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Billy Mata Key West Brian Houser Clay Potter Kacey Musgraves
Dan Roberts Curtis Potter Christine Mims Bobby Flores Bill Adams
A. W. Love Leona Williams Jim Raby Howard Kalish Jody Nix
Brian Burns Segovia 1862 Lou Rochelle Johnny Johnson



Artist: Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition
Title: Traditionally Yours
Producer: Billy Mata
Released: 2004
Hometown: Lytle, TX

Billy Mata and his band, The Texas Tradition, consists of some of the finest group of musicians Texas has to offer. Billy's last two projects were sensational, this, his third album Traditionally Yours is by far, no exception. Mata has never been in the situation to not do an album the way he wants and have it delivered to his fans the way we all know him to do. Combining western swing with some traditional country tunes certainly makes Traditionally Yours a must for every swing music library in the country. Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition's Traditionally Yours is destined to become western swing album of the year.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: A.W. Love
Title: West Texas Dreams
Hometown: Montague County, TX
Producer: Carlos Casso
Label: Ind.
Released: 2003

Chance........
We've heard this word all our lives, kinda like a handshake, it still means something to a lot of us even in this day and age. AW Love's new début CD in this music industry is nothin' less than top notch, I'm telling you. AW has worked ranches all over the Southwest and his music reflects the true feelings a cowboy goes through daily. His most distinctive trait is pure and although West Texas Dreams is AW's first album, we can look for more down the trail.

AW Love didn't have any problems gatherin' some of the finest musicians in the country for this project with the likes of western swing Hall of Famer Jimmy Young on fiddle, Rick Faucett on steel guitar and dobro and Bob Hopkins on piano. Gary Thompson on electric and acoustic guitar, Chuck Alexander and David Fike on bass, Jay Weeks on drums, Ronnie Fleming on mandola and manchella. Some fine background vocals by Kelli Self, Carlos Casso, Sheryl Lane and Chuck Alexander. West Texas Dreams is produced by Carlos Casso.

I have been playing AW Love's West Texas Dreams CD on my radio show here in Ruidoso, New Mexico and have received a positive response from my listeners here in New Mexico and West Texas.

We, now come back to that word we all know, Chance................ I gave AW Love a chance on my radio show and I am not only impressed with his style, music and professionalism but a friend as well. Here's your chance!

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Christine Mims
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Album: Perfect For A Rainy Day
Producer: Bobby Flores
Label: Yellow Rose Records
Released: 2004

Grand talent lies everywhere in the Lone Star State as one rises above and beyond, meet Christine Mims. Christine's new Album "Perfect For A Rainy Day" will be perfect any day. Such a pure, fresh and super talented artist, she is definitely what this country needs to hear on the airwaves of radio.

Produced by the multi-talented Bobby Flores and Yellow Rose Records along with the finest musicians in the business today, this CD is destined for album of the year, for sure. Tommy Detamore on electric and steel guitar as well as the engineer on the album, Randy Reinhard on steel, piano and Andy Langham on piano. Master sax player Rene Saenz. Drums with Phil Fisher, Dan Dreeben and Jim Loessberg. Allen "Conway" Chapman and Hamilton Price on bass.

Gerald Schoelzel, Viola, John Stuart on cello, Herb Schattenberg on violin and Bobby Flores on Fiddle, rhythm and electric guitar and violin combined with the awesome voice of Christine Mims, you have a compilation thats perfect for a rainy day. An album that's been a long time coming but well worth the wait.  To purchase Christine's CD "Perfect For A Rainy Day", go to:  www.christinemims.com or www.yellowroserecords.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Brian Burns
Hometown: Euless, Texas
CD: The Eagle & The Snake
Producer: Marc Thompson, Mark Akins
Label: Palo Duro Records
Released: 2003

