New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Briggs releases CD ‘Wound & Will’
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Local singer songwriter Stephanie Briggs just released the CD
"Wound & Will." Songwriters must walk a fine line on
whether to write a song in hopes it will get radio airplay or to write a song that comes from the heart.
With this album, Briggs accomplished both,
“We played a show the night before in Austin,” she said in a phone interview, “so it was like 2 a.m. before any of us got to bed then we were up again at 5 a.m. to drive to San Antonio."
When I told her the song reminded me a lot of early Beatles music, she agreed.
“You know, everyone that talks about that song says the same thing. My dad listened to the Beatles a lot when I was growing up. This was my lirst album where I was at the helm, but I was very lucky to have Bat (Manske) at The Zone Recording Studios in I)ripping Springs helping me produce it. Iie is just great at
what he does and is good at telling me what works and what doesn’t.
“He was also good at not telling me no. If I wanted to try something, he was all for letting me try it. Originally I was going to record this album in May but I just didn’t feel ready. 1 had ten songs written but then I wrote another hatch of songs that I think are even better and more appropriate for the record. The album became more of a concept album than my previous ones, which had a more random feel. “
Check out Briggs’ website at littlebravemusic.com and find her on I acebook. She plays nearly every Tuesday night at the Phoenix Saloon and will be playing a show at KorkWine Baron March 18.
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Last week, local teen club Harmony Sweet was home for the New Braunfels High School PTA benefit "Battle of the Bands’’ contest.
Owners Kevin Colis and Elizabeth MacDougall hosted a great night of music and had a great crowd. Each band was judged on performance, musical ability and audience participation — and at least one member of each band had to attend New Braunfels 1 iigh School. The grand prize
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was an eight-hour recording session to record a two-song demo CD at Dead Room Recordings Studio in San Antonio, recorded and produced by Clifton Miles.
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Fans of Elton John and Billy Joel will want to be front and center Saturday night at the Brauntex Theatre for Jim Witter and his show, “The Piano Men.” Witter has been playing the piano since the ripe old age of 4, belting out tunes by everyone from the Beatles to Broadway hits.
He signed a recording contract with Sony Music’s Canadian division in 1990. A few years later he came up with the idea for “T he Piano Men.”
Ciet your tickets at (830) 627-0808 or log onto www. Braun-tex.org.CONCERT CALENDAR
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Nelson’s sons bring tribute to Brauntex
By Dale Martin
Hock legend Ricky Nelson was just 45 when he was killed in a plane crash on his way to a New Year’s Eve concert in Dallas.
The vintage DC-3 plane once belonged to Jerry Lee Lewis and had a history of mechanical problems. Nelson and his band played a show in Guntersville, Ala., the night before, and on Dec. 31, 1985, they were headed to Dallas when the plane crashed near DeKalb, Texas.
Nelson left behind an incredible legacy of music that inspired hundreds of entertainers and was cherished by millions of fans. His twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, were 18 at the time of their father’s death. Though they were already in the music business with several hits of their own, they decided to put together a special tribute show to honor their father and his music.
That special show, “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” has been playing to packed houses across America and is coming to the Brauntex Theatre on March 19.
“This is a very personal show,’’ Matthew said in a phone interview, “because we are his sons and we are doing this show in honor of our dad. Our dad was our best friend; we knew him real well.
“We were 18 when he passed away so we got to know him, not just as our father but as a man and a musician. When we decided to put together a show hon
oring our dad, we wanted it separate from anything else we were doing. Though we might play one of our songs, just from the standpoint that our dad did encourage us to he songwriters, and we close the show with a song we wrote for this particular show, the show is based around all of his hit songs.
“This show is all about him. He was really the guy that, once you got to know him, never waved his own flag. We do this show because we love it, not because we have to do it, and that makes it different from a typical tribute show. I was just telling my sister yesterday, when I get on stage during this show, I get back so much from the audience, unlike anything else I do.
“There are so many people in the audience that grew up on our dad’s music. What we bring to the show is a musical history lesson; our dad was the most televised rock star....
“We present our dad’s timeline to the audience, from his beginning, to his teen idol days, to his coinvention of country rock with the Stone Canyon Band to where we are today.”
When Matthew and Gunnar learned about the Brauntex Theatre’s plans for expansion, they wanted to help by hosting a “Garden Party” for 100 people, which will March 18 at Gruene Apple Bed & Breakfast. There may still be a few tickets available for this intimate party, though they are going fast.
Call the Brauntex box office at (830) 627-0808.
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