Anthony Cullins and The Vigilantes – Another Cattle Call L.L.C. production.

A spot-on guitarist named Anthony Cullins and his band, The Vigilantes,  presented a very talented cover of blues genre to North San Diego County. This time they brought it to The Gopher Hole and “The Fallbrook Kid” allowed his very roots-soul-inspired drummer and bassist to help seal the deal that night as Anthony enthralled the guests with his very skillful guitar licks.anthony1

I had a feeling we were going to be in for a good show and that was what was delivered, having already watched his videos on You Tube .  At one point during the show I had just asked  Jimmie from Cattle Call L.L.C, the musical events production company that offered up this kid for the crowd Friday night; whether The Fallbrook Kid, being from an area very close to the beaches in North San Diego, would know any surf music. Just as that moment had passed the Vigilantes broke into a Dick Dale tune that finally ended with The Ventures. Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!

Jimmie Cline6I didn’t really get a chance to talk with Anthony that evening; probably because his parents and other supporters were there, and numerous guests were begging a moment with him between all of the photos and videos they were taking of this local talent. I’m sure no one in that audience would suggest anything different except to see this local kid have an opportunity in the musical performing arts for his future. This kid was that good. But let’s not also rule out the Vigilantes’ ability to anticipate song endings and changes in each other’s playing style that seemed to create one continuous blend of songs that had everyone in that venue talking about “The Kid”. I’ve never witnessed a crowd here at this venue to be watching, and rockin’, as they were, to this show tonight as a very good applause, whistles and hollers were witnessed after each song. No matter what folks were doing, they kept an ear and an eye on this kid. Even the servers kept saying what a talent was brought here tonight. Jimmie was smug this evening sporting his fresh fedora.

The Vigilantes are collectively two older guys that play behind Anthony and one of two harmonica players that periodically joined in from the crowd. And they are no slouches either, each playing the harp well. The drummer was especially good. He and Anthony play at a different level than the other musicians here tonight. Even my son made an unprompted comment to me about the drummer as well. The drummer was even given an opportunity to break into a solo now and then, but was artistically creative enough throughout the show that it all just appeared seamless.  The sound they brought with them was audibly perfect for their music, it had just the right punch that brought this band together with the crowd. You can tell The Vigilantes were having a good time. They all work together very well. But, maybe it’s time that Anthony moves on.

anthony2Anthony Cullins is at an age now that he could break into something much larger if placed with other creative artists that Jimmie knows.  Jimmie is known for working with artists, and he heavily promotes them, that write original music. Even in the local area, Jimmie knows several that could help this young artist blossom into an original artist phenom that seemed warranted here tonight. Maybe even dragging a couple of those other artists that play cover songs very well. Hell, it’s only the blues. Perhaps he’s looking as well. He gave me his business card upon my departure. Looking for gigs? Or, looking for a gig?

So bottom line is; if you didn’t have an opportunity yet to see this young guitarist from the local area, you may have missed your chance. The next time you’ll hear about him could be on the radio . . . ; or does that even exist anymore?






The live performance – Americana music. Their acts keep getting bigger. 

Working with bands and performers such as Michele Malone, Ruby Boots (Australia), Beth Wood, The Moves, The Liquorsmiths, Red Raucous (Britain), Jackie Vinson, Kathleen Grace, Rod Melancon, Carlos Olmeda, Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay, Christine Parker, Sara Petite & The Sugar Daddies, Lexington Field, Podunk Nowhere, The Sickstring Outlaws, Ashleigh Flynn, Jill Jack, Alice Wallace, Black Market III, Sierra West, Cleopatra Degher, Viva Apollo, Dropjoy, The New Rich, Jon Ji, 22 Kings, Dusty and the LoveNotes, Brothers Reed, Angela Easterling, Jack City Blues band, The Saltlickers, The Sumbucks, Hiedi and the Hurricane, The Band Red, Not 4 Hire, Bad Motor Posse, 760, Classic Vinyl, Shuda Cuda Wuda,  Mohavisoul,  Christy Hays, Amy Gerhartz, Kelley McRae, Jackie Venson, The Division Men and Rod Melancon just to name a few; Cattle Call L.L.C. brings some of the richest sounding original and most versatile musical acts to North San Diego County.

