Formed in early 2006 in Houston, Texas, Already Gone has already earned the reputation as the South’s premier classic rock tribute band, including songs by the Eagles. The band is made up of five veterans of the Houston rock scene, each with outstanding lead and backing vocal talents. Already Gone’s songlist includes such Eagles hits as “Heartache Tonight”, “Desperado”, “Hotel California”, and of course, “Already Gone”, each performed in classic Eagles style. The band also performs certain solo works by individual members of the Eagles, as well as original songs and songs by other artists from the ’70’s.
For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it’s a blessing. American Aquarium’s songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. It’s that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band’s newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.
And it nearly didn’t happen. When American Aquarium traveled to Muscle Shoals to record Burn.Flicker.Die. in 2012, they were convinced the album would be their last. Even though they had enlisted the help of award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to produce the sessions, they were exhausted; weathered and whittled to the bone by more than a half-decade of heavy partying and heavier touring. To a small group of diehard fans, they were absolute rockstars… but being rockstars to a cult audience doesn’t always put food on your table or gas in your tank. BJ Barham, the band’s frontman, was so poor that he’d been living out of a storage unit for months, unable to afford an apartment in the band’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clearly, something had to give. Maybe it was time to make one final album — an album about failure, desperation and disillusionment — and then throw in the towel.
As fate would have it, Burn.Flicker.Die. eventually proved itself to be the band’s most successful release to date. Critics loved it. Fans rallied behind it. Fast forward 2 years and almost 500 shows later, the band has travelled the world, quadrupled their fan base and reinvented their passion for the road. When the time came to record another album in June 2014, it only made sense to do something that celebrated survival rather than failure.
The result? Wolves, which Barham describes as “the sound of a band firing on all cylinders”. Produced by Megafaun’s Brad Cook and recorded during a 20-day stay at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Wolves was funded entirely by American Aquarium’s diehard fanbase. The album’s 10 tracks represent a departure from the band’s signature twang. Instead drawing more from the alternative rock sound that inspired their name almost a decade ago. Wolves blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that’s fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar. Barham has certainly spent time in all three, but now looks to brighter horizons in these new songs.
“I’ve always written about being the drunk guy at the bar at 2 a.m.,” he admits. “I’ve written about the pick-up lines and the drinking and the drugs. This record is more personal than that. It’s a coming of age record.”
It’s also a record that reaffirms his faith in American Aquarium, a band he started in 2006. Since that time, more than 25 musicians have passed through the group’s ranks. In recent years though, things have felt a lot more stable. Ryan Johnson, Bill Corbin, Whit Wright, Kevin McClain and the newest addition, Colin Dimeo, round out the group, turning Barham’s songs into fiery, fleshed-out compositions.
With Wolves, which hit stores in early 2015, American Aquarium is literally bigger and better.
“We were legitimized by Burn.Flicker.Die.,” Barham says. “That album was a breakup record with the road. It basically said, ‘This is our last album, this is why we’re quitting, and hey, thanks for the memories.’ Fast-forward, though, and we’ve got a new record that says, ‘We ain’t done yet.'”
Mike and the Moonpies are the modern face of the outlaw country music movement. From their home in Austin, Texas, they carry the torch of their predecessors, while maintaining the originality and independence that the genre is infamous for. The Moonpies, led by Texas born songwriter Mike Harmeier, manage themselves and produce their own albums. While steeped in tradition, the Moonpies rejuvenate honky tonk and traditional country music and appeal to a wildly eclectic audience. They are equally at home in dance halls and theaters, and can share a bill with an indie rock band or a country legend.
The Moonpies live on the road and have the scars to prove it. Currently touring the U.S. in support of their third studio album, “Mockingbird”, they continue to live up to their reputation as one of the hardest working and veracious bands in independent country music.
“Mockingbird” is the 3rd studio album for Mike and the Moonpies. Produced by frontman Mike Harmeier and longtime friend and musician Michael Kingcaid (What Made Milwaukee Famous), the album features 10 brand new original songs all written by Harmeier and performed by the Moonpies. Several guest performers that appeared on 2012’s “The Hard Way” returned for this one, including Warren Hood (Lyle Lovett), Jenn Miori Hodges (Carper Family), and Pete Weiss (Leo Rondeau). Recorded at the legendary Cedar Creek Studio in Austin by John Silva (the Trishas) and mixed at Good Danny’s in Austin by Max Lorenzen, “Mockingbird” is the band’s best sounding album to date. This collection of songs find Harmeier in a very nostalgic state of mind both lyrically and musically. On the title track, reminiscent of Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town”, Harmeier sings about the influence of his father and grandfather on him today. The debut single “Smoke Em If You Got Em” kicks off with an Allman Brothers style guitar riff and speaks about the evolution of Harmeier and his band in the music industry. Lookout for several surprises on this album which is far and away the band’s most eclectic to date. “Mockingbird” is sure to make a huge impact on the Texas Country scene and place the Moonpies in a position to break into the Americana genre, where a large majority of traditional country and roots music currently reside.
Different Beast is a Houston, Texas-area band that is an eclectic mix of musicians with varying musical tastes, influences and backgrounds – all of which revolve around a common core of “groove-based roots-rock”.
