Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2020-August 31, 2022

2020-2022
Texas Touring Roster

State Artist Marcia Ball

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.

contact
Deb Fleming

Austin, TX 

phone 512-921-1250
phone#2 512-442-4796
e-mail deb@marciaball.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $12,000
website http://marciaball.com/

 

State Artist Joe Ely

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.

contact
Patrick McAuliff
Monterey International
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312-640-7500
phone#2
e-mail patrick@montereyinternational.net
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.joeely.com

 

Sue Foley

Sue Foley

Sue Foley is a triple-threat lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist multi-award-winning musician. Sue is equally comfortable performing with a full band at a festival or outdoor venue, in front of audiences of over 10,000, or in an intimate setting as an acoustic performer (solo or trio). She also offers workshops on Women in Guitar and Texas Blues. She's performed alongside legends like Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, 'The Queen of The Blues' Koko Taylor, and many more. Foley has a long history of defying convention and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. She began her recording career in Austin, TX with Antone’s. The Ice Queen (March 2, 2018), features guests Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons, Charlie Sexton, and other Lone Star State all-stars. It's been nominated for a Juno Award, two Blues Music Awards and six Maple Blues Awards. Other accolades include 2019 Juno Award Nominee, two 2019 Blues Music Award Nominations, 2020 Blues Music Award Nominee, four 2020 Maple Blues Awards Nominations, 2020 Austin Music Award Nominee. She holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards in Canada and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. Photo by Scott Doubt Photography.

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

phone 818-617-2228 x 801
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $650 - $1,500
website https://suefoley.com/

 

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth migrated to Austin in 1990, quickly making his musical mark. As a regular onstage at Antone’s, he formed the Asylum Street Spankers, went solo, formed the Hot Nut Riveters and a blues band, toured the world, won many Austin Music Awards (winning 2019 honors for Best Blues/Soul/Funk Band and Best Miscellaneous Instrument-harmonica, and 2018’s Best Male Vocals award) and toured the world some more. He’s toured the globe and shared stages with acts like Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Lucinda Williams. Guy regularly performs in solo/duo/blues band or string band configuration(s). Mixing humor, irreverence, devotion, and deep knowledge of musical history, he’s earned his status as one of the city’s top talents— a status he now proudly shares with his favorite partner, his wife, Jeska Bailey Forsyth. Their newest release, Conspirators, rose to #1 Song of the Month and #5 Top CD of the Month in July 2019 on the Folk DJ radio chart. As co-conspirators in life and song, they’ve proven that the whole can indeed be even greater than the sum of its formidable parts. As a proud TCA Texas Touring Roster member, they have traveled the state to present educational programs at schools and libraries. Photo by Rene Maldonada.

contact
KT Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2 512-207-0825
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,200 - $7,500
school performance $900 - $2,000
workshop fees $900 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website https://www.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 US Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012, and 2014 GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Blues Album; 9 Blues Music Awards, of which 7 are for Best Traditional Blues Female Artist; and three-time Best Female Vocalist and Texas Hall of Fame inductee in 2019 from Austin Music Awards. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet, quintet, and big band configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music. Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo.

contact
Tom Gold
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA  02144

phone 617-969-0810
phone#2
e-mail tom@concertedefforts.com
public performance/concert $4,000 - $20,000
school performance $4,000 - $20,000
workshop fees $4,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://www.ruthiefoster.com

 

Stockton Helbing

Stockton Helbing

Stockton Helbing is a Dallas-based jazz drummer and bandleader whose dynamic performances have been heard throughout the United States-- first, while he was a member of the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, then as a drummer for jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson, and now as a drummer for Tonight Show legend Doc Severinsen. Since 2016, Helbing has directed a program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area called the Helbing Jazz Initiative, whose mission statement is to 'encourage, educate, and embolden people through jazz music.' With this program, Helbing and his band have given masterclasses, concerts, clinics, and lectures for thousands of students and adults by celebrating the diversity of the great artists throughout the history of jazz, and how those artists both musically and socially overcame the challenges of their day and age to positively impact lives in the United States. Stockton Helbing and his various sized groups offer presentations on jazz masters including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, and many more. These presentations may be custom tailored and/or combined for any age group and demographic and may be performance-based, educational, interactive, or a mixture of all three. Photo by Troy Medinis.

