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Reworked Keltic Dead Website

Hello all.

Just an update,

For those harmonica fans out there, I reworked my Keltic Dead website to take advantage of the YouTube technology a bit more. I'll be putting out more Celtic tunes with my diatonic harmonicas. My featured video at this time is Roddy McCorley. Great little tune. Hope you like it.

Shaun of the Keltic Dead. [ ]

Added by Patrick O-Shaun Young on October 23, 2009 at 8:47am — No Comments

2009 Frisco Arts Festival: BEST. FESTIVAL. EVER.

This past weekend, I was privileged to participate in the Frisco Arts Festival as a performer, service provider, and festival-goer. I have to say this is the best I’ve experienced out of a very long chain of great Frisco events. From fireworks to concerts to storytelling, the city seems to have done it all—but this one takes the prize.

Over a hundred artists—painters, sculptors, photographers—showed up to sell their wares for three wonderful days in October (the 16th, 17th, and… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on October 19, 2009 at 10:52pm — 1 Comment

Frisco Arts Festival - All too brief, but completely fantastic

To Mike Schaefer, Steve South and tge Frisco Arts organization: thank you so much for the opportunity to play at your wonderful event. Great location, great weather, I felt rather accomplished with my gig. It went by so fast, I wish I could've stayed longer.

I do hope your turnout showed great numbers, because I hope the CCSA can help provide entertainment for this event again!

Added by C. Aaron Moore on October 19, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

The Value of the Song Critique


I just wanted to thank Roger, Chris, Tony, Steve, Sam and Gary for contributing to such an excellent song critique circle on October 6. This is in no particular order, and their songs and critiques were wonderful as usual.

I just wanted to mention that this event is not just for beginners. I have been a performing songwriter for over 35 years and often facilitate/lead the event, as I did this time. Even so, I brought two new songs to be critiqued by the group. Not… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on October 9, 2009 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Lyrical Buzzwords

I recently finished a song called Guyliner. Inside of the lyrics I have contained recent buzzwords like the titular "Guyliner", "Manscara", "Manscaping", and "Metrosexuality". Now, I've read how certain scholars and certain schoolteachers have a problem with this sort of remixing of component words and generating slang from these new compound words.

The problem is that this completely dismisses the creativity and out of the box thinking that comes with the evolution of society, but… Continue

Added by C. Aaron Moore on October 9, 2009 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments

So you're tellin' me there's a chance...

Great news on the local radio front. KKXT 91.7 will launch in early November, apparently a sister station to KERA 90.1. The kicker: they will carry locally produced material for 9 to 11 HOURS A DAY!

Anyone got any contacts with public radio in Dallas? CCSA would love to support this station with all of our great talent. What an opportunity for local songwriters and musicians.

Ryan Michael Galloway

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on September 16, 2009 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Anderson Guitar Gallery and NAMS

A lot of you have wondered what happened to Anderson Guitar Gallery--the shop on Frisco's Main Street is closed. Oh, yeah, and where are we going to have our song circles now?

I am pleased to let you know that a bunch of my favorite folks have "teamed up" to take their businesses to a new level. Steve and Jennifer Anderson are now running their repair facility inside of Kelly Thomas' and Matt Gaskins' Neighborhood Arts and Music School (NAMS) at 8102 Stonebrook Parkway in Frisco… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on September 10, 2009 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Texas Blues Song Contest - All Welcome

Hey everybody, just a quick note to let you know that we are having a Texas Blues song contest on The Texas Blues Roadhouse. And we want to invite everyone to be a part of it.

Basically we are taking a very simple jazz tune by the great Jimmy Smith called "Back To The Chicken Shack" and letting each artist do an interpretation of the song. All submissions will be treated anonymously so that the judging will be fair.… Continue

Added by Michael on August 27, 2009 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

Daddy Rocks Strokers Ice House

Daddy Rocks will be performing at Strokers Ice House on Harry Hines this Saturday from 2pm till 6pm addmission is free and there are plenty of beautiful people and bikes to see.Please come out and have a burger,beer or just listen to Daddy Rocks play their originaql Texas Rockin'Blues and classic rock covers.We have a few new originals we would love for you to hear!!!!
Have a great weekend
Billy King
Daddy Rocks band

Added by Billy King on August 3, 2009 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Daddy Rocks Hunger This Weekend.............

Daddy Rocks will be performing along with many other bands @ The Curtain Club on Commerce this Sunday August 9th from 5pm till 11pm in a benefit for The North Texas Food Bank...There are kids out there who don't have a meal assistance program in the summer,and of course the elderly and less fortunate.Please,help if you can,nobody in these United States should ever have to go hungry! You can hep to this event are $10.00, and you can get them at the door or buy them online… Continue

Added by Billy King on August 3, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

PBS affiliate in Kansas picks up DU Uncuts for the fall

Fellow members,

I have been associated with Tredway and Friends for the past year. In November of 2008, Tredway and his friends went to Springfield MO to perform for DU Uncuts, a university sponsored program to promote the multi-media department.

