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Nashville!

It seems every trip I take to Nashville, it's more productive and rewarding than the last. This time around was no exception. It was magical really.

Playing/touring/recording as a member of Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels is really a great experience.

Our debut at Nashville's 5 Spot was solid. Better than solid even. We played to a full room well after midnight on a Tuesday. That's a pretty good accomplishment I feel. Keeping asses in the seats so late mid week in the busiest live music town anywhere is a win in my book.

Getting back to Knoxville, TN for another live on air performance on WDVX's Blue Plate Special was once again an honor! It's feels good to be accepted and part of such a tradition. Thanks to Red Hickey for having us back! Click HERE to listen to the archive of our performance from April 2nd at 12 pm!

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel might not normally sound like a highlight, but when you're sharing your table with your best buddies AND Wayne Moss, Lloyd Green, Eugene Moles, and Pete Wasner...well, things are probably going pretty well for you!

If you're unfamiliar with any of the names mentioned above, PLEASE do yourself a favor and look them up. Their contribution to music has been HUGE in the last half century. HUGE. 

Following up breakfast we made our way to Wayne's own Cinderella Studios in Madison, TN. Like Wayne, his Cinderella Studios is legendary. The list of music created and recorded there is beyond impressive. I must give thanks to Kenny Vaughan about now...or maybe Marty Stuart?...as Kenny was supposed to be on the session as well but an unexpected early bus call meant he had to cancel. Kenny's absence meant there was room for me to grab a guitar and get in on the session. We cut 3 new originals of Casey's and it was a mind blowing experience. Some of the finest session players the world of country music has ever known and lil' ol' me. Mind. Blown.

We knocked out the tunes quick and easy. The only bummer was that we couldn't just sit around through the rest of the night and make music together. Stories about the old days with Lloyd and Wayne, followed by tacos at Wayne's favorite neighborhood restaurant was pretty epic though ;)

We finished off our week by playing a private wedding party special guest Pete Wasner on piano! That was pretty sweet. If you've seen Vince Gill in the last 20 or so years, you've probably also seen Pete tinklin' the ivories ! Word on the street is you'll be seeing him real soon out on the road with Robin Ford !

So we are now back in Denver with about 7 new tunes in the can for the new album. It's going to be a the best recording project I've ever been involved with thus far I believe. I also think the future of REAL country music is in good hands with cats like Casey out there making it happen and I'm honored to be part of the family of musicians who gets to help make it happen.

Wishing everyone well!

Adam

Tour Recap Pt. Dos: The Road To Ameripolitan

We (The Rhythm Review) rolled into Denver late on Tuesday night. By early Friday morning I was loading my gear into the Burning Angels van and headed straight back to TX. 

Once again Lubbock was great. Both Bar PM and Local Bar are located right at the mouth of Texas Tech University and the streets seem to be crawling with people most nights of the week there. A Friday nighter at Local Bar = FULL HOUSE. Good times ! The only bummer was getting just a few hours of sleep before heading down to Austin. Then again, you're on the road to Austin so it can't really be all that bad  ;) It was kind of surreal to be back in Lubbock though. I'd just played there on Sunday and Monday and here it was, a Friday night, and I'm back in the same venue I was in on Monday night! Not all that strange if I lived in Lubbock, but I'd been from Lubbock to Denver and back in just a few days!

Paying dues. Always (and proudly) paying dues!

Saturday we found ourselves back at Ginny's in Austin (where I'd played the Saturday before) for a Valentine's Day show. We did our 2 hour show and then stayed on to back the next act: Margo Price ! I always love the challenges of being a sideman on gigs that are unrehearsed and where not all the musicians on stage have even met before. This was no exception. Truly fun and I must say, the Burning Angels nailed it!

Margo, like The Burning Angels, was in town (from Nashville) for the Ameripolitan Awards ceremony where she (like us) was nominated for an award.

Our Sunday show was at The Gypsy where we shared a bill with the most amazing Mandy Marie & The Cool Hand Lukes! A show with my sister is more than enough for a great day, but she also had John on guitar with her which only made it sweeter. That man is a true MASTER of the Telecaster! I will be making some time to steal some more of his licks ASAP!

In between the gigs over the weekend and the awards show on Tuesday night, we bounced around town to take in as much of the experience as possible. Being awards weekend, it meant that there was lots of friends/bands/fans in from all over the world, parties, and music showcases going on. Sunday was Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny's with Dale Watson & His Lonestars where we went 2 & 0 as Jeff won the first round! I won last time we were there! We also got to sit in and play a couple tunes with the band! The place was absolutely packed inside and out and it was a killer experience. 

We also spent one evening at the Broken Spoke listening to Dale & The Lonestars. It was on Saturday night I believe. Our first night back in Austin. It was great to catch up with Chris and Mike B. from The Lonestars! Both are world class players and super nice cats. I'm lucky to call them friends! 

It was also great to see Dale again, although I think he forgot who I was for a minute hahaha~ 

We also took in a couple nights at the Continental Club. One for an Ameriplitan Showcase where I got to see my friend Sarah Gayle Meech perform. She's always awesome to see/hear and her band included Chris Casello on guitar ! 

