I always wanted to write some music reviews and will start doing so in my blogs. Be warned that I am going to tell you what I think and remember this is a matter of my musical opinion. It is from a perspective of preserving the music that I love.
I bought and gave my first full listen through of Don Henley’s latest CD, Cass County. I like it and ironically it is more country that what is on country radio. It is nice to see an icon stand up and show the public what country music really is, real songwriting, great harmonies, excellent musicianship, and songs about real life. My thoughts; “No girl sitting on the tailgate of my pickup truck with a beer and a bro trying to get in her pants bullshit here folks.” If you want to buy a new mainstream label produced real country music release, buy it, or download. The irony of Henley debuting at Billboard number one with a real country record is perfect. There are several country songs in waltz time here, lots of fiddles, steel guitar, and drums in a supporting role rather than slapping you in the face. Even one of my favorite Louvin Brothers’ songs “When I Stop Dreamin'” is covered in a duet with Dolly Parton, bad ass! I thought the days of real country music in mainstream popular American music were gone. None of that same over and over tiring bro country drum beat splattered all over country radio every other song lame crap here folks…
There are many people that don’t care for Henley personally, but who cares, the guy has a multi platinum voice and understands what real music is. He has the ass to back up being an asshole in my book. I admire his artistry.
His perspective on modern country radio music is great in this article in Rolling Stone:
As a child, I loved the holiday season, the Christmas spirit, Thanksgiving gathering of friends and family, and celebrating the coming of a Happy New Year. As an adult, it remains one of my favorite times of the year. I don’t mean to offend a soul that reads this or enters our business to see how we love to celebrate the holiday season with our decorations, let alone our Christmas tree that we put up after Thanksgiving.
Each year Melissa Kingston, our family, staff, and I serve a free meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas to our regular customers that aren’t fortunate to have their own family functions to go so that they can be part of our Saddle N Spurs Saloon family during the holidays. People need a place to come and enjoy and be appreciated rather than be alone during the holidays. It can make the difference with people, maybe even save their life, as you have no idea how they feel inside. I remember the empty feeling as an international student when I was younger, or as an adult after I was divorced, and away from my family during the holidays. We also choose to show thanks to our amazing staff during the Christmas season when we award bonuses and have a gathering with them all in our home from our family to theirs. We call it our staff Christmas party amidst all the societal pressures of so many businesses to become politically correct, not us.
My intentions are genuine and sincere. If it offends anyone of different faiths or beliefs, I am sorry for that, but I am not sorry for supporting what I believe in and being kind to others while doing so. As we move into the start of the holiday season, many people will be traveling to see their loved ones. Please be safe and enjoy one another for next year at this time some of our loved ones may no longer be with us. That is independent of faith or belief, it is a reality of being a human being. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you. We love you all.
Melissa & Bobby Kingston
The Bobby Kingston Band Live – February 2011
Here is a throwback Thursday video for you. Almost 5 years ago in February 2011 and only 5 months after taking up residency at the Saddle N Spurs Saloon. Dave Sifritt bass/vocals and Scott Kissel drums/vocals are still in the band with me. This clip features the great Buzz Evans on guitar/steel and my friend Rockybecky Esrey on keys and vocals. It seems so long ago to me now…hope you enjoy this YouTube video:
The Bobby Kingston Band Live at Saddle N Spurs Saloon Las Vegas Feb 2011
Here is some interesting history with how the Saddle N Spurs Saloon (originally opened as Bobby’s Lounge at 2333 N Jones in Las Vegas, NV November 1, 1984) was involved with the Blues in Las Vegas. Next time someone says it is just a country bar you can let them know how significant its’ contribution is the blues in Las Vegas, the artists that carry on the tradition, and the very reason that we continue to support the blues on our stage and in our community! Even though the article was last updated in 2005 and much has happened since then with the evolution of the Las Vegas Blues Society and the return of the blues to Saddle N Spurs Saloon in recent years, the content is very relevant and revealing of the blues history in Las Vegas…enjoy!
The Bobby Kingston Band performs Live Honky Tonk Country Dance Music most every Friday (8p-1a) and Saturday (6-10p) evening at Saddle N Spurs Saloon in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Does local live music really matter in your life? Think about it…
I saw this quote online and it motivated me to share some of my thoughts…
Bobby Kingston, August 2015
Welcome to the official website and blog for Bobby Kingston and the Bobby Kingston Band!
The Bobby Kingston Band performs regularly most every Friday and Saturday night 8pm-1am at Saddle N Spurs Saloon in Las Vegas, Nevada located at 2333 N. Jones Blvd. on the southeast corner at Smoke Ranch Rd. [ website: http://www.saddlenspurssaloon.com and telephone: (702) 646-6292]. Oftentimes, special guests will come in and perform with the band. DJ Donovan starts things off at 7:30pm and keeps the party going on the band breaks. There is no cover charge, hardwood dance floor, awesome food, loose gaming, great drink specials, two pool tables, state of the art stage sound & lights, and an all around helluva good time!
Please explore our site and we look forward to seeing you soon!