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A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE: 512-858-0428; 951 Longview Cr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. FB. Austin based trio playing folk, blues, and swing, featuring Mark Warren on lead guitar, Dan Perkins on bass, and Gail Lewis on rhythm guitar and vocals. Original and cover songs serious and funny.

ALAN "BONES" DAVIS: 512-466-3170; Jonestown, TX 78645. Web. For profit and some charity Solo Musician: Folk, folk rock, country. Booking: Cindi gilchriest, 512-771-4845, or or

ALEX HARVEY: 931-205-4303; Buchanan Dam, TX. Web. Singer, songwriter. Booking:

ALMOST PATSY CLINE BAND: 210-844-8549; Web. Classic C&W

ASHLEE ROSE: 210-618-9710; 8418 Cimarron Dr, San Antonio, TX 78218. Web. Country singer who branches beyond country with her sultry voice and gutsy guitar skills. Booking: Ashlee Rose Beckendorf

BEN BECKENDORF: 830-992-3997; Fredericksburg, TX. Web. Blues. Booking:

BETTY SOO: Singer, songwriter. Booking: KT Gardner, Nancy Fly Agency, 512-288-2023,

BIG ANTON AND THE ALLEY CATS: 512-921-0676; 505 E Jackson, Burnet. Top rated 50's and 60's rock and roll band. Booking: Damon Bierle,

BIG COUNTRY: 210-889-4303; 20231 Pleasanton Rd, San Antonio, TX 78221. Christian music. Booking: Barbara Chapman,

BILL REID: 830-598-7653; Web. Blues and TexAmericana, as a solo or with a bass or my trio. Blues, Folk, Kids, Country Originals & Covers, and Some for Longhairs. Booking:

BILLY MATA AND THE TEXAS TRADITION: Web. Booking: Joanne Heston, 210-693-5959

BO PORTER: 512-745-1113; Web. Plays Honky Tonk, Jump Loose and Swing. Booking:

BOB CHEEVERS: 615-300-1213; Austin, TX. Web. Singer/songwriter. Bob is a Texas Music Awards 2011 "Singer/songwriter Of The Year", an Emmy-winning songwriter, Kerrville winner and was opening act for Johnny Cash's final tour. Bob lives in Austin and throughout Texas and the world spinning his rootsy, blues-flavored tales of life in a conversational language of the heart. See his "Blog" in column on right side of this page. Email:

BOBBY BEAL BAND: 210-913-1197; Johnson City, TX, 78636.

BOBBY FLORES BAND: Web. Booking: Brenda Ullevig, 830-534-3569

(THE) BOERNE VILLAGE BAND: Oldest German band in the US.

BOOMER NORMAN: 512-448-3542; Web. Solo pianist with unique solo piano stylings. Popular songs and Happy Hour Music. Guitarist. Booking:


BRITT BALLENGER BAND: 210-882-8641, 125 Mustang Run, Boerne, TX 78006. Web. Traditional Country, Newer Country, Western Swing. Booking:

BRUTHERZ: 361-446-0931; 26227 Presidio Mesa, Boerne, TX 78015. Web. Heart-felt originals, Traditional Country and Current country. Booking: Ross Rutherford,

BRYAN ANDERS: For solo performances: 210-606-3732, Web. See "Shades of Blue" below for two other bands he performs with.

(THE) BUCKSHOT BAND: San Antonio, TX. Web. A dancehall favorite. Booking: and

BUDDY GRAVES PROJECT: 713-657-9789; CR-4016, Mont Belvieu TX, 77580. Singer/Songwriter The BGP is an acoustic act playing 50/50 original Texas music mixed in with some classic rock and country songs as well. Booking: Buddy Graves,


CEDAR SQUEEZERS: Web. Two-Stepping for all ages. See Cedar Squeezers at Tejas Rodeo.

CLEPPER-GEORGE: Web. Russell Clepper & Jimmy George; Booking: 512-553-0661

THE CHAMPIONS: Bryan Anders, 210-606-3732. Country/variety band. Also see Shades of Blue below and he performs solo.


CODY WAYNE BAND: 903-576-0609; 1150 CR 307 D. Web. A full-blown, country-red, dirt-high, energy concert. Booking: Tamra McClendon,

COLLECTOR'S EDITION: 325-514-1611; 211 Ridge Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028. Web. A variety cover band that performs in the Hill Country. Booking: Mickey O'Briant,

COUNTRY BOYS UNION BAND: 210-389-5628; 10080 Braun Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254. Web. Original songs that relate to who we are. Booking: Mike Sanders,

COURTNEY REED BAND: Country/Blues/Acoustic Rock

DANIEL DELOACH: 830-798-4492; 1205 Kingswood Dr, Granite Shoals, TX 78654. Web. Piano, organ, singer, songwriter. Solo, duo or with bands. Venues, weddings, clubs, private parties, hired gun. Booking at website.

