This video comes pretty late but as the saying goes, “better late than never.” The song is “I’d Rather Be a Lone Star” from my 2013 album Perseverance featuring Boss Taylor and SHELLZ. We shot this video back in 2013, but I didn’t realize until we were done just how prominent the wrinkles were in my brand new, giant Texas flag. I had tried everything to smooth it out and apparently I still fell short. Anyway, I waited and waited hoping we’d get a chance to re-shoot the flag scenes, but that never happened. I finally decided to just finish the edits and put this one out regardless of my OCD about the wrinkled flag. Hope y’all enjoy it and share it!
So what do you do when you have $57 in the bank account and your good friends Boss Taylor and Shellz ask you to do a couple verses in their show in Austin? You put $50 of gas in the Dodge and head out.
If you’re not familiar with the B-Town Crew and it’s members I suggest you visit the free music page. Bawsmann, now known as Bawstay or Boss Taylor, and Shea Shelton now known as SHELLZ had a set in a show hosted by the historic Victory Grill in Austin, TX. Even Jodi Pharoah aka J. McKinley rounded up with us to provide some great photo and video work and capture the scene. We had 4 of the 6 members of BTC together for the first time in at least 5 or 6 years. So the Victory Grill wasn’t the only thing historic about this.
Boss Taylor took the stage around 9:15pm and kicked the night off right. His set began with “Here to Break It Down REMIX” which set the energy level high. I of course was on the tail end of that one then jumped back off stage to grab some digital shots of the action.
Unfortunately you can’t anticipate how the equipment is going to work. But the show must, and does, go on. All of the mics began having issues, popping and cutting out. After about 2 or 3 songs there was only one good mic left and even it was having some minor popping. But SHELLZ and Boss worked like champs and made due with what they had. Sharing is caring afterall. They wrecked that remaining mic and even let me break it off a little at the end of the set. I have a verse on a song called “Texas” produced by SHELLZ. So we closed out the set with the same trio that opened it.
The crowd was loving every minute of it. I would guess there were at least 50 or 60 heads in there and with the size of the place being what it was that meant it was almost a full house. Everyone was bobbing heads and feeling the music regardless of any mic issues. J made sure some Big Hush t-shirts were put in hands so maybe there are a few new fans in the ATX.
I had a great time and I owe a huge thanks to Boss and SHELLZ for letting me be a part of their set! Can’t wait to go back to Austin and do it again. Only next time I’m not driving back home at 3 in the morning.