Horseshoes & Hand Grenades delivers an all vinyl set full of honky tonk favorites and truegrass fan deep cuts that will keep you wanting more.

Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs

Listening to any effort from Eleven Hundred Springs, including latest Midway, is like having your cool uncle pull out his favorite albums. Matt Hillyer and crew have that old-school country sound down. When the band started up way back in 1998, some folks thought it was just guys imitating the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, but over the course of nine albums, Eleven Hundred Springs have evolved into a tight unit of true believers. Songs like "I'm a S.O.B. (When I'm S-O-B-E-R)" and "Hard Work Just Ain't Working Anymore" are not imitative of the band's influences. They are authoritative narratives of rural America.

Eleven Hundred Springs shows a commitment to the true soul of country music — what Steve Earle calls real music. While they may not look like your conventional country (Disney Channel / reality show, etc) act, the tradition and spirit that make up true Americana is easy to see. It's all about honesty and lack of pretense.

Dave Perez of Tejas Brothers

After forming in the fall of 2006, the Tejas Brothers quickly became the subject of big conversation around the stockyards of Fort Worth. Within a few short years, they had earned the respect as one of the best live acts in Texas.
The group's debut CD was recognized as the 7th most played album for 2009 by the Americana Music Association. With the release of their second album, Kelly Dearmore of the Dallas Observer said, "The quartet is once again proving itself one of the best bands in the state." The group is now working on their third and most anticipated release. Roothog Radio says, "If this music doesn't put a wiggle in your walk, you'd better get your hearing tested."
The Tejas Brothers use the stage like a weapon, attacking your heart and poking at your funny bone. Their sound is unique, yet familiar…it's like something brand new on top of something we've all known and loved forever. Once you've experienced a show, you'll never want to miss another. Even the coldest nights in Green Bay won't stop cheese heads from braving the ice and snow to see those dudes from Texas play!

Deryl Dodd has made a name for himself as one of the most authentic artists in country music. From the Texas music circuit to Nashville, national tours to chart topping hits, he's seen the country music industry from the top. He got his call to stardom as a guitar player and backup singer with Martina McBride and on tour with country music icons like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. After a life-threatening illness nearly ended his career in the late 90's, Dodd re-emerged with a new appreciation for life and a stronger loyalty to himself and his music. Inspired by the county music classics he grew up listening to his newest studio album, Together Again contains 11 new tracks, including his bone jarring title track of the Buck Owens 1964 classic.

Born in Dallas, Texas, he grew up heavily influenced by the soulful gospel music of the Pentecostal church where his grandfather was pastor. Learning to play guitar at age seven, banjo at thirteen, and pedal steel at sixteen Deryl was performing in honkytonks and dancehalls by the time he graduated college.

Shortly after moving to Nashville in 1991, he began playing guitar and singing backup for Martina McBride and opening for country superstar Garth Brooks. His ability as a songwriter earned him a publishing deal with BMG Music where he penned several tracks on two of Tim McGraw's multi-platinum albums. Word spread quickly around Nashville as he gained recognition playing in Tracy Lawrence's band and singing harmony vocals for Martina McBride, Randy Foster and George Ducas. By 1996, he had released his first solo album, One Ride in Vegas, with Columbia Records. The debut received critical acclaim and a spot on the Billboard country music charts with the hit single, "That's How I Got to Memphis." His self-titled 1998 follow up ensued, propelling Deryl to the threshold of stardom. With the single, "A Bitter End," climbing the music charts, he made plans to embark on a national tour (opening for Time McGraw and Brooks and Dunn) and was nominated as Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

During the promotion of his sophomore album, Deryl began to feel the physical effects of his grueling touring schedule. He attributed his fatigue to the long hours spent on the road but persisted vigorously promoting the new record. His health continued to deteriorate until eventually, he had trouble lifting his arms, barely able to comb his hair or play guitar. After several tests, Dodd was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a life threatening illness which attacks the central nervous system, bringing a "bitter end" to his current efforts and future plans to publicize the new album. After six months of frustrating immobility, he spent another year and a half in physical therapy. Though he was able to overcome his illness, he still faced many obstacles on his "road to recovery," including rebuilding his career. It was a slow, hard fight as Deryl regained his strength -- this time with a new appreciation for life, and a stronger loyalty to himself, his fans, and his music.

