Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

The Powell Brothers

Wed · March 6, 2019

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10.00 - $100.00

General Admission for this show is CHARGED. Reserved seating on our VIP Patio and Balcony is available for purchase; Limited availability. All reserved seating is priced PER SEAT along the railing and tables.

Sister Hazel
Sister Hazel
Sister Hazel's creative train just keeps rolling. Last year's well-received "Release" reached the band's highest ever spot (#37) on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc "Somewhere More Familiar," and they are keeping the momentum going with "Heartland Highway" (Oct. 12, 2010, Rock Ridge Music), marking the band's quickest album-to-album turnaround in their 15-plus-year career.
According to bassist Jett Beres, "Release" "sparked a creativity" in the Gainesville, FL-bred band (vocalist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead guitarist Ryan Newell, drummer Mark Trojanowski and Beres) that led to "Heartland Highway," a collection that they all agree is their most diverse-sounding disc. "All of us like a lot of different music," says Trojanowski, "but we have a vibe together," – one that helps to create the Sister Hazel signature mix of Southern pop hooks and country rock harmonies. "There are a lot of moments that have never been in Sister Hazel songs before," notes Newell, adding, "We strive to give our audience something different each time."
The group's 8th full-length, "Heartland Highway" reflects a rootsy journey for both the band and the listeners. Beres describes the album as "American road trip music" while Copeland suggests, "It's one of those discs you can put on and listen to front to back." The disc ebbs and flows between rockin' tracks (Block's "Great Escape" and Copeland's "She's Got A Hold On Me" and "Where You're Going") and more poignant numbers (Newell's "Far Away" and Block's "Saddest Song [Not Coming Home]").
Beres' "Lessons in Love, Hope, and Faith" song trilogy, which closes the disc, is both ambitious and down-to- earth. Each song is about a woman in his life who taught him important lessons: his wife ("The Road"), his daughter ("Snow-Globe World") and his mother ("Behind the Sun"). Each one has a slightly different sound (country, roots rock and arena rock) but they flow together musically – a fitting encapsulation of the record's varied but organic sound.
"Heartland Highway" maintained, and refined, "Release"'s recording process. For this 12-track disc, Block, Copeland, Newell and Beres all contributed a trio of tunes, for which they each served as producers. "Everyone's really involved in the arrangement process," states Newell. "But the songwriter is the person who decides what road we're going to go down."
Trojanowski reveals that "Far Away" really fell into place after he come up with the chorus drum part, while Newell notes that Copeland's tune "She's Got A Hold On Me" had a more country vibe initially but wound up with a heavier guitar groove to it. Copeland, meanwhile, handed over the reins for his tune "Let The Fire Burn" to Block after he asked to sing it. "I felt honored," Copeland admits, "that it was one of those songs that Ken connected with enough to want to sing." Block feels the band's experience factors into this sense of camaraderie. "We know that this isn't the last album Sister Hazel is going to make so we don't hold on so tightly to things. It's really liberating to know that we are all in this together."
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The guys again gathered for pre-production at a Gainesville rehearsal studio that they have used for years and then headed up to record in Nashville. Additional recording took place at Newell's home studio while Copeland and Block did their vocals in Gainesville, at both their favorite Best Western (also used on "Release") and at a condo by nearby Crescent Beach. The band continued their collaboration with Nashville-based engineer Chip Matthews, whom they consider something of a sixth member of the band. "His dedication to our project," states Block, "was incredible." The band's collaborative nature also saw them utilizing the expertise of Nashville guitar aces Pat Buchanan and Tom Bukovac while welcoming back old pal harmonica player Rob Peck, who played on their first album.
Family, both blood and band, figures prominently in the Sister Hazel world. Newell, the one bandmember who isn't a family man, asserts that, "Family has always been first in this band and we finally have found the balance to make it all work." One of Block and Copeland's favorite parts during this recording experience was when they went were able to record vocals at Crescent Beach (where they went as kids) and were able to surf and sing while having their families there too.
