Wednesday, July 12, 2017



‘PURPLE MOUNTAIN’S MAJESTY’

Hello from Alamosa, Colorado. Its Tuesday morning the day after our house concert in here in Alamosa.  I am enjoying the 360 panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristos mountain range and the San Juan Del Norte mountains and  the fruited plains surrounding me. Life is very good.

The last time I checked in we were up in Red River, NM. Michael Hearne and I played the 4th of July parade, and a concert at the Bitter Creek Ranch, Michael  Martin Murphy “Chuck Wagon Series” on Wednesday night. Friday night we jammed at ‘The Lost Love Saloon’. It’s the cool little bar downstairs at ‘The Lodge' where we were staying during our visit to Red River. Mike Addington and Mark Webberneck hold court there most week nights and weekends. They were kind enough to let us sit in and share the night with them.

Saturday night we journeyed down to Taos and played at the KTAOS solar radio station.  It’s not only a radio station, but also has a grill and bar in the complex and an indoor stage and an outdoor stage for live concerts. We played on the inside stage and the place was jam-packed with dancers.  They all came out to see and hear and to welcome home Taos’ own prodigal son Michael Hearne. They love him up here for sure.  He could run for mayor! The night was a little like and had the same kind of vibe of Michael’s Big Barn Dance. There was a lot of fancy stepping, twirling and swirling going on. You just had to be there. Charles J. Cox was there taking pictures as he did up at Bitter Creek.  Check him out on Face book!  What a great gig it was. Thank you KTAOS for having us.

We had Sunday off so we drove on up to Alamosa and got here a day early. We’re at Teri and Don’s, which is also the home of Howlin’ Dog Studio.  Our friends Ezra and Keith of "Trout Fishing” were in Alamosa playing the train trip which we played last summer. They were on their way to Prescott, AZ. and were hanging out for a couple of days staying with Don and Teri. We had a chance to visit with them. After dinner we did a little living room picking.  We broke out some classics,  Poco, Buffalo Springfield, Van Morrison, Beatles, and a few originals thrown in. It was great fun.  Safe travels “Trout”.  We’ll see you at the Big Barn Dance in September.

Next door to Don and Teri’s home and studio is a beautiful, recently finished “Guest House” compliments of the David Clemmer family, where we were invited to stay while we are in Colorado. The Clemmer family partners with Teri and Don, Howlin' Dog Studios. It is also used for the house concerts Don and Teri host and where we  performed on Monday night. The beautiful house has a large high ceiling in the living room with large windows wrapped around, so you feel like you have the  great outdoors looking in. It’s the perfect place to play music. It was a ‘sell out' on a Monday night. Another Howling Dog act, “Pint and A Half” opened the show with a short set of material from their new CD “Boomtown Ghosts”. It was a pleasure to meet Duke and Tami Sheppard and hear them live. They and their music were well received. Michael and I had the big band configuration. Michael Hearne and Don Richmond, Mike Roberts on bass and Ezra Idlet sitting in on the Cajon and myself. We be jamming…It was a magical musical evening. At one point the roof nearly blew off of the new house. I think that was “Wish I Was a Freight Train” by Don Richmond with the band jamming with him!  Everyone left buzzing from the night. The ‘icing on the cake’ was after the show  I simply walked down the hall,took a left, and into my room.  You know, I could get used to that! It saves on late night driving and gas money.

Now we have a couple of days before we head to Colorado Spring for the Black Rose Acoustic Society concert series. We’ve never performed in Colorado Springs. This is a very prestigious concert series to play. We’re looking forward to bringing our music to an entirely new audience.

On our day off tomorrow I am going to check out the Sand Dunes National Park down the road from Alamosa.  It is just too close not to see this wonder of nature. I’ll send pics. I’ll see you up the road.
Stay tuned

Shake

Wednesday, July 5, 2017



RED RIVER DREAMS"

It’s the Fourth of July in Red River, NM.  I awake early around 6:30 to find empty folding chairs already in place lined up along the main drag, claims staked out for the parade. Our hotel balcony at THE LODGE overlooks the street so, I had a bird’s eye view of everything unfolding. By 8 o’clock they began arriving and arriving and arriving. Evidently the fourth of July parade in Red River is a pretty big deal. They came from all over. By parade time there were several thousand lined up along the parade route.  Michael Hearne and I performed on one of the floats representing TEXAS RED’S STEAKHOUSE plus a banner on both sides of the truck hauling the float promoting our show Wednesday night up at Bitter Creek.  Michael and I played while a pair of All-Star dancers from Taos kicked up their heels to the songs.
  
The last time I was in the rodeo parade in Houston, way back in the day, I lip-synced to a pre-recorded version of  my song  “Traveling Texas”. This time Michael and I were performing live… no Milli Vanelli this time. We got through the first song, everything was off to a good start when the generator overloaded from the PA system, and the PA shut down. Well, what can you do?  We became couple of unplugged mariachis for the first half of the parade. We strummed and sang as loud and as hard as we could so the dancers could at least hear us well enough to keep their beat. We were two gypsy song men smiling and waving as we passed by all the smiling faces of all ages in red, white and blue waving back. They were cheering us on.  I saw Uncle Sam in the crowd pointing right at me. We got a make shift partial PA rigged up by the second half to finish up the parade sharing a mic and one guitar line, but we made it work, and it was a unique experience and now a fun memory in the rear view mirror. You know… ‘I love a parade’.

