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Katie and The Vines: Partners In The Music

By Johnny Griffith

Occasionally voices come along that cut through the noise of a crowded room or bar and make you sit up and take notice. No matter what you’re doing, who you’re talking to, or where you are…when you hear a voice like that it compels you to listen. If you’ve had the opportunity to hear Katie and The Vines recently, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Comprised of husband and wife duo Katie Lee and Chase Nick, Katie and The Vines blends blues, soul, rock, and country with the vocal stylings of Katie which are sure to leave you wanting more.

We sat down with them recently to get a bit more insight into Katie and The Vines.

Johnny: What is the current lineup of Katie and The Vines?

Katie: Primarily it’s Katie (lead singer) and Chase (acoustic guitar/bass player). We use other musicians on occasion depending on the show and the schedule but right now it’s mainly us two.

Johnny: How did you two meet?

Katie: Chase and I met each other once I moved to Tyler. I was friends with his bandmates, so once he joined their band, we got introduced.

Johnny: Give us a little background on you two.

Katie: I grew up in Keller, Texas. I made the decision to move to Tyler in August of 2013 for music. There was a music producer who worked at Studio 333 at Kiepersol in Bullard that I signed a contract with. A few songs were produced and I was able to get some performing in as well. Unfortunately, he ended up moving back to Alabama where he was from. The good news was that I met my husband Chase when I moved to Tyler. Although my plan did not work out the way I wanted it to, I met the love of my life.

Chase: I was born and raised in Tyler. I went to Grace Community and then to Robert E Lee, graduating in 2009. I started playing bass guitar around 15 years old and haven’t stopped since. I have been in four bands including Eli’s Redemption and Blacktop Mojo. Now, I focus my time on Katie and the Vines and playing bass at Rose Heights Church.

Johnny: Where did the idea for the band originate?

Katie: Funny story. I was asked to perform at a Kiepersol Wine Festival back in 2013. I did not have a band, so I asked my friends from Eli’s Redemption (a local band at the time) to help me out. We obviously did not have a name for us at that event so we just came up with Katie and the Vines. There was really no reason other than it was just me singing, hence Katie, and I think they called themselves Vines because we were at the vineyards! It just made sense somehow. It really became a joke between us for a long time. Eventually, once Chase and I decided to form our own band, the name was revived and we went with it.

Johnny: You play a pretty broad mix of music in your shows. Do you have any particular favorite?

Katie: We love all kinds of music but I probably lean more toward blues and soul, and Chase likes rock. We try to incorporate both as well as other crowd favorites depending on the show.

Johnny: What was your first gig?

Katie: Our first real gig was at Dakota’s in Tyler.

Johnny: Are you primarily a cover band or are there originals that you’ll pull out on occasion?

Katie: We are primarily a cover band but we have some originals up our sleeve that we like to work in depending on the show and the setting. We’re hoping to get them recorded next year.

Johnny: How would you describe a typical Katie and The Vines show?

Katie: Fun! We want people to relax and enjoy music.

Johnny: Are there any gigs that stick out in your mind as a favorite so far?

Katie: We’d have to say the show at Dakotas! The crowd was so responsive and had fun with us! It always makes the show more fun for us if we know the crowd is enjoying what we’re doing on stage and is enjoying it as much as we are.

Johnny: What do you hope new listeners take away from their first show with Katie and The Vines?

Katie: We want people to enjoy the music and get away from their everyday stresses by kicking back and having fun with us.

For more information and upcoming shows, follow Katie and The Vines on Facebook at
@katieandthevines.

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“Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” Brings Tour To Tyler Sept. 14th


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Capture the raw energy and sheer excitement of the most historical music group of all time, when  “Yesterday, the Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” hits the stage for one night only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Jr. College on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm.

“Yesterday” is a full two-hour show rich in memories portraying musical icons “The Beatles.”

“Yesterday” transports its audience to a bygone era of magical innocence. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the best-loved pop group in the history of modern music.

“Yesterday,” encompasses all eras of the Beatles music from the Hamburg days through Shea Stadium and into pop history’s magical Sgt. Pepper’s and beyond, with superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this is one not to be missed.

