Larry Joe Taylor's 2016 Rhymes & Vines Music Festival

Every year for the last 11 years, we can't wait for another Larry Joe Taylor Rhymes & Vines Music Festival in mid September - and this year was no exception. It's hard not to get excited about 4 days of excellent music, camping, and hanging out with some fun music fans.

Rhymes & Vines

Tommy AlvesonThis year Tommy Alverson and his son Justin kicked off Rhymes & Vines on Wednesday around 8 PM with "Welcome Happy Hour" at T-Birds Garage Pub. Tommy and Justin played to a packed house and it was enjoyable sipping a drink, in an air conditioned pub with close friends, and listening to some of Tommy's best songs. A fun and entertaining set from one of the best and an excellent way to start this year's Rhymes & Vines.

The next morning at 10 we were back sitting at the bar at T-Birds Garage Pub, a short minute walk from our camper, for Bloody Mary Morning with music from Kaitin Butts, winner of the Texas Regional Radio Music Award's Best New Vocalist, and Kensie Coppin. A great set from two fantastic singer songwriters.

Legends Country ClubAfter a few Bloody Marys which loosened me up and gave me some confidence, we headed into Stephenville to play golf at Legends Country Club. On the first tee as I got ready for my drive I was sure I saw two golf balls and not knowing which one to hit I dribbled my drive 75 yards down the fairway and lost all that confidence I had from Bloody Mary Morning. It didn't get much better - I bounced off a roof, scared squirrels and birds out of the trees I hit, lost 3 balls in back yards and the native grass, hit my head getting into the cart, couldn't decide which of the two cups I saw on the first three greens to putt my ball into, and almost ran the golf cart into a tree. I was ready to get back to my lawn chair and drinking beer and listening to some good music - I hate golf! Legends Country Club has changed hands and has a new superintendent and he's made significant improvement to the conditions. With two very different nines, some fun holes, and very affordable rates, it's worth playing Legends Country Club if you're not hung over. Here's a link to our review of Legends Country Club.

Each morning during Rhymes & Vines around 10:00 we started the day with "Bloody Mary Morning" at T-Birds Garage Pub. Delicious Zing Zang Bloody Marys and music from:

  • Kaitin Butts and Kensie Coppin on Thursday
  • a late 4:30 Happy Hour with Randall King
  • Larry Joe Taylor & Davin James on Friday Morning

Kaitin Butts and Kensie CoppinLarry Joe TaylorDavin James

  • Jon Young and guests Dave Thomas and Brandon Adams on Saturday Morning
  • Clayton Landua and Ben Hussey closed the festival at the after party on Saturday night

Jon YoungDave ThomasBrandon Adams

This year's Rhymes & Vines Music Festival was a great mix of musicians who have played the festival for years (Mike McClure and Ray Wylie Hubbard for example) and some bands that played the festival for the first time (Erick Willis and Blue Water Highway). The music started on the Colorado High Vodka stage on Thursday afternoon. Here's the lineup for the next 3 days:

Thursday:

  • Courtney Patton & Jason Eady
  • Mike McClure
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard

Courtney PattonJason EadyRay Wylie Hubbard and his son

Friday

  • Terri Hendrix with Loyd Maines
  • Blue Water Highway Band
  • Prophets & Outlaws

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd MainesBlue Water HighwayProphets & Outlaws

  • Bri Bagwell
  • Davin James
  • Deryl Dodd

Bri BagwellDavin James & CletusDeryl Dodd

  • Roger Creager

Roger CreagerRoger CreagerRoger Creager

Saturday

  • Mark McKinney
  • Erick Willis
  • Dalton Domino

Mark McKInneyErick WillisDalton Domino

  • Dolly Shine
  • Tejas Brothers
  • Larry Joe Taylor

Dolly ShineDave of the Texasj BrothersLarry Joe Taylor

  • Mickey & The Motorcars

Mickey & the MotorcarsMickey

In addition to some excellent music, great people, and good times we got to watch a funny cooking demonstration with Larry Joe and Davin James, a demonstration (and sampling) of Homebrewing, and a cooking demonstration by Nick Pugh.

Larry Joe and Davin James Cook-offCooking Demonstration by Nick Pugh

Since Texas Regional Radio Music announced a few music awards during the festival (Bri Bagwell won Best Female Vocalist, Kaitin Butts got Best New Vocalist, and Larry Joe received an award for the Best Texas Music Festival) we decided to give out the first annual Texas Outside Music Festival Awards for Larry Joe Taylor's Rhymes & Vines. And the winners for 2016 include:

  • Most Colorful Beard - a great shade of blue is the winner
  • Best Washerboard Player - the only entry was the drummer from Roger Creager's Band and he was great
  • Band Member Most in Love With his Instrument - the bass player from Blue Water Highway Band was all over his guitar and bass fiddle

Most colorful beardRoger Creager's Washerboard PlayerLoves his bass

  • Most in Need of a New T-shirt - no question, Deryl Dodd's stretched v-neck t-shirt has got to go
  • Perfect Attendance from start to finish at each Bloody Mary Morning - don't know his name but he was by far the winner and may have also won the largest Bloody Mary bar bill
  • Most Entertaining Set at Bloody Mary Morning - hands down winner was the James Taylor show (Larry Joe Taylor and Davin James) for the carefree bantering back and forth, great songs, jokes, stories, and humor that brought tears to my eyes from laughing so hard

Deryl DoddBloody Mary MorningDavin James and Larry Joe Taylor

  • Most Entertaining and Dynamic Set on the Main Stage - it was very close between the Tejas Brothers, Roger Creager, and Deryl Dodd but Roger and his band were amazing
  • Most Unique Camper and Campsite - Miss Royce and her cute teardrop camper
  • Best New Band - wow, we loved Blue Water Highway Band and can't wait to hear them again

Roger CreagerCamperBlue Water Highway

  • Best Derriere - close call between each of the ladies but the butt face plant wins the award

Butt face planceCute buttHmmmm

  • Best New Improvement - each year Larry Joe surprises us with something new and this year the biggest surprise was 115 campsites with new electrical hook-ups - hooray!
  • Most Creative Beer Holder - a toilet plunger has got to win, I hope it was never used before it became a beer holder
  • Cutest Twins at a Music Festival - clear winners
  • Best Food Vendor - there were only four entries this year and Crusty's Wood Fired Pizza was the clear winner

Beer HolderTwinsCrusty's Wood Fired Pizza

  • Best Dancer with Different Women - Ricky the "dancing bear" won hands down - he must have danced with 15 different women
  • Singer Most in Need of a Hair Appointment - it was a tough choice between Ray Wylie Hubbard and his drummer but Ray Wylie ran away with the gold
  • Best Late Night Campfire Picker and Singer - John made it until 4:00 AM most nights but then slept all the next day so he could do it again the next night

The Dancing BearRay Wylie Hubbard

  • Best Audience Participation Award - no question, everyone was singing along to most of Larry Joe Taylor's songs
  • Most Accomplished Accordion Player - tough choice between the accordion players in Blue Water Highway and Roger Creager's Band, but "dancing Dave of the Tejas Brothers" won the award

Accordion player of Blue Water HighwayA wannabe Dave of the Tejas Brothers

  • Best Bartenders - all of the bartenders did a fantastic job, but these two deserved the award
  • Best Happy Face Pose - a clear winner
  • Best Duet - it was close between Courtney Patton and Jason Eady and Larry Joe and Dave Perez doing Seven Spanish Angels and When the Saints Go Marching - two of my favorite songs so I've got to give to them

Great bartenders at T-BirdsHappy FaceDave and Larry Joe

  • Best Looking Couple- we couldn't decide, can you?

Fun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

Fun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

Fun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

  • Happiest Groups and Singles Having Fun - again you decide

Fun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

Fun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

Having at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & VinesFun people at Rhymes & Vines

In addition to a fantastic lineup of Texas singer songwriters, what makes Rhymes & Vines one of the Best Music Festivals includes camping, a very fun mature crowd of music lovers, BYOB, an intimate stage, and vendors to provide the fuel to keep you somewhat sober.

Camping at Larry Joe's Rhymes & VinesRhymes & Vines is held on Larry Joe Taylor's Melody Mountain Ranch which includes over 300 acres of rolling countryside 6 miles north of Stephenville, two stages plus the T-Bird Garage Pub stage, a VIP backstage area and seating, over 300 campsites you can reserve (and retain for the following year) of which over 200 have water and electricity (some are in the VIP camping area) and several acres for non-reserved camping, a store selling ice and beer, pay-for showers, and more. All of the campsites are within an easy walk to the stage and several are close enough that you can sit under your camper's awning and listen to the music. In the campground you'll see an interesting mix of huge expensive motorhomes and just about everything else you can image someone could spend the night in, smell a lot of food cooking, hear a lot of laughter, watch people competing in a variety of games like cornhole or washers, and listen to music around the campfires from 11 AM to 4 in the morning! Camping is the best way to experience this festival.

T-Bird's Garage PubFor this year's Rhymes & Vine the music was held in T-Birds Garage Pub and the Hemp Crafted Colorado High Vodka Stage. T-Birds Garage Pub is pretty cool and it has a covered outside patio with bar stools and tables, a well stocked bar with great bartenders, a small music stage at the end of the bar, lots of cool pictures from previous festivals, and a good amount of room for bar stools and tables. A fun place to hang out during the festival enjoying the air conditioning, generous drinks, and the music during Bloody Mary Morning.

Melody Mountain Ranch has a huge stage with open field seating that is used for Larry Joe's April Festival - 6 days of fun and excellent music. Read our review of Larry Joe Taylo'rs 2015 Texas Music Festival.

Pizza from Crusty'sDuring the three days of Rhymes & Vines you can take advantage of several vendors - you can dine on pizza, BBQ, ice cream, nachos, meat pies, chicken on a stick, turkey legs, and more. You can buy a cowboy hat, some jewelry, some firewood, or a pearl snap shirt. Or you can get a massage or an IV rehydration injection and other services to give you energy and to cure your hangover. The wood oven baked pizza from Crusty's Wood Fired Pizza was our favorite - you can build your own pizza from a variety of ingredients or pick one off the menu.

If you're planning on coming to Rhymes & Vines next year you might consider a VIP pass which is one of the best ways to enjoy this festival because it includes VIP camping with water and electricity, back stage seating, and a VIP area with full bar, and very good free food for both lunch and dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Our thanks go out to all of the Taylors (Larry Joe, Sherry, Zack, and Martha), the hard working staff that makes this so much fun for us, and all of the volunteers. See you next year.

Larry Joe TaylorSherry & Zack TaylorStaff member Joe Dye

 

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