CD cover of "I Didn't Pick This Life," the second album from, San Antonio country artist Mario Flores
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By John Goodspeed
Updated 2:42 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012
“Crazy Enough for Me,” written by Hondo native/Nashville transplant Bart Butler (who also produced the album) and Weston Davis (whose credits include Thompson Square), will be the first single pitched to Texas radio after Labor Day.
“It reminded me of her so much — she's crazy enough for me. It has a little Jason Aldean sound, and he had it on hold but he didn't release it,” Flores said.
He wrote the other one, a ballad called “Been There Too,” about how they met.
“I saw her at a show. I could see in her eyes and when she was singing along that we'd both been through some tough times,” he said.
Of course, she will be rooting on Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band at the CD release party for “I Didn't Pick This Life” on Saturday at John T. Floore Country Store with Jamie Richards opening. Flores also will be at The Stetson Bar on Friday.
Tejano star Shelly Lares, Flores' longtime friend, will be at Floore's and will join in for a few songs including her “Yo No Se Manaña,” which was nominated for vocal duo of the year at last Saturday's Tejano Music Awards.
Other tunes on “I Didn't Pick This Life” were written by country star Rhett Akins and Nashville songwriter and recording artist Jon Pardi, who wrote the title cut of Flores' debut CD, “Fightin' the Fool.”
The CD was recorded at Country 2 Studio in Nashville with a crew of A-list musicians.
“It was tough because I wanted to make sure it would be Texas but have that natural flair,” Flores said. “It's more country than Texas Music but I wanted to fuse those together so it has a little of that rock guitar but a lot of steel and a little fiddle.”
He delved more into songwriting, working by phone and in Nashville with Butler, whose credits include Kevin Fowler's “Cheaper to Keep Her” and “Loose, Loud & Crazy.”
“With Bart producing the CD, I knew it wouldn't be losing that Texas taste,” Flores said. “It is a little more traditional country than my first album but there is a lot more energy and drive.”
Jason Eady is touring in support of his fourth CD, “AM Country Heaven,” a labor of love featuring original old-school country produced by Kevin Welch. Eady will be at the Pearsall General Store in Pearsall tonight and, on Friday, at John T. Floore Country Store, where Folk Family Revival will open with its blend of roots music.
Houston Marchman, a former bronc rider and longtime songwriter, will celebrate his new CD, “Econoliner,” chock-full of tales of hard times and the good life set to country and roots melodies, at Gruene Hall on Friday. The CD will be available online Monday.
Micky and The Motorcars will hit Sam's Burger Joint on Friday with new country rockers from “Raise My Glass,” including the title track, a heartache song about drinking and driving, and the love ballad “How Far I'll Go.” Buster Jiggs will open.
The Drugstore Cowboys, fronted by Dub Robinson with vocalists Jan Zerda, Tiny Stich, Steve Mallet and David Kemp, may pull out some tunes for an upcoming CD on Friday at Leon Springs Dance Hall. The album will help mark the band's 40th anniversary in the fall.
John Goodspeed, whose column appears Thursdays in Weekender, is a communications consultant. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.