Josh Abbott Band: Honest-to-goodness country on tour near you

Throughout history, many great things have come from Texas.

Tex-Mex. The Schlitterbahn. Whataburger. Chuck Norris.

And a recent addition to the list: the Josh Abbott Band.

You may remember these Texas boys from their 2011 release “Oh, Tonight” featuring Kacey Musgraves, but like so many quality artists, the really good songs fly under the radar. Exhibit A:


Hands down the best comparison drawn between a woman and anything, ever.

The Josh Abbott Band doesn’t rest on merely referencing Southern landmarks in their lyrics; they paint a much heartier picture. Listening to “Road Trippin” actually makes it feel 10 degrees warmer outside and gives me the urge to wear sunglasses regardless of what time of day it may be.

“I’ll Sing About Mine” offers a refreshing take on what much of mainstream country music has forgotten about – real life.

“When the radio’s on, I just don’t understand, because tractor’s ain’t sexy and working is hard for small town people like me.”


Good news for Southerners living off the beaten path – the band is making its rounds to Illinois, Colorado and Kansas this July.

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July 4: Willie’s 4th of July Picnic: Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, and more TBA! Fort Worth, TX
July 12: Bub City BBQ Festival, Chicago, IL
July 17: Cavalcade Rodeo, Pawhuska, OK 
July 25: Grizzly Rose, Denver, CO
July 27: Dodge City Days, Dodge City, KS

Click here for more upcoming tour dates.

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Dallas-native Old 97’s head west on tour

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Good news for alt-country fans living in the west!

The Dallas-native Old 97’s are on tour promoting a brand new album due out April 29. Along for the tour is South Carolina-born, retro moody singer-songwriter Nikki Lane.

If you like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings with an updated twist and a dash of rock and roll, Old 97’s is right up your alley.

Having attended a few Old 97’s shows back in the day, I can validate that the band knows how to entertain a crowd. Like their new song says, they’ve been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. I won’t do the math, but I’d say that estimate might be close to accurate.

As Southerners living far from the motherland know, we have to take advantage of homegrown fun when it comes our way. Below are the upcoming tour dates for the western U.S. Click here for full schedule.

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Sat Apr 12 – Sunstation – Copper Mountain, CO
Tues May 6 – Rialto TheatreTucson, AZ
Wed May 7 – The Crescent BallroomPhoenix, AZ
Thu May 8 – Belly Up TavernSolana Beach, CA
Fri May 9 – El Rey TheatreLos Angeles, CA
Sat May 10 – The FillmoreSan Francisco, CA
Mon May 12 – Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
Tue May 13 – Wonder BallroomPortland, OR
Wed May 14 – Knitting Factory Concert HouseBoise, ID
Thu May 15 – Urban LoungeSalt Lake City, UT

Cascade Zydeco – Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest, get ready to smile.

Cascade Zydeco is a non-profit association dedicated to bringing zydeco and Cajun music and dance to the Northwest by sponsoring dances with live bands, lessons and special events.

CZ hosts weekly Cajun and zydeco dances and lessons in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

No dance experience? Don’t worry, they say if you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.

Here’s the scoop:

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(Cascade Zydeco Facebook)

What: Basic zydeco lessons
When: Lessons start at 7:15 p.m. with CD dancing from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (when there is no live band)
Cost: $6 general public, $4 CZ members
Where: First Wednesdays at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon
Second and Fifth Wednesdays at Polish Hall, 3832 N Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon

Check out Vancouver Zydeco Sundays at the Silver Star Saloon, 6718 Northeast 4th Plain Road in Vancouver, WA.

Vancouver Zydeco is a casual evening of zydeco dancing from 7 – 9 p.m. every Sunday. Lessons for beginners are available on request. Admission is free!

“Like” Cascade Zydeco on Facebook for all their upcoming events.

 

L’Angelus On Tour

It was a complete accident that I saw this band at the Oyster Ridge Music Festival in Kemmerer, WY a few years ago. Watch the embedded video below and you’ll understand how happy I was to stumble upon L’Angelus (pronounced LAWN JAY LOOSE). Their music brings swampy Cajun flavor to even the most arid parts of the world.

They’ve even opened for the Pope. Yes, they are THAT cool.

This band of brothers and sisters hail from Lafayette, Louisiana, which explains the number of tour dates at Catholic venues. Even if you’re not religious, seeing this band live will be a religious experience – it’s that fun and they’re that good.

Here are some upcoming tour dates that “out of pocket” Southerners can enjoy. Don’t fret if you don’t see your city – they tour far and wide and often. Check out their Facebook page for the latest news.

April 25 – David Foster Foundation Theater – Victoria, Canada 
April 26 – David Foster Foundation Theater – Victoria, Canada
May 3 – St. John’s Festival – Indianapolis, IN
July 12 – Byzantine Catholic Youth Conference – Emmitsburg, MD
August 1- Midwest Catholic Family Conference – Wichita, KS

Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival – Champagne, IL

Attention Midwesterners!

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, June 27th and 28th in Downtown Champaign, IL.

If you can’t make it home to the South this summer, this festival promises to be an exemplary substitute. 

The music starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, with singer, Creole zydeco accordion player and Louisiana native, Rosie Ledet. Enjoy the festival all day Saturday, but be sure to stick around for blues musician Albert Cummings rocking the evening crowd just before the illustrious Buckwheat Zydeco takes the stage until midnight.

And get this — this event is FREE. An optional donation of $5 to support the festival is solicited at the gate.

Get all the latest information at the festival’s Facebook page.