Thursday, September 22, 2016



Aloha!

Last Saturday night we played at Bob Moore’s House Concert in Riverside,TX.  The theme this year was Bob’s full moon Luau party. There were Hawaiian shirts everywhere(Jimmy Buffet land) and colorful leis were handed out as you came into the events entrance.  I laughed and thought to myself, Hey, I just got leid at Bob’s Luau
There’s a song there somewhere or at least a  tee shirt or bumper sticker! There were palm trees, grass skirts, a tiki totem, surf boards, Blue Hawaii. It was an island night in Riverside!  We all sang along on “Tiny Bubbles”.  I felt like I was channeling Don Ho.   There were guests singing with me on the song: Bob Dylan,  Elvis, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan all joined in on a verse. Mike Roberts wrote an ode to the event called "Luau on the Lake",  which he performed on the Ukulele.

During intermission we had a really ‘special guest' performer…
80 year young hula dancer Ms. Shirley Stroud charmed the audience with her beautiful and lovely authentic Hawaiian hula dancing.  It was the perfect touch to the night.

Into our second set, as the evening grew later, even a conga line broke out led by Father James '‘more cowbell’’ Carroll.I think I even saw a limbo bar too!  Annette and Frankie were doing the limbo rock!  Anyway, it wasn’t our usual house concert to say the least, but it was  a lot of fun and one to remember and to tell you about!! How we all got leid at Bob’s Luau.  Thank you Bob, Teri, Larry, James and Sandy for all the work you put into turning Bob’s backyard into paradise and  making it a memorable night of fun and music for everyone!

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, Sept. 23…. We’re back in Austin.  Michael Hearne,  Mike Roberts and I will be at The Strange Brew Coffee House .  It’s a great venue in South Austin for live music.   The club has great sound and up close intimate sitting.  Our show starts at 8pm. There are still seats left! I hope to see you there!

SATURDAY NIGHT, Sept. 24th  we’re heading down to Galveston for a show  at The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe.  Wrecks is selling the place, so this may be our last show there.  We’ll sure miss Janet and Wrecks and all the love they poured into that beloved establishment !  We hope the new owners will continue bringing music to the island!
 Come on down to the Island.     Aloha!  Shake

Friday, September 16, 2016



'A PEACEFUL EASY FEELING'

I’m back from the mountains, Taos, NM, and “Michael Hearne’s 14th Annual Big Barn Dance.”  It was held again this year in Kit Carson Park, located smack dab in the middle of Taos. It’s just a short walk from the old historical plaza. I was there from the first day on Thursday and already a lot of you were there and ready to listen to another year of music and to experience the vibe of the big barn dance.  It was great to see and say hello to all our friends from Texas. The Texas contingency was strong and well accounted  for.  At one point during the concerts, when the announcer asked if there was any one from Texas in the audience?  a loud roar erupted that filled the air. I talked with quite a few, some of you who told me this was your first trip, and you had heard us talk about the Barn Dance at one of our shows.  That had made you want to check it out and you were so glad you had,  and how much you were loving it!!!  I’m  happy you love and enjoy the event as much as we do.  (Hey!  Maybe Michael needs to think about doing one of these down in Texas?)

All his usual musical cohorts were there: Jimmy Stadler, Tom Faulkner, Jed Zimmerman,  Kelly Mickwee, Jimmy Davis, Lari White, Chuck Cannon,  Walt Wilkins, Trout Fishing, Gary P. Nunn , Buzz Cason, Claude Butch Morgan, HonEyhouse,  Terri Hendricks and Lloyd Maines, Susan Gibson, The Rifters,  Bob Livingston and myself.  Michael also brought in several new performers to the barn dance this year: Chris Arellano ,Jay Boy Adams, The Malena Brothers, George Ensle.  One of the new performers were the TEJAS BROTHERS from San Antonio.  They are led by front man and accordionist, songwriter, and story teller, David Perez,  I particularly loved their song “Rich Man”.  They gave a big time, first time performance to close out the first night of the barn dance.  WARREN HOOD and MARSHALL HOOD performed the next day and immediately won everyone over with their well written songs and  vocal harmony blend.  Warren’s violin and Marshall’s guitar playing reminded me of a young Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.   It was very impressive musicianship and song writing from these young men.  I hope they’ll be back next year. Another new addition this year were BRUCE ROBISON and KELLY WILLIS from Austin. They turned in a beautiful set of music that felt right at home at the big barn dance, I was happy and surprised when they chose to close their set  with  “You’ve Got A Lover”. Thank you Kelly and Bruce for the wonderful version and heartfelt performance.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  It was an honor to have two such fine songwriters pick one of my songs to sing.   Thank you both.
 
