2013 TRRR Female Vocalist of the Year - Songwriter at Sony/ATV Publishing, "Whiskey" - 50,000 youtube views- William Morris booking roster
Bri Bagwell is real country music, and what country music should strive to be. She is an independent artist without a record deal, and without management. Her popularity is derived 100% by word of mouth and her raw talent. This grass roots effort is rare these days; it speaks to her infectious music and appeal.
She fell in love with music at an early age, and started playing in a band with herolder brothers while just a teenager growing up in New Mexico. A couple of weeks after turning 18, she moved to Austin, TX to study at UT and begin her music career in the live music capital of the world. Late nights, rowdy Texas crowds, and being alone on stage with just a guitar shaped her onstage charismatic charm. She learned to gain a crowd’s attention with her beautiful voice, singing songs she wrote herself.
She earned a degree in Marketing from UT, but did not enter the corporate world. Instead, she pulled together some outstanding musicians, and now tours with a full band. Her first CD, “Banned from Santa Fe”, released June 2011, sold through the several printings, and is gaining traction very quickly among music fans. Bri Bagwell was the only female artist on the Texas Music Chart for a few weeks with her single, also titled “Banned from Santa Fe" and her song "Whiskey" became her 1st top 15 hit and has passed 30,000 youtube views on the single's video.
In the internet age with music coming at you from every type of media, it is harder and harder for artists to get attention. Bri Bagwell is not only gaining attention, but she is also drumming up excitement; and, she does it all without a million-dollar budget.
Kyle Park is an American country singer-songwriter and music producer from Austin, Texas. He self-released his first studio album, Big Time, in 2005. After his second album in 2008, Anywhere in Texas, he released Spring 2010 EP and Fall 2010 EP, the latter reaching No. 7 on iTunes' Top Ten Country Records. It also hit No. 1 on Billboard Heatseekers South Central list. In 2011 he released the album Make or Break Me. The eponymous single from the album peaked at No. 3 on the Texas Music Chart, and received a number of positive reviews. Park writes and produces his own music, and performs more than 175 shows a year with his band.
Josh Abbott Band is an American Texas Country band composed of Josh Abbott, Austin Davis, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva, James Hertless and Caleb Keeter. With hits like “Oh, Tonight,” “She’s Like Texas” and “Touch” they convey the true spirit of Texas, through and through.
For approximately twelve years, Buck Yeager Band has thrilled audiences across Texas with their tremendous energy and their proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Buck Yeager Band has received airplay on Houston’s most popular major market country station (92.9 KKBQ) with the release of their first single – “Deep in the West” (written by Shake Russell).
The band has appeared on the Fox Morning Show and has had the privilege of working with many popular artists such as: Django Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Tracy Byrd, Jack Ingram, Bellamy Brothers, Bad Company, Shake Russell and Dana Cooper and Zona Jones.
Buck Yeager Band combines the very best of top 40 country hits and yesterdays country favorites along with their own original music to captivate audiences as true entertainers in every venue they play.
Heart, Soul, Honesty, and Values are just a few of the things you will hear in each one of Dusty Smirl’s songs. A lyrically based singer/songwriter from Denton, Texas, Dusty pours every ounce of himself, his life, and the world around him into each and every word of his songs. He has a way of tying thoughts and feelings together in a melody that will reach inside of you, hold your heart, and shake your soul. Relating to Dusty’s music is never a problem for anyone. Using everyday life as his inspiration, he sings about things that will not only make you look inside yourself to find answers, but he will challenge your mind and soul to dive deeper into the world and find what is real and true and what isn’t.
Dusty spent two years writing music and honing his skills while playing acoustic shows and opening for acts such as Bart Crow, Brandon Rhyder, Deryl Dodd, and many others. His passion for writing and conviction to the essence of Texas Red Dirt music inspired him to move away from the acoustic acts and form his own band. His heartfelt lyrics and soulful voice combined with smooth melodies and heavy guitar riffs make this a combination you will not want to miss. The energy pours out of this band all throughout the show and you just can’t help but give them every ounce of your attention. With upbeat songs such as “Why Do You Lie” and ”Mine For the Mile” to insanely deep songs that grab your attention and tear at your heart like “Everything to Me” and “There’s Gotta Be More” , there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Dusty released his first EP “There’s Gotta Be More” in February 2012 and the number of copies sold confirms that he has talent as a singer/songwriter in the Red Dirt scene. The full band recently went into the studio with award winning producer Bart Rose of Ft. Worth Sound to record their first full band project together. With Dusty’s skill as a singer/songwriter and the talent he has surrounded himself with this will surely be a must have in your music library. Cabin Creek Promotions has joined up with The Dusty Smirl Band and will be promoting their first single “Mine For The Mile” to radio stations in late July 2013.
The Dusty Smirl Band was also recently selected as one of 12 bands to compete in the 2013 edition of The Ranch Factor competition hosted by KFWR 95.9 The Ranch out of Ft. Worth Texas. With the support of the great fanbase the band is constantly building The Dusty Smirl Band should do very well in the competition.
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Small towns in Texas are rich in life experiences and a unique culture that is hard to describe in words, but singer/songwriters from Texas do a great job at just that. Inspired by the musical storytellers of his youth, Josh Fuller is carrying on the tradition of writing songs that are real, with a unique and sometimes humorous perspective on the southern way of life. Raised on a dairy farm in New Waverly, Texas, Josh learned the value of respect, hard work, and the benefits of a strong faith. He married his high school sweetheart, and their 2 sons are country to the bone.
