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Concert Review: James Wesley Keeps it “Real” at The Rodeo Club in San Jose, California

December 3, 2013

As most of you know, I love to go to concerts. Lots of concerts. Country concerts…rock concerts…punk rock concerts…you name it! I guess it’s pretty obvious if you’ve listened to me talk for even five minutes.

I’m proud to say that I’ve seen them all, across genres: Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Blink 182, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Metallica, U2, The Rolling Stones and the list goes on and on.

So if I were to tell you that I went to one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, then you’d probably stop and take notice, right?

I can honestly say that in all of my 35 years, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been to a show that seemed to have as much energy as there was at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, California, on Friday, November 22. I wonder if Chevon and Christine would agree with me?

The gang together at the show!

The gang together at the show!

Ladies and gentlemen, if you don’t know him already, go take some time on YouTube (or below) and check out Broken Bow recording artist James Wesley. If you can only catch one show in 2014, this is the guy to see. Dead serious! OK, maybe not just James. Marshall Weidner, Jesse LaFave, Neil Alexander, Michael Blakemore and Eric Burgett are all pretty damn good too.

For those of us who follow country music closely, this man is already known. With hits such as “Real”, “Didn’t I” and “Thank a Farmer”, James has been getting airplay for quite some time thanks to stations like KRTY (but definitely not enough airplay and I can’t stress this enough!!!). His videos have reached the top of the GAC charts and if you see him in concert just once, you’ll be hooked.

James Wesley and I after the show.

James Wesley and I after the show.

James is a traditionalist which I find rare in country music these days. He’s also passionate about his music…and his fans. He writes his own songs and he plays his heart out each and every time he takes the stage. During his show in San Jose, he mixed his own music with the sounds of Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones and Johnny Cash. I’ll admit, anytime you can absolutely NAIL “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Family Tradition”, you’re doing something right!

Good Times!

Good Times!

I think one of the best parts of the show was the opportunity to hear new songs that haven’t made it on the radio yet. There are a few songs that I expect to be hits in 2014 including “Running”, “The You I Wanna Know” and “You Should Be Here with Me”. I really wish I would have shot some video because I’d love to share these songs with you, alas my phone was dying and wouldn’t allow me to. “Running” (co-written with Marcum Stewart and Zac Wrixon) is the one that stuck out in my mind as the one that should be the clear-cut radio hit next year (do you hear that Indiana Al at KRTY???). I think I probably live-Tweeted that thought multiple times during the show. Loved both the lyrics and the beat.

Rockin' Out!

Rockin’ Out!

And now for my favorite part of the evening. Following the show, James does what a lot of other artists don’t…he spent hours meeting, talking to and taking photos with his fans. I’m lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet James via Twitter (@jameswesley1) last year and have had a number of conversations with him over the past few months. You don’t realize that sometimes, just sometimes, artists are exactly the same in-person as they appear online. James truly is one of these people. He doesn’t pull punches. He’s as friendly in-person as he is on Twitter and really makes every effort to get to know each and every one of his fans. I wish more artists would follow his lead.

Having Some Fun!

Having Some Fun!

I’ll say it again: if there is one artist that you see in concert in 2014, make it James Wesley. From the stage presence, to the music to the time he spends with his fans, it is not just a concert…it’s an experience. A “Real” experience that music lovers of all ages and genres will enjoy. You won’t regret it!

Have you seen James and the band in concert? What did you think? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts in the comments below! Would love to hear about your similar experiences!

James Wesley Setlist: San Jose, CA on November 22, 2013

James Wesley Setlist: San Jose, CA on November 22, 2013

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Another Silicon Valley Morning…

March 19, 2010

Enjoy my drive to work each day 🙂

DJ AM Found Dead

August 28, 2009

DJ AM, a high-profile disc jockey who was involved in a plane crash last year with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, was found dead on Friday evening in his apartment in Manhattan.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner known as DJ AM was found dead in a New York City apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist Jenni Weinman said in a statement.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time,” the statement said.

A New York law enforcement official told the Associated Press that drug paraphernalia was found at the apartment. There was no sign of foul play.

Adam Goldstein, 36, was famous as a jet set DJ who spun records at some of the world’s most exclusive parties, including private events for Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Stiller, among many others, and could command more than $25,000 for a three-hour set. A former member of the rock band Crazy Town, he grabbed tabloid headlines for having been engaged to socialite/reality TV star Nicole Richie and dating actress/singer Mandy Moore.

Blink 182 to Reunite

February 9, 2009

A statement released last night reads, “Hi. We’re blink-182. This past week there’ve been a lot of questions about the current status of the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us. To put it simply, We’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy.”

Sweet! A new album and a tour! Should be a fun summer!

It’s amazing to think that the group’s founding members Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge last appeared together onstage in December 2004. We saw them that year on tour and thought that there was no way the band would ever break up.

It appears that time has healed old wounds, and Barker’s plane crash this summer may have sped along the process. You realize how precious life really is and to do the things you love while you still can!

