Rita Ballou from RawhideandVelvet.com joins Radio Texas, LIVE! each week to keep us up to date on all the dirt in the Texas and Red Dirt Music scene. This week Cody Canada and the Departed had some surprise guests at their show -- in the form of tween-age heartthrobs, Micky and the Motorcars say farewell to a band member, Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band addresses the dreaded "Selling out" question plus more.  Check out this week's Dirt.

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Who Knew These Boys Were Cody Canada and the Departed Fans?

The Jonas Brothers made an appearance at Cody Canada and the Departed’s Billy Bob’s concert last week. I dunno why they were there other than maybe they just wanted to hear the show. In a perfect world they would have joined the band for an encore of “Carney Man” but I don’t think that happened. I CAN tell you that the word is they were very nice and hung out with Cody’s father.

Micky and the Motorcars are Down One Band Member

Sad news for Micky and the Motorcars fans. Drummer, Shane Vannerson is leaving the band. He posted the news to Facebook. He wrote “After 9 years of touring with Micky and the Motorcars I have made the difficult decision to leave the band. This upcoming Steamboat Music Festival in January will be my last official show.”

Best of luck to Shane…Remember you can’t ever go wrong if you follow your heart.

Eli Young Band Sell-Outs? Whoooa Not So Fast Amigo

In the past, when “Texas” artists headed to Nashville, they were often accused of “Selling Out” Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band addressed this accusation in an interview in the Dallas Observer He said

“It’s tough to explain but it takes so much to break your songs. When we signed our major label deal, we started making less money at that point, because of all the obligations. We also have sacrificed a great amount of time from home. I think the term ‘sell-out’ is a bogus one. If anyone could really witness what it takes to break your songs, they would understand."

It's Christmas Time in Texas

The Christmas season is upon us and that means CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Just this week songs from Kevin Fowler, Ali Dee, Kyle Park and an original song from Casey Donahew and Cody Johnson have all been released. Check out your favorite singer's websites, many bands are just giving ‘em away!