DANNY WHITE: 830-423-6844; POB 1523, Medina TX 78055. Facebook. Cowboy Capital Troubadour: Country Western music, ballads, history and stories.

DAVID LEE: 615-804-5914; 6227 Yorkshire Dr, Spring Branch. Web. Musician/band Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. Booking: Stacie Dawn,

DAVIN JAMES: 281-382-9725; Kingwood, TX. Web. Singer/songwriter. Booking:

DEAN STRICKLAND: 1307 Cedar St, Bandera, TX. Web. The Hitchhiking Cowboy!

DEREK JOHNSON: 760-979-6339. Web. "Country Music - That's all I am." Booking:


DEWAYNE DAVIS BAND: 512-626-9258; 614 S 1st #240, Austin, TX 78704. Web. Blues/Rock/Country band, 50 original songs, 300 cover songs, 2 cd's, 1 movie soundtrack. We play festivals, clubs, and restaurants. Booking:

DONNIE BLANZ: Web. Performs hit songs from the 60s through today

DOS AMIGOS BAND: 210-601-7772;, Facebook. Boerne, TX. Richard Vidmer & Judy Moore: Together they form a very diverse duet with Richard on guitar and vocals and Judy on percussion and vocals. Musical styling's of Americana, Country, Classic Rock, Blues and Originals. Available for any occasion: parties, weddings, regular gigs and more. Booking: and


DUST DEVILS: 512-525-1493; Marble Falls, TX. Web. Award winning Texas music. Booking:

EXIT 505: Kerrville, TX. Web. Country, Rock, Swing, Folk, Gospel, Blues. Celebrating 10 successful years as a band this year. Booking: Chris Booker, 830-238-3260,

FIREWATER BAND: Web. Great acoustic music. Pop, rock, hip hop.


FREDY ARGIR AND DONNA BAILEY: 512-751-2811; 10212 Twin Lake Loop, Dripping Springs, TX. Facebook. Music from Texas and beyond. Duo or trio. Fredy Argir,

GALE REDDICK: 830-997-9641; Solo violinist with over 40 years experience available for social events. Also offers private lessons for violin, guitar, fiddle. Music store.

GARY P. NUNN: Web. Guitar, singer

GEORGE ENSLE: 713-534-5391, Web. Texas Troubadour, Singer-Songwriter. Booking: or Marianne Stauffer,

GEORGE MARTINEZ: 210-887-9122; 9815 Burr Press Ln, San Antonio, TX 78245. Web. Guitarist/Singer. Booking:

(THE) GOOD OLE BOYS: Web. Country

GRAHAM WARWICK: 830-990-0779; Cell: 830-456-6372; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Web. Graham-A-Phone Productions, singer/songwriter/performer. Anything Blues


GUNPOWDER SOUP: 210-488-4388; 6610 Buffalo Hills, San Antonio, TX 78256. Web. Professional entertaining cover band for weddings, corporate galas and fundraisers. High energy band engages with guests off stage and finds singers to share the mic. Performing Country, 80s, 70s, Classic Rock and Top 40. Booking: Jeanine Davis-Perron: 210-488-4388,

GUS SAMUELSON: Garland, TX. Web. A regular on the "Brew Circuit" ... (solo, duo) Trio (Swampadelic 3), Full Band (Big Gus and Swampadelic). Booking:

HALO: 325-956-9045; 123 Lake Cliff Dr, Kingsland, TX 78639.Web. Harp and flute duo. Booking: Andra and Gale Pierce,

HANNAH STARR: 615-426-5327; 947 RR-2831, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Web. Country Western. Booking: Todd Still,

HAVILAH TOWER: 512-785-5842; Austin, TX 78701. Web. Singer/songwriter Havilah Tower and her acoustic band play all original songs (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, djembe drum). Booking: Havilah Tower:

HILLBILLY SOCIAL CLUB: San Antonio, TX. Web. Bass, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. Booking:

HILL COUNTRY PICKERS: Contact Gale Reddick, 830-997-9641; Legendary group of local musicians who gather at various venues.

"HIM & HER" - BRENDA FREED & MICHAEL D'EATH: 512-426-0301; Facebook; Web. Jazzy, Swingy, Bluesy Singer/Songwriter and Covers. Booking:

HOMER WHISENANT & THE PLAINSMEN: Johnson City. Homer Whisenant. Country swing. Booking:

HOWLIN' WATERS BAND: 512-217-6708. Juke Joint Jive, Jammin' & Slammin' Rock & Roll! Booking: Howlin' Waters,

IN A JAM BLUEGRASS BAND: 210-870-4321; 30520 Huntington Cr, Bulverde. Facebook. Traditional acoustic bluegrass (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass), some non-traditional (pop, folk) done with bluegrass styling. Booking: Peyton Starr,

JAKE GILL: Web. We play everything from country, country rock to rock. Cover to originals. We can do anything from an acoustic set to a full blown concert. Booking: Nashville Office: 615-934-5541,

JAKE PENROD: 830-330-0380; Web. Country Western. Booking: Randy & Jenifer Holland, "Real Country Booking, LLC", POB 122, Hunt, TX 75949.

