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Fathers Day at Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak Brewing Company, 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX

Celebrate the awesome dads in your life with a fun day at the brewery with Micheladas, live music and more! Fry's Fun Farm petting zoo - 1-3pm Father's Day Micheladas! - $6 each BANDS:
1pm-2:30pm JJ Rapscallion
3pm-4:30pm Milktoast Millie & the Scabby Knees
5-6:30pm Rick Hornyak

May31

Table 620

Table 620, 2000 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, TX

May23

Hays City Store

Hays City Store, 8989 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Driftwood, TX

May11

Second Annual Maifest Market

Live Oak Brewing Company - Cancelled due to inclement weather, 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX

Local artisans and vendors will be showcasing their wares from 1-7pm. Enjoy browsing under the shady live oaks in our biergarten, cold beer in hand, being serenaded by live bands, all the while supporting local makers. Not a bad Saturday. Bands:
1:30pm JJ Rapscallion
3:30-5pm Milktoast Millie & The Scabby Knees
5:30-7pm: Rick Hornyak

May4

Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX

Apr20

North by Northwest

North by Northwest, 10010 Capital of Texas Highway North, Austin, TX

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Local Article - The Sharon Herald 

Anxieties all in day’s work for returning musician

HERMITAGE — Rick Hornyak considers himself someone who lives in the moment.

Unfortunately, it also means the musician has trouble seeing the big picture.

“My wife tells me that, when it rains, I can’t remember it being sunny and, when it’s sunny, I can’t remember when it rained,” said the former Mercer County man, who is returning to the area for a few shows.

Hornyak, 38, has always written songs about what he has gone through in life – past efforts have touched on quitting cigarettes, leaving what you know to try something else, and love – and his battles with hypochondria, anxiety and depression are starting to work their way into his catalog.

“I tend to write about how I feel inside, which is why I think people can relate to my songs,” said Hornyak, of Austin, Texas.

Currently between albums, Hornyak said his anxieties surfaced during the promotion of his last one, “Marigold,” released in 2012.

Because he invested a lot of money into its recording, he devoted a sizable sum to its promotion, only to learn that he probably plugged in the marketing machine later than he should have.

“There was some pressure on myself because I spent a lot of money making this record,” the Reynolds High School graduate said.

In the end, the effort worked to the good. “Marigold” scored radio play and reviews in the U.S. and Europe, and he has almost sold out of his copies, he said.

That result has helped him learn to appreciate and look forward to the positive things in life, instead of dwelling on the negatives, he said.

“I tend to want to step into the dark side, a little bit,” he said, talking Wednesday from a borrowed car on his way to the Hudson Valley of New York. “As I get older, I don’t want that to dictate how I live my life or let it take over my world.”

A new song, “Brand New Day,” which is on his performance set list, reflects his newfound desire not to dwell on the dark side. In it, he sings, “Wake up your face and take on a brand new day.”

Hornyak is thinking about recording studios for a “Marigold” follow-up, but hasn’t set definite recording plans. He’s working on songs, which is why he was on Interstate 80. He was going to visit David Rowley, a good friend from his Acoustic Rooster days, for relaxation and songwriting.

“Hopefully, we can come up with some new music or finish some songs that are in the stuck stage,” Hornyak said.

It’s been 11 years since Hornyak, formerly of Fredonia and Perry and Delaware townships, moved to Texas. He finds that he has three main pockets of fans. The obvious ones are in the Mercer County area and Austin. The third: Wisconsin.

While in Austin, he played in a band called the Dealers and, through that band, he made friends with cheeseheads who continue to put him up for two weeks a year.

Could a fourth pocket be developing?

Hornyak speaks of his music as “Americana” or “American roots music,” akin to the non-electronic sides of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. That music has struck a chord in an unlikely place – the Netherlands and Belgium.

“They really dig American roots music,” he said.

Songs from “Marigold” were played there, as well as Germany, Norway and France, and Hornyak recorded radio station promotional spots that also aired in the Old World.

Social media has allowed him to monitor his acceptance overseas, and make playing in Europe a goal, he said.

But, no matter where his music takes him, Hornyak knows to where he must return.

