Jeff Paluseo, Corpus Christi’s finest personal trainer and fitness boot camp instructor. Doc’s has become a staple in the Coastal Bend and one of the areas finest restaurants, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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Some of the best Sunsets in Texas from the Doc’s Patio
13309 S. Padre Island Dr. Corpus Christi, Texas 78418 (361) 949-6744 Sun: - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm Great View of the JFK Bridge from Patio
Cyrus James LIVE at Outta Bounds — Monday April 15
Cyrus James has grown from a rebellious high school rocker to a rowdy adult honky tonker. A genuine singer/songwriter whose stories come from his ramblings, Cyrus is the real deal. Whether solo or fronting a band, Cyrus delivers a cold passion with toes on the edge of the stage authenticity, yanking at the roots of country music. Spellbinding songs tell the tale of this road wise troubadour. Cyrusʼ first full-length album, Molly & The Devil, is a hard earned collection of his personal, true-to-life stories. Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Austin with visionary producer David Percefull, traditional Country, Rock and Roll, and the intuition of a worldwise singer-songwriter collide in simplified, three to five-minute laments in which anyone can visualize him or herself in Cyrusʼ shoes.
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Grit ‘N Groove w/Ray Wylie Hubbard STEAM Exclusive Steam Magazine Interview w/ Ray Wylie Hubbard 3/18/13
One of the best parts of our job here at STEAM - is getting to talk with musicians. Doesn’t seem to matter the genre, the level, or age of the artist, to me it is always so interesting. When Rusty said we were going to interview Ray Wylie Hubbard I started doing my homework because I was afraid that we wouldn’t ask the right questions (you know the ones everyone asks) and try to come up with something new. I think we did a good job…
STEAM - I know there are a few questions I need to ask so if you want to tell me stories you just go for it! RWH - Oh you don’t want to get me started on stories. STEAM - Sure I do, I bet you have some great ones! I read that you are originally from Oklahoma. When did you move to Texas?
RWH - We came from Southeast Oklahoma in the 50’s and we moved to Oak Cliff which is a suburb of Dallas when I was about 8 years old. STEAM - How did you get into music and get hooked up with the Country Outlaws? RWH - I went to Adamson High School in Oak Cliff. It was the same school Michael Murphy (Michael Martin Murphy), who did “Cadillac Wildfire,” and BW Stevenson, who did “My Maria” and” Shambala,” went too. I got into music by watching Michael Murphy, when he was a senior and I was a sophomore. He was the first songwriter I’d heard say, “here’s a song I wrote” and then sing it. So that’s when I got a guitar and started beating on it. After high school I went up to New Mexico for a while and then to Austin and its great music scene. Shortly after that I met Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson and that whole Outlaw Country scene of the 70’s. Anyway, I was in my 20’s
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and 30’s, did a lot of folk festivals and whatnot, and had some trouble with the record labels. I really wasn’t very mainstream, in fact I never have been. I was 40, 41 when I really decided to take my music serious and took finger picking lessons. So that’s when I gave up being a young country punk and got into Americana and back where I really belong. STEAM - That’s very cool and you wrote “Up Against the Wall” (Redneck Mother)? RWH - Yes I did. It was a kind of turbulent time that America was going through. There were two quite different sides; you had the rednecks my country right or wrong, like the “Okee from Muskogee” and the other side was long hair and antiwar. So there were two separate very distinctive camps in America so “Up Against the Wall” was kind of a joke and an answer to “Okee from Muskogee”. Jerry Jeff Walker cut it on “Viva Terlingua”. Well that came out and the whole Outlaw progressive thing happened. By the way this is the 40th
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www.facebook/surlee.rock anniversary of Jerry Jeff ’s recording. And you know, I never thought of myself as a country guy. I was always a folk singer in my mind. I was more into folk then country but things happen, I went out and played a lot, and here we are. STEAM - We met Jerry Jeff Walker about 20 years ago, when Rusty opened for him in Tempe Arizona. RWH - Yeah, that’s back when he was a little grumpy but he’s all right now. It was quite a time back then you know. I just hosted a radio show on Sirius and he was my guest. He is just funny and a delight. I feel real fortunate that we’ve been friends for so long. STEAM – (Tamma) I was in the World Championship Rattlesnake Races in San Patricio, out on 666. Have you ever gone? RWH - No I haven’t and I don’t want to either. STEAM - Tamma actually raced. They put her out there with a rattlesnake, shin guards, a stick, and said go! RWH - No way would you get me out there with rattlesnakes. Its better you, then me! STEAM - Well, I wasn’t alone, there was a snake handler too. Anyway, I brought that up because I want to know how you came up with “Snake Farm”. That is such a cool song and it’s the first that comes to mind for a lot people when you say Ray Wylie Hubbard. RWH - There are snake farms all over the Southwest as you know and they’re just tourist traps. There’s one in New Braunfels TX that’s been there for 40 years and I’ve driven past it on my way between San Antonio and Austin probably a good 10,000 times. And one day I
drove by it and said, “Snake farm. Brrr, it just sounds nasty. Brrr, it’s a reptile house.” It just kind it dawned on me I had this little chorus going and I thought how weird is that? I’ll make it a love song about a man who doesn’t like snakes but he is in love with a woman who works at a snake farm. So with that I had to decide what kind of woman she would be. So she’d like malt liquor, she’d have tattoos; she’d be rough and tough. It makes a lot more sense now doesn’t it? STEAM - It does and that’s my favorite song of yours. And we saw you on Letterman not too long ago. RWH - Yes we were. It was 4 or 5 months ago my agent, Keith Case, gets this call from Jeff at WorldWide Pants who says Dave wants to know if Ray would do a show in February. Well Keith doesn’t know who World Wide Pants or who Dave is and he says let me see if Ray is doing Happy Hour in Waco because those are kind of hard to reschedule. Jeff tells him this is for David Letterman and he wants Ray to do Mother Blues but he’ll only have 3 minutes and 32 seconds. We said yes and I had my son, Lucas, play with me on the gold Les Paul. I did Mother Blues which is about 95% true but we had to cut off 2 verses and I changed a couple of names here and there just because, not to protect the innocent – there weren’t any back then. STEAM - I thought it was really cool when you pointed out your son on guitar. He’s on your latest album, The Grifter’s Hymnal, Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers/RED), right? RWH - Yeah he’s on that album. Lucas is 19 and is doing real well; going to school, playing guitar, and he’s got a job at the bowling alley. Actually kind of funny story, one week he was playing guitar on David Letterman and the next week, on a league night, he bowls a 300! I believe he is the youngest to bowl a 300 during league night. He is a real good kid and I’m very proud. STEAM - We wanted to talk about the Grit n’ Groove Fest on April 6 and your radio show you do in New Braunfels. We just had a story on The Homestead Inn and Tavern on the Gruene and that’s where you host your radio show. RWH - We do the radio show on Tuesday nights which is a lot of fun. It’s a songwriter’s show so the only requirement is that you have to write your own songs. That really works well because there’s a lot of new up-andcoming people writing songs out there and of course Billy Joe Shaver and Randy Rogers come in every once in a while. It’s a whole lot
of fun when those cats show up. We’re so excited with the lineup for the Grit n’ Groove Fest on April 6! The list of performers is just amazing with songwriters and bands: Hayes Carll, Uncle Lucius, the Dirty River Boys, Sons of Fathers, and a whole lot more. We’re real happy with the lineup and the WhiteWater Amphitheater is just a great setting for this! STEAM - We’ve been visiting with Billy Joe Shaver quite a bit lately and we were telling him about inter-
viewing you, he said he thought you, Willie, and him are about the last to the Outlaws. RWH - Yeah, I think the group is whittling down. I think the really cool thing is that with Willie, Billy, and myself, we’re still writing songs and being out there. We haven’t stopped, we haven’t slowed down any. And were not nostalgia acts, we are right there with everybody else. Billy and I just had to show together and he is just such a great writer and so much fun to be around. Every
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once a while we’ll do a show and I’ll get this phone call just before we go on and Billy will say, “I just found out your on before me so I’m going to go on first so I can go home.” We had a show at SxSW and we met up just before I went on. He said he’d have switched places with me if he’d know I was going on first. STEAM - The drums and guitar are just so awesome on stage; you really do wonderful stuff just the two of you. How often do you bring out the whole band? RWH - My son is in the band so we don’t do band jobs during the week or during school. I’m at that age and that level where I can get the gig and then get the band. I don’t have to go out and hunt down people anymore or have to hunt down jobs to keep a band. Depending on the gig it’s typically the drummer, Lucas, and me, but if we’re playing something a little bigger, like Gruene Hall, we pull in a bass player too. STEAM - I have just two last questions. First, you are a great songwriter and knowing you have written so many do you have a favorite song? RWH - I guess it has to be “The Messenger”. There’s a line that says “Our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures”. And so with that at 42 I overcame the fear of learning how to finger pick. It was a fear for me, at my age, to call somebody and asked them to teach me finger picking. So “The Messenger” is my favorite and a very personal song. STEAM - I know you’ve got to get going, so last question: I know you’ve done a lot of interviews. Is there one thing that no one has asked you that you’d like people to know? RWH - There is only one thing I can think of, when I finish a song I say, “Thanks.”
