MusicFest


Granger Smith Feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.

Granger Smith, the Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter, has been busy reinventing the face of traditional country one chart-topping single at a time. By consistently providing blended hits that are well outside the realm of "typical,” Granger’s music provides a refreshing and unique variation on the growing independent country music scene.  Over a decade into his career, the former Texas A&M alumn has already checked several items off his bucket list. Played by invitation at the White House? Check. Paid his respects to American soldiers? Absolutely, both through multiple tours in Iraq and Kuwait and through his annual 100-mile soldier walk. This year, he was asked to partner with The Boot Campaign to further raise awareness of our troops’ needs as they return home from combat.The 'Sleeping on the Interstate' hitmaker means what he sings, because he works on his own time and in his own way. He has created his own in-home studio and with every album uses his own players -- his band members -- who have essentially become his brothers when on the road. "Every album, every song, every drum beat that you've heard from me over the last 6 years has come from my home studio out of these little speakers and was edited by me until I've felt it was right to release," Granger says, ensuring that his music is authentic and from the heart.  His game plan has been good to him so far. 

Granger has had 8 Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Charts and he's even successfully launched a crowd-pleasing alter-ego, "country boy" Earl Dibbles Jr. The idea was born when Granger and his brother were having some fun with a camera on their childhood ranch. "Earl represents at least half of my family, so it was easy to jump in my old truck, grab my shotgun and slip right into character," Granger admits. They could never have imagined the viral success Dibbles has become, with his own single "The Country Boy Song,” music video and legions of fans.It's clear that Granger is both serious and playful when it comes to his craft; he's humble enough not to take himself too seriously, but dedicated enough not to let his name slip out of mind. "Whether it was good or bad, that reality means the world to me," says of following his own path. "My team and I, we rise and fall together, but that rise feels so inspiring when we know we've created this momentum from the ground up. Everyday I'm thankful, everyday I'm excited. The world will always need new music and luckily, I can never get new music out of my head! www.grangersmith.com


Jonathan Fox Band

At 24 years young, Jonathan Fox has spent the last several years playing hundreds of shows across the state of Texas and constructing a captivating live show that is as unifying as it is entertaining. Blending elements of rock, Americana and blues, Fox exemplifies relatable songwriting on themes of love, loneliness and life’s other obstacles, and portrays them from the viewpoint of a millennial from Southern suburbia. There’s no clichéd pick-up trucks or homegrown buffoonery in this tale, and its Fox’s honesty and energy that attracts audiences from varying backgrounds and regions.
During the summer of 2009, Fox connected with successful producer Erik Herbst, who previously produced the Eli Young Bands debut LP Level, to co-produce his next EP. With the release of the EP How It Should Be, Jonathans quickly growing repertoire of songs and unparalleled stage appeal gained him the invitation to share the stage with various acts including The Randy Rogers Band, Lee Brice and Adam Hood.In the past several months Jonathan has continued to perform at a number of popular festivals and venues including Stubbs BBQ, the Ft Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Austin’s Old Pecan St Festival and live on Fox News Good Day Austin. He has also shared the stage with numerous Texas country acts including Josh Abbott and Kyle Park and has become a desired entertainer for a number of college organizations at The University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Baylor University and many other institutions. Currently working on his next album, Fox expects to release his 2nd LP sometime in early 2014.  www.jonathanfoxmusic.com


Folk Family Revival

Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford became fast friends with Caleb Pace when the then pre-teens stood up for him in a squabble at church. If you ask them now, the band is made up of four brothers. A bond that transcends musical barriers formed early in the lives of the brothers long before they’d ever step foot in a recording studio. Not yet old enough to drive and still without a formal band title, the foursome realized in each other a shared love of music, and they quickly began exploring sounds and instrumentation.  A couple years later, the Folk Family Revival is debuting their first full-length album, Unfolding, on Magnolia Red. Mason leads the band on vocals and guitar, but also plays harmonica, jaw harp, and a theramin if he ever finds one. Barrett has made the transition from guitar to bass, and Caleb can be found on electric guitar, mandolin, and lap-steel. Lincoln takes on drums and percussion, and the whole band is constantly embracing new instruments and methods.The band has shared the stage with artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hayes Carll, George Jones, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cody Canada & the Departed, Robert Ellis, and Bob Schneider. Their current musical influences are still eclectic and evolving and include The Black Keys, Switchfoot, Hayes Carll, Waylon Jennings, Ryan Bingham and the Dylans (both Jakob and Bob).Their inimitable sound has been described as Americana-folk-country music, and yet, it is still developing and changing. The band is currently working on their next full-length record set to release early 2014.  Folk Family Revival


Crooks

There’s no shortage of country music in Crooks’ hometown of Austin, TX. But ask anyone who has crammed into a packed honky-tonk to catch one of their infamously rowdy late-night shows and they’ll tell you there’s something that sets them apart from the rest.Crooks are breathing new life into decades-old musical traditions, stripping away the polish and shine of modern radio country and replacing it with earnest songs about life, work and pain. Sometimes it’s weary and lonesome, sometimes it’s downright bleak, and oftentimes it’s just reckless fun. Suddenly, country music is dangerous again.Frontman Josh Mazour formed Crooks in 2007 as a two-piece band, playing stripped down sets at dive bars around Austin. Things have grown from there. He’s now joined by drummer Rob Bacak, stand-up bassist Andrew VanVoorhees, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Alberts, who alternates between guitar, banjo, mandolin, and trumpet. Live, Crooks are an even greater spectacle, as fiddle, trumpet, and accordion players jump on stage throughout their set.  www.crookscountry.com