“This will always be my real home,” he said of Mercer County, “because of the people I know who have known me for 20, 25 years, since I was a little kid. But, I’ve been in Austin long enough that I talk about Austin how it used to be.”

Hornyak plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Country Brewing, Slippery Rock; 7 p.m. March 22 in the Buhl Farm park Casino, Hermitage; and 7 p.m. March 23 in the OK Corral, Stoneboro.

Read the story at The Sharon Herald.

Interview with Pens Eye View 

Rick Hornyak’s journey from Clark Mills, Pennsylvania to Austin, Texas is a classic tale: singer/songwriter leaves it all behind to go after his one true dream, kicking it off with a giant yard sale – house included. Hornyak sold just about everything he had in the small PA hometown…minus a couple guitars and of course, a dog named Buddy.

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After arriving in Austin in 2001, Rick proved that his alt-country, Americana sound had all the classic ingredients to perfectly fit in with his classic story, but he also brought something new to the table. Rick’s take is completely honest; songs told by a man who has lived the inspiration behind his tunes – bits gritty, bits luminous, completely attention-grabbing. He has a new record out titled Marigold, a collection Hornyak says contains “Honest, sincere songs about self-reflection.” He continues, “I had recently married, so there was no need to write angry love songs anymore. I was thinking about all the distance that I’d traveled and how far I’d come in my career, all the while missing home. The idea ofMarigold was really a color of ‘mood’ like sunshine. It was thinking about the past and moving forward into a brighter future with sunny skies.” Get into Marigold and keep an eye out for more from Hornyak – he’s taking on more markets and already diving into a new album. Head to http://www.rickhornyak.com for all the updates and keep reading for much, much more in the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Rick Hornyak

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound?

Rick Hornyak (RH): I usually describe it as Americana, Roots Rock, or Alt Country.  My fans describe it as easy, honest, and sincere.  Sometimes I compare it to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp.  I’ve also been told my voice has a quality that reminds people of Townes Van Zandt, Stephen Stills, or Jakob Dylan from The Wallflowers.

PEV: Currently hailing from Austin, Texas, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

RH: I’m originally from Pennsylvania and have lived in Austin since 2001.  The music I listened to growing up was my parents record collection, mostly 60′s pop like The Beatles, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Lovin’ Spoonful.

My first big concert was when I was 13; my older brother took me to see the Aerosmith Permanent Vacation Tour along with opener Guns N’ Roses for the Appetite for Destruction Tour.  Even though I was a bigger fan of GnR at the time, Aerosmith put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and even now, I would say they’re one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Rick Hornyak show?

RH: A personable performance; my fans have told me they feel like part of the show.  Heartfelt songs.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

RH: To be truthful, I’m a nervous wreck.  I always want to put on a great show and want everyone to have a good time.  I’m always nervous until I get through the first couple of songs.  Performing is one of my favorite things to do, but the first 10 minutes are a real challenge.

webRick Hornyak-0863-editPEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

RH: The energy it gives me, I really feed off of the crowd.  When I see people dancing and singing along, letting loose, it’s just fills me with joy.  I usually can’t sleep for a few hours when I get back to my room at the end of the night.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

RH: That I struggle with self-doubt.  My fans talk about how comfortable I look on stage and how happy I look when they see me perform.  They would be surprised to know that there are days that I doubt my own abilities as a musician and songwriter.  There are so many talented artists in Americana music today.  But after about 10 minutes on stage, after I’ve connected with my audience, I’m in my element – it’s hard to shut me up.

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?

RH: I just try to be tenacious.  I was inspired by a book called “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.  He talks about just sitting down and being creative every day and not to expect results, that we’re only a vessel for the art to come through and we really have no control over when we produce.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed over the years, since you started out or just started enjoying music?

RH: I think making a living has become a little tougher with the economy.  But, with social media, we have greater ability to communicate with fans.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, Marigold? What was the writing process like for this album? And what is the story behind the name of it?

RH: Honest, sincere songs about self reflection.  I had recently married, so there was no need to write angry love songs anymore.  I was thinking about all the distance that I’d traveled (I’m originally from rural Pennsylvania) and how far I’d come in my career, all the while missing home.

