Hey there, hoots.

Once again KA and the Appraisers are nominated for a couple Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards. Give us vote and toss a Best venue vote to Main at Southside for me, won't ya!

Best Americana/Roots Rock - Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers - let's get this thing two years in a row... reigning, defending and such.

Best Vocalist Performance - Kevin Aldridge - "Here's the Thing About Me"

Song of the Year - Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers  -"Here's the Thing About Me"

Fort Worth Weekly Awards Ballot

Good Sound, Needs Work - A Compilation of bit, parts and mumbles.

 

Greetings, my hoots. 

Celebrate the release of the inaugural Good Sound, Needs Work demo compilation. Come see local writers of song workshop their latest material in front of a live studio audience. Mumbled lyrics, half finished riffs, exotic tunings -- anything could and will happen at this Sunday afternoon smorgasbord of song. Attend if you dare!

Link forthcoming!

APRIL 29, 2017

Join us at MASS - Main at Southside- Fort Worth's newest live music venue in the Near Southside with Heater and Oil Boom. Downbeat at 9pm. 
MASS is located at 1002 S. Main St. 76104, one block north of Rosedale. $5 for 21+ up, $10 for under. Don't ya dare miss it!!

 

Join us for Friday on the Green in the Near Southside of Fort Worth June 9. FREE SHOW

Vandoliers 9p

KA and the A's 8p

Video 7p

Katsuk 6p

 

https://www.nearsouthsidefw.org/events/friday-on-the-green-june-9-2017

Dan's Silverleaf 1/12/17 
Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)
Daniel Markham
Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm

Tickets
"AND NEEEEEEEEEEW FW WEEKLY AWARDS BEST AMERICANA/ROOTS ROCK CHAMPION!"



Thanks to everyone who voted in the 20th annual Fort Worth Weekly Awards or supported local music in any way. The artists here greatly appreciate you coming out to shows, buying our gimmicks and generally being awesome people. Oh, and thanks for giving us the winning votes for Best Americana/Roots Rock this year. We double 'preciate ya!
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Live Oak show. Opening for pop poppins was something I never thought would happen and mostly because their personal schedules are so different and the geography didn't seem to be in their favor to do a reunion show.

Next KA solo show is April 8 at the Kimbell Art Museum for a member happy hour. Hopefully, they won't figure out I don't belong until after the show (and the payout)...

We've got some secretive things coming up but until then please enjoy our new shirts. Based off the New Japan Pro Wrestling tiger mark I give to you (for 12 to 15 bucks) the Panther Mark. Also available in short sleeve. Please hit the Gimmick Table tab to order. Many thanks, gang.

11-18-16 Magnolia Motor Lounge
Rhett Miller (Old 97's)
Brent Best (Slobberbone, The Drams)
Kevin Aldridge

My last solo show of the year is gonna be a real barn burner! Doors at 7pm. Show starts at 9pm.
TICKETS
 
11-11-16
Shipping and Receiving
Fastball
Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers

TICKETS
Chat Room  - October 8th - FREE

Chat Room - October 8th - FREE

Please join us for the 8th Annual Zac Galaviz Concert Benefit at Shipping & Receiving on September 17th with Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. Details here: Zac Galaviz Benefit
Thanks to everyone who came out to the July single release show. It was great having Daniel Markham join us for an awesome night at the Chat Room.
Big ups to the Local Ticket and KXT for spinning "Here's The Thing About Me".



 
Check out Kevin's interview with DJ Mark on the Local Ticket.
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Studio News 

Here's a brief recording update. 

We're probably 80% complete with 3 songs and 50% done with 1 song. Still planning on releasing a single in the fall possibly at Arts Goggle. We'll see... I'm not trying to rush it. Working with Jordan Richardson has been a joy as expected. It's been a decade or so since I've had him at the helm on one of my records and we couldn't be more stoked about the results. Can't wait to share!

Recording Update 

I'm really pumped to get back in the studio with my band and Jordan Richardson this weekend. I plan on releasing singles for the next year or so instead of an EP or LP. After demoing several songs, I've come to the conclusion that these are stand alone tracks and putting them out together would not make much sense. But here's the thing, I'm very happy with our work right now and releasing them as small batch rock-n-roll or time release tunes is the order of the day. 

In in addition to tracking, we've enlisted Austin Denny to shoot some video of the band working on the songs in the studio. This could go in a lot of directions. It could be a short doc on the record or something more long form where everybody puts me over... Well, probably not that. 

Thanks for listening and checking in. We'll have a release for you in September!

Friday On The Green - May 8 

I know some of you can't make the early shows or the really late ones, so there's no reason to miss this prime time event. You know the Friday On a The Green drill by now. FREE Music! Bring a blanket, your family, friends, enemies & anyone else who likes awesome community experiences.

We're stoked about this show, gang!
Vincent Neil Emerson & The Old Souls 7pm
Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers 8pm
Quaker City Night Hawks 9pm
 

Party In The Plaza - May 7th 

We're playing a cool thing for our fair city in Sundance Square Plaza on May 7 at 5pm. It's a rare early show during happy hour & we'll be followed by the Unlikely Candidates at 6pm. Spread the word with #FWPartyInThePlaza & come hang out!

New Tunes 

And away we go! I worked on some tracks with Ryan McCauley and Jordan Richardson at Electric Barryland last weekend. Three fresh tunes & one newly polished song are on their way to becoming solid additions to the canon. Can't wait for you to hear it!

New Record number 1 

I'm stoked for this one, gang. April 4 I'll be recording a live, studio acoustic record with Grammy winning producer and all around good metroplex brother Jordan Richardson. Knowing the way Jordan works, we're gonna turn the acoustic record on its ear a bit. 

My Other Records 

I'm going to list my whole catalog (as i find it) on here while I build this thing up. Some will be free. Most will be cheap. Check back for titles.
Get our new single here.
Here's The Thing About Me


 

 
Behind The Bit - King Of Song Style

Newsflash: I don't think I'm the greatest songwriter. I don't think anyone is the best. In the arts, there is no best. I'm just having a little fun with the bit and who doesn't love a good bit?

The King Of Song Style came to me very late one night as I watched New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest show of 2015 called Wrestle Kingdom 9. The show emanated live from the Tokyo Dome in Japan so the time difference was huge and I was a little delirious by the time I got to the match I had been waiting all evening (and morning) to see. The match in question was for the IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Intercontinental Championship held by the King Of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura.
Nakamura hit my radar in early 2014 through wresting podcasts I listened to during my daily commute. Reviews of his charisma and in ring work ranged from "incredible" at worst  to "can't miss" at best. Thankfully, sites like youtube and Daily Motion carried a great deal of his work. 
His challenger that evening was a young wrestler named Kota Ibushi. This kid can really go and they were a perfect pairing for this show. Ibushi is a smaller guy and could sell all of Nakamura's strikes like he's getting the crap kicked out of him, which was likely due to the stiff nature and style preferred by the NJPW promotion.
The match went about 30 minutes and it had everything. Great psychology, hard striking, some high spots and a great finish that made both guys look like bigger stars than before the bout.
A lot of fans say Savage vs Steamboat (loved it) or Steamboat vs Flair (pick one) are the best matches of all time. Nakamura vs Ibushi had me thinking that about 15 minutes into the thing. When it ended I knew I had just seen the best match of all time and thus my idea for the King Of Song Style gimmick was born. 
Since that evening, I have told anyone and everyone about the greatness of Shinsuke Nakamura. He's a gifted performer who does the intangible things you cannot teach. They do not show up in a weight room, rehearsal space or stage until show time. Lost in all this is the performance of Ibushi, the perfect dance partner. People will know who he is once he gets to work stateside (Global Cruiserweight Series... anyone). 

So that's it. If you made through this whole thing then maybe you'll wanna check out the match. Here's the link with Japanese commentary. The English version keeps being removed from sites. Don't skip the Nakamura entrance. Totally worth the price of admission.

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