CROSBY – YEE–HAW, Let’s Rodeo!
Crosby begins its annual salute to cowboy sports and County & Western Music on June 1 — Graduation Day for Crosby High School. Friday will welcome last year’s surprise success Bag Of Donuts from New Orleans for the first day of Northeast Harris County’s Biggest Party. Bag Of Donuts is going to play something everybody likes and is going to get the crowd into the performance.
The next morning, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Parade will take over Main Street at 10:00 a.m. All the while, some of the greatest cookers in the Southwest will vie for recognition, trophies and prizes in the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Cook-Off. That night another concert venue will feature Jason Cassidy and Zane Williams.
Zane Williams of Abilene is a proudly authentic, down-home, good ole’ country music from the backroads to the Opry Stage. He enjoys his performance and is equal parts bar room entertainer and introspective poet. Some would call that a “throwback” to the days when a performer had to do more than just sing; many call that multi-talented.
Wednesday of that following week is the Livestock Auction, where Crosby Fair & Rodeo really does its best to get the most to pay for kids to go to college.
On Thursday, June 7, two exciting performers are coming to sing songs they wrote.
Many have heard that if you get a chance to see him, see Adam Hood. He plays here June 7 as lead off for Parker McCollum. Hood is said to be a solo artist from Opelika, Alabama, with a John Denver grin and a mind full of Alabama. He plays Texas Country, Americana, and Roots Rock style, and hits about 100 gigs a year throughout America. HIs songwriting is his mainstay, and he has sold songs to some of the top in the business.
Based out of Austin, Parker McCollum is an Americana style singer songwriter, with alternative country and Texas Country background. He sings, plays guitar, and harmonica. He is best known for the songs, “Hell of A Year,” “Meet You in the Middle,” “High Above the Water,” and “Probably Wrong.”
Shane Smith and the Saints are well known for “All I see is You,” “Right Side of the Ground,” and “Oil Town.” They have a varietal sound that mixes Cajun, Celtic, Folk and Rock into a pleasing culturally expansive and aware sound that unleashes spirited harmony and perspective. Their latest album is Geronimo. They are famous for having performances where folks come up and say, “I don’t really like country, but I liked that.”
With two critically esteemed album releases already under his belt, William Clark Green is back. Green has penned a lyrical force to be reckoned with. On his highly anticipated third release, Rose Queen, he is putting it all on the line and making absolutely no apologies. “Songwriting is reality. People are scared to put reality on paper, but this is 10 times more reality than my past work,” Green explains bluntly. Green tours heavily in the booming Texas scene and persistently writing a plethora of songs that are pulled from true-to-life experiences.
Jack Ingram, Charlie Robison and Bruce Robison released an equally divided concert album recorded live at Gruene Hall. The three constituted a kind of South Central Texas version of the Flatlanders, the occasional trio of Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. They have recombined to put together the Unleashed Tour and has the audience hoot ‘n’ holler and singing along.