Music News – May 2, 2013

Congratulations are in order to all six finalists in last week’s Brauntex Has Talent contest. Paul Koudouris came out the winner with Lauren Fore taking second place. However, in reality, all six were winners, they brought their best to the concert and it was a fantastic night of music. If you see Paul, Lauren or Jason Hurta, Noah Gregoire, Julianna Reel or Sonia Button performing anywhere in town, go check them out. They are all very talented musicians and can use your support.

Country music lost one of its greatest singers of all time when George Jones passed away last week at 81 years old. He was in the middle of his retirement tour when he was admitted to the hospital with fever and irregular blood pressure. I highly recommend finding his autobiography titled ‘I Lived To Tell It All,’ published in 1996, and learn more about the country icon as told in his own words. His story is truly amazing and the music world lost one of the best voices ever.

Speaking of George Jones, in 1992 he recorded a song called ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,’ causing millions of country music fans to ask that very question. Though you may not be familiar with his name, JP Harris and his band the Tough Choices, are about as pure country as they come. You can catch him and his band on Monday night at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio.

Another amazing country singer is Jason Eady, who won the ‘Country Album of the Year’ award at last week’s Lone Star Magazine Music Awards. His classic album, ‘AM Country Heaven,’ will instantly take you back to the days when real country music was being made in Nashville. Tonight you can hear real country music when Jason takes the stage at Billy’s Ice. Come back next Tuesday to see Richie Allbright, another great country singer cut from the same cloth as Merle Haggard and George Jones. Be sure to pick up a copy of his latest CD, ‘Kickin’ Down the Doors’ while you are at Billy’s Ice, it’s a keeper.

Elaine Hayden is hosting her last house concert of the season on Sunday. For her grand finale she has three great singer songwriters performing an intimate acoustic song swap. Scheduled to perform are John Elliott, Johann Wagner and R.J. Cowdery, all masters of their craft, so make plans to see the last show of the 2013 season. Suggested donations are $20 each with doors opening at 4:30pm and the music starting at 5pm. For more info, contact Elaine at 830-625-0859.


Go To Stereo, a cool new band comprised of four New Braunfels natives, will be hosting a CD release party on Friday night at the Phoenix Saloon. The band members consist of Daniel Furman, Nico Aguilar, Julius Thompson and Jason Rodriguez. There’s no cover charge but be sure to pick up a copy of their debut self titled CD.

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