Thursday, June 14, 2018

Still Chasing The Song 

Great news!
My new CD Album “CHASING THE SONG” on Howlin’n Dog Records has been
nominated for ‘album of the year’ in the Folk/American category by “The Josie Awards.
This is an independent music awards out of Nashville.I have also been nominated as ‘male
artist of the year’ in the Folk/Americana category.Pretty cool! You never know!!

The new CD is getting a lot of spins and downloads on CD TEX
and airplay on Airplay Direct. I want also to thank Bruno Michels @ TEXAS MUSIC TIME
(produced here in central Texas)for adding “Grand Daddy’s Silver Dollar “ on this weeks
June 12 playlist at number 16.Check it out!

Upcoming Shows:
June 22 Michael Hearne and I w/Mike Roberts will be at “Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse” in Dallas,TX.
June 23 I will be playing a rare solo show at Anderson Fair in Houston,TX.
June 24. A return visit to an up close and personal house concert in Fullshear,TX.
and on June 30 @ Main street Crossing in Tomball, TX.

Then we head up north to Red River, N.M. July 6 and 7 for Michael Murphy’s ‘West
Fest’ up at Bitter Creek, N.M. then back down to Red River for evening shows at
The Motherlode on the 6th and 7th for a couple of double headers. So why not get
out of the Texas summer heat and come on up to Northern New Mexico for a few days.
You know some call it “the Texas Alps”.

We hope to see you out at one of these shows.and hope you all have a great and safe
4th of July!
See you soon.

Friday, June 1, 2018

After the longest hiatus from playing music I have had in decades, and after the month of May in the hospital and outpatient care, which still continues, my doctor Matthew Robinson has given me the green light to get back to work. I've had to miss several shows in the past couple of weeks because I still wasn’t feeling well enough and didn’t feel like I had sufficient energy to play a show. Well today they took the IV picc out of my arm and lung, and I’ve traded in my electric pump and man-purse which I had to wear and carry everywhere for a dose of oral antibiotics twice a day, to get my old black ovation guitar back.  Today I am a very happy guy!

My first show back will be in Llano tomorrow night. My old friend and entrepreneur Kevin Harney (who use to manage IQUANA GRILL on Lake Travis) is now a Partner at the historic BADU1891 Restaurant and Bar in Llano,TX.  It has been closed for awhile for renovations and will have their long awaited grand opening.  For all the folks who have missed Iquana Grill Venue now have a grand 4-star hotel restaurant and bar with great food in a historic building in Llano, TX.  Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I play from 7 to 10pm.  So all of you in the area come on out and come hungry.  I look forward to seeing you all and playing some songs for you.

Next Thursday, June 7th we will be performing at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. We will be playing the early show, which is good for a Thursday night. The music starts at 7pm and we will be performing a ninety minute set finishing at 8:30. The Duck is my home away from home.  I love playing there.  So come out early, have some supper, hear some music, see I am still alive and well, and still get back home early.  P.S. My Doctor had one stipulation on my returning to the stage.  He said, “Shake you can play guitar
and sing, but no rapping for a couple of more weeks".  Darn it!

And finally to continue my come back and recovery, we will be at The Kerrville Folk Festival June 9. We are honored to be part of an evening paying tribute and remembering the late Ms. Bonnie Hearne. Put this on your calendar and come hear Tish Hinojosa, Michael, Mike Roberts and Me, The Bill Hearne Trio from Santa Fe, NM, Christine  Albert and Chris Gage and more surprise guests.   We will be sharing songs and stories of remembrance. We love you Bonnie and we miss your sweet presence and your sweet voice.

We hope to see you at one of these shows coming up.
Well here I am, it’s been a little over a week since I was released from the hospital, and I’ve been doing my outpatient treatments, going to the infusion center three times a week
for my antibiotics that are injected through an IV picc placed in my right arm into my right lung. I carry the battery operated pump and the medicine In a “fanny pack” 24/7. It’s like a man purse, very European.
One of the side effects of the meds is fatigue and still shortness of of breath, so I am not quite up to snuff and back enough to strap on my guitar and climb back on stage.Because of this I‘ve had to miss several shows here lately. Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts have been wonderful carrying on and doing great shows. We had to cancel our show at Bernhardt Winery yesterday because of the
extreme heat and being advised from my doctor and nurse not to risk the outdoor show. They said even with fans on stage blowing from all four directions couldn’t prevent the possibility of over heating and dehydration and could bring on renal failure or worse. As much as I loved the Doctors and nurses at St. David’s who took such great care of me, I have no desire to go back and spend another two weeks
with them. So, I listened and took their advice and stayed home.

I apologize to those of you who turned out for the show only to find we wouldn’t be there. We will reschedule up the road. It is just taking a little longer than I had thought it might to get back
on the horse. I am improving everyday but still have a ways to go. I don’t want to bore you,with too much information , but I wanted to somewhat explain where I am with all of this.
Thanks, I really appreciate all your prayers and well wishes. I am looking forward to seeing you all and thanking you face to face. In the meantime I will keep you posted on my progress.
God Bless you all, and thanks so much for your caring and concern. Hope to see you soon.
P.S. And special Love to my precious nurse Dee,
My Clara Barton.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Last week we played “The Red Dragon “
in Baton Rouge, Jim Watson’s “The Gathering” of music lovers at The Racket Club
in Lake Charles,and at Big Rich’s Courvilles Club.  It became a supper club for the evening
for our show.  It was a wonderful way to start our trip for a stop in Beaumont and then on to
Louisiana. Thanks Big Rich for the opportunity to play at your legendary club.  Next time I'm
buying a ticket to win a gun like Hayes Carl  did .......All three shows were great listening room venues with good music loving folk running them. We had a good turnout at all three shows.
It was a great way to play in Louisiana. I met a lot of new people and I heard a bunch of stories,
even a joke about Jay’s Lounge and Cockpit. I got a few new ideas, input, and details to work into
our song, “Loser’s Gumbo”. As a result, the introduction to the song will no doubt grow a little longer.

We came back home to Texas on Saturday evening and played a private birthday party in Lago Vista out on Lake Travis on Sunday. We were celebrating Peyton's Sweeney's 70th birthday.  Many people dancing, partying, the sun was setting, the sky slowly changing colors. We were singing “Deep in the West”...together we’re one, divided we’re through.....when I look to my left and see
someone, the club's manager standing next to Michael, looming ominously, I try to wrap up the song and he is saying you have to stop because a neighbor had called and complained and threatened to call the police to shut us down. It was 6:30 pm??? Barely dark??? So, we stopped. Sorry Peyton and Maggie.  They should have told her the sound ordinance was 10:00 PM, not 6:00.  I haven’t had the police called on me since I was a teenager playing too loud in the garage.  It brought back fond memories on the drive home.

This Thursday night March 1st, Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts, and I will
be picking and singing at HILL’S CAFE on South Congress as part of a tribute to
our friend Lane Gosney who is the founder of The Bugle Boy and brings live music to the community of La Grange. We love playing The Bugle Boy. It is like a small church of music. Thanks Lane. We start at Hill’s Cafe at 7:45 pm and end at 9:00.  Come on out, have dinner, sit outside and listen to music! Experience a night of old Austin. It sounds good to me.

Saturday night March 3, I celebrate a New CD Release, ”Chasing The Song”@POOR DAVID’S
PUB in Dallas,TX. 9:30 pm
. This is my 30th release in my musical career of 45+ years!  
Special guests: Don Richmond is flying in from Alamosa to add his musical talents to this event .    And, The Bill Hearne Trio is opening at 8:30.  Doors at 7:30.  All the reserved seats in the first three rows are gone but there are plenty of general admission seats available. This will be a very special musical evening I’m looking forward to. If you live in the Dallas area, come on out. You won’t want to miss this. There will be some mighty, mighty picking going on with Michael Hearne and his Uncle Bill as well!

Hope to see you there.  Peace


Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Chasing the Song"

New CD produced with Don Richmond
On Howlin ‘Dog Records.

The new CD is ready to go.....
The new music has been mixed, mastered by Don Richmond and ready to be turned in to be manufactured.  All the artwork is done for the cover (inside and out) and the lyric booklet and
it is all looking great.  It was a design created by my old Austin friend and Grammy Winning Artist, Dick Reeves, with photography provided by another old Houston friend and award winning photographer, Michael Hart of Michael Hart Photography.  Thank you both for your magic touch. It was a blessing and what a great team.  It seems the stars were aligned for this project and all the pieces fell right into place at the right time.

Besides the presentation, I am also excited about the sound, and production , and the new songs on this CD. This is my 30th release in my long recording career.  I have made a lot of records, and
taking nothing away from previous CDs, this new CD I believe is my best yet.  I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

We are beginning to take pre orders before our actual CD release in March. You can pre-order Check this link for more information. 