JAMES LANN: 832-452-5088; 820 E Dove Loop Rd, 1424, Bristol, TX. Unfiltered Texas country music

JEFF JACOBS BAND: 210-238-9233; San Antonio, TX. Web. Country/Americana Acoustic solo, duo, trio or full band available. Booking:

JEFFREY CHARLES: Web. singer/songwriter/entertainer. Booking:

JERIALICE & ENCHANTED ROCK: 2222 Sunny Ln, Mason, TX 76856. Web. Music performer of original music, bluegrass, blues, rock, country. Music producer and engineer. Band leader & booking: Jerialice,

JERRY BOGAN: 830-225-3787; 109 Leaning Oak Cir. Johnson City, TX 78636. Facebook". Solo Acoustic Act. Country with a little Classic Rock thrown in. Mostly sing-a-long type music. Jerry Bogan,

JERRY JEFF WALKER: 512-477-0036; Web. Singer, songwriter and guitarist. Booking:

JIM THOMAS: Web. Acoustic rock, country, blues and folk. Booking:


JIMMY LEE SAURAGE: 830-225-0216; Facebook. A Korean Elvis style singer who has a substantial and eclectic repertoire of songs spanning several decades. Plays solo acoustic guitar and harmonica. Has played in bands all over the country, including Las Vegas and the Texas hill country. Also has a duet known as "Jimmy Lee and Shelly" with Shelly Rogers on drums. Booking:

JOEY SCHWAB & JW KLAUS, "OTTO & STUMP": Joey: 512-784-1107, Georgetown; JW: 512-560-0440, Buda; German, Czech, Cajun, Zydeco, Classic Country & oldies. Booking: or

JOHN ANDREWS PARKS: 310-422-4026; Fredericksburg, TX. Web. Texas singer and songwriter

JOHN ARTHUR MARTINEZ: Web. Texas singer and songwriter

JOHN EMERY: Web. "The King of Hillbilly Rock-N-Roll", A Troubadour for All Ages

JOHN M. GREENBERG: Marble Falls, TX. Web. Plays a lot with Walt Wilkins but also on his own. Texas Music's top producer for 2006. Country and Alternative Country. "Johnny Gringo"

JOHN HARDAWAY AND 30-06 BAND: 9821 RR-965, Fredericksburg. Singer, Songwriter. Originals, Texas country and classics. Booking:

JOHN SANDERSON & RICH DONALD: pickers and songwriters

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ: Web. Country/Latin;

JULIA LANGENBERG: 512-924-3836; Dancer, performer, teacher, musician. Booking:

KEITH SYKES: Booking: Jerene Sykes, Eads, TN: 940-310-5895. Web. Singer, songwriter, music manager and record producer in Memphis, Tennessee. A talented and versatile artist and performer of Americana music. Booking:

KELLI KING: San Antonio Texas: Web. Singer Songwriter

KIMBERLEE M. LEBER: 512-995-0585; Austin, TX. Web. Christian Music Ministry Original Singer/Songwriter & Recording Artist, Kimberlee, performs a soulful expression of Bluesy Folk-Jazz with an inspiring Gospel message that reflects her heart's appreciation for the Bible. Her Texas-based ministry releases and promotes Indie Christian music. Booking: Matt Leber, 510-682-7256,

KURT BAUMER: 512-924-4419; Web. Fiddle player, 35+ years playing many styles. Available for studio sessions, live or online. Booking:

LANDERS/MARSHALL DUO: 512-888-8113; 1508 Southport Dr, Austin, TX 7874. Web. Musicians Singer/songwriters Justin Landers and Samantha Marshall have developed a unique sound, converging dynamic harmonies with layers of rhythm guitar and instrumental leads with a loop pedal and lap drum that makes every live performance captivating and unforgettable. Think Americana Country/Blues! Booking: Samantha Marshall,

LARRY JOE TAYLOR: 254-968-8505; Stephenville, TX 76401. Web. Booking: or

LARRY NATWICK: Blanco. Web. Jazz Pianist. A seasoned veteran of the jazz scene.