Complete with Beatles boots, drainpipe trousers, authentic costumes, musical instruments, and singing songs in their original key, “Yesterday,” performance is spot on in every way.

“Yesterday” is featured with other Las Vegas celebrities on giant LED video walls at McCarran International Airport, welcoming all to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” …Las Vegas! Of all the Beatles Tributes, “Yesterday” is Sir Paul McCartney’s favorite as he asked to come backstage for a photo with the band.

“Yesterday” has toured Japan seven times and performed worldwide on five continents. With superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this band is finally coming to East Texas and is not to be missed.

Here’s what the press has said about “Yesterday’s” performances:

“Don Bellezzo portraying John, bobbing with Lennon’s cheeky mannerisms, had a voice that was so accurate, it sent chills down my spine.” – Union News, MA.

“Outstanding vocals during Nowhere man. Everybody clapped and swayed with Lennon during ‘Revolution.’ McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ as the audience joined in the chorus and began waving lights in the air.” – Rockford Register, IL.

“‘Yesterday,’ which just opened at the Tropicana, is an explosion, a wonderful blast from the past. A thrilling and reverential tribute to the Fab Four, ‘Yesterday’ gets it right!” – New York Daily News.

“The audience jumped to their feet giving these four lads a standing ovation even at intermission.” – The Independence, IL.

“‘Yesterday’ was spot on in every way. By the time they reached the encores, the packed house was on their feet dancing and singing!” – Atlantic City Press.

“Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” will be performing one show only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Junior College on Friday, September 14th. Doors open at 6:30pm and show time is at 7:30pm.

Reserved seat tickets are $25, $30, and $35, inclusive of all credit card and ticketing fees.

Tickets are available online at markbellpresents.com or by calling the “Yesterday” tickets hotline at (817)896-3652.

For more information visit markbellpresents.com or facebook.com/yesterdaylasvegasbeatlestribute.


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Bibeau in Concert August 25th


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Bibeau has a rare Tyler show booked at Click’s Live on Saturday, August 25th with our Louisiana brothers, Anxiety, the mod blues band, Matt Coats Trio and the fantastic female duo from the Dallas area Sweet Chaos (who recently opened for Bowling for Soup). Help break 500 people in attendance! Tickets will be available at the door for the low rock ‘n roll price of $7. Must be 18+ to attend unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.


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Upcoming 10th Anniversary Season at Old Firehouse Announced


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The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free “coffeehouse” that has made a name for itself by bringing national folk musicians and their all-original music to Edom’s unique listening room and stage. Info can be found at theoldfirehouse.net or by calling (903)852-2781.

Concerts are typically scheduled each month from October through April and can be found at theoldfirehouse.net, along with links to samples of the music.

For the 2018-19 season, Old Firehouse will once again be offering Season Tickets for all nine Acoustic Music Concerts. By purchasing this season ticket, you will receive: admission for one person to all nine Acoustic Music Concerts, reserved seating of your choice that will remain yours throughout the season, one “bottomless” cup of coffee at each concert, freedom from having to remember to buy concert tickets month-to-month, advance ticket price for all concerts, and 20% discount on concert series merchandise (hats, t-shirts, tote bags, bumper stickers).

The cost per ticket is $111 (includes sales tax). Once the season begins, these tickets may no longer be available. Checks may be made out to “The Old Firehouse” and mailed to: The Old Firehouse, 8241 FM 279, Edom, TX 75754.

If you do not want to purchase season tickets, admission prices for concerts are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and events are on Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30pm with doors opening early so the audience can enjoy coffee and desserts that are always available.

Scheduled this season is:

  • October 20th: Tony Ramey
  • November 10th: BrownRandy & Friends (Neal Katz & Connie Mims)
  • November 24th: Beth Wood
  • December 8th: Terri Hendrix
  • January 19th: Andy Gullahorn
  • February 2nd: Beyond the Pale
  • February 23rd: Tom Kimmel
  • March 23rd: Jacob Johnson
  • April 6th: Edie Carey

If you would like to sponsor any of these concerts, please contact info@theoldfirehouse.net.

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