Jonathan “Jelly” Ellington is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Austin, TX by way of the mountains of Asheville, NC. His vocals are smooth and soulful with an edgy guitar style, chiming in elements of raw and expressive blues-based rock n’ roll. Jelly has developed a reputation for exciting and untamed live performances, and has shared the stage and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists. He has been making his mark on the Austin scene, voted Top 10 "Best Guitarist" in 2018 and 2019 Austin Chronicle Austin Music Awards. His sophomore full-length album Not All Who Wander Are Lost is available now!
Curse and the Cure is not your typical music act, acoustic or otherwise. They're a little different. Curse and the Cure consists of Jason & Norma Touchette. With the two of them together, Jason and Norma achieve the most amazing harmonies and dynamic. Both of them have a really wild range, together and separately, and it’s almost like a roller-coaster of vocals. This is an intimate and relaxing yet heart-racing duo that showcases two vocals and the true heart and soul that Norma and Jason put into their music. They are a soulful and melodic combination in which you've never heard before.. and they go together like scotch and ice: oh so smooth. They have performed at the Brazos Valley Country Music Festival in College Station in replacement for Jamey Johnson as direct support for Pat Green. They have also performed recently at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo as opening entertainment for Reba McEntire. Their most recent accomplishments have been performing at the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont, TX for South by Southeast Texas in March of 2015 as well as performing a SOLD OUT standing room only showcase at the House of Blues in Houston, TX. This duo is on the rise and easily Southeast Texas' premiere acoustic duo.
After meeting in 2015, when Josh Glenn opened for Jimmy Willden at the final show of his 2015 tour, the two bearded gingers continued playing shows together. Over time, the shows evolved into Yosh & Yimmy, as they performed as a duo, and began writing songs together. That union led to their first release, “Americana Summer” in March of 2019, and supported by their first joint national tour that summer. 2020 was spent writing more songs, and preparing to return to the studio, but not before completing the mixes for their first live record, “Yosh & Yimmy: Yive in Concert”. Oft delayed by COVID-19, the album (originally intended as a 2020 release) was finally unleashed on the world in March of 2021. Recorded at the final performance of their Americana Summer Tour, in Athens, GA, “Yive in Concert” features singles such as “World is Sound Asleep” and “The Day You Learned to Fly”, showcasing Yosh & Yimmy’s eclectic style, all the while marrying rich harmonies with thought-provoking lyrics. Currently, Yosh & Yimmy are in the studio working on their debut full-length album. The first single, “Down & Out” is now available on all media platforms.
Madam Radar is an Americana rock band that punches hard with their explosive harmonies and eclectic original tunes. Having the unique advantage of three lead singers and songwriters, there’s something to be enjoyed for a variety of listeners. Once described as Fleetwood Mac meets the Eagles, there’s palpable energy in this family band that can be felt from the stage. Jace and Kelly Green are husband and wife and hold down the front end while their brother Kody Lee and Violet Lea make up the rhythm section. Soaring guitar solos, sweeping vocals, rich harmonies, and the diversity in the songwriting as the lead singers swap tunes truly makes a Madam Radar show a unique experience. Madam Radar released their first full length album under the name The Texas KGB in 2016 titled Songs in the Key of Pain. In 2017, they released their second full length album titled Welcome Home. Both were recorded at 512 Studios with Omar Vallejo. Madam Radar announced their name change after being awarded their second grant from Black Fret in December 2019 at The Black Ball at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. It was after this that they released their third full length album Madam Radar in 2020, recorded at The Finishing School and produced by Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens. During the global pandemic shortly following the release of Madam Radar, the band had to find a unique way to navigate the difficult situation and created a livestream that blossomed into a variety show with a global reach and spanned 63 episodes from March of 2020 to June 2021. The Madam Radar Saturday Night Extravaganza featured a variety of covers as well as new originals, games and auctions for the fans to interact with the band, and even a Halloween and Christmas special with a bonus jingle created specifically for their favorite shot- Iron Hot, made out at Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery in Spicewood, Texas.
With the world slowly opening back up, Madam Radar plans to go back into The Finishing School with Gordy Quist to release their fourth full length album in 2022.
