Troubadour, TX Filming for Show Featuring Zane Williams, Josh Grider, Matt Caldwell
The Lucky Mule has your chance to enjoy some of the best live music Texas has to offer, and be on TV, thanks to the show ‘Troubadour, TX‘.
The documentary program, which has been a hit among music fans in the Lone Star State, follows independent singer/songwriters on their musical journeys. The syndicated program airs in Abilene on KVXA-FOX on Saturday afternoons, and it’s bringing its cameras along with three of the show’s stars, Abilene native Zane Williams, Josh Grider and Matt Caldwell to the Lucky Mule Saloon on Thursday, January 31st.
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Thursday, January 31st. Doors open at 7:00pm
Troubadour, TX is a journey into the lives of some of today’s most talented singers and songwriters. A unique look behind the scenes and into the lives of today’s Troubadours. Men and women who are living the dream…others who are chasing it. Some perform to sold out crowds. Some are just hoping to catch a break. Some of these artists have written hundreds of songs. Others just a few.
Most of the artists who are living the dream have enjoyed numerous number one hits and when they perform the audience sings along. Some artists dream of having a hit song; of experiencing that moment when the crowd knows their music and when it happens…it’s big.
Making it in the music business is about more than talent…it usually takes a team – managers, musicians, money and a whole lot of determination to never look back. This is where the music, the passion and the journey begin.
Zane Williams is a native of Abilene, Texas. He is now a Texas Country singer/songwriter in McKinney, Texas.
Zane’s 2003 collection of music prompted a string of national awards for the relatively unknown artist. Zane was a finalist in an unprecedented three categories at MerleFest’s Chris Austin Song Contest, claiming top slots in both the Country and General categories. “Hurry Home” was also selected as the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Williams released the album Hurry Home in 2006. He signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music in 2007. The album’s title track was released as a single by Jason Michael Carroll in 2009.
Williams has toured extensively throughout the United States, including Missouri, Alabama, and Texas.
In January 2010, Williams released an album titled The Right Place, which he co-produced with Radney Foster. Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly magazine gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, “If you’re in the mood for true honky-tonk music, you’re in the right place.”
Here’s a clip of Zane Williams in studio, recording his new single, ‘Sure Felt Like Goodbye’:
Josh Grider knows two things, he loves writing songs, and he loves playing them for people. Across the great southwest, Texas and beyond, Josh has been delivering the goods non-stop since the release of his first album in 2005. Seven years, four full-length albums, and two EPs later, Josh is still going strong with no signs of slowing down.
While touring in support of his Live At Billy Bob’s Texas album, Josh found himself on a radio show with Wade Bowen. After the show, Wade offered to introduce Josh to his management team. That introduction led to Josh meeting and eventually signing with AMP Entertainment, a new publishing/artist management venture launched by industry veteran, Tim Dubois (hit songwriter, founder Arista Nashville, responsible for signing Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Lee Roy Parnell, Brad Paisley, Diamond Rio). Becoming a member of the AMP Entertainment family has begun a whole new, and very exciting chapter in Josh’s music career.
Currently, Josh splits his time between Tennessee and Texas writing songs and/or touring. He has recently finished work on some recordings that are slated for a late 2012 release and will coincide with Josh’s appearance on the docu-reality television series Troubadour TX. The project was co-produced by Dubois and fellow AMP artist/writer Trent Willmon. Josh will tell you he’d rather be busy than bored, and from the looks of things there will be very few dull moments in the coming months for Mr. Grider.
The road he walks is not for the faint of heart, or the faithless. As well as a musician, Josh is a father, a husband, a brother, and a son. All these roles help keep him grounded and inspired as he travels the highways and byways, chronicling his experiences in the songs he writes, and playing them for any and all who care to hear.
Here is Josh Grider introducing himself to viewers of Troubadour, TX:
Raised on the outskirts of Dallas, close enough to see the city lights reflected in the sky at night, but seemingly a world away, Matt Caldwell’s childhood was typical for someone in a small Texas town.
Growing up in Nevada, TX (pop. 854), Matt started singing in church at an early age, but by high school, as happens with many young men in small-town Texas, sports became the focus of his after-school interests. He played baseball, basketball and was the starting quarterback of the football team. But by his senior year, music was creeping back into his life. Matt gave up sports to front a band called “Texas’ Most Wanted”. They played in the little dive bars in town and the surrounding areas and eventually made their way to the larger clubs and festivals.
After a few years on the road, Matt knew writing songs and playing music was what he wanted to do with his life, it was his passion, it was in his blood.
Matt made a decision to move to Nashville, but like so many of the multitudes who made the same move to chase a dream, he soon found himself caught in the balancing act of trying to break into country music while at the same time making a living. “Sometimes it’s hard to find gigs and put on a good show when you’ve been out in the hot sun working construction all day,” says Caldwell. Continuing to work on his craft of songwriting after a day’s work, as well as becoming more and more natural onstage while continuing to make fans and friends by the dozens, Matt also began taking his music back to his home state of Texas.
His easiness in front of a crowd, approachability and honest-to-goodness humble nature makes it hard to tell who is having more fun…the audience or Matt. He is currently on the road spending a lot of time playing throughout Texas showing fans his version of country music. Matt Caldwell is on the cusp of something big.
Here’s Matt Caldwell introducing himself on Troubadour, TX: