Last night there was a huge party to celebrate the release of Trevor Hickle’s “Desert Road” CD at the Starlight Theatre.
From my point of view, it was a valedictory moment- I produced, recorded and played on that CD along with Trevor and Chase Peeler, and we’ve been working on it for over a year.
To hear it blasting from the PA system in the Starlight and then to actually perform it for an appreciative crowd was… delightful.
After the show there were hugs, wine, and high-fives. Here’s what it looked like. Photos by Betsy Blaydes. Continue reading Trevor Hickle CD Release Party!
Paul Kilberg and Don Sharlow played a set of stripped-down blues and rockabilly at the Boathouse in Terlingua 10/4/15.
Dancing ensued. Continue reading Paul Kilberg and Don Sharlow at the Boathouse
There was something new and different at the Starlight Theatre last night.
Paul Sprawl and his wife Leralee Whittle are building an artist residency retreat here in Terlingua. They plan to have housing, performance space and audio/video recording facilities.
They’re still building, but their first “resident” was Ted Killian, a composer from Oregon. Ted plays guitar- actually, Ted uses a guitar as a source sound and manipulates that sound through walls of technology.
Last night, Ted and Paul improvised over two hours of very cool ambient music. Paul played Moog synthesizer, guitar, and sang. Ted played his guitar rig and a Daxaphone. Leralee set up a dance space and danced/performed while Ted and Paul played. Continue reading Ambient music, modern dance, and cowboys.
Sunday evening I didn’t know what to expect. How many people would stay in town?
Things were slower, as people gathered up their guitars and souvenirs and heading back to be at work or school on Monday.
This year, Sunday turned into a fun jam session at the Boathouse that was surprisingly crowded. I think this needs to be a tradition. Continue reading Viva Terlingua Music Festival 2015 – Sunday
Saturday night at the Viva Terlingua Festival- rocked. My only regret was that I couldn’t be in all 3 venues at the same time. I missed some great music- and some great photos- while I was hearing great music and taking photos.
At the Boathouse, JW Louis, Matt Harlan, Patrick Green, and the Rock Bottom String Band played- a night of excellent songwriting and crowd-pleasing bluegrass.
At La Kiva, Bruce Salmon opened the show, Tahoma (with the new guitar player- even better than last year) played, followed by Penny Jo Pullus. The 7-piece John Bush Band closed the show.
The rock walls of La Kiva were vibrating with excellent music and Continue reading Viva Terlingua Music Festival Day 3 – Saturday night!
Friday night at the Viva Terlingua Music Festival was another historic night- So much good music.
At La Kiva, Trevor Hickle previewed songs from his soon to be released CD, and then was joined by his dad, Danny, for some serious (seriously) outlaw country music.
Aaron Todd played an elegant set of classical and flamenco (flamingo?) music. Breaking Light played a stunning set of psychedelic instrumentals.
At the Starlight Theatre, Ashley Monical added a glaze of class with her songs. The Lavens rocked the house, and the Dead Pyrate Society played unapologetic rock and roll.
The boathouse had Texas acoustic music- Mark Allan Atwood, Claude Butch Morgan, Ken Gaines… they all played timeless “poets with acoustic guitars” music. We could have been at Sand Mountain or Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant circa 1972… Continue reading Viva Terlingua Music Festival 2015 Day 2
Day 1 at the Viva Terlingua Music Festival this year was pretty amazing. There was live music all night long at the Starlight Theatre, the Boathouse, and La Kiva.
It was the first time La Kiva has been open in a long time.
All the performers were great, but the closing act at La Kiva was historic. Butch and Rory Hancock were joined by Bob Livingston and Bradley Kopp. Butch played and sang his amazing songs, Bob played bass and sang harmony, and Rory and Brad laid down some blistering guitar. Continue reading Viva Terlingua Music Festival 2015 – Day 1
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I’ll be wandering around with my camera- pics here as soon as I get a chance.
This is the story of how George Goss got his song, “Ain’t No Honky Tonks in Jail,” recorded by a major country star, got a publishing deal, and a shot at a career as a songwriter- without leaving Terlingua.
As George Goss stood with his wife, Anita, backstage at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic this year things got just a little emotional.
George’s hero, Johnny Bush, was performing. Previously, George and Anita had hung out with Johnny, his wife, and his band in his tour bus.
When Johnny Bush and his band played George’s song, “Ain’t No Honky Tonks in Jail,” while the crowd sang along, things got a lot emotional. Continue reading The “Ain’t No Honky Tonks in Jail” story
Indie Music Promotion- Where’s the Money?
I just put out my first CD in 11 years.
Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I spent most of the last decade creating New-Age music for motivational and inspirational products. It paid well and sold hundreds of thousands of copies but it was a lot like being an artist and taking a job at Hallmark cards. I got tired of it.
So, back to my first love, which is blues. You can hear the music for free HERE.
Why would I want you to listen to my music for free? Keep reading. It makes sense.
This led to a very important question for performers who intend to support him/herselves with his/her music: WHERE’S THE MONEY?
Things have changed a LOT in the 11 years I’ve been gone. Also, previously I had a record company and they got my CDs in record stores. Today, I don’t think I want a record company and the CD stores are gone. I’ve been researching this, and here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Music income can be divided into three categories: Continue reading Indie Music Promotion- Where’s the Money?