As the credits are read in every compact disc, you’ll notice that the artists will always acknowledge and thank everyone who helped in their project. I would certainly like to send out my thanks to Brian Burns and Palo Duro Records for making this sensational CD. “The Eagle and the Snake!” This album is definitely Songs of the Texians. You’ll be extremely pleased as you hear Brian’s selections and the format he used to send this extraordinary message to you. From his trilogy of the Texas Revolution with the Travis letter plea’ing for help and support and ending with Goliad to Hank Snow’s answer to I’ve been everywhere, Brian does this cut “Texas Style”. Three Texas favorites eased in with Brian, including Larry Joe Taylor in Third Coast, Gary P. Nunn on Well of the Blues and My good friend Tom Russell in El Llano Estacado. The last track on this album will not only take you back in history but send you mach five into the future in an Airflow Jet Chrysler
With “The last living Cowboy!” Looks like Brian had no problems hand pickin’ his musicians, Gary Carpenter, Joe Forlini, Tommy Alverson, Zack Taylor, Mark Fishback, Flaco Weberneck, Davin James, Larry Joe Taylor, Tom Russell and Gary P. Nunn, The finest in the country, I’d say. This CD is definitely on its way to becoming album of the year. To purchase this sensational Brian Burns CD, The Eagle & The Snake; Songs of the Texians to add to your music library, log on to www.palodurorecords.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Jody Nix
Hometown: Big Spring, Texas
The Band: The Texas Cowboys
Title: Play Me Something I Can Swing To
Producer: Jody Nix
Released: 2003

Jody Nix was taught early in life the true meaning of perfection. When conversations turn to swing music, his name will always come up as one of the best in the business today. On compact disc or on stage, Jody Nix and his Texas Cowboys have this unique style of perfection down to an art, something one will recognize in their shows. It comes naturally, as you can see and hear in every song, at the same time, having fun doing it. Jody's new album, Play Me Something I Can Swing To has been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. The title track brings out the sensational songwriting talent that Jody has always had. And there are many songs on this CD that we haven't heard in a while. Jody adds special family secret ingredients and boom - Western Swing! Jody's cultivated his own style on the fiddle as well as his smooth western voice, keeps folks on the dance floor.

Some of the top swing musicians in the country make up the Texas Cowboys. Bob Kelly on Steel Guitar, Robert Weeks on fiddle, Larry Nix on bass and harmony vocals, Ken Kelly on drums and Rick McRae on guitars. 

Play Me Something I Can Swing To is Jody Nix's best. I play Jody’s music on my radio show and get many requests for it weekly. I would recommend this CD to anyone as it should be in your western swing music library now. Our mutual friend Dugg Collins said it best and I will have to agree, "This one, in my opinion, is his best to date!"  

To purchase Jody Nix CD, "Play Me Something I Can Swing To" go to: www.jodynix.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Howard Kalish
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Album: What The Hey
Label: Behemoth Records
Producer: Howard Kalish & George Coyne
Released: 2003

The most important ingredient in any band that is going to be successful, is the sidemen or the members of the group and the talent they bring with them. About five years age, a selected few of these sidemen have produced their own compilations using their own material or remaking some of their favorite old standards and making a name for themselves. When I hear a new CD by a sideman, I really get excited and that little nerve in my leg gets to twitchin'. As I was just tearing off the wrapper on Howard Kalish's new CD, "What The Hey" that little nerve had descended down to my foot and I was already toe-tappin' before I heard the first note. I'm telling you folks, I wasn't disappointed and I also know that you won't be either.

Howard sure didn’t just stumble on these great musicians and say “let’s do a CD.” The Pure Texas Band is one of the best in the country today. The Texas legend Don Walser did a super job with his great voice along with the harmony vocals of a friend of mine, Justin Trevino. Rick McRae and Dave Biller on Rhythm Guitar and Scott Walls on the Pedal Steel. Skinny Don Keeling and Lynn Daniel on Bass Guitar and Phillip Fajardo, Ernie Durawa and Timmy Campbell on Drums. Another good friend of mine,” Magic Fingers, Floyd Domino” on Piano. Howard does what he does best on the Fiddle and the five string electric Mandolin. Fifteen tracks on this western swing album with nine showcasing Howard's exceptional songwriting talents. I close my eyes and “ It’s Dark All Over The World”, a Cornell Hurd tune will really jiggle that little nerve. Don Walser does a great job with it as well. This is one new album you’ll want in your western swing music library for sure. You can purchase “What The Hey” by going to Howard's Website at: www.Howardkalishmusic.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Jim Raby
Title: Until Now
Hometown: Alpine, Texas
Producers: Mike Hillger & Jim Raby
Label: TTD Records
Released: 2003 