Then….add to that…. yet another new, first time to appear, The legendary songwriter/performer JACK TEMPCHENYou know, he wrote ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling ” and ‘I’m Already Gone”  which were big hits by the Eagles, plus dozens of other hit songs you know  and you’ve heard on the radio at one time or another in your life. I mean this guy has some serious mailbox money coming in.

Friday night’s concert was closed out with Trout Fishing in America.  Keith and Ezra were tearing it up and taking no prisoners and leaving the folks wanting more.  On Saturday they got more.  The action started early with dance lessons being offered at 10am and  a song writing workshop hosted by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.

The music kicked off at noon with Tommy Alverson and Friends.
Then HonEyhouse brought some gospel to The Church of Michael Hearne . Everyone was moved by the spirit,  Then,  Bob Livingston delivered his brand and blend of cosmic energy into the mix.  Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds were up next.  Dana Louise is an exciting up and coming new artist.  Michael introduced her to the barn dance audience a couple of years ago. She’s the daughter of Ezra Idlit from ‘Trout Fishing.'  (Ezra plays drums and Keith plays bass in the combo, they are two of the Glorious Birds).  Dana Louise is a natural. She writes great songs in her own catchy, original, and refreshing style. You’ll have to check her out live or on line to see  and hear what I mean.  We will hear much more from her.

Please allow me to digress…..Speaking of Dana Louise being Ezra’s daughter,  I must say it was also cool to see Kevin Welch and his son Dustin performing together,  Warren Hood following in the footsteps of his father Champ Hood, and Rod Taylor’s son Ry, and Tommy Alverson’s son Justin, who plays guitar with TheTejas Brothers.  Just like their parents they are all following their passion and love for music.  It is good to see  here at the barn dance the future of music and songwriting in very good and young capable hands.  The torch will be passed and carried on.

Now, back to the show…..

Bill Hearne followed with some hot picking (He taught Michael everything he knows)  Michael joined him for some fun. He introduced and brought  Ms.Bonnie Hearne up for a couple of songs.  Bill finished his set with the entire Hearne family all on stage to sing Michaels classic “New Mexico Rain”, with young Braeden Hearne playing guitar with them!

Then it was our turn… 
We kicked it off with “This Is What Happy Is” and yes being at the barn dance is what happy is!  I even changed a few lyrics to fit this auspicious occasion.   Michael and I and Mike Roberts were joined by Ezra on drums, Don Richmond, fiddle, mandolin and banjo, Jimmy Stadler on piano, Carmen Acciaolli pedal steel, Clyde Butch Morgan jumped in on a couple and Bob Livingston played a little harp on “Deep in the West” and more cowbell on Loser’s Gumbo. It was the big band at the big barn dance.  During our show we took a moment to remember the late Lorraine Wyant.  Lorraine had known and worked and helped Michael for many years. She was an integral volunteer of the Barn dance.  We lost her last year right after the barn dance .  We felt she was there watching and listening as we played one of her favorite songs, which she always requested, “Irish Prayer”.
                  ‘’your voice and your laughter are missing…
                   ’it’s an absence felt throughout the house….”   We miss and love you Lorraine.

The Rifters performed after us, playing songs from their new CD, “The Architecture of a Fire”.  Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros finished the concert portion. Then they cleared the dance floor of all chairs and spread the saw dust….
Then Texas own, Mr. DALE WATSON brought his style of honky tonk to the party!!  I could see by all the boot scooting going on that the dance floor was now officially declared open.  With bonfires glowing and people gathered around  them, the barn dance carried on with Michael and his band SXSW playing the favorites and calling all of us up on stage for a couple of songs.  He called me up for “My Acadian Angel” and “The Dare of an Angel”.  As I stood up on stage singing I looked out and saw hundreds of people standing up to the front of the stage, your faces looking up smiling, some singing along, bodies swaying to the music, having fun, and just above and over their heads… just behind them was a swirling circle of dancers moving as one.  I thought to myself…. what a scene, what a picture, what a lot of fun to be a part of and a witness to. This is what happy is!

