HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Junior Gordon Band, "Riveting Country to the Core"

In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? Junior Gordon and we are nominated in the following categories: Best Local Song (BIG); Best Local Music Video ("Big"); Local Musician of the Year (Junior Gordon); Best Producer (Jason Rooks); Best Male Vocals (Junior Gordon); Best Other Instrument (David Weinzapfel, steel guitar); Best Country (Junior Gordon Band).

Please llist all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Junior Gordon, guitar/lead vocals; Terry McCoy, bass guitar/vocals; Dennis Kitchen, lead guitar/vocals; Warren Purcell, drums; David Weinzapfel, steel Guitar/banjo/guitar.

Describe your band in four to seven words. Riveting country to the core.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Ronnie Dunn. He has always had such a great song selection that has always hit home! People have always said we sound alike. Just a huge fan of what he does!

What recordings do you have readily available? Texas Radio has BIG and our new single release last week, "That Thing We Do." Anyone can purchase the singles or the entire album "BIG" in all of the online stores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? Nope... this is our first time. (VERY HONORED, BTW.)

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? Anyone can catch a live show 2-4 nights a week, every week: Kemah Boardwalk, Big Texas, Firehouse Saloon, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Kick's, just to name a few.

What is the next step for your band? This is a tough question. I have to answer this honestly and say, "We are not sure," but whatever it is, we know it is going to be good.

Most artists would say "a record deal" or selling a million records... Let's put it this way: we feel blessed to have so many awesome fans of our music and shows that we will just continue to deliver the goods and lay it all in the hands of the "Man Upstairs." HE will tell us what is next!

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston is by far one of the best cities, with the best fans.

Junior Gordon Band's HPMA showcase spot is 4 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at House of Blues' Crossroads Stage, 1204 Caroline (in the restaurant). See more about the band at juniorgordonband.com or facebook.com/JuniorGordonBand.

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