The C.C. was also the site of the awards show after party where a bunch of the nominees got up and shared the stage. I got to play guitar with Sean Mencher AND Paul Pigat that night! I was in guitar heaven! Another one of those nights that I will never forget! I even got to back Wayne Hancock WITH Sean Mencher!

The Ameripolitan Awards themselves were an experience and a half! The Burning Angels walked the red carpet in our full on rhinestoned Manuel's right behind Mr. James Burton himself! We did the photo pose for the paparazzi, Casey did an interview, and into the Paramount Theater we went!

Being nominated for Best Honky Tonk Band was an absolute honor. Seeing our name on the big screen was something to remember. Wayne Hancock presenting the award prior to our category yet calling us out as the winner? Uhhhh... Talk about an emotional roller coaster haha~ 

Unfortunately we didn't win but we were there. We were nominated. We were part of it. All pretty amazing considering we are not a Texas band or as high profile as some of the other nominees. I don't think any of us needed proof that what we do is worth the time and effort we put in, but it was a nice reminder. I predict bigger and better things to keep coming our way!

The one thing that really stood out this time was all the genuinely kind people that converged on Austin for the event. I met so many new people that I can now call friends.  I also got to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in awhile. Everyone was just so enjoyable to be around and converse with! It was a memorable experience in so many ways. A very fulfilling weekend as a musician, as a fan, and as someone who just aims to be a good person. There are so many friendly and welcoming strangers out there that are really just friends we didn't know we had yet ;)

Thank you all so much!

Adam

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Tour Recap Pt. Juan: Winter Jones Tour

It was a busy 2 week run of Oklahoma and Texas in support of our new album "California Jones". Despite an early snafu by a venue (whom doesn't deserve to be mentioned here) canceling a two night stand on us with less than 24hr notice, the tour was a definite success. 

We opened in Oklahoma City at Grandad's which is a new venue for us. The staff there is absolutely awesome and became instant friends to us. When they got word that our two nighter had been unprofessionally handled/canceled, they IMMEDIATELY stepped up to do their best to see that we had a place to perform over the weekend. Not only was our scheduled opening nighter an absolute blast, Grandad's ponied up and had back that Saturday so that we weren't left without a gig.

A SINCERE THANKS FOR THE CONSIDERATION, SUPPORT, AND KINDNESS! It will never be forgotten. If you're ever in OKC, please stop by and support a great bar that supports live music!

Opening weekend also allowed us to spend time with our favorite Okemah'ites; Melissa and Bruce! Our most awesome friends that really are just like family. How grateful we are to have y'awl in our lives!

The tour also took us on up to Tulsa. Home! It'd been awhile since we'd been there and it felt great to be back. The Colony is one of my favorite intimate music venues anywhere and to play it twice in 3 days was good for the soul. Shout out to Kb, Paul Benjaman, Tom P, and all the Oklahomies that make the Colony so awesome. 

It was also a perfect time to catch up with our old buddy Matt Mason (Hurricane Mason)! Matt is sincerely one of the nicest, truest friends anyone could ask for. It was great catching up with him and his hospitality is always a blessing. Matt was in a bad car accident on NYE and despite it all, he's carrying on like a trooper. I can't imagine going through an ordeal like his and have nothing but love and respect for him and his positive attitude. Matt is good people !

It was of course great to see lots of old friends while in Tulsa and their support is priceless to us! We love you all !

After Tulsa, it was on to Texas. Texas ! 

Music lovers in Texas are pretty amazing. They always treat us like friends and really do support and love live music. The Basement Bar in Ft. Worth is always so fun to play. Great stage and a great sound man in Thomas Flynn! Thomas also happens to be a good friend. We have much appreciation for him! It was also great to catch up with my cousin Diana from California who now lives in the DFW area! I hadn't seen her in years and meeting up in Ft. Worth of all places was a total surprise. Super sweet!

On our way down south we got to spend a night off with Mandy Marie and John out in Bartlett, TX. Mandy is like a sister to me and John is the big English guitar shredding brother I never had ;) Love those two!

Then is was on to hill country! Spicewood, TX to be exact. Poodie's Roadhouse! It was a great time as always and it's ALWAYS an HONOR to play a stage that so many legends have graced. The hospitality by the staff is always so warm and welcoming too!

Into Austin we went for a Saturday gig at Ginny's Little Longhorn! My favorite bar in maybe the whole world. Terry, Richard, Libby...everyone there...FAMILY! Just being there is always amazing. Getting to perform on that stage is bucket list level achievement to me. I can't give enough thanks for getting to be part of that place. To top it off, the crowd there was AWESOME! We more of less filled it and the support they gave us was heartwarming. Thank you all so much! 

It was a highlight of my "career" when ms. Ginny herself walked up to the stage and tipped us! Afterwards she took my hand and said how much she just loves to listen to us.

It means the world to me!

