Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2020

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) have brought a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now 8-piece band. Asleep at the Wheel holiday show "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" showcases songs from AATW's 3 Christmas albums "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" "Santa Loves to Boogie" and "Lone Star Christmas Night." It's a fun and festive holiday show, giving concertgoers a true Texas Christmas music experience. Asleep at the Wheel also offers a Symphony Show. Since 2007, Asleep at the Wheel has been performing with symphonies all around the country. Also in 2007, they recorded an album with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This unique show takes on AATW's hits, Bob Wills tunes, and songs of the Alamo with special arrangements to feature the symphony orchestra. Photo by Mike Shore.

contact
Sam Seifert
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512-444-9885
phone#2 512-444-9944
e-mail sam@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $12,500 - $20,000
travel/per diem/lodging $800 - $1,500
website http://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

The Derailers

The Derailers

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. Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served. In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As guitarist Brian Hofeldt puts it, "I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in." Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Photo by Tiffany Hofeldt.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $4,000 - $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://derailers.com

 

Will Dupuy and Friends

Will Dupuy and Friends

Will Dupuy has been playing music since the age of 5. His professional career began at the age of 19, touring the world with the South Austin Jug Band and Bruce Robison. Will continues his work as a singer-songwriter in two arenas, children's music and adult music. In 2008, Will began teaching and performing preschool music full time across Central Texas. "Mr. Will" was born. Will has the necessary skills to engage and entertain children of all ages, making TEKs fun! His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among students of all ages, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. He has led songwriting and instrument workshops at festivals and schools. He also has a cowboy-themed presentation that features cowboy songs and the history of cowboys in Texas. Will also leads lectures and Q&A’s about his experience in the music business. Will’s children’s concerts and country music concerts are frequently featured in the same event, providing a day of entertainment for all ages. The country music band is a mix of country, Tex Mex, and bluegrass music. Photo by Matt Wright Steele.

contact
K.T. Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $2,000
website http://www.mrwillmusic.com

 

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores, Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Famer, is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer, and first call session musician. He has recorded and performed on stage with the legendary and late Ray Price. He toured with Mr. Price for five years as his first fiddle/violin, and led the string section. He has also shared the stage and recorded with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Red Steagall, and Doug Sahm...just to name a few. He has been featured on over 500 albums, CDs and singles, including performances on major labels. You can hear Bobby's music on great classic country radio all over the world. This GRAMMY Award winner can be seen on RFD TV's "Tru-Country" and "Midwest Country Music Show" regularly. Most recently, he was inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2017 at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band perform as a six-piece traditional country & western swing band for dance halls, theaters, opries, rodeos and private engagements. Photo by Shot-in-Texas.

contact
Judy Rountree
PO Box 927
Blanco, TX  78606

phone 682-429-8881
phone#2 830-438-3565
e-mail judy@bobbyfloresband.com
public performance/concert $3,750 - $20,000
school performance $750 - $3,000
workshop fees $2,700 - $7,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,200
website http://www.bobbyflores.com/

 

The Gimbles

The Gimbles

The Gimbles (Dick and Emily) carry on the tradition of playing true Texas music and not only that, they know it first-hand. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble, who is considered the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western swing. Playing alongside Johnny for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only an intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has played with Johnny and Dick spanning two decades; meanwhile she plays with her own generation of musicians and has been revitalizing Western swing for the future. The Gimbles' program consists of a mix of Western swing, jazz standards from the 30's & 40's, some honky tonk and country blues, and some of Johnny's classic compositions. Emily and Dick can perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny's devotees, including such beloved fiddlers as Katie Shore, Wes Westmoreland, Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, & Warren Hood. The Gimbles can assemble a band from duo to a full-on Texas swing ensemble. They are equally passionate about sharing their knowledge of Texas music through workshops and music camps across the state & country. Photo by Marilynn Gimble.

contact
Marilynn Gimble
168 Private Road
Waco, TX  76708

phone 254-717-1052
phone#2 254-723-3900
e-mail mmgimble@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,200- $4,000
school performance $1,200 - $2,500
workshop fees $300 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://thegimbles.com/

 

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown

Austin, Texas-based hot jazz and Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown blends the early Western swing of Bob Wills and Milton Brown with European hot string jazz of the same era. The band also writes its own material and reinterprets everything from hoedowns to American songbook standards in its own, original style. Voted Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the Year 2015 and inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004, HCCT has toured with Bob Dylan and others and represented Texas music throughout the world for the US State Department from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman. Ten studio albums, a global following, and the relentless passion of its live shows are the band's continuing trademark. "This trio's stylistic genesis-- as well as title-- stems from the realization that the great heritage of strings (guitars and violins) originates mutually with the Manouche gypsies of France and the no-less virtuosic hillbilly pickers and fiddlers of Oklahoma and Texas… the threesome of high-heeled violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin showed from the beginning that jazz and country music could exist together on the same page, a highly commendable achievement if ever there was one." -Wall Street Journal. Photo by JJ Johnson.