What an enlightening change for true honky-tonk music. We hear a new honky-tonk album to find out there's two or three out of twelve tracks that are good honky-tonk dance music, Until Now. Jim has proven his songwriting talent belongs in the Awesome category, along with his great singing voice, combined with some of the finest musicians in the country. I hear some exceptional folks releasing their first album and wonder, where has these artists been all this time. My thoughts of this truly belong to Jim Raby. This CD was well worth the wait. Jim has, over the years, cultivated a style that will go on forever, unmatched. Jim's multi-talented musician - producer, Mike Hillger shows the way on the mandolin, as well as the fiddle. Jim Gerrish on piano and keyboards, Victor Molinar on steel guitar, Ronnie Yandell on the drums and Yadon Hardaway on bass guitar. Jim Raby does the acoustic guitar justice along with Mike Hellger, Zack Casey and Tony Lujan. And on the electric guitar is Jim Hellger, Tony Lujan and Zack Casey. A new voice to the airwaves, Jim Raby has this unique kind of talent that's a real ear catcher, you know, the kind that makes that little nerve in your leg start "twitchin', it'll eventually get down to your foot, next thing you know, your toes are tappin'! This CD is a must for you Texas Honky-tonk dance music library. To Purchase Jim Raby's CD, Until Now, you can go to Jim's website at; www.jimraby.com

Alpine was a sleepy little town in Texas, Until Now. 

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artist: Leona Williams
Album: "Honorary Texan"
Home State: Texas
Producer: Justin Trevino
Label: Heart of Texas Records
Recorded At: Justin Trevino Studios
Released: 2003

Leona Williams, the extremely talented entertainer and songwriter that she is has just completed her first album in five years and I can truly say, that I speak for everyone in the country music business today, we're glad to see this super compilation of fourteen tracks on her new "Honorary Texan" CD, produced by our good friend, Justin Trevino. My hat’s off to my close friend and disc jockey personality Tracy Pitcock and KNEL, 95.3FM in the Heart of Texas of Brady for his contribution and involvement in this awesome project. I think Mel Tillis’s Old Faithful describes Leona as being faithful to her fans and disc jockey’s all over the world for continuing to supply us with her talented voice we’ve grown to love over the years. Leona’s band of musicians is what I have called “the best of the best” Texas has to offer. Beginning with the great fiddle player in the business today, Bobby Flores, Justin Trevino as produce Bass and Rhythm Guitar and harmony vocals, the sensational Dave Kirby on Lead Guitar, John “Smiley" Reynolds on the Drums. And it doesn’t stop here, my good friend Dicky Overby on Steel Guitar and Ron Huckabee on Piano, And Levi Mullen on Rhythm Guitar, it just don’t get any better than these guys! I look for this album to climb the charts and can very well be album of the year. To purchase Leona’s new CD, “Honorary Texan” you can email Tracy Pitcock at: hhfc1@airmail.net Or call 325 597-1895.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Posted July 30, 2003
Artist: Bill Adams
Hometown: Nocona, Texas
CD: "Heaven Help Us Keep Western Swing Alive"
Producer: Bill Gilbert
Released: 2003
Record Label: Facawee Buffalo
Previous: Bill Adams, In The Mood for Western Swing, Released; 2001

The sensational Bill Adams has just released his second album "Keep Western Swing Alive." Along time dear friend, Bill has cultivated a western swing style no other can match. His easy going voice has that "twang" even when he's having an off day. Bill is a great entertainer as well as a crooner on stage. His showmanship and knowledge of the swing music industry is unsurpassed. Surrounded by what would call the best in Texas musicians along with a few Hall of Famer's including Bill Adams. I look for this album to stay on the western swing charts for some time to come. When you add the twin fiddles of Hall of Famer's Bill Gilbert from Millsap, Texas and Bobby Boatright of Mansfield, Texas, Elmer Lawrence, Mineral Wells, Texas on steel, Leon Chamber, Fort Worth, Texas, Bill Mitchell, Ken Carter, guitars and bass, Wayne Glassen on piano and the great Larry Reed on sax, who plays with the Texas Playboys, you have all the ingredients for this to become Western Swing Album of the Year. There are 13 tracks on this CD with some standard western swing cuts, along with Bill Adam's self penned "What’s Been Wrong With Me." You can purchase both of his CD's by Emailing Bill at: fungus@morgan.net

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Posted July 30, 2003
Artist: Bobby Flores
Hometown: Blanco, Texas
Album: Just For The Record
Producer: Bobby Flores
Executive Producer: Al Michalczak
Label: Yellow Rose Productions
Released: 2003

