Photos of Wreckless Eric, Amy Rigby, Salim at Bryan St. Tavern

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

Short and sweet: I’ll be honest, I didn’t know who Amy Rigby was, and all I knew of Wreckless Eric can be found in the video below where he helps Will Ferall get laid Stranger Than Fiction:

I decided to take a chance and go check out the show, knowing that seeing someone who had a song on the radio 30 years ago could be a total dud. I am very happy to report back that the show was very entertaining and well worth the time and cover charge.

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
Amy Rigby is a badass, and I would love to she her perform on her own as well.

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

Fixing up old photos

I am far from a Photoshop expert, but I really enjoy learning more about the program and learning new things. One of the things I have become pretty good at is fixing older or damaged photos. It is very rewarding to start with something that really needs help, and finishing with something that has new life after being worked on. It is amazing what you can do with the color photos that have become yellow or red, or the older photos with scratches, folds, or other damage. This is a pic of one of my Grandmother’s brothers who died a long time ago. This is one of the few pictures she had of him, and she was upset with some of the damage to the photo and the damage to his face. The photos: Original photo, Sepia fixed version, Black and White version, and my (poor) hand tinted version. I could spend a lot more time on these, but I am pretty happy with the results.

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Here was another photo project:

BAcksliders/Charming Gardeners at Lee Harvey’s

Charming Gardeners and Backsliders at Lee Harvey's

For any of you guys out there in Bloggerville who have not been to Lee Harvey’s, you need to make sure you check it out. It is a one of a kind Dallas landmark that you won’t find it near any of the common night spots or other businesses. While it is somewhat isolated (right-chow)it is a great place to sit outside, enjoy live music, cold drinks, and great food. You can’t go wrong with their tacos or burgers. Actually… I have yet to have anything down there that I didn’t really enjoy. Last Saturday night, on top of their food, atmosphere and drinks, two great local bands on the stage at Lee Harvey’s, and I thought I should investigate.

Charming Gardeners and Backsliders at Lee Harvey's

First up were the Charming Gardeners, who put on a great set full of energy and rock and roll. They played a lot of original tracks, including songs from their new self titled EP. Their colorful leading lady, Amy Curnow, showcased her vocal talents with great support from the band. She has tremendous range, so you never know what the next song might sound like. The crew is very talented, and Mark Solomon really stood out with his guitar skills (I just wished he would have stood in the light more so I could snap better pics!). The crowd responded very well to the show, and I would highly recommend checking them out if you get the chance. If you want to check out their sound, you can find their EP here on iTunes for 3.99. I recommend taking a listen to Shut and For All I Know to get a little taste. If you want to see a recent interview I did with Amy, click here.

Charming Gardeners and Backsliders at Lee Harvey's

I can’t exactly explain it…. but there is just something about The BAcksliders. They are one of those bands you just need to see once in a while to get your fix for heavy rock and a kick ass show. The BAcksliders are a family affair with brothers Chris and Jason Bonner on bass and guitar, and Kim Bonner on vocals. The only non-Bonner is Taylor Young (of the O’s) on the drums. The show was very high energy with heavy guitar lines and beats. Kim has an incredible raspy/sultry voice that you can’t help but enjoy. The crowd was rocking right along with them as they played songs from their current album Thank You, and tracks from previous records (and yes, You’re Welcome is one of them :) )
If you don’t read any of my jabbering, I hope you read this: Not only can you hear their entire new album (and new single) on their website, you can download it for free. No strings attached. No login, contact info, credit card number, rebate…just a free download. FREEEEE! Click here, and go to the store tab. The whole album is great, and the first two tracks will give you an idea of what you are in for. You can also find their work on iTunes, including You’re Welcome. Check out Fat Girls and Typically I Don’t Mind for a little sample.

The only downer for the night was that there was a problem with the PA system that was somewhat annoying. The vocals would cut out (except for in the monitors) intermittently, and stay out for about 5-10 seconds, and then come back in. I first noticed it when the Charming Gardeners were playing, and by the time The BAcksliders made it to the stage it seemed to be happening more often. It kinda kills the flow of the song when you lose your vocals throughout the song, but neither band let that slow them down. They powered through and kept the show going.

Charming Gardeners and Backsliders at Lee Harvey's

Overall it was a great night. Both bands played great sets, and the crowd responded very well to both of them. I got my BAcksliders fix, and had plenty of cool beer from the nice folks at Lee Harvey’s to keep me cool on a summer night.

Charming Gardeners and Backsliders at Lee Harvey's

KXT event- RTB2, The Hope Trust

The Hope Trust at The Loft- KXT radio event

I got an interesting e-mail last week from KXT Radio (Dallas) concerning a free event they were putting on for their members just south of down town at The Loft. The shindig was set up just in time for a nice sunset on the patio Thursday night, featuring The Hope Trust, and RTB2. As a member, I figured that I needed to go and check it out. I have listened to The Hope Trust on the air, and I have heard that RTB2 was a performance that was not to be missed.

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The Radio- This event was for KXT (91.7)- Music to the Core. KXT is the new listener funded public radio station for the Dallas area that has been taking up most of my radio time lately. They play a lot of independent and local musicians that you usually won’t find on pop radio stations. Many of the talented musicians who play at small venues around town (Jessie Frye, Vanessa Peters, Becky Middleton, Morning Elephant, Iris Leu, Salim Nourallah, The O’s, The Slack, Sarah Jaffe and many others) can be found on the KXT radio waves. A lot of the folks that I’ve had to find or stumble onto over the years can now be heard by anyone who chooses to tune in. They also regularly broadcast live performances in their studio, and post the recordings on their YouTube channel. Plus, another nice perk is that public radio doesn’t have any commercials. For me, it is a great break from the “Billboard” driven radio stations, and a chance to hear new music. Step away from Radio Gaga a little bit, take a bite of this and see what you think. You might like what you hear.

The Hope Trust, and RTB2

The Show- First of all I was really impressed with the venue. The Loft is above Gilley’s on S. Lamar near Southside on Lamar. They have a really large outdoor balcony that has a great view of downtown Dallas, and they pipe the music from inside out there as well. Inside there is a large stage with a great sound/light setup, and plenty of room to enjoy a show. The Hope Trust started off the night and played a great set. Their sound was kinda rocky but on the mellow/easy going end of the spectrum (take a listen here. There is a little bit of a Texas Country feel to their music with the steady rhythms and pedal steel. Next up was RTB2, and all I can say is….Damn! I didn’t realize that RTB2 is just 2 people, and even with just the duo, they absolutely kicked ass. The show was a kick you in the teeth, “rip your face off”, display of heavy and extremely talented guitar work with a kickn’ bass drum following along. Ryan Thomas Becker and Grady Sandlin (who was also the drummer for The Hope Trust) did more with two people on stage than a lot of four and five piece bands can pull off. If you heard this show, you would have never guessed there were only two guys on stage. A must see display of music for sure!

The Hope Trust, and RTB2

The night was a lot of fun, and I look forward to more events like this from KXT. Give the station a listen and support public radio and our local musicians! Your ears will thank you, and I won’t tell Ke$ha or Gaga that you have been cheating on them. :)

Just some recent pics:

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