I’m Tony, and these are my June, 2010 picks…
A Boy Named Sioux–Pirate Pants
A Boy Named Sioux is from Tempe & Flagstaff, Arizona, playing Americana, Southern Rock & Country Music. They’re a 4 man group, consisting of Rob Toner on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Jayson James on fiddle, vocals & acoustic guitar, George E. Lee on lead guitar & vocals, & Eric Gilboe on bass & vocals. (Eric says he once told his 4th grade teacher that he wanted to play the bass, but pronounced it like you would the fish. He said her derisive laughter is what made him get off his ass and start seriously learning how to play the bass guitar!) On their website it says “If Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Roger Clyne ever would’ve had a jam session together, it would have birthed A Boy Named Sioux. They blend Outlaw Country, Southern Rock & Arizona Style to produce a sound that’s all their own.” They are currently working on a new cd, but you can get their debut cd through their website. It’s entitled “The Next Big Thing”, and I’ve chosen their song “Pirate Pants” off that cd for their contest entry this month. Listen closely to the lyrics, it’s funny all the way to the last “AAAARGHHH”! (Don’t talk over that Hoss, it makes the song!) For more info on A Boy Named Sioux, visit their Myspace page, www.myspace.com/boynamedsioux31, or their website, www.aboynamedsiouxaz.com…
Brison Bursey Band–Solid Ground
Brison Bursey Band is from Huntsville, Texas, playing Texas Country & Southern Rock Music. They’re a 4-man band, consisting of Brison Bursey on lead vocals & guitar, Robert Morton on bass & vocals, Justin Moore on lead guitar & vocals, & Derek Watkins on percussion. 3 years ago the band released it’s debut cd “Bigger Sky”, and sent it to me last summer to add to the rotation here on HTB. I used the title track of that cd in a contest last year, but they didn’t make the top 5 that month. Last April, they released their new cd “Expectations & Parking Lots”, (produced by Justin Tocket, Radney Foster’s bass player), which is also now in our rotation, and from which I chose the song “Solid Ground” as their contest entry this month. (I hope ya’ll vote for this one much more!) Both of their cds are available through ITunes. For more info on The Brison Bursey Band, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/brisonburseyband, or their website, www.brisonburseyband.com…
Drive-By Truckers–Birthday Boy
Hugh Fadal Band–Good Thing Gone Bad
Hugh Fadal Band, (pronounced Fidel), is from Seguin, Texas, playing Rock, Folk Rock & Americana Music. They’re a 5-man band, consisting of Hugh Fadal on vocals & rhythm guitar, David Pettit on bass, Frank Kriege on drums, Paul Lidel on keyboards & guitar, & Jeff Anderson on lead guitar & dobro. Hugh ran across me on MySpace last summer and asked if we’d play his music. After hearing what he had up on MySpace, I was all for it, so he sent me his 2 cds to add to our computerized rotation on HTB. The 1st contest I chose him for, I used the song “Hill Country Hippie” from his “Hourglass” cd, (because I like songs about hippies!), and he made it into the top 5 that month. This time, I’ve decided to try the song “Good Thing Gone Bad”, from his newer cd “Good Clean Living”. I hope ya’ll like it as much as I do. (And, Hoss, don’t refer to him as “that commie from Seguin, anymore!”) For more info on The Hugh Fadal Band, check out their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/hughfadalband, or their website. www.HughFadal.com…
Indianola Railroad Co.–South Texas Drought
Indianola Railroad Co. is from Corpus Christi, Texas, playing Southern Rock & Texas Country Music. They’re a 4 -man band, consisting of Scott Smith on lead vocals & guitar, Jeff Chavez on drums, Tom Robertson on lead & baritone guitar, & Aaron Stevens on bass. They have 1 cd out called “The Long Road”, from which I chose the song “Hallettsville” as their entry in one of the contests last year, but they didn’t do very well, not even making it into the top 10 that month. I thought I’d try them again this month, with a song called “South Texas Drought” (since we’re in one, at the moment!) I also hope you vote for this one much more, so I can get some support for a home-town group! For more info on Indianola Railroad Co., visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/indianolarailroad, or their website, www.indianolarailroadco.com…
Jeremy Miller Band–Way Too Fast
Jeremy Miller Band is from Austin, Texas, playing Texas Country & Southern Rock music. They’re a 4-man band, consisting of Jeremy Miller on lead vocals & guitar, Sonny Bihl on lead guitar & harmony vocals, Seth Tobin on bass & harmony vocals, & Dave Ng on drums. Formed in 2006, JMB is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Red Dirt Music scene in Texas. They’ve been playing an average of 100 shows a year, in some well known Texas clubs, like Momo’s & La Zona Rosa in Austin & The Executive Surf Club here in Corpus Christi. They released their first cd ”Way Too Fast” in 2009, (produced by legendary Texas guitarist Keith Davis, and recorded at the Zone Studios in Dripping Springs, Texas), and it’s available through ITunes. I chose the title track of that cd for their entry in this month’s contest. For more info on The Jeremy Miller Band, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/thejeremymillerband, or their website, www.thejeremymillerband.com…
Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours are from Austin, Texas, playing Texas Country, Roots & Rockabilly Music. They’re a 4-person group, consisting of Lucky Tubb on lead vocals & guitar, Natalie Page Monson on fiddle & harmony vocals, Jericho Renshaw on lead guitar, & Casey Gill on ”Doghouse Bass”. Lucky is the great-nephew of legendary C/W musician Earnest Tubb. Lucky’s new cd “Damn The Luck” is due out soon, and I’ve gotten 3 songs from his manager, Cindy Gallina-Hancock, as a preview of it, to add to the rotation here on HTB. (Cindy is Wayne “The Train” Hancock’s wife & manager, and she also gave me permission to play her husband’s music last summer.) I chose 1 of the songs she sent me, ”Hillbilly Fever”, as Lucky’s contest entry this month, (you’ll also hear Wayne Hancock playing & singing in this song.) For more info on Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours, you can visit them on MySpace, at www.myspace.com/luckytubb, or their website, www.tubbmusic.com…
JJ Henson Band–Don’t Break My Heart
JJ Henson Band is from San Antonio, Texas, playing Texas Country & Southern Rock Music. They’re a 5-person group, consisting of JJ Henson on lead vocals, Glen Mead on electric & acoustic guitar, & harmony vocals, Amy Hermes on fiddle (although James Clark plays the fiddle on their cd), Shawn Irey on bass, & Ty Wilkinson on drums. I ran across JJ Henson last summer on MySpace and asked him if I could play his music on HTB. He was all for it, and actually drove down to Corpus Christi from San Antonio to personally hand me his cd. (In fact, he’s the only one of my picks to have ever visited my double-wide trailer here.) I chose the song “That Kinda Guy” for one of last year’s monthly contests, but he didn’t quite make it into the top 5, so I chose another song from that cd for this month’s contest, “Don’t Break My Heart”. Let’s get them into the top this time! For more info on The JJ Henson Band, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/jjhband, or their website, www.jjhensonband.com…..
Rebel Road–Whole Lotta Memories To Make
Rebel Road is from Vastra Gotalands Lan, Sweden, playing Country & Rock Music. They’re a 3-man group, consisting of Stefan Karlsson on vocals & guitars, Markus Johansson on bass, & Ulrich Seppenen on lead vocals & guitars. I ran across this group on MySpace about 2 years ago, and they’ve sent me a number of their songs to add to the HTB lineup since then. This will be the 3rd time I’ve used them in a contest. (Their song “Back In The Saddle” tied for 5th place with the Moonshine Bandits’ “Big Tex” in last January’s contest, so they’ll be returning in the finals this December.) They just sent me their newest song, “Whole Lotta Memories To Make”, so I decided to enter that in this month’s contest.(And, yes, Hoss, I do believe that they’re actually from Sweden, even though you’ve said that they don’t sound like it!) For more info on Rebel Road, you can visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/rebelroadband…
Robert Shores Band–Life Of Sin
Robert Shores Band is from Holdenville, Oklahoma, playing Country, Southern Rock & Blues Music. They’re a 5-man band, consisting of Robert Shores on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Boone Griffin on bass & harmony vocals, Even Stevens on drums & harmony vocals, Bryon on steel & lead guitars, & Lanny on keyboard & harmonica. On MySpace, it says that “The Robert Shores Band has a mix of Country Twang, Classic Blues & Old School Rock, all rolled up into one, creating their own unique sound”. They are currently working on their debut cd, “Life Of Sin”, and sent me the title track so I could use it in this contest. They’ll be sending me the rest of the cd when it’s done, so I can feature it on my DJ show on Sunday night here on HTB. For more info on The Robert Shores Band, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/robertshoresband….
Rosewood is from Corpus Christi, Texas, playing Americana & Bluegrass Music. They’re a 4-person group, consisting of Mike Robinson on fiddle, mandolin & vocals, Jill Robinson on bass fiddle, Darlene Guidry on washboard & vocals, & Lee Jernigan on guitar. I first heard of this group through my wife, about 10 years ago, while I was still at the “accursed” KFTX radio here in Corpus Christi. Peggy had sustained a neck & shoulder injury while working for the U.S. post office and was undergoing physical therapy. It turned out that her physical therapist was Jill, from Rosewood, who had heard of me, and she asked Peggy if I would play their cd, “Take One”, on my midnight DJ show. Unfortunately, at KFTX, I couldn’t play anything that wasn’t on the play-list (I really hate that word!), but I held on to their cd, and decided to finally play it on my own show here on HTB. I also chose their song “Stillhouse” off that cd for their entry in this month’s contest, because I’ve always been a fan of good Bluegrass Music. For more info on Rosewood, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/rosewood1texas. If you’d like to see them perform, they’ll be playing next at the Patsy Jones Bandshell in Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas, Texas, on August 13th for an end-of-the-summer concert….
Seven Mary Three–It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Seven Mary Three is from Orlando, Florida, playing Rock music. They’re a 4-man band, consisting of Jason Ross on vocals & guitar, Casey Daniel on bass, Thomas Juliano on guitar, & Mike Levesque on drums. Formed in 1993, while the band members were students at The College Of William & Mary in Virginia, they took their name from the 70’s cult TV show CHiPs, because 7Mary3 was Ponch’s numerical call sign in the California Hiway Patrol Motorcycle Division. The band released their first cd “Churn” on their own in early 1995, but were soon signed by Mammoth/Atlantic Records, and released their major label debut cd “American Standard”, which contained many of the songs from “Churn”, in June of 1995. Later that year, the group had 3 nationwide top 10 singles off that cd, “Cumbersome”, “Water’s Edge” & “My My”. Over the next 13 years, they produced 5 cds for M/A and had several more nationwide top 10 singles, “Wait”, “Over Your Shoulder”, & “Lucky”, before deciding to go out on their own in 2008, forming their own label, Settle Up Records. Since then, they’ve re-released “Churn”, and put out an acoustic cd called “Backbooth”, both of which are now in the HTB music library, and have just released their latest cd, “Day & Night Driving”, (which I will be featuring on my DJ show, June 13th). A couple of days ago, they sent me their cover of the song “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, written by Bob Dylan and formerly recorded by groups like The Byrds & The Grateful Dead, among many others. It was recorded during the “Backbooth” sessions, but was not included on that cd, so I decided that would be a good pick from them for June’s contest. For more info on Seven Mary Three, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/7M3, or their website, www.7m3.com….
Southern Embers–Damn Hippies
Southern Embers are from Port Neches, Texas, playing Rock & Metal Music. They’re a 4-man band, consisting of Scott Lackey on guitar, Michael Tillotson on bass & vocals, Jerry Boden on drums, & Joel Premeaux on guitar. Southern Embers ran across me on MySpace last summer and asked how they could get their music played on HTB, so I told them, and they sent me their debut, self-titled cd to add to my show & our computerized rotation. I chose their song “A Woman Knows” for their contest entry last August or September, but it didn’t do very well. This month, I chose their song “Damn Hippies”, because what happens in this song also happened to me & some of my friends, when we battled a landlord in San Antonio, years ago. Listen closely to the lyrics, “I’m gonna shut your water off, damn hippies!” For more info on Southern Embers, visit their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/534721314…
Trill Billy is from Cowtown, by way of Trillsboro, Texas, (as he says on MySpace), playing Texas Country, Rap & 2-Step Music. Trill Billy is a solo act, who’s produced 1 EP cd called “A Trill Billy 6-Pack”, which is available through CDBaby. Produced by rap artist Vinny Boberino, from Dallas, Texas, the cd also features appearances from Pikhasso and Tahiti of the Dallas rap super-group P.P.T., and Ft. Worth’s Romio No E. I previously chose T.B’s song about eating out at the “Darey Qween” for last January’s contest, but it didn’t make it into the top 10. This month, I’ve chosen their song about girls with big asses, called “Tex-Ass” for the contest. (They’re so fly that they probably have jet-lag!) This song does have some questionable lyrics, so send your kids out to get you a beer while it’s playing! For more info on Trill Billy, visit his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/therealtrillbilly….
Twisted Pistols–100 Miles
Twisted Pistols are from Sadler, Texas, playing Southern Rock, Folk Rock & Red Dirt Music. They’re a 4-man band, consisting of Zach Hendricks on vocals, harmonica, guitar & mandolin, J. Town Walsh on bass & harmony vocals, Johnny Wilson on lead guitar, & Justin Boren on percussion. Twisted Pistols started playing together in the winter of 2006, and have gained a large following in the North Texas/Southern Oklahoma area. I ran across them on MySpace last year, and asked if I could play their music. They sent me their debut, and only, cd, called “Rusted Shut”, and I used a song from that called “4Warned” for a previous contest, but it didn’t do very well. This time I chose the song ”100 Miles”, and I hope ya’ll will give it the votes it deserves to make it into the top 5 for June! For more info on Twisted Pistols, check out their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/thoseguysrock1, or their website, www.twistedpistols.com….
I got started in broadcasting during my stint as a Signalman in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam era, working part-time as a DJ and newsman for a ship-board Armed Forces Radio & TV station on the USS Truckee out of Norfolk, Virginia. After being honorably discharged in 1979, I became a mainstream radio DJ and News Director in the Corpus Christi area for over 25 years on 9 different stations, including all 3 of the country-western ones. During that time I received 4 news broadcasting awards, 1 from the Associated Press & 3 from United Press International. I spent the last 5 years of my “career” on KFTX in Corpus Christi, constantly fighting with the program director over having to play their narrow top-ten Nashville music playlist of songs, when I really wanted to play Texas Music. I was finally shown the door after I played a Christmas-time phone request for Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From The Family”, which was definitely not on the station’s playlist, (I really hate that word!). Now that I’m on HossTheBoss I can play what I want. Listen to my own dang show on the station every Sunday night at 7 p.m. Central.
My previous Hossey Music Award Picks