Long over due to release his own album, Bobby Flores has definitely made it worth the wait. Being one of the top notch musicians in the Lone Star State, you'll find Bobby on just about every western swing and real country stage. Bobby has showcased about twenty five plus musicians and singers on this new CD "Just For The Record", featuring vocals of four close friends, Richard Wolfe doing a great job on “Bubbles In My Beer”, Justin Trevino on "I Don't Know Why (I Keep Loving You)", Jake Hooker with "One More Time" and my good friend Billy Mata singing "Oh Lonesome Me". If it were ever said that Bobby "hand picked" his musicians for this project, it would for sure be true. The best in the business today, such as Jim Loessberg, Gary Carpenter, Rick Price, Tommy Detamore, Randy Reinhard, Herb Steiner, Dicky Overbey and Jerry Blanton on steel guitar, wow, what a list and it’s only the beginning, Bobby shows us an awesome samplin’ of his musical talent on guitar as well as his trademark fiddle and Jim Loessberg on drums along with Dan Dreeben, Larry Roberson, John “Smilely” Reynolds, Jerrad Green, Phil Dalmolin and our good friend from CD Tex, Bill Green. Along with one of the best in the business today, on the keyboards, Randy Reinhard. To round out this “best of the best” of musicians, on bass guitar Allen Chapman, Gerald Connell, Justin Trevino and Jake Hooker.

Every time I see Bobby Flores perform on stage, I can see and hear that he’s putting in all he got in every song he plays. Bobby, over the years has cultivated his own style and he is well respected by all his peers and fans alike. This album “Just For The Record” is a grand tribute to a real country legend, Ray Price. My hat’s off to Bobby Flores for producing this awesome album and is sure to be destined for western swing album of the year. I know you’ll love every track and is a “must have” for your western swing music library.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Posted May 24, 2003
Artist: Curtis Potter
CD: Walking On New Grass
Recording Studio: Startex Records
Producer: Jim Loessberg
Released: 2003

What better way to start 2003, than Walking On New Grass.
Curtis Potter along with producer Jim Loessberg has turned out what will become western swing album of the year. Anyone who knows western swing, knows Curtis produces only the finest music in the country. The players included in this CD are the best in the music business. Bobby Flores on Guitar and fiddle along with Levi Mullen on guitar, Randy Reinhard on piano and the master Jim Loessberg on drums, steel and Bob Moore and John Loessberg on bass, all put together around the great swing voice of Curtis Potter, has all the ingredients of this hit album Walking on New Grass. This one CD you’ll want in your Western Swing Music Library.

Available on Startex Records, to order go to; www.startexrecords.com or call (512) 918-3709. You can also write to; Startex Records, 2000 Magnolia Drive, Round Rock, Texas 78664

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Posted Mar 11, 2003
Artist: Dan Roberts
CD: Viva La Cowboy
Label: Old Boots Music
Released: 2002
Hometown: Aledo, Texas

Dan Roberts continues in his tradition to bring us the finest in western swing, traditional country and of course, the great western music. As a songwriter, Dan has penned some number one hits for CMA's Garth Brooks and his Viva La Cowboy album is destined to number one as well. 

This CD is filled to the brim with talent, from the Grammy award winning Tommy Allsup on guitar, to the extremely talented fiddle playing of Reggie Rueffer and the regular stage musician on the Grand Ole Opry, Hoot Hester. Sensational steel by some the the top notch players, including Gary Carpenter, Johnny Cox, Bob Angello and Doug Jernigan along with multi talented Rich O'Brien combined with John Gardener, Dennis Crouch, Andy Reese, Pete Wade, Shawn Fitcher, Paul Harrington with Jeff Taylor on piano and the smooth harmonies of Dawn Sears and Stacey Angello rounds out the Viva La Cowboy team.

Dan's salute to CMA's George Strait, "Swingin til We Can't See Strait" reflects many of George's hits over the years. A number one hit for Garth Brooks, "Beaches of Cheyenne" makes it's debut on this CD and was co-written by Dan Roberts. Dan received The Entertainer of the Year Award for 2001 by the Academy of Western Artists. To purchase this and other CD's by Dan Roberts, visit Dan's website at www.danroberts.net

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Posted Feb 10, 2003

Artist: Clay Potter
CD: A Good Time For A Change
Year Released: 2003
Record Label: Rettop Records
Hometown: Nevada, Texas