In the next several days and weeks throughout this holiday season, you can also witness performers like Rick Elliot and The Secondhand Smoke Band (11/25/2016), The Fallbrook Vigilantes – feat, The Fallbrook Kid (12/4/2016), Calico The Band (12/11/2016) and Brian Whelan (11/12/2016) on stages like The Ramona Mainstage, Two World’s Connect House in Valley Center, CA and most commonly The Gopher Hole at The Castle Creek Country Club where Cattle Call has introduced the largest sum of the listed bands. Cattle Call has also established a following of their world class acts on stages at Bates Nut Farm, Julian Station, on stages in Long Beach, CA and even the popular musical events locations of Adams Avenue in San Diego. Cattle Call continues to quest their ventures throughout much of the Southern California region with future planning to host eclectic events in areas of Orange County, CA throughout the 2016 calendar year.

Cattle Call has been working closely with the Events Director of The Gopher Hole at Castle Creek Country Club and some of the local band members to expand the musical venue at that location, to include a stage overlooking the greens of the popular public golf course with hopes of kicking off the 2016 Summer season with outdoor afternoon musical events to sip a cocktail and enjoy some special menu features they have become popular for. These events have made The Gopher Hole THE destination for Americana artists and guests seeking to find and listen to original musical with an atmosphere that is quickly becoming the choice for entertainment.

Jimmie Cline1The Gopher Hole at The Castle Creek Country Club is strategically located just off the I-15 freeway and just 3 minutes from the Gopher Canyon Rd./Old Castle Rd just off Old Hwy 395/Champagne Blvd. It is just a moments walk from the popular Tuscany Hills Resort. The Gopher Hole features a family-popular menu of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers along with a very popular 20-handle rotating tap handle menu of the best and desired craft beers that are continually growing in the North San Diego region. Cattle Call continues to host these events at this venue as it continues to rise in popularity with these entertainers arriving here almost weekly.

Jimmie Cline3Cattle Call and owner Jimmie Cline continues to seek out these original artists that have become synonymous with Cattle Call and the Americana music scene. Jimmie does this by his belief in collaborating with and maintaining relationships with these artists and pursuing a growing list of continued networking and hard work. Jimmie believes the artists should be allowed to continue to be artists and let Jimmie set the stage and bring the guests to these venues. Jimmie builds his network of friends and colleagues wherever he goes and will continue to do so well into the future as long as Americana is a musical choice of those seeking to stay right here at home in Southern California.




Adelle – Now that’s a dish . . . “like napalm in the morning”

adeleRelax everyone – I’m not going where you think I’m heading. I am hopefully about to grab your senses and your emotions and tear you down, drag you through the gutter, pick you up, wipe you off and build you back up. Ok, I may not do all of that; but, when you speak of music perfected through incredible vocals and unbelievable intonation and the vocalists ability to tweak their voice that creates an emission of perfect pitch . . . it is like that ability of a fine chef to tweak flavors to the maximum extent, yet not overpowering one specific flavor that makes it stand out . . . unless that flavor was to be specifically emphasised or that note was to have a specific accent. Are you with me here?

grant-achatz-nextNow take Adele. Listen to her ability to bend and shape a specific note, emphasising the accent, bending the intonation and presenting that note with an emotional passion that captures her audience like nobody else. Combine that with her ability to write moving, powerful songs and present them in a captivating manner. Is music different from food? Is Adele different from Grant Achatz? Is Alecia Keys different from Bobby Flay? Is Michelle Cerneant different from John Mayer? I think the answer that the professor is looking for here is, “NO”! Each of these wonderful artists, composers, writers and chefs have different skills that accomplish one similar thing . . . they capture and satisfy their audience.bobby flay

