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Jun 2, 2010 Budro's Ardmore Oklahoma USA
May 29, 2010 Baytown Little Theatre Baytown Texas USA
May 28, 2010 Last Chance Saloon Plano Texas USA
May 21, 2010 Private Party Gainesville Texas
May 20, 2010 Agave Stephenville Texas USA
Apr 30, 2010 River Ridge Restaraunt Thackerville Oklahoma USA
Apr 24, 2010 Germanfest Muenster Texas
Apr 24, 2010 Germanfest Muenster Texas
Apr 10, 2010 Private Event Gainesville Texas
Apr 9, 2010 Private Party Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Apr 1, 2010 Hondo's On Main Fredeicksburg Texas US
Mar 28, 2010 The White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth Texas US
Mar 27, 2010 Private Event New Braunfels Texas
Mar 26, 2010 Private Event Denton Texas
Mar 25, 2010 Love & War in Texas Plano Texas US
Mar 22, 2010 The Hideaway on Dunvale Houston Texas USA
Mar 20, 2010 Ozona Grill & Bar Dallas Texas US
Mar 5, 2010 Frenki's Capriccio Azle Texas
Feb 26, 2010 The Hideaway on Dunvale Houston Texas USA
Feb 25, 2010 Hondo's On Main Fredeicksburg Texas US
Feb 23, 2010 River City Grille Marble Falls Texas US
Feb 3, 2010 The White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth Texas US
Jan 28, 2010 Love & War in Texas Plano Texas US
Jan 26, 2010 Love & War in Texas Plano Texas US
Jan 20, 2010 Westin La Cantera Resort San Antonio Texas USA
Jan 15, 2010 Bandera Dallas Texas US
Jan 9, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat Colorado US
Jan 8, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat Colorado US
Jan 7, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat Colorado US
Jan 6, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat Colorado US
Jan 5, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat Colorado US
Jan 4, 2010 The Music Fest Steamboat CO USA
Jan 1, 2010 Lola's Fort Worth Texas US
Dec 31, 2009 R J's Branding Iron Gainesville Texas US
Dec 26, 2009 The Main Street Pub Gainesville Texas US
Dec 5, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano Texas US
Nov 28, 2009 Hat Trick's Lewisville TX USA

 

Nov 7, 2009 Red 55 Winery Lindale TX USA
Nov 6, 2009 White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth TX USA
Oct 24, 2009 Main Street Pub Gainesville TX USA
Oct 15, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA

 

Oct 10, 2009 The Salt Lick Driftwood TX USA

 

Oct 9, 2009 The Salt Lick Driftwood TX USA

 

Oct 7, 2009 Bandera Dallas Texas US
Sep 19, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA
Sep 9, 2009 The White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth TX USA
Sep 5, 2009 Shooter's Gainesville TX USA

 

Aug 28, 2009 The Press Box Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 27, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA

 

Aug 25, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 23, 2009 Adair's Saloon Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 18, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 16, 2009 Adair's Saloon Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 11, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 9, 2009 Adair's Saloon Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 8, 2009 Private Party Gainesville TX USA

 

Aug 7, 2009 The Press Box Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 4, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 2, 2009 Adair's Saloon Dallas TX USA

 

Aug 1, 2009 55 Red Winery (Miranda Lambert's family wine bar/store) Lindale TX USA

 

Jul 31, 2009 Shooter's Gainesville TX USA

 

Jul 28, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Jul 19, 2009 The Salt Lick Driftwood Tx USA
Jul 18, 2009 The Salt Lick Driftwood TX USA
Jul 14, 2009 Cretia's Dallas TX USA

 

Jul 11, 2009 Combine Summerfest Seagoville TX USA
Jul 7, 2009 Creatia's Dallas TX USA

 

Jul 4, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA
Jul 1, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
Jun 30, 2009 Creatia's Dallas TX USA
Jun 27, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA

 

Jun 26, 2009 Lake Party Fort Worth TX USA
Jun 20, 2009 Summer Balloon Classic Midlothian TX USA
Jun 18, 2009 Dan's Silverleaf Denton TX USA
Jun 7, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
Jun 5, 2009 Blaine's Pub San Angelo TX USA
Jun 4, 2009 Hondo's Fredericksburg Tx USA
May 31, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
May 30, 2009 Private Party Gainesville TX USA
May 28, 2009 Shuck N' Jive Dallas TX USA
May 24, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
May 23, 2009 Lake Party Lake Worth TX USA
May 17, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
May 17, 2009 Love & War in Texas Plano TX USA
May 16, 2009 Private Lake Party Gainesville TX USA
May 14, 2009 Shuck N' Jive Dallas TX USA
May 13, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
May 3, 2009 Sol Irlandes Dallas TX USA
May 2, 2009 Hat Tricks (CD RELEASE) Lewisville TX USA

We practiced up and put on a good, tight show as a band, a good group of friends and fans showed up. Chris White, and his friends Ryan and Chelsea, TOmmy Back and Tayben, Mat Jackson, Brandon Glazners SHOWED up... hadn't seen him since HS. a great time was had by all here at the CD Release Party. Considering the torrential rain, swine flu scare, and the fact that Kenny Chesney, Dave Mathews, and Hank Jr were all in town, Tony Avezzano at Hat Tricks and I were both really happy with the night, and I can't wait to play Hat Tricks again. Since the rain still put a damper on who could make it out to the CD Release Party, we will be having ANOTHER one at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on Thursday June 18th! So Mark your calendars!