LEE WINRIGHT: Agent: Carla Mata, Prindle Productions

LINTONMANCILLA: 512-579-7910; 18709 Double Canyon Dr, Jonestown, TX 78645. Web. Acoustic, adult contemporary musical ensemble. Booking: Liane Popham, or

LISA & GREG, "TRACE OF GOLD": Facebook. Country Western, & more. Booking: Lisa Sutphin: 512-576-3604,

LITTLE BEVERLY & THE SHADES: 512-450-8814; 29 Brookhollow Dr, Wimberley, TX 78676. YouTube. Six person band, playing together over 25 years. We cover 1950's and 1960's rock and roll hits. Booking: Tom Gillespie,

LONDON AND DAVID: 830-613-5782; Marble Falls, TX. Web. Singer/Songwriters. Booking: London Baileigh, David Horner,

LONE STAR PICKERZ BAND: Web. Wayne-o and crew play a wide range of great country and dance songs.

LONNIE LETT: 830-992-5256; Fredericksburg, TX. Classic country and standards

MANNIE B: San Antonio/Kyle TX. Web. An R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop singer who has developed a triple career in music, dance and production. Booking:

MARTY WHITE: Web. "Marty White and the Hired Guns". Traditional country
MAX ZIMMET & HOT PICKING 57s: 512-964-7236; 319 Eanes School Rd, Austin, TX 78746. Web. Ban Ace pickers let loose on Bluegrass tunes from old to new, originals too, with some serious chops and vocals that will get you moving. They also impart their own flavor to country, jazz, swing, blues and rock. It's an upbeat show and a finely-honed sound. Booking:

MEAN STREET RIDERS: Web. Rock n Roll on the Open Road. Booking:

MIKE BLAKELY: Web. A novelist and singer/songwriter. Booking:

MICHAEL HEARNE: Singer, guitarist. Booking:

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY: Singer, guitar, western music; Web

(THE) MIDNIGHT FLYER BAND: 512-829-4169; Dripping Springs, TX. Web. Blues, Jazz, classic Country. Booking: General Manager, Jim Luke, 512-772-6960; 512-300-5064,

MILBURNS MOUNTAIN GRASS: 254-979-1411 or 325-330-0078; POB 348; Hwy 57, Batesville, TX 78829. Blue Grass and Blue Grass Gospel with a full piece band. Booking: JW Milburn,

(THE) MOONLITES: IH-10, x501, Kerrville, TX. Web. The Premier Oldies/Acappella vocal band of the Southwest. Doo Wop. Dinner-Cover Charge. Booking:

(THE) MORGANS: 325-248-5555; 110 N Ridgeview, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609. Free Christian duet. We will sing at your church for free at no cost to you. Contemporary Christian, country gospel, easy listening, hymns. References. Booking: Randy Morgan,

NATALIE ROSE: Country band with sound & lighting. Play newer country & classics. Booking: Tina Capparelli, 830-303-7656,

NELSON BROYAL: 830-385-7680; Blanco, TX 78606. Web. Songwriter, guitarist

NIK PARR: Piano-driven rock n' roll or roots rock n' roll with soul and blues influences. We use the aesthetic of 70's rock n' roll soul, blues and even disco., Instagram @theselflessloversATX

PAT MITCHELL: 210-392-1481; Kerrville, TX 78028. Singer and songwriter

PAULA HELD: 850-566-5881; 5008 Lansing Dr, Austin, TX. Web. Jazz, vocalist. Booking:

(THE) PEARL SNAPS: Country dance hall band. Lefty Rainbolt - vocals, Bill Aydam - vocals, guitar, harmina, Robert Carrow - bass beast, Gordon Dowdy - pedal steel, John Christian - lead guitar, Billy Mansell - drums. Hometown: Austin, TX. Web, Booking: Lefty Rainbolt, 512-663-5530,

PENNY NEY: 512-914-5188; Johnson City, TX 78636. Web. Penny performs original Americana music as well as music by her favorite singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline. Booking:

(THE) PICTURES BAND: 512-751-2146; 100 Lido Cr, #E2, Lakeway, TX 78734. Variety wedding/corporate band. Chris Schacherer,

Rock, Blues, R&B
408 East Morse St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Rock, Blues, and R&B. No piercings, no tattoos, no attitudes. Just great music. They've entertained audiences with their wide ranging repertoire at public and private venues, corporate events, special occasions, parties and festivals.
Graham Pearson,

QUINCY HARPER: Web. Booking: Ned Brown

RANDY SCHULMAN: 425-533-7333; 828 Wild Rose Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78737. Web. Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist with original music focusing on humor, love, and nostalgia, and favorite covers. Violin, Mandolin, Guitar. Booking:

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD: Texas Singer-songwriter. Web. Management: Judy Hubbard, ; Publicity: Cary Baker, . BOOKING: Logan Bosemer, Atomic Music Group – Nashville, 615-324-2501,

