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

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

 

I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year! I know I did and was lucky enough to share it with my lovely wife and some really great friends at our favorite local bar. I'm truly grateful for this life and those I get to share it with!

It's home for a few nights rest and then off to Europe for 4 weeks with The Burning Angels. We'll be spreading the classic honky tonk across the sea with the great folks of Belgium and The Netherlands. It will be the first time this band has made the journey and I am looking forward to sharing it with them. 

We return at the end of January before we head back down to Texas at the beginning of February for the Ameripolitan Awards and our accompanying tour in the days leading up to the awards show. 

With so much going on, it's tough to always stay up to date with write ups on things, but please follow my photo page or my Instagram page to see the places I am and the great people I get to share it with.

Happy 2016! Be well y'awl!

Adam

Just wishing you all a great one! See you in 2016!

For our Denver area friends, I'll be playing Thursday night (New Years Eve) with my good friends Mark Verschoor and Mike Ray as the D-Town Hot Shots at Rockabillies in Arvada, CO! Music starts at 8. We'll just be having a ball playing whatever we feel like and whatever anyone wants to hear~

Come join the fun!

Immediately after the New Year I'll be heading back across the pond with The Burning Angels as we start our winter European tour. We'll be bringing the honky tonk to our Belgian and Dutch brothers and sisters! I can't wait to see all my friends over yonder!

Wishing everyone well!
Adam

 

***JUST ANNOUNCED: CASEY JAMES PRESTWOOD & THE BURNING ANGELS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST HONKY TONK BAND AT THE 2016 AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS IN AUSTIN, TX!!! PLEASE GIVE US YOUR VOTE!!

Email voting begins Nov. 26th. In the meantime you can place your vote and donate to the cause using the Ameripolitan smart phone app for both Android and iPhone. Thanks for the support! ***

 

The prison and the nursing home. The two places couldn't have been so different yet so alike. Neither at first glance seemed like any sort of place for a raucous trio to set up and play music at. Especially when you compare them to the usual honky tonk dives we're used to.

Both places required us to play EXTREMELY quiet. The prison less so, but still. QUIET. Neither had a stage so we set up on the floor.

With that comes a level of awkwardness and discomfort in the performance aspect of what we do. Sure, we can stand there and play our asses off, but we're usually given the space and environment to let loose a bit and really get into the music with the crowd.

The prisoners were only 10 deep. They sat in a few small rows of chairs in a very stark and cold room. Much like an elementary school classroom minus the carpet, the decorations, or the ambiance of youthful exuberance. Instead, it was rather quiet and somewhat uncomfortable. At first. 

Song by song, the inmates settled in and in turn, so did we. They went from stone faced stares, to singing along, bopping their heads, clapping along, and stomping their feet in beat with the band. Eventually requests for some of their favorite artists/tunes came. Slowly but surely they begin interacting. Laughing at our on stage silliness. 

At many points it was obvious that they were connecting lyrically to songs. Songs I wrote no less.

It began to get overwhelming. The nursing home eventually did too....

We set up in a corner of the cafeteria. Again, it reminded me a bit of grade school, only this cafeteria was many decades newer than what I remember school being like.

Many folks were unable to walk unassisted. They're were many wheelchair bound folks. Many with canes or walkers.

The amount of dancing that took place was mind blowing. They would help each up and dance their asses off. Some danced IN their wheelchairs. 

The language barrier was most prominent at this gig but they made sure to communicate with us. They made it known that they were enjoying themselves. You could feel it in the room and see it in their demeanor. 

During the hour and change we played, it felt like the whole room (including us) all hit our stride at the same time.

And like the prison, when we as a whole hit our stride, it went from a room full of inmates and a room full of OLD folks, to just a room of people. Happy people connecting through something that we all had in common. And it wasn't in any specific songs or genres necessarily, but just in music. In being human. In our natural response to music that speaks to us.

THAT is why I do what I do. THAT is why I struggle to stay afloat in this "system" and continue to do so for the music.

The two possibly strangest gigs I've ever done were the most rewarding. The most fulfilling and the biggest reminders as to why I do this and why I should CONTINUE to do this despite the difficulties in keeping it alive.

It's the best way I know how to connect with people and to hopefully bring some joy into their lives. 

I think I can speak for Johnny and Daniel on that one. 

