TMP News Picks: Cody Jinks’ Loud & Heavy Fest, Aaron Watson Headlining TX State Fair, John Prine’s ACL Return and Other Stories + New Music

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Jack Ingram Expands Role at Texas Music Scene

Texas Music Scene announced that Jack Ingram’s role as expanded! In addition to hosting his “Acoustic Motel Songwriter Series”, Ingram will now host full episodes of Texas Music Scene’s television series. New episodes dropped June 2 and 3rd featuring Ingram with Delbert McClinton and Jamie Lin Wilson along with Jeff Crosby. More Jack Ingram is always a good thing! Congrats, Jack!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! NEW EPISODE of The Texas Music Scene June 2nd & 3rd! FEATURING – Texas Legend Delbert McClinton @delbertmcclinton | Jamie Lin Wilson @jamielinwilson & Jeff Crosby @jeffreydavidcrosby AND… We're thrilled to announce the expansion of @jackingram Jack Ingram's role on The Texas Music Scene! In addition to Jack acting as our guide for his 'Acoustic Motel Songwriter Series,' he will now be hosting full episodes of our television series. Encore episodes with our original ambassador of #TexasMusic Mr. Ray Benson will air in rotation with these episodes throughout 2018. So, both of these amazing Texas troubadours will be bringing you the best in Texas Music to your T.V., computer or device.

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John Prine’s Returns to ACL

Austin City Limits has announced Josh Prine’s “triumphant” return to the show debuting his latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness. Prine’s taping will air this fall as part of season 44.

“…John Prine has been through some trials and tribulations since the last time he visited the Austin City Limits stage in 2005, but he’s come through it all swinging with a hugely acclaimed, top 5 record The Tree of Forgiveness. That album formed the heart of the setlist for his eighth ACL appearance and the longtime Nashvillian graced us with a funny, moving performance.”

Read more about the legendary singer/songwriter’s episode performance here.


William Clark Green and Josh Grider Set to “Rock the Boat” in 2019!

William Clark Green and Josh Grider announced they will spend 5 days off the coast of Mexico on a 75 foot yacht. This excursion will take place March 10-15 and is super intimate (there are only 14 spots in total). If this sounds like your kind of Spring Break trip then you’d better get your tickets ASAP!



Zach Nytomt Announces Fall EP Release

If you saw our Instagram post featuring Zach Nytomt a few weeks back, then you know this Americana artist from Argyle, Texas is definitely on TMP’s radar. Nytomt recently shared with us that he is hitting the studio this summer and publicly announced on his Twitter this week that things are “right on track” for a fall release of Volume 1 of his EP titled “New York to MonTana”. The EP will divided into 3 volumes and along with Nytomt’s moving lyrics and incredible vocals, you can expect even more creativity in the elements of this new project…and we’re not just talking about the EP title (look closer).

Until then, if you get a chance to hear Nytomt live, especially in a listening room setting…GO!

A History Tour of Gruene Hall

TMP’s favorite history? Well, Texas History of course! Gruene Hall throws it back this week with an interesting history tour of the beloved dance hall and features several of Texas favorites including artists such as Randy Rogers, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Jerry Jeff Walker sharing their love for playing the venue as well as folks like Mr. Kyle Gruene sharing childhood memories growing up on the dance floor. Check it out below!

Gruene Hall History Tour from In New Braunfels on Vimeo.


Aaron Watson to Headline Texas State Fair

It may be summer but county and state fair season is around the corner and that means even more awesome live music to look forward to…

Representing the Texas/Red Dirt Country scene and bringing the honky-tonk to this year’s Texas State Fair is vaquero Aaron Watson! Watson announced that after the Texas/OU Red River Rivalry football game on Saturday, October 6th, he will take the fair’s Chevrolet Main Stage later that night. More info can be found here. Mark your calendars!

Cody Jinks Announces Inaugural ‘Loud and Heavy Fest

One Day + Ten Acts = Cody Jinks’ Loud and Heavy Fest. Outlaw country favorite Cody Jinks announced his first ever Loud and Heavy Festival will take place on August 18th in Jinks’ hometown of Fort Worth! Fans are already counting down the days for this incredibly diverse lineup that will bring together southern rock, metal, and country acts, all hand-selected by Jinks, who will headline the festival.

