The best in regional Zydeco, Country, and Classic Rock Bands, sponsored by U. S. Backline and Texas Hot Country.
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Born and raised in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, Genevieve grew up competing in rodeos and working the family farm. Music has always been an important part of her life, and she studied classical piano from the time she was 6 years old. But Genevieve’s musical world changed forever when her best friend turned on the radio and she heard her very first country song, one by Garth Brooks – she fell in love with country music. Genevieve’s album “Whiskey Kisses” was released early in Spring 2014. Her sound has been called “Nash-Tex” by those who have heard it. Influenced by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris Ledoux, and other such artists, Genevieve’s sound combines the traditional country of Nashville with the undeniably Texan feel of cowboys and wide open spaces.
Kevin Anthony’s new album, 45 Southbound, is a 10 song coming home party. It’s Anthony’s sixth album and in it he gathers the bits and pieces, songs and influences of immigrants, travelers and vagabonds that have passed through and made Galveston, Texas their home. In it country, Cajun, folk and Tejano music all mix to create what Anthony calls the Gulf Coast sound. The kind of music that can be heard around BBQs, parties and beer joints on the coast of Texas. The joy of being back on that coast, after nearly two decades of living away from
island, is evident in the album. He began making country and Cajun music before moving back to Texas. In particular his 2011 release of Old Time Cajun Music stands out. This album won highly coveted Cajun French Music Association’s (CFMA) Prix D’hors de Nous Award for 2012. But the thrill of being back near his roots is evident in this new album with songs like title track “45 Southbound” – a song of jumping in the truck and heading down the road to where good times and friends are already gathering with guitars, fiddles and crawfish boiling in the pot. The warmth of family and place comes through in swinging and playful “Bacon Blues”. In past albums Anthony has explored the legacy passed down from his family, the connection to Louisiana Cajun music and his Texas country roots. With 45 Southbound he mixes those influences with his own confident songwriting and announces his return home.
Blaggards (no “the”, pronounced BLA’ GUARDS or BLA’ GHERDS, depending on where you’re from) play what we call Stout Irish Rock, traditional Irish music mixed with rock n’ roll, informed by everything from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. We are most frequently compared to bands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and the Pogues. Blaggards are guitarist/vocalist Patrick Devlin, bassist/vocalist Chad Smalley, and drummer Michael McAloon. Front man Patrick Devlin grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Houston in his early 20′s. After working in the local club scene for several years, Patrick saw a demand for Irish rock music that nobody was taking advantage of. In 2003, while hosting a weekly open mic at an Irish pub, Patrick met bassist and singer Chad Smalley, who had recently returned from New York City and was looking for a new project. The two began singing and performing together, developing a tight vocal harmony style. A year later, Blaggards was born. Michael, a first generation Scot-American, grew up learning Irish step dancing, winning gold medals all across the United States before picking up the drums at age 13. Blaggards maintain a rigorous schedule, playing constantly throughout Texas and touring nationally several times a year. We’ve also toured Ireland every year since 2010, and will be returning in 2014. “Drunken Sailor” and “Big Strong Man” from our first CD, Standards, were both featured in episode 86 of the CBS series “The Good Wife,” aired on March 24, 2013. “Big Strong Man” also appears in the British film “The Kid,” directed by Nick Moran and based on the best-selling book by Kevin Lewis.
Jason James’ self-titled debut introduces a charismatic young artist whose effortless mastery of his chosen style serves as a deeply compelling vehicle for his vibrant creative spirit. The talented Texan writes rousing honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word. A young veteran who’s honed his songwriting skills and performing chops through years of live gigs in clubs and dance halls throughout his home state, James is equally adept at delivering heartbreak and humor, maintaining an earthy, organic honesty that stands in sharp contrast to the slick, gimmicky product that currently dominates the country charts. “The love that I have for traditional country music is like a mission to me,” James affirms. “For me, there’s never been any consideration of ‘Well, if I change this, I might sell more records.’ For me, it’s always been all or nothing, and this is how I do it. A lot of people come up to me at shows and say ‘I never liked country, but I like you,'” James notes. “I always say ‘You’re just not listening to the right country.'”
The Level One Band got together in Houston, TX in 1998. Soaking in the style of vintage Aretha Franklin, Motown, Disco, and Old School Funk, the band developed a following that has kept them in constant demand at Houston’s hottest venues, as well as private parties and festivals across the country
Randy’s career began in 1980 when he organized the band “Tumbleweed Connection.” They toured New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, until ’87 when they disbanded. Randy then became the lead singer of the “Straight Up Band.” A popular Houston based group that performed at nightclubs, festivals, hotels and weddings. The 90’s began with him doing theatrical productions of “The Best Lil’ Whorehouse in Texas” and “Patsy Cline, Always.” He then began doing appearances with The Ronnie Renfro Big Band (18-piece orchestra) as a guest singer and guitarist. Randy has also written a movie script entitled “Back in Luck” a true Texas Western. His 2003 album “Family Portrait” features guest appearances by the Artist Willie Nelson and legendary musician Bucky Meadows.
