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MEDITATING ON WILDFLOWERS – HANNAH BETHEL

What exactly is “Appalachian” vocal style?

I am not sure! It’s a comment I received from music industry critic Robert Oermann on my project, “The Freedom EP.” The full quote:

“She has a very cool Appalachian vocal style. The upbeat tune is produced perfectly with plenty of open spaces between the fiddle, dobro and steel line. The accomplished singing is as impressive as the fact that she wrote or co-wrote all of the EP’s fine songs.”

This guy can be brutally honest and I wait with bated breath each time I know he’ll be reviewing my work. Read More

“NATHAN EVANS FOX – FIDDLING LICKS & RATTLIN’ RIFFS

1. What does it mean to be selected as a finalist?

My wife and I are super new to Texas, and neither of us knew too much about the music scene here before we moved to Houston. Being selected as a top ten finalist is a really exciting way to dive into the scene and get to know so many amazing songwriters and performers. Obviously, it’s a huge honor. Read More

“HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS WITH BOWLING FOR SOUP”

Bowling For Soup – Sat, May 20, 2017

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

MEET & GREET WINNERS RECEIVE WILD PRIZES!

The B-52’s, X Ambassadors, and Shooter Jennings to perform at #WAMFest2017

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= .

UBER PROMO CODE WAMFEST2017 TO SAVE $15 ON FIRST RIDE

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

MARILYN RUCKER – WICKED WIT OF THE WEST

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

BOHEMIAN GYPSY GARDEN – ART GUITAR AUCTION

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

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