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gives you total creative freedom some musicians that have traveled that route question whether or not it hurts the overall product as a limited budget means you have to get things right on almost the first take, somewhat limiting experimentation in the studio. Do you feel this way and were there any limits while recording the album? KE: It’s rare that someone isn’t on a limited budget these days. Really, gone are the days that people have the kind of money to block out long stints of
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time in studios and make a record from scratch. I have dreams of moving into a studio for a while and just experimenting for hours and days on end. I’d love to be able to afford that at some point. For now, I just expect to make records in a few days recording several songs a day. That’s how I’ve made my records so far. Fortunately that process has been fine for me because each time, I thoroughly prepared the production prior to going into the studio and I hired top of the line players to execute it. Once it came time to record, it was more like a performance than a typical recording session. We all played the songs at the same time in two or three takes and kept the best ones. Recording live vs. recording one instrument at a time may be similar to theatre vs. film, I suspect. There’s an immediate gratification of playing live and knowing after three days, you’ve given your all and you’ve got a record for better or worse. It’s a very honest approach to record, for sure.
STEAM: Thoughts on kickstarter as a possible game changer for musicians? KE: Game changer? Depends on how you approach your campaign. Seems like it was a game changer for Amanda Palmer because she got so much publicity from it. I don’t see it as much of a game changer as a vehicle to get you into the studio. The person driving the car has more baring on whether or not the game will change.
KE: I have always looked forward to presenting myself more formally to the public. I consider the opportunity to do so, a privilege. The same way one dresses for a special occasion, so do I dress for the public because I love my job. Having said that, I am not shy about running errands in sneakers and no make-up.
STEAM: You are one of a handful of artists who have reached success after an early exit on American STEAM: Taking on an album of standards is a pure test for one’s vocal ability. Idol. As the show continues to drop in ratings people have complained On Take to the Sky, what song was the it is now more about the judges hardest to take on? Was there material than the artists. Your thoughts on you were not ready to take on at the time that you would like to revisit in the that and would you ever step in to judge such a competition? future on a follow up release? KE: I think people get in their heads about singing standards because so many incredible singers have sung them before. One is intimidated as to whether or not they can bring something unique to the song. I don’t consider myself one of those incredible singers. I feel rather limited as a vocalist, actually, and rely on my emotional read of the song to carry me through. I feel like my strength lies in the delivery of the sentiment and I express that through phrasing. That’s the best I can do. I was intimidated by the song One Fine Day that I sang as a slow swing tune. Someone I worked with closely at the time told me that I couldn’t swing and for a couple years, I believed it. Took me a long time but I finally realized that that person was not the authority on swing and that I was doing fine. I deliberately wrote two swing tunes for my next record and had a ball recording them. STEAM: You were recently announced as the Face of Beauty for bareMinerals, congratulations. Do you feel any added pressure to present yourself differently now in public whether on stage or during your time off ?
KE: I would never judge such a competition. I learned from being on the show that it’s focus is industry-centric rather than artist-centric and I do not thrive in that environment. I went on the show when I was 19 and had no clue as to how to become a professional artist. I quickly realized that I had to come up with an alternative route as I tend to shy away from such exploitive channels.
KE: I’ve not had any other “celebrity” calls per se though I have had calls from some wonderful musicians that I have admired very much. I would love to sing with Tony Bennett.