I know this is going to sound more strange than true but I'm telling you folks, I sincerely had this thought race through my mind several months ago when I was requesting my own a copy of Clay Potter's last album, "A New Man Now". My very first impression of Clay, who works as an electrician in the family owned business ,was "Its A Good Time For A Change!" My meaning for explaining my thoughts are, that the Country music industry had best look out, Here comes Clay Potter. Ten self penned songs and four co-written by Clay reflects his strong desire as a songwriter. From the very start, Clay has cultivated his unique style, not only as a songwriter but an entertainer. It’s simply very good music presented by a man who is well respected as he soars to the top of his craft. It’s extremely hard to pick favorites on this CD, for every song means something special . If I were to attempt this, first I would definitely choose the title cut along with#11, Going Nowhere. I play Clay Potter’s music on my Backforty Bunkhouse Radio Show and you’ll want it in your music library as well.

To purchase any of Clay’s music, check out his website at www.clayapotter.com.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Posted Feb 10, 2003

Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Album: Wanted: One Good Cowboy
Year Released: 2002
Other Releases: Movin' On (2001)
Hometown: Mineola,Texas

Janet McBride and I have been friends for many years. I had seen Janet at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's "Cowboy Days" in Las Cruces, NM shortly after Kacey's first release Movin' On. Janet has always shared her "students" with me and has never stirred me wrong. Kacey Musgraves is by far, no exception. I about had Movin' On, wore out before I got the chance to play it on the air. At that point, I sincerely believed that this was the best it could get, as every song on Movin'On is awesome and would get tremendous airplay, not only from The Backforty Bunkhouse Show, but all western radio stations across the country and overseas.

Then came "Wanted; One Good Cowboy!" This new CD is loaded with Talent. Kacey has cultivated a style that will follow her for the rest of her life. At the age of 14 and accomplishing what she has done to this point in her life has Kacey destined to become a legend in western music not only as an entertainer but a songwriter as well.  I, as a western music disc jockey, am honored to have Kacey Musgraves as a friend. Once you hear Kacey's Music, you'll want both of her CD releases in your western music library. Kacey and her great western tunes will always have a place on my radio show.  If you would like to purchase Kacey’s music, visit her website at www.yodelinggirl.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Posted Feb 3, 2003

Artist: Key West
Compact Disc: ALIVE CD-LIFE IS GOOD
Year Released: 2002

Life is good and once you hear KEY WEST, the band, you'll positively feel this to be an understatement to the fact. The first time I listened to this CD my mind raced to reliving the great sounds of Jimmy Buffett and it doesn't stop there. These guys are super talented and their songwriting abilities prove it. KEY WEST has played all over the country from Texas to Alabama to Florida to New Mexico, They have even performed in old Mexico to literally hundreds of venues. With their tropical sound, KEY WEST is in high demand, playing well over one hundred shows each year. And KEY WEST has been one of the most successful bands playing the Gulf Coast region for many years. Just by listening to their CD, I know these guys know how to party and include audience participation at every live performance. Since January, 1993, KEY WEST's band members David Lott, Tod Stark, Arthur Ford, Todd Howard, Mark Hammond, Matt Bell and Johnny Chambers have cultivated a style all their own and every show is a celebration of life.

Kinda reminds you of the Outback Steakhouse, "No Rules-Life Is Good!" I think that when you combine the exceptional talent of KEY WEST along with the engineering by multi-Grammy award winning Randy Miller, you have all the ingredients for band of the year. I would not miss the chance to see these guys perform for "Life Is Good" KEY WEST, the band. You can purchase KEY WEST, the band CD's at www.keywesttheband.com.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Posted Jan 21, 2003

Artist: BRIAN HOUSER
CD: SON OF A COMMON MAN
Record Label: YIPPEE RECORDS

When I first listened to Brian's first album "Never Look Back" released back in 1998, the very first thing that came to mind was, Brian is a songwriter, as an entertainer, can he deliver his songs in the manner they were written. WOW', was I ever impressed! Three years went by and in October, 2001, Brian released his second of what will be many more to come, album "SON OF A COMMON MAN."

