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Friday, September 6, 2013

No Justice Band calls it quits

I really love my regional music and was blessed with 2 great years in Stillwater, Oklahoma - a mecca and birthplace for Red Dirt music - and another few years around nearby Amarillo. Most bands play in small venues, honky tonks, bars, rarely a full-sized stage, and there's truly an intimacy to the shows that you'll never get with most bands from big-labels out of Nashville. Most of the song writers describe their real lives through their lyrics and there's just something more pure about it. There's a little more grit and substance to what's occurring.

The down side of that is most regional bands spend most of their years on the road, away from their families, and never really strike it rich (with the $$ anyway). The fan bases are most always loyal, almost to a cult following for some artists. That's partly why it seems like a rough time when bands decide to call it quits. Fans for these regional artists are truly dedicated. So naturally, it's hard to see some groups call it quits, but you have to respect them for the decision. (See: Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Great Divide, etc.)

Now there's another great Stillwater band to add to that list... No Justice Band, which released this statement on their Facebook page:

September 6, 2013-After over a decade long reign as one of the most beloved bands in the Red Dirt music scene, Stillwater-based No Justice will extinguish their long burning flame this year. Their farewell tour is well underway and will conclude with two blockbuster shows at the Wormy Dog in Oklahoma City on Thursday, October 24th and at the Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis, Oklahoma on Friday, October 25th.  
A statement from Steve Rice reads, “It has been 12 years since the creation of No Justice. Throughout this time we have shared music, laughter, tears and our hearts with each other. It has been an amazing and life changing ride that very few get to experience and we couldn't have asked for better people to share it with. On October 31, 2013 the band will be taking a hiatus from touring and recording, so that each individual can pursue separate endeavors. While some will continue to play music, others will take a different avenue. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your dedication to our lifelong dream and for allowing us to pour our hearts out on the stage every night in venues across the world. We can't begin to tell you how much your support has meant to us. During our last couple months, we would like to encourage you all to make it out to a show and experience No Justice one last time. We would love to see you again.” 
Hatched from the Red Dirt music mecca of Stillwater, Oklahoma and adopted into the live music epicenter of Texas, No Justice cultivated a powerful brand built on unforgettable melodies, miles of solid comprehensive songwriting, and adorned with five acclaimed record releases with combined record sales topping over 100,000 units, two #1 hits and eight Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Chart. Aside from this shiny career resume, No Justice’s impressive longevity in the music business was fundamentally built on the quality and continuity of their music. From their very first record release Far From Everything (2001) down through a motely mixed catalog including No Justice (2005), the renowned live series Live At Billy Bob’s (2007), the rock infused Second Avenue (2010) and their final release America’s Son (2013), which brought the band full circle back to their roots, their unique sound powered by the soulful voice of Steve Rice will forever be emblemized throughout the Red Dirt community. Steve Rice, Armando Lopez, Cody Patton, Joey Trevino and Bryce Conway would like to “Toast” their treasured fans and friends, and thank them for ten amazing years of lifelong memories.
I own every No Justice album and listen to them often. I had the opportunity to see them in concert once while I was in Stillwater. Best wishes to ya'll and your future ventures.

And another band rides off...

No Justice - Song on the Radio

One of my favorites - No Justice - Red Dress (Unfortunately, I can't get this video to insert, but here's the best quality, live performance of the song I could find) --

Maybe we'll get lucky and a few of the guys will make a return like Cody Canada with his new band The Departed.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Gonna Get There Someday

I have to give it up to some awesome friends who have kept me extremely busy over the past few weeks. Anniversaries of significant events are always hard, especially when it's losing a parent, but it's getting easier. I'll be able to write about it all one of these days. 7 years and counting.

There's always a few songs that come to mind and hit a chord time and again. Friday night I went to a Dierks Bentley concert and it reminded me of this tune. He didn't sing it, but gives me a smile just to remember... I'm gonna get there some day.

Lyrics for Dierks Bentley "I'm Gonna Get There Some Day"
Well its been a year and there so much to tell
been doing alright in spite of myself
just wish i could stop feeling bad when i pray
But I know I'm gonna get there someday

Got that job I was dreaming about
sometimes its tough traveling around
but who i wanna be still seems so far away
but i know i'm gonna get there someday

glad i told you all i meant to
while i had the chance
cause every moment i had with you
made me who i am

by the way, i met someone new
and wouldn't you know, she's a whole lot like you
still i ain't ready to settle down in one place
but i know i'm gonna get there someday

well i guess i'll be movin on
i'll just leave these daisies by your stone
and momma, i still miss you every day
but i know i'm gonna get there someday

when that'll be, guess only God can say
but i know i'm gonna get there someday
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Steeldrivers - "Where Rainbows Never Die" (Video)

I've always enjoyed a little bluegrass feel to my music. I love many of the tunes from Oh, Brother Where Art Thou, and Dierks Bentley has an awesome bluegrass infused album. The Steeldrivers are a group that really blend Country and Bluegrass well. They are more connected to Nashville artists, but I first heard them on my Texas music radio stations. The fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitars, and vocals blend just right and hit this spot. This song "Where Rainbows Never Die" is probably one of their most popular, next to "If It Hadn't Been For Love", and my favorite so far. Guess it's a little change up from my normal Red Dirt and Texas Country tunes.

Lyrics for "Where Rainbows Never Die"
I'm an old man now
I can't do nothing
Young folks don't pay me no mind
But in my day I sure was something
Before I felt the heavy hand of time

I'm an old man now
I'm bound for glory
Time to lay these burdens down
Had enough of this old world of worry
Gonna trade my troubles for a crown

I will make my way across the fields of cotton
And wade through muddy waters one last time
And in my dreams I come out clean
When I reach the other side
West of where the sun sets
Where rainbows never die

I've got on last thing to do
One more mile before I'm through
Casting off these earthly chains
Going where theres no more pain


I'm an old man now
Can't do nothing
Young folks don't pay me no mind

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jason Boland and the Stragglers - "Nine Times Out of Ten" Lyrics

Jason Boland always has been and always will be one of my favorite Red Dirt/Texas Country artists. There's a lot of truth in this song. In fact, I enjoy the entire Dark and Dirty Mile album.

Lyrics for Jason Boland "Nine Times Out of Ten"
It may not be the same thing you believe
Most folks have a sense of right and wrong
The forces that we feel but cannot see
The love within our heart it plays a song

You walk around until they can hear no more
The word it was a virus through the land
From the mountains down to the southern shore
The hour glass burns through those grains of sand

We learned a long time ago, there's no winners in the game
You lie with dogs you'll end up with fleas
Nine times out of ten you know it all turns out the same
Dying on your feet, you're livin on your knees

Oh the art of war is always to deceive
They sell the very rope from which we hang
The answer is to turn the other cheek
While they piss down your neck and call it rain

There's no left, no right, there's only in between
The low is just reflected from above
Those who will discover what that means
Will come to understand along with us

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

6 Steps to Success

6 Steps to Success by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

  1. Face reality as it is; not as it was.
  2. Be candid with everyone. No one likes surprises.
  3. Do things right; do right things.
  4. Change before you have to. Nothing stays the same forever.
  5. If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete.
  6. Control your own destiny or someone else will.