Before we get to today’s post, here’s a new bluegrass video this morning from Theo & Brenna. Their fiddle player won the championship at the fiddle festival where I was the webmaster a few years back. This song was first recorded by Patty Loveless in 2003, then the Steeldrivers in 2010: Higher Than The Wall.
Yesterday was unseasonably warm (81F and sunny, as opposed to 41F and wet as I type this morning), so I decided to check out Wade Bowen’s ice cream & cookie shop that opened last month. Anyway, I checked my email while I was there, and found that I won a pair of free tickets to Kane Brown’s Austin City Limits taping Sunday. Well, I wasn’t expecting that one ! I enter pretty much every drawing I see, because I like free stuff. I’m not very familiar with the guy’s music, other than seeing lots of memes and vitriol on country sites. I’ll go in with an open mind, planning to have a good time. If he’s truly as bad as some of you think he is, then I’ll have something to look back on and laugh about. On the other hand, if he does some good things, I’ll give him fair credit. Here’s his recent feature with Brooks and Dunn: Believe
I also plan to attend Monday’s taping of the Texas Music Scene in San Marcos, with Flatland Cavalry and Quaker City Night Hawks. Flatland Cavalry has a fiddle-driven Texas country sound that fits very well in my block of western songs on my 2018 Country Plus list: Living By Moonlight. Quaker City Night Hawks will release a new album tomorrow. I have some songs from one of their previous albums on my Southern Rock Plus list. Here’s a recent interview with QCNH with a lot of funny and odd stories: Fort Worth Weekly.
We have had a good time at every Texas Music Scene taping we’ve attended (Zane Williams, Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison, Sunny Sweeney, Kevin Fowler, Mike and The Moonpies), and both Austin City Limits tapings (Chris Stapleton, Shinyribs), and I especially thank the staff at both venues for consistently being so nice and accommodating to my brother, who is in a wheelchair. We have found, through trial and error, that some venues are much better for us than others. The One World Theatre in Austin is by far the worst we ever encountered. Their staff moved us back and forth four times during a concert, angrily yelling at us each time for being in the way. That’s the only time we ever tried to see a show there.
I will start my March-April Country Plus list tomorrow, so I look forward to fitting a new batch of songs together, like puzzle pieces.