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STEAM: With other shows such as X-Factor in the mix now, if you started out today would you choose any of the other shows over Idol? KE: I don’t know. I hope I would avoid it altogether. It was a good learning experience to go on the show but it wasn’t all that beneficial because it didn’t align with the kind of career I wanted to have. STEAM: Plenty of celebrity fans including Lyle Lovett with whom you recorded the holiday classic ‘It’s Cold Outside’. Have any other celebrity musicians reached out to you to collaborate and who would you like to work with that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
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STEAM INTERVIEW What do you get when you take a thumping bass player, a rocking guitarist, a solid drummer, and a guitar slinging female vocalist? But wait there’s more! Now add their incredible songwriting skills and great stage presence. You get… Buster Jiggs! Originally from Corpus and now a San Antonio transplant, Kristin Muennink took a few minutes to chat with us. STEAM You, Kristin, are the lead singer and rhythm guitarist and your husband Scott plays the drums. The first time we saw you at House of Rock in CC, Austin Gilliam was filling in. Then we interviewed him in October shortly before it he decided to join up with you guys full-time. We think that he is a great guitar player and has that ability to own everything that he plays. I don’t know as much about your bass player, Daniel Rhodes, other than he is just as awesome and holds that same ownership as Austin. JIGGS Yes, Daniel it is our bass player and he is amazing and really talented. Besides being a music teacher he has toured all over. I wish I had more time with him so I could pick his brain. Not only are we a band, but we learn together too.
We’re very happy with our group right now. The way everyone clicks together, partners, and holds ownership and responsibilities over what their playing and how they’re playing it is just phenomenal. We are able to play off of each other and it just flows. STEAM So how did you come up with your name and logo? JIGGS Well naming a band is a lot like naming your child because you’re going to live with that choice for a long time and we’d already gone through a couple. One night, at Scott’s grandmother’s house, we were talking around the kitchen table and Michael Martin Murphy’s The Sierry Petes and the characters in it came up and we just dug it. Buster Jiggs is a character in an old cowboy poem, “The Sierry Petes (Tying the Knots in the Devil’s Tail)” written in 1917 by Gail Gardner that Michael Martin Murphy put to song. That’s why our logo is of a boot wearing, guitar brandishing devil, with a few knots in his tail. A few years ago Gail Gardner’s granddaughter contacted us and told us how cool it was that we use that name and gave her props. When we opened for Michael Martin Murphy and he said he really liked our name and asked for a T-shirt. STEAM That’s such a cool name because it’s got
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a Texas taste to it. When we moved here we were told we needed to see this country band, Buster Jiggs, and when we saw you, all we could think was, ‘okay where’s the country?’ JIGGS We were never really country, country. We’ve always been pretty rock ‘n roll, because that’s where we come from. My parents are young so I grew up listening to Boston, the Eagles, Steve Miller. I wore those albums out. And Scott’s mom was into Michael Jackson and Chris Isaac. And he really got into some rock with Alice in Chains and that type of rock. Although we have always enjoyed the old country music but we’ve never been country, country. STEAM Is there anyone that influenced you or gave you that feeling that you really wanted to grow up and be that rock star? JIGGS Not really. Scott and I didn’t come from musical families. I personally really enjoyed listening to my albums, Boston and the Eagles, and the way Boston used the guitar; it was awesome but I never thought that I would play music. But there’s no one I actually thought ‘oh I want to be just like them.’ I always thought I was going to be a coach. I have a degree in history and I was going to teach history and coach basketball. Scott has a degree in anemology and he was going to work with bugs. He went to TAMU and was in the Corps. He has 2 degrees not one. The other is agriculture development. So we just didn’t really follow our plans. STEAM Okay, since you didn’t come from musical families, how did Scott choose drums and how did you choose guitar? JIGGS His mom said that he had to take band class and he had to choose between her clarinet and his aunt’s snare drum, so he picked the drum. He got his first full kit in sixth grade. And his mom would only give him five minutes a day to play. That’s like my parents, when I decided I was going to play guitar, they made me take it into the garage. I just decided one day that I was going to play guitar so I started saving my money - in a real penny bank. One day I broke it open, went down to the pawn shop, and bought a
