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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday from Wayne Newton!

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Happy Birthday Willie!

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!

Willie playing guitar in front of Amercian flag.

Willie Nelson was born today, 83 years ago on April 29, 1933

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Randy’s Song Review

One More Drink by Cody Joe Hodges Song Review

 

Cody Joe Hodges on stage playing guitar and singing into microphone

Cody Joe Hodges

Cody Joe Hodges, (Aggie, Class of ’06) is a singer/songwriter and performer hailing from Texas. He started playing music from an early age, then began writing songs while a freshman at TAMU. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, he found himself chosen to sing in a vocal ensemble called Harmony in Motion which performed at large venues all around America. After leaving the Army, he formed a band called The Linemen, who released an album in 2012. In 2014, Cody released his first solo album The Good Stuff, of which the title track won an award and first single Getting Back To Country was a big success.

Cody Joe Hodges in US Army BDU's performing on stage.

Cody Joe Hodges

This song, One More Drink, is an upbeat piece of country-rock (or rockin’ country as Cody Joe calls it!) and what you would call a ‘good time song’. After a short intro, Cody tells of struggling to make a good impression on a lady after a few too many. It quickly leads to the instantly memorable chorus, with lyrics we can all relate to: “One more drink, and I’ll leave this bar….one more drink, man, where’s my car?

After a humorous second verse and another chorus, it leads straight into a blistering electric guitar solo that lets us know for sure this is most certainly ‘rockin’ country’. The third verse ties up the song’s little story nicely, with a couple of repeated choruses that you can imagine everyone in a bar singing along to while having a few drinks themselves.

Overall, this is a highly enjoyable and instantly likeable song that seems destined to be popular, especially as songs about the good stuff appear to be all the rage in country music at the moment. Cody Joe Hodges has a great voice, an excellent cast of supporting musicians behind him and superb production, ready for radio. I’d be surprised if this doesn’t become an even bigger hit than his first single.

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Friends of the NRA in Falls City May First

Karnes County Area Friends of the NRA

Friends of the NRA logo

The Karnes County Area Friends of the NRA are having a night of Auctions, raffles, firearms and fun. That’s this Friday night, May first at 6pm at the Falls City Hall on 181. Meal by Outlaw Catering is included for the first 500 tickets sold.

Friends of the NRA is an exciting grassroots fundraising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100% of the net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs. Be sure to check out this event to support shooting sports programs in our area!

That’s this Friday May first at 6pm at the Falls City Hall. Tickets are on sale for $35 per person call Ed Griffin at 830-391-0405 or Randy Witte at 830-583-5110.

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Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade Live Broadcast

Kenedy Parade Live Broadcast! Saturday May 2

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Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival

Live action broadcast, this Saturday May 2nd, the always spectacular Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade takes over the city’s streets.

Beginning at 11am, Saturday morning we bring it all to you live on the No Bull Radio Network and welcome the thousands of guests to our town. Our expert commentators will be roaming the streets and perched on prime vantage points along the parade route to describe all the color, movement, and excitement of the 2015 Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade, making you feel like you’re right in the middle of it.

Listen in from 10:30am on, as we bring pre-parade interviews … this Saturday on Radio 92.1 KCAF Kenedy and 1490 KIBL Beevile and digital radio online at No Bull Radio dot Com.

The Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade live broadcast is all brought to you by your Kenedy area community businesses. Call the station at 830-583-7272 for your business to support this Live Action Broadcast.

Here is some of our Community Supporters for the Kenedy Bluebonnet Parade Live Action Broadcast on the No Bull Radio Network!

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Randy’s Song Review

Heading South by Moonlight Social Song Review

 

Photo in this song review from Moonlight Social has Jeremy and Jennica sitting down on an weathered old boat dock..

Moonlight Social: Jeremy Burchard and Jennica Scott

 

Moonlight Social are a country duo hailing from Austin, Texas, comprising of Jeremy Burchard and Jennica Scott. Having formed in 2011, they were soon performing at industry showcases and won the 2011 Austin Chronicle Sound Wars, as well as the Show Us Your Hits Competition. In 2013, they were named as one of the Best New Bands in Austin, and featured as up and coming artists on the Nashville-produced TV show Welcome To Indie Country. They have since built up a formidable fanbase through touring the Texas Red Dirt scene and elsewhere.

They describe themselves as ‘Sugarland meets The Civil Wars’, their music essentially country with elements of rock that help to add edge. This song, Heading South, is essentially about songwriting itself; the search for creative inspiration and battling self-doubts. Jennica Scott takes the lead vocal, with Jeremy Burchard adding a lovely lower harmony. Jennica possesses a powerful distinctive voice with a large range and together they create a nice vocal blend.

The first verse tells of trying to solve writer’s block and find lyrical inspiration by heading out for a drive. It builds to the memorable chorus hook of “Here I go, looking for meaning down this old dirt road’, which lifts the music as a good chorus should. The second verse describes battling fears and struggling to confront her feelings, so the drive becomes a metaphor for running away from herself. Towards the end, they show their rock leanings with a classy electric guitar solo and a great high note from Jennica.

Overall, this is a superb debut single from this highly promising country-rock duo. With both the vocal and songwriting abilities necessary to crack the big time, aided by flawless production that is perfect for radio, Moonlight Social will be sure to make a big impact with this. I look forward to hearing their debut album in the future.

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Randy’s Song Review

I’m So Country by Freddy Weller: Brief Bio & Song Review

 

Freddy Weller wearing black turtle neck shirt with brown blazer and a classy fedora.

Freddy Weller

Guitarist, songwriter, and Nashville legend Freddy Weller had a successful behind-the-scenes career in pop/rock before finding solo success as a country singer. Born in Atlanta in 1947, he started playing both banjo and mandolin at age eight and soon moved on to the guitar as well. He later became a regular session guitarist in the area, most notably playing on Billy Joe Royal’s 1965 hit “Down in the Boondocks”; while in Royal’s touring band, Weller met Paul Revere & the Raiders, who offered him their lead guitar slot in 1967.

Freddy Weller spent the next six years as a member of the Raiders, and in 1969 he worked with pop singer Tommy Roe in a songwriting capacity, co-writing the smash hits “Dizzy” and “Jam Up Jelly Tight.” His version of Joe South’s “Games People Play” went to number two on the country charts that year; moreover, the follow-up single, South’s “These Are Not My People,” reached number five.

Freddy Weller with Paul Revere and the Raiders, photo circa 1967. Dressed in their white "midnight ride" ruffled shirts and Colonial waist coats.

Paul Revere and the Raiders, photo circa 1967. Freddy Weller (top left) Paul Revere, Mark Lindsay, Charlie Coe, and Joe Carrero (Joe Jr.)

In 1971, he scored three straight Top Five hits on the country charts with “Another Night of Love,” “Indian Lake,” and “The Promised Land.” Weller then reached the country Top 20 with songs he either wrote or co-wrote: “The Roadmaster,” “She Loves Me (Right Out of My Mind),” and “The Perfect Stranger.” Weller departed the Raiders to focus on his solo career in 1973.

He also penned Bob Luman’s country smash “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” in 1972, and it was later covered for another hit by Steve Wariner. Weller’s final Top Ten hit was a 1973 cover of Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business,” and he reached the Top 20 twice more in 1974 with “I’ve Just Got to Know (How Loving You Would Be)” and “You’re Not Getting Older (You’re Getting Better).” In the ’80s he supplied material to stars like Reba McEntire, John Michael Montgomery, and George Jones, among others.

After releasing Your Memory Walks Through Walls in 2010, Freddy now returns with “I’m So Country”. It is a mellow, laid back track with dryly humorous lyrics that shows Freddy’s songwriting skills and singing are as good as they ever were. It begins with a short spoken word intro that good humouredly mocks the current trend for country songs that contain the word ‘country’ in the title.

The verse then wittily describes how these songs seem to focus on ‘how country they are’ with Freddy concluding “if that’s what you gotta say to get some radio play, I’ll be so country I could shoot myself!“. He delivers these great words in his distinctive, authentic voice aided by a simple but effective musical backing, with nice flourishes of guitar.

After the catchy middle eight, the music modulates and in the last verse Freddy aims a shot at record companies’ obsession with youth: “the labels would sign ’em as soon as they’re born, if they wait they might get too damn old…“. You can imagine him smiling as he sing the last lines, “country’s still the greatest….but how many times can we take that word?“.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable, gently satirical song that pokes light-hearted fun at the current state of the country music scene, and it’s one that his fans will love. To still be writing great tracks like this, after so many years in the industry, shows why Freddy Weller truly is a Nashville legend.

Listen to the No Bull Radio Network to hear Freddy Weller’s new song, “I’m So Country“!

 


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Kenedy Bluebonnet Days Festival May 1 & 2

Kenedy Bluebonnet Days Festival 2015, Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd

Kenedy Texas Bluebonnet Days May 1 & 2. Tejano Music Night Friday May 1, various entertainment all day May 2, with headliner Kevin Fowler at 9:30.

Kenedy Texas Bluebonnet Days May 1 & 2. Tejano Music Night Friday May 1. A parade and various entertainment all day May 2, with headliner Kevin Fowler at 9:30.

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Texas Country Music Artist Visits Pearsall

Texas Country Music Artist Tommy Joe Wilson Drops by Pearsall Radio Studio and Also Visits Outlaws Bar and Grill

by Randy Watson, KMFR 1280-AM

Texas Music Artist - Tommy Joe Wilson (c), KMFR Radio - Randy Watson (l) and the ladies at Outlaws Bar and Grill, Pearsall

Texas Music Artist – Tommy Joe Wilson (c), KMFR Radio – Randy Watson (l) and the ladies at Outlaws Bar and Grill, Pearsall

 

Texas Country Music Artist, Tommy Joe Wilson never forgets where he comes from and it’s easily heard in his music. He also knows where George Strait is from. Tommy Joe’s seasoned baritone voice draws on influences like George Strait, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, and Alabama.

I had a blast meeting and interviewing Tommy Joe in the KMFR 1280-AM radio studio in Pearsall. He’s out promoting his new single “She Makes Dirt Look Good”. Be listening on the No Bull Radio Network for the interview, this song and other songs from Tommy Joe. We haven’t heard the last of Tommy Joe Wilson.

Tommy Joe Wilson performing at Outlaws Bar and Grill in Pearsall, Texas

Tommy Joe Wilson performing at Outlaws Bar and Grill in Pearsall,

After the interview, we stopped by the new restaurant at the south edge of Pearsall. Tommy Joe sang a few songs for the staff, crew and patrons at Outlaws Bar and Grill.

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Kenedy Texas — KCAF 92.1 FM
Beeville Texas — KIBL 1490 AM
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Pearsall Texas — KMFR 1280 AM

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