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





Friday, March 3, 2017

AS WE GO MARCHING ON



AS WE GO MARCHING ON…

March 1, 2017 and it looks like  we’re heading towards an early spring.  We saw our first bluebonnets driving down to Beaumont last week. Yes indeed, all those wild blue flowers of Texas, along the track, were forever waving back. Our return to The Logon Cafe was a success.  I hadn’t played there in eight years, so I wasn’t
sure who or if anyone would show up, but you did and we had a wonderful time and audience to play for.  Thank you Beaumont!  Thank you Chantelle for having us!  We hope to be back in Beaumont this summer. Be sure and watch for us.

Last Sunday night I performed a solo show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck with all of you coming out clapping and singing along with me, it almost felt like a Saturday night. I knocked the dust off quite a few songs I hadn’t played in a while. I appreciate all the requests you sent my way. Plus…Joshua Cain Daugherty set up his audio equipment and recorded the show. It was just me and my guitar, so it was pretty easy to capture. Thank those of you who took home a copy/recording of the show on a thumb drive. Besides the great quality recording provided, how about all the little extras Joshua tosses in to the production: The little back stage video, graphics, pictures, set list.  He always goes the extra mile and does a really great job!  I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be back at The Duck with Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts on May 20th.  Please make your reservations soon as this show will sell out. www.mcgonigels.com

This Saturday March 4th, we’ll be in Houston at UNITUNES Concert series, located just west of the Galleria at 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX, 77057, between Westheimer and San Felipe. It will be our fourth visit to this wonderful venue. It is hosted by Emerson Unitarian Church, I tell you, there’s nothing like singing in a church, to a room full of music loving folks. Great acoustics too!  My brother, who is a Baptist preacher back in Missouri, would be impressed, proud, and very pleased his brother is playing the big room. So make plans to come on out this Saturday evening.  We’ll be breaking out some Bluebonnet songs.  They are starting to bloom everywhere between here and Austin and up in the Hill Country. 
We hope to see you at Unitunes. For more information and tickets: www.unitunes.org.  Music starts at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00.

Thanks,
Shake

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!