January 31, 2008

RYAN OWENS, bass player of the year!!!

welcome back to our lovely corner of blogdom.
today, we're spotlighting and awarding BPOTY honors to none other than our very own, sir RYAN OWENS.
Known simply as COACH to his bandmates and close friends alike, Ryan has recently drawn the attention of many around the US, becoming prolific in changing out alternators in really crappy diesel vans in 20 minutes or less. (note blog entry from late fall in which our piece of junk broke down, only to have ryan and a strange, yet lovely man named Johnny come to the rescue)

Now, this is an unofficial award that is voted on by no one person and come to find out, only I am aware of its mere existence.
Nonetheless, no bass player on the planet has as many basses, runs half marathons with little prep time, and could be a pro skater if he wasn't old enough now to be Tank's father and primary caregiver.

so without further ado, i give you a retrospective peek into the mind of the great Ryan Owens - our second installment of the rsb 'best of 2007' mini-blogumentary.

Best album - Derek Webb "The Ringing Bell"

Least Favorite band member - Jerry (for what he did to the van.."dude, that's messed up")

Favorite Tour Stop
- anywhere with a skatepark

Best Movie - Grace is Gone

Most annoying Song
- Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Favorite member of RSB's mgmt. team - Jearent

Friendliest State
- whatever state Cole the Drummer resides

Best Houston restaurant - Perry's Steakhouse

Favorite Discovery
- Tank's back popping mad skills

Most likely to succeed out of RSB
- JMAC - he is nice, smart and good looking

New years resolutions
- Already broke it :(

As we look forward to 2008, this band does not exist without our friend and yours, Mr. Owens. Raise your glass wherever you are to the king of earth shattering low end and bass guitar solos!
Here, Here.

**and we couldn't resist giving you a taste of ryan's 'other' gig. play that funky music..you know it!
By the way, that's me bringing down the house on trumpet.

January 28, 2008

Best of '07 - TANK

Many of you know our long time and beloved drummer has moved to bigger and brighter things in Dallas, Tx, leaving rsb wandering alone without a good pocket-living groove sultan, such as Mr. Hamilton himself.

Dan Hamilton was a part of our music for almost a decade and we lift our glass to offer a very heartfelt thank you to he and Jill for being a part of our music and lives. We miss you guys.

We've moved on, having recruited the young talents of the man known simply as TANK. i refer to him as THE TANK, though others including his aunts and crazy cousins in easttexas call him Michael Lisenbe.

The Tank enjoys long walks on the beach, a competive game of bridge, and bird watching along the texas coast.

I've asked all the guys to share a little insight for you lovely folk into their worlds, and who doesn't love a good old fashioned "best of" list.

So consider this the first installment of RSB's "BEST OF 2007" list (and other random questions):

All of the members of RSB were given this questionnaire.
These are the answers of Michael Lisenbe, aka "Tank"

1 Best album - FOO FIGHTERS 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace'

2 Least Favorite band member - Love all the guys

3 Favorite Tour Stop - Biloxi !!!!!!

4 Best Movie - The Bourne Ultimatum

5 Most annoying Song - Apologize by One Republic. I hate that song.

6 Favorite member of RSB's mgmt. team - Brent Nettles

7 Friendliest State - New Mexico

8 Favorite Discovery - If you leave a watermelon in a cooler for a few months, it will turn completely into water.

9. favorite houston restaurant - Chuy's

10 most likely to succeed (out of rsb) - Robbie. I mean, he's got the most amazing band ever!

11 2008 new years resolution(s) - Don't make em.

January 25, 2008

good friends & the BEST bbq!

I've just returned from Kingsville, TX where i shared music with friends at Texas ATM-Kingsville.
I had a great time with my friend Mike Cervantes and feasted on the best bbq anywhere in the country, i promise!
the great Joe Cotten's.

You know i love a good meal with friends and this was a redneck culinary highlight of 2008.
Jessica Simpson brought her Dallas Cowboy friend Mr. Romo to Joe's last week (though i've heard they are no longer an item, so hope the bbq wasn't a factor)
By the time they left, the waiter told us, half the town was waiting in the parking lot.

the rain and cold of south texas was all that greeted me as i walked towards our car, but i was a happy man.

thanks to everybody in Kingsville. I love heading south, especially to be on campus with you guys.

January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr.

its an important day in our country because of what Dr. King stood and fought for, not only for African Americans, but for all of us who value justice and peace.
As a band, we visited the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, AL and walked through history with Dr. King and all who were a part of transforming this nation into a free and open society for all.
next time you're in Birmingham, you should stop by and visit the museum.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
MLK Jr., December 11, 1964

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
MLK Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
MLK Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
MLK Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

January 15, 2008


For those of you wanting to see the new ads, here are two of the latest commercials airing. - rsb

January 14, 2008

dilemma - the fast food tip?

i love sonic.
cherry limeade's.
cheese tater tots.
vanilla malt.

i do know for a fact that my friend david crowder eats foot long chili cheese coneys coneys covered in mustard.
that's just gross.

but here's the big dilemna - do i tip?

the dude that walks 10 feet to bring me the meal of champions seems nice enough, but does that stroll justify a tip? really?

if we're going to start tipping fast food employees, it should be the amazing well oiled chicken serving machine at my local chick-fil-a.
these guys rock!
they're efficient and they do that one illusive fast food task that no other chain seems to do ever - they get the order right!

i would like to clarify one excepton in that i would tip anyone who serves me a beverage or meal while roller skating.
you see that occasionally and that seems tipable enough.
if they wipe out carrying my order, even more for the mere entertainment of it all.

so, do you tip at sonic? and what should this be costing me - 10%? 15%?

Though it seems trivial, this is important. we need to be in agreement the next time we go the great american drive in and cast our generosity on the wait staff.

and with that, i bid you all a grand week!

January 8, 2008

2008 - rsb needs your help!

happy 2008!

we couldn't be more excited about this new year - and we are so thankful for the support of all of you during 2007.

there is much happening in rsb land so i'll get straight to the point.

many of you know that American Idol has included RISE in several of their ads airing on Fox during the holiday season. All of us are thrilled beyond belief!
There is one little problem.

rsb is not quite in the same league as say...Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, or Justin Guarini (okay, maybe justin).

because of our low profile, we're afraid that the fine folks at FOX and the rest of this great country may not appreciate what great fans and support we have.
enter YOU.
you can help send the word to the country and all at American Idol that this little band from texas might just have reason to stick around and make some music for years to come.

here's what we are asking of you -

visit iTunes and purchase the new album GIVE YOURSELF AWAY and/or the song RISE. You can even select to gift the album and send it to a friend or family member via email - a lovely little new years gift for a friend or crazy uncle of yours.

this is such a cool feature and is the best way to show your support of the band and its involvement with American Idol. We are currently #7 in the christian charts. Help us get to #1 by mid January, what do you say?

our single SONG OF HOPE is still climbing the radio charts and we need your help! call your radio station and thank them for playing RSB. if they are not currently playing the song, be kind in your request that they consider adding to their station.

Also, add the song to your ringtones and ring away!

blog, write, call, email, text..

whatever your medium of communication is this holiday season - let people know about the RSB ads on Fox during the new year and encourage your friends to purchase the album via iTunes.

okay, so its not world domination we're plotting here - but in our little corner of the music world, these 3 tiny easy steps could go a long way in helping us make music for years to come.

here's to a marvelous 2008 for all,


January 7, 2008


hope you enjoy the new year and this NEW american idol commercial...