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8 hours ago, kutta said:

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are playing at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on New Year's Eve. They are going to play 10 cover songs from 1976, then do a full set of their stuff. My bro and I have tickets. Can't wait.

Love these guys I have seen them a bunch down here in Tucson.

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I wish I could get into this more. I like the vibe and the attitude. At least it's better than the pop-type country that I usually hear.

Does Alt. Country = Texas Country? Do people generally like this and mainstream country as well?

Anything in a more rockabilly style or is that a different genre all together.

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12 hours ago, bigbottom said:

You tell me. (Note: questionable sound quality)

https://youtu.be/sFROU-4EOE0

My favorite tends to shift over time between Shake Your Magnolia, Like I Am, Good One Comin' On, and Pretty Little Lie. 

Awesome.  I envy you guys.  Being able to get together with friends for jam sessions is one thing (and fun by itself), but to be able to play venues like that would be awesome.  

Pretty Little Lie is one of my favorites.  Message in a Bottle is another, and I've always liked One Horse Town.  

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9 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Talk to me about this BBQ Fest

It is the "Superbowl of Swine"... the World Championship of BBQ Cooking contest held on a 1 mile stretch RIGHT along the banks of the Mississippi river in Memphis TN. Teams from all around the world come in to compete. Somewhat unique to this event is it is the "mardis gras" of the BBQ Circuit, with each team's booth being a private party with open bar, free food... some booths (like ours) going 2 or 3 stories tall (scaffold). 

Our booth is endless kegs of lagunitas beer, fully stocked bar by beam suntoury, literally thousands of pounds of ribs, shoulder, wings, beans, slaw, jambalaya, etc... Live DJs at night with $75,000 light and sound system that will rival many clubs.... live music from the best local musicans fresh off appearances on The Voice or American Idol.... cornhole... a custom driving range with endless range balls to hit at passing barges on the mississippi.... this lasts for 3-4 days and culminates in one of the most competitive cooking competitions in the nation. 

Oh, and there are hundreds of teams doing this (though not all on the scale)... all the booths are packed in line sardines with tens of thousands of people on walkways weaving through the makeshift structures and smoking pits like the streets of calcutta. 

And if you're a guest of a team (like the one Myself and @sbonomo are on, or the one next door that @Tusken Raider runs) then everything is free... food, booze, etc. 

It's pretty much heaven for a certain type of person.... if you're that type of person then you should add it to the bucket list. You're MORE than welcome at our place. 

Here is our professionally shot video from last year's event (yes we had a drone out there). The video goes through three phases: Daytime party & meals / Nightime Party & DJs / Competition cooking. 

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9 hours ago, Tusken Raider said:

When this song kicked off that episode of The Walking Dead I remember saying, "Holy $&@!, that's Lucero!"

"The Mountain" something more upbeat/footstompin'.

The guys covering "Modern Love" (give them a minute to get going in this clip, the sax & keyboards sound awesome.)

LOVE that track. Apparently Ben Nichols is buddies with one of the big folks on The Walking Dead. His solo track "Last Pale Light in the West" Was also featured on The Walking Dead show/soundtrack. 

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2 hours ago, jamny said:

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I wish I could get into this more. I like the vibe and the attitude. At least it's better than the pop-type country that I usually hear.

Does Alt. Country = Texas Country? Do people generally like this and mainstream country as well?

Anything in a more rockabilly style or is that a different genre all together. 

Rockabilly is a different Genre and you're into that you HAVE to check out Hillbilly Casino out of Nashville, TN. Think social distortion and johnny cash got together in nashville with an irreverent, extremely high energy, raw, rockabilly style. Their shows are absolutely legendary. You might recognize their bassist, Geoff Firebaugh, from BR549. 

No Toll Taken

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Johnny Cash's Get Rhythm & Humpty Dance medley. :lmao: The video doesn't do it justice these guys are incredible live and Nick (singer) is a maniac. HAS to be blowing lines in the back between sets. 

FYI Here is the Hillbilly Casino Rockabilly Christmas album to download if anyone is interested in something a little different this holiday season. 

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14 minutes ago, worrierking said:

I am going to see Jason Isbell next Friday. 

Southeastern is a fantastic album.  Elephant is one of the most emotional songs I've ever encountered. Jarring use of profanity.

He is a consummate professional and puts on a fantastic live show, but I'll go ahead and be that guy and say I miss the cocaine and whiskey fueled Isbell from the Truckers days. Cigarette dangling out of his mouth as he casually walks to the front of the stage and peels off a blistering intro to Zip City that makes the hair on your neck stand up is the way I like to think of him. His high harmonies were fantastic, too. Let There Be Rock, Heathens (she ain't revved til the rods are throoooooooooooown), ZC, all those great harmonies. Reminds me of Jerry belting out harmonies behind Weir at just the right turn of phrase. Tasteful and wicked with all the punch of a horn section blowing the walls out. Love the guy. He is the real deal, even if I find some of his solo stuff a bit pandering.

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Love how you got the word Texas in the title.  Man I hate people from Texas.  Between Texas and Boston, I'm not sure who is more annoying about letting you know where they are from.  These two places are the Crossfit Vegans of the United States.  New York city too.  Like we are supposed to care.  

