Jon Wolfe

Jon Wolfe

Parker McCollum, Shotgun Rider

Fri, July 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15 - $400

This event is 18 and over

Outdoors - Standing Room Only. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. Rain or Shine Show. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $15 Advance/$20 Day of Show

Jon Wolfe
Jon Wolfe
The best introduction to Jon Wolfe is the basic yet not so simple fact that he's a country singer and songwriter. Country music, as it was, is and always should be, with boots firmly standing on the bedrock of tradition and an eye focused on taking it into the future. And that, as any fan of true country knows, is no simple proposition.

At heart, it's all about being a great singer and storyteller. Hence the other best introduction to Jon Wolfe is to hear him sing and share the stories in the songs he performs and writes. And to learn his life story — from small town Oklahoma to the bustling big city commodities trading floor to the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma to Music Row, to give the highlights — and witness his faith in the power of music and determination to touch the hearts of others with something that means so much to him.

It's world class country music from the American heartland, informed by the great singers that inspired Wolfe — like George Strait, Garth Brooks (a fellow Okie), Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few — yet fired by his own contemporary energy and vision.

It takes a unique conviction to give up a lucrative career as an oil commodities trader for British Petroleum, as Wolfe did, to pursue the dream of becoming a country singer. But music has been a vital force in Wolfe's life from early on, and it's already made him a rising star in the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma.

Wolfe's 2010 album "It All Happened in a Honky Tonk" introduced a modern country singer/songwriter whose music struck a perfect balance between the best country traditions and contemporary energy and vision. His gift for getting to the heart of a song reflects the unique life journey that led him to realizing his dream of a career as a country music artist. While Jon has done over 400 shows during his career in Texas and Oklahoma, he has spent years writing with some of the best songwriter's in the business, while spending countless hours searching the catalogs of country music's most prolific songwriters.

Warner Music Nashville is proud to present the 2013 Deluxe Edition re-release of "It All Happened in a Honky Tonk". This album is born and bred deep in the heart of Texas, and soaked with dancehall sweat and swagger. You'll find Jon Wolfe as a co-writer on half of the album along with country music's finest songwriters, from the modern day hit writing trio known as the "Peach Pickers" to sure to be hall of fame writers like Tim Johnson ("I let her lie" Daryle Singletary, "He must have really hurt you bad" George Strait), James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time" Conway Twitty, "National Working Woman's Holiday" Sammy Kershaw) and Jon Robbin ("I Breathe in, I Breathe out" Chris Cagle).

"We've really started zeroing in on my own recipe," Wolfe says. "I've got little hints of my heroes, but this album is me. It definitely feels refreshed and updated, but it's country, and that's the deal.

"For years I prayed to be in country music, but I didn't know how," Wolfe recalls. Now that he's done so, he intends to remain true to all that country music means to him. "I like songs that deal with core emotions. I like people to listen to my music and be able to relate it to what they've experienced in their lives.

"I feel connected with the tradition," Wolfe concludes. "There's something a little bigger than just my dreams going on in country music. That's why I feel so strongly about doing what I do." And to make it all even sweeter, "I'm doing what I love."
Parker McCollum
Parker McCollum
At just 22 years old, Parker McCollum is already earning comparisons to critically acclaimed artists like Ryan Bingham and John Mayer. However, the young singer-songwriter has also worked tirelessly to establish his own name, a fact that is evident on his striking full-length debut album, The Limestone Kid, which will be released on Feb. 24, 2015. The 11-song record (featuring nine originals written by Parker — a writer mature beyond his age — and a guest appearance from steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines) covers an impressive amount of musical ground, from the driving roots rock of "Lucy" to the introspective heartbreak of the album's first single, "Meet You in the Middle." A rising star on the regional music scene, McCollum and his stellar band plan to take their energetic show on tour this year to celebrate the release of The Limestone Kid. For show updates and more:
Shotgun Rider
Shotgun Rider
The Palo Duro Canyon runs through the Texas Panhandle for more than 100 miles. It's an explosion of color in an otherwise lonely place, interrupting the area's wide, windswept flatlands with steep canyon walls and vibrant rock formations.

Nearby, in a small house filled with musical instruments, the duo now known as Shotgun Rider began to craft a sonic landscape of their own. Bandmates Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez had grown up nearby, in the farming communities of Castro County. They'd both been raised on the sounds of the south — the country hits that came across the FM radio; the gospel songs that Logan sang in the church choir; the George Strait albums that every Texan seemed to own — but loved the sweeping, hard-hitting anthems of bands like Kings of Leon, too. Drawing on those influences, they carved out their own sound: a mix of country twang and guitar-fueled rock & roll stomp, as epic and darkly cinematic as the Texas landscape that inspired it.

Palo Duro, the band's full-length debut, is a nod to Shotgun Rider's roots. A lot has changed since those early days in Canyon, Texas, back when Samford and Enriquez would cut their teeth with long, nightly sets at local bars and restaurants. On the weekends, they'd play shows as a full band, watching their audiences grow every week. It was a true grassroots approach to building a fanbase, with Shotgun Rider expanding their shows to nearby towns like Lubbock and Amarillo before eventually touring across the entire state of Texas and venturing into surrounding states. A series of EPs — each one shining a light on Samford's elastic voice and Enriquez's melodic, muscular guitar playing — proved to be popular not only in the Bible Belt, but across an entire nation's worth of country-rock fans. By the time Shotgun Rider began recording Palo Duro in Nashville, they'd already racked up over 6 million streams of Spotify, cracking the Top 20 on the iTunes Country chart three times along the way.

The songs on Palo Duro take a look at that steady, upward climb. It's an album about the lessons you learn — as well as the people you leave behind — when you spend your life on the road. The album's kinetic opener, "Me and a Memory," finds the duo rolling down I-35 to the next show, excited for what lies ahead but still nostalgic for life in the rearview mirror. "Steady as She Goes" and "I'm Not Alright," with their pedal steel guitar riffs and breezy bounce, put a modern spin on the Texas country tradition, while "Lucky Him" and "Bottom of this Crown" are honky-tonk heartbreak songs, delivered with conviction by musicians who've done their own share of leaving and losing. Like the Pandhandle itself, Palo Duro is lonely one minute and lush the next — the soundtrack, in other words, for the album's own homeland.

"We wanted to represent and honor the place where we grew up," says Enriquez, who handles the bulk of album's songwriting duties. "A bunch of songs lean into that flat West Texas landscape, where it's so lonely for miles, and you don't see anything but the earth. I don't know what it is about that place, but it feels both peaceful and lonely, and it's the same feeling that carries through in our music."

The recent release has also garnered national attention from American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, The Boot, and Saving Country Music, to name a few. Rolling Stone predicts "If Midland's 'Drinkin' Problem' helped reintroduce trad-country sounds to country radio, then Shotgun Rider are arriving at just the right time." Their lead single, Me and a Memory, spent ten weeks as the Number One most streamed song on Spotify in the Texas Music category, opening the road for future singles and continued success.

A native of Dimmitt, Texas, Enriquez grew up less than 15 miles from Nazareth, the small town where Samford wrote his first song in his parents' basement. Those roots are still present in Shotgun Rider's music, but they've grown into something bigger. Something that straddles the boundaries between country and rock, old and new, Texas and the big beyond. With Palo Duro, Samford and Enriquez tip a hat to everything that's brought them to their current position... then grab the wheel and drive into unknown territory, chasing down a horizon that belongs to them alone.
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023