I drove back home to Texas thinking maybe this had been the best one yet……I mean……so far. I was thinking…Thanks and congratulations Michael, Sarah Hearne and Jacy  Meador  and all of the great volunteers on number 14.  Here’s to the 15th annual Big Barn Dance.   I’ll see you all there!

Shake






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Thursday, September 1, 2016



LISTEN UP FOLKS!
MORE GOOD NEWS UPDATE:

Last night Michael Hearne and I did an over-the-phone live on-air thirty minute interview with Calvin Powers on his radio program ‘THE AMERICANA RADIO SHOW, based out of the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina.  So check them out.  You can go to their website (americanamusicshow.com access a  pod cast of the interview/music program.  Calvin also played three songs Michael and I wrote from the  three CDs.  One from each: “SHOT GUN”  from my solo  Little Bright Band of Light “THE HIGHWAY IS A FREIND OF MINE” from Michaels solo CD,  Red River Dreams.  “THE GIRL JUST LOVES TO DANCE” from  the DUO CD  Only As Strong as Your Dreams.
Thank you Calvin for playing our music and presenting it to your listening audience and for the opportunity to  come on show and talk about our  three NEW CD releases.  It’s great and exciting to see the music slowly spreading to new audiences around the country
and overseas.

So…please go check out their website and the interview.

Thanks to ‘HOWLINDOG RECORDS’ for setting up the interview, thanks to Teri McCartney,  Don Richmond and Dee  for your belief in the music and all good work you do on behalf of it.  We really appreciate your support and help in getting the music out there to the rest of the world.  It feels good to be a part of the team.
Onward to the North Carolina area and then to Europe!  Onward!

I’ll see you all out at Bernhardts Winery this Labor Day weekend.
Bring a lawn chair and come on out on a Sunday afternoon to this beautiful pastoral setting and enjoy a few tunes floating through the air.  The music begins at 6:30pm.  I hope to see you there.  www.bernhardtswinery.com for information, reservations and don't forget the "Wine Stomp" that starts at 4:00 PM. 

More later….stay tuned
thanks,
Shake
WOW!
I received an “update” from our label Howling Dog regarding airplay our three new CD’s are getting in UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, and on Dutch radio and other places in Europe. They sent various charts from various stations and programs. I thought someone was playing a joke on me and pulling my leg and having a little fun with me. But no, it was for real!!
The first chart I opened was from Dutch Radio SKAGENSEXPRESSEN chart…106.4FM. was listed in large letters at the top of the chart as the ‘ARTIST OF THE WEEK’: 28,08 2016. Not only that, but I had five songs in their stations top ten songs. Five songs! I mean not one or two but five!
Just like the Beatles back in the day! WOW!

Number 4 was “At the Speed of Love”…number 5 “Kicking Up Gold Dust”, (from “Dreaming the Mystery”) Number 6… “I Love the Wind”, number 7… “The Girl just Loves to Dance”, and at number 9……“The Highway is a Friend of Mine” co-written with Michael Hearne and on his "Red River Dreams"!!!!! That’s fantastic and exciting news! Five of the top 10 songs. That's unheard of on the radio in this day and age!
On the “COUNTRY STEW” Euro Americana Chart ’The King of the Honky Tonk is Gone” is number 8 and “So Late So Soon” is listed at number 23. Other stations around Europe are all choosing different songs to play from the three different CDs. Michael’s Solo “RED RIVER DREAMS” and my solo CD “LITTLE BRIGHT BAND OF LIGHT”, and from our Duo CD“ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR DREAMS”. So it’s really cool we’re getting a whole lot of airplay over there!Hopefully if we continue to get more airplay as we go along, we will be able to put together a trip and tour across the pond next year. We will see how it unfolds over the next few months. I Just wanted to share the good news with everyone.
We had two great shows at Anderson Fair last weekend. Our regular great Friday night with fans, old and new and a private party on Saturday night with some old fans and some new fans! Can't beat that! This Sunday…LABOR DAY WEEKEND….I‘ll be out at BERNHARDT’S Winery( out in Plantersville, Tx Hiway 105.) for my annual Labor Day Show! Come on out and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon and evening under the trees with a glass of wine, some food, and listen to music for a few hours .and maybe even dance and enjoy the “Sun Down toast” led by Jerry and Jerri Bernhardt. And, come early for the Grape Stomp!!!! 4:00 for the stomp and 6:30 for music! www.bernhardtwinery.com for all the details!
For this show Mike Roberts and I will be joined by legendary guitarist JOHN INMON, so we will be rocking and rolling.
OK! ALL RIGHT! GOOD DEAL! I hope to see you there.
Shake
WOW!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

