Tuesday, February 21, 2017




JUST TO CATCH YOU UP ON THE GIDDY UP!

Well we are back in the saddle again! 2017 is off and running. Started off with a SRO crowd at
McGonigel's Mucky Duck on Jan. 7, always fun and then 2 sold out shows at our Annual Golden House Concert.  Thank you Judy and Frank for having us for the 10trh year to celebrate your anniversary. 
We had a great show at Bernhardt's Winery in their new indoor music room with a newly constructed 
industrial size stage.  Wow! Way to go Jerry! It’s always fun to play outside surrounded by the pastoral
beauty  of the winery (when weather permits), but it is sure nice to have the ‘indoor option’ when we need it.
The winery continues to grow thanks to Jerry’s never-ending vision of What if?….

Our annual Valentine Show at Main Street Crossing in Tomball, TX.
was a great success, thanks to all of you who came out on such a romantic
Tuesday night to help make it a memorable evening.  There was dinner, dessert,
wine, and music.I swear Michael Hearne even wore a coat and tie!
 He looked like he was running for high office of some kind! Maybe a sheriff or Governor of
New Mexico!  I‘ll tell you what…I would have voted for him! The fashion show alone was worth
the price of admission. It was very impressive.  Mike Roberts was looking pretty dang dapper also!
Me?  I looked the same as always but I did wear red shirt.  At the end of the evening Michael led
the encore of  “I CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU”. Everyone sang along and
yes there was love in the air!  I swear i heard Elvis singing somewhere on the last verse.
‘Wise men say only fools rush in…….Oh What a night!!

On Feb. 11th   we played one of our rare “Unplugged concerts" at Lake Side Country Club
in Houston. It was a private party hosted by Wade Jones,who was a big contributor to our campaign
last year for our three new CD's and was to thank folks who had donated towards the purchase
of 125 body armor vests for the officers in their local Precinct 5. It was a great cause and a cocktail
party/dinner get together with musical entertainment. That would be us.  We played a good long set.
Sometimes it’s nice to leave the sound system at home and simply perform “unplugged”.  However
this concept only works if everyone will gather around and listen… and they did!   Great folks, great fun!
Easy load in…easy load out. Thanks Wade for asking us to be a part of this special evening. We all
must support and back our men and women in blue.

Last Saturday night we kicked off 2017 season for New Braunfels  "Backyard at Gruene on Pebble Brook"
Concert Series hosted by Sandy and Rob Mueller. The show takes place in their beautiful, spacious
backyard just a stones throw from’ Old Gruene Hall’.  It was a pleasant short sleeve Texas night under the stars.
The weather was almost spring like.People came from all over the area, some as far as Canyon Lake,
 and by dark had filled up the backyard 75 guests. We played our first set, took a break, and then everyone
enjoyed a pot luck, covered dish banquet style feast…and then we played a second set. House concerts are
a performers dream.  There is a built in marvelous listening audience, who come to these events because
they love live music and wish to support it.  Thank you so much.We also thank Sandy and Rob and others for
taking the time  out of their busy lives to bring live music to their friends and community. We had a blast and
hope to return in the 2018 season.

COMING UP…

HEADS UP…This Saturday Feb. 25th we will return to the LOG ON CAFE in Beaumont, Texas.
It has been awhile since I’ve played this venue.  Michael has never played there so it’s a first for him.
Looking  forward  to seeing you all out there. The show starts at 8:00 PM.  www.logoncafe.net.

SUNDAY EVENING  I will be performing a “SOLO” show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck ’supper show’
from 6pm-7:30 pm.  It’s one 90 minute set of me and my guitar, and some stories of how the songs
came to be. Come on out and hear me play some tunes I don’t perform that often and  of course,
a few of those I do.  Bring some requests with you. www.mcgonigels.com for tickets.

