If you missed the grand opening of the 2012 Grand Ole Echo season, well, then you are in the same boat as I am. However, don’t fret. GOE will be happening most Sundays through September.
This year, it’s both more of the same great Americana music but there are some differences too. Kim Grant again with be booking the main stage but helping her this year is Matt Farber, the editor of www.southlandserenade.com as Grant’s former sidekick Julie Richmond has moseyed off to Austin. DJ Cousin Roy is back to spin platter while the backporch will be curated by local musicians Cliff Wagner and Walter Spencer. There will be more of an emphasis on having family-friendly music during the 5:30-7:30 hours, since the Grand Ole Echo is a great place for parents to bring their kids to share in some fine rootsy music.
This Sunday features Paladino, Jennifer Gibbons and her Bad Intentions and the Far West on the main stage with Cliff Wagner out back. Other scheduled acts in Grant Langston (May 6), Stephen David Austin (May 13) and the Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett (June 3). Later in August, Harry Wagons from the wild Aussie country rock outfit Wagons will be making an appearance.
For more info., visit the Grand Ole Echo’s refurbished website, www.thegrandoleecho.bandzoogle.com