Mickey’s music is from a very different perspective than many of the newer Zydeco artists.On his second and third full releases “On Our Way! in 2000″ and “Live in Portland” in 2002, respectively, Mickey evolved to create a fusion of sound like no other. Fans agree that he is taking his beloved Zydeco music to a new level and into a larger music world. Bon Ton Mickey and the band members enjoy their audience and get a thrill from watching their attempt at playing the rub-board. ‘Don’t be afraid to try, they love it.’ Bon Ton Mickey & the Zydeco Hot Steppers Band is a versatile band that specializes in Cajun/Zydeco; but can also play blues, country & yes, even a little bit of hip hop. BonTon say’s, “We’re a fun loving band but, always professional. We’ve played everything from festivals to corporate events, from clubs to private parties and all in between. We love what we do, and we play for our audience. When we see you having fun, that makes us play harder” Bon Ton Mickey is inspired by some of the greatest songwriters of our time, John Delafose, Buckwheat, Rocking Sydney, Beau Jacques, and last but not least Clifton Chenier. All had a profound affect on him, thereby making his music much more fun. Publicist: Ms Sugah Chaney-(281)873-2377
The name Cecil Shaw brings smiles and memories to the faces and minds of Baby Boomers and youth alike. Cecil has toured every major city across the continental U.S. and Europe, setting stages ablaze. Cecil has been honored with coveted titles to his credit such as winning the UPN 20 Motown Live Show and performing on the Dancing in the Street that is presented at the Miller Outdoor Theater by Motown. He performed on SoulTrain 1974, Open NYE 2013 in the Grand room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and has also sung for President Barack Obama at the 2nd Inaugural ball. Through his ultimate passion for music and entertainment he topped the charts with musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Main Ingredient, Norman Conners, 5th Dimension, and none other than Ray Charles himself.
Mike Stinson can write songs in his sleep…no really, check out “Walking Home In The Rain” from his fourth and most recent album “Hell And Half Of Georgia.” “Well that only happened once but yeah it’s true. I woke up with that song fully formed playing in my head. No idea where it came from.” The consensus is that Mike’s blue collar songwriting ethic earned him that freebie. That kind of ‘luck’ comes from putting in the time. Here’s a glimpse at what that time has looked like. Raised in Virginia, schooled in DC, Mike moved to Los Angeles where eighteen years made him a veteran of what he calls “the trenches of bar band warfare.” The last six years have found him based in Houston and barnstorming the roadhouses of Texas week in and week out. Along the way he has written his very own version of the American songbook and developed an expansive live show that “has taken country and rock and boiled them down to their essence before injecting everything with the kind of ju-ju that Gram Parsons died for.” (Bill Bentley, The Morton Report) Critical acclaim has followed. Los Angeles Magazine named him Best Country Artist (2004), The Houston Press awarded him Song Of The Year (2010), Texas Music Magazine named him one of their Artists of The Year (2012) and one of their Records of The Year (2013), and The Houston Press named him Best Country Artist in each of the last two years (2014, 2015). But perhaps the more significant mark of Mike’s creative success is the respect and admiration he’s earned from a large songwriting community. His songs have been released on albums by Dwight Yoakum, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Gilkyson, Jesse Dayton, Brian Whelan, Folk Uke (featuring Willie Nelson), Austin Hanks and Larry Bagby.
The Zydeco Dots, more commonly referred to just as The Dots, originated in 1987. Back then Zydeco music itself was advancing in popularity and The Dots were about to do their part. Although Zydeco music was born in southern Louisiana the music had been played in the gulf coast region from the Florida panhandle to south Texas since the early 1900’s. Clifton Chenier (The King of Zydeco) gave the music its name and brought Zydeco to a new level. In Houston, Texas, during the mid 80’s, the music was still relatively obscure. The Dots, based in Houston, brought Zydeco to venues where the music had never been heard before. Since then, The Zydeco Dots have won numerous awards and have been voted best Zydeco band by the Houston Press. The Dots have backed up many accordion players over the years including such notables as C J Chenier, Pierre Blanchard, Leon Sam, Pierre Stout, Wilfred Chavis, Lil Jabo, Ted Pacholik, Paul Richard, Lil Willie Davis, Lonnie Mitchell, Wilbert Thibideaux, and Promising new-comer Lil Pop’s.