Once he'd fully recovered, he began showing up for songwriter nights at Nashville clubs and performing with his old band, the Homesick Cowboys -- later receiving an invitation to open for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul 2 Soul tour. In his first step to regain control of his music, he released his third album, Pearl Snaps, with Columbia's independent label, Lucky Dog. The album produced two #1 singles on the Texas music chart, but Dodd had already grown disenchanted with Nashville and was ready to return home to Texas.

Not long after moving back to the "Lone Star State," he was invited to record an album for the acclaimed Live at Billy Bob's Texas series. Released in August 2003, Deryl Dodd Live at Billy Bob's Texas contained a collection of his greatest hits, and included the Texas Chart toppers "New Tony Lamas" and "Things are Fixin' to Get Real Good." Two more albums followed Stronger Proof (2004) and Full Circle (2006).

Together Again, Dodd's appropriately titled new album (August 25, 2009) will bring together a continuing relationship with the Smith Music Group, who also released Deryl Dodd Live at Billy Bob's Texas. Raised on gospel, bluegrass, country and rock & roll, Dodd integrates the sounds of his traditional honky-tonk roots into his new album. The first single, also titled "Together Again" is a heartfelt; self-arranged and produced record that was originally recorded in 1964, by the late, great Buck Owens. Dodd enhanced the song with his own modern twist, replacing Owens' steel guitar with an electric; and adding bluesy beats and piano melodies. With the soulful hymn "I'll Fly Away," followed by a 1959 home-recording of his grandparents (Lewis and Gladys Dodd) singing "John the Revelator," he pays special tribute to his southern gospel roots. Country music fans can depend on Deryl Dodd to bring back traditional honky-tonk (like the track "Death, Taxes and Texas"), but with his unique modern flair.

"Once again, Dodd's allure is the ability to straddle contemporary Nashville and rambunctious Texas while mining his roots of gospel, bluegrass, country and rock." –Best in Texas.

Zane Williams

It didn't make any difference how Zane Williams went about writing a song, it just came out country. You might say Zane didn't so much find country as country found him.

And that suits him just fine.

"Everything I wrote just sounded country because I was telling stories that I could relate to; that other people relate to," he said. "I believe that's what makes a great country song."

You don't have to listen to Zane's music long to recognize he reaches deep within his soul to pour out songs like, "Pablo and Maria." But if you listen to his, "99 Bottles," you also know Zane likes everybody to kick up their heels and have a good time on a Friday night.

"When I moved back to Texas I knew I was going to be playing honky-tonks so I figured I needed a good beer-drinking song," he said. "The only beer-drinking song I knew when I was growing up was '99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,' so this is my take on it."

Zane nearly gave up songwriting the year before producing "99 Bottles." He had moved to Nashville shortly after graduating from college and started chasing his dream to be a singer/songwriter. Nine years later, Zane was still cranking out songs, including Jason Michael Carroll's 2010 top 15 hit, "Hurry Home." He had other songs – award-winning songs – recognized for their craftsmanship and thoughtful ideas, but he was only scratching out a living. Time to move on, he finally decided, but then he got a second unexpected boost…

…from the real estate industry.

He enrolled in a seminar to learn how to make money through revitalizing entire neighborhoods then selling the houses. Helping people and providing a better life for his family; it sounded like something about which he could get passionate. On the conference's final day, the presenters spoke about work that aligned with your passion. It reminded Zane of a song; one of his songs.

"I said, 'Hey you guys want to hear a song I wrote about chasing your dreams and the difference between who you are now and who you want to be?' I got out my guitar and sang this song for this group of 30 or 40 people, and when I got done they were like, 'Why are you here? If you can write and sing like that, you need to go do that!'"

So he did. Zane packed his family's belongings and moved back to Texas. The real estate conference rekindled the dream into a blaze, and he wasn't going to doubt again. The move proved to be the best career decision to date, mostly because the simplicity of life found around family, close friends and hunting and fishing connects Zane with "what's real in life."

"It was wonderful to be back close to our families," he said. "My first gig was at an open mic night, and I met a local DJ there who started playing my music that very week. I started making fans right away, and there was so much appreciation for my style of music down here in Texas, almost reverence. For the first time in my life, I started to feel the momentum building."

The momentum has certainly picked-up. Zane has received consistent radio airplay on country stations across Texas that led to his first entry on the Texas Music Chart with "Ride With Me," from the 2011 album with the same title. Zane is also one of the featured artists on Troubadour Texas, a television show documenting his rising career.

"I can honestly say I'm doing what I love," Zane said. "And I'm where I need to be."



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