Austin, TX based duo The Ghost Wolves met in 2011 backstage at a local music festival and have been an inseparable force ever since. To Carley & Jonny rock n’ roll is an intangible spirit — an expression of absolute creative freedom, not a binding genre. Their stage show is wild, energetic and infectious. Bombastic guitar riffs, wild lyrical tales, explosive sing-alongs, scratchy acoustic cuts and slow-burning muddy grooves are delivered with glee. The songs stick in your head like a recurring dream. The Ghost Wolves simply deliver. Their second full-length album, “TEXA$ PLATINUM” was released in March of 2017 by German rock & roll label Hound Gawd! Records.
Wanna Be Your Man is the debut album from Houston, TX based Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats. Equal parts grit, croon, and home-cooked, comfort-food goodness, Wanna Be Your Man spotlights songwriter Sam Turner, who belts out carefully crafted lyrics in that indescribably iconic way only soulful men and women of yesteryear are known to do. “It’s neurotic,” Turner laughs while describing his own singing, “A blend of fear and hopefulness.” But that may also be because Wanna Be Your Man shares wisdom and confusion found in the wake of a master lyricist’s journey from the first love of his life to the next. The album even starts with an optimistic bravado in the title track Wanna Be Your Man, while finishing with burning realism in Thank You, I Love You, Goodbye. Drawing inspiration from legends like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Townes Van Zandt, and others who found something new to sing on old matters of the heart, Turner ponders on what he had, has, and wants — and whether there’s ultimately any true difference between the three.
On the road leading up to the release of Wanna Be Your Man, Turner joined with musicians who tastefully match and coat his powerful singing: the Cactus Cats, with Michael Trakhtenberg on lead guitar (of Backyard Beehive), W.D. Hesser on bass/vocals (of As Eden Burns), and Troy Tabner on drums/vocals (a.k.a. Baby Lucy). Since 2014, Turner & the Cats have honed their live game at fundraisers, a wedding, a city marathon, a goat roast in the country under a full moon’s sky — as well as many, many bars, lounges, halls, pubs, and watering holes. The casual listener may hear them and think ‘laid back college rock’ or ‘indie desert folk pop’, but press from their recent Texas tour aptly described the group as: “a honky tonk’s wet dream.”
Hearkening back to the songwriter’s biggest influences not only in composition but in music production, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats recorded Wanna Be Your Man over the course of 48 hours. All together in the same room. Live. Onto half-inch tape with only eight tracks. The decision to forego the studio magic of recording individual parts on multiple tracks speaks to the unified and present force of this musical collective. “It’s not a polished recording, but what you hear is a direct result of us playing and listening to one another,” comments drummer Troy Tabner, who also co-engineered the album.
In Wanna Be Your Man, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats deliver a powerfully satiating and driven sound to get you out of your mind and up off your seat, all while promising to have you home before midnight.
Wanna Be Your Man was recorded at Steamboat Ampworks studios in Houston, TX — with the support of many friends, pups, BBQ, and brews. All songs written by Sam Turner (BMI) and performed by Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats. Album produced by the Cactus Cats; engineered by Harold Scott, W.D. Hesser, and Troy Tabner; and mastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering. All 300 records were pressed on beautiful, translucent, green-colored 150 gram vinyl. Each LP includes a digital download code and an inner sleeve with photo collage listing additional production credits.
Roofus & Friends Records 2017.
Seattle-based Teresa Kolo is a performing songwriter who embraces her art with wit and optimism. Her strong and percussive guitar style lays a foundation for her primary offering — honest and intelligent songwriting. Kolo grew up in Houston and devoured all the music played in her home — Jimmy Reed, Joan Armatrading, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Dana Cooper and Randy Newman. The list goes on. What she culled from her exposure to these diverse artists was the ability to use lyrics to surprise and affect her growing audience. Performing live is where her talent shines most. She is emotive and comfortable on stage, delivering her songs in a way that can only be described as original and authentic.
“…I can’t overemphasize how excited we are that Teresa has returned to performing. Her warm and fuzzy but in your face quirkiness is heart-tugging and jaw dropping. — Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary
“In a cookie cutter world of formulated music, Teresa Kolo is an inspiration and a standout. Her songs are tough, vulnerable, funny and poignant…sung in that voice truly unlike any I’ve heard before, young and old at once and haunting in its’ beauty”. — Dana Cooper
“These are songs by a confident woman, reflecting on relationships without sappiness, blame or regret. Teresa’s unique vocal style catches you unaware…she employs just the right tone and inflection to lend power to her words.“ –Pete Mitchell, Under the Volcano (Houston, Texas).
Action star of stage and screen, Texas music legend, Johnny Falstaff resurrects the ghosts of honky tonk past and conjures the demons of early rock n roll to craft a unique style in the Ameripolitan genre.
The 2008 release of the critically acclaimed CD “Honky Tonkin’ Daddy launched two years of relentless touring through the U.S. and Europe. As the flames caught hold, the Falstaff inferno was scorching with releases in 2010, “Live in Köln” and the smash indie film, “Honky Tonk Blood”.
A non-stop European tour in the summer of 2011 afforded Falstaff the “International Band of the Year” award from the Austrian Country Music Federation.
In 2012, Johnny recorded and released the soundtrack/concept album, “Death Western”.
In 2014, Falstaff again captured the Austrian Country Music Federation Award for “International Band of the Year”, and began recording his sixth album, Metro-Billy, released later that year.
With the release of his seventh album, “Best of Johnny Falstaff”, dropping on vinyl in May of 2016, the Falstaff camp issues twelve favorites handpicked by Johnny and his fans.
In 2015, Johnny was nominated in the “Outlaw Country” category in the Ameripolitan Music Awards, based in Austin, Texas.
2017 promises to be smoking with plans to release new music and videos, as well as a few new surprises. Stay tuned…..
Passerbye is a mixed genre project from Houston,Texas. The group was formed in 2016 by frontman DC after developing a life altering disorder. What started out as songs recorded on a computer to simply stay active became Passerbye . The group incorporates multiple instruments, both organic and electronic and thrives on performing live.
With years of multi-instrumentation, performing and producing under his belt, Avery Davis takes on a new electronic solo project, -Us. Having played with bands such as Wrestlers and Twenty Eleven, the current drummer of Wild Moccasins ventures out to form his own sound, combining elements of the many genres with which he has surrounded himself in the past. Playing every instrument and singing all the vocal parts himself, the Houston Press Music Award-winner crafts dance and R&B-laced electro pop. Under -Us., the independent Houston musician has released several covers and remixes, as well as original works like V.XXVII.IX, a five-track EP that incorporated all of Davis’ influences — including Thom Yorke, Neon Indian, Washed Out and James Blake — into a single project. Making his major festival debuts at Houston’s Day For Night and Free Press Summer Fest, -Us. gears up for his sophomore EP, “Contact”, to be followed by full-length release.
The best introduction to Jon Wolfe is the basic yet not so simple fact that he’s a country singer and songwriter. Country music, as it was, is and always should be, with boots firmly standing on the bedrock of tradition and an eye focused on taking it into the future. And that, as any fan of true country knows, is no simple proposition.
Hence the other best introduction to Jon Wolfe is to hear him sing and share the stories in the songs he performs and writes. And to learn his life story — from small town Oklahoma to the bustling big city commodities trading floor to the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma to Music Row, to give the highlights — and witness his faith in the power of music and determination to touch the hearts of others with something that means so much to him.
It’s world class country music from the American heartland, informed by the great singers that inspired Wolfe — like George Strait, Garth Brooks (a fellow Okie), Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few — yet fired by his own contemporary energy and vision.
Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles(“Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.
His 2010 release, It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units.
2015’s Natural Man debuted #13 on iTunes, #25 on the Billboard chart, and #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top New Artist Albums Chart. It’s been loudly applauded and continues to sell and produce chart-topping singles. The 13-track collection merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of country music’s greatest legends, with an edgy, modern energy.