AN ADDED ATTRACTION… Joshua Daugherty will be recording the show and thumb drives documenting the show will be available for purchase to take home at the end of the concert. Joshua has recorded several shows for the trio over the past year. He has a wonderful creative eye and instincts and captures it all.  Besides a great audio stereo recording of the concert,
he also provides visual graphics, such as a CD cover, a set list, additional photos he takes of the performance and of the venue itself. HE ALSO SHOOTS A MINI VIDEO BACKSTAGE OF ME SAYING HELLO, THANK YOU, ETC….So, the end result is a one of a kind, keep sake of the night.
Come on out a be a part of it!
Hope to see you at a show.
Shake

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January   2017

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What a way to start the new year with my friend, Michael Hearne being inducted into the Austin Songwriters ‘TEXAS LEGENDS HALL OF FAME’, on Jan. 12, 2017.  I must say it is very well deserved. I had the honor to be there and present to him as one of the inductees from last year.  Michael has spent his life dedicated to his guitar and passion and love for music. After spending  over 30 years in New Mexico  and becoming a musical icon there, he came back to Texas and now has one boot in Texas and one in New Mexico. I am glad to call him my friend and it’s a great pleasure to write songs and play music with him. Congratulations Michael! 

Speaking of playing music….

Michael and I and Mike Roberts closed down 2016 at Anderson Fair on New Year’s Eve with a big send off party with along with musical friends, Ken Gaines, Wayne Wilkerson, Matt Harlen and Rachel Jones. Black eyed peas were in the air and champagne flowing at the Fair. Thanks again Tim Leatherwood and all of the volunteers!

Now we’re off and running into January…. We’re back in the saddle again. We had a big show in Houston at The Mucky Duck on January 7 to a standing room only crowd! It was our first in the new year.  Thanks everyone for coming out! We had two sellout shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at The Olive Hill House concert series in Startzville, TX. My old Houston friends, Frank and Judy Golden, host the series in their home up near Canyon Lake and it was our 9th annual Golden House Concert celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary.  They are definitely two silver hearts! Three more years it will be their ‘Golden’s  Golden’! We will be there to celebrate number 50.

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YOU WOULDN’T KNOW ME”    Update!

Miranda Lambert’s new album, “THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS”  has gone platinum. It shot to the top of Billboard Chart right out of the chute.  Go get ‘em Miranda. I’m hoping to meet her sometime this year to thank her and find out how and where she heard my song. Check out her version if you haven’t heard it! I’d put a Blue Star on that baby!! Happy New Year Miranda!!

We have more shows coming up, but the BIG ONE… the one to put on your calendar is Feb.14, “VALENTINE’S NIGHT” .  Come join us at Main Street Crossing in Tomball, TX. It is our annual Valentine show and it fills up fast, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Make your reservations now and bring your sweetheart for dinner, wine, and fine music!  LOVE… will be in the air that night. 
You will have never heard so many love songs performed in one evening,
in one place, by one band in your entire adult listening life.   It will be the Mother of all romantic shows. We hope to see you there.

January is always a little slow to get going, but it’s usually needed down time to take care of other sides of the business, such as bookings, getting tax info together, and generally making plans and mapping out goals and what we wish to accomplish in 2017.
It looks like it’s going to be a very exciting year!
I will keep you all posted as the future takes shape so stay tune for more news.

Tha
nks All,
I’ll see you soon.

Shake

Friday, December 2, 2016



One more month to go!
Back from the Thanksgiving break up at the “Annandale Ranch” near Uvalde and Concan, TX. It was hosted by the owners Paul and Sharon McQuone who are good friends with my old friends from Dallas, Michael and Ahbie Coghlin. Michael and Ahbie invited us to join them, along with their daughters Heather and Lindsey, husbands Michael and John, grand babies, 18 months and 11 days, and 10 year old granddaughter Lilly,  to be part of their holiday celebration.  It was a beautiful way to spend Thanksgiving.  Paul and Sharon own the ranch and are stewards of the land and of this old family heirloom ranch. The ranch was established in 1889.  It is   historically registered and recognized by the state of Texas. The ranch sits on 10,000 acres (originally 64,000 acres).  It’s the home of the largest bat cave in Texas. Even bigger than Austin’s bat population.  The bats have gone down to Mexico but we explored the cave and learned a little history.   Back during the Civil war the Confederate army gathered and used bat guano mixed with fertilizer which is very rich in nitrogen and was used in making gunpowder. They mixed it there at the cave site, then took it by wagons to Galveston where it would be loaded on ships and sailed along the gulf and around Florida to the southern ports to the Confederate troops. The Union army knew it was somewhere in Texas and were always trying to find its location.  It was quite a history lesson.  I was  also given a tour by Paul of the museum which is housed in a  log cabin. The cabin had been taken apart at its original site miles away and floated down the river to its present location where it was reassembled by Paul’s great, great, grandmother. The cabin is now used as a museum for the ranch.  

