Defiant Artist Agency Group Presents:
Tom Petty Tribute Into The Great Wide Open with Chris Taylor, Ruben V, Michael Morales and more
Michael Martin, Matt McCormack, Jackson Parten, Jordan Sleed
Sun, December 3, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pmSam's Burger Joint
$15.00 - $45.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $15 Advance/ $20 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth
He has cowritten two songs with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics fame and has over 30 albums to his credit. His album, Never Ending Now, released through Lo-Fidelity Records in 2016, is a double album featuring some of his best music to date.
Throughout the 90’s, Taylor was the primary writer and visionary for the band Love Coma, which included Matt Slocum (guitar player for Sixpence None The Richer) and they developed quite a cult following across the US. With both his music and visual artwork, Taylor has remained prolific and prominent in releasing new work for his fans.
Chris Taylor is a solo ARTIST in every sense of the word. Chris Taylor & The Setting Sons are a rock and roll band. No two Chris Taylor shows have been the same. Acoustic guitar and harmonica. Electric guitar and amplifier. Chris Taylor paints and sings at the same time, creating something unique right in front of you. The Setting Sons provide the muscle, the psychedelia, the rock and roll rhythm to it all.
Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He's released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He's built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm.
But first and foremost, there is the music. It's a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It's an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it's alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, "it's everything I love about music."
For a man who would turn out to be such a celebrated guitar player, Ruben was self-taught – old school style. "I would slow down our old 45 albums on the record player and learn that way. I was also front and center at every concert – watching and listening. Then it was just hitting the road. There's no better way to learn." Hitting the road began at 15 for Ruben, who played in a string of bands and eventually landed an Indie record deal with his heavy metal band, Final Assault. The unexpected death of a friend, the band's bass player, brought everything to a halt for Ruben and he began questioning his direction. Again, it was music that pulled him back in. "I was in a dark time in my life when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert. It was the opposite of the heavy metal bands that were defining the time. I wanted to play Stevie's kind of music – to bend a guitar string like that because that's what I felt." That performance is what drove him back to writing and playing, but this time, he surrounded himself with his brothers and the group began touring clubs in the area. As time passed, the shows became bigger and the four albums they put out became heavier, but, again, that sound wasn't what Ruben had envisioned for himself. Forced to confront the different directions the brothers were heading, Ruben parted ways with the group to pursue his own musical path – one that was true to him. That becomes the essence of Ruben V's music.
Putting out great music meant finding a producer with equally high standards and the talent to match. It was sheer determination that led Ruben to search out two famed producers. Richard Mullen produced Ruben V's first three CD's: In His Hands, Home and Let Me In. Mullen's previous work included Eric Johnson, Joe Ely, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jim Gaines, whose previous credits included multiple Grammy Awards and 4X Platinum work with Santana, Blues Traveler and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The collaboration between Gaines and Ruben produced I AM, Labor of Shame and Come to Me. "Jim pushed me and brought out a more Hispanic flavor than what I had done in the past. He's an amazing man and I'm blessed to work with him."
Every show is different; Ruben has a vast catalog of songs to pull from. They may play a familiar song but change the tempo or instruments. The Ruben V shows become enlivened jams inciting the audience into a musical frenzy. It keeps the audience entertained and coming back for more. From here, Ruben V will continue to pursue what has been in his life at every turn – he'll tour, write songs and make albums. The musical path that he's followed – varied, honest and sincere – may not have always proved the easiest, but from a man who knows where he comes from, playing music his way is the only way to go. "My guitar might change shape and size; but, those six strings will always be a part of who I am and who I have grown up to be."
McCormack then moved to Austin, TX with childhood friend and current Miranda Lambert guitarist, Alex Weeden. Their band Choker Montana was a fierce mix of country rock and alternative folk that paved an original sound amongst the Austin, TX 6th Street scene.
McCormack later went solo with his album Tonopah, soon landing him on the “Best Of” list on AAA station KGSR as well as being named on the ‘Best New Act’ poll in the Austin Chronicle. McCormack’s band often boasted powerful line-ups including Austin elites Will Sexton, Stephen Doster and Bill Carter. “Here We Go Again”, McCormack’s second effort was soon shelved due to a contractual agreement with KISS’ Gene Simmons. They collaborated on a soon-to-be released single titled “Pride.”
Although never officially released, “Here We Go Again” spawned “Easy For You”, a song that was featured in the LionsGate film “Dead Of Winter.” There was also commercial placement for another track called “Lucky Tonight”. During that same time, shows with Ian Moore, Raul Malo, Alejandro Escovedo, Double Trouble, Doyle Bramhall 2, Charlie Sexton, and Todd Snider (just to name a few) broadened new horizons for McCormack as a performer and artist.
McCormack’s next venture was his brainchild Rock Bottom Choir. RBC included a solid Austin lineup produced by Will Sexton. The George Harrison-inspired record gained a cult following with its live shows and infectious country+rock melodies. The focus and spirit of the band was to raise money and feed the homeless. The Rock Bottom Choir was responsible for generating 250,000 meals and an album appropriately titled “For All The Saints.”
McCormack moved to LA in 2006 where he continued to play both full band and solo acoustic shows in Southern California. A residency in Nashville was born as McCormack dove into songwriting and experimented with different artistic formulas. The Nashville jaunt matured Matt as an artist and left him with a stack of unreleased material.
In 2012, McCormack transitioned into artist management for friends and cohorts Bill Carter and Will Sexton. These efforts led to worldwide press chops, including an appearance on David Letterman for Bill Carter and Johnny Depp. Soon after, a devastating and traumatic home flood derailed McCormack’s musical endeavors. Bob Dylan’s guitarist, Charlie Sexton, quickly made a public announcement in support of a benefit show for Matt and his family. The SIMS foundation in Austin has helped McCormack regain solid ground and afforded him the foundation to move forward.
“Life In Stereo” is the upcoming release that showcases McCormack’s strengths in melodic storytelling. The first single “Pride,” is a collaborative co-write with Gene Simmons of KISS, one of McCormack’s childhood heroes. As Matt moves forward into unchartered waters, he is optimistic and inspired.
“Longing To Be Wrong” is Jordan’s debut EP, truly showcasing his distinct sound with songs like “the beautiful and inspiring ‘Drift Apart.’” Jordan spent time carefully creating and arranging each song on this project, and now he uses it to advertise his own music to the patrons of restaurants, parties, bars, etc. around San Antonio. Currently, he manages and actively promotes himself, booking gigs as often as he can find them. He plays these solo performances in his hometown very regularly, but is not foreign to audiences upwards of 3,000.
It seems inevitable that larger audiences become a frequent view for Sleed. The local, 3 to 4 hour gig of loveable cover songs and the occasional joke is an early chapter in Jordan’s ambitious career. With his definitive sound, carrying “everything to go places in the world of music,” Jordan is actively pursuing a career outside of Texas, playing his own records in front of audiences eager to hear these “lovely arrangements and powerful messages.”
As Jordan continues to garner support from various blogs, podcast and radio stations around the globe, intentionally written music remains his mission statement. The honesty and soul that can be heard on “Longing To Be Wrong” is what Jordan will only be able to improve upon through the lifelong career he pursues. Make sure to follow along for the ride.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215