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Rockabilly Male: Ameripolitan 2017

To say I'm grateful, honored, or happy about this news is an understatement. Surprised? Yes! I've never won any awards for music that I can remember, so this one being what it is, is VERY special to me. 

Thanks to my buddy Dale Watson and the whole Ameripolitan crew...that includes staff, supporters, musicians, and music lovers everywhere! 

It truly is an honor to be in y'awls world. I am grateful and accept this nomination with pride. Thank you!!!

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Updates. I've been absolutely horrible with them lately. 

I just got back from a TX and New Mexico run with my Ameripolitan brother Jake Penrod. Jake is a fantastic classic country artist who's work I've admired since first learning about him and seeing him live during 2015's Ameripolitan festivities in Austin. 

I've seen him at the Continental and Broken Spoke and really love his honest and authentic take on true classic country. If at first we had Hank Williams and then James Hand, we now also have Jake and that's a great great thing.  Check him out!

I've also been really bad about maintaining the calendar section on this website. There's gigs booked and we've been out there playing every week , but I've been very busy away from the stage as well with life, so the website and promo side of things has suffered.

I'll be managing my time better and getting things back up to speed.

In the meantime, come see me and the Rhythm Review featuring Mark Verschoor on bass and Mike Ray on drums this Friday at the Hot Rod Hill Climb Races from 3-7 pm. They take place in Central City, CO and feature some great rods, races, and music all weekend including the wonder Rosie Flores.

You can find us at the Boise Tavern in Loveland, CO on the 23rd. as well as my guest appearance with Ethyl and The Regulars on the 24th. 

I'll get back on those calendar updates now!

Wishing everyone well!
Adam

The Guitar Radio Show

Check out my latest interview with Mark Daven of the Guitar Radio Show live from Ginny's Little Longhorn in Austin , TX!

 

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New Merchandise Coming Soon!

Be on the lookout for new Rhythm Review t shirts and trucker hats in the coming weeks!!!!

 

Shout out to Rick @ Bolted Spine Designs in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the art design and to Jason at Solid Tees in Denver, Colorado for the printing!!!!

 

CD Release:Round 1. Austin, TX

Texas is the Motherland for the styles of music the Rhythm Review makes. Austin in particular, has a RICH musical history that is filled with a long list of truly great artists. It is home to so many of them. To be an out of towner in a city like Austin, where the level of expectation and quality of music has been and still is so high, is an absolute and total honor.

To be treated like FAMILY at some of the most legendary music spots in Austin by folks who are a long part of their rich tradition is to me, mind blowing.

Not long ago while reviewing our list of cover tunes, we realized that although we'd never planned it to be so, the vast majority of the tunes we chose had roots in Texas. Most all of them are favorites from my childhood. Without ever realizing it as a kid, I was being raised on Texas music. It's less surprising now that I think about how much a role my Grandparents had in raising me and that my Grandfather's family is from San Antonio.

As a guitar player, to look at the long list of greats who have or had Texas ties, it's humbling to even get a gig in the Lone Star state, let alone thrive in it.

The last decade or so that I've been playing gigs in Texas have been the best years of my musical life.

It was a no brainer to start our CD Release shows in Austin for "Heartaches, Time Takes". It's definitely the most Texas inspired work I've ever done and since I was just recently announced as an Official Ameripolitan Artist, it was only fitting that we kick things off in Austin.

We opened the weekend by sharing a few copies of the CD with some state troopers just outside of Ft. Worth. It seems they like to find ways to stop vans with Colorado license plates pretty much anywhere outside of Colorado, so we weren't surprised to be pulled over once again. We were surprised however that they turned out to be pretty nice fellows and didn't really give us the business like others have in the past. No harm, no foul. We were back on the road in minimal time but not before handing out the first 3 discs of the weekend to our friends in uniform.

We hightailed into Austin to perform live on 91.7 FM KOOP in the morning. It was a great experience and as always, the crew at the station treated us so very well. We truly had a good time and really appreciate their support. 

Photo by Larry Burgin.

It was also the debut for Mandy Marie Luke. THE Mandy Marie Luke!!! My sister and BFF is now playing upright bass with the Rhythm Review and will be traveling with us for just about 2 months as we tour Europe! She's been a blessing in my life and one of the people close to me who's really instilled the confidence in me to go it alone and make sure the world hears the music I wrote. She's done A TON in her musical life and her opinions mean something to me. She's told me for years that I should be doing this and getting my music heard. I love her and will always be indebted to her for the support and confidence she's given me. Having her IN THE BAND IS A DREAM COME TRUE!!!

That was followed up by me being interviewed by Mark Daven for The Guitar Radio Show. It was my second time being interviewed for the show and it's always an honor. The show keeps reaching more and more people and the guests keep getting more and more famous. To still be included after all the success the show has had since my last appearance really means a lot. Mark is doing some great things for guitar playing and players and to be included as someone he thinks needs to be heard is a blessing.

Photo by JJ Pistols.