We play festivals, clubs, private parties, crawfish boils, barbecue cook-offs, chili cook-offs, shindigs, hootenannies, jamborees, charity fundraisers, and occasional wedding receptions.
They’ve become one of the most sought after acts playing along the Gulf Coast and on any given weekend you’ll find JAMIE BERGERON & the kickin’ cajuns performing at most festivals, corporate events and clubs.
A veteran EMT-Paramedic with Acadian Ambulance, Jamie is a life-saver, singer-songwriter, accordion player and just a real charming guy!!! Their fans, both young and old, are some of the most devout… always at the shows, buying CDs, T-shirts and whatever else they can get their hands on.
The band’s got seven CDs in their catalog, including the recently released “COMIN IN HOT”. They’ve been featured on MTV, The Food Network and the Discovery Channel. There’s no way to really explain why or how, you’ve just got to experience it for yourself, to understand what everybody’s talking about. And before long, you too will be saying, “I Know Dat’s Right!!!”
Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.
Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.
In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.
He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007). He lives in Duralde, Louisiana near Eunice where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually.
The Heath Ledet Band has a Cajun New Orleans style with a funky blues rhythm. Front man, Heath Ledet, pushes with strong, true, down on the bayou vocals.
A native of Bayou Lafourche, his love for music began at an early age. Inspired by his parents, he picked up a guitar at the age of 8 and began playing and writing music.
“When I was a young boy I would watch my father, Mel Ledet Jr., play guitar and sing with such true emotion. I always dreamt of being able to capture time as he did in his performances. Somehow he had and still has the ability to, as I like to call it, stop the clock. His emotions would take over and the last thing you were thinking about was time! As I began to get older, I started to experience shorter versions of these “stop the clock” moments while practicing. I soon figured out when I let my soul take over I could lose track of time and everything else besides playing guitar and singing. It was then when I realized exactly what I wanted; even though I couldn’t get it every time or more less in front of people.
I began playing with my brother, Mel Ledet III, and friend, Darrell Theriot, every chance I had. We spent many days and nights making a lot of noise but that was the extent of it. Hell, it made us feel good!! As time passed, I got stuck in a rut playing the same old songs over and over. I wanted more but didn’t know how to go get it! Some of my musician friends were in the same boat. I put aside my guitar for about 8 months and didn’t have any desire to play. At that time my brother, Mel, invited me to a festival called Voice of the Wet Lands (VOW) in Houma, Louisiana, where he was taking part in a cook-off team. He raved about the music and how much he loved the festival.
The following year, Mel planned for us to take our pig cooker out to the same festival and rotisserie a few, 300lbs pigs. Since I love to cook I jumped all over it!! I was blown away by the experience of the festival!! Watching Mike Zito rip it down with Jimmy Hall putting the harp in your face along with the killer vocals of both, brought out such beauty that it took my breath away! Tab getting up and jamming with Louisiana La Roux was out of this world! I kept thinking, ‘Man, it would be awesome to be good enough to get on that stage’.
I couldn’t wait to get home and pick up my guitar! Boy that sure did turn into a huge disappointment! I wanted to break it to pieces! I thought it was the guitar because I went to the guitar shop and bought a new guitar and amp. It sounded great while I was playing the same old things I had been playing for years but there was still something missing. I decided right then I was not going to play any more cover songs. I was going to search for the fresh start I needed.
Around that time, Darrell Theriot came to me with a book called THE MUSIC LESSON – A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music by Victor L. Wooten. All I can say is it was the best thing I have ever read. It changed my life!! It had all the answers I had been looking for right there! I took Mr. Victor’s advice and started to play along with some of my favorite musicians. I popped in some Jonny Lang and attempted to play.
For two years I didn’t play any cover songs for anyone. I just played the things I wrote and would practice alongside the musicians I truly respected. Hooked on the “VOW” Festival, we continued to cook every year and became friends with some great people! One night after planning another festival named the T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, Louisiana, Ruben Williams popped in to say hello. Ruben manages the VOW entertainment along with many other festivals and great musicians. Not knowing I played music, he began to look around and take notice of all of my instruments lying around. When he realized they were mine he said, “I have known you now for a few years and didn’t know you were into music!”
Before I knew it I had a guitar in my hands. Mel was playing drums and Ruben was hopping around on different instruments! We were jamming out!! Soon after that, I got booked to play at T-Bois Blues Festival which was only a few months away at the time. After playing there I was given the opportunity to open Saturday’s music show at a very special festival. Yes, the one and only “VOW” Festival!! My dream!!! I got hooked up with Pershing Wells, the owner/producer of Digital Sac-a-Lait Productions in Houma, Louisiana and began working on my first album “Chasing My Dreams”. Working with Pershing was one of the best experiences of my life! I recommend Digital Sac-a-Lait Productions to anyone who is looking for nothing less than professional.”
The Stringbenders are an exciting 5-piece band (located in the Houston Gulf coast area) playing the best of classic country/Cajun/Zydeco/TexMex styles including a bit of rock n roll to provide everyone with a great evening of entertainment.