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The @locashcowboys Stay Focused for the Long Haul


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The LoCash Cowboys have been down on their luck more than a few times during their 10-year career. But the high-energy, fun-spirited duo is still betting that the odds are in its favor as it prepares to release its first album.

Preston Brust and Chris Lucas met when they were working as DJs at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Soon, they landed additional work at Tootsies Orchid Lounge. But when they were offered the coveted Friday night gig at Tootsies, having signed with the booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions, they elected to hit the road.

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Shannon McNally (@McNally) Kicks Off A Cold, Wet First Night at Beale Street Music Festival

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Mississippi-based Shannon McNally has had a big year, garnering a lot of national attention for her new album Small Town Talk , which consists of covers of some of the superb songs by the late Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles. This year she kicked off Beale Street Music Festival 2013 just as the rain ended, warming the hearts of a freezing but enthusiastic cadre of fans.

Duwayne Burnside with Special Guest Shannon McNally (@McNally) Live at #jukejointfest

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After RL Boyce finished with his performance at Clarksdale’s Juke Joint Festival, he was followed by Duwayne Burnside, RL Burnside’s son, who was joined on stage by the young singer-songwriter Shannon McNally and drummer Dexter Burnside.

McNally, originally from Austin, Texas, relocated to Holly Springs a few years ago, and released her most recent album Small Town Talk this month, featuring the songs of the late Louisiana singer and songwriter Bobby Charles. The album exists in both vinyl and compact disc versions, and is being distributed by Memphis-based Select-O-Hits Music Distribution.

According to the Juke Joint Festival schedule, Duwayne was supposed to have been joined by his brother Gary, but he told me after the performance that Gary couldn’t make it.

Throwback Thursdays: Coop MC-Maximize Your Profits

Fort Worth, Texas AKA Funkytown has produced a number of outstanding rap songs from a number of local artists, including this all-time classic from Coop MC’s second album Currency, which was distributed by Select-O-Hits Music Distribution back in 1996. The record was slept on outside of Texas, and Coop MC, who seems to have never recorded again, has been undeservedly forgotten in recent years.

Throwback Thursday: The Bluebirds – First You Cry

This beautifully-exquisite deep soul single was written by Shreveport-based musical brothers Bruce and Buddy Flett, and was recorded by their band The Bluebirds on their debut album “Swamp Stomp” on Select-O-Hits’ new blues subsidiary Icehouse Records. “First You Cry” had the sound of a classic soul ballad, and was soon covered by Percy Sledge.

Riding I-10 With the X-Mob

“I-10” was a grimey hood anthem on the second album from Lake Charles, Louisiana rap group the X-Mob. The album, called Paper Chasing, featured a slicker production sound than their debut album, and Pimp C of UGK had done some production work for the album and offered advice.

Although the group would sign with Eazy E’s Ruthless Records, criminal charges led to their breakup, and nothing ever was released on Ruthless. One member, E-Vicious, changed his name to Vicious following his release from prison and has continued a solo career to the present.

Throwback Thursdays: C-Loc “Who’s Gonna Ride”

Baton Rouge, Louisiana veteran C-Loc began his long and successful career with the release of his debut “Who’s Gonna Ride” on his own C-Loc Records imprint distributed by Select-O-Hits. In addition to his own releases, C-Loc also helped launch the careers of Young Bleed, Max Minelli, Lil Boosie and Lil Webbie.

Throwback Thursdays: Al Kapone “Lyrical Drive_By”

Way back in 1991, Memphis’ rap scene was in its infancy, but a group called Men of the Hour was working to change all of that. All four men in that group were destined to have solo careers, and Al Kapone was one of them, hitting big the next year with this Memphis rap classic “Lyrical Drive-By.”

Originally signed to Outlaw Records, Kapone eventually wound up at Select-O-Hits Music Distribution before forming his own labels Alkatraz Music and Family Biz Entertainment. Kapone continues to perform and record today, and his son is the young Memphis artist Funzo Krush.

Gearing up for the New Lil Keke “Heart of a Hustla”

Ready for the new Lil Keke album? Of course you are! Seventeen all-new tracks, and guest appearances from Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Killa Kyleon and the Screwed Up Click. It’s going to be available everywhere on October 22, 2012.

By now you’re undoubtedly frantic with anticipation, so here’s a cool free mixtape download to make the wait go faster.

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