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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

Entertaining, poignant, educational, respectful, fun, and even “cute” are a few words that have been used to describe the Almost Patsy Cline Band! Since 2001, Bandera’s award-winning Official Goodwill Ambassadors have toured Texas performing a wide selection of classic country and variety dance music: everything from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline, with an emphasis on two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, and classic rock. These seasoned entertainers also tour three original well-received, interactive, and fun stage shows: "From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America" honors patriotism and timeless songs from the Library of Congress. "Timeless Tunes: The Stories and the Songs" explores country music history through the songs of legends like Bob Wills. "Merry Texas Christmas" highlights songs that became a Texas Christmas tradition. All three are a perfect blend of history, narration, voice, and instrumentation. Band members can also give an acoustic school demonstration of customized selections for grade level.

contact
Lanette Pennell
PO Box 1643
Bandera, TX  78003

phone 210/844-8549
fax /
e-mail band.leader1@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $400 - $2500
website http://www.almostpatsyclineband.com

 

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Since 1970 Asleep at the Wheel has boldly defied the mainstream-- and thrived-- by sticking to a distinctly American art form, Western Swing. They've entertained millions and recorded over two dozen albums resulting in nine GRAMMY awards. Founded in Paw Paw, West Virginia, the band gained a following in the San Francisco Bay area before settling permanently in Austin, TX in 1973. Front man Ray Benson, with the big voice and 6’ 7” stature, evokes with each performance the legacy and continuing vitality of a music first popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Program 1: Concert, includes the legendary presentation by Ray Benson and his band of Texas Swing hotshots, singing songs like "Miles and Miles of Texas," “Route 66," and "San Antonio Rose." Program 2: “Asleep at the Wheel On Screen and On Stage” presents a 35-minute film chronicling the improbable four-decade transformation of a ragtag bunch into Texas cultural icons, immediately followed by a live concert presentation.

contact
Ferrin Schriner
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 125
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail ferrin@bismeauxrecords.com
public performance/concert $12500 - $20000
optional service film + concert $12500 - $20000
website http://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

The Derailers

The Derailers

The Derailers are an American country music band based in Austin and were founded in 1994. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos have been one of the band’s primary influences from the beginning, along with legends such as George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and the Beatles. In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated, and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener, and dance floor. The Derailers tour all across the United States, but mostly in Texas, performing a mix of well-crafted original songs and thoughtfully chosen cover songs. The band describes their sound as mirroring the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor. They have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60's pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
website http://derailers.com/

 

Amber Digby

Amber Digby

When Amber Digby sings, people listen. "Amber is a great traditional singer," says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation, "which is so hard to find these days," it's just the simple truth. Amber was raised in Nashville by parents who have been in country music for decades. Amber realized her dreams of becoming a country music singer at the age of three. She recorded her first album in 2002 and she has created an overwhelming base of fans from all over the world. Amber Digby and her band Midnight Flyer tour regularly as an American country and honky tonk band that is breaking ground in modern country music. While Amber has toured internationally, playing at festivals in Sweden, Australia, Norway, and France, she also has the Grand Ole Opry to her credit. Amber Digby has released 10 albums of songs she has written or co-written with Country Music Hall of Fame legend Vince Gill, Dale Dodson, and Odie Blackmon.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
website http://www.amberdigby.com

 

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band is a six-piece traditional country and western swing band that features three fiddles and the best musicians known in their fields. Bobby toured with Ray Price for five years as First Fiddle/Violin and has performed with numerous artists on major labels. Bobby is a GRAMMY Award recipient, and has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and the prestigious Southern Legends of Entertainment. His music plays daily at Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Radio and on other great country radio stations all over the world. Bobby Flores & the Yellow Rose Band perform at dance halls, theaters, opries, rodeos, and private engagements.

contact
Judy Rountree
P.O. Box 927
Blanco, TX  78606

phone 682/429-8881
fax /
e-mail judy@bobbyfloresband.com
public performance/concert $3500 - $20000
school performance $750 - $2500
website http://www.bobbyflores.com

 

