Music News – Nov 26, 2020

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for all we have. I realize this has been a rough crazy year and it’s hard to find a silver lining during a pandemic. By now we all probably know some one who has had Covid. I personally know eight people that got it and thankfully they all survived. Some had serious cases while some had no symptoms at all. My neighbor had Covid, then pneumonia, then shingles, so he’s had a tough few months. In the afternoon, he and his wife sit on their front porch. He has an oxygen tank nearby and we talk across the street. Today I saw two of my favorite people, Mike and Annie Harrison. Mike got Covid way back in March and was hospitalized for a short time. I think Annie tested positive too but never got sick. I am very thankful they are both doing well and are ready to enjoy live music again. My daughter Lacy is a nurse and she deals with stressful situations every day. Once I got over the shock of being stuck at home for several months, I realized how grateful I was that we have a nice home to be stuck in. Many people in our country are homeless and have nothing to eat. My biggest problem was eating so much Blue Bell that I couldn’t button my Levi’s. We have many problems in our country, but we are still the greatest nation in the world. I’m thankful I live in Texas and that I live in one of the best cities in the state. These are the things I’m thankful for today.

Mason Lively releases new single, plays Gruene Hall

If you attend the Aaron Watson show at Gruene Hall tomorrow night, be sure you check out Mason Lively. He will be opening the show for Aaron and he has a brand new single out now called ‘Something About A Southern Girl.’ Mason started writing the song and had part of the chorus and a verse written when he had the opportunity to co-write with Wade Bowen. When Mason arrived for the session, he learned that Wade had invited fellow songwriter Drew Kennedy to join them. He was nervous but brought out the partially completed song. To his pleasant surprise, they finished the song within an hour. I first heard Mason’s music back in 2018 on his debut album, Stronger Ties. I was immediately impressed by his songwriting chops. He wrote all the ten songs at barely 20 years old, which isn’t that unusual, except that all the songs were fantastic. He writes songs like he’s decades past his actual age. That’s one of the first things you notice about him, but you also notice his voice. It’s a perfect tool for the songs he writes. One night after opening a show for Bowen, they started talking about music and songwriting. When Wade instructed Mason to be sure he had someone good to produce his new album, Mason casually asked Wade if he would do it. To his amazement, Bowen agreed. They recorded the album at Rosewood Studios in Tyler with ace studio musicians, including some members of Wade’s touring band. The new album is self-titled and will be released in March of 2021. I got a sneak listen to the songs and you are in for a real treat. I’ll do a proper review closer to the street date but if you attend the show on Friday, be sure to pick up a copy of his first album, it’s a keeper.

Benefits for Local Non-Profit Organizations

There are two fundraisers on the horizon that you may want to attend. First, there’s Wade Bowen’s ‘Wassail With Wade & Friends…a Night of Cheer.’ It will be held Thursday night December 3 at the Civic Center and is presented by Shiner Beer, New Braunfels Downtown Association, and the New Braunfels Jaycees. The proceeds will go to benefit local arts non-profits like New Braunfels Art League, Historic Outdoor Art Museum, Circle Arts Theatre, and the Brauntex Theatre. See the DowntownNewBraunfels.com website for information on tickets. The Brauntex Theatre is also having a fundraiser to help recoup the money lost during the pandemic. Americana artist Raul Malo, lead singer of the Mavericks, has agreed to host a fundraiser for the historic theatre on May 2, 2021. Few singers can touch Raul’s vocal talent, with only Roy Orbison or Chris Isaak coming to my mind if I were asked who to compare him too. Tickets are on-sale now at Brauntex.org for Raul’s fundraiser show.

John Fogerty Records Album With His Children

John Fogerty, the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, has some incredible albums in his catalog. However, there is one he treasures the most. It’s called Fogerty’s Factory and he recorded it during the pandemic with his three children, Shane, Tyler, and daughter Kelsy. Each week during the Covid lockdown, Fogerty and his three kids would sit on their backyard patio and play some of John’s hit songs. They collected seven of their favorite performances and released an album titled Fogerty’s Factory. It’s a sly tribute to Cosmo’s Factory, one of Creedence’s best selling albums. They even recreated the iconic front cover of the old CCR album. The songs included on the new CD are Centerfield, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Long As I Can See The Light, Down On The Corner, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and of course, Proud Mary. Shane and Tyler also perform in John’s touring band and are on his recent 19 track Live at Red Rocks album. According to Fogerty’s website, his live shows will return early next year with concerts in April at casinos in Atlantic City, NJ. Starting next November, he will also do a long residency at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. For his complete touring schedule, see JohnFogerty.com.

American Music Awards

Last Sunday the American Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles with only a small crowd in attendance. They joined the CMA Awards in Nashville as one of the few events not cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The American Music Awards were created by music icon Dick Clark back in 1973. ABC TV had lost their contract to broadcast the Grammy Awards so Clark came up with the American Music Awards so that ABC would have an award show to televise. For several years, the show didn’t have much prestige in the music business, but it eventually grew in popularity. Clark was able to use his music business clout to persuade artists to perform on the show. This year, as expected, Taylor Swift won the Artist of the Year award. She also won Female Pop Artist and Music Video of the Year for her song Cardigan. She accepted the award remotely from the studio where she is busy re-recording all her early albums. As I reported last week, her enemy Scooter Braun sold her master tapes from her first six albums to Shamrock Capital, an equity company in Los Angeles. Though Swift was unable to buy her master tapes, her contract does allow her to re-record all six albums. So, she assembled all the original musicians and returned to the actual studio she used for each album. It’s expected she will add some bonus material to each album to encourage her massive fanbase, known as Swifties, to purchase her re-recorded albums. It’s a risky gamble to do this but if anyone can pull it off, Taylor can.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde  (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice  (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Zach McCabe & Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Max Flinn – 8pm

Sat – Scott H Biram – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake  830-964-3276)

Sat – The Percolators – 8:30pm

 

Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Sat – Mike Ryan – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Kelsey Lien – 9:30am

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Parker McCollum – 6pm & 9:30pm

Sat – Parker McCollum – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Chris Colston – 8:30pm

Sun – Gunnar Lathan – 4:30pm

Tue – Michael Kelton & Johnny Chops – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene   (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Lance Lipinsky – 4pm

Sat – Dirty River Jazz Band – Noon / Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sun – Lance Lipinsky – 1pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Fri – Mason Lively / Aaron Watson – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Gary P Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Silvercloud – Noon / Oscar Ornelas Band – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Cade Holliday Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Bryon White Band – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Selfless Lovers – 6pm

Sat – CG Rivers Band – 2pm / Southside Jump – 7pm

Sun – NB Village Brass Band – 10am / Soul Sessions – 5pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach  830-997-3224)

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / David Touchton – 7pm

Sat – Clay Hollis / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Elijah Zane Trio – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Picker’s Circle – 4pm

 

River Road Icehouse (1791 Hueco Springs Loop  830-626-1335)

Sat – Wes Nixon & Philip Griffin / Jake Bush CD Release Party – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Fri – Paul Cauthen – 7:30pm

Sat – Fire & Ice – Tribute to Pat Benatar – 7:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Fri – Country Line Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Zach Talbert / Roadside Libby – 9pm

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