Tuesday, April 11, 2017



CANYON LAKE, WALT-FEST, GRUENE HALL. That’s what I’m talking about!

Last Friday night we performed at the Canyon Lake Library
aka The Tye Preston Memorial Library.   It was a standing room only
audience. They were there ready to hear some music and to support and raise money for their local library.  Do you all remember libraries??? They existed way before Wikipedia and will be around long after I predict. The evening was a great success.  It was a beautiful audience. We are very blessed to be able to play a variety of venues, such as house concerts, clubs, and festivals and even libraries.

Speaking of festivals… Texas’ own Walt Wilkins launched his first annual
music festival this past weekend and Michael Hearne and I were invited to perform. It was a two day event with a strong lineup, Susan Gibson, Bob Livingston, Tina Wilkins, Tommy Alverson Band, Larry Joe Taylor, too many to list. It was held at the Jelly Stone Park (‘YABA DABA DOO!) right off highway 290, just west of Stonewall and east of Fredericksburg. It seems Walt has brought another great annual event, like the Kerrvllle Festival to Texas and it’s music lovers.  If you missed it, well check it out next year.  Thanks Walt! We’re looking forward to the second annual Walt Fest!

On Sunday it was ‘Palm Sunday’ and we made our way to Gruene Hall for
a very gratifying Sunday evening concert.  We thank you all for showing up!
The beautiful thing about playing Gruene Hall is, besides the people
showing up who are familiar with our music, the venue is also a magnet
for first timers and folks visiting Gruene and New Braunfels and the iconic dance hall regardless of who’s performing.  It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of new, first timers, and to introduce them  to our music!  It’s a touch of big ole’Texas!

This Wednesday I’ll be in OLD TOWN SPRING @PUFFABELLY’S. It’s a show/song swap with Davin James, who is recovering from a quadruple bypass heart surgery, So… we may be sitting down for this show, but we’ll be there. All of you in North Houston come on out and give us a shout.  The show starts at 8pm (sometimes before… over by 10pm, sometimes later) so you may be home early! (Looks like I will be doing a solo show buy with Davin coming for a short visit!)

Then on Friday might we’ll be back down in Houston for another show at
ANDERSON FAIR.  It’s one of the most respected ‘listening rooms’ in Houston.
They even made a movie/documentary called, "For The Sake of the Song”
 about this famous music venue and all the songwriters who have performed. It’s always an honor to perform there. Thanks Tim and all the volunteers, Bob, Joy, David, and all the others who work there for keeping this musical institution
alive and thriving.

So I hope to see you out at one of our upcoming shows.
Stay tuned for more…see you up the road…
Thanks,
Shake

Thursday, April 6, 2017



Spring has Sprung
April 5

Thank you Bernhardt Winery for hosting the fundraiser
for John Finnegan and Maureen of “Silver Shoes” this past weekend. John is battling lung cancer at M.D. Anderson, so he’s in the very best of hands and the treatments are working and prognosis looks good. In the mean while, “Silver Shoes” is unable to perform or to earn an income. So, we came together to help raise some money to help them through this hard patch they’re traveling. What a great success it was thanks to all of you who came out and were so generous in supporting our old friends. The morning weather that Sunday was ominous with severe thunderstorms and tornados flying across the radar and more predicted to come our way later in the afternoon. It didn’t look good or very promising.  But as if all our prayers were answered, the clouds began to break away, when blue skies began to appear, and the sun came out to play.  It was a great omen and a blessed sign of this good day that was about to unfold. All of John and Maureen’s friends and family were there to encourage and cheer them on. We all sang songs and told stories. John and Maureen aka ‘SILVER SHOES' along with Mead Turner on fiddle, performed for us, doing songs from their new CD “Another Time Around”. They encored with a song we had written together called “OLD FRIENDS”.  Old friends indeed. We all took the stage for “Deep in the West” and the iconic “DRIFT AWAY” to end a beautiful day of friends, family and music.

On Monday night MIRANDA’s album, “The Weight of These Wings” won COUNTRY MUSIC “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” and she won ”FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR”!
WAY TO GO MIRANDA!! This girl’s on fire!! it’s the first time in my career I’ve had one of my songs on an “album of the year.” Thanks Miranda for making my song a part of your journey.

SHOWS COMING UP
Michael Hearne and I will be performing this Friday, April 7 at the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake. Show starts at 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Saturday we appear in Fredericksburg at ‘The Walt Fest’.  It’s Walt Wilkins first annual music festival.  He’s taken a few notes from Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance and decided to start his own version here in Texas.   Thanks for asking us Walt!

Sunday we’re back at Ole Gruene, Hall so bring the kids and come on out!  Down beat is at 5pm. Next Wednesday I’ll be back in the Houston area swapping songs with Davin James at PUFFABELLY’S in Old Town Spring, TX.  Davin has had some recent heart surgery but is home and doing better.  We have all been praying for him and our friend and fellow music lover, Seth Sanders, has started a GoFundMe for Davin!  Help if you can.  Music starts at 8pm, sometimes earlier and sometimes later than 10:00!  We hope to see you out at one of the shows.

Stay tuned….I’ll keep you posted on “what’s shaking” up the road.
Thanks, Shake

Thursday, March 23, 2017



‘Galveston Oh Galveston’

It is Monday morning, (my Sunday morning) this week. I’ve had a cup of cowboy coffee and I am ready to roll. I’m thinking about the past week with shows we had in Galveston, Houston, and Fulshear,TX.

Friday night we headed to the island and played for a full house of ‘Spring Breakers’.  The added attendance audience was a little livelier than usual, but we were able to rein them in for a great, fun night of music. We had them all singing along.  Old man Wrecks Bell even made an appearance to introduce us.

Saturday night we were at the iconic Fitzgeralds ‘in the Heights’. It was a 40 year reunion/celebration.  I want to thank all of you who came out to celebrate and remember all of our past times at Fitzgeralds. There were folks who had their first date there, some were even underage. And had to sneak in, but I won’t mention any names, to protect the guilty back in the day. There were plenty of stories to tell and to hear, many requests for tunes from the 70’s. Yes, I broke out a few I hadn’t performed in quite a while: Song on the Radio, Troubles, Hard to Find Smile, In Spite of Myself, Jubilation, You Wouldn’t Know Me, and a great sing along on It’s Against the Law.  At times it felt like it was 1977 all over again. I keep saying I play songs that cover five decades and two centuries. I’m shooting for at least one more decade, maybe one more quarter, and perhaps a little bit ‘overtime’.  Thanks Sarah Fitzgerald.  It was wonderful to see you. Keep up the good work my friend. It was a memorable return to my old stomping grounds.  I hope to see you there again this year.

Sunday evening, working our way back to Austin, we stopped over and performed in Fulshear, TX. at the beautiful home of  Scott and Allison Witt.  What a great way to wrap up a three day trip.  Folks filled the room and again were shouting out requests, old and new. There were old fans of the music there from the 70’s and some who had never heard us but really enjoyed the performance. We sold a suitcase full of CD’s and some of my cowboy coffee too.I also want to thank Bob Riley and Scott for booking us.   We indeed hope to return next season to this wonderful home concert series.

We continue our spring tour this Saturday in Mason, TX on the square at LeaLoumason! It is a celebration of 25 years married for Paul and Robin Bozzo and their guests but it is open to the public and a free show.  It’s a party in the biergarten that once was a lumber yard. Good food, pizza, salads and beer and wine all available for purchase.  We hope to see you all there.  I’ll let you all know how that went when
we get back.  It is in our back yard, just an hour and a half drive for us.  Https://www.facebook.com//lealoumason.com for information and directions.
Thank you for supporting live music and hope to see you at a show.
Peace, Shake

Friday, March 10, 2017


Thursday, March 9, 2017




Big D little a Double L A S!

This Saturday night Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I pull into Dallas for “POOR DAVID’S PUB 40th Anniversary Bash. Yes, David Card has been bringing live music to the Dallas for the past 40 years.  I’ve been a part of it and have performed at the iconic Dallas music club for many of those years. We’re please to be there for the occasion. A special treat to add to the mix of this show will be Bill Hearne joining us for the evening.  Michael’s “Uncle Bill” is a legendary flat picking guitarist extraordinaire.  He taught Michael just about  everything He knows… so the story goes.  I’ll tell you folks, I’ve been listening to Bill since the early 70’s up in Austin, in the Bill and Bonnie Hearne Band. They were the first ones way back in the day to record one of my songs, “It’s So Hard to Find A Smile” on their 1973 album called ’SMILIN’. Anyway Bill’s the real deal! So be sure and arrive early enough to hear Bill’s opening set.  I am sure Michael will be ‘sitting in’ trading licks with him.  We’ll be hitting the stage around 9pm and doing two sets. You won’t want miss this I promise. Make plans now to come on out and bring some requests with you and help celebrate and thank David for the 40 years of music.  Music starts at 8 pm.  www.poordavidspub.com for tickets.

