Abilene’s Jaron Bell broke on to the Texas Music scene in early 2010. Since then the young songwriter and his band have been putting miles on the roads of Texas and New Mexico, playing packed clubs and dancehalls. Jaron’s live performances have earned him the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew, Brandon Rhyder, Charlie Robison, Kevin Fowler and Mickey and the Motorcars, Jaron released his debut EP, Adios in October 2011.
“Jaron has consistently improved all aspects of his music and performance since I’ve known him. He impresses me every time I see him. He has the drive and the talent to last a long time. ”
– JB Cloud – 99.7 KBCY / Abilene, TX
It’s About Time
”Daniel Kyle’s parents always knew they had a musical kid on their hands, even before he came out of the womb: when his banjo-playing dad would strum for his pregnant wife, Daniel would kick up a storm. True to his Kentucky roots, Daniel would make the rounds with his father to local bluegrass festivals and picking parties, taking up the guitar at 13 years old after first trying the saxophone, drums and keys. "When I felt all the notes underneath me, it felt so natural and clicked almost instantly," he says. "I never looked back." Daniel moved to Nashville a decade ago and roomed with buddy Anderson East, spending time in bands (like RS Country New Artist alum Jericho Woods) and supporting Clare Dunn on the road. It may have taken years to get his solo work front and center, but his rich, melodic breed of baritone country is perfect for a moment that finally embraces the Stapletons and the Sturgill Simpsons of the world.
He Says: "It's given artists like us an opportunity to be heard," Daniel says about the current state of country. "People are catching the curve ball, and going, 'Whoa, what is that?' It's different than what people are getting fed by the mainstream. For true music lovers, it's a great thing. These different looks, throwback sounds, live-to-tape versus digital machine-produced content. People are hungry for it." (Källa Rolling Stone)
”In a time when many artists are striving to find their identity, Erick Willis is slowly leaving his mark on the scene, with a personality that is true and not just a stage persona. Taking cues from the music he was raised on Erick is blending soulful melodic lyrics, with the deep groove of roots-rock and as his lyric says, "with some of the harder stuff." Showcasing a smooth voice with an excellent upper register, uniquely gravely at times, and always pleasant to the ear, Erick is bringing lots of soul to the mix, along with undeniably Texas inspired lyrics.
Getting his start at an early age, Erick has been no stranger to performing. Growing up in Henrietta, Erick spent countless Sunday's in church with his grandmother learning to love the craft of singing through the choir and holiday specials Erick found his passion for music. Whether it was singing in the choir, traveling to perform in the Texasville Opry, Johnny High's Country Music show, the Texas Gold Country Music Show, or simply talent shows, Erick never lost that drive. One might say Erick was born to perform and entertain and they would be right.
Through a sold mix of musical styles, and a great supporting cast of family and friends, Erick began to form a genuinely unique ear for music and a solid grasp on life and how to live. As a freshman in high school, Erick took up guitar class and began to learn how to create his own blend of music. It really didn't take long for Erick to realize he had found his calling, and so began his journey as an independent artist. From open mic nights, to talent shows, to late night recordings at a friends home studio, Erick quickly found himself as a performer and not just a guy who could pick out a few cords.
Erick is poised to find success at a great level in this business. Though a unique approach to performing and writing, Erick will continue to be appreciated for many years to come, and be no stranger to the joy that can be found when a melody through six strings meets the power of emotion in true lyrics.
”Muscadine Bloodline’s Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster both grew up playing music in Mobile, Alabama, with mutual friends saying they should connect. But their first official meeting didn’t happen until about six years ago, when Muncaster’s college band was playing a show in Mobile and needed an opening act. Stanton got the call. “After the show, we kept in touch when I moved off to Hattiesburg for college,” Stanton explains. During his junior year at the University of Southern Mississippi, Stanton started his own band and the two began swapping opening slots and writing together.
After graduation in 2015, Stanton headed to Nashville while Muncaster commuted from Alabama to play and write with him. “We started getting a real good chemistry and our harmonies sounded great with each other,” Stanton says. In October of that year, Muncaster made his move and, the very next week, the guys were in the studio cutting three songs. Muscadine Bloodline became a reality upon their release in December 2015, and “we haven’t looked back since,” Stanton adds.
With a soulfulness in their harmonies and a catchiness in their hooks, the music Muscadine Bloodline puts out echoes the combination of classic country and Southern rock they both grew up listening to, from the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Eric Church and Blackberry Smoke. Unlike many artists in contemporary country, MB leans away from frivolity and into earnestness, a reflection of their own lives and loves. Thinking about country music, Stanton notes, “I fell in love with the stories, not the sound. As a writer, it is cool to put myself in a situation, whether it directly applies to me or not. That’s why I love country music and that’s why we love writing about real topics, instead of party anthems.”