As most of us can relate to Brian’s music because we’ve all been there and being on an independent Label, Brian Houser proves singer/songwriters are very good at what they do and his talent is unlimited. I play Brian’s music on my radio show and if you like the The country and I mean REAL COUNTRY, you’ll want these CD’s in you music Library. To purchase Brian Houser’s CD’s write YIPPEE RECORDS c/o Joy Frederick, PO Box 778, Denton, TX 76201 or visit www.yippeerecords.com

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Artists: Reid Wells & Segovia 1862
Album: So In Love With You
Executive Producer: Reid Wells
Producers: Reid Wells, Carson Wells
Label: Segovia Records
Released: 2004
Home Town: Kerrville, Texas

It's been said "save the best for last" and the South Texas group Segovia 1862 has done just that. Their latest release "So In Love With You" is by far the finest western swing CD to be released in the past few years. I actually fell in love the the studio rough cut without the mix of the Academy of Western Artists Award winning Instramentalists of the year, Bobby Flores and Floyd Domino.

The arrangements on this album is so real, you'll feel as if you were right in the studio with some of Texas best musicians. This project was a long time in the making, patience, endurance and attention to detail has paid off well for Segovia. My hats off to Segovia's group to make, I would recall as the top in the swing business today with David Spangler on guitar, Guy Davis on drums, Mickey Rice takin' care of bass and Greg Forest on Rhythm guitar with Bobby and Reid, I look for this album to go to the top of the charts. When friends agree (and not Always) on things, up and coming in our business and everyone feels there is something we have missed, I, as Segovia's friend find there is nothing I as their friend could have done to make this album any better than the hard work they have already done. This is one of the finest Western Swing albums in 2004 and it needs to be in your western swing music library. Segovia 1862's So In Love With You is $15.00 Postage Paid from www.segovia1862.com or email Reid Wells at: reidwells@stx.rr.com

Here's to you all, Cowboys!!

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artists: Lou Rochelle
Album: The Texas Gentleman Swings
Executive Producer: Lou Rochelle
Producers: Wireline Studio
Home Town: Midland, Texas

Lou Rochelle's latest project, The Texas Gentleman Swings is by far the finest album I've heard in years. I look at the players and see good friends that are legends in my ears in the western swing music industry.

I shook hands for the very first time with Lou in Snyder, Texas in June, 2005 and knew that I was meeting a legend that I have idolized for years as one of the most successful swing songwriters of our time. The Texas Gentleman Swings with some of the greatest on this CD. With such talent, every track just explodes in to a wonderful world of true western swing. If we could mix all this talent and experience in to one pot, we'd add Curly Hollingsworth, Snuffy Elmore, Gary Carpenter, Dick Gimble, Larry Rochelle, Kenny Frazier and drop in Lou for good taste, stir'em up, then we can enjoy what we all love......Swing Soup!

A sincere true friend is what you'll get with The Texas Gentleman, Lou Rochelle. This Swing Cd is definately a must for your western swing music library and is destined to become western swing album of the year.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.


Artists: Johnny Johnson
Album: Angels Don't Lie
Executive Producer: Sally Johnson
Studio: Robin Hood Studio, Tyler, TX
Home Town: Perrin, Texas
Radio Marketing: Backforty Bunkhouse Productions

I was introduced to Johnny Johnson several years ago by Brady Bowen from Jacksboro, Texas and Johnny and I have been good friends since. Only one meeting eye to eye and one handshake in 2002 in Mineral Wells, TX. solidified our friendship. Johnny's first album was a big hit on my radio show, the second album came and I continued my promotion of Johnny Johnson & The Memory Makers on the air with his title release "Walks Right". One aspect that sticks in my mind and my respect for him and his band, is that when they're on stage, they start out classic country and their last tune is classic country. I sincerly believe in Johnny as much as I do Classic Country music and he sure gives you 110%.

Angels Don't Lie is by far the best album to date that Johnny has done and I'm certain, he could not have done it without some of the finest musicians in the business today. My hats off to Ray Austin on steel guitar/dobro, Lynn Groom at the piano, my good friend Bob Boatright on the fiddle, James Glenn bass guitar, Ted Driskill, lead guitar and Bryan Driskill on drums and Robin Brians background vocals and Jesse Johnson doing super sound effects. I'd also like mention Johnny's four point dedication to the Lord, Family, Farming, Ranching and Classic Country Music and I know this makes his full circle. He believes still today in a handshake. I can assure that we're going to hear more of Johnny Johnson on the radio air waves and when we hear some of the great classics like Angels Don't Lie, Tomorrow Never Comes, Face The Wall, Hangover Heart and Snap Your Fingers then we've got something to be proud of. I look for this CD to be album of the year.

Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Radio, Backforty Bunkhouse Prouctions. Ruidoso, NM
2004 Academy of Western Artists Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Disc Jockey of the Year.
2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee.