The Freddie Steady Revue is the name of the new Freddie Steady Krc aggregation. Revue, as the name suggests, is a “catch all” of styles covered by this Texas Music Hall of Famer: Rock, Power Pop, Jump Blues, Tex Mex and more! Leave it to Freddie to introduce the birth of “Beatnik Rock”. Freddie has reimagined his “I’ve Been Framed” as an edgy arrangement including only vocal, drums, bongo drums and very sparse bass and piano. Along with powerful new originals, including two co-writes with fellow former Shakin’ Apostles and current Lost Gonzo Band member John Inmon, Freddie has reshaped three of his fave older cuts. Great guitar from John Inmon, Cam King, Bill KIrchen and David Hargraves. Keyboards by Floyd Domino. Horns by Adrian Ruiz and John Mills, of the Texas Horns who are currently on tour with Eric Clapton. It’s Dandy!
We are proud to present our first in-store performance in over two years. Tody Castillo is one of our favorite local artists and his albums still resonate with us. His self-titled debut held the record as top-selling local release at our store for many, many years. We are thrilled to have him back on the Cactus stage to celebrate the release of his superb new album, Old Rodriguez. We hope you will join us to enjoy a full-set by the artist and to help celebrate Record Store Day.
About Tody Castillo
Fatherhood, cross-country road trips, wartime stories passed from one generation to the next, and philosophical skatepark conversations stitch together the fabric of Tody Castillo’s third full-length offering and 2022 debut album for Strolling Bones Records, Old Rodriguez. On his first body of work in 13 years, the Kingsville-born and Austin-based singer and songwriter ponders the past, present, and future across ten tracks. He shares his story through eloquently crafted songs steeped in rock, folk, and heartland traditions.
“There are a lot of coming-of-age themes,” he states. “I’m thinking of what I value the most. Even though I’m busy, I enjoy being at home with my family. I like skateboarding. I’m thinking of what it means to be a patriarch in a society where there are expectations for men to bring in the money. I’m remembering my grandparents and other meaningful moments. It’s my life.”
Support Cactus Music by pre-ordering a copy of the Ghosts of West Virginia on CD, LP or Limited Edition Indie Only Vinyl (***While supplies last). Each pre-order guarantees you a record on your purchased format that will be shipped to your door to arrive on or before May 22, 2020. Each order also includes a ticket to a virtual in-store that will go live on May 15th. Visit this link (bit.ly/GOWVCACTUSMUSICTX) to pre-order and get a ticket to the in-store. A link and password to the in-store will be sent to you on May 14th from New West Records.
Jason Kane & The Jive is a high voltage boogie rock n’ roll band from San Antonio, TX built on soul, blues, groove, and funk. Formed in 2014 by Jason Kane and Nick Jive, they derive influences from acts such as Grand Funk, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Johnny Winter, and Ted Nugent.
The band has released two full-length studio albums (‘Jason Kane & The Jive’ in 2017 and ‘Hellacious Boogie’ in 2018), and is currently working on their third, ‘Soggy Noggin’, which is slated for release in early 2020.
The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with soul, funk, blues & jazz to a create their own unique sound.
For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin.
The brothers’ love for classic Funk, Soul, and Blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of assorted albums and turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, and B.B King; from then, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, The Saxon Pub and other renowned venues in Austin.
The duo have since traveled the U.S. performing for crowds at Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Texas State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and many others. They’ve also opened for legendary artists including Gary Clark, Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jesse Johnson (The Time), Willie Nelson, B.B. King, New Power Generation (Prince’s longtime band), Buddy Guy and more.
“It’s important to point out the ages of these young cats, as they’ve become one of the most popular festival fixtures in the US, in just 10 years,” writes American Blues Scene. Minneapolis Star Tribune named them the band likely to earn the biggest fest buzz after performing at the Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival.
In 2018, they performed with the University of Texas Longhorn Pep Band for a special halftime show during the UT vs Baylor game. They’ve also held a packed weekly residency at Austin’s Continental Club for seven years.
In 2019, Gary Clark, Jr. told PBS News Hour that The Peterson Brothers are “some of the baddest cats in the world.” He included them in his finale super-jams at both weekends of Austin City Limits Festival, and they’ve opened for him across the country.
In November of 2019, they followed it with a single from their upcoming EP, and Buddy Magazine (Texas’ original music monthly) writes: “”Give Me Your Love” delivers the sound, feel, warmth, immediacy and fun of their stage show.”
The Peterson Brothers ushered in 2020 performing at The City of Austin’s official New Year’s Eve countdown. Their EP “The Intro” is set to debut with release parties across Texas and beyond in early 2020.
They are featured on the cover Buddy Magazine’s January 2020 issue. In the feature story, Chuck Flores writes, “To witness the Peterson Brothers’ live show is to witness sheer joy. There’s the constant eye contact and electric smiles that pass between them, the undeniable ebullience. And then there’s the way they move together on stage, stepping and twisting, swaying together, then suddenly freezing (but only for a beat or so, but then again you never know — they never play anything the same way twice), then it’s right back into the groove.”
The Skatastrophics are an amalgamation of two Houston ska/punk bands, Always Guilty and Fuska, formed in 2014 when members of both bands wanted to start playing ska and reggae, in more of a traditional form.
We’re dreamy rockers (alternative – shoegaze) from Houston, TX.
There is deep soul in the music of Devon Gilfillian—but for the talented Nashville-based singer-songwriter and bandleader, that descriptor goes way beyond a mere genre classification.
Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, and soul music, Gilfillian gravitated to records that ignited his mind while making his body move. For him, listening to the towering icons of his musician father’s era—Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Temptations—was just as formative and exciting as discovering the new sounds of his own generation, and the beats and rhymes made by rising rap stars like Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z inspired him in new ways. He began to recognize a connective thread in the sounds he loved best: from the golden throwbacks sampled by the hip-hop beat makers to the raw, emotional vocal deliveries of the Motown greats, for Gilfillian the key ingredient seemed to be the “soul”—not simply the genre, but the feeling and vibe.
Following his electrifying 2016 debut EP with upbeat singles like “High” and “Troublemaker” in 2018, Gilfillian signed to Capitol Records and hit the road––performing with the likes of Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, Mavis Staples, and more. In early 2019, Gilfillian traveled to Africa to find healing and inspiration before headlining a tour in Scandinavia and opening for Brothers Osborne on their spring tour. His debut album, “Black Hole Rainbow,” is available now.
Rachel Ammons Music is half of the beloved “psychedelta” duo Tyrannosaurus Chicken and toured the past few years with the internationally in-demand Ben Miller Band, which mixes folk, blues, bluegrass, country and other odds and ends to make what the band calls “Mudstomp.” Ammons sings and plays violin, cello, guitar and electric cactus. “Smilin’ ” Bob Lewis, her godfather and Tyrannosaurus Chicken bandmate, was the luthier who kept a shop in the back of Musicians Exchange in Van Buren. Ammons apprenticed under him for years, and the electric cactus was her doing.
“I was messing with a cactus at a friend’s house and noticed that the different spines made different tones. Not only that but some of the intervals were actually on a musical scale,” she explained. “I started with some combinations of 3 or 4 notes, almost arpeggios that sounded kinda classical. It blew me away. The connection makes sense, though, if you look at the link between math, biology and music.” She put a pickup on the cactus and likes to run it through effects pedals. She thinks it sounds just like a “kalimba mixed with a guitar.”