Josh’s dad bought him a guitar when he was 18, it had nylon strings and wouldn’t stay in tune, but somehow it got the creative juices flowing. The next few years he taught himself guitar and while he was working as a Corrections Officer, he began writing songs. Admittedly, it took some time to learn the craft of writing songs of any merit and many may never be heard from those earlier years.
The first Texas Country song Josh ever heard was “My Hometown”, by Charlie Robison, and he was hooked! While the college kids were falling in love with Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Robert Earl Keen and the like, Josh was excited to see there was a place for singer/songwriters such as himself!
Many musicians have come and gone through the years, and the band has slowly evolved with each new beginning. 2009 was a defining year, the sound of the band had finally begun to take on a definite direction, and the goals were clear. The local fanbase began to grow, along with the opportunities. The band needed a name, they didn’t need to be just, the band behind Josh Fuller, they deserved an identity and they were named from the childhood memories of plowing ground on the farm. Dirt and Diesel is an all-star cast of talent, as well as personality. Professional, respectful, and fun, is the common description of the fans, when referring to Josh Fuller and Dirt & Diesel.
They have opened for many of the top regional artists from Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a few Nashville acts! They can share a stage with any artist on any level, and within a song or two, you’ll agree, they belong on that stage. Josh has struggled getting that first album out, but with a little recent luck and a few answered prayers, he and his band were able to release their debut album, Dirt and Diesel.
The shows are high energy, interactive, and will surely leave you talking about it long after you have seen one. Catch Josh Fuller and Dirt & Diesel the next time they are in your town, you’ll be glad you did!
From opening a sold out show at the oldest dance hall in Texas, to singing on the top of a snow-covered mountain in Colorado, Shane Smith and The Saints have managed to cover serious ground in the Texas music front without an album to their name. After two years of hard work, the wait is finally over with the highly-anticipated release of the debut album Coast.
After playing music throughout his adolescence, Smith decided to take the leap in 2010 and devote his life to music. Though never easy, Smith looks at the opportunity with nothing but humility and wide-eyed enthusiasm. “When I listen to songs from artists like Guy Clark, Hayes Carll and Adam Carroll, I'm reminded of how powerful music can be and the ways it can move people. I look at music as a never ending opportunity to truly impact a listener.” It is this unyielding passion and love of the open road that have provided Smith and The Saints with a deep seeded relentlessness to perform on as many stages as possible. “Music's ability get through a day of work, relieve a tough time or even causing a person to dance for the first time in years, I think that is my favorite part about doing this... seeing a reaction from the song. I hope they find that in Coast.”
Almost all of the miles traveled have been spent with the passenger seat occupied by fiddle player and long-time friend, Bennett Brown. Accompanying Smith and Brown are Tim Allen on lead guitar, Jordan Rochefort on drums and Brian Wolfe on bass. The past few years of travel and camaraderie have helped the band develop the weathered grit sound of old roots rock and traditional country. Many different audiences have been able to kick up their heels to Smith and are now looking forward to hearing the band on the air.
The albums music reflects relationships made on the road over the past years. Recorded and co-produced by Bob Gentry in the pines of east Texas, the debut album Coast features 13 tracks of powerful multi-part harmonies, in-your-face fiddle riffs and the driving rhythms that make roots music so unique. Coast features guest appearances from Aaron Watson, and members of both The Trishas & Turnpike Troubadours.
Tracking the record was no easy task. Spanning a total of two years in and out of studios, all while juggling a 180 shows-per-year schedule; Smith has fought a very long fight to arrive at this debut. That effort along with the relationships made between the members of the band over the years are reflected in the debut single “Coast,” carrying their sound to Texas radio airwaves this summer.
Josh Ward and his band perform a traditional style of country music. Lead Singer, Josh Ward, has a unique almost un-touchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why Josh is turning heads everywhere he performs. Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie. Josh Ward leaves no one disappointed, and everyone asking for more!
Born May 15th, 1980 in Houston, Texas, Josh was raised on country music, although, his first musical influence was old gospel hymns he would sing at church. As a teenager Willie, Waylon, Merle and George Jones and Strait were his inspirations. While riding the high school Rodeo Circuit, Josh polished his guitar and vocals skills while singing on the tailgate of pickups at local rodeos. He joined his first band in early 2003 playing local honky-tonks and bars, giving Josh the stage time and experience needed to stretch out on his own and pursue his lifelong dream of performing and playing music full time. Josh is definitely one of the most respected and well-liked musicians in the state. His professionalism on and off stage cannot be compared.
Josh wears his influences on his sleeve and on his beat up old Takamine guitar. George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard pour out of him like rain pours off a roof during a thunderstorm. His delivery is always honest and heartfelt. He’s one of those rare singer/songwriters who seems completely incapable of just going through the motions. He FEELS every single word of every single song. Fellow songwriter Mike Ethan Messick once said of Josh, “Josh Ward sings like Mike Tyson hits. Hard.”
Josh Ward released his 3rd album “Promises” in June 2012. The first single “Get Away” reached #18 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart – almost unheard of for a debut artist. Josh’s second single “Rainout Hanout” quickly moved up the Texas and Regional Radio charts – reaching Top 5 status. The third single “Sent Me You”, a ballad written by Scott Brown (Scooter Brown Band), was released to radio on January 4th!
Members of the Josh Ward Band include: Justin Spates – Lead Guitar; Craig Charles – Bass Guitar; Mike Calley – Fiddle; & Jason Broussard – Drums.