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+ Sunday, 2/19 @ 12:30pm
Eric Johnson

+ Friday, 2/24 @ 5:30pm
Band of Heathens

+ Saturday, 2/25 @ 1:00pm
Charlie and The Regrets

+ Saturday, 2/25 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Bandulus

+ Saturday, 2/25 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Steady 40’s

+ Saturday, 2/25 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
– DJ Session – Tejas Got Soul

+ Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00pm
Lonestar Hippie

+ Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00pm
Steady Boy Records Showcase with Uranium Savages and Rex Foster

+ Sunday, 3/12 @ 4:00pm
– DJ Session – Cindy Wilson (B-52’s)

+ Wednesday, 3/30 @ 5:30pm
BackWordz

STEADY BOY RECORDS SHOWCASE with URANIUM SAVAGES and REX FOSTER – SATURDAY, 3/4 @ 3:00PM

From the Keeping It Weird land of Austin, Texas comes the epitome of that town’s gloriously quirky musical ways, it’s the return of the mighty Uranium Savages! SteadyBoy Records is thrilled to have these musical savages back again for their second release with the label. This time, the loose aggregation of Austin luminaries brought in producer Shawn Sahm to inject a heaping helping of TexMex in the spirit of their old pal (and his dad), Doug Sahm. It’s a good fit for the comedic musical stylings of this rowdy bunch. Once again, the song titles tell you a lot, like “Make Austin Great Again,” “Get Loose,” and “Gotta Rock,” (as in “in my shoe”). And once again, we can’t name all the titles because a Parental Advisory warning label comes with this release, too. The Uranium Savages. They gotta rock. In their shoe.
–Rush Evans SteadyBoy Records

1974. It was a special time in Texas for music. A new sound was emerging and taking flight. There was a warmth to it, an easygoing feel unlike anything that had come before. It didn’t sound like Nashville, and that was the idea. It sounded like the laid-back time and place from which it sprang. In fact, that was the very reason Willie Nelson left Tennessee and headed home to Texas in the first place. Jerry Jeff Walker, BW Stevenson, and so many other musicians with a meaningful story to tell fell right in with the new scene, the new sound, the new Texas music. They called it progressive country, outlaw country, redneck rock, a bunch of things. But at the end of the day, it was just music with heart. Rex Foster was a step ahead of the rest. He was in that magical hill country town called Luckenbach before all of them. In fact, he’d already put out an album in 1969, years ahead of Willie’s beard. He was the real deal among singing Texas troubadours.
And he still is. Rex still makes music, that is, when he’s not making jewelry out of dug up bones. And his two creative worlds just collided with his latest excavation: he found the tapes of his unreleased album from the summer of that year, 1974. It sounds like Texas, it sounds like 1974, it sounds like Rex Foster, and it’s a rare gem. SteadyBoy Records is extremely proud to release Rex’s Lost Recordings. They were made in a place called Comfort, Texas, fittingly enough. It’s never too late to go back to Comfort and 1974. Rex Foster can take you there and then.

LONESTAR HIPPIE – SATURDAY, 3/4 @ 1:00PM

Lone Star Hippie started out as a few other free thinking Texas bands have. A vision, a guitar, and a garage. Founder, Michael Morris is not new to music. Morris got his first drum set at age 9, and by age 12 he was playing professionally full time. By age 18, he had expanded his musical talents to include singing, playing guitar, and songwriting. Throughout his career, Morris has played and toured worldwide for a number of bands and is featured on multiple studio recordings. In 2012, he was featured on the Grammy nominated album “Can’t Sit Down” with CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band.

In 2006 Morris began writing ideas into song, which eventually lead him to record LSH’s first album. With his son, Chanse Morris, behind the drum kit and family friend Gus Hieden filling in on bass, the then trio formed the vision of what is now “Lone Star Hippie.” In the summer of ’09 Mike was blessed to meet Houston studio producer and engineer, Frank Davis. In the 1960’s Davis worked for Walt Andrus Studios. Along with record label International Artist, they recorded many of the legendary Texas psychedelic bands such as: The 13th Floor Elevators (Roky Erickson), The Golden Dawn (George Kinney), The Moving Sidewalks (Billy Gibbons) The Red Krayola, The Lost and Found, The Bubble Puppy, blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins and more. Frank invited Lone Star Hippie into his studio to record their debut album, with Jerry Page engineering. Page founded the TX psyche punk band “Crust” and has toured and recorded with “Chrome/Helios Creed” and “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown”. In August of 2010 Lone Star Hippie’s self-titled debut album was released; featuring Michael Morris (songs/vocals/guitar/bass), Chanse Morris (drums), Gus Hieden (bass), and 2014 Grammy Award Winner, Stan Chambers on lead guitar.

