State Artist Marcia Ball
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician, has won worldwide fame and countless fans with her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers worldwide. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ball has recorded 15 solo albums, including six for Alligator Records (four of them Grammy-nominated). With each new release, including 2018’s Shine Bright, Ball’s reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. She draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with recognizable characters, regional flavors, universal themes and colorful scenes. Marcia’s love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Photo: Mary Bruton.
E-Flat Porch Band
The E-Flat Porch Band is named for the porch in McKinney, Texas where the members first practiced-- it resonates to the key of E-flat. Audiences are entertained with a unique blend of acoustic "porch music," including blues, folk, early country, jazz and original tunes. This "porch" band is visually exciting as well, with multiple instruments played at one time, including one made out of a wooden soda pop box. Known for their fun delivery and quick wit, this band takes their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. You will enjoy learning about our rich and varied blues musical heritage. Typical programs include Texas blues such as "Fishing Blues" by Henry Thomas, Mississippi Delta blues such as Robert Johnson's songs, swing jazz like "Route 66," and 20’s and 30’s blues from Tampa Red. Traditional tunes by legendary Texas blues artists highlight playing styles such as the "dead thumb" technique of Mance Lipscomb and the slide mastery of Blind Willie Johnson. Band members are also songwriters, and performances include their original songs such as "Long Gone Again." Programs for schools are tailored for age appropriate curriculum needs, and library programs highlight books in the facility’s collection which relate to the musical performance. Photo by Adah Leah Wolf.
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass
McKinney, TX 75069
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $90 - $1,110
State Artist Joe Ely
Joe Ely, 2016 Texas State Musician, is a true pioneer of the Americana sound. Ely’s boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk might most accurately be described as “Texas Roadhouse.” His musical roots were established as a boy growing up on the vast and empty plains of West Texas. Ely’s legend was forged onstage, with relentlessly riveting live performances, hammered out over thousands of shows and countless touring miles from Lubbock to London and back again the long way around. Ely is embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash. Over his four-decade career, he’s been at the forefront of Outlaw Country, Alt-Country, and Texas Country and has been recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Ely has garnered well-deserved accolades including a GRAMMY Award, a CMA Award, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a solo artist, he is also widely known for his musical partnership with country’s first super group, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texas troubadours Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.
Eve & The Exiles
Eve & the Exiles' Texas roots always shine through with their blend of down and dirty blues grooves and gritty rock n roll. Eve Monsees has been a fixture in the Austin music scene since the age of 15. Along with fellow guitarist and neighbor Gary Clark, Jr., the two cut their teeth playing blues together as teenagers, eventually branching off to form their own bands. An original member of both the Fabulous Thunderbirds and LeRoi Brothers, Exiles drummer Mike Buck has toured extensively throughout his illustrious career. In addition to founding Eve & the Exiles, both Mike and Eve are also owners of the iconic Antone's Record Shop in Austin, TX. Their shared passion for playing music and collecting records has helped shape the sound of the band. Photo by The Christinos: Christina Murrey & Tino Mauricio.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2,500- $4,000
school performance $1,500- $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
Guy Forsyth is an award-winning blues musician with gripping, powerful vocals who delivers energetic yarns about love, the government, and the apocalypse, to name just a few. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered numerous instruments including acoustic, electric, and slide guitar; harmonica; ukulele; and singing saw. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with the Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of fans in Texas and beyond. Guy Forsyth performs solo, as well as with his three-piece band, featuring Guy on vocals, guitar, harmonica, singing saw, and more, with bass and drums. Guy also tours and performs with his Hot Nut Riveters project, a five- or six-piece acoustic ensemble performing prohibition-era jazz. Photo by Rodney Bursiel Photography.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $1,000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can ignite any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the US Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY nominations for Best Blues Album, three-time Best Female Vocalist from Austin Music Awards, and Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet or quintet configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music. Photo by John Carrico.
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA 2144
public performance/concert $3,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
Pamela Hart is highly regarded as Austin, Texas' finest jazz vocalist. Noted by Austin Woman magazine as "Austin’s First Lady of Jazz," Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality have audiences raving. "Her warm, clear tones and meticulously controlled pitch carry an illusion of effortlessness”-- Tribeza Magazine. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience. Born in Los Angeles, California, Pamela moved to Austin, Texas in 1982 and has been performing since 1991. Throughout her singing career, Pamela has repeatedly opened shows for, and shared stages with, many popular artists including Miss Nancy Wilson; Dianne Reeves; Kirk Whalum; Rachelle Ferrell; Joyce Cooling, and more. Pamela Hart is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any jazz aficionado. Be prepared to shout "encore!” Pamela produces and performs in the Women in Jazz Association, Inc. concert series. In addition to singing, Pamela mentors young singers. In addition to performing jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, blues, R&B and gospel. For more information, music videos, mp3s and photos, and schedule visit www.pamelahart.com. Photo by David Gotlieb.
