Eleven Hundred Springs, Bryan Adam Joyner at L&W

| May 30, 2018 | Reply

Matt Hillyer and Jordan Hendrix

Story and photos by Mary Jane Farmer.. Click on links below for more photos

It was Shiner Sunday again this past Sunday, (May 27, 2018) and fans packed Love & War in Texas’ outdoor stage. Dancers hit the (new concrete) dance floor, friends gathered together  to catch up on old-times and break bread (and steaks and  chips and lots of other goodies) together, and waiters and busboys scooted around making sure everybody had all that they needed.

Playing were (opening) Bryan Adam Joyner, who brought fiddler Dan Nix with him; followed by all six members of Eleven Hundred Springs: Matt Hillyer on lead vocals, Steve Berg on bass, Jordan Hendrix on fiddle, Chad Rueffer on Guitar Ray Austin on steel guitar, and Christian Dorn on drums. Filled that stage! What a sound they bring. It defies genres; it engulfs you, makes you smile and (like Rusty Wier sings), makes you wanna dance; it has a full splash of Americana alonside smooth southern vocals. Hillyer has that Willie Nelson-type voice, and by that I mean: when you hear Willie you know who you are listening to. Hillyer is that way. No matter the song, when it comes on the radio, you just know you are listening to Matt Hillyer. Distinguishable!

Bryan Adam Joyner

Bryan Adam Joyner has his own style, both in writing and in delivery. His songs are of life on life’s terms, and his voice adds a depth to the more despairing ones. “I cried when he died” about his dad, for example. He is a song warrior that other musicians go hear and pay attention to.

There were a few longer-than-necessary hugs as people bade goodbye to Melvis and Kerry Brooks, our friends from across the big pond. They flew out the next morning.

And it was so good to see Brett Dillon back in action, after almost a week in a hospital with dabs of surgery.

All right, I didn’t get any decent pix of  Steve Berg. Thought I did, but nada. Next time, July 28, Steve, when I see the band at Heritage Hall in Paris.

Next week, Shiner Sunday is bringing the Read Southall Band to Love & War in Texas, Plano. No word yet on who is opening.

For Eleven Hundred Springs photos, click here

For Bryan Adam Joyner photos, click here

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