Zane Williams

Zane Williams

The Powell Brothers

Sat, April 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5 - $15

This event is 18 and over

Indoors - Very Limited Seating. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $12 advance tickets/$15 day of show.

Zane Williams
Zane Williams
“Bringin’ Country Back” is more than a catchphrase for Zane Williams. It is a rallying cry for a return to authenticity and substance in mainstream country music, and a fitting title for his sixth studio album. “I think of country music as poetry for the common man,” he says reflectively.
“The stories that draw you in, the simple truth stated in a way you wish you could’ve said…there’s an honesty to country music that totally grabbed me the first time I heard it.”
That plain-spoken, down-home honesty has now become the calling card for Zane’s own career, landing him four #1 songs on the Texas radio charts, opening gigs with heroes like George Jones and Alan Jackson, and even an invitation to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 2015. The genuine quality of his music is no fluke. In a world where most popular music is created by committee, Zane writes the vast majority of his songs alone, whenever the inspiration strikes. “I get a lot of ideas while I’m busy doing other tasks,” he says, “say driving down the road, or doing dishes, or mowing the yard. My wife can always tell when I’m working on a song because my toe is tapping, my lips are moving, and I can’t hear a word she’s saying.”
Taking the reins for the first time as sole producer on this project, Williams says that being an independent artist has its advantages. “We didn’t have any hoops to jump through for this
record, and no one to please but ourselves. I just went into the studio with my favorite players, most of whom play with me on the road, and I did my best to create a record that sounds like the music I love.” For Zane, that means lots of harmonies, fiddle, and steel guitar wrapped around songs that, while carefully crafted, lean more toward good-natured showmanship than gloomy introspection.
Unsurprisingly, most of the subject matter draws its inspiration from Zane’s current life experiences. He offers the listener some road-tested dancehall advice in the rollicking Honkytonk Situation,” while “Slow Roller” and “That’s Just Me” celebrate his traditional values against a backdrop of easy-going, mid-tempo grooves. Only twice on the record does Zane break from his real life situation to play a character role…first as a cowboy down on love in “I Don’t Have the Heart,” and second as a recent divorcé in the heartbroken “Goodbye Love.” He closes with an homage to country music legend Willie Nelson, whose discovery of musical independence in Texas has many parallels with Zane’s own.
Early on, neither Zane nor his family would’ve guessed he one day would become the standard-bearer for traditional country music that he is today. Born in Abilene, TX, to a pair of college professors, Zane was moved as a child first to Kentucky, then West Virginia, and then California as his parents pursued their academic careers. While he enjoyed singing harmony in church and composing his own instrumental pieces on the family piano, it wasn’t until he turned sixteen and got the car keys (and control of the radio inside) that he had his first transformative experience with country music.
“I’m flipping stations and I land on Bob Kingsley’s Country Countdown one Sunday morning after church, and I hear this guy Garth Brooks singing “The Dance.” I had just broken up with my first girlfriend, and that song wrecked me; it cut right through me like no song ever had.” Not long after, his parents bought him a used guitar as a reward for good test scores, and Zane began trying his hand at writing his own songs. He was as surprised as anyone to find he had a knack for turning a phrase and telling a story in song. Still, a career in country music seemed far-fetched, so he followed his parents’ advice and enrolled as a math major at Abilene Christian University. By the time he walked across the stage four years later to accept his diploma, his hobby had blossomed into a passion, and he moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue music full time.
Music City, where co-writing was like shaking hands and pop influences dominated the trends, proved to be a poor fit for a tradition-loving young man who did his best work independently. In 2006, Zane released his first studio album Hurry Home, the title track of which later became a top-20 Billboard hit for then-Sony artist Jason Michael Carroll. Despite this success, his nine years in Nashville left Zane disillusioned with the state of the country music industry and dissatisfied with simply writing songs for other artists. So in 2008 Zane left a staffwriter publishing deal to move back to his wife’s hometown of McKinney, TX, start a family, and start his career over as an independent artist. “I remember turning my office keys in to my publisher, sitting there in the car, and feeling so frustrated. They liked my music, but they just didn’t know what to do with it. It felt like I was giving up on my dream.”
However it didn’t take long for that dream to be reborn, as he quickly found in Texas a welcome home for his brand of honest, traditional country music. “In Texas, all the middlemen standing between me and the fans were gone. I could just make records, play shows, and be myself. I found out it didn’t have to be complicated.” Four more independent records followed, each attracting a wider audience than the last. When Zane put together his first band at age 33, he was a decade older than most of the new artists on the scene, and much more experienced as a songwriter, yet his obvious love of performing and connecting with his fans infused his shows with a youthful passion. Bringin’ Country Back melds that passion with his hard-earned experience as a performer and producer to create his most confident work yet. “I just love country music, and I don’t want to see it fall by the wayside,” he says. “I wanted to create a laidback, old-school country album that folks could listen to on the back porch with the sun going down. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s real.” And isn’t that what country music should be?
The Powell Brothers
The Powell Brothers
The Powell Brothers are Country/Americana recording artists from Houston, Texas.

The group is fronted by brothers Taylor Powell and Blake Powell. This past February, The Powell Brothers released “Leave On The Light,” their first full length CD. The new music combines elements of folk-rock, rootsy soul and country. The Houston-based band recorded “Leave On The Light” during the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Perseverance, resilience and life on the road provide the backdrop for this new collection of songs that staggers artfully between timeless arrangements and sharp songcraft showcasing a defiant, evolving band on the rise. Taylor Powell had this to say about the new record:

“Hurricane Harvey definitely changed a lot of things for us,” explains Taylor Powell. “The plans we had been making for the previous few months were completely wiped out. As we were tearing down our childhood home, there were definitely many moments of despair. But as they say, when you are going through hell, keep on going. Looking back, it actually wiped the slate clean, and gave us an opportunity to do something much greater than we had planned before. We decided to use this as a sign that it was time to make the record we had always wanted to make.”

The Powell Brothers’ music really comes to life in their high energy live show. The group defines the term “road warriors,” burning up U.S. highways with an average of 150 shows per year. The 2019 tour schedule takes the group to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin. Notable tour dates include June 5th at The Tin Roof (Nashville, TN) for the CMA Kick-Off Party, July 6th at Luckenbach (Fredericksburg, TX) with Pat Green & Cory Morrow, August 1st at the Dejoria Center (Park City, UT), and September 28th at the Merchants & Music Festival (Fort Thomas, KY).

The Powell Brothers have been selected to support numerous top national acts, including sharing the stage with names like Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Granger Smith, Eli Young Band, Montgomery Gentry, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Suzy Bogguss, The Bellamy Brothers, Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram and many more.

The band combines its passions for music and sports by performing at some of the largest collegiate and professional sporting events in the country. The group performed "full band" at the ● 2019 NFC Wildcard Playoff Game; ● Game #5 of the 2018 American League Championship Series ● 2018 NHL Draft ● 2018-2019 Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl ● 2018-2019 Valero Alamo Bowl ● 2018-2019 AT&T “Red River Showdown” and ● 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Taylor and Blake Powell also sang stirring renditions of our National Anthem for the ● 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ● Houston Astros ● San Diego Padres ● Texas Rangers ● FC Dallas and ● University of Texas Longhorn Baseball.

When asked about The Powell Brothers’ explosive growth and what the future holds, Taylor Powell explained "It all boils down to this; good songs and good people. We are committed to the craft of songwriting. Our goal is to make every song and every album better than the last, and to surround ourselves with the best people.” Blake Powell echoes his brother’s thoughts and added “Our goal is to deliver recorded music and live performances worthy of the love and support we are so blessed to receive."
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023