(THE) RCD SHOW: 512-847 5191; 180 Lonesome Trail, Driftwood, TX 78619. YouTube. We don't charge, or pay. Features Texas singer songwriters performing their originals and interviews with the artist. From the little known gyms of talent to the more recognizable names in Texas and hill country music. Booking: Ricky Dodson,

RICHARD VIDMER: 210-601-7772;;; Songwriter and vocalist. Available for any occasion. Combining Blues, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Texas Country with his own brand of Texas Americana. Booking:

RICK AND LYNN & THE TEXAS HEAVY BAND: Rick: 830-385-6416; Lynn: 512-590-1145; Singer, guitar, Johnson City, TX 78636. Classic rock & roll, country, blues. Booking:


ROB MAHONEY: 830-868-0250; 239 Pedernales Oaks Dr, Johnson City, TX 78636. Web. The Piano Man.


ROGER MOON AND THE JOHNSON CITY LIMITS BAND: 830-868-7034; Traditional Country to Southern Rock originals and covers. Booking:

ROUGH RIVER BAND: 830-279-1697; POB 725, Leakey, TX 78873. Web Booking: Steve Davenport,


(THE) SAM BENTLEY BAND: 512-443-2051; Austin, TX. Web

SARAH McSWEENEY: Web. Plays all styles but leans towards blues, contemporary, classical, vocal and keyboard music

SCOOTER PEARCE: Hye, TX. Web. Americana/Country/Folk Rock

SCOTT CROFTS: Johnson City, TX 78636.

SHADES OF BLUE: 210-606-3732. Johnson City, TX 78636. Band Members: Bryan Anders - guitar/vocals; Dean Kuhlmann - bass; Skipper Scott - drums. Blues, Rock, Etc. The band plays the music of Muddy Waters, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc. Booking:

SHAKE RUSSELL TRIO: Web. Shake, Doug Floyd, Mike Roberts. Booking: GiGi Benno: 512-847-6400;

SHANNIE: Fredericksburg, TX. Web. Booking: Shan and Annie, ,

SOL PATCH: Fredericksburg, TX. Web. Melissa and Bryan. Jazz, Blues, R&B, Latin, Roots, & Rock n' Roll. Booking: Bryan Maldonado and Melissa Weatherly,

STAN GILLESPIE: 830-554-0473; Texas singer, Songwriter. Booking: or

STEAMPUNK MARK PLIMSOLL: 512-970-1619; 601 River Rd, #108, San Marcos, TX 78666. Songwriter, performer, guitarist, multimedia author. A bilingual performer of world music who also synthesizes country music with Latin rhythyms. Has produced four CDs of original music and one CD of Spanish songs translated into English. Booking: Mark Plimsoll:

MARSHALL AND LANDERS (formerly STEREOSCOPE): 512-888-8113; 1508 Southport Dr. Austin, TX 78704. Web. Aacoustic duo playing Americana music. Booking: Samantha Marshall,

STEVEN FROMHOLZ: Web. Texas singer, Songwriter, Poet, Humorist, River Guide, Cowboy

STEWFISH AND THE COUCH POTATOES: Comfort. Booking: Stew Crawford

(The) SWAY: 210-459-5109; 2122 Baxter Station, San Antonio, TX. Facebook. Cover band playing your favorite county/rock and pop dance hits. Jason Zimmerman,

SUSIE WARLEY: 830-765-1951; Horseshoe Bay, TX. Web. Americana, Country, and Folk-Rock.

TEMPER YOUNG: 719-246-3796; 2134 RR-1888, Blanco, TX 78606. Web. Solo Artist Singer songwriter, original music. County, Americana, Rockabilly. Booking:

TEXAS FAMILY TRADITION BAND: 512-577-4863; 2210 CR-340, Burnet. Web. Texas traditional country dance band. Booking: Janice Maynard,

(THE) TEXAS KGB: 404-821-0292; 421 Marble Falls TX. Web. Original Americana/folk rock band. Booking: Jeff Burnett,

TEXAS SMOOTH RIVER: Richard Patnaude, 512-797-7846; 100 Glen Oak Ln, Leander, TX 78641. Web. One man show: Smooth jazz & pop vocalist, been performing since I was 8 years old (1959). I perform with canned music (backing Tracks), with a diverse style of music. Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Melody Gardot, Diana Krall, Billy Joel and many classic standards. Performs at weddings and corporate. Booking:

THOM SHEPHERD: Kyle, TX. Web. Singer/songwriter. Booking:

THOMAS MICHAEL RILEY: 210-274-1081; Blanco, TX 78606. Web. Singer, songwriter. Country. Award winning Texas artist who plays original, Texas and country music. Booking:

THAWIND MILLS: 512-925-5414; Web. Versatile musical entertainer, singer, songwriter, musician, story teller, and loop artist. Also can be booked as part of a duo with violinist Alynn Gaines. Booking:

TODD BARROW MUSIC: 817-983-4168; Burleson, TX. Web. A full service country artist/entertainer discovered by Sonny Burgess (Texas music hall of fame)! Playing at various bars, festivals and restaurants. Booking:

TOM TEBOE BAND: Web. Booking: Bri Brewer

TOM GOSSETT: Web. Folk, Country, and Rythmn & Blues. Booking:

TOMMY ALVERSON: Web. Country. Booking;

TRACES OF GOLD: Austin, TX. Facebook. aka Greg & Lisa. Country music and much more. Booking: Lisa Sutphin, 512-576-3604

WAKE EASTMAN: 512-639-4661, Marble Falls, TX. Web. Singer/songwriter. Booking:


WIMBERLEY VALLEY BIG BAND: non-profit. 281-773-8874,

WILLOW CITY: Fredericksburg, TX. Web. Booking: 512-771-8303; Bill Penn, Red Cow Booking, 78652.

ZYDECO BLANCO: Web. Blends the influences of Louisiana Zydeco and Cajun music with the feel of life in the Texas Hill Country. Booking:


BLUE ROCK ARTIST RANCH & STUDIO: 512-847-7440; Wimberley, TX 78676. A retreat and recording facility for selected producers specializing in Texas folk artists and music for film. Web

EAR RECORDING: 512-440-7218; 2308 11th St, Austin, TX. Recording studio

FIRE STATION STUDIOS: 512-396-1144; 224 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. Services include: digital recording, mastering, mixing, video and film post-production, CD-ROM, DVD and multimedia authoring, DV editing and audio encoding. Web

LOS SENDEROS RANCH RECORDING STUDIO: 512-565-0446; 8409 US-281 N, Blanco, TX 78606-5024. Just S of the 281-290 Y. State-of-the art music recording studio.;

MUSIC OFFICE: 888-610-1709; Kerrville, TX 78028. Resources for musicians, recording studio, CD duplication, video production, and syndicated music video program. Web

RIVERSOUNDS RECORDING STUDIO: 512-217-4596; Box 53, Castell, TX 76831. Castell, TX 76831.

SYNTAUR PRODUCTIONS & RECORDING STUDIO: 800-334-1288; 1418 N Walnut Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Keyboard sounds and accessories, for Ensoniq, Akai, Alesis, Roland, Korg, Casio, E-mu, and Kurzweil. An integral part of our sound design business is our professional 24-track digital recording studio, which is also available for outside projects. Web

(THE) ZONE RECORDING STUDIO & DIGITAL MASTERING LAB: 512-894-0057; Dripping Springs, TX 78620. Professional CD production studio. Web


ASCAP (AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSER, ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS): Web. One of three United States performing rights organizations.

AUSTIN360: The place to go for the Austin music scene. Web

BANDERA MUSIC: WWW.BANDERAMUSIC.COM: A Showcase of Texas Music. CDs by local music icons are available. Web

BEST IN TEXAS: Music articles, "Stars on the Horizon", key notes, music charts, dateline, and CD reviews. Web


BROADCAST MUSIC, INC (BMI): Web. One of three United States performing rights organizations. Founded: 1939. HQ: New York City


EMA: Media manufacturing and digital distribution. Web

FESTIVALS OF TEXAS: Comprehensive newspaper and web site provide information on festivals and events by Texas Regions as well as interesting articles. Web

HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY: A blog and community of musician followers/commenters, with lots of topics of interest. By Penny Sears. Web

HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 325-597-1895; booking agents, museum, oprys; 1701 S Bridge St, Brady, TX 76825; 325-456-5316. Web

(THE) HILL COUNTRY SOUND SITUATION: 210-569-9744; 608 4th St, Blanco, TX 78606. Music school

J&L SOUND: 512-755-1624; Marble Falls, TX. The Hill Country's Premier DJ Services and Live Sound Reinforcement Company. Weddings, Live Music, Bands, Singers, Entertainment. Jason Guenther


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KEVIN WELCH SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS: 512-924-9910; 400 Shade Rd, Wimberley, TX 78686. Web.

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LLANO OPRY: 325-247-5354; Lantex Theater, Llano, TX. See schedule at Web

MARBLE FALLS OPRY: 830-693-9996; Uptown Theater, Marble Falls, TX. See schedule at Web

MASON OPRY: 325-597-2119; Odeon Theater, Mason, TX. See schedule at Web

MUSICIAN'S FRIEND: 800-776-5173. Web. Excellent on-line store for music-related gear.

