Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 30, 2014

Layland Museum’s free concert series begins Tuesday

Concerts to feature four bands on four different nights in June

Summer’s around the corner, which means it’s time for the Layland Museum’s annual free concert series at Hulen Park.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. at the park’s gazebo.

This year’s line up includes red dirt country courtesy of Michael Padgett on Tuesday; a mix of feel good, gospel and country music from Rachel Aldous & the Road Home Band on June 10; rock and blues from the Matthew Davidson Band on June 17 and the country sounds of Steve Helms on June 24.

“We’re hoping to see everyone come out and enjoy several evenings of great music under the Texas stars with friends and family, said Bettye Cook, Layland educator. “We have a great mix of music this year and should have something for everybody.”

Padgett switched his focus from baseball to music after high school and has been performing in the North Texas area and beyond since. His new CD, “Celebrate” debuted at number 87 on the Texas Regional Radio Report.

Aldous said she’s looking forward to what will be her first Cleburne show with her full band. Although she grew up in San Diego, the singer is no stranger to Cleburne.

“My aunt is in Cleburne, hence the connection,” Aldous said. “I spent many a summer in Cleburne and it feels like home to me.”

Aldous previously performed solo and released a couple of solo albums before forming the seven-member Road Home Band about three years ago. Aldous describes her solo days as more pop with country roots. 

“Our sound now is difficult to put a name to,” Aldous said. “I call it sort of a musical stew. There’s some bluegrass there. Country, but a lot of country has electric guitar, which we don’t. We have banjo, fiddle, a mandolin, pull in a bit of accordion sometimes.”

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