After the release of the album, Jerry Page joined LSH on bass guitar for select shows, replacing Hieden. Page is rock solid, with a great ear for music. There’s a brilliant rawness about his style. Leading the bass-line, is Lone Star Hippie’s newest member, William vonReichbauer, who also plays with the Houston based trio “The Mean .44’s”. His upright bass is completing reinventing some of LSH, and we are thrilled to have him join us and are excited for the transition! Chanse Morris is a driving force on drums; contributing an aggressive rock-style to the band. Chanse was still in high school when featured on Lone Star Hippie’s first album, and has become a major player in the progression and direction of the band. Lead guitarist, Morgan Wright (T-Bird) joined the band in 2010, shortly after the first album was released. Michael Morris and Wright are long time friends and schoolmates; growing up together in Baytown, TX. Wright brings his own style of songwriting, training and musical grooves to the table and can hold his own with Houston’s finest lead guitarists. Miranda Herbert Aston joined LSH in April 2014 on vocals, flute, and percussion. Herbert is trained in music, with degrees in the Theater Arts. She has a look and style that’s often compared to Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and brings a new, enlightening element to the band.

Morris’ main musical influence derives from 60’s psychedelic rock music. It’s this influence that weaves throughout Lone Star Hippie’s sound. From desperate soulful ballads, to melodic lyrical head bobbers, to spinning fuzz driven soul shakers, Lone Star Hippie always rocks the stage wherever they perform! LSH continues to grow and evolve as a unit and is currently in the studio with Richard Cagle, CEO of Montrose Records, arranging and putting it together for the second album. The mojo is there and the vision is clear: to make soulful, psyche-infused music.

Lone Star Hippie is like a rock-n-roll groove gumbo, where the more ingredients you add the better. Throw in some of life’s personal trials and journeys through the mind, body, and spirit, and LSH sends a better message to all in this modern day.

THE STEADY 45’s – SATURDAY, 2/25 @ 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Rocksteady and traditional ska music from a 7-piece band of hooligans.

BANDULUS – SATURDAY, 2/25 @ 3:00PM – 5:00PM

The Bandulus are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, formerly of Los Skarnales and The Trenchtown Texans. After the 2006 break-up of Los Skarnales and leaving Trenchtown Texans in 2010, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus. Their first full-length album, Ska.Reggae.Soul, was released in 2010 featuring a smattering of well-respected musicians such as Vic Ruggiero of Slackers’ fame and Willy Camero, Patrick Kelly, and Jonny Meyers of The Stingers ATX. After the release, Jeremy solidified his live band with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio scenes.

In November of 2012, The Bandulus released their second full-length album called The Times We Had. The record was worth the wait and well received, featured on countless top 10 lists for ska and reggae records. It’s unique with its heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics but still keeps you dancing in true Bandulus fashion. While staying genuine to the 60’s style traditional ska, The Times We Had crosses and mixes genres, keeping on your toes.

The Bandulus have already shared the stage with yesterday’s and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, The Wailers, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, and even Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.

Plans for 2014 include a southwest tour with The legendary Slackers in April, followed by a trip to Brooklyn to record their third album with Uzimon producer Brett Tubin. Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling.

ERIC JOHNSON – SUNDAY, 2/19 @ 12:30PM

Thirty years after his breakthrough solo release Tones brought him national recognition, Texas guitar legend Eric Johnson is releasing his first all-acoustic album. Showcasing nine original compositions and four covers, EJ is easily Johnson’s most intimate album to date. “Ever since I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level, like a full acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be more honest with myself and everybody, and show more of my personal side.” EJ brings listeners as close as possible to hearing Johnson in his own living room, performing songs on piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars.

Johnson, long known for his painstaking approach to making records, used a much more immediate approach for the self-produced EJ. “Almost all of that material was cut live,” Johnson explains. “Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time – just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it more of an honest realism and organic emotion. Especially on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play.”