OK, ALL RIGHT, GOOD DEAL! Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I are playing Anderson Fair this Friday night, August 26 at 9:00 PM. www.andersonfair.net for tickets to this iconic venue!
The dog days of August are nearly history. Here we are heading into September and it’s almost time for Michael Hearne’s 14th Annual Big Barn Dance in Taos, New Mexico! Michael has been running back and forth between Texas and New Mexico working on last minute details for the Barn Dance. He is a man of many hats these days. In the meantime we’ve also been staying busy traveling and running around Texas. Last weekend we played what we called our Gas Station Tour, aka’ the clean the windshield, check under the hood , and top‘er off tour’. Saturday night we played "THE GROVE", PECAN GROVE STORE in Fredericksburg, just out North on Highway 16. It’s an old Sinclair Filling Station converted into a cool little bar and BBQ place with an outside area under the trees for music and even a floor for dancing. A very nice Texas style outside under a grove of Pecan trees. A wonderful way to play music on a Texas Saturday night! Go to www.pecangrovestore.com and read its history! But wait! Well, we all know how it’s been a dry hot summer and all the brown grass has needed some rain for a while now.…......Well, earlier in the day on Saturday, it began pouring and pouring. The rain is good for the grass, not so much for outdoor concerts! As we neared show time, our hosts Rick and Becke put plan B into action and moved the whole operation inside this old Sinclair gas station/general store. I had no idea how many folks you can squeeze into a really small gas station. The crowded party preceded to go0 inside and a great time was had by all. It kept raining outside as we kept playing inside. In this general store/filling station/BBQ joint. I love it! I mean only in Texas. Every one left happy and we plan to make a return in the Spring next year and play out under those trees and pick a night with no rain in the forecast. Go to www.pecangrovestore.com and read this amazing history.

The next afternoon we drove down to Shiner, Texas for our second gas station gig. Howard's right off Highway 90 as you pull into Shiner. Actually the first time I played Howard’s a couple of years ago, I wasn’t sure exactly where it was in Shiner so I told my wife "hey, let’s pull in at this convenient store gas station to get directions". I went in and asked where is Howard’s located and the clerk said you‘re here! This is Howards. So there you go. I walked throughout the store, past the Shiner Beer dispensers on the wall next to the soft drinks and soda dispensers and made my way on out the back screen door which opens up unto a covered patio with folks all sitting around having a cold one and enjoying live music being played by Bill Pekar and the Rainey Brothers Band. Bill was instrumental in getting us booked into the venue. This was my third visit to Howard’s and Michael Hearne’s first time. It poured on us all the way down from Austin but in Shiner the skies were partly cloudy most of the afternoon evening. We got a little down pour towards the end of our show, but folks all just pulled in closer under the partially covered patio and we were able to get our set in. You know I was thinking, if we keep playing very many more gas station gigs, I am going to have them add to my contract that the venue must also include and supply a full tank of gas to go as part of the deal. What do you think?

Fast forward a few days and Michaels heading back to New Mexico and Mike Roberts and I are rehearsed for our show at JP. Hops House in Houston. We played the annual Spud Stock/Mr. Potato Head’s Happy Birthday Show.  So we knocked the dirt off of a few " tater songs," parodies of songs from the sixties. We performed such classics as, All You Need is Spuds, Addicted to Spuds, No Taters No Fries, Wanna Whole Lot of Spuds, For Your Spuds, Spud Stock, the list keeps going on. I’m ‘Shake Russett’ and Mike is ‘Yellow Finn', Michael missed the fun. His name is ‘Yukon Gold’. It only happens once a year. It’s a little like a cross between Woodstock days and Halloween. I’m always a little concerned and afraid that someone hearing us for the first time (on a Spud Stock Night) might leave the club scratching their heads about this one! But we had a blast and so did the fans.