(THE) MUSIC CONNECTION: Enriching the lives of people through the power of music. A collaboration of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation and a group of music lovers in the Texas Hill Country. Our focus is to bring live music performances into the lives of Texans much like you were listing to music in your living

MUSIC OF NEW BRAUNFELS: 830-481-6734; 102 Fleetwood Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Web. Free listings of live music events in and near New Braunfels

SESAC: Originally the "Society of European Stage Authors and Composers", it is a performance-rights organization in the United States. Since the organization stopped using its full name in 1940, it is now known exclusively as SESAC. Headquarters: Nashville, TN. Founded: 1930. Web

SONGWRITERS ACROSS TEXAS: 512-663-2854; Pflugerville, TX 78691. Web. An avenue for songwriters to get their music out to the public.

STANDING "O" PROJECT: Web. Designed to connect singer-songwriters and music fans, and provides music fans the opportunity to support singer-songwriters in original and profound ways. Launched by John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt from Art of the Song, this Project goes deep into music that might be considered to have "limited commercial potential" - music of singer songwriters that we love. Artists bring their music - Fans bring their support. Independent artists share in the membership contributions, providing a revenue stream to help them continue creating music. Musicians and fans are all working together to build an artistic empire of good music, human connection and flourishing creativity for the common good through the power of the internet.

TEXAS COUNTY LINE: A weekly 30-minute television program featuring Traditional Country Music, Cajun Music and Western Swing filmed at locations throughout the Lone Star State, began airing in July, 2008. Local, regional and nationally-known artists are featured. In addition, vintage footage of interviews and musical performances by artists from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s will frequently be included on the program. Web

TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC FOUNDATION: Web. 830-792-1945; Kerrville, TX 78029-1945. Mission is to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of Texas music, to examine the background of Texas music, to trace influences and patterns in Texas music and to document the role Texas music has played in society, and to provide free educational programming to the Texas community.

TEXAS MUSIC CHARTS: Music venues and artists, top twenty charts, and articles; Web


TEXAS MUSIC GUIDE: Provides information on festivals, a concert calendar, and other music related information. Web

TEXAS OUTSIDE - MUSIC LANDING: Events, festivals and links. Web


TEXAS SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND (TSR): Contact: 512-217-4596; Jerialice Arsenault. A non-profit organization that provides great, non-stop Texas Music presented in family venues across the state! From it's inception in Art, Texas in 1999, the group has continued to support and activate live and recorded original music and musicians in a variety of styles and talent levels. Many of the budding songwriters have gone on to become performing musicians and are entertaining audiences far and wide. Artists hail from Dallas to Houston, Austin, the Hill Country, San Antonio and more, and consider a starring role at a TSR showcase one of the highlights of their tour or yearly stops. The home venue is Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason Texas. The group also provides live performances at M. D. Anderson in Houston Texas to support cancer patients, families and Aim at Melanoma for the Cure, as well as other cancer charitable events. Call them if you need live music for your fundraiser or personal in-home music for your family. Outreach program is called: Chemo Sabe. for more info.

THE STATE OF TEXAS: Comprehensive site for music and other events. Web

TRIPPLESHOT: 214-517-4140; 3685 Laurel Crossing, Rockwall, TX, 75032. Facebook. Playing music from Country, Country Pop, Classic Rock, Blues, and some Southern Rock.

YOUR TEXAS MUSIC: 832-723-7313; POB 356, Johnson City, Texas 78636. Web. Dedicated to Texas music of any stripe — from gospel, classical, jazz, country, and hip-hop, to blues, bluegrass, rock, Americana, and folk — you name it. We're fans of struggling, undiscovered artists, working and paying their dues. We're also fans of people who have paid their dues, but for one reason or another have never gained admission to major label stardom. This website is the place to go for tickets to shows by Texas artists, Texas music CDs on independent labels, Texas music downloads, and art by Texas artists. Your State — Your Music. Distributes only Texas music for non-major label artists. Tickets available on-line for Texas music events.


290 TEXAS: Web. A committee of Texas Heritage Music Foundation which hosts small music concerts in and around Hill Country/Austin/Johnson City areas of Texas - about one per month. Our core is a group of locals who appreciate music in the classic style of a Salon - small private events. Our Salon Events are generally open to Member Families and their guests, and usually bring about around 30-40 people together for an evening of live, Texas music. Annual donation gift required.


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Consider yourself singularly lucky if you get to hear this performer in person, and if you’re planning on attending this month’s Kerrville, Texas Folk Festival in May, you will! Vance Gilbert is a proven talent who’s been performing since the 1980s. (His silky, smooth voice and effortless sounding delivery is reminiscent of Al Jarreau.) Vance began his career as a jazz singer before switching to folk music and regularly performed in the Boston area before he began touring the country. But honestly, this guy is so gifted and versatile, he could sing your grocery list and make it sound like a pearl of a song! (He’s probably blushing as he reads this.) Here is Vance’s interesting reflections on his journeyed career.

