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Check Out: “Real” by James Wesley

February 9, 2011

He played at the Rodeo Club here in San Jose recently and his current song “Real” is, in my opinion, the best song on Country radio these days. He’s James Wesley.

We spend so much time talking about reality shows, sports, sensational trials and other things that just aren’t that important. But check out the music video below. I think you’ll enjoy both the music and the lyrics. Pretty powerful stuff!

“Real”

Artist: James Wesley

Five-hundred channels and there ain’t much on tonight
Except reality shows about some folk’s so-called lives
A pretty girl cries ’cause she don’t get a rose
But she’ll find love next year on her own show

And they call that real

Real is a hand you hold fifty-seven years
Real is a band of gold tremblin’ with fear
It’s the first long tear down an old man’s face, watchin’ his angel slippin’ away
His heart’s so broke, it’s never gonna heal

I call that real

Where I live, housewives don’t act like that
And the survivors are farmers in John Deere hats
Our amazin’ race is beatin’ the check
Prayin’ that the bank ain’t ran it through yet

Real, like too much rain fallin’ from the sky
Real, like the drought that came around here last July
It’s the damn boll weevils and the market and the weeds, the prayer they’re sayin’ when they plant the seeds
And the chance they take to bring us our next meal

I call that real

Real, like a job you lose ’cause it moves to Mexico
Like a mama and a baby with no safe place to go
Like a little dream-house with a big old foreclosed sign
Like a flag-draped coffin and a twenty-one gun goodbye

I call that real
Man, I call that real
Oh, I call that real

CD Review: Trailer Choir, Tailgate

September 3, 2010

What can I say about Trailer Choir that I haven’t said before. You can go back to the very first time I ever mentioned this talented trio back in July of 2008 and my last concert review of their show in San Jose, California, at the Rodeo Club.

Their new album, Tailgate, came out earlier this summer and I can guarantee that I was one of the first people to pick it up (my local Wal-Mart of course). At a more than reasonable $10, this is one of the top CD’s that I’ve purchased in recent memory. Yes, I still buy CD’s!

The track list is a mix of new music and familiar favorites. If you don’t have the album in front of you, and you should, here’s what you’ll find on the CD:

1. Shakin’ That Tailgate

2. Rollin’ Through the Sunshine

3. Can’t Drink All Day

4. Last Man Standing

5. Homemade Mexico

6. Wal-Mart Flowers

7. In My Next 5 Beers

8. Girls Love to Go Dancin’

9. Rockin’ the Beer Gut

10. Off the Hillbilly Hook

In the maybe 75-80 times I’ve listened to the CD already, I can tell you that there are already some instant classics on this CD. From the energetic “Shakin’ That Tailgate”, which you currently hear on country music stations across the country, to classics such as “Off the Hillbilly Hook” and “Rollin’ Through the Sunshine”, the CD has a perfect mix of fun and sun!

My own personal favorite new song on the CD is “Can’t Drink All Day”. If I had to make a recommendation for their next single, this would have to be it. Nothing sums it up better than the lyrics “you can’t drink all day, if you don’t start early.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without “Rockin’ the Beer Gut.” This was the first song that I ever heard the band play and it was the song that got me hooked. To this day, my son STILL requests that I play this every time we get in the car and my daughter pretty much knows all of the lyrics by heart. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing :)

So in summary, Tailgate is one of those ‘must have’ albums that’s in stores today. From top to bottom, there isn’t a song that I find myself needing to hit the “next” button on. I was a little surprised that “What Would You Say” didn’t make it on the album, but if that’s my only complaint, we’re doing pretty good!

4 1/2 stars out of 5 on Tailgate…

If you’ve got the album, please feel free to share your comments below.

If you love the band, please feel free to share your comments below.

If you’re with the band, please feel free to come back to San Jose soon (and share your comments below).

This is How You Do It…

August 16, 2010

The title says it all: THIS is how you do it!

My new brother in law, Shaun Krilanovich, sings “The Woman in Me” to his new bride, Katie, during the reception following their wedding on July 31.

To the local country music stations in the Bay Area, KRTY and The Wolf, if you’re looking for an up and comer to play at any of your local shows, check the video out!

Pay no attention to Johnny, Caitlyn and I in the background…

Country Music Legend and Sausage Maker Jimmy Dean Dies

June 14, 2010

Country music artist and famed sausage maker Jimmy Dean died at his home yesterday at that age of  81.

Sad news which at the same time makes me hungry for a breakfast sausage! Jimmy Dean sausage have always been, and will always be, the best!

RIP Jimmy Dean!

From CNN:

Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was with his wife, Donna, at the time of his death, which appears to be from natural causes, said R.J. Clark of the Henrico County Police department.

Musically, Dean is best known for his song “Big Bad John,” which made it to No. 1 on both the country and pop charts in 1961 and was honored with a Grammy. His narrative style of song also produced hits like “Little Black Book” and “P.T. 109″ — a song about John F. Kennedy’s command in the South Pacific during World War II.

Do You Know Trailer Choir?

May 12, 2010

If you don’t, you should!

It’s a Wednesday morning and I just feel the need for playing some Trailer Choir.

One of my all time favorite bands and they’ll be within two hours of here this weekend! King City, California!!!