From Austin, we worked our way to Lubbock for a two nighter. I'd never played Lubbock before, but again, those TX music lovers know how to make a band feel welcomed! Thanks to Steve Forcade and Bar PM and Local Bar for having us! Playing in Buddy Holly's hometown was a thrill and the crowd response re-energized us after 2 full weeks on the road. When went busted out into a few of Buddy's tunes and the house went wild at Bar PM, it was a reminder just how important Buddy and his music is. One of my childhood heroes ! 

From Lubbock it was a long haul back to Denver.....: End of Pt. Juan

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Tis good to be home ! #colony #Tulsa #Oklahoma

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Winter Jones & Licks & Tricks!

The 2015 Winter Jones Tour is just around the corner! We're getting super excited to get back out on the road with lots of new music and well oiled Rhythm Review! 

Also, for you guitar geeks! Look for an upcoming episode featuring yours truly of the Guitar Radio Show! It will air in Feb. A recent episode featured the tune "Teahupo'O" off our California Jones album as well. You can hear it about the 7 min. mark as well as some very kind words from host Mark Daven afterwards.

Check it out HERE!

And lastly, the Licks & Tricks section of the website has been updated FINALLY! Check out and learn the main rhythm theme as well as the guitar solo of "Take These Chains (From My Whiskey)", also off California Jones.

It's the first time I've ever gone back, relearned and transcribed a solo I've played on record. I hope you dig it!

Wishing everyone well,

Adam

 

Happy 2015!

I can't believe 2105 is here! 

2014 was truly a blessed year for me and I feel like it's the precursor to an even brighter 2015 and beyond. This year Snoop and I really solidified the bond we've had since day one as partners in the Rhythm Review. We realized the album we had been wanting to share with the world and were able to finally put it out. California Jones is something we're both proud of, but it's also really just the beginning. We're also super happy to welcome James to the trio. We've done a lot of the groundwork in 2014 and we're all ready to make 2015 something special.

2014 was the year I was also able to join up with some of my best friends in the world and my FAVORITE honky tonk outfit full time: Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels! I had been subbing for the guys since 2012 here and there and we'd always wished we could play together more. It finally became a possibility and this past year with them has been a highlight of my career. We made waves in Nashville and Austin. We were nominated for an Ameripolitan Award. We shared the stage with the likes of Eugene Moles, Neil Flanz, Jock Bartley, Billy Block, and Ronnie Miller. I got my first custom Manuel jacket and got to play at his wedding reception! We recorded tracks with Tommy Detamore. We played live on the Blue Plate Special radio show....

Both bands were able to perform on the local PBS affiliate. Together, I've probably done some 200 shows in more than and a half a dozen states in 2014. Live radio shows, interviews, press, and it seems like momentum is on our/my side.

I truly believe the future is bright and only getting brighter and I count my blessings daily. I take non of this for granted. I don't believe the world owes me anything. So I continue to work hard and press forward and I'm so grateful to have all these cats by my side and to know that we are all in this together. Our hard work WILL pay off! Thank you Snoop, James, Casey, Jeff, John, and Kevin! 

Adam

2015 Winter Jones Tour Announced!

Ameripolitan Awards 2015: Voting is OPEN!

Ok y'awl! The voting is open! PLEASEEEEE VOTE FOR CASEY JAMES PRESTWOOD & THE BURNING ANGELS!

Purty please! 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

 

Thank you !!!

Adam

Sounds on 29th: Dec. 20th!

Happy Holidays 2014!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be grateful for and nothing to complain about. Life is beautiful and I realize how fortunate I am.

I hope everyone is doing well and ready for the upcoming holidays! If you're still gift hunting for your loved ones, please check out the "Purchase" page here on the site. We still have T-shirts, CDs, and stickers in stock with new designs coming soon.

Our (Rhythm Review) recently taped PBS tv performance on Sounds On 29th recently landed in my email box and I must admit that I'm very proud of it and can't wait to share it with you all! If you're in Denver, look for it to air on December 20th!

Also, I recently had the honor of being part of the 1st Annual Mile Hi Gram Jam. The event paid tribute to Gram Parsons and was hosted by Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels. I was extremely honored to share the stage with Fallen Angels Jock Bartley and Neil Flanz! What a great experience.

Just last night the Rhythm Review went into the studio and cut 3 new tunes! We are planning on releasing a vinyl EP!

Our upcoming winter tour dates are mostly finalized and we are very excited to return home to Oklahoma and of course Texas. The tour posted will be out soon!

In other big news, Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels have been nominated for an Ameripolitan Award for Best Honky Tonk act!!!

What a HUGE HUGE deal to be recognized. Looks like we'll be in Austin for the awards show on Feb. 17th!

In the meantime, we are looking forward to the holidays at home. If you're in the Denver area, please keep an eye on the calendar for both Rhythm Review and Burning Angels dates.

Wishing you all the best!

Adam

 

This weekend! Denver area friends!! UPDATE!

Slight change of plans this weekend. TWO NIGHTS @ Star Bar this weekend!

 

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