You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Polished Edge: K-Town heats up with Texas music, barbecue
Kosciusko’s third annual “Kickin for a Kure” welcomes music powerhouses the “Randy Rogers Band,” Robert Earl Keen, and Aaron Watson as they perform live on Saturday, July 13, in the Kosciusko Hall at 7975 F.M. 541 E. in Stockdale.
‘Randy Rogers Band’
The “Randy Rogers Band” is a hard-hitting, no-frills band that averages more than 200 tour dates a year on a road in which, as their new studio album intimates, “Trouble” is always just around the corner. Teaming up for the first time with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, “Cage the Elephant,” “The Wallflowers”), the Texas five-piece dove headfirst into songs of loss, love, and, above all, truth. “At times it cuts deep and you can hear the pain,” said Rogers. “But it’s honest, it’s real.” The band has always enjoyed critical acclaim, thanks to their signature blend of outlaw edge coupled with guy-next-door charm. This album takes that duality to the next level and gives us all a reason to get into some “Trouble.”
Rogers has performed with Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert, and opened for “The Eagles” at Indio’s Stagecoach Festival. The “Randy Rogers Band” has performed on the “Late Show” with David Letterman, and the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
Robert Earl Keen
Keen was born Jan. 11, 1956, and is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the Central Texas Hill Country. Debuting with 1984’s “No Kinda Dancer,” the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels. His songs have also been covered by several different artists from the country, folk, and Texas country music scenes, including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, “The Highwaymen,” Nanci Griffith, and the “Dixie Chicks.” Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana movements. Additionally, although Keen has toured extensively both nationally and internationally throughout his career, he has long been heralded as one of the Lone Star State’s most popular and consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Watson has been through a lot in his 12-year career: 11 albums, the birth of four children, countless hours on the road, and many more still spent toiling away at his guitar. He’d give all the credit to God, but it’s also the result of a long career inspired by the greats of country music -- George Strait, Chris Ledoux, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. His music has formed into a unique sound that is at once both purely new, and representative of a grand Southern tradition.
Watson’s career has been, as he would put it, “slow and steady; a long distance race and not a sprint.” Though he currently lives in Abilene, he was raised in Amarillo on his father’s record collection that not only included classic country, but also acts like the “Beach Boys” and “The Beatles.”
Ask Watson what inspires him -- and his music -- and he’ll list three things: family, fans, and faith. After a series of records including one of gospel songs titled “Barbed Wire Halo” and another a dual disc CD/DVD, “Aaron Watson LIVE: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Watson feels his most recent album, “Real Good Time,” is the pinnacle of his musical tenure thus far. He has sold more than 150,000 records, seven No. 1 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and four albums that debuted on the Billboard charts.
So kick your feet up as Watson sings, and let a country boy show you a real good time.
Attendees can also participate in the IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cook-off and a washer tournament. General admission will be $25 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For more information or presale tickets, visit ktownhall.com.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
Austin’s oldest museum offers daily tours (June 22, 2016)
Dine out with The ROCK (June 22, 2016)
Esparza reunion planned for July 9 (June 22, 2016)
Free guided hikes at Enchanted Rock (June 22, 2016)
Getting your hands dirty — in the garden with Iris Seale (June 22, 2016)
Men: Pay attention to your health (June 22, 2016)
Movies in the Park (June 22, 2016)
New Pioneer Playroom offers hands-on learning (June 22, 2016)
Old newspaper makes memories ‘Local and Personal’ (June 22, 2016)
Poth church to celebrate 90 years (June 22, 2016)
See Legacy of Leadership exhibit in Washington (June 22, 2016)
SS museum plans meeting (June 22, 2016)
Tips for a safe trip to the beach (June 22, 2016)
Wall pocket (June 22, 2016)
Area seniors invited to Bingo Tuesdays (June 15, 2016)
Art Walk America contest deadline is June 23 (June 15, 2016)
Attend picnic at Dewees-Remschel House June 15 (June 15, 2016)
DRT receives honors at state convention (June 15, 2016)
Hear patriotic tunes in Pleasanton (June 15, 2016)
It’s gone! The Spot is gone! (June 15, 2016)
Join WASP for summer season (June 15, 2016)
Jubilee offers fun for the whole family (June 15, 2016)
Martinez Social Club keeps you dancing (June 15, 2016)
Meet 2016 Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee, rodeo court candidates (June 15, 2016)
Moms walking group invites members (June 15, 2016)
Napoli Glass (June 15, 2016)
Oak Hills Church plans yard sale (June 15, 2016)
Ramirezes celebrate golden anniversary (June 15, 2016)
See free movies at Arcadia (June 15, 2016)
Sutherland Springs seeks volunteers (June 15, 2016)
Vendors needed for Freedom Fest (June 15, 2016)
Witness Summer Solstice performance (June 15, 2016)
Add amphibians to your landscaping (June 8, 2016)
Enjoy free summer movies at Rolling Oaks Mall (June 8, 2016)
Enjoy Pilgrim Opry (June 8, 2016)
Gene Watson in Kerrville (June 8, 2016)
Hear ‘Bach to Luckenbach’ (June 8, 2016)
Hummel plate (June 8, 2016)
June dances in Geronimo (June 8, 2016)
Meet for Play Dates in the library (June 8, 2016)
OLPH names 2016 Mother of the Year, May Queen (June 8, 2016)
Prepare to enter cool creation in Ice Cream Freeze-off (June 8, 2016)
Remember Flag Day June 14 (June 8, 2016)
Running group plans June 11 run (June 8, 2016)
St. Ann Teen ACTS plan 5K Color Run (June 8, 2016)
Take Dad out to FatherFest June 19 (June 8, 2016)
The old Wagenfuehr house in Bleu Casa Village (June 8, 2016)
Tracking an icon in the ‘horned lizard capital of Texas’ (June 8, 2016)
Building communities (June 1, 2016)
Cowboy penknife (June 1, 2016)
Garcia receives Linda West Scholarship (June 1, 2016)
Garner State Park celebrates 75 years (June 1, 2016)
Libraries prepare to launch ‘Reading Is So Delicious!’ summer program (June 1, 2016)
Lutheran Church windows relocated for a little TLC (June 1, 2016)
St. Helena Men’s Club plans picnic (June 1, 2016)
Stockdale’s early beginnings (June 1, 2016)
The progression of the classic ‘koozie’ (June 1, 2016)