The idea of “Marigold” was really a color of “mood” like sunshine.  It was thinking about the past and moving forward into a brighter future with sunny skies.

Rick Hornyak-0922PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

RH: I’m anxious to tour Europe. In the US, Kentucky is on my short list.  I love how beautiful it is there in the mountains.  I really feel at home when I drive through there.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

RH: I go out to see other bands perform for inspiration.  I also love to cook and being in the outdoors in fresh air.


PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

RH: Bob Dylan, one of my biggest influences.  His songs and story really spoke to me when I was thinking about leaving home years ago.  Just knowing he came from a small town in Minnesota and left for NYC was really inspiring to me.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

RH: I don’t think that Paolo Nutini gets the recognition that he deserves.  He was the last act signed by Ahmet Ertegun.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal) what would you do for a career?

RH: I would love to work with animals. I’ve probably owned over 10 different species – snakes, birds, bunnies, dogs, cats, lizards, mice.

PEV: So, what is next for Rick Hornyak?

RH: I’m writing my follow-up record and trying to tour as many new markets as possible this year.

 

Click here to read this interview at Pens Eye View.

CD Review - JP's Music Blog 

"Next we move down south to witness the country sounds of Rick Hornyak with his full-length debut album entitled “Marigold.” This Austin-based singer/songwriter can easily draw comparisons to a young Kenny Rodgers as his warm, smooth vocals in “Cigarettes” and “Foolish Love.” Rick gets his honky-tonk sound working in the songs “Far From Home” and “Homesick Blues.” He stretches his country two-step on the album’s last track the Americana rock of 'The Monkey Song.'"

Click here to read the review at JP's Music Blog.

CD Review - NeuFutur Magazine 

So Many Times Before is a cool effort, linking together Lynyrd Skynyrd-quality guitar riffs with a tremendously introspective and emotive set of vocals. For those that would doubt that this style would work, the honky-tonk strut of Right in Front of Me will convert. The style created by Hornyak on Marigold is something that is striking, in that it takes hints of Tom Petty, Hank Williams Jr., The Wallflowers and Bright Eyes and combines the influences with a contemporary country style. While bands are attempting to look back at the folk of the sixties, Rick Hornyak is creating a modern folk that never ceases to innovate. Door to Your Heart is one of those tracks; the lyrics of the song resound with listeners long after the disc has ceased.  These lyrics are highlighted nicely through the masterful guitar that weaves its way through the track, connecting the effort to the final efforts on Marigold.

The last three tracks of this album – Far From Home, The Monkey Song, and Moving On (Without You) show Hornyak as continually striving to create the best possible music. Far From Home and Moving On build a thread of being lost amongst a sea of humanity. The sheer amount of agony and heartache that is expressed by Hornyak here provide catharsis; listeners and Hornyak are created anew as the disc ceases to spin.

Check out Rick Hornyak’s website for information about his tour dates, buy items from his webstore, and even book Hornyak directly. Here’s to hoping that Hornyak is able to continue to impress with subsequent recordings; Marigold will be a hard album to top.

Top Tracks: So Many Times Before, Door to Your Heart

Rating: 8.0/10

CD Review - Music Emissions 

4.5/5 stars

It takes serious guts and chutzpah to sell your material possessions, pack up the world you knew and pursue your passion in a musical city that's been touched by many classic rock and Americana legends. Austin Texas based Rick Hornyak did just that and provides the roadtrip driving soundtrack you might imagine he wrote on the way to his next destination, choosing to pick up his life and follow his dream on his debut album Marigold. Much like happily or nervously leaving the town in the rear-view mirror on the album cover (and perhaps the naysayers who wished he would stay), you root for the protagonist to prove them wrong and feel the open road, free wind in your hair on several tracks.

A vivid subplot also emerges as the listener gets a glimpse of the woman he initially took along but had to leave behind somewhere along the way on "Cigarettes" and "Far Away From Home".  Yep, sometimes the necessary choice is not always the popular choice as he's "Moving On (Without You)" to "See This Through". Rick, with a rugged manly Bruce Springsteen "Born to Run" voice, sings with a hint of earnest sorrow of love lost and the confusion of new love found as you might come to expect from a country Americana/honky-tonk record, but adds a signature shot of 60's Bob Dylan folk storytelling, surprisingly a little funk and Austin guitar influences to the mix.  Grappling with an old "foolish love" and the excitement of a dangerous stranger on "So Many Times Before", this journey ends far from where you started and reveals itself just like a Marigold- sweet, musty, multi-layered and in dusty spring bloom.

