LJT 2014, Wednesday

| May 8, 2014 | Reply
Curtis Grimes, loving the ones who love him

Curtis Grimes, loving the ones who love him

For many pix, click on the specific links throughout.

Everything really kicked into full-time mode Wednesday, and stayed that way until the last set on Saturday night.

It all began with Bloody Mary Morning in T-Birds Garage Pub, which was moved into its larger room with raised stage, a boom to viewers and performers alike. Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe are the perfect duo to host this daily event, bringing energy, charm, humor, and enthusiasm to each show, always now with their third team member, Mario, on the sound board and merch tables.

Then, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines shared hosting honors on the Allsops Acoustic Stage, starting around noon. Lloyd, the ultimate steel and guitar picker, sat in with several this day and every day afterward.

Dalton Domino opened the day, having claimed his spot by winning the LJT songwriting contest earlier in the month. Lloyd loved mentioning that Dalton, as well as Joe Ely later on, are also Lubbock natives. Wonder why? 🙂

It was a greatest-hits hour for Nashville songwriter (look up his list of credits — lots of them) Richard Leigh. And then everyone’s favorite Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros  musically charmed their way through their set, and Joe Ely followed. Joe brought accordionist from Austin, Joel Guzman, with him. In all, great afternoon out of the sun.

For photos of the Allsops Acoustic Stage, click here.

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

Curtis Grimes opened the main stage. This singer/songwriter is one who will probably be closing the stage in a few years, he’s that good! And he brought a band that perfectly complimented his style. Grimes recently released “Our Side Of The Fence,” and the crowd seemed to already know each song on the new CD project. He played with the fans, personally talking with them at the 5-foot fence separate them from the stage.

For Curtis Grimes photos, click here

Uncle Lucius followed. This Americana band has taken America by storm.

For Uncle Lucius photos, Click here

And if you can’t tell by the number of pictures I took, the Cody Johnson Band was my favorite of the night. Like Richard Leigh before them, these guys dressed like professionals, as well as played and entertained as professionals. Cody is one Texas musician who is keeping the country in country music. Said that is the music he grew up on and wants to pass on.

For Cody Johnson pix, click here

For Stoney LaRue photos, all by Houston Hall, click here

Kyle Park and Eli Young Band also played Wednesday night, but the ‘handicapped’ portion of this reviewer’s physique kicked in big time, so watched them on the big screens. No pix, sorry. Wish I could have made that happen.

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