One could spend many hours looking at everything, all the old rifles, pistols, hats, uniforms, bugles, and photographs of people and life there at the turn of the century. There were documents, release papers from service in the army signed by Abraham Lincoln, even items that belonged to Davy Crockett and hundreds of old books and antiques of all kinds.  Like I said, I could have spent many more hours there.

The log cabin ‘museum' sits  a just a few yards off from the main house.  Walking through the main house (which is over 100 years old) is like traveling back in time. The home is furnished with much of the original furniture and pictures of the family  history lining the walls.   There is also a long porch that wraps around three sides of the house which provides a relaxing place to sit and watch the world unfold and to reflect and to count your blessings on this Thanksgiving.  Thank you.

We headed home on Saturday, rested the ponies, watered the plants, and played the iconic Gruene Hall on Sunday with Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts. It was our last show of the year at Gruene.   We had a fantastic turnout for the show and a great audience response. Everyone stayed to the end and still wanted more!  Gruene Hall is always a fun gig for everyone…both playing and listening and dancing.  Thank you Tracie Ferguson!  We will see you there next year.

Then…we set the GPS for Houston on Monday.  Tuesday night we performed at the home of Jerry Simon for a gathering of the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement Association.  I’ll tell you what, we were a little concerned before we played.  We were sitting out back by the cement pond and pondering that perhaps this crowd (all the bigwigs and such) wouldn’t care for or want to listen to what we were offering up musically. After all, this was a huge cocktail party,  a meet and greet kind of atmosphere. This was not a concert vibe situation at all. We were merely the added attraction and entertainment. Mike Roberts and I, along with John Inmon,  kicked off the set of music. We were determined to ‘play it by ear’ and ‘read the crowd.’  In a very short time all of the CEO’S and their wives were all taping their feet, smiling, and dancing in their chairs and some shouting out requests. Our host, Jerry Simon, joined in on a few songs on his grand piano and for a moment we became the Jerry Simon Band. Jerry also allowed me to play his gorgeous Taylor 12 string guitar.. Whoa! I know what I want for Christmas. The night was a GREAT SUCCESS!
I drove home feeling good.

THIS WEEK I RECEIVED MORE GOOD NEWS…YES, I  AM SHOUTING IT OUT LOUD!
Miranda Lambert’s new CD, “The Weight of These Wings” is at NUMBER ONE on the Billboard Country Charts!  Go get ‘em Miranda!    Hey!  Where’s the champagne?

OK!  Sorry I digress….Where was I?…Back to work….This Saturday we will be down in Pearland, TX.  for a house concert at the home of Rick and Delma Schriever.  It’s the only place I’ve had the cops called on me since I was 16. The last time was when my band was trying to play “HUSH” by Deep Purple, just a little too loud for a school night and they shut us down.  At Rick and Delma’s they did give us a warning, stuck around, had some desserts, and stayed to enjoy the encore! Weather permitting we’ll be out in the backyard this time under the stars!  If not, we’ll move the show inside and get ‘up close and personal’. Hey Rick…I’m knocking the dust off of “Pretty As A Picture” for this show….so….you better be ready to jam, man.

Before I go….I want to mention Michael, Mike and I will be back in Austin this coming Monday night for ‘Mystery Monday’ at El Mercado.  Usually hosted by Christine Albert but she will be away this Monday Dec. 5th …music from 7:30-9:30 PM.
Come on out, join the fun on a Monday evening.  Good  food too.

I hope to see you all there.
Peace,
Shake


PS.  NEW YEARS EVE @Anderson Fair.  Make your reservations now. www.andersonfair.net! 



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

“YOU WOULDN’T KNOW ME”
The Weight of These Wings” Miranda Lambert’s brand new CD was released last Friday. It’s her first new release in three years and it’s a double set CD. Twenty four new songs and she recorded one of my tunes. "You Wouldn’t Know Me". Miranda you nailed it! As a songwriter what a thrill it is to hear one of your songs recorded, produced, arranged, and performed at this level. It’s major league stuff. AND….She kicks butt on it! I can’t wait for an opportunity to meet her and thank her and find out how and where she heard the song. It’s definitely very inspiring and encouraging. I’m walking on cloud nine. Thank you Miranda. I guess I'm going to have to put the ‘warhorse ' back into the set list.
We actually broke the song out yesterday at “T Bone Tom’s” down in Kemah, TX. It got a good response from the crowd. Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts and I played from 5-9pm on Sunday and had a fun time and good turnout of folks. There were even a few little folks up front by the stage singing along and dancing to the music. They have pretty dang good food there too!
Back on Friday night we played for “The Nocona Nights Concert Series” in Nocona, TX. It’s in North Texas close to Oklahoma People really love music up there and drive for miles around to support the live music series. We have performed there several times before. It’s always a pleasure and a very rewarding experience. They’re some of the nicest people you will ever meet and It is always well worth the trip. Thank you Dennis McBroom for running sound for us, thanks to W. R. and Patty Tucker and thank you to the Murray's, Clint and Dee Brown as well as Eileen and Carl Hearne for your great hospitality.

Saturday we traveled back down to La Grange to visit “The Bugle Boy." It was a sold out show plus a live streaming of the show on the internet. It was seen and heard around the world. We were receiving requests from Alaska and Hawaii.
Sunday afternoon before I went to T Bone Tom’s, I stopped by Anderson Fair to sing a couple of songs at Elizabeth Foster’s Memorial service. There was a beautiful eulogy given by Rachel Ferguson. Elizabeth’s long time love and my old friend Jeff Long asked me if I could be there and sing two of Elizabeth’s favorite songs, “Two Silver Hearts” and “Traveling Texas”. There were many friends and family there, and many musicians friends to perform as well, Bill Ward, Ken Gaines and many more, in memory of Elizabeth. God bless you Jeff. And thank you Tim Leatherwood for having it at Anderson Fair! We love you Jeff, and we love all of you who came out.
So after these past several shows and all the traveling Texas we’ve been doing, we’re winding down for a few days before Thanksgiving and then we are heading to the hill country for a few days near the Frio River, Annandale Ranch. We are going to chill with some good friends and family, Michael and Ahhvie and their girls Lindsey and Heather, and the new Grand Babies, and Paul and Sharon, and enjoy the holiday. It’s time just to relax and reflect and give thanks for all the blessings. Thankful we live in the greatest country in the world.
and live in Texas. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
See you up the road.
Peace
Shake

PS .
Oh yeah, I almost forgot…. Sunday right after Turkey Day, Michael Hearne and I, with Mike Roberts will be striking the band back up at Gruene Hall. We start at 5PM to 8:00PM. Come on out! Bring some friends! Never a cover on Sunday!
We hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 10, 2016



San Antonio   The Green House Concert     The Alamo Beer Company

Last Thursday night we performed at this newly located songwriter’s series. We had a good turnout for a rainy night. I want to thank Tom Wasson for bringing this series to the San Antonio area. We hope hope you folks in San Antone will support this venue.  We hope to return next season.

Friday we headed to the Houston area to play Anderson Fair.  It’s the iconic folk club of Houston.  I have a long history with the establishment and always enjoy playing this prestigious club.  We had a standing room only audience cheering us on!  We will be back at the Fair on New Years Eve, so if you haven’t made plans yet for the big night come on out and celebrate the new year in with us!!

Saturday we performed at Bill and Deanna Barnes House concert.  This was our return visit to their home series. and evidently their series is thriving. They have enlarged their home by knocking out a wall and making two smaller rooms into one large concert hall.  You know a venue is doing well and growing when people start knocking out walls!!  There was plenty of great food and all kinds of delicious desserts too!
 
You know, I love house concerts! Sunday we played a house warming/ back yard concert for Bryan and Andrea McCole. The invited about 100 friends and family.  We were set up on their back porch/patio and played our first set .  Everyone was out in the back yard in their lawn chairs, standing,  or sitting on large garden rocks, and  then…a few were dancing and swaying.  It was a blue sky, sunny fall afternoon…and then, just like the world series, the rain came and we had a rain delay.  They rolled out the tarps, and they ran for cover.  We stayed warmed up back in the locker room. The rain passed and the show continued. There was even a James Coney Food truck on site!
It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere and the perfect way to wrap up the four days of shows.
Then we were off until Wednesday Nov. 9th. where  we were performing at our 5th annual charity event in Houston  hosted by “Habitat for Horses".   The fundraiser was held at  Goode Co.  Armadillo Palace on Kirby in Houston.  www.habitatforhores.org for information on this wonderful group. It was a great night of music and giving and they raised almost $80,000 for the horses they help.  I wish you could have been there.  See you soon,
Peace,
Shake

