The Hideout at the Rodeo: Darren Kozelsky
March 13, 2009
In 2009, The Hideout will kick up its heels in between Reliant Center and Reliant Arena. Look for the big white tent packed with dancers and Texas bands. The Hideout is open for those 21 and older. It's your chance to hear some of the best in Texas music for just the price of admission to Reliant Park!
Friday, March 13: Darren Kozelsky.
From the thick of the Red Dirt music scene comes a debut artist with a hypnotizing talent that takes us back to the traditional sound of country music. In the onset of what will surely become a most respected career, Darren Kozelsky comes into radar with his debut release, Let Your Mind Fly, on Boo Hatch Records.
Texas born and bred, Kozelsky is the spittin’ image of that contagious gene that runs through the Red Dirt blood stream. A San Angelo State University graduate, and on the Dean’s list no less, his emerging aptitude as a singer/songwriter has been recognized and embraced by his audience and peers alike.
Wade Bowen is but one of many in the “brotherhood” who senses the inevitable success of this newcomer, proving that good word travels fast. “Darren Kozelsky has one of the best debut albums of any artist I have heard from in this scene. His powerful voice and remarkable character will take him extremely far.”
Sharing the writer’s log with A list versifiers such as Red Dirt God father, Bob Childers, Tom Skinner, Jonny Burke and Dean Faires (Dead Ringers), and Mike McClure was initially a nerve racking experience as Darren admits.
“It was very intimidating when Mike stepped in to assist in writing. It was a really big deal being that I am such a big fan of Mike’s. I was wreck.”
As the formation of the record progressed, Darren found himself facing his songwriting fears while being held close under the wing of Mike McClure. Reverently known for his signature tales including “Rather Have Nothin’,’” which will appear on Garth Brooks’ February release of The Lost Sessions, McClure has also become one of the most coveted producers in the Red Dirt music scene.
His savoir faire for making records is wide spread including all three major label releases from touring super giants, Cross Canadian Ragweed. "Working with Darren has been one of my favorite projects."
"Let Your Mind Fly is the best record I've ever recorded with the most country sound I have done in a while. He has a powerful voice and we have all the top-notch players on it. I'm very proud of it.”
Some of the prime time players include legendary Texas steel player and GRAMMY award winning producer, Lloyd Maines, fiddle player Cody Braun from Reckless Kelly.