purple Squire electric guitar. A friend of mine’s sister played and she came over and showed me how to play a D chord and a C chord and that’s all that we knew. The way I learned was off the Internet, from a site called Tabs. STEAM You have got three EP’s and two full albums. Have you considered taking those EPs and making another full album? JIGGS Yeah, we’ve talked about; eventually that’s something we will probably do. EP is our thing, mostly because we don’t get a lot of time to go into the studio. The most we’ve ever had time wise to go in and record has been four days. Scott and I just decided that instead of taking up all that time to do a big recording we can just go in and do four or five songs at a time. That way there’s always something new coming out every few months. This one we were in the studio for 3 days. People are all about getting one song at a time, downloading it. Personally Scott and I, we like that the hands on material aspect of an album or EP. You know we like to pick it up and look at it and feel it in our hands as much as feel it while were listening. We think it’s awesome that you can go in and pick and choose just one song and download it and we’re on iTunes too. STEAM Tell me about this new EP, Dirty Little Secrets. You and Scott write the songs and I understand you don’t have a formula to writing the songs they just kind of work their way in. JIGGS Dirty Little Secrets (the new EP) is very different from what we’ve done in the past. Scott and I have always wanted to do this type of project and now we have guys with the ability to do what we were looking for, so this EP is a little more aggressive than what we’ve done before. The way we write is that we just play off each other. Sometimes one of us will have a hook or all the words or a start to a melody, but we bounce it between us to come up with the song. STEAM Tutoring ambitions? Do you want to get out on the road or stay local? It’s good to have big goals but right now our goal is to get out and play in front of a good crowd. This year Scott and I will celebrate our 10-year wed-
ding anniversary and every year we take off for the weekend and go do something, play golf or whatever, but a little vacation. So this year since it is a big one for us we’ve decided to do a mini tour with the band. We want to take a few weeks and go do some touring. Europe, East Coast, West Coast? Something cool though. Keep your eyes on Buster Jiggs! You can find out more about them on their .com, facebook, and reverbnation@busterjiggs Band members: Kristin Muennink, vocals, guitar Scott Muennink, drums Austin Gilliam, lead guitar, vocals Daniel Rhodes, bass, vocals
CLASSIC TRACKS Classic Tracks is the brain child of Jimmy (Smithwick) Rotn, of The Reely Rotnz, and Mason Shirley, of Sound Machine Studio. STEAM How long have you been doing Classic Tracks and how did you come up with the idea for this project? Whose idea was this brainchild? JIMMY I rented Sound Machine Studio to do a session and it was an after party thought. I’m 40, Mason’s half of that, and I was telling him how things used to work when I was his age. I told him I really wanted to see everyone come together.
He’s so good at taking in ideas and then making them happen. MASON Jimmy and I were talking about the music scene and trying to figure out a way to bring people together from all different genres. What we’re doing is something that bigger than both of us. We are trying to unite people and show the city that we have really great musicians and bands here. JIMMY The original project was to have a group of musicians record an original song together: write, rehearse, record. But it seemed too much for the scene at the time, so Mason came up
with the idea to do a classic track; something familiar that gives everyone kind of a kickstart. We’re now on the 11th episode! STEAM I think that Classic Tracks are so awesome! You guys have done a great job and the production is so good that they out do some of the national shows we’ve seen. JIMMY I think Classic Tracks still needs a few more technical additions. Right now, we introduced of musicians and the song. But the gel process, the part that isn’t on the recording, is the amazing part. You need to remember this is a live track, with 5 to 7 people that have never met, and some of them have never even heard the song
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that they’re playing. This last one was Cheap Tricks “Surrender” with Rex Gabriel of Z-101; there were two guys that had never even heard the song and they played it as well is the guy who’s been listening to it for the last 30 years! STEAM I talked to Roland Gutierrez (Clarissa Serena Band and La Conquista’s) not too long ago and he said he was sweating it and afraid he wasn’t going to be ready because he was so busy. But that’s what just blows me away - everyone involved does this off-the-cuff. Is it all done in one take? JIMMY No, the film takes however many shots as needed, however the music is the best “live” take. TJ Thomazin is our show director and editor. It’s very do-it-yourself with cameras. TJ brings in two, I bring in my Sony, and other people will bring in their cameras too, so we’ve had up to six angles in the show. The funny part is none of the cameras are the same (brand/type) so we have six types of cameras out there filming. MASON There has been a few that were done in one take; Microphonic was one. They did “Hang Me Out to Dry” by The Cold War Kids. There were three episodes in which we just used a full band, we didn’t use random musicians. We were led astray by me. JIMMY We thought that using a band that was already working together might be able to bring that same energy to the song; unfortunately, it didn’t work out as well as we had planned. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good shows, just not what we envision. MASON In those shows we were trying to focus more on the bands, to help give them a promotional tool. But what’s attractive about Classic Tracks is that were bringing these random musicians together and that’s what we went back to because that’s what works the best. JIMMY What really gets me is the camaraderie between these musicians and the best example is the one with Daniel Krause from The Amazing Octopi and Clarissa Serna who goes out and auditions for the Voice and other national shows. Here they are, in the same place, talking and hanging it out but if they were at the mall they wouldn’t have known each other. The show is now sponsored by Revolution. They bring us drinks and food; Classic Tracks is totally professional setting.