The Gimbles

The Gimbles

The Gimbles comprises the second and third generations of a legendary Texas music family. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble-– Johnny is considered to have been the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Playing alongside the elder Gimble for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only that kind of intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has continued the tradition by playing actively with both her dad and granddad over two decades while also working with her contemporaries to recharge the music. The Gimbles' program is a mix of western swing, swing standards from the 30’s & 40’s, some honky-tonk and country blues, and a healthy sampling of Johnny’s own beloved compositions. Emily and Dick perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny’s notable disciples, including such accomplished fiddlers as Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, Wes Westmoreland, or Katie Holmes. For larger presentations, The Gimbles can assemble a full scale swing ensemble.

contact
Marilynn Gimble
168 Private Road
Waco, TX  76708

phone 254/754-2445
fax 254/754-2445
e-mail mmgimble@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $2500
school performance $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + guest fiddler $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + full band $2500 - $3500
website http://www.thegimbles.com

 

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

Warren Hood hails from the fertile musical grounds of Austin, Texas. The son of music legend Champ Hood, Warren began playing the violin at eleven, and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music. Warren became recognized as a virtuosic fiddler, and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer as a founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. Warren has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Warren tours extensively with the Waybacks and the BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo. The Warren Hood Band features Warren Hood on fiddle and vocals, Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and award-winning pianist and vocalist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, as well as bass and drums. Warren Hood can also appear as a solo and duo artist.

contact
Book Warren Hood
3005 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/577-1595
fax /
e-mail bookwarrenhood@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.warrenhood.com

 

Elana James

Elana James

Violinist and singer/songwriter Elana James is an internationally acclaimed performer who has been featured at countless major concerts and music festivals worldwide. Along with her solo career she is the driving fiddle player in the hot jazz/western swing trio the Hot Club of Cowtown. In 2004-06, Elana was the first female instrumentalist in thirty years to tour with Bob Dylan as part of his band. Elana is also a regular guest on Prairie Home Companion and has also appeared on The Grand Ole Opry, All Things Considered, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town, and many others. Along with standard gypsy jazz, klezmer, and western swing, Elana's original material crosses into the indie folk world with ease. She blends these worlds seamlessly with her lyrics, voice, and fiddle/violin stylings.

contact
Book Elana James
PO Box 685335
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512/470-1259
fax /
e-mail bookelana@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3000
website http://www.elanajames.com

 

Light Crust Doughboys

Light Crust Doughboys

The Light Crust Doughboys (the State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors as proclaimed by the Texas Legislature) are touring Texas with perhaps the most exciting stage show in the band's 84-year history. Present Doughboys include Dion Pride (son of Charley), Randy Wills (cousin of Bob), Mr. Violin Showmanship Marek Eneti, and Doughboy veterans Art Greenhaw, and Jim Baker. The group covers the state from the smallest hamlet to the largest city, from the most intimate art gallery to the largest festival, with music that launched Doughboy Bob Wills and hundreds of others. The Light Crust Doughboys tour with their 84-year Texas history of country blues, old-time fiddle music, Texas western swing, rockabilly, cowboy, and a sprinkling of patriotic, spiritual, and pop music. Full symphonic arrangements to Doughboys' hit songs are available upon request. Ballet and modern dance collaborations are possible and have been highly successful in past touring years.

contact
Art Greenhaw
105 S. Broad St.
Mesquite, TX  75149

phone 972/285-5618
fax /
e-mail artgreenhaw@webtv.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $4000
optional service lecture-demo $1000 - $4000
optional service symphony or dance collaboration $3500 - $10000
website http://www.lightcrustdoughboys.org

 

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

They are not sure when people began lumping all folk music into soft or subtle categories. Sometimes it just doesn’t always apply. If you’ve ever experienced the Lost and Nameless Orchestra, you know exactly what they’re talking about. Chris Peterson and Patrick Conway first met in St. Louis in 1993, and they made an instant connection between performing traditional fiddle tunes and their original songs. Moving to Austin in 2006, they added multi-instrumentalist/fiddler Kimberly Zielnicki and keyboardist Nathan Quiring. All of this talent in one band is mind-blowing, and it surely explains their fierce and varied live performances. To play the kinds of music the Lost and Nameless Orchestra wants to play-- and this is a quartet capable of Irish fiddle tunes, pop-folk ballads, Eastern European jazz numbers, contemporary country and more-- they've all picked up new instruments to serve the music: Patrick on harmonica to Nathan's accordion to Kimberly's bass guitar to Chris' lap steel. Their innate talents allow them to make switching instruments and genres easy, from western swing to gypsy jazz.

