Austin/Terlingua/Luckenbach Music Mashup at the High Sierra

When musicians from Austin, Luckenbach, and Terlingua, Texas get together to jam on the border, you get real Texas music.

Last night at the High Sierra Saloon in Terlingua, Pat Smith and Maggie Montgomery pulled in after driving all day across Texas. No time to change or shower… it was show time.


The original plan was for Pat’s band to accompany him, but they were kidnapped by of viscous crew of nude marauding female pirates in a 57 Corvette – or maybe they had car trouble – it was unclear. So, word went out on the Terlingua grapevine and a band of top local hands joined Pat on stage. Chris Baker brought her flaut. Nick Cooper played his dog-house bass, Mark played mandolin and fiddle…

It was totally unrehearsed and absolutely delightful. Continue reading “Austin/Terlingua/Luckenbach Music Mashup at the High Sierra”

Legiondary Jam 6 – Sunday, 5/26/13

Legiondary Jam 6 – Live Texas Americana Music from Terlingua, Texas.

At 4:00 the Legion was packed. A gang of about twenty happy bikers joined the crowd on the porch.

At 5:15 (or so) dinner was served. Ron made brisket, Wes made some amazing saucy sausages, Dave baked a ham –  there were beans, salad, and hot dogs…

The music started around 6:15 (or so). George brought a new song. Al Berry and his Randi showed up and Al did a nice set. Look through the pics below for all the performers.

It was a hot night, but that didn’t slow down the dancers.

By 11:15 PM we ran out of musicians… I did a short set, and we all headed off in our various directions.

BTW, there are discussions happening about installing a swamp cooler in the legion. There’s ‘a’fixin’ta be a change in management before the next jam. Many improvements coming.

Feel free to leave a comment about ways we can make the legiondary jams better.

Jeff and Greg played the song they wrote together…
Pablo and Jessco dancing.

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$2,700+ For Amity!

Terlingua, Texas Americana Music for a good cause!

On May 19, 2013, the Terlingua community pulled together for a benefit for little Amity, who is going to have to have a few operations.

Benefit for Amity.
Benefit for Amity.

No one person could provide enough money to pay for the trips to Fort Worth for Amity and her parents, but as a community, we could.

The music started at 3.  George Goss, who organized and ran the benefit, and I were there at 1.  By the time I left at 11:30, we’d raised over $2,700 in small bills. Continue reading “$2,700+ For Amity!”

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.


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.

Here are the pics and video.  Enjoy!   Continue reading “Aliens in Terlingua? You’d be surprised.”

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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