contact
Stockton Helbing
1136 Valley Oaks Dr
Lewisville, TX  75067

phone 940-390-4111
phone#2
e-mail stocktonhelbing@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,250 - $5,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://stocktonhelbing.com/

 

Kamica King

Kamica King

Kamica King is a soul singer-songwriter known for her smooth vocals and acoustic stylings. With her eclectic blend of feel-good music, the classically trained vocalist has a knack for connecting to the heart of her audience, blending genres and weaving story and song together to inspire and uplift. She offers live solo performances and leads interactive workshops that can be adapted for a variety of audiences, ages, and ability levels. A musical storyteller, Kamica was one of only four artists featured by NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert creator Bob Boilen on Inside the Mind of Bob Boilen (2019) for her song 'Live, Love, Dream.' She has performed at the US Open, Carnegie Hall, in South Africa, and delivered a live music-infused TEDx talk entitled 'The Power of Song' at TEDxSMUWomen. Kamica’s workshops include songwriting, performance technique, stress management through music, and community programs designed to engage participants in creative expression and community building through group music-making experiences (drum circles, singing, songwriting). She is a City of Dallas Community Artist, board-certified music therapist, and founder/CEO of the music-based socio-emotional wellness company King Creative Arts Expressions. Additional performance styles include smooth jazz, neo-soul & hip-hop. Photo by Amy Hendricks Photography.

contact
Kamica King
5606 SMU BLVD, Ste 601-254
Dallas, TX  75360

phone 214-267-9064
phone#2
e-mail Booking@kamicaking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://www.KamicaKing.com

 

The Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with soul, funk, blues & jazz to create their own unique sound. For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin. The brothers’ love for classic funk, soul, and blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of assorted albums and a turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like the Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brothers Johnson, and B.B. King; from there, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, the Saxon Pub, Gruene Hall and other renowned venues. Photo by Lu Jansen.

contact
Deanna Peterson
805 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Bastrop, TX  78602

phone 512-517-4922
phone#2 512-217-0659
e-mail petersonbrothersband@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $9,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.PetersonBrothersBand.com

 

Texas Gypsies

Texas Gypsies

The award-winning recipe for the Texas Gypsies is to perform the vintage jazzy swingin' cool crooning hep cat sounds of the '20s-'30s-'40s along with a taste of its sister sound western swing, some Gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top, and finish up with a high energy bowl of retro deco rhythm! The band mixes a blazing horn section, rocking-swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, passionate violin, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique and fun sound! They offer several different shows with the Roaring '20s Great Gatsby show being very popular with presenters over the last several years. The band has toured this show in the US and internationally! They can perform shows from a four-piece combo to a 12-piece big band to fit within presenters' various budgets. The band will dress in vintage 20's-30's costumes for their shows. Photo by John Heiman.

contact
Steve Curry
1126 Shady Oaks Ct
Allen, TX  75002

phone 469-879-2646
phone#2
e-mail texasgypsies@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,000
school performance $1,200 - $3,500
workshop fees $600 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,500
website https://www.texasgypsies.com

 

The Texas Horns

The Texas Horns

Now entering their 21st year, the Texas Horns are a powerful and veteran three-piece horn section featuring Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff on saxophone, harmonica, and vocals, John Mills on saxophone, and Al Gomez on trumpet. The Texas Horns have been featured as the house horn section at music festivals including the Ottawa BluesFest for 19 years, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Calgary Blues Festival, and the King Biscuit Festival. Versatile arrangers and excellent ‘readers,’ the Texas Horns present their own set of rockin’, sophisticated, and contemporary blues, R&B, and jazz music, with original songs from two studio albums. The Texas Horns band has Tommy Taylor on drums, Glenn Shuetz on bass, Matt Farrell on keyboards, and Mike Keller on guitar. The three primary players can offer school and library shows. Released in 2019 on Severn Records 'Get Here Quick' has garnered stellar reviews from many publications, including Living Blues, Downbeat, Buddy Magazine, and Blues Music Magazine. 'Get Here Quick' continues to be featured on numerous radio shows internationally. Photo by Chris Caselli.

contact
KT  Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,500
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website https://www.thetexashorns.com

 

State Artist Jimmie Vaughan

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.

contact
Garry Buck
Monterey International
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312-640-7500
phone#2
e-mail garry@montereyinternational.net
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.jimmievaughan.com

 


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