No Doubt to Reunite for New Album, Tour in 2009

November 24, 2008

They’re back! After a four-year separation, the band is planning to hit the road next year with a new album and full scale tour. Amazing! I last saw No Doubt opening for Blink 182 at the Clark County Ampitheater in Vancouver, Washington a few years back. This should be fun!

From Fox News:

After a four year break, the band that produced such hits as “Don’t Speak,” “Spiderwebs,” and “Hella Good” is planning a tour for next year, People magazine is reporting.

Lead singer Gwen Stefani says she is ready to “pack up the babies and get a bunch of nannies. So fun! Would be so inspiring to get out there and play all those songs again.”

On their band chat on the official No Doubt Web site, bassist Tony Kanal agreed.

“I feel like it’s time for some rock and roll,” he said.

According to People, the band has not announced any cities or dates, but sources sat a tour will likely begin in the summer of 2009.

But their hiatus was not due to a break-up – the band has been together for more than 20 years! Instead, they took time off to work on solo projects, as well as begin families, People said.

Stefani, 39, released two solo albums and became a mom to sings Kingston and Zuma; Tom Dumont, 40, got married and welcomed songs Ace and Rio; Kanal, 38, produced music for other artists and Adrian Young, 39, toured and recorded with other bands, People said.

From MTV:

Quite simply, “it’s time for some rock and roll.” That what No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal wrote on the band’s official Web site about the group finally getting back together after several years apart while singer Gwen Stefani released a pair of solo albums and became a mother.

“We need to play, it’s been too long,” Kanal wrote. The group announced that they plan to end their long hiatus by going on tour next year. “I don’t think we should wait. Pack up the babies and get a bunch of nannies,” Stefani wrote on the site during a chat Friday night. “So fun! Would be so inspiring to get out there and play all those songs again.” No cities or dates have been announced yet.

Stefani added that “if we go on tour, it will inspire us to write. I need to see the fans out there.” The playful chat began with the group trying to figure out when they should convene in the studio, with Kanal suggesting 3 p.m. and guitarist Tom Dumont complaining that he wanted to meet later because he was out late at a show the night before. Stefani answered that her son Kingston, was up at 4 a.m., so she too was worn out. Drummer Adrian Young said he was “nursing a hangover,” but Dumont admitted, “I have cabin fever, maybe we should play shows or something.”

Travis Barker Sues Over Fatal South Carolina Plane Crash

November 22, 2008

Travis Barker has sued companies linked to a plane that crashed in South Carolina, injuring him and killing two friends. The former Blink-182 drummer sued the plane’s owners, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and an airplane maintenance company, seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

From the Associated Press:

Barker’s suit claims the companies improperly operated and maintained the Learjet that overshot a runway and burst into flames on Sept. 19 in South Carolina.

The crash killed two pilots, Barker’s assistant, Chris Baker, and Barker’s bodyguard, Charles Monroe Still Jr.

Barker is seeking damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings, and medical and legal expenses. Still’s mother, Thelma Martin Still, joined Barker in the lawsuit and is suing the companies for damages including grief and sorrow, funeral expenses and loss of earnings.

Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were both injured in the crash. The pair had performed together the night of the crash and were flying back to Los Angeles.

The lawsuit alleges that the Learjet was “defective” and faults the plane’s pilots, claiming they were improperly trained and should have tried to take off rather than continue down the runway. The jet was owned by Global Exec Aviation, a Long Beach, Calif.-based charter company.

Along with Global Exec, others named in the lawsuit are Goodyear; Toronto-based Bombardier Inc., which the suit claims was responsible for maintaining the aircraft; and two charter firms that brokered the flight, Clay Lacy Aviation Inc. and Inter Travel and Services Inc.

In a statement, Goodyear spokesman Ed Markey said it was “unfortunate” the suit was filed before the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation was finalized.

“While the tires may have been involved, it is too early to speculate on a cause,” said Markey. “The performance of the tire is dependent on how the tire was used,if it was properly maintained and whether it was damaged before the accident.”

Messages left for Global Exec Aviation and Bombardier were not returned Friday.

Travis Barker: “Thankful To Be Alive”

October 8, 2008

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says he’s glad to be alive after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash last month following a concert in South Carolina.

Jason DeCrow Associated Press

Credit: Jason DeCrow Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

“I hate planes,” Barker said in an interview with Us Weekly magazine. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I’m just thankful to be alive! I’m just grateful to be here at all.”

The 32-year-old musician and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were the only survivors of the crash just before midnight Sept. 19 at the main airport in Columbia, S.C. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed, including Barker’s assistant Chris Baker.

Barker was released from a Georgia hospital last week and is now being treated at a burn center in Los Angeles. He said he was too afraid to fly cross-country, so he arranged to travel by bus with his father and ex-wife Shanna Moakler to keep him company.

“I am doing the best I can possibly be,” he said in the magazine’s latest issue. “I’m so anxious to get out of here. … I’ve just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns.”

“I’m trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again,” said Barker, who has two children, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2, with Moakler.