I am pleased to report that 7 markets have picked up the program across the country. The Kansas affiliate has ran the pilot show, and has opted to pick up the entire series. The series include many singer-songwriters from this area including… Continue

Added by mudcat on July 24, 2009 at 9:09am — 3 Comments

Daddy Rocks Sez"hello,Y'all".......

My name is Billy King,and I've been a mamber now for a little while,but I haven'yt had much time,or taken the time to reach out to Y'all,mainly because I type so slooooowwww.

Daddy Rocks Band is proud to be a part of this organisation,and hopes to help out and contribute to its benefit in the future.Please feel free to contact myself or Kyle Black,or Mike Love for whatever reasons.

We would like to invite you all to join us this weekend at one of the various venues we will be…

Added by Billy King on July 22, 2009 at 9:08pm — 1 Comment

Our new member

Dear Folks,

One of our newest members and one of my oldest and closest friends, Danny Mack had a massive heart attack. He is in CCU at Baylor Downtown Dallas. It happened this morning according to eyewitness account, he was moving chairs at the Renaissance Church where he is the pastor. He complained of chest pains and pain down his left arm. He went to Baylor, where they discovered the blockage of several arteries, including one reported to be 100% closed. I am pleased to tell you that… Continue

Added by mudcat on July 11, 2009 at 5:38pm — 6 Comments

Playin' the Diatonic Harp Raw

As some know, I'm very partial to playin' traditional Celtic music on the diatonic harp. ... Well. ... To be more accurate, I try to play tunes on the diatonic harp that are in the traditions of Celtic music. There's a big difference according to the dyed-in-wool traditionalist musicians, and in some Celtic music sessions (sessiuns), I can see a lot of wincing going on when I bring out my harmonicas. They figure I'm a kid that has never gotten out of kindergarten, I guess.

Like Sean… Continue

Added by Patrick O-Shaun Young on June 26, 2009 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Losing with a Smile

This year I’ve had the fun opportunity to brag that I was nominated for 2009 Texas State Musician. As I understand it, only a handful (or two) are nominated each time this comes up. Out of several hundred thousand Texas musicians, it is truly an honor to be recognized. The Texas legislature finally got around to holding the final vote a couple of weeks ago, and I wasn’t their pick (this time). I lost to a guy down in the Hill Country who has been known to have a drug problem, financial issues,… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on June 12, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

and the story continues....

Hi Gang,

Mudcat here with another problem for our organization. A friend of mine plays bass for a famous band out of New York. They are playing in Wortham at the speedway on Saturday the 6th of June. They are looking for a venue for that Saturday night. This could be a CCSA sponsored event, the band is called Ten Man Push and they are the "official" band of motocross. In short, we need a venue, they have all their own equipment and lights including a sound man who travels with them. We… Continue

Added by mudcat on May 13, 2009 at 8:46am — No Comments

Adventures on the Road

Hi Gang!

Mudcat here, the trip to the South Texas coast was a great success. We raised over 2,000 dollars for cancer reasearch and everyone had a great time. The accomodations were impeccable. The beach house was fantastic, 3600 square feet of comfort. The air conditioner was not effected even though it was hosting around 10 people for the

weekend. We sang, laughed,and got to know each other so well. Interesting conversations from every corner. The concert was great, a nice big stage,… Continue

Added by mudcat on May 4, 2009 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

The BlueRockers ride again!

Hi Folks,

Many of you know about my association with a band called the BlueRockers in New Orleans. Many of you have heard the CD called "For Adults Only" with the bluerocking chair on the front cover. This recording was done in the Spring of 2000. It was what I saw, as my past. Well folks, all of a sudden I get an email from the Texas Music Journal.

One of their critics /reporters received a copy of the album, or he got it off of download, I didn't actually ask. At any rate, the CD… Continue

Added by mudcat on April 23, 2009 at 11:17pm — 1 Comment

4/24/09 - Live Music This Weekend (from The Roadhouse)

Hey everybody,

Looking for some great live music this weekend? The weather's great. There's no better time than now to catch some great authentic Texas artists performing their craft.

This weekend is Denton Arts and Jazz Festival Weekend. And we have information on that and more at your Home for Texas Blues, The Texas Blues… Continue

Added by Michael on April 23, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

The Things You Read On a Starbucks Cup!

From this morning's coffee cup from Starbucks: The Way I See It #7...

"What I look for in musicians is generosity. There is so much to learn from each other and about each other's culture. Great creativity begins with tolerance."

- Yo-Yo Ma, cellist.

Amen, brother.

Added by C. Aaron Moore on April 1, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

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