Be sure to check them out on Twitter at @TrailerChoir

Grand Ole Opry Closed Due to Flooding

May 7, 2010

The Grand Ole Opry House is officially closed for repairs following record amounts of rain which sent more that two feet of water over its stage.

From CNN:

Gaylord Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Colin Reed said he did not know how long the facility will be closed. The neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort, a 2,881-room hotel, also is closed for restoration but will be open before the end of 2010, he said.

“We’re going to do everything in our power to restore the stuff that’s been damaged by water,” Reed said Friday.

He said that quick thinking by Opry management Sunday saved much of the memorabilia there.

Shows scheduled at the facility will move to other Nashville venues during repairs, he said.

Enjoy Some Jaron and The Long Road to Love…

April 23, 2010

The guy is hot in country music right now.

We caught him last Friday at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, California where he played his smash hit: “I Pray For You”.

A classic country lost love song…here’s a few of the lyrics:

“I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill.
I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill,
And knocks you in the head like I’d like to.
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls.
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls.
I pray all your dreams never come true.
Just know wherever you are, honey,
I pray for you.”

Concert Review: Phil Vassar at the Rodeo Club on April 16, 2010

April 18, 2010

When you go into a show with the highest expectations, you typically end up with an enormous letdown. With Phil Vassar, though, this is never the case. Once again, here in San Jose, Vassar lived up to all expectations with 90 minutes of great music and great fun!

The night began with Jaron and the Long Road to Love and don’t let the name fool you, this is a band consisting of just one: Jaron. Although he only played five song, it was a very enjoyable opening act. The song that you’ll probably know him from is a country radio staple these days: “I Pray For You”.

He may not be well known now, but what I loved about his stage presence is that he played with the crowd and had a great time throughout his set. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of him in the days/weeks/months to come.  I can tell he is a future star rising. Next time, hopefully, we’ll get a little longer set.

Following his set, it was finally time for the moment we had all been waiting for: Phil Vassar’s return to San Jose! The crowd was electric as KRTY DJ Randy Jones took the stage and got everyone on their feet, screaming at the top of their lungs. A moment later, Vassar took the stage.

If you haven’t seen a Phil Vassar show, you are missing out on one of country musics best. I’ve seen the best of the best: George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and more. But, while Vassar isn’t seen in the upper eschalon of country music performers, and on an international stage such as these performers, he really should be!

Vassar is well known in the industry as a great songwriter and over the past 8-10 years, has been very well received playing his own music. Songs such as “Carlene”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “In a Real Love”, “Last Day of My Life”, “Six Pack Summer”, “Little Red Rodeo”, “Love is a Beautiful Thing”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “American Child” and “My Next Thirty Year” filled the setlist. Vassar didn’t miss a beat as he had the audience in his hand, singing along to every word.

Another great aspect of a Vassar stage show is how he brings in other songs that are not his own that continue to keep the crowd asking for more. One of these would have to be “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack:

But what I have always enjoyed most of the Phil Vassar shows I’ve been to (6 in total), is how he incorporates a Billy Joel staple, “Piano Man”, into his encore to conclude the show. What else would you expect from a great piano player such as Vassar:

As always, the show exceeded my expectations and I can safely say that everyone who was in attendance left feeling satisfied. My wife got to meet Vassar and got the autograph that she wanted :) A great evening all around!

Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, I highly recommend that you check out a performance by Phil Vassar. You won’t be disappointed.

Phil Vassar…Tonight at the Rodeo Club!

April 16, 2010

It’s going to be a late night tonight as my wife and I will be heading down to the Rodeo Club in San Jose to see our favorite performer, Phil Vassar.

We’ve see Phil live 4 times in the past, and his show two years ago at the Rodeo Club was the BEST concert I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to more than one hundred in my 32 years). The set list always includes favorites such as: Little Red Rodeo, Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Bye Bye, Six Pack Summer, In My Next 30 Years, I’m Alright, That’s When I Love You and more…Let’s not forget that he typically finishes his show with a great rendition of Billy Joel’s Piano Man (see video below).

Very much looking forward to this one and posting a review this weekend. If you don’t know much about this great singer/songwriter, here is some background from his Web site:

Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. His resume boasts six #1 hits for country artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and three more as an artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and MusicRow. Now releasing his sixth album, Traveling Circus, Vassar approaches his uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of country music from the back-to-basics school of thought.

Phil bypassed traditional Music City session players and hired his road band to play on Traveling Circus. While the band had played on some of Phil’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 album, and had become his go-to guys for demo work, never before had Phil used them for a full album of original material. What’s more, Phil found that his road band, who contribute so much to the frenetic creative energy of his legendary live shows, were much better equipped to capture his concert sound than hired session musicians would be.


Charlie Daniels Suffers a Stroke

January 19, 2010

Country music legend Charlie Daniels is recovering at home following a stroke late last week.

From TMZ:

We’re told Daniels — the guy behind “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” — was immediately treated at a hospital in Durango … but was soon airlifted to another hospital in Denver.

The rep tells us Daniels was released from the hospital on Sunday and is currently resting at his home in Colorado.

From The Boot:

Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels suffered a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado on Friday, Jan. 15. He was treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colo., then airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver.

The legendary musician was released from Swedish Medical Center on Sunday, Jan. 17 and returned to his home in Colorado, where he has been on vacation since Dec. 27.


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