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The Western Flyers Debut Their Hot Take On Texas Swing With "Wild Blue Yonder" July 29th

In 1940s Texas, if you wanted to court a girl after a long day on the Texas oil rigs, you sought out the nearest dancehall. Dusty, gin-soaked, and boisterous, the hall was driven by the Western Swing it bore; jazz, blues and swing standards melded with cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes.

Legendary fiddler and band leader Bob Wills was king in this world and the dancehalls and theaters of Texas were buzzing with great fiddlers and singers, creating a new sound that would define Southwestern roots music for decades to come.

 

 More than seventy-five years later, The Western Flyers’ debut album, Wild Blue Yonder, explodes with the influence of this storied genre, and if Bob Wills was listening off-stage he’d be smiling in approval. Internationally-renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with his powerful rhythm, reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman’s improvisation astounds, and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso adds fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, Wild Blue Yonder is a singular music experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three virtuosos of the genre.

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Annie & Amy: "Wyoming Where I Belong" (2016). New Single.

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Michael Martin Murphe: "High Stakes - Cowboy Songs VII" (2016). New Album.

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On his new album, High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII, Iconic Western Artist Michael Martin Murphey pleads on the stunningly beautiful Australian cowboy song, “Campfire On The Road” “We must never let ’em take this life away / Old stock routes belong to one and all / Drovers, dreamers all agree / Poets, Aborigines / We have a right to light a campfire on the road.”

 

The lyric underscores the dramatic tone of Murphey’s return to his Texas-cowboy roots at a time when we are facing the rapid deterioration of our crowded world's most precious resources : Land and Water.

 

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Michael Hearne and Shake Russell: "Only As Strong as Your Dreams" (2016). New Album.

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Michael and Shake have been songwriting partners, friends and collaborators for many years, but it wasn't until Hearne moved back to his native state of Texas, after living a few decades in Taos, New Mexico and a couple years in Nashville, that the two of them began performing regularly together.

 

Since then every audience they play for asks for a recording that they've done together - and so now here it is! The collection features mostly songs co-written by Shake and Michael, with a few other friends and co-writers thrown in, as in the title cut, written by poet Charles John Quarto and Shake.

 

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Brenn Hill: "How You Heal" (2016). New Album.

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Singer/Songwriter Brenn Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. His most recent release is “Spirit Rider”. Like each of his prior recordings it serves as a pathway into and through his own personal journey. Brenn is not just an observer or narrator of Western story, but one of its strongest interpreters. Life’s trials and tribulations are his raw material.

 

Brenn’s career spans eleven recordings of mostly all self-penned music and nearly two decades on-the-road. He has won numerous industry awards and accolades and resides with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah. He is a dynamic solo performer though is often surrounded by some of the industries most talented instrumentalists. Brenn Hill is an artist that gives great insight into the West he calls Heaven.

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Luke Bell: Sometimes" & "Lonesome Joe"(2016). New Live Music Videos.

"I grew up in Wyoming and I was never crazy about school or being organized into things in general. I spent the summers on my grandparent’s ranch working from age 13 or so- lots of hot days, Randy Travis tapes, and old pick-up trucks with broken door handles.

 

I went to college at the University of Wyoming, still not crazy about school. After a couple of semesters I started playing at the Buckhorn Bar with the folk crowd. I got a little band going for a while, dropped out of school, and moved to Austin to play music.

 

I spent two years in Austin playing a lot at the Hole in the Wall and the White Horse mainly with a couple bands and then moved to New Orleans for several months.

 

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Richard J. Dobson & W.C. Jameson: "Plenty Good People" (2016)

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Plenty Good People was recorded in April 2015 at The Lodge, Georgetown, Texas. Most of the songs on the record come from co-writing sessions, when a chance suggestion looked like challenge and opportunity. It has now come to life.

 

Aside from Kenny Williams (upright bass), the players on this project are the same team we used on Gulf Coast Tales in 2014: Franci Jarrard (accordion, keyboards, vocals); Lynette Perkins (percussion, vocals); Andre Mathews (lead guitar); Javier Chaparro (violin). Produced with Rick Dinsmore (vocals) and Bradley Hartman; engineering by Bradley Hartman (arm-long list of engineering credits, including Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris). Made in Texas by Texans. Cover art by Julie Sola.

 

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Michael Martin Murphey: "Wildfire" (2016). New Live Music Video.

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"Wildfire" is a classic song written by Michael Martin Murphey and Larry Cansler. It was originally recorded by Murphey, who had yet to add his middle name to his recorded work, and appears on his gold-plus 1975 album Blue Sky – Night Thunder.

 


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Doug Figgs: "A Cowboy Like Me" (2016). New Album

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Doug Figgs is a horseshoer, a cowboy, and a Western music singer/songwriter. In twenty plus years of shoeing horses he has earned the title of “Certified Journeyman Farrier”, the highest level attainable through the American Farrier’s Association.

 

In the last few years he has turned his attention to his love of music with the emphasis on Western themes.

 

As a member of the Western Music Association he was named 2015 Songwriter of the Year and his song "Socios" was named 2015 Song of the Year.

 

His song "Socios" also won the Academy of Western Artists "Will Rogers Award" 2014 best Western song, and a co-write with Todd Carter "Charlie and Evangeline" won the Western Writers of America 2015 "Spur Award" for best Western song, both songs from his "Partners" CD.

 

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Five And Dime Cowboys: 2016 New Singles.

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January 25: Like A Moth To A Flame

January 28: The Old Man

February 1: Another Sawmill Town

February 1: Battle Song

February 8: Judgement Day

February 10: Sorrowful Ones

February 16: Faithful Bride

February 16: Someday, Somewhere (Tom´s Song)


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Southwest Watson Sweethearts: "Endless Horizon" (2016). New Album.

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The Southwest Watson Sweethearts live in a one bedroom bungalow near the intersection of Southwest and Watson streets in south city St Louis, Missouri. Ryan Koenig plays leads on harmonica, fiddle, dobro, and banjo, and Kellie Everett holds down the rhythm on banjo and guitar. The duo's main strength lies in their timeless vocal harmonies, well-paired vocal timbres, and memorable melodies.

 

As the pair works toward performing primarily original music, their ever-growing catalogue is greatly influenced by extensive travel, a fondness for things forgotten in time, pride of their beloved St Louis and the midwest, and a love of classic country and early American music.

 

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Hot Club Of Cowtown: "Midnight On Ther Trail" (2016). New Album.

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The Hot Club of Cowtown’s new album “Midnight on the Trail” is a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads hand-collected to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West. Utterly danceable, romantic and rustic, these songs truly represent the Cowtown of the Imagination, a source of inspiration for the band since it first began.

 

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times).

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The Munsick Boys: "Long Way Home" (2016). New Album.

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The gates are open for the second run out of this family's brand of western music. They have distilled their Wyoming home into songs that range from folk to country with flairs of bluegrass and country rock around the edges. The Munsick Boys' music is universal in its appeal and has caught and burned its way into all age groups in different corners of the world. This is a family of cowboys - listen to them closely and you will hear the essence of the west.

 

This album is our second run outside and shows our family backbone of western country with a flair of bluegrass around the edges - sort of like Ian Tyson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and George Strait got together for a jam session.

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