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My new album, as they say in the recording industry, is in the can. I am still undecided on what to call the new album. Twelve new songs have been recorded. The titles are:
“The New Blue Peace”, “Granddaddy’s Silver Dollar”, “Me and Mark Twain”, “Never Miss a Chance”, “Traveling Dog”, “The Wishing Chair”, “Sweet Water”, “Dream Big” and “You Wouldn’t Know Me”. We are having Jimmy Stadler add piano to several of the tracks. You know, Jimmy’s the king of the keyboards.
Now it’s time for tweaking, polishing, mixing and mastering. I am meeting with graphic artist, Dick Reeves this week to discuss the cover art work. It’s time for new pics, etc. I am shooting for an early 2018 release.
This album will be number “thirty”, and I feel this one is really my best. This is largely due and thanks to my producer and multi instrumentalist, Don Richmond, and with James Doyle on drums providing the groove. I am very excited about the new project and I am anxious to see and hear what you think about it.
To have a new album under my belt and ready for release is a great way to end the 2017.
This year I also recently received a Platinum Record Album Award from Miranda for my song “You Wouldn’t Know Me”. Miranda recorded a rocking version of her new double album CD “The Weight of These Wings”. She just won Female Vocalist of the year from the CMA and earlier this year “Album of the Year”. I also re-cut a fresh new version of the song on my new album.
Finally, to top off the year, a few weeks ago I was informed a song I co-wrote with my old friend from Houston, Andrew Chapman, aka JoJo, has been has been put on the ballot to be nominated for a Grammy. The name of the song is “That’s The Kind of Day I Had Today”. Andy, under his stage name JoJo, recorded it on his new CD, “Well, It’s About Time” released this past Summer. It is on the ballot to be nominated in the Americana songwriting category. Who Knows? We’ll see. It looks good on the resume. It’s always an honor to be nominated, win or lose. As 2017 is winding down I still have a few more shows this year.
Dec. 1 @ Anderson Fair in Houston. It will be a solo show and I will be previewing songs from my new CD. Come on out. for tickets. Music about 8:45 PM
Dec. 2 with Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts at The Schriever’s 7th Annual House Concert in Pearland. This is a can’t miss house concert. Weather permitting, it will be outside in their beautiful backyard with plenty of fire pits, etc. (Secret: It is also my and Dee’s Anniversary! Come help us celebrate with our friends, many of which were at our wedding.)
Dec. 8 @ Main Street Crossing in Tomball with Michael and Mike. 8:00 show for tickets
Dec. 16th @Ovations in Houston on Kirby in the Village. A Songwriter Show with details to come.
Last but not least!
Dec. 31st our annual show at Anderson Fair!
I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Peace on Earth, Shake

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance #15 is now in the rear view mirror for another year.  What another great ride it was! Even more folks showed up this year than last year. The Thursday night crowd looked more like a Saturday night. All the musical regulars were there and the great new additions to the line-up, Joe Ely, John Fullbright, and Band of Heathens. The Red River Songwriters were all well received by the very dedicated barn dance audience.
Michael and his uncle Bill and all the Hearne family performed a touching rendition of New Mexico Rain with the little grand children up front and center with their guitars.  I predict “THE HEARNE TRIO”  featuring Brandon, Michael and Brice will be performing at the Big Barn Dance in 2027!  Grandpa Michael will be watching and smiling from the wings.  Hey Gramps, the beat goes on indeed!! Congratulations Michael for the best year yet.
Thank all you good folk that journeyed up from Texas. I hope you enjoyed the Barn Dance experience.  You know I had a dream last night…I saw a statue in the park… and in the very near future, they re-name Kit Carson Park to The Michael Hearne Park?
I know you say it was a dream, probably all the green chili’s I ate before bed…I don’t know, I’m just saying it is about time the town of Taos pays tribute to one of their favorite sons.  I’ll see you next year! We will see if that statue is up yet!

After the Barn Dance I went up to Alamosa, CO. to Howlin’ Dog Studio and continued work on my new CD project with Don Richmond.  We always have fun making new music. We recorded five more songs for the album. Everything is sounding fantastic. I can’t wait for you to hear it. We now have nine tracks ‘in the can’.  I’m going back in October for another go around. We are shooting for a late 2017 or early spring 2018 release.

ALSO…I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW LIVE CD “SHAKE RUSSELL and MICHAEL HEARNE  with MIKE ROBERTS.” released by puffBunny Records,  It was recorded in May at the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, Texas by our friend Ren Renfree.  It is a beautifully recorded and edited performance of the evening’s concert.  The song list includes all your favorites, plus. I’ll tell you, if you have ever come out to one of our live shows and wished you could find a recording that captures our music live, you will definitely love this CD!! It is now available to order by email at or pick up a copy at one of our shows.  Come to think of it, this Friday, Sept. 22,  you can catch us at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, TX at this fully restored 1890’s Texas Dance Hall and Restaurant.  We will be playing upstairs at 8:00 to 11:00.  There is a full bar upstairs and a great stage and a $10 cover.  Then Saturday, Sept. 23rd we will be at Mainstreet Crossing in Tomball, TX at 8:00 PM.  So make your reservations, so you can pick up a copy either night.  We will be happy to sign it for you.  Hope to see you at one of the shows!