Album Feature – Quaker City Night Hawks – QCNH

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Mar 122019
 

By Joshua Wallace

QCNH is actually my first exposure to this Texas country rock outfit.  It is to the best of my knowledge their fourth full length release.  I am going to have to dig deeper into this band’s discography because I’m digging their blend of classic rock sounds with southern rock influences on this record.  This album is another release in a banner year for southern and country rock music.  2019 is turning out to be amazing if you like your rock n roll with a bit if twang.

The album kicks off with “Better In The Morning” which is a rocking number that has a smooth Tom Petty riff on a track that highlights the band’s smooth vocals.  Speaking of smooth vocals, look no further than the funky “Suit In The Back”.  The band evokes ZZ Top vibes with it’s heavy funky feel on this track.  I really dig the fuzzy guitar solo on this one.  “Pay To Play” starts out with some interesting percussion before stretching out to create a bass heavy smooth acoustic jam.  This is one of the tracks that shows the versatility of a band like Quaker City Night Hawks.  Speaking of versatility, you actually find some honky tonk piano on the groovy “Fox In The Henhouse”.  When it’s mixed in with a crunchy riff and bluesy vocals it creates one hell of track.  The solo kicks things into high gear and never lets go.

An early contender for favorite track of the year is “Hunter’s Moon”.  It has a riff that evokes some classic metal vibes.  It would feel right at home on a 70’s throwback metal album but here it just ads to the ever growing versatility of this record.  The band features an epic folk moment in the track “Elijah Ramsey”.  It reminds me of something like Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle Of Evermore” in that it has the same epic scope to it.  “Tired Of You Leaving” brings back the smooth vocals over a slow funky track.  Just when you think the band couldn’t add another element to their sound, the chorus brings in the horns and it just adds to the pallet of the track and album as a whole.

This album from the Quaker City Night Hawks has everything you would want in a funky countrified southern rock record.   This 3 piece from Forth Worth, TX brings it all to the plate and mixes it together for one killer record.  I for one look forward to experiencing them live one day as I love a band that can bring a variety of sounds to the table.  QCNH is out everywhere you will find good music as of March 1st, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Better In The Morning, Suit In The Back, Pay To Play, Hunter’s Moon, Elijah Ramsey, Tired Of You Leaving

Quaker City Night Hawks – QCNH (2019)

  1. Better In The Morning
  2. Suit In The Back
  3. Colorado
  4. Pay To Play
  5. Fox In The Henhouse
  6. Hunter’s Moon
  7. Elijah Ramsey
  8. Grackle King
  9. Tired Of You Leaving
  10. Freedom

2019 Music Festivals: Heart Of Texas Music Festival.

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Mar 122019
 

Deep in the heart of Texas is a man named Mr Tracy Pitcox who spearheads a Texas Music community called Heart Of Texas Records. You sometimes hear me metion their performers in my articles, like this spring where I watched Mr Justin Trevino take home an Ameripolitan Award.

He runs a beautiful museum out there, that I have yet to see but it is definitely high up on my bucket list for the near future. Every year they host a week long festival featuring a huge list of great Texas Traditional Country music, and every year I featureh whatthey do.

30th Heart of Texas Country Music Festival

Brady, Texas

Tickets On Sale Online Beginning January 29, 2019 9:00 AM

30th Heart of Texas Country Music Festival

Brady, Texas

Tickets On Sale Online Beginning January 29, 2019 9:00 AM

March 15 (Friday) Brady Civic Center

8:00 PM       Johnny Rodriguez With Landon Dodd & The Dance Hall Drifters  $25

March 16 (Saturday) Brady Civic Center    

10:00 AM     Tommy Horton At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum (Donation)

2:00 PM        Heart of Texas Concert Featuring (Headliner To Be Announced), Darrell McCall, Norma Jean, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Justin Trevino, Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson, Mona McCall, Landon Dodd, Dallas Wayne & Frankie Miller $21