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Back from Big D

Back from Big ‘D’…

I’m back home in Dripping Springs and very happy to be here.
I have a little time off from gigging, and I’m just taking care of business
around the homestead.  I’m catching up since we’ve been gone most of the
summer touring Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and California promoting our new CDs,

Last week was another great  successful week of music . We played in Dallas at
Poor David’s Pub last Friday night.  It was a fantastic turnout of friends and fans,
old and new, quite a few of Michael Hearne’s old high school mates even
showed up to cheer him on. Our audiences seems to be growing every time we play
at ‘Davids’.  I think perhaps radio airplay @ KNON of  CD’s is helping bring people
out to the shows.Thank you all for coming out and supporting live music in the Dallas area.
Thank you David Card! We’ll return to Poor David’s next March, along with Michael’s Uncle Bill Hearne, to help David celebrate 40 years of bringing music to ‘Big D’. Don’t worry I’ll remind you again early next year.

Saturday night we headed South and played in Pearland, TX.  Mona Cabler and James Adams  hosted their first house concert  to benefit  United Against Human Trafficking. We played outside and it was
a beautiful night with perfect fall weather. Folks showed up to give their support to the cause.There was food, wine, desserts, dogs, pumpkins, and inside their home was an ’art gallery’, drawing for prizes, and of course…music. Everyone had a good time and there was talk of us returning next year for another house concert on the lawn benefiting www.Rescuedpetsmovement.org.  Now that is what I call  grass roots music.

To top off last week….Last Monday night I came home after performing with George Ensle
at Poodies Hilltop Saloon.  Dee had a big old grin on her face, and she looked like she was
about to bust out of her chair from excitement!  She said Miranda Lambert had recorded my song
“You Wouldn’t Know Me” on her new CD “The Weight of These Wings” coming out in November!
Wow! Talk about one heck of a birthday present…Thank you, thank you Miranda!!  I’m waiting to hear the story of how and where she heard the song, but I’m just glad she did, and she liked it enough to put it on her new record. I can’t wait to hear her version of the tune! I bet it kicks butt!  Hey, check it out and pre-order your copy today!

Stay tuned,
Peace
Shake

Friday, October 21, 2016


Camp Leaky@H.E B.Foundation Park  Saturday, October 15, 2016

Last night we played a show out in Leaky,TX.in beautiful Echo Valley, for a re-union of hundreds of counselors whom had volunteered and served at the camp,one time or another, over the past 40 plus years.There were folks there my age who had volunteered at the camp back in the 80’s, along with their 18/19 year old sons and daughters who are now counselors themselves.  My song “Deep in the West” has been the camp’s theme song over the past several decades. It’s always, always, played as the last song of the camp dance.  It’s even in the camp’s song book. Throughout all these years of performing around Texas, every now and then someone will come up after a show, somewhere, and say they know my song ‘Deep in the West' from the time they had been camp volunteers at Laity Lodge and had sang the song or danced to it.  It’s always nice to hear that and their thank you’s for having written the song.  This has been going on for years…Well last Saturday night it all came together and the stars aligned….

I was the  ’surprise guest’ for the end of the party and dance.  I think the kids were hoping the guest was Justin Beiber or Miley Ctrus,
but their parents thought it might be me.   We were to perform my song and their song, “DEEP IN THE WEST” and then carry on into a set of music for everyone.  As we began to play the song people gathered in front of us.  Some danced and some stood or simply sat and sang along.  As we finished the song the crowd went… WILD….  I mean CRAZY….
Bananas!… W I L D!!!   It was like I had scored the winning touch down at the super bowl;  As if I’d just hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the 9th, game 7 of the world series!  The steady roar and cheers from everyone seemed to go on and on, for over a good very long  while. Michael Hearne turned to me, laughed and said, “It’s just like the Beatles!”  WOW!

Thank you Brian for asking me to be there for the event,  and all of you who love the song so much!  It’s a moment I’ll long remember for the rest of my life.  What an awesome tribute to the song, and how much and for how long it has been an important song to all of you at the camp. I thank you all for such a unbelievable opportunity   I'm so proud to be a small part of your group of wonderful, good hearted souls, who help so many young people along their way in life.

God Bless you all and may you carry on the good work for decades to come.


Peace,
Shake