Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Texas Renegade loses their harp player

Kasey Klepfer the harmonica player for Texas Renegade recently sent out this statement. It will not be the same to hear Texas Renegade without Klepfer's harp wails, but best of luck to him in his new ventures. Apparently he is leaving the band in good graces. The band is taking this opportunity to seek out a new band member, harp player, or other. I look forward to see what they come up with.

After Six years and over 800 shows, I am leaving Texas Renegade. I love this band and our music, but it is time to move on to the new things in my life. I will be going to graduate school, traveling, and trying new music projects. The last six years have been so amazing. To record three albums and spend so much time with Eli, Tyson, Andy and Luke has been one of the greatest times of my life. I love them and our fans with all my heart. I will be playing until the end of December, and my last show will be at Cheatham Street Warehouse on Jan 2nd. It is only fitting that it ends where it all began. Thanks for a great six years!! "
- Kasey Klepfer - Harmonica – TXR

Monday, December 7, 2009

Our Show Last Saturday in Apline, Texas

We went down to Alpine, Texas to play a show at the Granada Theater for the Sul Ross State University Alumni Christmas Ball this last Saturday. I had never been to Alpine before but had always heard good things about the small town. Alpine, Texas is nestled in the mountains leading to Big Bend National Park. The scenery was spectacular and the town's rustic feel was a refreshing downtown to take in. Unlike many other tourist laden town traps, Alpine's buildings were a mix between the old and new blending together seamlessly to give the place an overall authentic air. There wasn't a heavily zoned downtown frozen in the "frontier" days but instead you could pick up the sense that Alpine hasn't yet totally caught up with the present.

We played in the Granada theater which has been newly renovated. The Doodlin HogWallops opened up for us. They are a local three to six piece band that played strong traditional country tunes which were refreshing, well written, and well performed. Having been newly renovated, the Granada's stage had an amazing set up. The acoustics coupled with the brand new sound system was phenomenal. If you ever happen to make your way up into the mountains make sure to catch a show there. The crowd was good and danced to just about every song we played. I truly enjoyed the visit and being there to play live music to a new enthusiastic crowd was the icing on the cake.

Also, we found our future tour bus while checking out the Transpecos Guitar store downtown.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rodney Parker and The Fifty Peso Reward

Last Saturday our band had the pleasure of opening up for Rodney Parker and The Fifty Peso Reward. I had heard of them through RadiofreeTexas.com and some of the state wide Texas Music magazines circulating around. For one reason or another I just never got around to looking up some of their music. The band was a friendly group of guys and had a lot of talent when they plugged in and took to the stage. Their live show was energized and great to watch thanks to their close knit vibe and their not "run of the mill" sound thanks to random instrument cameos such as the banjo and accordion. Songs to note from my humble opinion; "200 acres" which is a great narrative song glossing over many scenes of rural America with a catchy chorus. "Firefight" something that reminded me of almost Irish punk rock, but in a great way. This song does a good job of capturing their unique sound and giving the uninitiated a cross section of what to look forward to. All in all, it was a great live show to catch and I recommend dropping by whatever stage they are gracing and give them a listen.

Here is a recording of Rodney Parker and The Fifty Peso Reward's song "Firefight".

The music video to "200 acres".