Hank Moon will be emceeing at the Holy Cow Cooker Tent at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Zack Walther Band will be on hand to provide excellent tuneage for Thursday. Chad Ware Band will be providing the same amount of excellence on Friday Night.
This young lady from Baytown, Texas is one of the hardest working Texas artist’s there is. See her tomorrow at a truly Texas store, Texas National Outfitter’s. They’ve got stores in Austin and Houston. Everything’s Texas related and the custom boots are out of this world.
3 pm 8933 Katy Freeway Katy, TX
This free show starts at 7 pm and features craft beer and live music. This week the featured band is Corey Kane Band and the featured beer is Karbach Brewing Company. The show is held at Firehouse Saloon at 5930 Southwest Freeway, Houston.
Thirteen years can put a hell of a lot of wear and tear on even the hardiest of rock ’n’ roll bands. But don’t be fooled by all those hundreds of thousands of miles on Micky & the Motorcars’ odometer: pop the hood of Hearts From Above, the long-running Austin band’s seventh album, and you’ll find a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. And behind the wheel? Two brothers and founding members Micky Braun (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary Braun (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums). Micky and Gary, who by their own admission, haven’t been this fired up about playing together since they first rode south from the Whitecloud Mountains of Idaho to stake their claim to the Texas and wider Americana music scenes.
These are the qualities Zane Williams sings about in his rootsy anthem “Texas Like That”–the title track of his 5th studio album–and so it comes as no surprise that these are also the qualities on which his rapidly-growing career is built. Respected by his fans (the Zaniacs) as a down-to-earth family man, Zane is a also a charismatic entertainer on stage and a prolific songwriter who wrote all ten of the new album’s tracks. It’s a rare combination of abilities that just may make him a superstar, especially among country music fans hungry for an alternative to today’s pop and hip-hop influenced “bro country”.
First up on this collection of ten self-penned songs is the energetic “Feelin’ Free”, which combines acoustic mandolin and banjo with a driving beat and soaring three-part harmonies. The gritty groove of “Throwback” manages to sound modern and traditional at the same time, and “Summer Rain” features a soaring guitar solo section as powerful as anything you’ll hear this year on top 40 radio. It’s a delicate balance that Zane strikes–Texas authenticity with a bit of Nashville polish–but by capturing the best of both worlds he creates a sound all his own that is a refreshing change for fans of either music scene.
Zane has earned a reputation for releasing albums on which every song is worth listening to over and over, and “Texas Like That” is no exception to that rule. The album continues with the catchy and romantic “She Is”, the toe-tapping “Just Gettin’ Started”, and the fan tribute song “Here’s to You”, which is sure to liven up the honky-tonks that are his bread and butter. However the strongest tunes on the album may be the stirring ballad “Jayton and Jill”, which is the kind of heart-wrenching story song that is so sadly missing on mainstream country radio as of late, and the vulnerable and poignant “Kansas City Sunrise”.
Zane is an anomaly in today’s country music….a modern-day “throwback” who is equal parts bar-room entertainer and introspective poet. If you ask the crowd of Zaniacs at a show just what they love so much about the man and his music, they might tell you it’s his genuine smile, or the way his songs seem to come straight from the heart, or how he sings about real life in a way that real people can relate to. For all these reasons and more, they keep coming back time and time again to get lost in the music and experience together just what it means to be “Texas Like That”.
A country band based out of the coastal bend of Corpus Christi. Known for their high-energy shows and unique sound. Their music seamlessly blends together the sounds of country, rock, americana, and folk. On a given night, you can count on hearing everything from 3-part harmonies, to screaming guitar solos, some bluesy harmonica and fan-favorite, fiddle from the talented Owen Fitzsimmons. Frontman, Jake Ward, brings a lot of energy to the show and with the help of his band, they put on a show that won’t disappoint.
For more information and tour dates, visit jakewardmusic.com.