View the original review at Music Emissions.

CD Review - Muse's Muse 

AUSTIN, TX — Americana album "Marigold' has already received success in Internet and terrestrial radio, establishing Austin-based Rick Hornyak as an appreciated singer/songwriter. This record serves as Hornyak's first full-length album and is already receiving airplay on Americana stations and shows across the U.S. and Europe. The album has already spent four weeks in the Top 20 of Roots Music Report's Airplay chart. Hornyak's debut reflects his trying but romantic journey from small town Pennsylvania steelworker to full-time Americana artist. As he reflects in one of the recording’s most popular storytelling tracks, the heartfelt ballad “See This Through,” Hornyak's life reflects the bittersweet American Dream: taking a great risk, working hard and ultimately receiving a big payoff.

The CD kicks things off with “Cigarettes” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana vibe that delivers slamming pedal steel guitar, driving rhythm, and rich harmonies and hooky melody from Hornyak. Track 2 “Don’t Hide Away” keeps things moving with its rock steady rhythm, impressive solo guitar accents, and classic Americana groove. Track 3 shifts gears up a notch with “Door to Your Heart” a classic guitar driven melody with slamming rhythm, and easy going vocals from Hornyak that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 solid tracks in arrow. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr. and Lyle Lovitt. The music itself is an amazing blend of modern acoustic folk, with Americana roots with an unmistakable country, bluegrass, and Rocking R&B vibe. The musicianship of all the players involved is equally as impressive. Hornyak brings a slew of impressive session players to the table. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, well placed harmonies, impressive  rythem section and luch harmonies. But the most impressive thing about this CD nesides the amazing Steel Guitar work and impressive songwriting and vocal persona from Hornyak. From upbeat “Door to Your Heart” to rocking “Far from Home” and Right in front of Me” to smooth as silk “Foolish Love” to grooving “Homesick Blues” and See This Through” to heartfelt “Moving On” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 11 “The Monkey Song” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

It’s hard to find any solid weaknesses with this CD. There are times I wish Hornyak would let loose and take more vocal risks throught the CD indicating to me a more strong and confident vocal ability - showcasing more with emotions overall. Perhaps more instruments would increase the production value a bit more as well. Things like Accordion, Piano, percussive accents, harmonica, harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Cello, Stand-up Bass, and even Slide Guitar would spice up the production even further, thus making it less repetitive.

From start to finish Marigold by Rick Hornyak is one impressive catalog of music. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Gallant and company and his band is rock solid. The lyrics are catchy, and the melodies are well crafted ND hooky. Last but not least the songwriting and vocal presence from front Rick Hornyak is world-class. It’s no wonder Hornyak is as popular as he is around the Austin city limits.   


Artist: Rick Hornyak
Album: Marigold
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds Like: Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovitt, Hank Williams Jr.
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Don't Hide Away, Door to Your Heart, Far From Home
Weakness: Take more vocal risks, more Instrumentation

 

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CD Review - Skope 

For the forefathers of Country Music, getting their music to fans meant long road trips usually packed in some old sedan along with gear from one dive bar to the next honky tonk. Point is… it was a labor of love that often involved sacrifice. And though afforded many more creature comforts, the story of Rick Hornyak evokes that imagery of Country’s torchbearers.

Rick seemingly had everything: the job, the house, family and friends. But he was also burdened with a head full of songs. So one day, he sold it all, packed his car with his guitars and his dog and set out on the road. His car finally stopped for good in Austin and with the release of his 11-track, Marigold, the trip has come full circle.