Later that day we played the happy hour spot at Ginny's Little Longhorn. I do believe it is now technically just "The Little Longhorn Saloon", but with all due respect, I can never separate Ginny from The Little Longhorn. It was just a few years back that she was at one of our shows there and made it a point to let me know that she was a fan! That's been one of the highlights of my "career" quite frankly. Of all the music she's seen and heard....it means everything to me.

The show was ton of fun. The crowd grew and grew and the music got hotter and hotter. Especially when the legendary Bill Kirchen took the stage. WITH US. Wait what?? The man that made Hot Rod Lincoln famous. The man who pretty much drew up the blueprints for how I have combined my songwriting, singing, guitar playing into this thing we now call the Rhythm Review. THAT guy. I'd met and worked with Bill before, but this was something else entirely different. He was there to help celebrate the new release with us. He was there FOR US. To support what we do as a fan AND friend. Truly truly humbling and more meaningful to me than I can describe. 

We played some of his tunes. He played some of our tunes. It was just a treat for us and the crowd who loved the somewhat unexpected guest. 

THANK YOU BILL KIRCHEN FOR MAKING A DREAM COME TRUE!!!

Photo by Larry Burgin.

Photo by Larry Burgin.

We finished off our weekend with a prime time Saturday night slot at The White Horse. As always, the place was packed, hot & sweaty, and the dancers were out in force. The White Horse is another special place and to be part of their roster and family is amazing. They welcome us with open arms and treat us like family. The crowds get rowdy with us. They dance with us. They sing aloud with us. It's a heavenly place to perform for music lovers. 

 

 

Guitars For Glory

My buddy Joshua and wife are great folks who love to help others and spread the positivity around! They are raising money to get to Belize to help with Guitars For Glory this year. 

If you're into worthy charitable causes, music, guitars, and love, this might be something for you!

Check it out HERE.

Helping those that help me help others  ;)

~Adam

Heartaches, Time Takes

The new cd is done and off to print! We are super excited to share it with the world and now taking pre orders! Please check out the video and flyer below for more info!

Thank you all so very much for the support!

~Adam

 

 

Ameripolitan Awards 2016 aftermath

Once again Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels were nominated for Best Honky Tonk Band in 2016! Unfortunately, we didn't bring home the award, but a great time was still had by all.

When all your friends are touring musicians, getting to see them regularly is quite rare. The Ameripolitan week really helps in getting everyone together in the same place at the same time. Friends from all the world converge on Austin, TX and share in celebrating the roots of American Music.

A lot of impromptu jam sessions take place amongst the many showcases around town for nominees. Friends sitting in with friends at their various gigs is always a great thing for the community as a whole. This year Paul Pigat was gracious enough to join us for our Chicken Shit Bingo gig at The Little Longhorn Saloon and we had a BLAST picking guitar together. 

Charlie Thompson singing a tune with us was quite a treat. Following James Hand and his great band at The White Horse was a highlight, but when James joined us on stage during our set, it was a true honor to back him up! Getting the honor at the after party again was yet another highlight for me. Getting to play guitar with/behind the likes of James Hand, Shaun Young, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, and Chris Casello among many others...what an honor!  Doing what you love most with people you respect is a great great feeling!

There are so many great musicians out there and to walk amongst them is special to me. I must say the amount of people (musicians and music lovers) who recognized me, stopped me to say hello and were sincerely kind with their words and time, MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.

Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity! I hope I continue to be part of the music you all love. I still believe in the power of music!

The most moving moment of the week was Charley Pride. His acceptance speech, his stories, and his performance brought me to tears. My grandmother Lina (the one y'awl like to ask about on the back of my jacket ;) is a big reason I love the music that I do. Charley was one of her absolute favorites. I doubt neither of us ever thought that her Mijo would be at a point as a musician where he and Charley would be recognized at the same music events. It boggles my mind really. 

To top it off, my amazing wife Christie was able to fly in last minute and be by my side at the awards show. She was able to meet so many of my awesome friends from around the world. She was there to sing along and weep with me as Charley was on stage. She was there when the great Bill Kirchen was walking through the lobby and recognized ME of all people and stopped for a chat. 

I tour a lot and rarely does she get to share in my "professional" life. What a great way to introduce her to some of what I get to experience regularly! All the kind people that I get to associate with really did me proud with how gracious and kind they were to her. Thank y'awl!!

~Adam

Post Europe, Pre Chicago

Glad to be home from another month in Europe! What great people, places, and such generous music lovers!

Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels truly had a great time there. We are home to catch our breath before we head out this week back to Texas. Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antone, and of course The Ameripolitan Awards where we are nominated for Best Honky Tonk Band!

I think we have a real chance at taking home this award and I think we deserve it. This should be a great tour all around.

The Rhythm Review and I are super excite to be making out Chicago debut on March 3rd as well. The Big C Jamboree is a big deal in the Rockabilly/Roots world and so many great acts have performed there. It's an honor to be on that list!

Wishing everyone well!
Adam

 

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