Now take any one of the musical artists named above and listen to them in a car or home through a standard automobile’s factory installed equipment available in a basic model of that particular brand. Crank up the volume on those “full-range” speakers . . . listen to the wonderful voice and emotional outlay of each of Adele’s songs. Now play that same song on a premium audio system installed in a Lexus, Mercedes or Porsche. Listen to the same recording on a professional audio system in a music studio, audiophile’s (look that one up you tweekers) home or a concert venue. Enjoy Adeles’s music at audible levels that challenge your humanly perceivable audible range of 20-20,000 hz, crisply reproducing each frequency with unbelievable clarity; and since the music was produced by the finest engineers in a studio environment, each note is perfectly reproduced with just the right accent, intonation, volume, amplitude and pitch . . . at just the right moment.

Why cannot the emotional enjoyment of food and beverage be the same? When you bite into something, relax a moment . . . relax . . . savor the flavors, the seasoning, the herbs, the salt and pepper that is helping accent whatever it is that you just stuck in your pie hole. a-wine-tastingWhen something is incredibly reproduced with just the right amount salt, just the right amount of pepper detectable  in the back of your throat, the hint of an added spice or freshness of a special herb, the perfection of the broccoli cooked to retain the color, but also the texture and perfect “aldente” bite, that perfect bite of the Prime New York or Fillet. The umami! Everything served perfectly, at just the right moment, in just the perfect ambiance . . . the perfect plate. When you listen to the most wonderful music being reproduced through sophisticated audible surroundings . . . or even a perfect live “unplugged” set, you are momentarily taken into the same world as that perfect bite of food. Your senses feel the same thing . . . they travel a similar rollercoaster of emotions. Now I ain’t no scientist, nor am I much of a linguist . . . or writer for all that matters; but, I am an avid follower of many things . . . food and music being just two. I’m sure there’s some stupid Harvard or Yale study that came up with a connecting nerve in the base of the thalamus gland that now has some name connecting all of this emotional crap; but . . . Now if you really want to spark emotion from me, add in the element of fresh burned JP-5 jet fuel. 061201-N-8158F-147

I wonder what gland gets excited with JP-5? Sailors . . . help me here!

apocalypsekilgore1It’s like Bobby Duvall saying, “Napalm in the morning . . . it’s like victory!”

Powerful Stuff!

I guess what I’m saying with all of this is, music and food definately go hand in hand. People will say that it has to be opera, or classical . . . Whatever! When emotional music strikes the heart hammer of our senses, it can move us in such a way that we remember each word . . . each note . . . each breath sung into the studio’s ribbon microphone, like in Pink’s “Glitter in the Air”, we become emotionally taken to a place that is like no other.

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When we place something in our mouth and allow every sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami component of whatever is that is now to take hold, we also escape for a moment and have really only one thing to say if its perfect, “Wow!” And if the chef happens to be standing by, he or she is watching your face to see your reaction. Did you just roll your eyes into the back of your head . . . slightly sloutch your shoulders, bend your knees? Or did you thrust your hips forward and pump your fist in the air? Maybe a high five to the cook also standing next to you. Because as the chef, you realize you just nailed it. Cause when you nailed it . . . you realize you just made a new hit song that hit your listeners ears for the very first time.FrankSinatra9

I think the sensation of great food and great music will always go together. I feel both can always be made better depending on the method of presentation. Eating the right food while listening to the right music with the right audio system, in the right environment (e.g. ocean view, with waves and breeze); and the food being cooked to perfection, perfect temperature, perfect flavor, perfect wine or spirit, a perfect composition, a perfect song . . . a perfect moment!

Slow down . . . enjoy what someone just created for you.

Artists . . . give ’em some love, and money!



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