Sat, Jun 17|
Jacob Stelly debuts on the Citgo Stage at Louisiana Grandstand
Time & Location
Jun 17, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Louisiana Grandstand, 802 Margaret Pl, Shreveport, LA 71101, USA
About the event
When Jacob Stelly enrolled at Texas A&M in 2017, he barely knew his way around the acoustic guitar. By the time he graduated four years later, he'd grown into an acclaimed songwriter and full-time road warrior, creating a signature sound that fused Texas country twang with Red Dirt roots-rock and anthemic Americana. Raised two hours away in Liberty, Texas, Stelly grew up listening to classic songs by George Jones, Alan Jackson, and Randy Travis. "My grandpa is my best friend in the whole world, and those are the singers he loved," he remembers. His father introduced him to a different sound. "Dad loved Elvis," Stelly adds, "but he also loved Elton John, The Band, and a lot of 1970s rock & roll. Even before I began writing songs, I had all this amazing music pumped into my ears." That childhood soundtrack received a jolt of electricity during Stelly's final years of high school, when he discovered Texas' rich legacy of homegrown country music. Songwriters like Randy Rogers, Dalton Domino, and Parker McCollum were home state heroes, delivering stories about life, love, and loss with a uniquely Texan perspective. It wasn't just a sound; it was a community. Stelly was hooked. "I fell in love not only with the music, but also the atmosphere that surrounded it," he explains. "It was this amazing scene, this massive uprising of Red Dirt country, right outside my back door. I wanted to be part of it." Inspired, he began playing guitar as a freshman at Texas A&M. He'd moved to College Station to be a student, but songwriting quickly became his main focus. By his junior year, he was playing shows at local bars like The Tap, drawing bigger and bigger crowds with each gig. "I'd waited so long to play my own music that I felt a bit behind the curve," he admits. "I had to figure out everything really fast — how to sing, how to write a good song, how to play a good show — and it was a blessing in disguise. Working that hard made me into the person I am today." Along the way, he released 2019's University Heights, a debut EP that funneled his influences into an original mix of heartland country-rockers and barroom ballads. He hit the road with his band, too, gaining thousands of new fans in markets like Lubbock, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. "Above everything else, we prioritized our live show," he remembers. "The concerts became very conversational and upbeat, with me telling a lot of stories between the songs. It was interactive. We wanted the audience to smile, to feel the rhythm, to get into it, and to take part in the conversation." The conversation continues with Moondog, Jacob Stelly's full-length debut. Recorded at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, it's an album rooted in sharp songwriting and personal storytelling, with Stelly proudly chasing his muse into uncharted territory. Like Parker McCollum — the platinum-selling country star who became one of Stelly's champions in the wake of University Heights, singing his praises during interviews and regularly tapping him as an opening act — Stelly creates a modern sound without chasing after fleeting trends. These songs are as diverse as the music that first captivated his attention as a child, from the dynamic thrill of "Make a Little Room For Me" to the country crescendo of "Bad Bad Things." It's melodic. It's musical. Moving between drinking songs, highway anthems, and coming-of-age reflections, Moondog is its own animal. On an album filled with some of Texas' heavyweights and up-and-coming stars, though, it's Jacob Stelly who shines the brightest. He's a torchbearer and a trailblazer, howling at the moon in a voice that's unmistakably his own.
This is a small venue with very limited seating. TICKETS DAY OF SHOW INCLUDE ALL TAXES, FEES AND ROUNDED UP TO NEAREST DOLLAR. PLEASE PURCHASE IN ADVANCE. CALL 1-800-316-8559 (choose option 1) for phone purchases - PurplePass charges a service fee on top for all phone orders.