Let me set the scene. It was last week. I was playing on my phone (because it's 2015 and that is what people do anytime they have 8 seconds to spare). Fellow DJ Kelley Peterson walks in and asks if I'm playing Trivia Crack and I have no idea what she is talking about. She tells me it's a very popular app where you have trivia contests with other users of the apps, be they Facebook friends or random other users. She tells me I shouldn't play because with all the random stuff I got swirling in my head I would probably be addicted. I... actually listen to her. I don't play it, it does sound like something I would get addicted to. Story over right? Sorry about the misleading title.
It's the next day. Another fellow employee asks me what is the capital of Switzerland (it's Bern). That is not a question a country radio DJ in West Texas gets asked everyday (or every decade for that matter). Then she asks me another question. Then another. Before I know it we have "together" beaten a random stranger on the internet in a game of trivia. I'd been playing Trivia Crack this whole time. So of course I immediately download the app, and start playing my own games. If you are one of the few people who haven't gotten it yet it goes like this.
It is a free to download game where you play a one on one game of trivia with another player. You get asked a variety of questions in the categories of Geography, Science, Art, Entertainment, History, and Sports. Each Category is represented by a character... the first player to collect all the characters wins.
Don't let the smile on the test tube fool you... he is pure evil.
They named it Trivia Crack because they knew it was going to be addictive. I have been playing it for less than a week and at any one time I have at least a dozen games going. I am the highest ranked of all of my friends, many of whom have been playing for months. People are starting to worry about my health and sanity. This is not supposed to be an entertaining story... this is a cry for help. I need to stop playing Trivia Crack but I can't. I think my only hope now is to play it so much I burn out on it and never want to play again. So if you already do play Trivia Crack... I can't in good conscience recommend it to a newcomer because I know first hand the time it has killed. But if you want to play me my name in game is @DerrickR. I'll see you on the other side... hopefully.
Wade Bowen had his late night Talk Show debut on Conan last night. He did a great performance of his current single "When I Woke Up Today" If you missed it here is the video...
And that got me thinking of other great Texas Country acts who have appeared on late night shows. I love Texas Country, I love late night talk shows... sadly they aren't combined nearly as often as I would like but below are some of my favorites.
First here is a classic Willie Nelson performance on The Tonight Show
Here is Randy Rogers performing "Interstate" on Conan way back in 2011...
And here is non other than Ray Wylie Hubbard singing on Letterman
As Texas Country begins to grow beyond the state's borders I'm hoping to be adding a lot more artists to this list soon.
I just came across this video of Mr. Rogers. It is his acceptance speech from when he won the Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. I'd talk more about it but I'd rather just share it with you and let the man himself speak.
All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Thanks for reading and thanks for listening.
The New Year is almost here... which means it's time for everybody's favorite end of year past time.... Best of Lists! So here are my personal favorites in a variety of Categories for the best in Country Music for 2014!
Favorite Country Music Video... Dierks Bentley Say You Do
No surprise if you read my blog regularly that I love this video. Dierks is supposed to be sad but he spends the whole video doing awesome things like flying planes, driving motorcycles, and drinking whiskey in a backwoods cabin. Dierks handles heartbreak in the best possible way.
Favorite Country Newcomer Eric Paslay
I first heard Eric Paslays name as the songwriter for Eli Young Band's "Even if it Breaks Your Heart". He started in the in the country music biz the old fashion way. Writing awesome songs until he got enough attention for somebody to give him a shot at his own record. His self-titled debut album was released in early 2014 and he has been killing it ever sense. "Friday Night" "Song about a Girl" and "She Don't Love You" were all amazing singles. I hope his 2015 is even better.
Favorite Party Anthem Kyle Park Turn The Crown Upside Down
Just a good song... upbeat, it lists things, the chorus says "good times"... what more could you want?
Favorite Tearjerker Randy Houser Like a Cowboy
This one just got me right in the feels... and it would have been my favorite for Music Video as well but I don't even consider it a music video... this thing is a 7 minute long Western Movie... with a real emotional soundtrack.
Favorite 2014 Country Album Kimberly Dunn Forever On The Run
I might be biased on this one because I listened to Texas Country Artist Kim Dunn's album right after she had given one of the best Live in KICKS studio performances I have ever heard. But I popped in her CD into the car while I was driving around doing errands after work and it was so good I had to bring it inside and finish it when I got home. Check it out on iTunes, and since it was released later in the year you might not have heard a lot of it yet so it's looking like a great 2015 for Kimberly Dunn.
Favorite Country Song Roger Creager River Song
I can't even tell you why this was my favorite song of the year. And to be perfectly honest I didn't really care for it when it first came out. I didn't hate it or anything but I just didn't pay attention to it. Then one day after we've been playing it a bit (and summer was getting into full swing) it played and I somehow knew all the words already and I sang along to the entire song. Yes I sang it loudly and yes I was in the studio (Luckily we have good soundproofing). The song had crept into my brain and it's still there now. It didn't hurt that when Creager came to town he played one of the best live shows I've ever seen, just when it had gotten out of my head he stuck it right back in there with sheer force of showmanship. Kudos... kudos.
Those personally were my favorites of the year. Let me know what you agreed with and what you definitely did not agree with, or just what your 2014 favorites are!
I don't know if you noticed this or not but over the next year there are an amazing amount of amazing movies coming out. I obviously haven't seen any of them yet but I am going to call them amazing based on their trailers. Since just Thanksgiving we seem to going through a Movie Trailer Renaissance... a Trailerssance if you will. At least a half dozen upcoming mega movie blockbusters have released Trailers recently and every single one of them set new standards for what a Trailer should be. If you haven't watched them yet you're in luck because I've embedded the best ones below.
Let's start with arguably the biggest teaser trailer ever... it's been viewed over 60 million times since it was released on Black Friday... Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
New Lightsaber! Scary Storm Troopers! X-Wings flying over water! Was there a plot? No. Was there any character information? No. Am I more excited to see this movie next Christmas than I am about breathing oxygen? Yes.
Next up, a reboot/sequel/Paleontologist dreamscape... Jurassic World aka "If Disney World had Dinosaurs"
This next trailer was technically released before Thanksgiving but only because an unfinished copy was leaked online so Disney decided to release the full HD version early. It also wins the award for greatest franchise synergy because the song that is in the background is from Pinocchio but this particular cover will give you nightmares about robotic puppets.. It's the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
My 4th and final favorite recent trailer broke the mold of what a trailer should be. It's not a series of clips, it doesn't contain any graphics... it doesn't even have a voiceover. It's just one really intense uncut scene from the movie that gets you completely captivated in less than two minutes. American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood.
Do you have a favorite trailer I left out? Let me know!