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41 minutes ago, worrierking said:

I am going to see Jason Isbell next Friday. 

Southeastern is a fantastic album.  Elephant is one of the most emotional songs I've ever encountered. Jarring use of profanity.

Powerful and heartbreaking. 

Ugh, at the risk of peppering this thread with shameless "look at me" posts, I recorded a live cover of this song alone in a room one evening four months after Chance passed away. It is the closest I've come to being able to incorporate anything even remotely related to his battle into a performance. It's just too hard.

https://youtu.be/UstrRQNM7ns

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21 hours ago, shuke said:

Son Volt probably my favorite.  I've seen a lot of my other favorite bands labeled as alt country (Wilco, Heartless Bastards, Band of Horses) but they sound way less-countryish than the stuff posted in here.

New material coming soon.

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8 minutes ago, bigbottom said:

Powerful and heartbreaking. 

Ugh, at the risk of peppering this thread with shameless "look at me" posts, I recorded a live cover of this song alone in a room one evening four months after Chance passed away. It is the closest I've come to being able to incorporate anything even remotely related to his battle into a performance. It's just too hard.

https://youtu.be/UstrRQNM7ns

You are FFA royalty.  You do whatever the #### you want brother. 

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18 minutes ago, Sabertooth said:

Love how you got the word Texas in the title.  Man I hate people from Texas.  Between Texas and Boston, I'm not sure who is more annoying about letting you know where they are from.  These two places are the Crossfit Vegans of the United States.  New York city too.  Like we are supposed to care.  

 

Who do you like?

 

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21 minutes ago, Sabertooth said:

Love how you got the word Texas in the title.  Man I hate people from Texas.  Between Texas and Boston, I'm not sure who is more annoying about letting you know where they are from.  These two places are the Crossfit Vegans of the United States.  New York city too.  Like we are supposed to care.  

Like it or not, "Texas Country" is an actual term that refers to a sub-type of country music (and not necessarily the origin of the artists). Much different than "Bro-Country."  

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50 minutes ago, Sabertooth said:

Love how you got the word Texas in the title.  Man I hate people from Texas.  Between Texas and Boston, I'm not sure who is more annoying about letting you know where they are from.  These two places are the Crossfit Vegans of the United States.  New York city too.  Like we are supposed to care.  

Texas country is a established genre, differing it from Nashville or bluegrass in many ways.  Not all artists I call texas country.  I mean I would consider the Jayhawks the most mainstream act that I would potentially put in the Texas country genre and they are based out of KC and Seattle I think.

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1 hour ago, Apple Jack said:

He is a consummate professional and puts on a fantastic live show, but I'll go ahead and be that guy and say I miss the cocaine and whiskey fueled Isbell from the Truckers days. Cigarette dangling out of his mouth as he casually walks to the front of the stage and peels off a blistering intro to Zip City that makes the hair on your neck stand up is the way I like to think of him. His high harmonies were fantastic, too. Let There Be Rock, Heathens (she ain't revved til the rods are throoooooooooooown), ZC, all those great harmonies. Reminds me of Jerry belting out harmonies behind Weir at just the right turn of phrase. Tasteful and wicked with all the punch of a horn section blowing the walls out. Love the guy. He is the real deal, even if I find some of his solo stuff a bit pandering.

It seems both Isbell and the Truckers were able to move forward and have success, not something I would have bet a dollar on at the time, but good for them.  I'll always catch them whenever they're in town. If only I could figure out what Shonna's doing these days ...

 

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14 hours ago, culdeus said:

All time favorite is still gonna have to be Rhett Miller/Old 97s.  He's touring solo again and planning on catching him in January.  

Rhett played a small venue last time he was in MIlwaukee, and is coming back in February at an even smaller place. Great for fans, but I hope he's doing alright. Its been a few years since he had the band together as far as I know. Some of my friends know him pretty well, so we always get tickets and usually get to hang out in the back after the show. He's a great guy, fun to hang with.

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1 hour ago, Sabertooth said:

Love how you got the word Texas in the title.  Man I hate people from Texas.  Between Texas and Boston, I'm not sure who is more annoying about letting you know where they are from.  These two places are the Crossfit Vegans of the United States.  New York city too.  Like we are supposed to care.  

I'm sure there is another thread out there that you will like.  Good luck.

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15 hours ago, Mister CIA said:

Who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Texas musicians?

I think Bob Wills, Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson are three easy picks. Who is the fourth? ... Oh Duh, Buddy Holly.

 

Nothing against your picks but I would find spots for Billy Gibbons & SRV.

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I have a Spotify Alt-Country playlist that streteches the defnition a little. Here are some of my favorites from it:

Not an alt-country act, but definitely an alt-country song: Cracker - King of Bakersfield 

Cover of a John Prine classic: Old Crow Medicine Show - Angel From Montgomery

Those Darlins - Wild One and Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian (another John Prine Cover)

Uncle Tupelo - Moonshiner and Sandusky 

These last couple are more alt-bluegrass than alt-country, but here they are:

Trampled by Turtles - Wait So Long

An alt-bluegrass Pink Floyd cover sounds like it wouldn't work. It does. Greensky Bluegrass - Time/Breathe

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Ryan Adams' early band, Whiskeytown, did some fantastic stuff in mid-late 90s. 

