I’m Tony, and these are my January 2012 picks…
Caitlyn Brette–Legacy Of The Red, White And Blue
Charissa Mrowka–Hold On And Breathe
Charissa Mrowka is well known to fans of HossTheBoss. She’s from Bristol, Wisconsin, playing Country, Southern Rock and Pop Music. In a contest last year she came in in 1st place with her original song “Simply Together”, and went on to make it to 5th place in last December’s finals. Not bad for a 15 year old. I’m bringing her back this month with a song she recorded at 14. It’s called “Hold On And Breathe,” written by artist/songwriter Lynn Carey Saylor. This song is included on Charissa’s 2010 debut EP, which is available through GuitarGirls.com.I’m told this song has been chosen as the official song of the National Suicide Prevention Association. Charissa presented the song to that group in honor of a dance teacher she once had who committed suicide. When you buy the song on I-Tunes, Charissa donates the proceeds to the Association. For more info on Charissa Mrowka, visit her RN page, www.reverbnation.com/charissamrowka, which also has links to her website, and her other social media sites, like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube… You can also find Lynn at facebook.com/Lynnsongs, where she is heartily supporting Charissa’s — as she has done for at least the last four years.
Cody Angel–Everyday I Have The Blues
Cody Angel is from Port Aransas, Texas, playing Blues & Rock ‘n’ Roll Music. Cody says he loves playing the Blues, and only plays enough Rock ‘N’ Roll so he can get gigs to play the Blues. The 17 year year old guitar phenomenon was one of my picks in a contest last year, doing his version of one of my all-time favorite songs, “La Grange”, but it didn’t get enough votes to make it into the top 5 that month. I’ve decided to bring him back this year with a song called “Everyday I Have The Blues”, which is what I will have if you don’t vote this one into the finals. For more info on Cody Angel, visit his RN page, www.reverbnation.com/codyangel, which has links to his website, and his Facebook and YouTube pages…
Jamie Nattier– A Girl Like You
Payton Rae–Not Your Cinderella
Payton Rae is from League City, Texas, playing Country Music. The 15 year old has become an internet sensation recently, with the release of her video “Dare To Live”. She has also released a 5 song EP cd, which is available on I-Tunes, and I’ve already added to the rotation of my DJ show here on HTB. From it, I chose her song “Not Your Cinderella” as her contest entry this month. For more info on Payton Rae, visit her new website, www.paytonraemusic.com , or her RN page, www.reverbnation.com/paytonrae, which has links to her other social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube…
The HillGillies–Alcohol & Pills
The Ruby Jane Show–Feels Like Home
Last, but definitely not least, is Ruby Jane Smith, from Austin, Texas, playing Alternative, Alt.-Rock, & Indie Music. The 16 year old, who calls her band The Ruby Jane Show, moved to Austin in 2007, and has already played with some of the greatest acts in Texas Music. She’s been playing the fiddle since the age of 3, and, at the age of 10, she became the youngest performer ever on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. She is currently touring part-time with Asleep At The Wheel’s stage version of “A Ride With Bob”, in which she plays a young Bob Wills. She, and her mother/manager JoBelle, were recently car-jacked in Houston after a show there, and she lost her personal instruments, but, luckily, neither of them were injured. She is trying to raise money from her fans now to go into the studio next month to record a new album. I picked the title track of her latest cd “Feels Like Home” for her contest entry this month. For more info on The Ruby Jane Show, visit her RN page, www.reverbnation.com/therubyjaneshow, which has links to her website, her other social media sites, like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace, and also has several links to stores where you can buy her music. She currently has 3 cds to her credit, all of which I’ve added to the rotation here on HTB…
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
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