contact
Book Lost and Nameless
PO Box 40882
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/256-3706
fax /
e-mail booklostandnameless@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $2000
website http://www.lostandnameless.com/

 

Marshall Ford Swing Band

Marshall Ford Swing Band

With firm roots in traditional country music, the Marshall Ford Swing Band found more than inspiration when studying under Texas fiddle legend Johnny Gimble. Namely, they met Emily Gimble, Johnny’s granddaughter, who became the band’s co-lead singer and pianist, while pushing them deep into the world of western swing. Greg Harkins leads the Marshall Ford Swing Band on guitar and vocals, Kris Wade plays upright bass, and James Gwyn is the band's drummer. This core quartet is often augmented by Austin violinists Danny Levin or Katie Holmes. The Marshall Ford Swing Band tours as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet. The band showcases western swing traditions, while drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Nat King Cole, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker, and Django Reinhardt. The Marshall Ford Swing Band's combination of toe-tapping western swing and bebop jazz can swing any dance floor into a full tilt boogie.

contact
Book Marshall Ford Swing Band
PO Box 41808
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/667-4954
fax /
e-mail bookmfsb@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $3000
website http://www.marshallfordswingband.com/

 

MilkDrive

MilkDrive

Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features Texas award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience marked by sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship. The Austin-based band's second studio album, WAVES, featuring Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, was released in 2012. The band performs a mix of traditional music with influences from bluegrass, jazz, swing and old-time music.

contact
Heidi Labensart
9013 Palace Pkwy
Austin, TX  78748

phone 512/698-2621
fax /
e-mail heidi@mcguckinpr.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.milkdrive.com

 

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have released fourteen albums between them, toured with combined solo shows, and appeared on each other's records. The Bruce & Kelly Show is a nationally renowned favorite. The duo's 2013 release "Cheater's Game," their first full-album collaboration, garnered two nominations from the Americana Music Association for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year, and the album remained #1 on the Americana charts for 12 weeks. Bruce and Kelly can tour as a full band or as a duo. Bruce Robison can tour with a small acoustic group or as a solo act. He can also teach songwriting workshops. Kelly can also appear with her own backing band independently from Bruce.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $750 - $1000
optional service workshop/camp $1000 - $3000
website http://www.brucerobison.com

 

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel is an American rockabilly and Texas country band. Before there was Americana or Texas country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his band created a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of "Texas" sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk. The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the city’s most loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine and launching a 20-year journey for the band. Two Tons of Steel performs their own original music from eight albums. The band has performed numerous times at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas. In 2013, the band marked 18 years of "Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall." The summer-long event drew 13,000 fans in 2012 and more than 150,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995.

contact
Aggie Gardener
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $2500
website http://www.twotons.com

 

Redd Volkaert

Redd Volkaert

Redd Volkaert is arguably the best guitarist in a town (Austin) overflowing with them. Inspiring a cult of guitar twangers, Redd made his name as lead picker with Merle Haggard. He is an in-demand studio pro and guitar clinician in LA and Nashville but makes his home in Bastrop, TX. Redd plays everything from good ole country to honky tonk to western swing, is a great singer, and leads his own 4/5 piece band in everything honky tonk! He holds a GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance on Brad Paisley’s "Cluster Pluck." Watching him do those flashy licks like no other human being could ever do...you watch a master.

contact
Bill Penn
PO Box 1652
Manchaca, TX  78652

phone 512/771-8303
fax /
e-mail redcowbill@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $1750 - $7500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $7500
website http://www.reddvolkaert.com

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. Watson is an American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin. He coined "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. Doing just this, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans, achieving national and international critical acclaim and receiving constant demand for appearances. Dale Watson tours fronting his band, the Lonestars, performing Watson’s original songs consisting of classic honky tonk, country and Western music that he best describes as "Ameripolitan." Watson tours all over the country, but can be found playing regularly at his Monday night residence at the Continental Club. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $5000
school performance $2500 - $3500
website http://www.dalewatson.com

 


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