Maylee Thomas-Fuller, a native Texas music artist, has been performing in the Dallas scene since 1987. Maylee wears many hats, literally and figuratively, from songwriter to movie critic to lead singer of her namesake band. She, along with her guitar slinging husband, also own the Guitar Sanctuary, an incredible guitar store and performance Academy, as well as the Sanctuary Music and Events Center in Mckinney, Texas that opened in 2010 and has received several recognitions, including top 100 coolest stores in the US. Maylee's husband, George Fuller, an accomplished musician, has been playing lead guitar in her band since 1991 and was also named a Texas Tornado. George and Maylee have four children together and she is now the First Lady of Mckinney, since her husband's election to Mayor in May of 2017 . Maylee co-founded Love Life Foundation with her husband in 1992, helping “at risk” women and children in North Texas and abroad . She was named Citizen of the Year in 2014 and has received countless business and philanthropic awards and accolades. She’s recorded 7 albums of music to date, with another in the works, and has recorded with many iconic players such as Clarence Clemons , Andy Timmons as well as a plethora of recognized musicians. Maylee also hosts a weekly radio show and podcast on 95.3 the Range (an Americana radio station) called Texas HomeGrown Music that interviews Texas talent and the stories behind their music . Maylee transcends all genres with her roots from gospel music in her teens to Blues/ R&B and Rock , she’s a powerhouse vocalist that takes you on a journey in her show and has been known to Rock your Soul.
Nick & I met the spring of 2011. After our first rehearsal, we found ourselves nestled up at a whiskey bar in Chicago. We bonded over old soul tunes and became instant best friends. Singing songs side by side night after night for a couple of years, exchanging quiet glances we grew to love one another in time. Through our love and songs, we found ourselves in heavy times, our hearts called us to Austin, Texas in the fall of 2013 to tend to family. We left behind what felt like our entire lives but cultivated new found forever friendships and humble beginnings which made for great song-writing. We recorded our self-produced EP in 2014 and later a full band EP in 2016. On March 28, 2020 we released our long awaited and first studio album, Ain't No Place to Be. We recorded this record with Nick Jay at Century Recordings in Dripping Springs. Special guest, Anthony Farrell from The Greyhounds is featured on keys. We are extremly excited to share this record with you and encourage you to follow us on Spotify and stream us on your favorite streaming services. These last few years we endured our greatest losses and these songs echo the sentiments of survival and hope. Our sound has thumbprints of soul, spiritual and gospel influences, harmonies and hard truths sang with guts and grit. Our greatest influences are our heavenly parents, Tracy Boettcher & Veronica DeChausse, and though one was a singer and one swung a hammer they enforced the importance of humility and humor, integrity, honesty and soul. We sing songs because we have to, we carry on phrases some couldn’t finish. Our latest record is dedicated to our parents.
My music career started in 2017 but that's far from the beginning of my story. While I was serving for the Air Force in Afghanistan in 2009, I was critically injured. The recovery process felt long and tedious at the time. I would later find out differently. In the years that followed I found love and I found heartbreak. I experienced the devastating effects of PTSD in my own home, which most importantly, allowed me to find myself. I didn't know how strong I was until I picked up my 3 wonderful children and moved across the country from California to Austin, TX where I found music. 2017 is here and I'm about to make my breakthrough! I'm one mix session away from completing my first album when on Mother's Day 2018 I am hospitalized and put on life support. I had developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome and was paralyzed from the neck down. With the amazing help of my family, friends, donors, and fellow veterans I took my first steps 6 months later with a renewed passion for life! I have since finished that album, performed with too many incredible artists to mention, hosted a tv show and a podcast, and my most recent single, "Whiskey Weather," is climbing the radio charts with T3R's highest debut ever! No one will prevent me from living my dream, providing for my family, and inspiring others to be there best self. I've beaten the odds more times than any one person should and continue to thrive. Not to mention, I have one electrifying show! Non stop hair flippin, high kickin, country rock fest guaranteed to have everyone on their feet, having the time of their lives!
It can easily be said that Brodie Lane is a direct product of the 2020 pandemic, as venues, tours & the world halted to a complete stop, eviscerating live music & artists' existence. Formed by Austin, TX veteran songwriter/vocalist/guitarist AJ Vallejo, the band naturally came together by default with the city mostly in shutdown from jam sessions to pass the slowed time with long-time drinking buddies & neighbors, Bruce Castleberry (guitar), Alex Geismar (drums), & Joe Fladger (bass). An award-winning producer on his own merit, AJ had written & recorded somewhere around 30 life-inspired songs of love & chaos during the shutdown. These songs became the catalyst for the group to start bringing to life with their undeniable chemistry & collective well-versed knowledge on how to build a dangerous musical force. It wouldn't take long before the public took notice of the band's determination & grit with their fiery live shows and dominance in music video self-promotion. Contagious-as-covid tracks like their provocative debut single "Gonna Go" & quarantine-love-anthem, "Stuck With You" are clear indicators that Brodie Lane is the road we all want to be on when the world opens back up again.
Ryan Berg grew up in East Dallas, with a strong blues influence that clearly resonates in his music. Ryan combines elements of blues and soul with intimate acoustic driven performances. His writing explores the challenges of life, digging into the depths of his journey. With a smoky, rich voice and a stacked backing band, he combines a vintage sound with soulful melodies. Ryan released his debut full-length album titled The Velvet Ears in 2017. The songs are a powerful mix of raw vocals, deeply personal lyrics and soulful melodies. Since then, Ryan has been a full-time musician playing gigs both with his band and acoustically as a solo artist. In 2020, Ryan appeared on Season 19 of The Voice (US). Ryan is currently writing new music and planning a US tour for 2021 - 2022.
