Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, Billy Don Burns are just a few of the names that come up when you ask Singer/Songwriter TJ Hernandez about his heroes. TJ definitely has a distinct perspective that comes from a 20 year career in law enforcement. Yet, refreshingly enough, he is not jaded by everything he's seen, and experienced. He is hopeful, and hardworking often playing all-nighters on the weekends, while still holding down a demanding job, and supporting his beautiful family. TJ might be the embodiment of the American dream of yesteryear. An unsung hero who is quietly making a difference in the new traditional country musical landscape. A had-working family man telling his truths with a pen, and guitar.. On this episode, we talk about his inspiring debut album "Destination Unknown". The title track for me is especially compelling. It lays out his journey at this stage of his life, and imparts the motivation needed to embark on the ever elusive trek towards your dreams. It is not a pie-in-the-sky narrative, but rather what I like to call realistic optimism.This album is a sobering look at life, and the perils of the road. If you like Cody Jinks, Jamey Johnson, and Merle Haggard then you really do have to pick this one up. Just don't forget to thank me.. :)
From the #9 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 w/ top selling rock band Heartless Bastards emerges a Poet, Philosopher, and Musical Sage with wisdom well beyond his years.Having gone through loss, life’s transitions, and the battle with the bottle Jesse is a beacon willing to shed a light on the path forward. The Tender Things-Jesse’s latest project is about reconnecting with the soulfulness of emotional transparency in an earthy setting of country rock, electrified folk, and psychedelic honky tonk. In this interview we talk about songwriting, slaying your demons, and realistic optimism.. A must listen for fans of good music, and life.
On this episode, I talk to Austin's best kept secret Jesse Ebaugh,a modern traditionalist sharing his insights on music, life, and his new found sobriety. This natural Philosopher shares his wisdom on how to stay on the straight, and narrow, and his experience with the craft of songwriting.Do yourself a favor, and pick up his latest Cd "How You Make a Fool". If you've been yearning for music with well crafted lyrics circa 1970's then this one's for you. Jessie calls his music Hippie Country. It harkens back Bakersfield, and The Allman Brothers with Dickey Betts styled guitar licks, and emotive themes that are cause for pause, and reflection. This is an inspiring conversation that you will refer to time and again.
Chris Stapleton, and I've seen the future of country music, and his name is Stetson Walker! This Texas Troubadour's wistful. baritone, and soulful twang is catapulting his latest single up the Texas charts. Stetson draws from a deep well of country music tradition. He is a 9th generation Texan, and is an honorary Texas Ranger.. His mother was a regular on the Grand Ole Opry where she sang as part of the Jim & Jesse band.His grandfather is cited as one of the first musician's to bring bluegrass to the great state of Texas. Stetson's latest release reads like a who's who in country songwriting including a song from mega star Chris Stapleton. Stetson counts several of Willie Nelson's band members among his friends, and after you hear this interview, you'll be a friend too!A multi-instrumentalist, he's shared the stage with Tracy Byrd, and Mark Chesnutt among others.Check out the interview, and get to know this fine Texas Gentleman, who is a true testament of old school country tempered with thoughtful lyrics, and session level playing chops. Stetson will not be a secret for long. Don't sleep on this one. This train is building up steam, and ready to roll. I've seen the future of country music, and his name is Stetson Walker.