With the spuds in our rear view mirror we headed into The Mucky Duck for a sold out show this past Saturday night. Michael joined us for this one and the Duck was rocking! Thank you Houston for showing up and coming out. We debuted a new song Michael and I wrote with Mr. Dean Quinn. The song was derived from a poem he had written and given to his wife Christi on Christmas many years ago.  The poem is called “Sit With Me”, along with a garden bench inscribed the same. The Quinn's were in the audience Saturday night and were gleaming. I want to give a special ‘shout out’ to my buddy, traffic man in the morning on Channel 11…..Mr. DARBY DOUGLAS. He made the show and brought some friends with him. I took a selfie with him or I should say I took a selfie with his hair. Great meeting you Darby! And FYI, Darby. Both Dee and I were awake for your 4:30 a.m. shout out! Thanks and see you next time!

If you didn’t catch the show at the MUCKY DUCK, last weekend we will be at the iconic folk club, ANDERSON FAIR this Friday night, August 26. There are still sits available! For tickets contact www.andersonfair.net. We hope to see you there.

See you up the road and "stay tuned"!  Shake

P.S. I wanted to mention and let everyone know that we received word from our label, ”Howling Dog Records", that we’re getting airplay overseas in Germany and France and Denmark. All three of our CD’s are being received very well so far and various songs being played from all three. We’re also getting good, encouraging feedback from radio DJs and programmers. I’ll keep you posted on future happenings.

Friday, August 5, 2016



AUGUST 1,  2016

We are home from our quick run up to Alamosa and Telluride in beautiful Southern Colorado. Wow, what a ride and a whirlwind turnaround shindig kind of a road trip!

I’ve unhitched the wagon and the ponies are watered and resting. I’ve had some shut eye. I feel a little stoved up but no worse for the wear.  Maybe a little weary from the past several days of traveling across Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado and playing a couple of shows along the way.  I’m feeling so blessed, my mind holds treasures of the places we’ve seen and I’m ready to recollect and share them.

Michael Hearne and I left Austin early Thursday morning last week and pulled into Alamosa, CO ten minutes before midnight (mountain time) right between Thursday night and Friday morning. We stepped out into the night and right away felt a reaffirming, cool welcoming breeze.  It sure felt good to be out of the Texas heat for a little while.  We were in Alamosa for a CD release concert to be held the next night at SOCIETY HALL.  Alamosa is the home of Don Richmond and Howling Dog Studio and Howling Dog Records. It’s where Michael and I recorded our new three CD project over the past winter.  We were sort of coming home to celebrate the release of the three projects/CD’s  with the good folks of Alamosa.  After all, this was the place  where it all happened, where the magic took place and where we laid it all down.

THE ALAMOSA SOCIETY HALL
 Lisa Absmeier, Wayne McKinize, Pete Magee, Ruthie Foster and Don Richmond, thank you for hosting the evening and concert series.  The concert series is held in the beautifully restored former church which now serves the community as a live music concert hall.  We had a wonderful and very attentive turnout for the show.  Don Richmond, our friend and producer and multi instrumentalist on the new CD’s, joined us for the evening blending in his special touch to every song. Just as were hitting cruise control, well we kicked it up a gear. Don’s brother Jim, who is also as gifted musically as his brother, who happened to be in town,  joined in on mandolin and fiddle on a few tunes. There was indeed some serious jamming going on the stage.  Michael was smiling and everyone was grinning, and the congregational  all joined in!
We made some new fans that night with our music. I met a lot of new faces, and they said they enjoyed the songs. It was a great day.  I went to bed, thinking to myself… life is good!
All and all.

We stopped by the Monterrey cafe
before we left town for a quick breakfast.
I had Huevos Rancheros con hot green chili gravy, homemade corn tortillas, and a second cup of that cactus jack. We paid the bill and tipped our smiling waitress and sang adios amiga. We headed west towards Durango on highway 160.
and drove up through the mountains over the pass that lay between. and  on down into and through Pagosa Springs, until we reached  Durango and continued on to Mancos then turned right onto 184 and up to  Dolores. Then from there on up 145. to Telluride.  What lay in between for the next 60 miles was simply breath taking, jaw dropping, mind blowing vistas, valleys, mesas and sprawling canyons, panoramic surrounding mountain peaks, roaring rivers and rushing mountain streams.  Towering  giant evergreens, some of the biggest I’ve ever seen! This was Jeremiah Johnson … Big bear country. Michael was busy snapping pics (but the pictures weren’t doing it justice) and wishing he’d brought a fishing pole or his fly rod. I was keeping my eye on the narrow curvy road ahead and watching for Elk.