8:00 PM        Heart of Texas Dance Featuring (Headliner To Be Announced), Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Justin Trevino, Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson, Mona McCall, Landon Dodd, Dallas Wayne & Frankie Miller $25

March 17 (Sunday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

3:00 PM       Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church Show with Special Guests Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson and Tommy Horton (Donation)

March 18 (Monday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

7:00 PM        The Tommy Hooker Band      $15

March 19 (Tuesday)   Heart of Texas Events Center

7:00 PM        Justin Trevino’s Two Step Tuesday Dance with Robert Weeks, Mona McCall and Jim Loessberg $15

March 20 (Wednesday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

12:00 PM        Heart of Texas Steel Guitar Show (Free Admission)

7:00 PM         Jeff Woolsey and the Dance Hall Kings   $20

March 21 (Thursday)  Brady Civic Center 

12:00 PM       Heart of Texas Jam Featuring The Kenastons (Free Admission)

8:00 PM         Jake Hooker & The Outsiders And Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys $25

March 22 (Friday)  Brady Civic Center 

9:00 AM        Darrell McCall & Friends Golf Tournament Call (830) 570-7582

8:00 PM         Johnny Bush And The Bandoleros With Tony Booth  $25

March 23 (Saturday)   Brady Civic Center 

10:00 AM       Tommy Horton & Chuck Hancock At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum

2:00 PM          Heart of Texas Concert Featuring Moe Bandy and the Americana Band, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Norma Jean, Landon Dodd, Mona McCall, Dottsy, Rance Norton, Kim Murray & Chuck Hancock $21

8:00 PM           Heart of Texas Dance Featuring Moe Bandy and the Americana Band, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Landon Dodd, Mona McCall, Dottsy, Rance Norton, Kim Murray & Chuck Hancock $25

We highly suggest that you book your hotel rooms at this time to guarantee that you will have a place to stay in Brady. The hotel contact numbers include: Best Western (325) 597-3997, Holiday Inn Express (325) 597-1800, Sunset Inn (325) 597-0789 and the Gold Key Inn at (325) 597-2185. Please tell them that you are coming for the Country Music Festival as most have a special rate for those attending the functions. RV reservations at (325) 597-2152 and ask for Tina Keys.

The Heart of Texas Country Music Association grew from the Hillbilly Hits Fan Club, a group established to promote the Hillbilly Hits Radio show from KNEL FM 95.3 in Brady. The traditional Country Music radio show is hosted by Tracy Pitcox and features requests and interviews with the legendary figures of the industry including George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kitty Wells, Ray Price, Bob Wills, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.

The association, which boasts 1,000 members, promotes the Mason and Llano Country Opry shows at the Odeon and Lantex Theaters. The organization has sponsored many Country Music entertainers at those venues including Ray Price, Gene Watson, Kitty Wells, John Conlee, Freddie Hart, the Geezinslaws and Jean Shepard among others. The group also plans various trips to Branson and Nashville and operates Heart of Texas Records with projects currently by Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Amber Digby, Landon Dodd, Dottsy, George Hamilton IV, Tommy Hooker, Georgette Jones, Dallas Wayne, Bobby Lewis, Bobby G. Rice, Mona McCall, Rance Norton, Kim Murray, Diane McCall, Joe Paul Nichols, Kaye Tolson, Guyanne McCall, Hank Thompson, Mary Lou Turner, Ferlin Husky, Don Wallace. Country Jim Sloan, Chuck Hancock, Floyd Tillman, Justin Trevino, Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall, Pretty Miss Norma Jean and Curtis Potter.

The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum located in Brady, contains items from over 100 country music entertainers including Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Thompson and even Jim Reeves’ 1956 tour bus.

“We are excited about Heart of Texas Country Music Festival,” Tracy Pitcox said. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with many of our KNEL listeners. Our group grew from a small core of listeners to a 1,000 member organization that promotes traditional Country Music throughout our state. We are certainly looking forward to celebrating this milestone.