Monday Feb 19

KNBT Crossroads Americana Party

imageParty in the Park
On Sunday, April 19, KNBT 92.1 FM hosted the 13th Annual Crossroads Americana Party at the dance slab in Landa Park. The laid-back outing featured 3 hot bands, beautiful weather and families enjoying the sights and sounds of New Braunfels.




mattson rainer, knbt program director starts the party

KNBT's Mattson Rainer kicks off the Crossroads Americana Party
by introducing the Tom Gillam Band.


Program Director Mattson Rainer explained that it was thirteen years ago that KNBT changed their format from country to the new Americana music format. Appropriately enough, the first song they played in the new format was ‘Change It’ by Stevie Ray Vaughan and they were off and running. The year was 1996 and by the year 2000, they were voted the #1 Americana music station of the year by the newly formed Americana Music Association. It’s an honor they have held onto ever since.

Spinning tunes by such artists as Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Charlie Robison, Stoney LaRue and Reckless Kelly, just to name a few, KNBT has become the flagship station for artists old and new. Rainer often invites musicians to the station to promote their latest CD or to perform new songs live on the air. Each May, KNBT partners up with Gruene Hall to host the Americana Music Jam, an all day concert featuring the top artists in the field with the proceeds going to a local charity. This year the proceeds will benefit Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.

Tom Gillam kicked off the KBNT Crossroads Americana Party

Tom Gillam's band of rockers opened up the Sunday show.

To show their appreciation for the fans that support the station, each year 92.1 KNBT throws a party at Landa Park in New Braunfels and invites three bands to entertain the crowd. Last year featured The Derailers, Walt Wilkins & Two Tons of Steel. This year saw the return of Two Tons plus Tom Gillam and Seth James. The Tom Gillam Band opened the show with a 60 minute set of hits, fan favorites and classic cover tunes. Gillam originals like ‘Outside the Lines,’ ‘Rainbow Girl,’ ‘Never Look Back’ and ‘Dallas’ were mixed in with blistering cover tunes like ‘Green River’ by Creedence and ‘Down By The River’ by Neil Young.

The Seth James Band followed Gillam. Here Seth acknowledges the audience applause.

Seth James previewed a new batch of tunes that will be on his new CD, set for release in September. This dandy guitar slinger from Wichita Falls, Texas has built a solid fan base with his relentless touring schedule and by releasing two great blues inspired CD’s, one recorded locally at Gruene Hall.

After following Gillam, James said, "How 'bout a hand for Tom Gillam. Ain't many guys can play the slide git-tar like that, that's for shore". He also said, "I'm from Wichita Falls, Texas and I ain't seen this much water in an awful long time. These rivers are just beautiful. I think I could just live right here. Of course, I'd have to live in my car". One two-stepping couple that had all the right dance moves as they swirled to a country James tune forced a smile and James said, "Wow! I feel like I'm playin' for Dancin' With the Stars!". As with all of the entertainers, he went out of his way to acknowedge the crowd and thank KNBT for their support of Americana music.


Two Tons of Steel treated the Landa Park music fans to a heavy dose of their "CountryBilly" tunes.

Two Tons of Steel, the final act, showed why they are one of the best show/dance bands in all of Texas. Clocking in at almost two decades, the band started as the Dead Crickets before changing their name to Two Tons in honor of lead singer Kevin Geil’s 1956 Cadillac. They have a cult-like following that flocks to Gruene Hall every Tuesday night during the summer months enjoy the band’s high energy live shows. Their show at Landa Park gave fans a taste of that excitement. Skillfully mixing old hits with new ones, like ‘Bottom of the Bottle,’ that saw writer Tom Gillam join the band onstage, to an extended version of the old Buddy Holly hit ‘Not Fade Away.’ It was a fitting close to a perfect day of music and fun.

Sorry 'bout the quality of the video. We were shooting straight into the sun :(