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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

Adler & Hearne

Adler & Hearne

From Texas’ upper east side, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed "organic song farmers") tour nationally, serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define simply as "folk jazz." In concert, they blend their voices and instruments in a spirited signature sound that reflects the duo's second-nature connection through song. Their favorite places to plant songs in peoples' hearts include community concert halls, festivals, schools and libraries, songwriting workshops, and venues of all description that provide an opportunity to have a meaningful connection with a listening audience. Texas threads throughout Adler & Hearne's repertoire, which includes historically based tributes to earlier times, children's songs, love songs, and story songs (of course), plus musical tributes to current events, and modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit. From classrooms to concert stages, Lynn and Lindy enjoy a warm and humorous audience rapport, and pride themselves on their multi-generational appeal. Their latest CD, "Second Nature" (September 2014 release), was recorded in Dripping Springs, TX with producer Lloyd Maines, and new recordings are on the horizon!

contact
Lynn Adler
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX  75494

phone 214/952-6086
fax /
e-mail lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $2400
school performance $400 - $1600
optional service commissioned song $2500 - $5000
website http://www.adlerandhearne.com

 

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly like an ocotillo cactus; sings like a steam-powered nightingale; and writes songs from a depth of experience. Ann Armstrong and multi-instrumentalist Steve Hughes deliver a delectable mixture of folk and blues, from classic covers like Robert Johnson's "Come Into My Kitchen" to Armstrong's own gorgeous classic, "Think About the Rain." They have, through the years, shared billings with Albert Collins, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hot Tuna, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Richard Thompson, and many more. Ann & Steve play an infectious blend of singer/songwriter Americana music that is informed by the Delta blues of the South, including covers of classics from the thirties and forties from performers like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Bronzy, and Lil Green. They also cover more modern blues masters like Jimmy Reed, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee, and Mance Lipscomb. Ann's compositions are influenced by the music of Texas' High Plains and big city swagger.

contact
Steve Hughes
2250 Hartline Dr.
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 972/765-1457
fax /
e-mail stephenhughes@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $300 - $1500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.ann-armstrong.com

 

BettySoo

BettySoo

Acclaimed singer/songwriter BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, and guitar. In the five years since the release of her album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two duo albums of songs penned by friends and heroes. Awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner and Wildflower! Festival Songwriting Competition Winner. May 2014 saw the release of When We're Gone, her highly-anticipated album of original songs produced together with cellist Brian Standefer in Buda, Texas. BettySoo presents solo, duo, and band performances of original music and the music of singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond. Her duo and band performances feature top Austin musicians, and she also performs as a duo with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox. BettySoo also leads workshops on singing, performing, songwriting, and guitar.

contact
Book Betty Soo
8127 Mesa Dr. B 206-245
Austin, TX  78759

phone 512/222-3889
fax /
e-mail bookbettysoo@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service festival - workshop $500 - $1500
website http://www.bettysoo.com

 

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro is a virtuoso violinist born in Lima, Peru, who settled in Austin in the mid-1980s. While embedded in the classical world of the symphony and performing as a solo guest artist in Europe and the western continents, he became enamored with the fertile singer/songwriter culture of his new home. The influence of Texas/American songwriters and the lingering influence of great folk performers of his native Peru opened a creative faucet as a singer/songwriter. His voracious appetite for American music lead him to perform with local musicians, spanning the musical spectrum from country to jazz. With his band Salúd, Javier Chaparro performs original material blending Peruvian folk music with a rich assortment of sounds Javier has absorbed from classical and Texas music. Javier continues to perform classical music as a guest artist of symphonies worldwide, as well as touring and recording with his bands Los Romanceros and Salúd. Javier is available to perform with a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.

contact
Laura Mordecai
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail laura@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
website http://www.saludmusic.com

 

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth

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.

contact
Ray Flowers
3800 N Lamar Blvd #730-305
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512/587-9818
fax /
e-mail ray@fifthcolumnmusic.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
website http://guyforsyth.com

 

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster

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 U.S. 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.

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Tom Gold
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA  02144

phone 617/969-0810
fax /
e-mail tom@concertedefforts.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $15000
website http://www.ruthiefoster.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

 

State Artist Ken Little

State Artist Ken Little

Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year. Ken is also a singer/songwriter and a composer. Ken performs solo, or with the bands: Rodeo Ho Ho and, The Swingbillies. Ken was born in 1947 and raised on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. There he cut his teeth early, on the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams. He would later be influenced by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and others. His contemporary influences include Terry Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Randy Newman, and more. Performances can be as simple as Ken, solo with guitar. Additional side musicians, which could include a fiddle, mandolin, bass, drums, and/or steel guitar are possible. The size of the band is tailored to fit the venue and the budget. The repertoire includes Little’s original music, as well as, covers of classic country, western swing, and Rock and Roll. Ken has one published CD of original music titled “Simple America” which is available via his email.

contact
Ken Little
PO Box 830085
San Antonio, TX  78283-0085

phone 210/229-9994; 210-364-9994
fax /
e-mail kdlittle@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1500
website http://kenlittle.com

 

Matt the Electrician

Matt the Electrician

Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. "Matt is a wonderful musician and captivating performer… He is an artist who has serious weight to his music, yet it's delivered in a beautifully light and accessible manner… He would be a great edition to any festival" (Martyn Joseph).

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Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/423-7667
fax /
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
website http://www.matttheelectrician.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

 

Woody Russell

Woody Russell

Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Woody Russell is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz-blues tradition while the other stands firmly in defiance of any categorization. He's recorded a body of work that spans from folk-roots infused fare on his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to highly praised recordings, Salt( 2005) and Up Against It (2010). Pop-jazz offerings Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016) further his exploration of sophisticated "adult music." Russell tours listening rooms and theaters across North America with his world-class trio. "A love fest of blues, jazz and soul." Russell’s trio (Lloyd Wright, keys and Jose Ruiz, jazz harmonica) can perform 2-3 hours of original songs along with select covers. The trio employs traditional instrumentation (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion) but also the use of electronics (loops, digital audio technology). A majority of their concerts are presented in ticketed, seated listening rooms.

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Woody Russell
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX  78739

phone 512/585-8922
fax /
e-mail booking@woodyrussell.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
website http://www.woodyrussell.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

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson headlines numerous concerts and private events each year both as a solo performing artist and with the acclaimed Matt Wilson Band. In 2015 he released his 6th CD, “Hundred Bucks," and began limited touring with his most recent production, "Matt Wilson - On the Road and Off the Record." This Dallas native first gained national exposure as the "Piano-Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out." In 2005, Matt was honored with a resolution by the Texas State Senate for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Drawing from his vast repertoire of original and pop/rock standards, Matt relates his experiences from over 20 years of performing on Broadway and throughout the world through story and song. While performing at schools, churches, concert venues, and theaters, Matt prefers to work with and incorporate students, church members, and local artists into his performances. The show’s material focuses on useful life lessons and “behind-the-curtain” practical entertainment know-how.

contact
Michael Mordecai
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.mattwilsonband.com/

 

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland

A musical force evoking the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wonderland embodies the Texas blues tradition. As a teenager in Houston, she learned from Gulf Coast blues giants like Little Screamin' Kenny. Her breakthrough album release was 2008's Miss Understood, on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records. From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's legendary performances, recordings, and songwriting confirm the unique power of the Texas blues tradition, and its promising future under her stewardship. Wonderland performs mostly original compositions in concert, adding a few rarer gems from the Texas blues tradition by artists such as Janis Joplin, Little Screamin' Kenny, Vince Welnick, and Rick Derringer. She is accompanied by Austin natives Cole El-Saleh (keyboards and bass) and Rob Hooper (drums). Together the trio performs a riveting musical presentation full of dynamics, inspiring vocals, and stirring instrument solos.

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MJ Mendell
PO Box 104
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 127
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail mj@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $1200 - $4500
website http://www.carolynwonderland.com

 


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