We reached our destination, the Telluride Mountain Village,  and turned into a giant ski resort,  hotels and golf course area. We arrived with time to spare to check in and chill before sound check.
The Sunset Concert Series is produced by our friend Steve Stagner from Austin,Texas
 and hosted by The Madeline Hotel.

Within the confines of this massive hotel complex were several common green areas
where guests could gather to play games with their children, or socialize before dinner,
even watch movies, or to hear free concerts. We were playing the Sunset Concert at 5:30 till 7:30 pm. The multi floored hotel surrounded the courtyard common green area and made it possible for some folks to stay in their rooms and sit out on their terraces to watch and listen to the music.

Just as we finished our sound check at 5pm, the rain began. Every one scattered and ran for cover. With the forecast for the evening looking like more showers, the decision was made to move it all out of the common green area into and under a little covered corridor/tunnel  of restaurants.  It had a bit of a casual, side walk cafe, European villa feel and design or vibe. For sure it was not our average setting to play a concert, but different, and that’s what keeps it interesting.

Much to our delight and surprise there was a large contingency of Texans in Telluride at this time of year, “ getting out of the heat”. So word got around the hotel and resort that we were playing and consequently we had a strong showing from Texas represented, requesting songs and cheering us along. Come rain or come shine the show did go on! Everyone had a good time!  There was even a little dancing going on the green after the rain stopped and the sun came out.  Thanks Steve and Lisa for inviting us ad taking such great care of us. We’ll see you back in Austin at our concert at The Rock Room on August 30th. Everyone mark your calendars for that treat of a venue with Michael and I playing new songs and old!

Sunday, we’re packed up bright and early and hit the trail back down through the mountains,
winding along the river, through Dolores, back to highway 160 and then on south on 550 from Durango, all the way to Albuquerque, NM.The stretch of highway rolled through the most magnificent array of colored canyons and wide ranges and mesas.  We were in  definitely in Indian country.   I kept expecting smoke signals to appear from behind and over one of the hills
or to see a wagon train circled in the distance, or a herd of buffalo stampeding across the plains.
Even Michael, who lived in New Mexico for over thirty years, had never seen this part of the state.
He was amazed at what we were seeing. This would  be a drive to make and time for the sunset hour.  The colors will astound you.

Well we took a vote  and it was unanimous ….we had just one last chance for green chili before we left New Mexico, so in Albuquerque we had lunch at a famous diner called The Owl Cafe.
Look it up!  Check it out if you’re passing through on I-40 east heading towards Santa Rosa. Michael had eaten there before so he suggested it.  Good call Elvis! It’s a cool vintage, one of a kind, legendary place, with an individual juke box at each table. Remember those?  PLUS… “the best double green chili hamburger in the world!” according to Michael. How about a piece of that pie to go and a chocolate shake! I almost bought a tee shirt.

So we’re high tailing it,  heading east across New Mexico, to Fort Sumner, “where they shot the heck out of Billy the Kid” and buried him right off the side of the highway.  It is so convenient for everyone to stop and have a look. I almost bought another tee shirt!  Then comes Clovis, N.M.,  home of Norman Petty and his famous studio where Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Waylon Jennings recorded their early hits. Then a  ‘SLOW DOWN LOW DOWN’…and I  saw a hornets nests of ‘black and whites ‘ hidden behind bill boards in some small West Texas town.  It was like they were hunting fish in a barrel. Better watch your speed and set your cruise control. Then it’s onto Sweet Water, into Lubbock on down the pike to Austin.  Michael jumped off the stage coach somewhere outside of Austin, I rested for a spell, heated up some beans, had a cup of cowboy coffee, then broke camp before daylight. I continued on down to Houston.
Yes, It’s always good to be back home! Time to rest a bit and catch up on things.

This Saturday we will be in Alvin, Texas at the beautiful home of Pam and Greg Leitner for our annual “Relay For Life” concert…. so come on out.   For more info on tickets  please contact Pam at  281-393-1672 https://leitner-house-concerts.ticketbud.com/michael...  for tickets on line.  Having trouble with that link, so best to give her a call.  I think there are only 10 seats left!  Hope to see you there.

Snapshot taken by Lisa Stagner up in Telluride!  Thanks Lisa.   Shake