Produced live at the DittyTV Studios
The DittyTV Concert Series is our premier bi-weekly live music series that features Grammy® Award and JUNO Award-winning, Hall of Fame, and soon-to-be discovered artists from six of the 7 continents (watch out Antarctica).
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CONCERT SERIES WORLD PREMIER CALENDAR
The DittyTV Concert Series premieres every Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8PM CDT (UTC-5). The premieres are then re-broadcast the following morning at 8AM/CDT. In addition, Sunday premieres are re-broadcast the following Wednesday at 1PM/CDT, with the Wednesday premieres re-broadcasting the following Sunday at 1PM/CDT.
|Atlantis Aquarius – Wednesday, July 18th, at 8PM/CDT
Dustbowl Revival – Sunday, July 22nd, at 8PM/CDT
Nora Jane Struthers – Wednesday, July 25th, at 8PM/CDT
Jeff Plankenhorn – Sunday, July 29th, at 8PM/CDT
|The Bacon Brothers – Wednesday, August 1st, at 8PM/CDT
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Sunday, August, 5th, at 8PM/CDT
Kittel & Co. – Wednesday, August, 8th, at 8PM/CDT
Sam Morrow – Sunday, August, 12th, at 8PM/CDT
Atlantis Aquarius | Wednesday, July 18th, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Thursday, July 19th, at 8AM/CDT and Sunday, July 22nd, at 1PM/CDT
Born from the stars and concted in Texas, Supergroup Atlantis Aquarius brings Cosmic lyrics and soothing sounds created to enlighten and mesmerize their listeners. Th EP, “Nibirian Sun” is building momentum nationally and the soon-to-be released full-length album, “Leo’s Rising” is anticipated to release in the Fall of 2018. The players in the upstart Dallas band Atlantis Aquarius seem to understand this. Boasting members of some of Dallas’ more successful bands of a certain ilk in recent memory — Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, The Texas Gentlemen, Larry G(EE) & The Affections, Paul Cauthen, Rise & Shine, Buffalo Ruckus and Jack Ingram’s backing band, just to name a few — Atlantis Aquarius ain’t exactly running from its many, many ties to the North Texas music scene. Rather, it seems to be embracing it, incorporating elements from its many aesthetics into its twangy version of psych rock. To learn more visit https://www.atlantisaquarius.org
Dustbowl Revival | Sunday, July 22nd, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Monday, July 23rd, at 8AM/CDT and Wednesday, July 25th, at 1PM/CDT
Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.” Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe.
This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance). To learn more visit http://www.dustbowlrevival.com
Nora Jane Struthers | Wednesday, July 25th, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Thursday, July 26th, at 8AM/CDT and Sunday, July 29th, at 1PM/CDT
Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers’ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs.
While her journey in trying to start a family takes center stage in many on Champion, it’s far from the only topic to which Struthers lends her thoughtful eye and singular voice. On opening song “Each Season,” she and Overton explore the strange, wonderful bond experienced in long-term relationships, the story told over crunchy guitars and gently rolling banjo.
“The first track on the album is a song that my husband and I wrote together,” she says. “It’s the second song we’ve ever written together. It’s about how when you have a partner and have love, time — which is such a strange thing anyway — everything circles and centers around them, and around you two as a unit, and how beautiful that is because it gives you an anchor in the tumultuous sea of time.”
That tune is one of only two co-writes on the album, as Champion is, through and through, a showcase of Struthers’ voice and preternatural gift for storytelling. Coupled with a more deeply realized sense of vulnerability, that narrative tendency makes for a collection of stories that should resonate long after the last notes of the last track end.
“My songwriting style on this album is a real marriage of the narrative style songs I was writing in my early career and then the really autobiographical style of my last album,” Struthers says. “It feels like a natural progression of artistic growth that was both hard and easy at the same time, and I think you can hear that when you listen to it.”
To learn more visit https://www.norajanestruthers.com
Jeff Plankenhorn | Sunday, July 29th, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Monday, July 30th, at 8AM/CDT and Wednesday, August 1st, at 1PM/CDT
When Jeff Plankenhorn, arguably one of the busiest and most highly regarded guitar players on the Austin music scene, tells you that he “hardly ever takes sideman gigs anymore,” take it with a grain of salt.
Roots-rocking follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed SoulSlide finds the Ohio-born, Texas-based artist expanding his musical playing field with help from friends Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patty Griffin, and co-producer “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb.
Yes, it’s true he’s made a concerted effort to carve out more time for his own solo career ever since issuing his breakout second studio set, 2016’s SoulSlide — and he aims to find even more of that “me time” come the May 4, 2018 release of his new album, Sleeping Dogs on Spike Steel Records.But as far as scaling back on the whole sideman thing goes … bear in mind that there’s a big difference between “hardly ever” and never. Namely, the former still leaves the guy just enough wiggle room to happily say “yes” when legends (and friends) on the level of Ray Wylie Hubbard or the Flatlanders need a can-do guitar man for a sold-out theater engagement. Or, say, when fellow A-list Austin sideman “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb — the MVP co-producer of Sleeping Dogs — finds out he can’t make it to a very special Johnny Nicholas gig in Hawaii, and asks “Plank” if he’d be up for subbing for him. Who in their right mind is going to say no to that?
To learn more visit https://www.jeffplankenhorn.com
The Bacon Brothers | Wednesday, August 1st, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Thursday, August 2nd, at 8AM/CDT and Sunday, August 5th, at 1PM/CDT
Most people would agree that there’s nothing stronger, more durable and occasionally, even more volatile, than the bond between brothers. And when that bond includes the common goal of making music, the results often offer reason for an audience to sit up and take notice. There have been any number of examples in music’s modern era — the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Kinks and Oasis to name but a few. Not that it’s easy or even agreeable, but there is common cause, and that’s generally enough to ensure there’s passion and purpose in its creation.
Just as the Bacon Brothers. Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age (they cite such influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, and James Taylor, with mentions from Michael of Pete Seeger, Jimmy Rogers, Chet Atkins, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and additional kudos to Michael from Kevin for his input), the two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in eight albums – Forosoco (1997), Getting There (1999), Can’t Complain (2001), Live: The No Food Jokes Tour (2003), White Knuckles (2005), New Year’s Day (2009), Philadelphia Road (2011) 36 Cents (2014), and the eponymous, The Bacon Brothers (2018)– spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Never content to be typecast, they’re fiercely devoted to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.
So while casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers -Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion — along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning — Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Ira Siegel (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) — eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons that come as a result of determination and drive.
To learn more visit http://www.baconbros.com
Ray Wylie Hubbard | Sunday, August, 5th, at 8PM/CDT (World Premier)
Re-broadcast Monday, August 6th, at 8AM/CDT and Wednesday, August 8th, at 1PM/CDT
As a music lover of impeccable taste, odds are that you’re already looking forward to spending the better part of the next hour – and several more after that – getting rather obsessively familiar with this latest serving of song and groove from Ray Wylie Hubbard. Wylie Hubbard is, he’s the kind of scrapper poet with the devil-may-care wherewithal to write both “lay down a groove like a monkey getting’ off” and “shakes the mortal coil round my amaranthine soul” into the same song – and the lethal charm and chops to pull it off.
I think each record to me has been a struggle in a way, and I like it that way. I like it that they’re all hard to do, because I think that makes them all have more value to me. It makes me kind of reach for a better part of myself. It keeps me from settling.”
To learn more visit https://raywylie.com