Lajitas – Voices From Both Sides

The immigration conversation gets a lot more interesting when both sides have a say.  It would be even more interesting if the U.S. government would listen to the people actually involved in that conversation.

What they would hear is, “yes, there are border problems elsewhere.  We don’t have those problems here.  We’d like our border crossing opened, preferably with a nice bridge, please.”

The people in this particular conversation are the residents of South Brewster County and our neighbors to the South.

You may call them illegal aliens or wetbacks.  Down here, we call them neighbors and friends.

The people of Lajitas – neighbors from both sides of the Rio Grande – came together to show their love, support, and willingness to work together to get the border crossing re-opened.

The unintended consequences of closing the borders have been devastating. Families divided, friends separated, economies adversely affected.

Simple things, like getting groceries, gasoline, or visiting grandma have turned in to multi-hour ordeals involving driving to the nearest “legal” border crossing and then driving back on the other side.

It’s time. It’s time to admit that we made a mistake and fix it.

hands across the border.
hands across the border.

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Legendary Legion Jam 5 – tomahawks, knives, music…

Terlingua Texas Americana Music –

Legiondary Jam 5 was the biggest one yet!

In the early afternoon, there was a skeet-shooting contest. The great frisbee massacre continues. Wes won.

Dennis (Humping Bear) started things off with a tomahawk and knife throwing contest. This was so popular that we’re going to make it a regular attraction. Wes won this, too.

Around 5:00 the pot-luck dinner was served. There was etouffe’, chili, BBQ, bar-b-que’d bratwurst, and whiskey fudge. Or many it was fudge-whiskey.

Around 6:15 the music started, and it rolled through until midnight.

I’ll post pics here of all the acts except the Rocky Top Aliens. They kinda laid down on the job, but gave a very grounded performance. You can see all that here.

There are some videos – more coming – including a hilarious performance by the Aliens. Click on Music Videos above or click here.

Greg, with Mo on harp and Spencer Jarmon on guitar.
Greg, with Mo on harp and Spencer Jarmon on guitar.
The ghost of Hank Williams appeared...
The ghost of Hank Williams appeared…
Ole' time Terlingua Music - Charlotte Teer, Chris Baker, and Laird Considine.
Ole’ time Terlingua Music – Charlotte Teer, Chris Baker, and Laird Considine.

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Aliens in Terlingua? You’d be surprised.

Terlingua, Texas Americana Music – the Aliens gave a grounded performance but kinda laid down on the job, LOL.

Legiondary Jam 5 was a huge success.  Best attendance ever.  Excellent music – musicians from other places are starting to discover our little jam.

The pot-luck dinner was stunning:  etouffe’, bbq bratwurst, chili, BBQ from Bobby’s Blues and BBQ, and much, much, more.

I’ll post about that tomorrow.

The Rocky Top Alien Breeding Experiment’s set deserves a post of its own.

I provide the PA system for the show and run the sound.  As I was setting up Jim Keaveny’s microphone, he informed me he was going to perform laying down.

Fine.

Then, Pablo Menudo decided that if Jim was going to play horizontally, then he would, too.  I guess he was showing solidarity with Jim.

Nick and Anna watched for a minute, laughed, and joined them.   It was a sight, especially seeing Nick cuddled up with his big ol’ bass on the floor.

They did actually perform a song.

Chris Baker was intrigued.  She walked up to the stage area, and joined the band.

After a while, several members of the audience were also laying down on the dance floor.

I’ll let the aliens leave comments if they want to tell us what the significance of the horizontal performance was.

I can tell you that it was hilarious.

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Nick’s “Not Really Bluegrass” Jam.

Another source for Terlingua, Texas Americana music.

Local bass player and all around good guy, Nick Cooper, is hosting a “Not Really Bluegrass” jam on Saturdays, around 5:00.  It started out as a bluegrass jam, but, it turns out, hardly anybody down here can actually play bluegrass.

So, it’s morphed into a singer/songwriter kinda thing – everybody stands or sits in a circle – everybody sings and plays along.  Kinda like a ghost-town choir, and I mean that in a good way.

The current location is the boatyard, but it’s going to be floating to Bobby’s Blues and BBQ soon.

LaRoja and I attended last night, and had a blast.

There are a lot of musical opportunities in the Big Bend, but there’s nothing quite like this anywhere else.  Totally acoustic.  Great vibe.

Here are some pics.  Enjoy.j1 j16

 

 

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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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Brewski Salmineo and Friends at the Starlight, Terlingua, Tx.

Last night (2/15/13) Bruce Salmon brought a crew of top hands from Austin to the Starlight for a night of eclectic music.

On Bass:  Brad Houser, who plays with Patrice Pike, the Dead Kenny Gs, and was in the New Bohemians.

On Drums:  Dony Wynn, whose “other” gig is playing in Robert Plant’s band.  He’s played with Brooks and Dunn, Robert Palmer, and Knuckle Yummy – and a LOT of other bands you’ve loved.

On Violin – the Berklee trained Michelle Alany.  I’m not familiar with her background, but when she started rocking her violin in F#, I knew she was a talent to be reckoned with.

Michelle Alany

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Terlingua to Austin

The link between Austin and Terlingua keeps getting stronger.

Spider House - Austin, Texas - Pat O'Bryan
Spider House – Austin, Texas

Cognitive dissonance ensued – Jim Keveany and I talked about how strange it was to see THOSE faces in THIS place.  And yet, it worked.

A group of Terlinguaists occupied Spider House Ballroom near the U.T. campus Monday night.  They brought their own crowd with them, which was augmented with Austinites with a Terlingua connection.

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Master of Sparks

Slightly off topic – this didn’t happen in Terlingua.  In fact, I don’t think Billy’s ever been to Terlingua.  But it is, by gawd, Texas cool.

I got to participate in a photo/video shoot with Billy in Houston.  My buddy and photography mentor, Rodney Bursiel, was doing the shoot for “Cowboys and Indians” magazine.  I was there to drive, help schlepp gear, and make the “behind the scenes” video and photos.

Me and the “Master of Sparks,” Billy Gibbons.

We hung out with Billy all day.  Went to his recording studio where ZZ Top has cut their last five CDs.  Checked out his gear and got some recording tips – Billy’s surprisingly tech savvy.  Got to hear stories of Jimi Hendrix, Joey Long, and some obscure Texas musicians that influenced Billy as well as the stories behind a lot of ZZ Top’s songs.   Like a good Terlingua songwriter, Billy is just telling you about his life in his songs.  He’s had an interesting life.

We ended the day with a Mexican Food feast and shots of Pura Vida tequila.

I’ll be posting some photos.   I’ll print out some of the good ones and bring ’em to the legion for the next Jam.  The video will probably end up online at some point- that’s Rodney’s call.

I’ll be back in the ‘bend next week and we’ll start planning the Legendary Legion Jam #3.