SXSW 2008: Palo Duro Records Showcase Wrap-Up

Brody Vercher | March 14th, 2008

SXSW 2008: Trent Summar, Tommy Alverson, Dallas Wayne, and Buzz Cason

The first set of the Palo Duro Records Showcase on Wednesday night featured an acoustic lover’s wet dream with a song swap between Trent Summar, Tommy Alverson, Dallas Wayne, and Buzz Cason. All four artists were in a dapper mood, keeping the moderately sized Waterloo Ice House audience in high spirits. If the term “laidback” had a spokesperson or four, it’d be these guys.

Notably absent of his trademark red pants, Trent Summar elicited a few chuckles at the cost of Eliot Spitzer, who unfortunately wasn’t able to attend. He performed several self-penned songs you might recognize from other artists–Jack Ingram recorded “Love You” and Summar’s new buddy Gary Allan cut “Guys Like Me” on one of his albums–along with originals like “Supposed to Do” and “Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.”
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Tommy Alverson pulled out “Maybe in Mexico” from his Heroes & Friends album along with “Country To The Bone,” which serves as a commentary on today’s country music, he sang, “your new single is the seventh cover of a Harlan Howard song / well that thin disguise won’t get you by if you ain’t country / country to the bone.” Pure badassery.
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Dallas Wayne had is own commentary on the state of country music, too, with “If That’s Country”. He sang “you can make a star of a teenage girl, but one million dollars won’t make her a Merle / yea, laser beams and navel rings and a pretty face might be something / but you can kiss my Ozark ass if that’s country.” Later he remarked “it’s time for a killing song,” before breaking into “Your Biggest Fan.” Trent Summar chimed in, saying “it’s always time for a killing song.” Amen.
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The biggest hit came with Buzz Cason‘s “Soldier of Love,” a song that’s been covered by the Beatles, The Derailers and Pearl Jam. Cason told the story of a girl approaching him to tell him about the Pearl Jam cover, he joked “I don’t know who Pearl Jam is, I’ve heard of toe jam, but not Pearl Jam.” One good natured and intoxicated fan found it hard not to join in on “Barbecue,” before stumbling out the door later in the evening. In fact, the whole audience found it hard not to join in, chanting “barbecue” each time the chorus came around.
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SXSW 2008: Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros

During the next set and with Waterloo packed to near capacity, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros rolled through tracks of their newest album. At one point Jason Eady and Cory Morrow joined the band for a tune, while Texas artists Bobby Duncan and Jesse Dayton were seen mingling with guests. The Mystiqueros finished with their hit song “Trains I Missed” and came back with a special encore of “Just Like Hank,” featuring a guest vocal from songwriter Tommy Alverson.
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SXSW 2008: Darryl Lee Rush

Despite having only half the audience of The Mystiqueros, Darryl Lee Rush kept the place alive with originals like “White Trash Paradise,” “Uncle Freddie Drove a Tractor,” and the handful of soulful harmonica solos courtesy of the immensely talented Don Gallia.
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After fixing some minor sound snafus, the self-described hard-rockin’, kick-ass Country band Miles From Nowhere tore through new songs off their 2007 release, Bloodline. Well after midnight the band wrapped up before being beckoned back for not one, but two more songs, and even then those who lingered were left wanting more from the Blossom, Texas outlaws. Displaying his southern hospitality, guitarist Adam Walker thanked each person who exited on his side of stage.
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Stay tuned for thoughts and comments from Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well. There’s a lot of fantastic music being played in Austin right now and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  1. Rick
    March 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I will admit to not being familiar with any of the mentioned artists except Trent Summar. Let’s face it outside of Texas someone without satellite radio nor access to an Americana radio station will never hear these types of artists. Texas is like a musical island with its own idigenous culture that doesn’t extend much beyond its borders. (Now you guys will likely tell me many of the artists are not from Texas! Sheesh, my ignorance is showing again….)

    I discovered the musical vision of Trent Summar years ago when I picked up the “Hank Flamingo” CD in a bargain bin for $ 1. Trent then moved on to form the New Row Mob but all his music has had a distinctive Trent Summar sound to it that is unmistakable. Unfortunately many of Trent’s songs in the past tended to sound a little bit too much alike, but he is not alone in that regard as a singer/songwriter. (Heck a lot of Hag’s filler songs on his early albums all sounded alike.) Its good to see he’s written some Top 40 mainstream hit songs. If you like Trent, its worth your while to track down a copy of “Hank Flamingo” just for his manic cover of the George Jones’ classic “White Lightning”. Great stuff…….

  2. Brody Vercher
    March 15, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Hah, all the guys are indeed Texas artists.

    I didn’t discover Trent until the release of his Horseshoes & Hand Grenades album, so I haven’t gone back and listened to old stuff, yet, but he’s got a manic cover of George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” on that one…old habits must die hard. I think he calls his distinctive sound “farm rock.”

  3. Chris Thomas
    March 15, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for the terrific review/coverage — my only disappointment was that I didn’t meet you in person (guess it was a bit crazy at times). Next time!

    One very minor correction: while “Soldiers of Love” was definitely a huge hit (after all, how many times to the Beatles cover you!), technically Buzz’s final song of the night has had a larger impact on the world: Everlasting Love, recorded by dozens including U2 and Gloria Estefan. And yep, Buzz wrote that too.

    I feel so lucky to be working with such fine and talented folks, and I’m glad you were able to share the night with us — thanks for coming out.


  4. Brody Vercher
    March 15, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the terrific showcase, Chris. I don’t know who half the people are most of the time, so I just sit back and enjoy the music, but we’ll definitely have to meet next time.

    I was unaware of the background behind “Everlasting Love,” but that’s pretty awesome and makes him that much more impressive in my mind. When I referred to “Soldier of Love” as the biggest hit I meant more along the lines of the biggest hit with the audience in attendance that night, I probably should have been more clear about that.

  5. john
    March 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    “Just Like Hank” by Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. Congrats to Walt and Co. on it!

  6. Baron Lane
    March 16, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Good one ya’ll! Damn, I miss Austin!

  7. veronica avirvarei
    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Thanks to Walt Wilkins the Mystiqueros,
    For the beautiful music,
    And thanks
    To Chris Thomas from,
    Palo Duro Records
    You are the best from Texas
    love from
    and best regards from

  8. veronica
    February 18, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Dear Chris Thomas
    Thank you for Amazing job,
    PALO DURO RECORDS Still my favorite.
    God Bless you all and god Bless SINGER AND SONGWRITER.
    Can’t wait to see Walt Wilkins,Tina,Sam Baker and THE MYSTIQUEROS Soon in NETHERLANDS.
    CHRIS thank you all for the MUSIC WORLD
    Much love from veronica
    And best regards from HOLLAND

  9. veronique
    March 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Dear Chris Thomas
    Thank you all in Texas for the Amazing Music,and
    for the Beautiful Videos on YOU TUBE.
    You are the BEST.
    Much love from Veronique

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