May 2, 2009 Cottonwood Park Richardson TX USA

We got out gear loaded into a tent at The Cottonwood Arts Festival around 2 pm and Fred Allen, the stage manager, was there to greet us and help get us set up. That's when it began to rain a little. We started our set and there was still a good number of rain or shine partiers that were ready to get down in the mud... us included! Haha! Or I was at least! My guitarist, Tom, with his broken leg was looking over his shoulder with fear and a puddle of water rolled closer and closer to his power strip!

Anyway, four songs into our set we got word that we had to shut it down and that The City of Richardson had called the Festival off due to rain. We were officially rained out... and THAT'S when THE BIG ONE blew in!

As the crowd scattered, Fred jumped onstage and it was a mad rush for all of us to get all the gear piled in the center of the stage and get the wall flaps closed up as GOBS of rain just pelted everything and the creeks rose!

We were huddled under the cover of the stage for about 30 minutes when we received word that The Dallas Cowboys Training Facility had been destroyed by the storm! So there we sat stranded in our little Tent/Stage with ALL of our prized gear inside thinking, "Oh Shit. Are we gonna die?"

Luckily no, the storm passed and we were unscathed, and though the show was bust, we still got paid, Fred told us he wanted us back in October, and we got to go have our fill at the food tent after we had loaded all our gear out! Luckily I had my pair of Keens out in my truck... kind of a river shoe I use for kayaking and hiking. I put those on and rolled my pants up a little. That was a good thing because between us and the food tent was a GIANT puddle/lake that USED to be the fair grounds! So Tom, with his crutches and a big cast on his leg was like "Shit man... umm?"

Cory and Justin were finding creative ways to hop around and through the lake/puddle, which was about a foot deep in spots. But Tom was out of luck getting to the food on his own, so we raided the food tent wounded soldier style. I put Tom on my back, crutches and all and trudged through the lake/puddle in my Keens! And we feasted at the table of glory!

While we were eating, my friend David DiMuzio called. He is the guy I cowrote Country Summer Days with and he lives in Nashville. He was calling to say that he was driving down 21st Avenue and right next to him was Kieth Urban driving down 21st Avenue as well! Haha, a fun side note to our day.

Anyway the fun wasn't over. We still had our CD Release Party at Hat Tricks in Lewisville that night! So we planned to rendezvous at Hat Tricks around 9 pm. Justin and Tom both went home for a while, while Cory and I went up to my house in Denton to catch a little rest.

We were chilling in the house watching the news when I looked out and saw a CREEK running through our side yard! It was POURING! Behind my house there are some trials that meander through the woods and by Lake Sharron. I run on them a lot. When Lake Sharron gets high, it overflows into what is the headwaters of Hickory Creek. When it rains at all, that little creek rushes so hard it resembles a Colorado snow melt... only the water is green instead of clear.

So I told Cory about it and said I bet it was probably a raging mess back there and might be cool to see. Cory is always down for an adventure and siad "That actually sounds like a lot of fun." So we made panchos out of trashbags and set out through the woods, in the rain. It was about dusk. We could HEAR the spillway long before we actually got to it, and when we did, it was like all hell had broken loose! The Lake was about 6 feet above the spillway and a raging river about 50 feet wide was just PLOWING through the woods and around trees! It was crazy. The ground was so soupy we had to be careful to not sink in it! We got a good look at the river before we decided to head back. We were going to take a different road that runs along the bank of Lake Sharron but found that lake Sharron was so high, it had flooded the road! We tried to wade through it, but when it got thigh high on my 6'5" ass, I got the heeby jeebies and so did Cory. So we took to the woods and found a trail on higher ground. Once we did, we looked at the clock and were like, "Crap! we gotta get to Hat Tricks! So there we were running on a trail through the woods in a torrential downpour, in the dark! It was AWESOME! We got to the house, put on some dry clothes and got to Hat Tricks just in time to meet Justin and Tom and set up for the show... and that's another story! (See CD Release Party at Hat Tricks)

Apr 30, 2009 Shuck N' Jive Dallas TX USA
Apr 24, 2009 Private Lake Party Milam TX USA
Apr 23, 2009 Shuck N' Jive Dallas TX USA
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