contact
Dan Peraino

Boston, MA  2134

phone 617-254-0007
phone#2
e-mail dan@thekurlandagency.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,000 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $400
website http://www.thekurlandagency.com/

 

Jason Roberts Band

Jason Roberts Band

GRAMMY Award winner and four-time Hall of Fame individual inductee Jason Roberts leads the Jason Roberts Band on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. The band plays Western swing, jazz, and traditional country at performing arts centers, theaters, dance halls, festivals and private events. Band musicians include George Strait's long-time guitar player Rick McRae; country music veteran Albert Quaid on bass; Tony Ramsey on drums; Dave Biller on steel; and Wayne Glasson on piano. In addition to standard two- or three-set live shows, the Jason Roberts Band performs a thematic program that is well received at performing arts centers and local theaters. The show illustrates the evolution of swing music, starting briefly with traditional fiddle, then progressing through ragtime/Dixieland, the blues, big band, Western swing, and ending with straight up "Jazz in Cowboy Hats." The strength of the musicians in the Jason Roberts Band lies in their range and ability to showcase all of these genres. Audiences see how all of these influences came together to become Western swing, itself a precursor to rock and roll and how Bob Wills and his players were bending strings to boogie rhythms in the 1940s-- long before Elvis and Little Richard. Photo by Lisa Pollard, LP Artwork.

contact
Jason Roberts
4203 Shoalwood Ave.
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512-656-7409
phone#2 512-656-7409
e-mail texas.jaybird@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
website http://www.jasonrobertsband.com

 

State Artist Shelley King

State Artist Shelley King

Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.

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Perry Drake
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX  78764

phone 512-386-6355
phone#2
e-mail lemonade_records@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $400 - $7,000
school performance $200 - $2,000
workshop fees $400 - $5,000
website http://www.shelleyking.com

 

Carson McHone

Carson McHone

Carson McHone, a songwriter from Austin, Texas, "writes songs like her life depends on it" (Ray Wylie Hubbard), and brings an intelligence to alt-country that is both immediate and lyrical. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Shaky Graves, among others. McHone has been working on a new album in Nashville with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Patty Griffin) and performed at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the Americana Music Festival. Photo by Aaron Bir.

contact
Tim Regan
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX  78610

phone 901-487-1182
phone#2 901-487-1182
e-mail tim@ninemilerecords.com
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $400
website http://carsonmchonemusic.com

 

Bruce Robison

Bruce Robison

In regard to the Lone Star State's finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of "Travelin’ Soldier," George Strait’s recording of "Wrapped” and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of "Angry All The Time,” to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a music career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. Bruce continues to actively tour with his amazingly talented wife and country music staple, Kelly Willis. He also is one-third of the acclaimed Unleashed Live Tour (with brother Charlie Robison and longtime friend Jack Ingram) and performs regularly fronting his band, the Back Porch Band. Additionally, Bruce has brought his creative country music brainchild, "The Next Waltz," to life. The new web series and multi-platform music delivery concept created by Bruce hosts industry icons talking about and performing the songs that shaped them and so many others. Copyright 2017 Bruce Robison, all rights reserved.

contact
Geoff Turner
1305 Clinton St Ste 210
Nashville, TN  37203

phone 615-457-2414
phone#2
e-mail geoff@red11music.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300-500
website http://www.brucerobison.com

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle or a smoky plate of BBQ. He came to country music early and naturally. His truck driving father moonlighted as a country singer, and his older brothers had bands as well. Dale remembers receiving his first guitar at age 7 and starting to write songs shortly after-- "the same stuff I'm writing about now," he says with a laugh. A man with more than one life's experience under his belt, he has entertained crowds all over the world, including recent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits. Dale has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and even founded his own genre of music, Ameripolitan. Photo by Candice Ghai- Twin Sisters Photography.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 Mopac South, Bldg 2, Suite 300C
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
workshop fees $3,500- $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website https://www.dalewatson.com

 

Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis

With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingenue. As a new traditionalist singer-songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Kelly Willis is the alluring voice and songwriting talent who pioneered both Americana and the Texas young country scene with her debut album in 1990, and has since, over the course of five more gems, proven how she can do it all from contemporary to traditional and beyond with finesse, smarts and irresistible charm. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
workshop fees $3,500 - $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://www.kellywillis.com

 


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