While you’re listening to Cindy Jo's hypnotic lead vocals on Travis Smith & Cindy Jo's new single TOO CLOSE TO HOME, (written by Travis) , A movie will start playing in your subconscious. You will share this moment when she is setting off on a journey, kids are grown, she had put her goals and ambitions on the back-burner, let’s go find out what’s out there. Let's Blaze A Trail. Travis Smith & Cindy Jo have established themselves as regulars on the Texas Regional Radio Chart, Texas Country Music Chart, and Texas Internet Radio Chart. Since 2020, there have only been a few weeks that the music charts did not include at least 1 of their songs. Known especially for their Harmonies during live performances and Lyrics that grab your attention and paint a picture of that moment in time, without being obvious. This is their 4th radio release following up on Up To Kansas City and Burning Daylight, and How Can I Miss Her. After September 11, 2001 Travis had to put his music career on hold and spent the next 14 years serving in the U.S. Army. (SGM) Travis Smith and Cindy Jo are now fully immersed in the Texas Music Scene.
Chuck Wimer grew up in Arizona, but after 13 years in the military he made his home in Texas. After serving in the U.S.Army and watching two of his three children graduate High School and move out on their own, Chuck has finally decided that he is ready to focus on his lifelong passion in country music. And what a decision it was. His first single Take You Anywhere found its way to number 63 on the Texas Country Music Chart and number 4 on the Texas Internet Radio Chart. This success led to the opening of some doors with his live shows almost tripling. More good news followed when Homerun made it to number 32 on the TCMC. On March 8, 2021 Chuck was pleasantly surprised to find his newest single "Homerun" in the number 1 spot on the Texas Internet Radio Chart, a huge milestone and by his own words, "unbelievable and humbling experience." Homerun is a story that combines his life and his brother’s life. The military references are a part of Chuck’s life. The baseball references are a part of his brother’s life. In fact, the artwork for Homerun is a picture of his brother hitting his first home run of the season in 2014 at Dallas Baptist University. Chuck has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jaimie, since 1997. They have three children. Besides music, faith, family, and football round out Chuck’s life.
Ariel Hutchins is a Texas singer/songwriter and performing artist. Her music celebrates her West Texas heritage and embodies her love of country music past and present. Ariel was born in Abilene where she spent her early childhood singing in Church. When she was eight, family tragedy placed her in the foster care system. The highlight of those years was the gift of a guitar which she received on her eleventh birthday and which she spent every free moment with thereafter, teaching herself to pick and play. At fifteen, Ariel was adopted by Billy and Rebecca and moved to Cross Plains, Texas, to live with her new forever family. There she often sang the National Anthem at high school sports events and performed acoustically in local venues. Upon graduation, Ariel formed her own band and began playing honkytonks, bars and festivals throughout the state. The Ariel Hutchins Band has opened for Kevin Fowler, Stoney Larue and William Clark Green. “Wine Won’t Work” is the first song from Ariel’s upcoming CD to be released as a single. It has been enthusiastically received by Ariel’s fans on the road as well as by her rapidly increasing media following. Ariel is married to her high school sweetheart Blake and together they are following their dreams and raising their young family in a small North Texas town. Ariel is an on-stage advocate for Foster children everywhere. Through her music she hopes to encourage those following her to pursue their every aspiration as she has, whether it be for bright lights or white picket fences... or both.
Hailing from Phoenix but having transplanted to LA, Leann Skoda has long been drawn to the rawness and simplicity of country and bluegrass music. Ironic when you learn it was Mariah Carey’s four-octave range that wowed Skoda as a little girl, and she has spent much of her life singing in choirs.
While her vocals have drawn comparisons to women such as Neko Case and Emmylou Harris, as a songwriter she has shown the innate ability to craft a song not unlike Miranda Lambert or Bandy Clark. The lyrics certainly walk the story but the gaps, they say almost as much as the lyrics and the accompanying guitar colors in the spaces as opposed to defining them. - Ken Churilla Download
Rooted in Texas blues, Americana, and a dose of outlaw country, Renna’s new release “All My Life” sweeps you off to a red dirt road riding into a promising sunset both musically and lyrically. The hook will have you from the the get-go with Renna’s soulful vocals and a melody that can only come from an honest songwriter transporting you to a peaceful path of hope and love. Renna has captured something here that few singer-songwriters rarely accomplish. It always seems to have that ring of truth that can only come from personal experience. It’s a magical little tune that’ll leaving a spirited residual long after the song is over. – Derek Sitter Download
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