Monday, February 11, 2019


After a great start In January, with a great run of shows, and recently a song swap with Michel Hearne at Threadgill’s North  in Austin, we are on our way half way through February.
Successful Solo shows , a  McGonigel’s Mucky Duck sold out show, The Hops House in Houston with a very good crowd and another  sold out show “At The Mansion Series” held on the Schreiner University campus, in Kerrville , TX.  Very inspiring to me and very humbling.
It involved a little driving through some rain and sleet to get there but worth it!

Well today, I find myself restringing my guitar and singing...“January, January, where did you go? It’s already February, time for our Annual VALENTINE SHOW at Main Street Crossing!!!”
So, if you are wondering what to do, haven’t made plans yet for Valentines night and searching for something fun, well, look no more...come on out to...MAIN STREET CROSSING” in Tomball, TX for our annual “VALENTINE DAY SHOW”.  It will be an evening of wining, dining, and love songs. MICHAEL HEARNE, MIKE ROBERTS, and I (aka ‘The Cupids’) will be performing a love themed evening of tunes. Reservations are available so make your plans, grab your sweetheart, and come on out.  Music starts @ 8pm.   Doors at 6:30, dinner @ 7:00 PM.  We hope to see you there!  www.mainstreetcrossing.com

Then Back up to Austin....
On Feb. 16 & 17 we will be @ Sycamore Creek Concerts Series out in the Dripping Springs area  off of Fitzhugh Rd. The Saturday and Sunday shows are both sold out with a wait list.  Their shows are by invitation only but you can go to their web site and fill out the form to be on the email list. www.sycamorecreekconcerts.com  It is a beautiful venue for the musicians as well  as  well as the guests!

Thanks everyone,
We will see you up the road.

Peace,
Shake

Tuesday, January 29, 2019




January 2019

The New Year began with a party for my friend Maggie Sweeney. We are old friends from our early years working down in Houston. We celebrated her birthday with friends and family at the Lago Vista Center. Only about 100 plus attended, ate and danced!  In that order! She is very popular!  Many friends and lost of music for her 65th birthday.  Thank you Maggie!

On Wednesday night I played at The El Mercado with The John Inmon Group, with Bobby Kallus on drums, Jerry ‘White Shoes’ Burns on bass, David Webb on keyboards, John Inmon on guitar, Rick Nation on percussion. WHAT A BAND!!!! WHAT A JAM!!!!

The next night Michael Hearne and I played before a couple of hundred people at the ‘Prestigious‘Dallas Country Club. Heck, they say it took Jerry Jones 15 years to get into the place...that long of a waiting list to get in.  We just walked in with our guitars!  It took less than 15 minutes.  I guess you have to know someone.  It was a great audience and a great night of music.

And then we played  Appelt’s Hall or as google says, Appelt’s Hill Gun Club Hall, in Hallettsville, TX for the David Ehler family and friends!  It was celebrating David’s 60 birthday and his beautiful mom Dolores celebrating her 90 birthday!  Lots of dancing going on and we got to see Shara Fryer, who just happens to be from Hallettsville as well.She was taking pictures and video's of all the family and friends dancing to the music!  Thank you Ehler family, what a great day!

Sunday’s ‘SONGWRITER SHOW’ @Bernhardt’s Winery with guitar legend John Inmon was SOLD-OUT!!! Thanks John, for getting out of your sick bed and driving to Plantersville, TX. to make the show.  Michael Hearne was down for the count with the flu and John stepped in for him.  John, you are a real trouper and a traveling dog. It will not be forgotten.

Last Sunday...
We performed at The Golden’s “OLIVE HILL House Concert”.  It was their annual Anniversary show.  Michael Hearne caught an early 5 am flight out of New Mexico to make the Sunday afternoon show. Gracias Miguel!!  I’ve known the hosts Frank and Judy Golden since my years in Houston. We go way back. With this concert we celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. They are two silver hearts. We will be there for your 50th.

SHOW COMING UP

Jan. 26 at the Smithville, TX the Mosaic House Concert Series, sold out show
Gruene Hall DANCEHALL 5-8pm. no cover
Tuesday night SOLO DINNER SHOW @ McGonigals Mucky Duck
in Houston 7:30 show.
I will be @Threadgill’s North in Austin with Michael Hearne Feb. 1st doing
 a ‘song swap’ Friday night Feb 1st , 8pm – 10:00

SoloShow @ J. P. Hops House, Houston,TX.  Feb. 9th 8-10pm

AND....Don’t forget.....
Our annual Valentines Day Show with Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts@ Main Street Crossing!! ‘A Night of Love songs!’   Make your reservations now! www.mainstreetcrossing.com.  Check out the schedule at www.shakerussell.com

I hope to see you there!
Shake

Sunday, December 30, 2018



Well there is just one more day in 2018.

Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I played our last show of the year  at
“Main Street Crossing” in Tomball, Texas.  The place was packed, a sold out show with a roomful of folks ready to party the night away. We even did a live recording of the show by Joshua Daugherty which was made available to purchase immediately following the concert. People were lined up to take home a copy.  We love playing at Main Street and all of the good people on the staff. It’s always a good time. Thanks Matt and thank you Joshua for a great recording!

The week before we performed for our first time at “The Four Star Concert Hall” in Brenham, TX.  Indeed it is a four star venue, 
with a great sound system, an intimate size room, with a second floor balcony overlooking the concert area and stage below. John Elford has put a lot of time and energy into renovating the old building that sits just a couple of blocks off of  the town square. He has turned it into a place for the community to come to hear music and other types of performances offered. Thanks John for inviting us. We hope to be back for another visit in 2019.

Speaking of party’s...   Monday night New Years Eve, I will be doing a solo show at Anderson Fair in Houston.  I will be there along with Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson, GRAMMY winner Lynn Langham and GRAMMY nominated Doug Gill, along with Austin musician James Steinle. It will be a full evening of music, champagne and blackeyed Peas! The doors open at 7:15 and music starts at 8:45. Come on out and welcome in 2019 with us! Make your reservations now at www.andersonfair.net. 

 I do want to say thanks once again to all of you who came to one of my shows this past year, or bought a CD, or even a pound of my “Cowboy Coffee”, and those of you  who continue to support the music and what I do.  I couldn’t do it without you. I truly feel blessed for all the years as an audience you’ve given me. I am looking forward to another new year and writing some new tunes in 2019.  Onward and upward. Watch for upcoming shows in January on my show dates on www.shakerussell.com.  I will keep you posted. I hope to see you up the road soon.
Happy New Year Everyone!!      Peace,   Shake