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Dave Wheaton

I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could. I'm originally from Battle Creek, Michigan (home of Tony the Tiger). I've got two kids who take up most of my time out of the office, but when I get "me time", I'm either taking in some live music or a sporting event. Since relocating, I also fell in love with the Texas music scene. I've been lucky enough to be nominated for DJ of the Year 4 straight years by the Academy of Texas Music, and was the 2009 recipient of the Academy's Palmwood Award. I'm a huge sports fan, and my loyalties are with the Michigan Wolverines, Chicago White Sox and (sorry) the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Dave Explains His Appreciation of Secondhand Shirts

As the sixth of seven kids in my family, I rarely wore new clothes. In fact, I can only remember ever having a few new items of clothing every school year, and the rest were "hand-me-downs" passed on to me from my older brothers (and sisters, I'm sure). I'm not complaining, but growing up, I always dreamed of the day I would have a closet full of brand new clothes. But now as an adult, I've come to appreciate going shopping at a thrift store and finding a great shirt for next to nothing.

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The Statesboro Revue
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It Was Worth the 5-Year Wait for The Statesboro Revue’s ‘Ramble on Privilege Creek’ – CD Review

I've been a fan of The Statesboro Review for a few years now. Since I first listened to the Austin-based band's debut CD, 'Different Kind of Light' in 2008, I was hooked on their sound. Stewart Mann and his band brought to my ears a terrific blend of southern rock, country, soul, bluegrass and folk, delivered in a fashion that seemed so natural. Along with their growing fan base, I've waited patiently for a follow-up, and 'Ramble on Privilege Creek' is finally here. And there is zero letdown.

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Category: Music News, Reviews
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Randy Rogers Offers Something Very Different With His New Single ‘Fuzzy’ – Song Review

The Randy Rogers Band earned the right to stretch his boundaries a long time ago. The success they have seen in his 13+ years as a Texas country singer/songwriter allows that, and his legions of fans embrace the fact that Rogers pushes the creative envelope and still makes great music. With a new CD, 'Trouble' coming out April 30th, at least one song from the album has a very different feel from what we've heard from RR in the past, and that's the latest single, 'Fuzzy'.

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Greg Bates
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‘Did it For the Girl’ Singer Greg Bates Coming to the Lucky Mule May 10th

Up and coming singer/songwriter Greg Bates has already banked a hit song with 'Did it For the Girl', and shows no signs of slowing down with his second single, 'Fill in the Blank'. As Bates lays the foundation for long-term success, there's a good chance that years from now, you'll be talking with your friends, saying "remember that time Greg Bates played in Abilene?". Along with special guests Mat Slovacek and Kayla Conn, Greg will indeed be making his way to the Lucky Mule Saloon on Friday night, May 10th.

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Category: Concerts, Music News
Whiskey Myers
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Whiskey Myers Set to Return to the Lucky Mule May 16th

Whiskey Myers is one of those bands that is not only successful with any single they release to Texas radio, but they are also one of the more entertaining and purely talented live bands you will see. There's something special about this East Texas quintet. They always seem to be working to improve the entertainment value of their live performance, so whether you're watching them play for the first time or the 20th, you're sure to have a great time. Along with another great Texas-based singer/songwriter, John David Kent, Whiskey Myers will be playing the Lucky Mule Saloon on Thursday night, May 16th.

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Category: Concerts, Music News
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‘The Bullying Experiment’ Shows How Different People React When They See a Stranger Being Bullied

Bullying is in the news now more than ever before. Now there is a moving video, called 'The Bullying Experiment'. It's a series of clips showing actors portraying college students. One is the bully, and the other is the victim - even physically beaten - in front of other students and passers by.

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Dave’s Son Nathan Negotiates His First Ever Pawn Shop Deal

There's your baby's first steps, first words and first tooth. Potty training, learning to read, and learning to ride a bicycle. All huge milestones as parents gauge the growth of their children. But my son Nathan and I enjoyed an all too often overlooked milestone: his first solo trip into the pawn shop.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Reviewed By Nathan, My 13-Year Old Son

My 13-year old son, Nathan, has become quite a fan of movies lately. And as is the case with most teenagers, he has an opinion about pretty much everything. So I figured we could combine his appreciation for cinema and hearing himself speak, and have him review the movies he goes to see.

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Stoney LaRue
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Stoney LaRue to Headline the Chris Shields Memorial Scholarship Benefit Concert April 18th at the Lucky Mule

Stoney LaRue is a legend and a pioneer of the Red Dirt music scene. He is making his way back to Abilene for a special event. Don't miss the opportunity to see Stoney, with special guest Zach Harmon on Thursday, April 18th for the Chris Shields Memorial Scholarship Benefit Concert at the Lucky Mule Saloon.

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Dave is Caught on Video Attempting to Play Guitar

A while ago, I wrote a blog about New Year's Resolution ideas. As the start of 2013 came and went, I came to the realization that, while I offered some suggestions that I believe are pretty good, I hadn't actually chosen one of my own. So, I decided to put a resolution that I've been holding on to for years to task: learning to play a m

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Earl Dibbles, Jr.
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Dave Shares His Favorite Earl Dibbles Jr. Facebook Posts

I don't think anyone will be surprised to hear me say that Earl Dibbles, Jr. is the alter-ego of Granger Smith. The Texas Country singer/songwriter with a whole lot of talent, an impressive collection of Top 5 singles and has very unique ways of entertaining his fans. Smith as Dibbles, Jr. can easily be described as an extreme country boy who regularly speaks his opinion with a simplistic approach to life, love, political views and beer drinking (a.k.a. 'crackin' a cold one'). And he posts his opinion regularly on social network sites like Instagram, Twitter, and my personal source for Earl Dibbles Jr.-isms, Facebook.

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