Music News – Sept. 26, 2019

Season Ammons Releases Groundbreaking Album

It’s always a pleasure to hear an album by a new artist that really catches your attention. It’s especially sweet when that artist calls New Braunfels home. I admit that I had never heard of Season Ammons when I received a press release introducing her new Steel Hearts album. After just one listen, I realized two things: this girl can sing and the ten songs on the album were really well written. I arranged a phone interview and managed to catch up with her while she was on a nationwide radio station tour. We covered so much in our interview, there’s no way to include it all here but I’ll do my best. Yes, Season is her real first name and her complete bio is on her website at SeasonAmmons.com. With several albums under her belt, she knew she wanted Steel Hearts to be special. So, she relaxed and took her time, carefully writing a batch of songs that paint a true picture of where she came from and where she is now. Using producer David Percefull and his Yellow Dog Studio near Wimberley, Season started recording her songs. Using a core group of musicians from her road band and adding Austin bassist Glenn Fukunaga, they got to work. After the bulk of the album was complete they moved to London to add orchestra arrangements at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Yes, she took her picture walking across the famous street outside the studios just like the Beatles did back in 1969. The result from months of hard work is now ready for public consumption and it was well worth the wait. Released on August 30, it has a classic Bonnie Raitt feel to it. It’s one of the rare albums you can play in its entirety without skipping over any tracks. She took great care in sequencing the songs to give the album a natural flow. It opens with the flirty Show Me Your Love, gives you a barn burning rocker on Feel Alright and closes with This is Goodbye which signals the end of a toxic relationship. Follow her travels on her website and be sure to see her live when she returns home to our city.

 

Behind The Scenes

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a concert? Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend the day at the Erwin Center in Austin at a Brooks & Dunn concert. It was a fascinating experience. Shortly after it opened, I did the same thing at Whitewater Amphitheater. The amount of physical work it takes to put on a concert is unbelievable. The hours are long and the pay isn’t as good as you might think. One of our local sound companies is 2 Rivers Technical Services. Owned and operated by Dennis Peek and Carl Nowotny, they and their crew do the sound and lights for many local venues and events, like Gruene Hall, Wein & Saengerfest, Brauntex Theatre, Wurstfest and many other events around town. These guys are the first to arrive and last to leave at the various music venues in our city. They must be ready at a moment’s notice to fix any problem that springs up during the show. So while you are relaxed and enjoying the music, they are under pressure and working hard to ensure everything works and sounds great. As someone that’s seen and heard thousands of concerts, you would think they are tired of listening to music. Nope, these guys still love it and listen to it often. They are quick to let me know about new bands they hear while running sound. That’s how I first heard about Stewart Mann, Blue Water Highway and Cody Jinks. Trust me, when these guys tell you someone is good, you listen. So, what music do they listen too when not working? Here’s Carl’s top six favorite albums: Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger; Storyville – Bluest Eyes; Supertramp – Breakfast In America; Yes – 90125; Rush – Moving Pictures and Little Feat – Let It Roll. Next time you are at a concert, take time to go thank the sound guys. They will appreciate it very much.

 

Flatland Cavalry’s Street Party

Cheatham Street Warehouse is an iconic venue in Texas and this week they are home to a blow-out street party by Flatland Cavalry. This young band has been winning fans over with their high energy live shows and amazing set of songs. On Saturday they will headline their Humble Gathering concert with special guests Austin Mead, Kaitlin Butts and Blue Water Highway. They will close down the street out front but will keep the building open so fans can go inside and cool off. Tickets are available at CheathamStreet.com.

 

Kenny Chesney Announces Next Tour

Kenny Chesney just announced his next tour, set to kick off in early 2020. He’s calling the jaunt the Chillaxification Tour 2020. You will probably need to drink several glasses of his signature rum in order to pronounce Chillaxification. Chesney’s stadium tours are huge party events that earn him several million dollars each night. I know I would certainly want to party if I made that much money every night. The tour with the funny name kicks off in Dallas at the ATT Stadium and comes to Houston on May 22 and to the Alamodome in San Antonio on May 23. Tickets go on-sale at 10am at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru Erdman – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Sat – Tesla – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Meyer Anderson – 8:30pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Bo Porter – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Fri – Waiting on Hayden – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork 80’s Dance Party – 9pm

Sun – Here For The Heroes Benefit – 6pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – Adam Johnson – 6pm

Sat – The Merles – 6pm

Sun – Kim Carson – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Jeff Inman – 7pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Triston Marez / Randall King – 8pm

Fri – Juston Langston / David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

Sat – Austin Meade / Kaitlin Butts / Blue Water Hiway / Flatland Cavalry – 5pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer   830-964-2544)

Sat – Shelly King Band – 1pm

Sun – Johnny Nicholas – 1pm

Tue – Garrett Bryan – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Texases – 7pm

Sat – Carson McHome / Colter Wall / Robert Earl Keen – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Candler Wilkinson – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Troy Stone – 6pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – The Homebodies – 7pm

Fri – Justin Langston – 3pm / Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sat – Joey Fender – 7pm

Sun – Jamie Krueger – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Silvercloud – 6pm

Fri – Pat Green – 6pm & 9pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Bonnie Whitmore / James McMurtry – 8pm

Sun – Danny Barnes & Billy Bright – 12:30pm / John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s)  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sat – Adam Hood – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 8pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Broken Spokes / Max Stalling – 8pm

Sun – ShAnnie – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Grateful Dead Tribute – 2pm / Jack Prince & Kings – 7pm

Sun – Bob Rose – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Chad Anderson – 7pm (Sky Bar)

Fri – Soul Ethos – 7pm (Pale Horse) / Jess & Dave – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Bill Ayers – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Tunnel Vision – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & the Homegrown – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Tracie Lynn – 9pm

Sat – Country Willie Edwards – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Ceranda – 6pm

Sat – South Keys Duo – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Harvest Motts – Neil Young Tribute – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Favorite Son – 7:30pm

Fri – Bob Schneider – Solo – 8:30pm

Sat – Seth Walker – 8pm

Sun – JD McPherson – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Keith Hickle – 4pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / J Edwards – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Brian Milson – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 4pm

Wed – Call For Band Info

 

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

Tonight – Sean Garrison & 3rd Watch Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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