DOLLIE BARNES – SATURDAY, 2/18 @ 3:00PM

Dollie Barnes, hailing from Houston, mixes pop sensibilities with dream like vocals into a pot of 60’s and 70’s inspired writing while still maintaining a sound that is all it’s own, grabbing hold of the listener from the first note.

“The Dollie Barnes sound is hard to describe not unlike her signature voice. Singer-songwriter John Evans said it best when he told me that her voice only works for her, and no one else could have her sound. Because I’ve been lucky enough to be around Barnes, I’ve gotten to see that she’s a savvy, intriguing, and multi-layered individual who just happens to be one of the most engaging artists I’ve seen in a good while.”
– David Garrick of Free Press Houston

“Over the past year or so, Dollie Barnes — and front woman Haley Barnes in particular — has begun asserting itself as one of the most promising bands in town. Barnes, the woman (Dollie is a family nickname), was already well-known to Houston audiences from her work in Buxton and Ancient Cat Society; a detour to Baylor University gave her the time and space to develop as a songwriter skilled at mingling mystery and melancholy a la Stevie Nicks. Barnes, the local indie-pop band, also includes two members of Buxton and two guys from Robert Ellis’ band, plus Barnes’ fiance Tom Lynch, whom she and several bandmates join in aesthetically similar Houston outfit Vodi. (Must make putting together shows a lot easier.) Earlier this month, the band — Dollie Barnes, just to keep you on track — released the single “Taking All Day,” a wistful and hummable track that prefaces their forthcoming debut album Caught In a Phase.”
– Chris Gray of Houston Press

BACKWORDZ – THURSDAY, 3/30 @ 5:30PM

Houston band, BackWordz, will be performing an in-store concert on the Cactus stage to promote the release of their Stay Sick Records debut, Veracity.  Veracity doesn’t
come out until Friday, 3/31, but fans will be able to pick up the album at the in-store and have it signed by the artists.  There will be a priority line for fans who purchase the
CD. You’ll receive a wristband for the event when “Veracity” on Equal Vision Records is purchased.

THE LEMON TWIGS – WEDNESDAY, 2/15 @ 4:30PM

With their debut album for 4AD, Do Hollywood, The Lemon Twigs have fused tightly constructed pop, modern psych, and British invasion melodies into a ten-song masterpiece. The D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael (17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy. NPR hailed them as “fabulously weird,” Brooklyn Vegan raved that “they need to be seen to be believed,” and The Line Of Best Fit dubbed their music “near perfect…the best lo-fi rock & roll anthem you’ll hear this decade.” The Guardian, meanwhile, crowned the album “a triumph of detailed richness and sumptuous melody.” Not bad for a couple kids from Long Island. Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew up on The Beach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and films played constantly in their house. As toddlers, they were already harmonizing on “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and soon they were playing drums and mastering whatever instruments they could get their hands on. Ask about their childhood dreams and they’ll tell you that they never aspired to do anything but make music together, and it shows.

BUZZ CASON with ROBERT CLINE JR. – WEDNESDAY, 2/15 @ 7:00PM

 

Buzz has been called the Father of Nashville Rock and was honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their Poets & Prophets series in 2014. Buzz Cason formed The Casuals, one of the first rock bands in Nashville. Over the next four decades, he worked successfully as a performer, songwriter, producer, actor and recording studio pioneer. He wrote the hit song “Everlasting Love,” published the award-winning songs “Honey” and “Little Green Apples,” sang with Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers, Brenda Lee and Jimmy Buffet, and recorded with such artists as Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and The Gatlin Brothers.

 

Robert Cline Jr. is a Troubadour and owner of Mockingbird Records, LLC, and founding member of Heart Strings and Highways, a coop of musicians and venues

Robert Cline Jr. has rambled across the country, from the farmlands to the main streets of middle-America, creating a love for the open road and the experiences of the heartland. His inspiration is pulled from a diverse array of people and places,.. as he searched for his song…

Robert Cline Jr.’s career began as a collaboration with members of The Subdudes, including John Magnie and Steve Amedee, both in the studio and on the stage,” and continued his career playing and writing with members of the Swappers from Muscle Shoals.

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