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Cody Johnson Pays Respect to Sante Fe Victims
The East Texas Native created a moment of silence that gives even video viewers chills as he paused his concert in Amarillo on May 18th. “You could hear a pen drop,” said Destiney Pate who posted the video to Facebook. “One of the many reasons I love and respect Cody Johnson! prayers for everyone involved and impacted by the Santa Fe school shooting!”
American Aquarium Gets Some New Wheels!
Pour one out for “Sarah Silvervan” and congrats to the band! No word of the new stallion’s name yet but it has already carried the band across state lines this week for the kick off of the Things Change Tour in Tulsa. Check out more tour stops here.
New ride…who dis? After 235,000 miles of (mostly) faithful service, we are finally sending Sarah Silvervan out to pasture to enjoy her final days. After 12 years of busting our ass, we’re treating ourself to a new mode of transportation. (cue the “Jefferson’s” theme song pic.twitter.com/t7ZIBpIRlX
— American Aquarium (@USAquarium) May 23, 2018
Randy Rogers Plans to Open a Restaurant, Venue and Event Space ChopShop Live in Roake, Texas.
Randy Rogers announced he will be partnering with Rock Libations to open a one-of-a-kind event restaurant and event space called ChopShop Live. According to Eater Dallas, “Rogers partnered with restaurateurs Josh Babb and Sean Clavir, the minds behind Arts District Asian restaurant Musumé and Lewisville’s Prohibition Chicken, for the new venture, which is set to open its doors this summer.” The grand opening of ChopShop will take place on July 14th and Rogers, along with guest Wade Bowen, will christen the new joint with a concert.
Cody Jinks’ New Album Titled Lifers
Cody Jinks has announced that he will be releasing his new album titled Lifers on July 27 which will include 11 songs. Fans can get pre-order info soon by texting JINKS to 31996 for alerts.
— Cody Jinks (@CodyJinksMusic) May 24, 2018
The King Turns 66 Years Young!
The King of Country and Texas Legislative Conference Texan of the Year, George Strait celebrated his 66th birthday on May 18th. Strait returns to Texas on June 2nd for the sold-out STRAIT TEXAS Frank Erwin Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in Austin. Happy Birthday, George!
Cody Canada and the Departed Will Release This Summer
Red Dirt favorites Cody Canada and the Departed revealed this week that new music is arriving next month. The album “3” will be released on June 29th.
Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider Set to Record Live Album
Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider recently announced that the friends are (in their words) “finally” making an album together. The live album recording is scheduled for July 5th at Main Street Crossing in Tomball, Texas.
Josh Ward Releases New Lyric Video to his current single, All About Lovin’.
We’re still jammin’ this single and entire More Than I Deserve album that dropped earlier this month. Sing along to this two-steppin’ summer single, “All About Lovin'” with the new lyric video below!
New Music Coming Soon from William Clark Green
William Clark Green tweeted and shared that the new album titled Herbert Island is done! His new single, “Hit You Where It Hurts” will grace Texas Country music fans on June 4th. Can’t wait, WCG!
— William Clark Green (@WilliamCGreen) May 22, 2018
6th Annual Medicine Stone Music Festival Returns to Diamondhead Resort
The music lineup each year is always handpicked by creators Jason Boland and Turnpike Troubadours and consists of the artists and bands whose music they themselves love and respect. It’s this kind of personal hands-on attention that makes Medicine Stone feel like a “family affair” and has drawn thousands to the event from all over the country since its inception. This year’s lineup includes Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, The Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada & The Departed, Shooter Jennings, Wade Bowen, The Toadies, Reckless Kelly, Jamie Lin Wilson, Red Shahan, Mike McClure Band, Kaitlin Butts, John Fullbright, Dirty River Boys, Charley Crockett, Koe Wetzel, Read Southall, Micky & the Motorcars, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Flatland Cavalry, Thomas Trapp, Red Dirt Rangers and more. More info here.
Bill Murray Dropped in on Some DFW Songwriters!
The comedian and beloved Texan stopped and took a seat at Fort Worth’s Filthy McNasty’s and gave some locals a listen. Skylar Payne hosts the weekly song swap and got some awesome feedback from Murray on one of his self-titled EP tracks “Insane”.
Eli Young Band Supports the Wounded Warrior Project
Eli Young Band released a new video for their single “Love Ain’t”. In support of the Wounded Warrior Project, the video captures the heartwarming love story between quadruple amputee war casualty, Taylor Morris and his girlfriend (now wife), Danielle with the message that “Love ain’t always easy..but that’s when it matters most.” Check out the video below and read more about the Taylor and Danielle here.
See Y’all at Lone Star Jam This Weekend!
If you haven’t heard, there’s a two-day party going on this Memorial Weekend in Austin! Presented by Young Texans against Cancer, this KILLER Lone Star Jam lineup is filled with so many of our favorite up-and-comer’s as well as some long-time favorite Texas Country artists. Performing artists include Drugstore Gypsies, Kody West, Bri Bagwell, Read Southall, Dalton Domino, Randall King, Flatland Cavalry, Reckless Kelly, Stoney Larue, Parker McCollum, William Clark Green, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler and more. Headliners are Randy Rogers Band (Saturday) and Gary Allan (Sunday). More info here. Make sure to follow TMP’s Instagram and Twitter for coverage throughout the two days!
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