Guest contributor: Maggie Hunter
On March 5, 2011, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery received their requested wake up call to the tune of the song “Ohio,” better known as “Come Back to Texas.” The song title will be coming true this weekend. The Wichita Falls-native band, Bowling For Soup, will take the State Farm Plaza Stage at 8:45 p.m. at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.
Bowling For Soup was officially formed on June 4, 1994 in in Wichita Falls. Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, Lance Morill and Gary Wiseman played under several names before settling on their current moniker. Mixed and matched members of the band had performed as the Persecuted, the Folkadots, Slaw, Terminal Seasons, coolfork!, and Rubberneck.
There is a humorous flavor that distinguishes the music of Bowling For Soup from that of their punk rock cohorts. They manage to depict unusually specific characters and narratives in their songs, somehow without detracting from the contagious choruses. If you’ve heard “1985,” “High School Never Ends,” or “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” you know exactly what I’m talking about. Read More
Congratulations to the three winners of the Meet & Greet packages that include tickets to the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! Hundreds of folks submitted their information for a chance to win and we appreciate the wild participation by fans. Here are the randomly selected names that have already been notified on how to receive their prize packages:
Christine Thompson won two tickets for Friday, May 19, 2017 and a scheduled Meet & Greet with X Ambassadors.
Larry Crumlish won two tickets for Friday, May 19, 2017 and a scheduled Meet & Greet with The B-52’s.
Mariah Hildebrand won two tickets for Sunday, May 21, 2017 and a scheduled Meet & Greet with Shooter Jennings.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, Texas and the full schedule of events is available www.wildflowerfestival.com #WAMFest2017 Advance tickets on sale now for only $30 or a 3-day weekend pass is $65 online: https://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/1722?salesRef= .
This year the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is partnering up with UBER for a wild ride offer that will save time and money the weekend of the event! Download the UBER App on your phone and enter promo code WAMFEST2017 to receive up to $15 off your first ride.
No Account? No problem! Sign-up online using the app to receive this promo: https://get.uber.com/new-signup/wamfest2017.
The discount will automatically apply to your first ride! Discount valid for first time riders only. Read More
Who gave you the nickname “Wicked Wit of the West” and what does it mean?
My friend Steve Brooks, who is a wonderful writer and songwriter, gave me that nickname several years back. We’ve written a few songs together, including “Let the Men Buy the Beer” and “Snot-Nosed Rag.” I think he meant it kindly, but essentially it means I’m a smart-alecky tart. Read More
This Spring local artist Tammy Cunningham decided to participate in the 2017 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction, sponsored by Ebby Halliday Realtors. The pink guitar Tammy is donating to the auction is titled “Bohemian Gypsy Garden,” and believe it or not she only used markers to create the intricate designs.
A couple of times a week Tammy selected a fine point or ultra-fine point black Sharpie and as she describes, “used the marker to draw freehand what I envision as a peek into a free-spirited gypsy garden.” Look closely and you’ll notice flowers, curled ribbons, and a dragonfly resting in a peaceful place.
The custom guitar will be on display for the public May 19-21, 2017 at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival inside the Eisemann Center. Read More
Congratulations to the selected winners of the 2017 Wildflower! Student Art Contest featuring “POP Art” Portraits! Ribbons have been awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention all grade levels listed below. The students and their schools are listed on the Wildflower! website and winning artwork displayed at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, TX. The video slideshow features the winning portraits and names are detailed below: Read More
In celebration of our 25th we’re offering three wild packages for a chance to have a scheduled Meet & Greet with The B-52’s, X Ambassadors, or Shooter Jennings. Enter the contest by clicking on the band you’d like to meet and submit your contact information to be automatically added to the list.
The form requires that you include first name, last name, and email address. Sign-up for all three if you want but the links will close at midnight on May 14th and the winner to be announced on Monday, May 15, 2017. All winners will receive instructions on how to pick-up their packages at Will Call the weekend of the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, TX. Meet & Greet times are scheduled according to the band, coordinated by the Festival, and an unforgettable picture perfect encounter! #WAMFest2017 Read More
1. Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?
My credo is real simple: be kind and be thankful. I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated and to show kindness and generosity whenever I can. I suppose the thing I try hardest to do is be thankful for what I have. I’ve seen the worst parts of the world and been to war five times. I know what real suffering looks like and I know how good I have it every day. I try never to forget that.
As a songwriter, I have a simple goal for every song–something I learned when I attended a Songwriting Seminar last summer with the legendary Songwriter Steve Earle. One of the things Steve said was “your goal as a Songwriter should be to make the listener feel the emotion you felt when you wrote the song.” He explained that when a listener shares an emotion with the Songwriter (who is a total stranger) it reminds the listener that they not alone in the world. Making that connection is something I hope to do in every song I write. Read More