Nancy: Vance, your vocal ability is stunning. Your voice is clear, strong, and unwavering and it’s obvious you have perfect pitch! Did you find success early in your career?

Vance: Hahahahahaha!! Thanks for the kudos, but I DO NOT HAVE PERFECT PITCH. But I have learned, over time, to sing in tune, which surely wasn’t the case early on. Some children come out of the womb with great pitch. I was not blessed as such. It’s been work work work. But the payoff is this - I’m 63 and I’ve never written, sung, or played better than right now. Miles Davis is quoted as saying “Sometimes it takes a lifetime to sound like yourself.” That’d be me.

Nancy: The musical productions for your songs are truly special and amazing. Do you play an active part in that process?

Vance: Thanks. I am the producer of all my stuff for the last 20+ years. Coupled with great engineers and very sympathetic musicians, I get what I get.

Nancy: Before you became a singer-songwriter musician, did you have other reincarnations? You could be a standup comedian based on your lively banter and wisecracks during live performances!

Vance: I was a tennis instructor in high school and college. A line cook for 3 years. Then a multicultural arts instructor in the ’80’s. Comedy plays a large part in what I do - I grew up listening to the greats - George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Red Foxx, Flip Wilson - the list goes on. I am currently Paul Reiser’s opener of choice. And having opened 150 + shows for George Carlin was formative in the early 2000’s. I “had” to be funny….

Nancy: That is really impressive! Your music has been described as a mix of jazz and folk. You’re not afraid to recite stories in your songs too and occasionally even add rap. It seems you enjoy bending genres and expanding perimeters. How would you personally describe your musical style?

Vance: Folks need categories I suppose. For the CD rack. For their spreadsheets. Like tonight, I’ll be playing my weekly Vance’sMondayNightPajamaParty YouTube show, and my theme is Celtic/R&B Mashups. I have no idea what you might call what I do, really, so I still call it acoustic-singer-songwriter, because when it comes down to it, that’s where my guitar and vocal thing lives.

Nancy: You don’t cover familiar themes in your songs in familiar ways. For example, your “Sweet Potato Dove” is pure alphabet soup! “Zombie Pattycake” is equally as original, as is “Holiday Employment,” but you take “creativity” to a brand-new level with “Country Western Rap”! Your songs are rather like presents. You have no idea what’s inside them till you take the wrappings off. Is there any subject you can’t write about? Any personal favorites?

Vance: I think the venue of acoustic singer songwriter is rendered more interesting when the story has a twist. Or an unspoken. I have a song slated for my new album called Black Rochelle, an apology for a 2nd grade recess bullying event of another schoolmate for being darker as a Black person. I guarantee I’m the only “folk singer” doing a song on Black-on-Black racism.

Nancy: To be as talented as you are, creating songs and music must be both a passion and a joy. Have there been any obstacles or regrets along the way?

Vance: Oh plenty. Long trips don’t come without flat tires. But generally, omg look how I get to pay this mortgage!

Nancy: You have been selected to perform at the upcoming Kerrville Folk Festival in May which is the 50th anniversary of this prestigious music festival. Have you performed previously at this festival, or is this the first time? What do you most look forward to?

Vance: I’ve played Kerrville many times. Double digits and then some, I’m sure. I look forward to the camaraderie of other acoustic friends and swapping songs. And snacks. People are generous with their snacks. Particularly Goldfish. Sweet Heavens, I love what my endocrinologist and my A1c hates!!

Nancy: I especially liked the lyric you wrote in “For Evelyne” about a woman who had to stop short on her career as a photojournalist and now endures “the chill of incomplete.” I don’t think you will ever have to worry about that with 102 recorded songs on Apple Music alone! At this stage of your career, is there something new and different you are “aching” to do?

Vance: I guess there are things pithing this music scene that I’d like to do. I’d like to open tours for Jason Isbell. Johnny Mathis. Bonnie Raitt. Chris Stapleton. Jim Gaffigan. The list of “tour-with” is varied and insanely long.

Nancy: Thank you so much for your time,Vance! Please tell readers how they can best access your recorded music and upcoming performances.

Vance: Are you kidding me? Pftttt, this has been great and thanks for taking the time with me, Nancy. Vance’s Monday Nite Acousitc Pajama Party is live every Monday evening at 7:30 eastern time. By the time you go to print I’ll be prepping to do # 107-108 or something like that.

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(Nancy Byrnes, Freelance Lyricist, is a retired nurse and hospital administrator who lives happily in Highland Village, Texas with a committed crappie fisherman by the name of Guy D. Skinner.)
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