Jon Wolfe’s current single “Boots On A Dance Floor” hit No. 1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. It’s Jon Wolfe’s 4th consecutive No.1 single! He’s risen to 77,000 monthly Spotify listeners and the single has 470,000 total Spotify streams and counting Added to Spotify’s “Texas Red Dirt” playlist (158,000 followers)
After lots of interest from many boot companies, Olathe Boot Company hopped on board as the “Boots on a Dance Floor” Tour’s official boots sponsor. Jon Wolfe gave away 30 pairs of their boots throughout the tour.
The tour hit over 30 cities from South Texas all the way to California. Highlights were sold out shows in Austin and Corpus Christi, and near sellouts in College Station and Tulsa, OK.
“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo. She even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing.” – Los Angeles Times
￼ “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too! Produced by Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Miss Understood focuses on tough yet vulnerable blues, but also captures the melodic soul of classic American song… No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan.” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
￼ “When she blisters the guitar and cocks her head fetchingly to sing her songs like “I’m Innocent” she stands in the good company of Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, and Bonnie Raitt. But when she whistles, as she does with disarming ease on another of her compositions “I’m the Man,” or picks up the trumpet, she’s one of a kind.” – Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
￼ “One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex. Able to boon, cajole, promise and growl with equal power, she plays guitar with much the same forcefulness!” – Matt Weitz, Dallas Observer
￼ “Carolyn Wonderland’s live shows are just outright phenomenal. Top notch, five-stars, off the meter – whatever the clich., Carolyn and her band meet it…Her voice can be as beautiful as an angel and as powerful as a Class 5 hurricane all within the drop of a hat…One thing’s for certain, some forces – even those barely five feet tall – cannot be contained.” – Dante Dominick, Rockzillaworld Magazine
“Based in Austin, Texas, (Carolyn’s) unique combination of musical mastery adds to the state’s impressive legacy of sonic genius…Wonderland is also an insightful, gutsy, intelligent songwriter with an extremely versatile talent that spans just about every genre you can name…I am happy to report that at last count my total Carolyn mileage is as follows: 2,304 driving miles and 19,544 flying miles. Trust me – if you ever see them live, you’ll understand!” – Kelley Guiney, HotBands.com
Charles Bryant is a singer-songwriter with a unique Americana style.
A life long battle with panic attacks and agoraphobia has helped shape him as an artist. Charles’ music is thoughtful, introspective, cynical, humorous and most importantly honest. After more than 30 years of performing primarily for family and friends life-altering experience came in 2010 that motivated him to start performing publicly.
Charles is now performing throughout the Greater-Houston area exciting audiences with his thought provoking song lyrics and high energy guitar, banjo and harmonica playing. Charles is not slowing down; his ever evolving style and new songs make every performance better than the last.
Count Vaseline is an alternative rock project founded in 2016 by songwriter, musician and producer ’Stefan Murphy’ during a creative spell in Berlin Germany. Following only a handful of live appearances in Germany, Count Vaseline decamped to the US to begin working on what would quickly become his first album ‘Yo No Soy Marinero’. The narrative of the record is very personal and details a difficult phase in Murphy’s life and creativity as well as a celebration of his trials and tribulations in Berlin.
‘’They almost let me into the Berghain, but then they got wise ‘when I accidentally puked in the Bouncers eyes” – Divebombing
Making the decision to stay in the US was closely followed by a Presidential election that was going to send the universe into something of a tailspin. The rise of Donald Trump as well as a lot of depressing reading about the cyclical patterns in world politics quickly gave birth to The Count’s second album, the very minimal ‘Cascade’.
“No Politics exists that will protect you from the horror of these times” – Cascade
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom ‘Russia’, the forthcoming single, is designed to make the people dance!! The song was inspired by the documentary film ‘Hypernormalization’ and is a personal account of two lovers trying to break free from the constraints of the modern world. The song is deliberately performed at 117 beats per minute, the same BPM as Quincy jones / Michael Jacksons magnum opus ‘Billie Jean’, one of the most danceable tunes in history.