SATURDAY… we are back in Austin at “The RawHide Trail Concert Series.”  We’ve performed several times at this house concert and always enjoy the experience.  The home concert has in the past has provided a masseuse with a chair/massage for a quick shoulder, neck, hands adjustment “back stage”.  What a treat, I hope that’s still part of the deal.  I’ll let you know how that turns out. Sorry, this show is already sold out I believe?  BUT…. for those of you who couldn’t get tickets for the RawHide Trail show, here’s some good news…Monday night March 13, Michael Hearne and I will be at The El Mercado Restaurant on First Street in South Austin “Where Austin is still weird!!!” There’s a touch of old Austin in the air, with good food, cold beer, old hippies, and good times and music everywhere.  Christine Albert hosts “Mystery Mondays”.  Michael and I will
be swapping songs with her and jamming with David and Tommy like we’re a band.  It’s always good fun, and off the cuff, kind of night. You just never know who might stop in and jump up on stage for a song. It’s a great way to spend a Monday evening.  It always puts a smile on my your face all the way home. Music is from 7:30-9:30pm!  The price is right… Never a cover! You’ll be home early.
SXSW is in A town Wednesday, March 15, Michael and I will be part of the Kerrville Folk Festival Showcase takeover of Threadgills South.  We go on at 2pm.  If you’re out and about drop by and check out a sample of the festivals performers.   Betty Soo, Guy Forsyth,  Billy Crockett,  Rachel Laven, Emily Scott Robinson, George Ensle, Melissa Greener, American Dreamer Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi, The Flyin’ A’s and Los Texmaniacs and, of course, Michael and I and Mike Roberts!  Come on out!
I am going to wrap it up for now, but I hope to see you at one of the shows.  More on upcoming events to come.  Stay tuned
Thanks,  Shake

Thursday, March 9, 2017




Big D little a Double L A S!

This Saturday night Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I pull into Dallas for “POOR DAVID’S PUB 40th Anniversary Bash. Yes, David Card has been bring live music to the Dallas for the past 40 years.  I’ve been a part of it and have performed at the iconic Dallas music club for many of those years. We’re please to be there for the occasion. A special treat to add to the mix of this show will be Bill Hearne joining us for the evening.  Michael’s “Uncle Bill” is a legendary flat picking guitarist extraordinaire.  He taught Michael just about  everything He knows… so the story goes.  I’ll tell you folks, I’ve been listening to Bill since the early 70’s up in Austin, in the Bill and Bonnie Hearne Band. They were the first ones way back in the day to record one of my songs, “It’s So Hard to Find A Smile” on their 1973 album called ’SMILIN’. Anyway Bill’s the real deal! So be sure and arrive early enough to hear Bill’s opening set.  I am sure Michael will be ‘sitting in’ trading licks with him.  We’ll be hitting the stage around 9pm and doing two sets. You won’t want miss this I promise. Make plans now to come on out and bring some requests with you and help celebrate and thank David for the 40 years of music.  Music starts at 8 pm.  www.poordavidspub.com for tickets.

SATURDAY… we are back in Austin at “The RawHide Trail Concert Series.”  We’ve performed several times at this house concert and always enjoy the experience.  The home concert has in the past has provided a masseuse with a chair/massage for a quick shoulder, neck, hands adjustment “back stage”.  What a treat, I hope that’s still part of the deal.  I’ll let you know how that turns out. Sorry, this show is already sold out I believe?  BUT…. for those of you who couldn’t get tickets for the RawHide Trail show, here’s some good news…Monday night March 13, Michael Hearne and I will be at The El Mercado Restaurant on First Street in South Austin “Where Austin is still weird!!!” There’s a touch of old Austin in the air, with good food, cold beer, old hippies, and good times and music everywhere.  Christine Albert hosts “Mystery Mondays”.  Michael and I will
be swapping songs with her and jamming with David and Tommy like we’re a band.  It’s always good fun, and off the cuff, kind of night. You just never know who might stop in and jump up on stage for a song. It’s a great way to spend a Monday evening.  It always puts a smile on my your face all the way home. Music is from 7:30-9:30pm!  The price is right… Never a cover! You’ll be home early.

SXSW is in A town Wednesday, March 15, Michael and I will be part of the Kerrville Folk Festival Showcase takeover of Threadgills South.  We go on at 2pm.  If you’re out and about drop by and check out a sample of the festivals performers.   Betty Soo, Guy Forsyth,  Billy Crockett,  Rachel Laven, Emily Scott Robinson, George Ensle, Melissa Greener, American Dreamer Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi, The Flyin’ A’s and Los Texmaniacs and, of course, Michael and I and Mike Roberts!  Come on out!

I am going to wrap it up for now, but I hope to see you at one of the shows.  More on upcoming events to come.  Stay tuned
Thanks,  Shake