Those were unforgettable gigs and we walked in as 3 dudes who just happened to walk out as 3 different dudes.


~Adam

The band. 

Most of you notice that "The Rhythm Review" has a generally had a small, but rotating cast of characters. It's normal for working bands to have subs somewhat often as life and other commitments tend to conflict with a band from time to time.

Touring really makes things more difficult in a lot ways as the time commitments and travel expectations further complicate "real" lives back at home for musicians and their families.

So to have a couple guys willing to have your back, believe in your music, and share your vision for a band, it's quite humbling.

Daniel and Johnny both go back a ways with me and my music. Johnny and I began playing together some 10 years ago in Oklahoma. Both as part of my trio and as remnants of the Starkweather Boys: Johnny's band with the one  and only JD McPherson.

Daniel and I did a run of shows together in Colorado back in 2012.

Both these guys are killer players and together make an unbeatable rhythm section. The things they are able to do with the most simple of tools is quite amazing. A small drum kit; an acoustic upright bass;  and that's it. 

So what else stands out from our European adventure? The band. They were and are great players before we left but what they've become since is awesome. We've now come to a place where they ARE The Rhythm Review and it's so much fun and so fulfilling as a songwriter and bandleader to have them behind me. 

It's an honor.  They started from a well respected place as it were and have become a monster of a rhythm section.

The new album we are planning. The winter tour in the works. The next European tour (June/July 2016 ). I am looking forward to all of it and more.

Making music with these cats is an honor.

~Adam

 

 

 

People keep asking me what it was like. How was your tour? It's tough to put into words. Words seem inadequate when you really just had to be there. 

The people.

That's what I think of first upon reflection. Our hosts; Benny, Mattias, and Sieban. So grateful for them opening up their home and lives to share with us. 

Robin, Kris, Omar (w/Benny and Mattias). Immediately we were all friends. Family even. Our first night out just 24hrs after arriving in Belgium, we all went out for a jam session in Antwerp that Omar happened to host. There was no "getting to know" anyone it seemed. We were just one. Like we'd known each other all our lives. 

It was something you feel, not explain. That's what makes reflecting and then writing about it difficult. Maybe if I were to wait another month, year, decade, or more to sit back and try and explain, I would feel different but when do you say when?

The other folks we met along the way; Kenny and Jessy. Without their help things would have been so much more difficult. We were well cared for and it really meant a lot to us that we had such a great team. Gert did well to surround us with great people.

Victor, who stepped up and loaned Johnny a bass for the majority of the tour. That was a HUGE help in making sure Johnny had a worthy instrument and therefore much more fun. 

Tom, Dax, J.P. , the countless names I am forgetting, the crowds, the folks that worked and owned all the amazing cafes and pubs, all the crew members at all the festival who treated us so well...everyone really. 

The people of Belgium and the Netherlands were so down to earth. They were very straight forward and I really appreciated that. The diversity was beautiful.

Running to some other Americans while there was a nice surprise too. Robert, Kevin, Ashley...aka Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys! That was a most awesome hang; running into friends from home, so far away from home....priceless!

Running into Americans who just happened to also live in Denver?? They were walking down an old cobblestoned street in Brugge, heard some Johnny Cash blasting from a bar and wander in...Kristana and Brian...yet again we found ourselves surrounded by good people. It is indeed a small world after all.

 

 

 

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Our month long tour of Belgium and the Netherlands winds up this weekend with two more Netherlands dates. It's been a mind blowing experience. Writing about it, I'm not sure I can convey the magnitude or special place it's found in my life just yet. The more of the world I see, the more I want to see. People are beautiful. We are so very different yet so very much the same. 

It's something I could only dream of growing up. To see my dreams come to fruition because of that old guitar; it's a blessing. It's validation that chasing that feeling I get on the inside so that I could share it with people on the outside; all the time spent, sacrifices, casualties along the way, the good times, the frustrating times, all of it; it's been more than worth it. 

I'm a very very fortunate and I can't wait to see what the future holds. More hard work. More sacrifice. More learning. More surprises. 

I'm sure the music I make in the future will continue to reflect my version of life, only now there is more of it to share. Until then, please head over to the "Photos" page or CLICK HERE and see some of my snap shots.

 

One love.

Adam

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