See the full line up before and be sure you get your tickets here starting June 15th!

Joe Ely Announces Forthcoming Release of New Record

Joe Ely’s forthcoming release, The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle will become available for pre-sale beginning Friday, June 8th on iTunes.

Early buyers will receive an “Instant Gratification Track” of Ely’s “I Had My Hopes Up High.” Additionally, those who participate in the pre-sale will receive a bonus track, “Tennessee’s Not The State I’m In,” when the album is officially released on August 17th. The exclusive iTunes pre-sales bonus track will not be available for purchase once the official release date passes.

To participate in the pre-sale, visit iTunes and Apple Music here.


Ben Danaher’s Album ‘Still Feel Lucky’ Out This September

Ben Danaher announced to Twitter that he will release his full link album, Still Feel Lucky will release this September. Danaher also shared the inspiration behind the record saying, “The songs on this record helped me rediscover that in the middle of struggle and loss, you can also be grateful for all the good that’s in your life.” Pre-orders are available here and will come with an instant download of his current single “Hell or High Water”, written by Danaher and Maren Morris!

St. David’s Children Hospital Seeks Musicians for New Music Medicine Program

Attention Austin-area musicians! St. David’s Children’s Hospital recently debuted its musical medicine program MyMusicRx in partnership with the Children’s Cancer Association to bring their flagship program to Central Texas and they are looking for volunteer musicians to assist with delivering bedside music service to young patients.

Local musicians can volunteer to undergo music medicine training before using their talents to care for kids. For more information can be found here.


Vandoliers Signed by Bloodshot Records

Bloodshot Records excitedly announced that it has added the Dallas-Fort Worth six-piece, Vandoliers to its roster. “After getting hipped to them by our pals in Old 97’s, we heard their catchy, thrilling, and overall excellent 2017 album The Native and it was evident the label and band were kindred spirits.”

Frontman Joshua Fleming, shares:

“When we received the invitation to perform at Bloodshot’s annual SXSW party we were completely beside ourselves. Being from the same hometown as our heroes the Old 97’s, we’ve grown up fans of the label and have wanted to be a Bloodshot band since day one. I even sent a terrible demo submission when we were first getting started three years ago. I can’t put into words what it feels like to have the faith of the same institution that has put out so many of my favorite albums, but I am happy to call Bloodshot home and can’t wait to get to work on our next album.”

Congrats to the band! Check out their summer tour stops here.

William Clark Green and Josh Grider Set to “Rock the Boat” in 2019!

Who’s ready to get their float on this summer? Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels has announced its full summer lineup with awesome acts such as Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Josh Ward, Turnpike Troubadours, Whiskey Meyers, Koe Wetzel, Randy Rogers Band, Parker McCollum, Josh Abbott Band, Pat Green and even more so start planning your trip to the river now! Tickets and more info can be found here.


Matt & The Herdsmen Release Video for ‘Hello Heartache’

Matt & The Herdsmen released the music video for their latest single “Hello Heartache” this week. Filmed in the band’s hometown of Edinburg, Texas, the action takes place at Cubby Hole Bar & Grill and was produced and directed by Daniel Lopez and Ramiro Cantu of BigBurrito Films.

“We’re excited for everyone to see the video for “Hello Heartache” and hope that they can watch and say, ‘yeah, I’ve been there and felt that way too,’ ” said Matt Castillo, lead singer and the band’s namesake. “We had a great time filming at Cubby Hole and couldn’t be more thankful for everyone who participated and how it turned out.” Check it out below!


Kevin Fowler Releases Video for ‘Beach Please’

Kevin Fowler released a new music video for his current single “Beach Please” and features Fowler soaking up all the sun and having himself a good ol’ time on the beach. “…If you want to find me, you know where I’ll be. I’ll be laying in a hammock between two coconut trees…”

This “I don’t give a damn” summer song will make you crave the waves and a cold Corona…check it out!


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William Clark Green – Hit You Where it Hurts (Single)

Paul Cauthen – Lil Son (Single)

Blue Water Highway (Album)

Cameron Nelson – First Gear (EP)

Zach Coffey – Wildfire (Single)


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Author: Christina Ramirez

Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.

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