The band still hits the road regularly, doing around 100 dates annually, but they also find other avenues to maintain close ties to their fans. "The only way we can keep doing what we are doing is having our fans continue to connect and support us," proclaims Copeland. The band's Rock Boat excursion, the world's largest floating music festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary this past January and next year's outing will be a "Uncharted Waters cruise," according to Trojanowski. "We missed a lot of ports due to weather so we won't pick a destination until we leave a port." Just as popular is their annual Hazelnut Hang ("Hazelnuts" being the name for the group's ardent fans) at The Windjammer on South Carolina's Isle of Palms. Among this year's highlights was the group's "Triple Crow" set where they covered tunes by Sheryl Crow, the Counting Crows and the Black Crowes.
The band has embraced the Internet and social networking too. Their Twitter followers are fast approaching the 1 million mark and last year they did several unique fan-centric events (one where fans could call a special cell phone number to talk to one of the guys; another being a set of podcasts hosted by each of the band members). It's also not surprising that the group, named after the Gainesville nun Sister Hazel Williams, is deeply committed to charitable work. Among their many involvements is Lyrics For Life, a charity they started to raise money for pediatric cancer (Block lost his brother to cancer when they were both teens).
After all their years together, the band is feeling like they're reaching new milestones with "Heartland Highway." "We are all in groove. We have all things rolling along," asserts Block, with Newell seconding that emotion: "I feel like we are stepping into our heyday."
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. Currently, the band is on tour promoting its new full length album “Leave on the Light,” produced by Scott Quintana and engineered/mixed by Gena Johnson (“A Star Is Born” soundtrack, Zac Brown Band, Brandi Carlile). The first radio single off the album, “Coming Home,” enjoyed much success on the radio charts, spending seven weeks in the Top 20 on both the TRRR and CDX Traction Texas charts. The Powell Brothers will release the uptempo and feel good track “Way You Are” to radio in February as the next single off the new album.
“Leave On The Light” combines elements of folk-rock, rootsy soul and country. The Houston-based band recorded this album 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 band’s music really comes to life in their high energy live show. The Powell Brothers take their live show to cities across the United States, hitting major markets from the East coast and the West coast. Notably, the band headlined Day #1 of the Oyster Ridge Music Festival (Kemmerer, WY), earned a coveted lineup spot at the Oregon Jamboree (Sweet Home, OR), opened for country superstar Billy Currington at Clayton’s Beach Bar (South Padre Island, TX), the largest beach bar in Texas, and performed at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) before theNFC Wildcard Playoff Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. Other buzz worthy shows include performances at Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX) before Game #3 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, the Chevrolet Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas (Dallas, TX) and Southwest University Park (El Paso, TX.) opening for Lee Brice at the Way Out West Fest.
The Powell Brothers have been selected to support numerous top national and regional acts, including opening shows for Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Granger Smith, Eli Young Band, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Suzy Bogguss, The Bellamy Brothers, Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram and many more.
The band members have many interests outside of music, including sports. The group decided to combine their passions for music and sports by performing at some of the largest collegiate and professional sporting events in the country. The Powell Brothers have been featured at the ● NFC Wildcard Playoff Game (NFL) ● American League Championship Series (MLB) ● Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ● NHL Draft ● Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl ● Valero Alamo Bowl ● AT&T “Red River Showdown” and ● Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The band has also performed “The Star Spangled Banner” for the ● Houston Astros ● San Diego Padres and ● Texas Rangers.
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."
The Powell Brothers will not slow down in 2019. In addition to the release of “Leave On The Light,” the band has a busy tour schedule that takes them as far west as Portland, Oregon and as far east as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The group recently reached an agreement with the popular “Tin Roof” chain of live music venues for concert dates in Memphis, TN (2/19), Birmingham, AL (2/21), Charlotte, NC (4/18), Myrtle Beach, SC (4/19), Columbia, SC (4/20), and Nashville (6/5). The Powell Brothers’ 2019 Western U.S Summer Tour kicks off in July and includes concert dates in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
For more information on The Powell Brothers, please visit the band's official website at www.PowellBrothersmusic.com
Venue Information:
Lava Cantina The Colony
5805 Grandscape Blvd
The Colony, TX, 75056
http://www.lavacantina.com