‘Jesus and Johnny Cash’ come to Bee radio: Musician Birmingham visits
by Sarah Taylor
Jul 23, 2010 | 481 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It isn’t often that a musician chooses playing small venues in rural areas over arenas in large cities. But that’s exactly how Texas country music artist Jarrod Birmingham prioritizes his shows.

Birmingham paid Beeville a visit Wednesday to make a radio appearance and promote his new album, “Jesus and Johnny Cash,” released on June 22.

The musician grew up on a cattle ranch near Tivoli.

“I fit the Beeville motif,” Birmingham joked. “I hate to overlook small towns. There’s still a need for people to get out on the weekends.”

Before seriously entering the country music world, Birmingham was a rodeo bull rider, but he always had musical roots.

“My grandpa was a fiddle player during the Bob Wills era. I started writing songs while I was on the rodeo and entertaining friends,” Birmingham said.

This progressed into the bull rider singing the national anthem at the beginning of the rodeo and playing the dances after it ended.

Like many bull riders, Birmingham suffered numerous injuries, resulting in five major surgeries. These included a knee replacement and 22 plates placed in his face.

As a result of his injuries, Birmingham found that he was playing music more than he was riding bulls.

“From there, [the music] just took over,” he said.

“Jesus and Johnny Cash” is Birmingham’s fifth album and features Kevin Fowler and Chris Wall.

“This album is by far my favorite. It’s an overall good country album,” Birmingham said.

The artist’s style has been compared to Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr.

Birmingham said that Beeville radio stations are currently playing the album’s single, “Pure Blue Heartache.”

Birmingham plays 200 plus nights a year, and he prefers the country folks.

“It’s easy to stay in urban markets,” he said. “I like to do dance halls and small bars. The common people are who support my music, so it makes sense. Lots of times, we can get five counties’ worth of people into a place that doesn’t get a lot of music.”

Birmingham continued to say that this is how all of heroes played shows, and he feels he is simply following in their footsteps.

Birmingham doesn’t spend much time away from the South Texas area, so chances are, those interested won’t have to wait long to catch a show.

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