When we first started we set goals of reaching 1,000 views within a week of posting. Now we are reaching that number in three days. When we started this season the third season I took a screenshot of our video page and there were about 9,000 views total now or it over 18,000! JIMMY There is no introduction in the first two seasons. We felt there wasn’t enough information on what was happening, so now we have a brief introduction of what we’re doing and then the musicians introduce themselves. Something more we’re working on is a followup at the end of the show. We’d like to talk to the musicians and see how they felt about it: how did you like this, did it meet your expectations, and so on. Give our audience more than just “Here’s the song, thank you, and goodbye.” STEAM Where can we watch Classic Tracks? MASON The easiest way to find your way to these videos is by clicking on the YouTube button at the bottom of the Sound Machine Studio’s website. Of course you can just go to YouTube and look for Classic Tracks as well. JIMMY My two goals for Classic Tracks are one, to hold a big finale at the end of each season where we bring everyone that had been on the show back together to do a big production. And the other is, to continue with all the local musicians and bring in someone of status; such as the singer from Candlebox, the drummer from Saliva, Roger Ceager, and so on. Our original plan for season 3 was to feature people from the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in the sessions. JIMMY One thing I want to mention that I think has to do with the vibe of Classic Tracks is that we have someone from my generation, who has seen a lot and has ideas from those experiences, and someone from Mason’s generation, who has the technical abilities, have come together to take those ideas turned them into projects immediately. STEAM So what is your process in picking a song and who is going to perform it? JIMMY Usually we meet up at my house, sit down with our laptops, choose a genre, and start looking for music. Some are good. Some start off good and die off halfway through. Sometimes I’ll introduce one, sometimes Mason will. Take the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” that was a tough song. Just because they were
Writer’s Block It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know By Forrest Lee, Jr
Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer in Nashville, TN. He comanages Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miners Daughter Recording Studio. His songs have been released by several recording artists, and used in hundreds of films and TV shows. Welcome to writers block, It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Words that ring true in songwriting. It’s extremely difficult for an independent writer to get a song cut by a major artist when 90% of the material is coming from music row publishing houses. A select few writers get a “hot pen” for a specific amount of time. They end up being wanted by all the other writers in town to write with, because… the artists look to them first for material. If the writer had a #1 smash hit, then artist number two, three and four all want the songs from that writer, hoping he or she has a few more #1 hits in them. This can burn out writers, they start repeating themselves trying to recreate the same success. Sometimes this “formula” works, and the next 5 albums from said artist sound the same. But eventually the songs all start sounding dated… because they are not changing with the times. So my advice this month is to be open to co-writing with new writers, no matter where they are in their career. I’ve found that the best songs I’ve co-written are with writers who don’t have a publishing deal. They have fresh ideas, and are still trying to break through that brick wall of getting a song cut. Ok, that being said… I hope you know somebody in the business. There’s no amount of advice I can give, that will break down that wall. You have to work at it, chipping it away slowly, unless you have a wrecking ball in the industry. … As always, I hope you get some use of this article, and it helps you on your musical journey.