"Stranger's Almanac" is a near-perfect album for me. It's one of those rare, start-to-finish albums where I typically don't skip a track. Great to turn on when I'm enjoying a glass of bourbon by the fire, or flying solo down the highway for a long stretch.

One of my desert island albums.

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2 hours ago, bigbottom said:

Like it or not, "Texas Country" is an actual term that refers to a sub-type of country music (and not necessarily the origin of the artists). Much different than "Bro-Country."  

I'll have to investigate.  I kind of like country.  I don't know.  I like Garth Brooks and Allen Jackson.  .  

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Country is definitely not my world... but I went through a period where I kinda liked some cow-punky outfits like the mekons, but especially the SF band Dieselhed (mid 90s).

Snowblind in the Liquor Store

Hashbrowns

Cloud of Diesel

there were a fantastic band live- lots of lyric improv, great harmonies, bizarre multi-instrumentalists (drummer played trumpet)

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1 hour ago, CletiusMaximus said:

Rhett played a small venue last time he was in MIlwaukee, and is coming back in February at an even smaller place. Great for fans, but I hope he's doing alright. Its been a few years since he had the band together as far as I know. Some of my friends know him pretty well, so we always get tickets and usually get to hang out in the back after the show. He's a great guy, fun to hang with.

I used to live a few blocks from the guy but never really saw him much. I assumed he was touring. The few times I did see him out and about he was always great.  I haven't ever bothered to figure out with him and the 97s.  

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2 hours ago, RedmondLonghorn said:

 

Those Darlins - Wild One and Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian (another John Prine Cover)

Came across this group as one of the acts at Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road tour 2 years ago.  Really fun group, had a "what if Joan Jett were country" vibe.

 

That same night John Fogerty was flown in to sub for the band fun. who cancelled last minute.  The old man proceeded to rock the ever living #### out of an hour+ set.  Followed by a 2 hour set by Mumford, my most favorite concert ever

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17 hours ago, jamny said:

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I wish I could get into this more. I like the vibe and the attitude. At least it's better than the pop-type country that I usually hear.

Does Alt. Country = Texas Country? Do people generally like this and mainstream country as well?

Anything in a more rockabilly style or is that a different genre all together.

Just youtube some of the bands posted here.  The styles vary widely.  Which is why I'm not a big fan of labels for types of music.  I would typically say that I hate "mainstream country" but some of the stuff posted in here definitely sounds like "country" and I don't mind it.

 

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16 minutes ago, shuke said:

Just youtube some of the bands posted here.  The styles vary widely.  Which is why I'm not a big fan of labels for types of music.  I would typically say that I hate "mainstream country" but some of the stuff posted in here definitely sounds like "country" and I don't mind it.

 

Okay, but you gotta admit that "Bro-Country" totally works as a label, right?

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just want to :blackdot: this thread for all of the suggestions.  Sturgill Simpson, is currently one of my favorites right now.  My all time favorite, who, i think is one of the "Mt. Rushmore" artists is Waylon Jennings.  I do think that Jerry Jeff Walker should be mentioned as well.  Steve Goodman and Ray Wylie Hubbard are some others.

 

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Going to see Lucero Saturday night at their annual hometown "Lucero Family Christmas". Always a phenomonal show... although I do prefer the "Lucero Family Picnic" every spring given it's outdoors and has a great local festival vibe. :banned::thumbup:

 

 

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11 hours ago, [icon] said:

Going to see Lucero Saturday night at their annual hometown "Lucero Family Christmas". Always a phenomonal show... although I do prefer the "Lucero Family Picnic" every spring given it's outdoors and has a great local festival vibe. :banned::thumbup:

 

 

Lucero Family Picnic is now on my short list.  When do they typically have that?

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On 12/9/2016 at 11:34 AM, Leroy Hoard said:
On 12/8/2016 at 7:37 PM, Mister CIA said:

Who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Texas musicians?

I think Bob Wills, Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson are three easy picks. Who is the fourth? ... Oh Duh, Buddy Holly.

 

Nothing against your picks but I would find spots for Billy Gibbons & SRV.

I could not do that, and I love Billy Gibbons and SRV. In fact, I've got Doug Sahm ranked ahead of them both, if a fifth member were to be added.

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Wife loved Jason Isbell. She cried during the emotional songs.  Elephant and Cover Me Up.  Seriously.

When I bought the tickets, the lady at the venue told me it was a solo show. I was thrilled when The 400 Unit and Amanda Shires showed up. 

Isbell is absolutely on fire with these last two albums.  Fantastic stuff.

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On 12/9/2016 at 2:11 PM, kutta said:

Robert Earl Keen?

AMEN!

Robert Earl Keen has a bunch of really great songs.......

I am going to see him do his annual Christmas show this year at the Ryman. What a blast that show is. Last year I saw it in Midland TX and the year before @ Austin City Limits. It is now part of our annual Christmas festivities. 

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