The album is Folk/Americana meets classic Country instrumentation over heartfelt lyrical matter. Opening to the mid tempo “So Many Times Before” the ethos of the album is offered up immediately. Weepy backing lap/pedal steel at the undercurrent, slight backing percussion and Rick’s slight gruff/whispered vocal delivery. In fact, if Jakob Dylan dealt solely in Country Music, this is what it would sound a lot like. Following is another mid tempo toe-tapper in “See This Through.” Near spoken word vocal delivery floats atop vocal bolstering steel and pluck electric work. The anecdotal, storyteller nature of the track sits at the foreground through the verses with backing vocal accompaniment at the chorus. “Cigarettes” picks up the tempo with up-tempo, rat-a-tat snare, bent note steel and acoustic picking at the fills. “Homesick Blues” brings the bent note Blues electric to the backing steel and acoustic guitar fold with more of Rick channeling Dylan through the vocal delivery. “Don’t Hide Away” is a honky stomp of a track with driving electric through the verse work and fills in tandem with acoustic picking. The whine of the slide/lap/pedal lends a true Honky Tonk feel to this one. “Door To Your Heart” lends a couple’s barn dance feel to the album. The instrumentation lends the imagery of a backing band behind sweethearts bound in Country-style slow dance. Again, there isn’t much variance in the instrumentation, but the selected lineup is Rick playing to the strengths of his backing band (Cindy Cashdollar [Bob Dylan, Van Morrison] on lap steel and Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks) on pedal). Finally, “Far From Home” shows the versatility of the musicality in what could easily be mistaken for a long lost Dire Straits tune.

There is no telling whether Rick’s adventure is paying dividends yet, but if he made the trip based solely on his love of the music; it shines through in these 11-tracks. Marigold is bound to attract attention, even in a music-laden town the likes of Austin. The production is professional, the instrumentation is appropriate for the tracks and the musicality is tight. And the “delving slightly into Country, but not all the way” lends originality to the album. Just fun, honest and good.

Rating: 3.5/5

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CD Review - Mix Tape Musings 

Rick Hornyak really is a painter. His words and arrangements are like caricatures of people, places and things all over this beautiful country. Hornyak's penchant for creating tracks so likeable they run through one's head like water colors merging in a pool. In Marigold many redeeming qualities make for an enjoyable collection. 

Eager Listener

"Cigarettes" plays like a movie running in one's head. The highway landscape seems to hypnotize the listener through an imaginary windshield. Hornyak's voice and the crafty steel guitar creates a 'hard-livin'' picture captured in so many country western bars throughout the Plains and South. The listener is eager to ride shotgun in this first stop on the journey. 

"Cigarettes" is a perfect country western song that has leans in the Americana or roots genre. It also missed its chance to play on the soundtrack for Crazy Heart. 

"Don't Hide Away" picks up the tempo more than "Cigarettes" but Hornyak's vocals (he's somewhere between Jakob Dylan and a very, very subdued Kid Rock), are overshadowed by the wide reaching music bed. The orchestration paints such a grand picture - almost as if the sun is peaking up over the horizon. His lyrics are simple - and that's perfectly welcomed. 

"Door to Your Heart" showcases Hornyak's storytelling prowess. His has the listener engaged from the first guitar lick. Like the previous two tracks, his vocals are very every-man. He doesn't overdue things, and while some listeners might find these songs to sound very similiar, he narrowly escapes this through his lyrical arrangements. 

"Far From Home," "Foolish Love" and "Homesick Blues" are all very traditional country/roots tracks. The dependable percusion two steps nicely in tandem with the guitar riffs and Hornyak's natural empathy. 

Listen Closely

"Moving On (Without) You" slows it down quite a bit. The music bed is so stunning on this and rides like a horse. "Right In Front of Me" has a bit more 'rock' to the riff and Hornyak's voice gets a bit more energy injected into the lyrics and overall mood. This is a fun song to listen to the words closely. 

"See This Through" and "So Many Times Before" really keep in stride with other songs on Marigold. They are recognizable. But, the last track "The Monkey Song" has this quirkly, funky guitar riff that starts the song. The guitar squelches and it feels very almost 70s funk. It's a trip. At one point the organ tickles the listener! 

"The Monkey Song" really stands out as one of the album's best tracks. 

Overall CD Review is A

Overall, Marigold garners a solid A review. Fans of traditional country will like 99% of this - minus the last track ("The Monkey Song"). Fans of all music will love 100% of this collection.