PO Box 200576
Austin, TX 78720
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $200 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
Jazz Houston is a Houston-based jazz institution led by renowned trombonist and artistic director Vincent Gardner. He has spent the last 17 years performing with Wynton Marsalis and is currently the principal trombonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He also spent the previous four years as the founding director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Jazz Houston has a broad roster of artists and repertoire consisting of multiple programs showcasing works across genres, composers, and time periods that can be customized for each audience. The programs are a mix of sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, jazz, blues, Latin and gospel, performed by various sized ensembles from vocal soloists to the full 15-piece jazz orchestra. Photo by Frank Stewart.
PO Box 37268
Houston, TX 77237
public performance/concert $1,500 - $15,000
school performance $700 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,500
Nakia and the Blues Grifters
Before Nakia was a Top 8 finalist on the first season of "The Voice" on NBC, he was fronting Nakia and the Blues Grifters. In fact, it was his full-throated, soulful performance on a YouTube video of the band that led to producer Mark Burnett recruiting him for the hit TV show in 2011. Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002. After a brief stint in the Small Stars, a tongue-in-cheek lounge act fronted by Fastball's Miles Zuniga, he formed Nakia & His Southern Cousins, got booked to perform at the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, and wound up singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Alejandro Escovedo heard him at a Rolling Stones tribute, which led to him singing backing vocals on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love album. Nakia formed the Blues Grifters with guitarist and producer Mac McNabb (Patty Griffin, Michael Fracasso), bass player Chris Johnson (Roky Erickson, McLemore Avenue), and drummer Kevin Lance (Carolyn Wonderland, Gnappy). Photo by Reuben Atkins.
Austin, TX 78714
public performance/concert $2,500 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1500 - $2,500
The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 18, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 21, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were very young. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers' self-titled debut album won the Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album of 2015. In addition to holding a standing room only weekly residency at Austin's famed music hall the Continental Club, Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences playing gigs throughout the United States. The Peterson Brothers have appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, and many more. They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Willie Nelson, and Los Lonely Boys, and gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor. Photo by Mario Villeda.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $4,000- $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
Born in Illinois, raised on the border in McAllen, and now residing near Austin, soul singer-songwriter Aaron Stephens is a triple threat. Blessed with a warm, rich voice that harkens to soul legends such as Bill Withers and Al Green and paired with bluesy, rootsy, Derek Trucks-inspired slide guitar, Stephens' sound is brought together through his own imaginative arrangements and methodical songwriting that can be both introspective and broad-reaching, drawing inspirations from soul, blues, roots, pop, and funk. Aaron's typical format is a 5-piece band, but he is available in solo, duo, and trio formats (acoustic or electric) and has experimented with a big band set-up featuring additional horns and back-up singers. Photo by Eric Morales.
PO Box 186
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $400 - $3,250
school performance $500 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David "Fathead" Newman; see website for more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the "jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. In 2017 Peggy created LuluFest Austin, again focussing on women leaders, currently in its 2nd year. Available programs: solo piano ; piano combos (trio, quartet, etc.) with sax, bass, drums, guitar ; jazz choir training (a great community builder) ; Lady Be Good (western swing band) ; Estrella Salsa (salsa band, with horns and rhythm section). Photo by Dana Stringer, Musicroom.com.
6869 Auckland Dr
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,000
State Artist Jimmie Vaughan
Dallas native Jimmie Vaughan, 2015 Texas State Musician, is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed guitarists in the world of contemporary music. His groundbreaking band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, introduced the Texas blues to the MTV generation and a universal audience. Vaughan has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as his work as a solo artist, in addition to the critically acclaimed “Family Style” record he recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, which sold over one million copies worldwide. Jimmie has performed and recorded with legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Throughout his career, Jimmie has carried on the Texas blues tradition of T Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Lightning Hopkins, while creating his own unique sound and style. Jimmie Vaughan is proud and honored to be a Texas musician.
A Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee and long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Miss Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band of ace players. Miss Lavelle has performed internationally with an array of iconic artists and offers shows that are a mixture of blues, soul, funk and reggae, largely songs of her own composition. Her work radiates strength and optimism as it reflects her history: she grew up a sharecropper's daughter and through music, found hope and a new life. The strong rhythms of her program invite dance, and her charm and interaction with her audience create a "feel good" atmosphere. She routinely gets standing ovations after her shows. Miss Lavelle regularly performs with her five-piece band, The L Men, but offers concerts and mini-concerts for venues of all sizes. Photo by Marv Edmund Howse.
4515 Avenue F
Austin, TX 78751
public performance/concert $600 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD