EVENTS

 
     

The Single Barrel, in association with Sigma Chi, is proud to welcome Matt Stillwell to its stage October 3rd.

Tickets are $10 and available here: http://mattstillwell.net/ticket/

18+ with College ID

 

Matt Stillwell was born in the mountains of North Carolina and has loved music all of his life…well music and sports. During college, athletics was Matt’s priority, not music. At Western Carolina University, he was an All Conference performer on the baseball team, playing both infield and outfield. Touted as a probable major league draft choice during his junior season at WCU, he chose music over baseball. He says, “I could have chased the dream and went and tried out and played independent ball,but I thought, ‘If I’m going to chase something,’ I’d rather it be music.”

In late 2008, he released his debut single, “Shine” debuted at #25 on iTunes country chart and the accompanying music video reaching #5 on CMT Pure and breaking into the Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Stillwell has been touring in his custom wrapped bus called “The Mule” across the country headlining his own shows, as well as opening for country superstars such as Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Gloriana, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and performing at huge music festivals like Country Thunder. Matt has released his sophomore album Right On Time to much fan anticipation.

Stillwell explains, “This album means a lot to me on several levels. We’ve been playing a few of these songs live for a while now and people have been asking for the whole album, so it’ll be great to get it in their hands. For me this is also a collection of songs that I really believe in and that I’m proud of, so it’s a step in the right direction as an artist.”

To him the album is “pun intended: it’s right on time.”

 
     

The Single Barrel welcomes Wade Bowen to our stage this October 9th!
 

Doors: 8pm | 19+ show
Tickets: $10 in Adv | $15 Day of Show
 
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It’s all in the timing.
 
As Wade Bowen looks ahead to the full-length release of his major-label debut and his emerging transition from regional success to national prominence, there was one vital dynamic affecting the timing: his fans. Across five independent albums and a decade-plus of touring, Bowen not only amassed a string of regional hits and awards, but also the kind of fan base whose passionate anticipation motivated the timing behind the May 2012 release of The Given, a 10-song collection and his first new music since 2008’s If We Ever Make It Home.
 
Indeed, in the fourteen years since Bowen launched his career at Stubb’s Barbecue in Lubbock, Texas, he’s risen from collegiate greenhorn to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit. His colleagues and friends Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band and others had made the major-label leap, helping to take a vibrant regional sound to the rest of America. Now Bowen is poised to bring that Red Dirt and independent spirit to country music at large.
 
Make no mistake, this collection is a document of artistic evolution. Longtime fans (and there are quite a few of them) will hear the Bowen they’ve known and the next steps on his journey. They’ll get better acquainted with the ballad singer who doesn’t often get a chance to show that side of himself in honky tonks. Newcomers will hear a head-turning country artist with range, road-tested hits and one of the best male voices in the business.
 
That voice truly jumps out of these tracks. Wade’s baritone is dense and concentrated, with traces of whisky and smoke and an autumnal warmth. Bowen takes command of his songs, cutting over the top of producer Justin Niebank’s sculpted guitar-scapes. The sound is one hundred percent country, rife with pedal steel and vivid emotion, but it’s also music that could easily find a home with fans of Bowen’s rock idols – folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Take a few passes through this project and you’ll hearing a singer’s singer and a focused songwriter who’s adding layers to his music all the time.
 
“All this work and the care we’ve taken with this album just fall in the category of trying to get better,” says Bowen. “When it comes to my intent as a musician, I’ve not changed anything since day one. I’ve only tried to mature and tried to get better, and I think this record is representative of that.” On a live circuit where the overwhelming mandate is to stir up a party, Bowen has aimed to leave folks with a memory. As a writer, even one from a state with some tall literary traditions, he’s not trying to earn a PhD in poetry; he’s trying to communicate. “My style,” he says, “is more to try to evoke an emotion. I’m more about trying to leave a mark on people.”
 
Growing up in Waco, Bowen’s exposure to the music of Texas was limited to whatever made it on FM country radio. George Strait was king. Guy Clark was a name he’d not have recognized before getting to college. But at school, in Lubbock, he discovered the full spectrum of Texas artistry, starting with Robert Earl Keen. “He was a big changing point in my life,” says Wade. “I realized by listening to him that there was way more out there than I ever knew. So I started getting into Guy Clark and other great Texas music. But I was obsessed with Robert Earl. When we started the band we were sort of a Robert Earl cover band.”
 
That band was called West 84, and they found that with their large posse of friends who’d always show up for a good time, it was easy to land gigs. Bowen meanwhile began to channel a lifelong love of writing into songs, and when college ended he made two major decisions. He took on the role of solo artist, and he moved to Austin. By then, about 2001, fellow Waco native Pat Green had busted out to national prominence and the Texas music phenomenon was the buzz of Nashville. It was part of Wade Bowen’s inspiration to charge ahead.
 
Try Not To Listen is the album Wade regards as his true debut, the project that kicked off a life and living made of 200-plus nights a year on the road and patient grassroots fan development. Then with Lost Hotel in 2006, things really began to click. The opening track “God Bless This Town” reached No. 1 on the bellwether Texas Music Chart, and over the next six years, he released six more chart-toppers and three additional top fives. He achieved another landmark when he was invited to add his name to the roster of great artists who’ve made a Live At Billy Bob’s CD/DVD combo at the iconic club in Fort Worth. With a decade that good, it was inevitable that Music Row would become interested.
 
The origins of Bowen’s Nashville record deal can be traced to his music publisher, Sea Gayle Music. It’s where Brad Paisley, Radney Foster, Jerrod Niemann and others do their songwriting, and in 2010, it was the first indie company to be named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year since 1982. Sea Gayle has a track record of investing in artists and helping them reach their potential, and that’s how they’ve worked with Bowen, ultimately backing this album and introducing its independently made sound to Sony Music Nashville. Step one in that process was to find a producer who could preserve Wade’s vision yet find the sweet spot that would help his music have its best chance at country radio. “Of all the producers we talked to, Justin Niebank was the only one who said, ‘I need to come down and see you live,’” says Bowen. “Well, after 13 years of doing this I’d hope someone would want to see what we do, why we have fans. He totally got it and based the whole sound of this record around that.”
 
That live immediacy certainly throbs on disc-opener “Saturday Night,” which tracks the internal monologue of a lonesome hombre sitting on his stool, nursing his drink and thinking about “that sad goodbye.” Its chiming descending guitar riff will be the first thing many audiences hear from Wade, his calling card. Also likely to grab listeners early is “Patch Of Bad Weather,” a brisk, rocking take-down of a treacherous lover. It paints dramatic pictures of a stormy Texas landscape and it kicks like a gun. A further highlight is a cover of Guy Clark’s “To Live Is To Fly,” in a duet with the man himself.
 
Bowen has also taken advantage of his recent songwriting sessions and the comfortable studio environment fostered by Niebank to develop his love of ballad singing and the emotional side of country music. “All That’s Left” brings strings into the mix, and it works. Bowen sounds at home. In “Say Anything,” a guy can’t think of a thing to say to a girl he’s just met except gush on about the one he let get away, so he shuts up and listens. Its chorus will surely make some leading male country singers wish they’d been given a shot at the song. “I love those songs like that. Sad ballads,” says Bowen with an apologetic shrug. “That’s where my passion is. ‘Say Anything’ is one of my favorite tracks on the record.”
 
So think of The Given as a gift to the fans and a teaser for even better things to come. Wade knows full well how much his fans have given him over the years, and he’s more than happy to plan a long career ahead giving everything he can back.
 
“This record, like everything in my life, is not necessarily what I planned or even asked for,” says Wade. “But this is, thankfully, what has been given to me. I’m a very lucky and blessed man. And I have The Given to thank for that.”

 
     


 
Tickets: $15 in Adv | $20 Day of Show
19+
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The world famous Sidetrack Band is back! The Sidetrack Band will get the weekend started right on Friday night and continue on into Husker Big 10 Weekend! Don’t forget to stop by before we cheer our Huskers on to a win over Rutgers!

Come enjoy live music, great booze, and Husker spirit!

 
     


 
Join the party at The Single Barrel, home to one of the largest tailgates in Lincoln Nebraska! Located only three blocks from Memorial Stadium on the corner of 10th and P.
 
All Husker fans and Rutgers fans are welcome! We not only have the coldest beer in town, but we have the best game day food. Stop in and enjoy a Single Barrel Burger, Sausage sandwich, Pulled Pork sandwich and many many more delicious options!
 
Enjoy a house made Bloody Mary with all the fixins to make it just how you like. A staple game day favorite for many!
 
Doors open at 8am Every Home Game Day. Stop in to enjoy live music from the Famous Sidetrack band up until the start of the game and Cactus Hill after the game all night long!

 
     

The world famous Sidetrack Band is back! The Sidetrack Band will get the weekend started right on Friday night and continue on into Husker Big 10 Weekend! Don’t forget to stop by before we cheer our Huskers on to a win over Purdue!

Come enjoy live music, great booze, and Husker spirit!

 
     


 
Join the party at The Single Barrel, home to one of the largest tailgates in Lincoln Nebraska! Located only three blocks from Memorial Stadium on the corner of 10th and P.
 
All Husker fans and Purdue fans are welcome! We not only have the coldest beer in town, but we have the best game day food. Stop in and enjoy a Single Barrel Burger, Sausage sandwich, Pulled Pork sandwich and many many more delicious options!
 
Enjoy a house made Bloody Mary with all the fixins to make it just how you like. A staple game day favorite for many!
 
Doors open at 8am Every Home Game Day. Stop in to enjoy live music from the Famous Sidetrack band up until the start of the game. And don’t forget to join us after the game for some Emmett Bower Band!

 
     

The Single Barrel is proud to welcome Aaron Watson to its stage November 13th!
 
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Doors open at 8pm
$10 in Advance | $15 Day of Show

 
Aaron Watson has been through a lot in his twelve-year career: eleven albums, the birth of four children, countless hours on the road and many more still spent toiling away at his guitar, writing songs with Jesus on one shoulder and the ghost of Waylon Jennings on the other, making the country tunes he was born to play. But a year ago, the music nearly stopped for this lone star legend from Amarillo, Texas. Watson and his wife lost their newest daughter, Julia Grace, just shortly after her birth. And this man, who lives and breathes his craft, fell silent.
 
“I thought the last thing I want to do is make music, to get up there and sing,” Watson says, his Texas accent strong and smooth as molasses. “So I said, ‘God, I don’t think I can do this. If music is what you need me to do, then I need some help. Because I can’t write a song to save my life.’ And over the next month I wrote a record like it was no big deal – and I think it’s my best one yet.”
 
The resulting album is titled Real Good Time, and it’s testament to the power of music to lift us out from our lowest moments and bring joy and salvation though the wail of the fiddle, twang of a steel guitar or note of Watson’s rich voice. He’d give all the credit to God, but it’s also the result of a long career inspired by the greats of country music – George Strait, Chris Ledoux, Willie Nelson, Jennings. His music has formed into a unique sound that is at once both purely new, and representative of a grand, southern tradition. Because, as Watson points out, “country music, real country music, is cool. It’s the coolest there is.”
 
Watson’s career has been, as he would put it, “slow and steady; a long distance race and not a sprint.” Though he currently lives in Abilene, he was raised in Amarillo (“you can’t get any more country than that,” he laughs) on his father’s record collection that not only included classic country, but also acts like the Beach Boys and the Beatles. While his mother would encourage him to sing, Watson preferred other boyish pursuits like baseball, which he played up until college where he was derailed by an injury. It was at Abilene Christian University where Watson picked up the guitar and realized his God-given talent for songwriting. “Eventually I started selling records out of my backpack,” he says, and his crowds grew from there. It wasn’t an overnight rise. “We did it the hard way,” he says with pride. “We did it the old-school way.”
 
It was very early on when Watson learned the importance of fans – and how much he truly valued them. “I treat my fans like family, like royalty,” he says. To this day, no matter the time or size of the crowd, he still lingers after a concert to hug the audience and shake hands. “I sign anything and everything they’d like, and there isn’t one person who leaves the show thinking I don’t appreciate them.” And they’ve grown from a devoted Texas base to followers across the nation and beyond, even showing up in droves for concerts in Europe, which is now becoming a part of his normal touring schedule.
 
Ask Watson what inspires him – and his music – and he’ll list three things: family, fans and faith. He has an undying and steadfast dedication to all of these pillars, and every one influences the other. “They are what makes my music. When I’m writing songs, that’s what on my mind. What else is there?” Real Good Time has songs about Watson’s wife, his parents and grandparents, about his faith in Jesus. “It’s reflective of who I am. And I think that is what makes an artist an artist.”
 
After a series of records including one of gospel songs titled Barbed Wire Halo and another a dual disc CD/DVD, Aaron Watson LIVE: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Watson feels like Real Good Time is the pinnacle of his musical tenure thus far. “It really sums up what we have been doing the last twelve years, and I feel like it is the cream of the crop for us,” he says. He even recruited names like Willie Nelson and Elizabeth Cook to sing with him on “Honky Tonk Kid” and “Leather and Lace,” respectively. There are full-force fun swingers (“Real Good Time), tongue-in-cheek romps (the satirical “Hey Y’all”) and slow, heartfelt tunes (“July In Cheyenne”). What you won’t find are any songs that Watson doesn’t believe reaffirm his morals, his faith in Jesus and love for his family. “I don’t sing cheating songs,” he says. “It’s not about selling millions of records. It’s about making a positive impact, and my music is my legacy. I want people to listen and know what I was about after I have left this world.”
 
Watson has accumulated many accolades and critical accomplishments over the course of his career; including selling over 150,000 records, seven #1 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and 4 albums that debuted on the Billboard charts. He’s attended the ACM Awards (“I think I was the only guy there with a cowboy hat on!” he says), but in all he’d “rather have rewards than awards. My rewards are my family and fans. And having Lyle Lovett call and say that he and his mom listened to my gospel record driving across county. Or a disabled veteran coming up to me with tears in his eyes thanking me for the song I wrote for my father.”
 
The song, “Raise Your Bottle,” was written for Watson’s dad who was disabled in the Vietnam War, and he has used it to raise money and awareness for the Boot Campaign, a foundation that supports American troops upon their return home. Giving back not just in song but also in action is a huge part of Watson’s philosophy.
 
When Watson started making music, they called him the Honky Tonk Kid. At 35, they still do. He’s proud of it: though he’s gone from an old van and trailer to a tour bus, from sawdust floors to big stages, he still holds dear the core reasons why he first started writing songs and singing so many years ago. “We have a formula that has been working for over a decade, and that’s making good, wholesome, fun music reflective of what I believe in,” he says. This newest record is all of that, wrapped up in a rollicking ride and brought into existence through the toughest of tragedies but also by the grace of God. “It’s the best that I’ve got, no regrets,” he says. So kick your feet up, as Watson sings, and let a country boy show you a real good time.
 

 
     

The world famous Sidetrack Band is back! The Sidetrack Band will get the weekend started right on Friday night and continue on into Husker Big 10 Weekend! Don’t forget to stop by before we cheer our Huskers on to a win over Minnesota!

Come enjoy live music, great booze, and Husker spirit!

 
     


 
Join the party at The Single Barrel, home to one of the largest tailgates in Lincoln Nebraska! Located only three blocks from Memorial Stadium on the corner of 10th and P.
 
All Husker fans and Minnesota fans are welcome! We not only have the coldest beer in town, but we have the best game day food. Stop in and enjoy a Single Barrel Burger, Sausage sandwich, Pulled Pork sandwich and many many more delicious options!
 
Enjoy a house made Bloody Mary with all the fixins to make it just how you like. A staple game day favorite for many!
 
Doors open at 8am Every Home Game Day. Stop in to enjoy live music from the Famous Sidetrack band up until the start of the game. And don’t forget to join us after the game for some Whiskey Bent!