Legendary Legion Jam 4 – live Terlingua music

Amazing live music in Terlingua, Texas!

This month’s Legiondary jam had an international feel to it.  We had performers from Scotland, listeners from Germany, and I think there was a guy from Dallas, too.

Andrew, the Scottish singer, knew more old-time mountain music than most Americans, including me.  So, we put together an old-style mountain band and did some of that.

There was also poetry.  Donald, who is traveling with Andrew and is also from Scotland, recited some funny lyric poems.  Claud Luke Dudley, world famous cowboy poet, opened the show with some word pictures of cowboy life.  He also got so inspired by Donald’s poems that he did an encore.

Folk, country, blues and rock also ensued.  It’s hard to believe the level of songwriting and performance talent that shows up at these jams.  This area is a hot-bed for poets with acoustic guitars.

As usual, there was an amazing pot-luck dinner served.  Pulled pork, BBQ sausage, BBQ beef, venison chili, salads, deserts.  Plenty for everybody, and all delicious.

Every month, we pass the hat for a local charity.  This month, it was for Judy’s medical expenses.  As you may know, after last month’s Legionday Jam, judy was driving home, slowly and soberly, and a flying saucer swooped down and ran her car off the road.  Luckily, Judy’s fine, although her automobile suffered some serious damage from the alien attack. Continue reading “Legendary Legion Jam 4 – live Terlingua music”

Culture in the Cave Room. Classical music in Terlingua.

Terlingua is populated with poets with acoustic guitars.

Take a stroll along the porch near the ghost town on any warm day, and you’ll see and hear guitars, fiddles, banjos (ugh), and hear voices united in ragged or heavenly harmony.

You might think that’s what Terlingua music is all about.

classical music in terlingua
Kerry O’Hare, violin. Judy Eron, oboe. Jane Brown, viola. Charlotte Teer-Egerton, cello.

Yesterday, 2/28/13, my pickin’ buddy Charlotte Teer-Egerton invited me to attend a rehearsal of the classical quartet that is playing at La Kiva tonight.

They’re doing a presentation of Brahms and a Beethovan, with a surprise encore. Continue reading “Culture in the Cave Room. Classical music in Terlingua.”

Legendary Legion Jam #3 (Legiondary!)

The Third Legendary Jam was a blast.

There were a lot of “usual suspects” on stage, as well as a few new faces:  Ted, James, and Greg were 1st timers and were delightful.

There was also a little drama, which has led to the “No Whiners, No Banjos” rule which will be strictly enforced at future jams.

Ted Arbogast and Charlotte
Ted Arbogast and Charlotte

Jeremy, of the Austin Bike Zoo was in Attendance, along with a full house of Ranch and South County characters.

The food situation was sketchy for a while, Ron brought crawfish and there was whiskey fudge… all hopes for a balanced meal were seemingly dashed until Bobby showed up with BBQ pork, brisket, and sloppy joe fixin’s.


Ted and Charlotte.
Ted and Charlotte.

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Legendary Legion Jam #2

The second Legiondary jam was a blast.

On a stunning full-moon night, in the desert about 25 miles North of the Mexican border, a group of musicians – from Dallas, Austin, Fort Davis, Terlingua – got together to play music and hang out.

Word got around, and some of the locals showed up to join the party.

It’s a good thing it was a warm night.  There’s no way that everybody who showed up would have fit into the American Legion hall.

I took video – 2 cameras – which means there’s a total of 12 hours of video that somebody gets to wade through to find the good parts.  In the mean time, there were a LOT of photographers there.  Looking through my shots, I think I got some good ones.  I don’t have time to whup ’em into shape, so I’m just posting snapshots here to give you an idea of what the evening was like.

Thanks to all the pickers and singers who played for free.  You’ll be gratified to know that we raised almost $200 for the Crisis Breadbasket Center.  That will feed some people.

We’ll be doing Legiondary Jam #3 in February.  Check back here for dates and details.

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Townes Van Zandt Wake and Jam – Starlight Theatre

On New Year’s Day, Jon Hogan and Maria Moss hosted the 2nd annual Townes Van Zandt Wake and Jam at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas.

It was a packed house and many notable musicians, including Butch Hancock, were there.   The music and emotion  transcended the atrocious PA mix.

It was a Terlingua-style jam, with a full stage of heart-felt pickin’ and remembering Townes.

Chris Baker, Butch Hancock, Emilie Klepper

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Pat O’Bryan’s Legendary Legion Jam #1

New Year’s Eve Eve, the night before New Year’s Eve, is traditionally a night when musicians get together and party.

Nobody has a gig the night before New Year’s Eve.

This started out as an idea I had to have a pickin’ party and get-together with my local musician friends.  Then, they invited some friends.  Then, word got around and some other pickers decided to come party with us.

I set up a small PA system and a video camera.

Production notes courtesy of David Shane Duke

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