Folk singer-songwriter Joshua James's 2007 debut album The Sun Is Always Brighter soared to become iTunes #1 seller in its folk category. James eventually sold a staggering 25,000 copies, an amazing stat for an unknown from a minor market. And of course, those kind of numbers drew the attention of tastemakers like Paste magazine, who lumped James in favorably with other indie folkies like Brett Dennen. That's the kind of favorable press that leads to better things, like opening tours for the likes of Third Eye Blind or John Mayer. James has been there, done that.
Many of the memorable shows in those unique Houston venues on those sweaty bayou nights are the result of more than mere chance. Browse the smoke rings of your mind and you'll always find a dedicated team of people toiling behind the scenes to get that magic live onstage. Havin' A Ball Productions are such a group of music lovers and entrepreneurs. Composed of a group of native Texans, all of whom Houston raised. Justin Schnurr, Brooks Elliott, Harry H. Cullen, Tommy and Scott Holmes combine their varied career paths into a singular vision when it came to the now burgeoning Houston music scene.
The Beatles of Liverpool may have begun the British invasion and were certainly leaders of the pack, but the Zombies of St. Albans were hot on their heels. The Beatles American debut took place on the Ed Sullivan Show February 9, 1964, and by August the spooky but catchy "She's Not There," the Zombies first U.S. hit, made its debut on American radio. By December, the song had climbed to #2 on the pop music charts and the band of course hit the U.S. concert circuit hard, appearing first in America on the popular music variety show Hullabaloo.
The primary movers and shakers in the band were vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist and songwriter Rod Argent. Both were charismatic, dynamic performers who figured largely in quickly making the band a popular draw on the major tour circuit.
Saint Patrick's Day, St Paddy's, St Patty's, National Green Day, Boiled Meat & Green Beer Extravaganza - whatever you call it, it's a strange day for the average person to experience in America. But for an Irishman living here, it's a truly bewildering experience.
The imponderables include: 1. The invention of green beer (seriously why dye beer?! Is beer dyed orange on Halloween?) 2. Guinness is Black. 3. People wearing buckled hats and getting hammered early because the occasion dictates, 3. (And this is perhaps the most annoying) the faux Tom Cruise-Irish accents, or brogues, being attempted by everyone on every corner from Beltway 8 to Main Street.