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Randy’s Song Review of Rednecks by Shane Barnhill

Randy’s Song Review: Rednecks by Shane Barnhill

 Rednecks Official Video Below

Shane Barnhill on stage at a bar in HoustonShane Barnhill is a country singer/songwriter hailing from Baytown, Texas. He was raised in a musical family, with his father also a guitarist and songwriter. Shane picked up the guitar at nine and performed his first gig at only fourteen. Balancing his music career with his day job as a firefighter/paramedic, he has given many live performances, and has opened for Deryl Dodd, Wade Bowen, Charlie Robison and Todd Fritsch.

ShaneBarnhill, on stage with guitar, raising arms wearing red t-shirt with sleeves cut out.He has now recorded three albums, with the first one Just Getting Started released in 2007. He followed up with Outlaw Angels and Country Nights in 2011, and had big success on Texas radio with Still Sexy To Me, Two Lovers In The Night and Turn It Up. For his third album, Country Lovin’, he worked with Jason Rooks and Bobby Terry as producers and they are the writers of this song Rednecks, which is the first track on that album.

Rednecks immediately grips the listener with an arresting introduction, featuring a rocky guitar riff and a pulsating, pounding beat. The sound is most definitely country rock, breaking down to a thudding kick and throbbing bass for the verse, keeping the momentum going. Shane’s strong, charismatic voice then captivates the attention, with the full beat returning for the second half of the verse.

ShaneBarnhill-RedGuitarLyrically, this song rails against the pejorative stereotype that many associate with the word ‘redneck’. Rather than use the word as a demeaning insult, the first verse depicts rednecks as down-to-earth, helpful people, bailing some city folks out of trouble after running out of gas. This leads to a short bridge before the catchy chorus celebrates “hicks from the sticks…. there ain’t a problem we can’t fix…”.

ShaneBarnhill-guitarThe chorus has an unexpected second section based on an ascending guitar line that lifts the music even more, with the lines “If you’re in a jam and you need a hand, someone who’s really gonna give a damn….then your best bet is rednecks…”. The second verse continues the theme, interspersed with some nice lead guitar lines. After the second chorus is a short rocky section with some great dynamics, adding a bit more musical variety before driving home the last chorus.

Overall, this is a very well written and performed song that takes a familiar derogatory term and cleverly turns the meaning upside down, so that it becomes a positive, celebratory anthem. Shane Barnhill does a fine job vocally and it’s a perfect taster for his third album Country Lovin’. He already has a large fanbase and it will only increase with every new release, especially radio-friendly songs like this.


See other the Song Reviews of Jarrod JohnsonAaron Watson, Jack Nelson, Jake Ward, Moonlight Social, Fools of the Trade, Freddy Weller, Cody Joe Hodges, Matt & the Herdsmen, Tejas Brothers and others.

Shane Barnhill Official video “Rednecks”

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Texas Music Chart Interviews Randy Watson

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Texas Music Chart Reporter Profiles

Reprinted from TMC Jun 15, 2015

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Tiffini Brock of Blue Lark Entertainment talks to Randy Watson, Operations Manager and Music Director of the No Bull Radio Network which covers Kenedy/Karnes City, Beeville and Pearsall.

Randy and Jack posing in front of KCAF studio in Kenedy, TX.

Randy Watson with Jack Nelson

TMC: In your opinion, how has Texas/Red Dirt music changed throughout the years?

Randy: I’ve watched many of today’s artists grow up. I remember 4-5 hour road trips just to hear folks – some were in their teens, now, in their 30’s – play at hole in the wall bars and dance halls. In the beginning of the Texas Music Chart, there were only about 40 reporters; now there are 90+.

There are lots of potential listeners in Texas who haven’t been exposed to any Texas/Red Dirt music. In San Antonio, for instance, you can hear “All George Strait, All the Time,” Pop Country or Classic Country. No Texas/Red Dirt is played on San Antonio stations, except an occasional Kevin Fowler. We are among a handful of stations in South Texas that play any of the alternative music. We play about 75% Classic Country and 20% Texas/Red Dirt.

TMC: What made you gravitate towards the music on the Texas Music Chart?

Randy: I guess it’s my deep rooted love for true country music, and that’s not what we get through the mainstream much now. I’ll listen to the drums and melody before trying to hear the words. If the overall sound doesn’t hit me I may not know what the song is about. I have to hear songs many times before I figure out what the song is about. (I still don’t know what a Birmingham is, so I don’t know why I would want to paint one.) [Note: A reference to a 2004 song recorded by Tracy Lawrence and Ken Mellons on Nashville labels.]

When it comes to recordings, I am old school: I think you should walk up to the mic, belt out the song until it’s the way you want it, and you’re done. I don’t like the overly processed, enhanced, unnatural, computer adjusted, perfect pitch recordings of today.

TMC: Who are your primary musical influences?

Randy: My mom exposed me to a varied musical spectrum, from classical to sacred to Big Band to Hillbilly, Bluegrass and Country & Western. Why do we leave out the “& Western” now? She taught music, and today at 83, she still tickles the ivories at church. Listening to music in the background while doing a tedious task can make it seem easier. I can tell you that my favorite instruments are probably drums, then fiddle, sit-down steel, accordion and mandolin.

TMC: Are there any “under the radar” artists that we should check out?

Randy: In Texas, we have no shortage in the musical talent pool. We could put on our own Texas Music competition and floor those nationwide TV shows. There are so many good local artists who are happy playing dive bars on Friday and Saturday nights. They don’t really want any more from their music career. They just love playing their music.

I have my eyes and ears on a few artists or bands on different edges of the spectrum. I like the more traditional, straight up country. For the young guys just getting started, I’d say keep a watch out for The Jack Nelson Band and Matt & The Herdsmen.

TMC: What is your most memorable moment with a Texas/Red Dirt artist?

Randy: It’s memorable when I answer the phone and someone, other than a promoter, calls to thank me for playing their song. Wow, you took the time to call me?! We aren’t big spinners, 3 to 15 spins is usually the most you’ll get from us.

Veterans, lovers of freedom and dog lovers get their CD on the top of the stack. Jeremy and Jennica from Moonlight Social, I could sit and talk with them for hours, they are both hoots. Matt and Travis from Fools of the Trade are fun to be around. Jarrod Johnson is my go to guy music encyclopedia.

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2015 Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade Entry

No Bull Radio’s Kenedy Bluebonnet Festival Parade Entry

 

IMG_04901The No Bull Radio Network entered some of our fleet of go anywhere, do anything, highly decorated, mobile radio studio vehicles. This year the NBR included a hot red Corvette decorated with bluebonnets and our monster “No Bull” Cow.

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Station owner, Margie, dressed in cow costume for the parade…

 

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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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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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