Today it’s a beautiful morning.  It’s good to be out of the Texas heat for a while. There are a lot of Texans up here doing the same thing. I keep hearing quite a few “ Yawl’s all around me. So I’m drinking coffee looking out at a beautiful scene of green covered mountains and brilliant blue sky. We’re heading over to THE OLD THYMER’S for breakfast.It is a lazy morning.  Just the way I like it.

Tonight we play up at Bitter Creek for the annual Chuck Wagon Show. It’s a tradition Michael Martin Murphy began. This year they had Michael Hearne and SXSW on Monday night. I jumped up and sang a few with them. Michael invited me to come up and play on Wednesday. Mike Roberts joins us along with our friend and producer Don Richmond. There will be barbecue and music and dancing to the mountain sunset and the night stars will come out over a pristine little mountain lake.  It’s quite a setting to play music.
I’ll send pics along with this, so you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about. Thats what’s shakin for now. I’ll keep you posted on upcoming events.
Stay tuned.
Shake



Friday, June 30, 2017



After a great house concert in El Lago with Maggie Asher and Chris Ennis home.  What a beautiful backyard and stage looking over their pool.  Even had sand to giggle your toes in for a small beach at the back of the pool.  We are coming back next year but Maggie says maybe not in June.  How about April, Maggie. Thank you and Chris for your hospitality and your great friends who came for the show!

And now, we just had the Longest Day of the year and ‘triple digits’….104 degrees outside. Summer is here. Yep, it’s warming up in Dripping Springs.  The deer are looking for shade.  The fox is looking for water. We’re preparing to load the ponies and head north to New Mexico and Colorado for most the month of July. We have a handful of shows up that way. We plan to see some sights on our days off. It is sort of a paid vacation. We begin on July 5th at the Bitter Creek  Ranch Amphitheater up above Red River, N.M.  It’s a beautiful outdoor venue that sits on a little mountain lake.  It’ll be a great way experience music and for us to kick off the tour.  Music starts at 6:00 PM.

On July 8 we mosey on down to TAOS for a show at the
KTAOS Solar Radio Station Pavilion in El Prado, New Mexico, a live acoustic show. The station has a concert hall connected and that’s where we’re performing. Hey all you barn dance folks, come on out and have some fun.  July 10 we play a house concert in Alamosa, CO hosted by Teri and Don Richmond.  It’s on a Monday evening so we will begin earlier for this show.  For more information go to teri@howlindogrecords.com.  Our opening act will be “Pint and a Half”, another one of our fellow musicians on the Howlin’ Dog label.   July 14 we’re way up in Colorado to Colorado Springs for a show at “The Black Rose Society” concert series. Show starts at 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The following week we’ll be picking and singing for a couple of nights at The Lodge Hotel in Red River, N.M.  It is a main favorite gathering place in town and always fun place to play.

We then journey to Telluride, CO. to play at the "Historic Sheridan Opera House" on Thursday, July 20. The Crown Jewel of Telluride, CO.  Americana Showcase and Songwriter Fest with my buddy, Michael Hearne.  Thank you Steve Stagner for having us at this beautiful venue!  Our final show on this trip is in Los Alamos. I will be playing with Michael Hearne and the Energizer Bunny, Jimmy Stadler will join us at Ashley Pond. It is Country and Americana from Texas and Taos.  That is our last show on this trip and we head home to Dripping Springs. 

We will back in Houston for a show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, first Sat. in August, the 5th!  7:30 show and we are looking forward to being back at the Duck!!  www.mcgonigels.com for tickets.

See you up the road, and as always, thanks for supporting live music!  Shake

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



“GIVE ME THE BEAT BOYS…AND FREE MY SOUL”

Last night Michael Hearne and I along with Mike Roberts were Christine Albert’s
“special guests”at El Mercado Mystery Monday Show, with Bobby Callas on drums and                     Chip Dolan sitting in on piano and accordion.  It was a big band sound night and without a set list. This Monday night was different than usual because of Jimmy LaFave’s passing on Sunday.  The music community still in shock and disbelief that he was gone.  Everyone seemed to gather last night just to be together and share his memory and music a little.  The place was packed and all sorts of Austin’s best musical guests came by to sing a couple of songs and pay tribute to Jimmy. Butch Hancock and his son, Eliza Gilykson, Tish Hinojosa, Marcia Ball, Ray Bonneville, Slaid Cleaves, John Inmon, and others contributed to a fantastic, rousing right of music.  Everyone left a little lighter in heart than when they came in.