The Matthew Davidson Band

Featured in Sept. 2013 issue of "At:Guitar Center" magazine Member of "Brotherhood of the Guitar", sponsored by Fender, Guitar Center and Ernie Ball Nominated for 2012 "Best Emerging Artist" by Offbeat Magazine - New Orleans, LA Sixteen-year-old award-winning guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson from Shreveport, LA began performing professionally in 2010 and since then "has achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration”, according to International Musician magazine. With musical influences as diverse as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Maroon 5 and John Mayer, Davidson is a triple-threat: guitarist, vocalist and songwriter…performing rock, blues and pop with equal command. Matthew released his debut EP "Step Up” in 2012, produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn. "Matthew has been making some major waves in the music world, and stunning the ears of multiple guitar enthusiasts and organizations across the country", reports Guitar International. To date, Matthew has over 240 performances to his credit.  www.matthewdavidson.net


Alley Venable Band

Ally is a young Guitarist and Vocalist with an amazing voice and a big sound. Ally is backed up by Bobby Wallace,(guitar) Kris Wallace (bass and Vocals) and Gary Henson(drums) these guys are some of the best musicians around and bring an eclectic background to the band. In other words these three guys along with Ally can ROCK THE HOUSE!!! They play popular covers and write and originals music as well. Ally and the band love putting on a show for crowds of all sizes.The Ally Venable Band have played venues such as The House of Blues in Dallas,Auntie Skinners in Jefferson, The Franchise in Jefferson, The Back Porch in Kilgore, Dicks Cajun Bar and Grill in Mt Selman,Backstreet in Longview Texas, Jakes in Tyler, K.E. Cellars in Tyler, Circle M. in Big Sandy, Second Saturday in Marshall,Alley Fest in Longview Texas, Under the Derricks after 5 concert series in Kilgore, Texas.Ally and her band genuinley love playing and performing. Ally and the Band can do both full blown Rock'in Blues Concert to a low key laid back acoustic show. There favorite music to play are blues and Rock with a Little Texas country thrown in. There Major influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gretchen Wilson,Budy Guy,Orinthia, Gary More, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Black Crowes.  Ally Venable


Lulu and the Vipers

Lulu and the Vipers is a five piece band with a heavy influence of 30's blues musicians like Memphis Minnie, and Honky tonk legends, such as Hank Williams. The band has been playing around Texas since the spring of 2009 and consists of members Lulu VanTuckett: Vocals/Guitar, Al Nichols: Resonator/Guitar, Brandon Nichols: Guitar, Billy Franky: Banjo, and Jeremy Baker: Upright Bass. They have had the pleasure of opening for David Allan Coe three times, and have been filmed in a horror movie, The Merchant.  Lulu and the Vipers can be found on Facebook under the name Lulu and the Vipers.



Kayla Reeves

Kayla Reeves is an 18 year old female Rock prodigy from Dallas, Texas. Who not only sings, but attacks Rock & Roll like she has been singing all her life. Come to mention it, she has.  Kayla started performing live blues at the age of 7 with local blues bands. By the age of 14 she tagged along with the Wes Jeans Band and toured the south east coast of the US. Reeves was chosen to compete in the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN. Kayla Reeves has had the honor and privilege of sharing the stage with several Blues & Rock legends such as Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Miles, Chris Caffery, Al Pitrelli, Paul O'Neil, Joe Bonamassa, Alan Haynes, and Robin Zander to name a few.  Late 2010 Kayla's dream of rockin' the big stage came true when she was signed on as a lead singer for the Trans Siberian Orchestra. www.kaylareeves.com


Darrin Morris Band

The Darrin Morris band started in October 2012, with just a few friends getting together to play at a local restaurant outside of Gilmer,Texas. The response from the owners and the customers was such that they were asked to come back and play on a monthly basis. Before they knew it, one gig led to another and over the last year and a half they have played all over the state and the list of new venues continues to grow. They play many of today's country hits, some of the old country classics, a little southern rock and and also throw in a growing set of originals. Members include: Jeremy Moore – drums and background vocals, Blake Watson – Bass, Collin Harris – Lead guitar, Greg Hughes-rhythm guitar and Darrin Morris lead vocals.


Ambush

Ambush, Shreveport's premiere party band was formed in the 1990's.  Nearly 23 years later, Ambush is still going strong playing casinos, clubs, and private events in and around the Ark-La-Tex.  Formed during the oldies revival movement of the 90's, Ambush's songlist not only includes hits from the 50's and 60's but also hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's as well.  Whether it's rock, country, blues, soul or oldies, Ambush is sure to satisfy.  Ambush consists of members Kyle Coleman: drums/vocals, Steve Kirkland: guitars/keys/bass/harmonica/vocals, Rick McLaurin: keyboards/bass/guitar/vocals, Steve Patterson:  bass/vocals, and Louis Williams: guitars/vocals.  www.ambushband.com


Buddy Flett

Buddy Flett resides in Shreveport, LA and started his career in 1975 at the legendary Lake Cliff Roadhouse and the infamous Bossier Strip where the likes of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Sr., Gatemouth Brown and Hank Williams, Jr. all performed. Buddy was a founding member of A-Train, a very successful Blues/R&B band during the late 70's and 80's throughout the South. Buddy has written songs that have been recorded by John Mayall, Percy Sledge, and many others. He is also featured performing an acoustic solo of LeadBelly's "No More Cane on the Brazos" in the Music Documentary on Louisiana, Robert Mugge's "Rhythms n Bayous". Buddy toured with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on his "Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads" Tour featuring collaborations with the greatest names in blues: Jerry "Boogie"McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, Buddy Flett, B.B. King, "Gatemouth" Brown, Bryan lee, John Dee Holeman, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Gray, Calvin Jones, "Wild Child" Butler, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, "Cool John" Ferguson, "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin, Lazy Lester and Noah Hunt. Buddy Flett


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