Beth Hart Bang Bang Boom Boom Bang Bang Boom Boom the new album from California chanteuse
Beth Hart runs the gamut of musical styles from low down blues to swinging cabaret, rock, gospel and soul with one simple theme holding the songs together: Love. The eleven songs recorded live off the floor and masterfully produced by Kevin Shirley all designed to highlight the impeccable depth and power of Hart’s smoky alto; a true gift from the gods. She has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James, but when you hear the opening strains of her minor key piano and sensuous vocal on “Baddest Blues,” you’ll swear its Nina Simone reincarnated. The powerful ballad is the perfect mix of pleasure and pain, a My Funny Valentine for the new century. The album continues on with a set of love songs written from a grown woman’s perspective that show off the strength of Hart’s songwriting skills and triumph over personal demons and industry skeptics. The title track is a rollicking vaudeville rocker, with titillating tongue twisting lyrics, followed by the rockin’ “Better Man,” which gives a glimpse into the source of Hart’s new found happiness. The sizzling slow blues “Caught Out In The Rain,” has Hart playing the role of “the other woman,” in a scandalous love triangle, and the big band romp “Swing My Thing Back Around,” has her teasing us like Betty Boop on steroids. Hart returns to piano centric singer songwriter ballads channeling Carol King for the lovely “With You Everyday,” and the expansive “Thru The Window.” The album hits full steam with the horn infected gospel rocker “Spirit of God,’ with Hart burning down the house with vocal calisthenics that fuse Janis with Aretha. Her newest partner in crime Joe Bonamassa makes a guest appearance soloing on the soul stirring “There In Your Heart,” adding fire to one more show stopper. And just to add another hat to her collection Hart throws in the island country flavored “Ugliest House on the Block,” with its playful social commentary; is there no style she can’t master? Bang Bang Boom Boom is being billed as a “comeback album’ for Beth Hart who has been to the bottom and climbed her way back up, but it may be more accurate to say it’s a coming of age album for an artist who has hit her stride with full power and is fearlessly taking on the world. www.bethhart.net www.nodepression.com/profile/RickJBowen; twitter.com/RickJBowen; www.facebook.com/stacyjonesband; www.stacyjonesband.com
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To Selena, With Love By Chris Perez I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not big on romance books; however, I do love a good nonfiction with some history mixed in, and of course learning something is always a plus. I was actually cruising around on Facebook when I learned of To Selena, With Love. It was on a post a friend of mine had liked and I thought, “Chris Perez? That sounds familiar, but why?” So I started reading. I’m sure you all know who he is… singer, songwriter, recording artist, master guitarist, Grammy winner, and, oh yeah, Selena’s husband.
To Selena, With Love is Chris’s story of his and her love, the way they saw things. For years after her death, Chris held in everything in fear he would lose his special memories of her. After a great deal of thought Chris decided to write this book so that people can know who Selena really was not just what we saw on stage, but who she was off stage and behind closed doors the fun loving, risk taking, animal loving, genuinely good person. His inclusion of personal pictures reminds readers of her beautiful smile, the way she cared for her fans, and her business ambitions. Chris talks about his and Selena’s relationships with her father, Abraham Quintanilla and puts some thoughts to rest on how they got along. He also discusses Yolanda Saldivar and the red flags that were overlooked because of the busy schedules that he and Selena maintained. At the end, the only question I had was what happened to Yolanda. So, I started looking. She is serving a life sentence in the Mountain View unit at Gatesville. In March 2010 Yolanda lost her last appeal. She will be eligible for parole in 2025. To Selena With Love is about to be published in paperback and Chris is adding a new prologue. Currently you can purchase the hardback edition at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble (in store and online), and more!
night, Philly every Friday night…and so on and so forth on a circuit. What that allowed me to do is build up a cult fan base reminiscent to what you would find in the sixties. There are plenty of artists who sold as many records as I did that came out at the same time and they ended up being a flash in the pan. For me, if you have that fan base, and are loyal to them, they will be loyal to you and support your music and you need not worry about them investing in one single at a time. STEAM: When will we see a new live album from Jewel? JEWEL: I don’t know what I want to do. I have a country album that I’d like to do. I have an album like ‘Two Hearts Breaking’ that I’d like to do and I have a Pieces of You follow up in the works as well. With my child now I don’t know how to do huge album pushes so I’m kind of just waiting now until I figure that out. I feel like I’ve not really pushed myself as much as I could as a singer and I’ve been a bit underwhelming as a result. I’d like the opportunity to sing the standards I grew up listening to so I can push myself as a vocalist. So…there’s a lot of stuff I’d like to do, I’m just not sure in what order they’ll all come out in.
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STEAM: Your Greatest Hits album, released in early February, features the radio versions of your hit singles. Why release the album now so young in your career and was there ever a thought to put a live track on there as well? JEWEL: Well, it was kind of hard for me to validate doing a greatest hits album for years, even though the label had been asking me since I was 25. I didn’t feel I had a body of work yet that I felt spoke for me as a reflective point. I wanted to try out different genres and hadn’t had a chance to do so yet. Also, since anyone can make a greatest hits on their ipod at any point, why release one? The reason I came around and finally released the album was that no one was able to get these radio edits in a physical form. As far as live material my fans bootleg my material all the time. They call it ‘Angel Food’. I’m okay with it as long as they seek no profit from it. With such a wide variety of live material online circulating already I didn’t feel it was fitting for the album. STEAM: You recut two songs on the album, one of which ‘You Were Meant For Me’ with the country band ‘The Pistol Annie’s. When you decided to take the leap into country in 2008 was there any opposition from those within the Country industry? JEWEL: I definitely wasn’t ‘Welcomed In’. They are very suspicious of people carpet bagging. I faced a lot of skepticism at first which I expected. I did not enter into the
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Participants will also find customized desserts at each place setting, made by Donna Endicott Linnane. Past treats have included domino-topped cupcakes (The Book Thief ), red and gold metallic painted brownies (The Hunger Games), and daisy cookies (This Beautiful Life). Kim Olszekski, an aircraft mechanic, joked, “I only come for the cookies… not really!”