This Thursday night May 25th my old friend Clint black is rolling into Austin for a show at The Nutty Brown.  Clint has recorded several songs we’ve written together, PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES, ONE MORE PAYMENT, OUR KIND OF LOVE, MILK AND COOKIES (‘till Santa’s Gone), HEY HOT ROD, and YOU DON’T NEED ME NOW.  Thank you Clint.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen him and his band. Clint invited me to come out Thursday night and sing a couple of songs with his band. This will be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it.  Clint has had the same core band all these many years and they are a tight, crackerjack band.  That says a whole lot about what kind of man Clint is.  (Clint and his band played on my CD “LET LOVE BE TRUE” when I recorded it in Nashville.)  So folks…If you don’t have any plans for Thursday night come on out to The Nutty Brown and catch Clint Black! Clint and his band will put on a rocking’ stellar show.  I guarantee it.

HEADS UP KERRVERTS’…..
Friday night we’ll head to The Kerrville Folk Festival for a visit to that music fest in the hills. American Dreamer kicks it off,  followed by ‘Trout Fishing’, ‘The Rifters’, then Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I. Due to Jimmy LaFaves’s unfortunate passing this past Sunday, the Friday closing set will be a tribute to Jimmy hosted by Ray Bonneville and will feature members of Jimmy’s band and friends.  No doubt there will be some jamming going on the stage that night.

After Kerrville, I’ll be heading up to Alamosa, CO to begin work on my next CD with Don Richmond producing and playing on the album. I am really looking forward to getting back into the recording studio with Don and creating some new material. It’s really one of my favorite things to do.  And, I’m not putting a deadline on this one.  I’m going to take my sweet time and work on it over the summer.

I’ll let you know how it goes and send you some pics and samples of what we’re doing up there.
So stay tuned.  There’s much more to come.  I’ll talk with you up the road.

Thanks,
Shake

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday May 15,2017


‘PLACES IN TEXAS….

Last Thursday night I was in Johnson City, TX. swapping songs and telling stories with singer songwriter George Ensle at ‘THE 290 WINERY’ The show was promoted by Mark Stevens who has already produced several shows at the new venue.  I want to thank my old friends and patrons of live music, Al and Kay Pratt, for suggesting George and I to Mark. It has been a while since I played Johnson City, not since Al and Kay ran The Silver K Cafe.  So it was great to hear of a new live music venue in town. The 290 Winery on the west end of town (just past the traffic light) is a beautiful setting for relaxing a bit and a enjoying a glass of Texas wine, and maybe hear a little music. Thank you Warren Vilmaire and wife Susan Kirchman,  and Alison Lanik for being great hosts and for opening yet another …one of a kind place… to see and visit while traveling through the hill country of Texas. Plenty of folks did turn out on a Thursday evening. We received a good, warm Johnson City welcome back.  I saw some old faces I hadn’t seen in some time and met a few new ones.  I sure hope to return again later this summer and bring Michael Hearne.  We look forward to a drive to Johnson City to have lunch with Kay and Al and visit the “Texcetera” Gallery as well as Susan’s “Kirchman Contemporary Fine Art Gallery”! 

Saturday I traveled east on highway 290 to Burton, Texas. I played a “surprise” birthday party for a long time, hard core fan from back in “The Houston Days” Cynthia Vancil , better known as ‘SuSu’  to all her friends and family who were there to celebrate her big “Medicare Birthday Bash”.  She and her husband Lloyd hosted the party on their gorgeous 86 acre ranch just a few miles off of 290.  SuSu was so excited I was there, and she knew the words to all my old songs from the 70’s, some I didn’t even remember! We got her up to sing on a song or two. She looked like she was having a birthday to remember! It was great fun and naturally topped off with a big beautiful Texas sunset to end the evening…but not the party…. Happy Birthday SuSu!  Thanks for making us a part of your ‘Surprise’ party.

This Thursday night, May 18,  Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I will
return to ‘SUSANNA’S KITCHEN’ in Wimberley, TX. www.wimberleyumc.org It is a long standing concert series we love to play. The series is presented by the Wimberley Methodist Church on 1200 County Road 1492.  The show starts at 7:30 pm.  Please save me some pie.   I hope to see you out for the show.

FOR ALL OF YOU IN THE DALLAS AREA…Saturday May 20,  the Trio will be performing at the ‘THE 25th WILDFLOWER ARTS and MUSIC FESTIVAL In Richardson, TX.  This is a highly coveted music festival of Texas. I haven’t performed at the festival in many moons. It’s a multi-billed/multi staged Saturday night. Michael Hearne and I will be playing at 10pm, final show of the evening, on ”The Singers/Songwriter Stage” in the Eismann Center. We’re excited at the opportunity to perform at the festival.  If you’re in the area come on out. For more info please go to www.wildflowerfestival.com.

The following Monday night May 22, we cruise into Austin for ‘Mystery Monday’ at the El MERCADO Restaurant on South 1st Street. Music starts at 7:30pm. Come early and have dinner. It’s always a fun experience and expect the unexpected. That is why it’s called “MYSTERY MONDAY”. You just never know.

This is what I’ve been up to the past week or so
 Also what’s coming up the road. We hope to see you at one of the upcoming shows.
Stay tuned for more info.

Thanks,
Shake