Corpus Christi Books & Beverage Club Read, Drink, Read! By Rachel Mills Vodka-soaked gummi bears might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, “book club,” but it would if you have ever attended a meeting of the Corpus Christi Books and Beverages (CCBB) book club. This group departs from the normal book club discussion groups by combining two favorite pastimes of many Corpus Christians – drinking and reading. It has even been featured on the website, 40 Things To Do in Corpus Christi (www.40thingstodo.com). “This is a great jumping off point for new people to see that Corpus isn’t a stuffy old town,” said Dallas Freyer, a nurse, who found BBCC on the 40 Things website. This is the kind of book club where you are still welcome even if you didn’t read the book. “There was The Paris Wife, where so many members didn’t finish
or read the book that we had a drinking game of ‘drink’ every time someone said they didn’t like it or didn’t read it,” recalls Monica O’Keefe, accountant, business owner, and CCBB founder. In a recent Facebook post, O’Keefe has suggested bringing the game back after a recent selection, Anna Karenina. Monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month. Cost of attendance is $15 (cash, check, or credit card) and includes dinner, dessert, and iced tea. Alcohol is BYOB. Participants typically bring wine, beer, and the occasional alcohol soaked confection, often sharing with each other. Meetings generally begin by voting on the new month’s book title, and then O’Keefe leads the discussion while participants eat, talk, and of course….drink. After attending other book groups around the city and failing to find a
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Many book club members agreed that CCBB increased their reading repertoire, and introduced them to new friends. “[This] has been a place to meet people that I wouldn’t normally cross paths with, and now I have made friends and socialize… outside of book club,” said middle school teacher, Stormi Ross. An additional perk of the CCBB meeting is that the Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market is also held every Wednesday, starting at 5pm in the courtyard next to the Tango Tea Room. Many participants can come early and buy local produce and art before the monthly meeting. Meeting attendance averages 15-20 people, but can reach up to 45 individuals. O’Keefe hopes to start CCBB chapters in the future to accommodate more schedules and meeting options. “I have found when the group gets too large it is difficult to maintain the intimacy of a small group, but large groups serve for interesting conversations and fun exchanges,” said O’Keefe. The next meeting of CCBB will be held on April 24th, at 6pm at Yin Yang Fandango and Tango Tea Room and the selected book will be announced on their Facebook site, www.facebook.com/CCBooksAndBeverages. Make sure to bring your reading/martini glasses and don’t hog all of the vodka gummi bears.
...continued from page 24 kids playing it didn’t mean anything… Remember, they had Motown behind them. Classic Tracks is totally based on camaraderie: leave your ego at the door and come have some fun. And if you ever see Mason in the show… someone didn’t show up. MASON We have three more shows to shoot at the studio and then the final will be shot at a special location that will have the city as our background. We hope to have everyone that spend involves playing at the same time. JIMMY The genres of the next three shows are hip-hop, metal, and Chica’s Rock will do a song. STEAM How do people get to Classic Tracks? MASON The easiest way to find your way to these videos is by clicking on the YouTube button at the bottom of the Sound Machine Studio’s website. Of course you can just go to YouTube and look for Classic Tracks as well.
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good fit for her interests O’Keefe started CCBB. “Books, music, food, and drink are my passion and if I am going to discuss the written word, I want libations, food, and dessert,” said O’Keefe. The first meeting was held in January 2011, at Harrison’s Landing, but as the attendance increased O’Keefe sought out a larger venue. Currently, meetings are held at the Yin Yang Fandango and Tango Tea Room, located at 505 South Water Street, in downtown Corpus. Owner, Althea Craft, was enthusiastic to host the monthly meeting, and personally develops each menu for the group that compliments the themes of the book.
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