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

2020-2022
Texas Touring Roster

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel started in 1970 with three friends: Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston. Reuters wrote, 'They're one of the best lives acts in the business.' Asleep at the Wheel have been the chief practitioners, conspirators, and caretakers of western swing, carrying the torch lit by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys well into the 21st century. Their bearing of the western swing torch has yielded three Bob Wills tribute albums. Since inception, Asleep at the Wheel have received 10 GRAMMY® Awards. Asleep at the Wheel have demonstrated convincingly that they are more relevant, enjoyable, and musically nimble now than at any time in their 50-year history. The 6’7” Ray Benson has been the one constant in Asleep at the Wheel since 1970. He notes, 'I've been told that I'm relentless, so I guess I am…. I’m just doing what I believe I’m meant to do— I’m singing and playing and writing better than I ever have. I’ve made it this far and don’t feel like I or the band will be slowing down anytime soon.' Programs: Symphony Show, On Stage and Screen, Merry Texas Christmas Y'all, Texas Dance Hall Tour. Photo by Mike Shore.

contact
Sam Seifert
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512-444-9885
phone#2
e-mail sam@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $12,500 - $25,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $2,000
website https://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores, 2003 GRAMMY Award winner, carries a seven-piece band that features 'trio fiddles' and professional studio musicians who are known as the best in their fields. He, along with the Yellow Rose Band, brings to you the best of traditional country and western swing music. Bobby 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, as well as many others. He has performed on Austin City Limits, the Grand Ole Opry, TNN Prime, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and numerous Willie Nelson 4th of July picnics. He was featured on the Stars Over Texas show on CMT, along with Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. He is regularly featured on RFD-TV's Tru-Country and Midwest Country music show, which has been receiving numerous rave reviews from country music lovers everywhere including Europe! Bobby has also had the honor of being an inductee into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and the latest inductee to the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. His latest honor is Traditional/Classic Country Male Entertainer of the Year 2018 at the Josie Music Awards. Photo by Claude Cash.

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 $700 - $4,500
school performance $700 - $4,500
workshop fees $700 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
website http://www.bobbyflores.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 Dave Creaney.

contact
Elana James
6403 Laird Drive
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-470-1259
phone#2
e-mail elanajames@me.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $7,500
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website https://hotclubofcowtown.com/

 

Stephanie Urbina Jones and the Honky Tonk Mariachi

Stephanie Urbina Jones and the Honky Tonk Mariachi

Blazing trails from Texas to Mexico, Stephanie Urbina Jones and her history-making Honky Tonk Mariachi are telling a new story in American music, blowing hearts and minds wide open with their mix of classic country rock with a twang and the intoxicating, joy-filled sounds of Mexico. This new style fondly called 'country music with chili peppers' is inspiring and building bridges between worlds. From the first gritos to the last yee haws, from the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry to the two-stepping dance halls of Texas to festivals around the world, Jones and her fiesta platter of love (percussion, trumpets, violins, vihuelas, guitarróns, guitars y mas) are sharing culture, stories, and songs that bring people together. Stephanie tours internationally, having performed in fourteen countries, including appearances at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Magic Town Music Fest in Mexico, Festival Country Rendezvous in France, Country Gold in Japan, Gstaad Festival in Switzerland and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Fest in Scotland; plus the CMA Music Festival, Americana Music Festival, Wille Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, and performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Stephanie is a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, #1 Texas Country Artist, and #1 Billboard Country Songwriter. https://stephanieurbinajones.com Photo by David Bean.

contact
Preston Sullivan
909 Division St. 200
Nashville, TN  37203

phone 615-405-3103
phone#2 210-378-5897
e-mail preston@globaleyesentertainment.com
public performance/concert $4,500 - $12,500
school performance $2,500 - $3,500
workshop fees $2,500 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $600 - $1,200
website https://www.stephanieurbinajones.com

 

State Artist Shelley King

State Artist Shelley King

Shelley King is Royalty in Texas. 2008 Texas State Musician, Shelley King has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for over twenty years. Noted vocalist and songwriter, studio musician, touring side musician and producer King is also a successful solo artist and leads her own band of A-list musicians. 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 nine albums of original music to rave press reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts, clubs 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 songwriting and team building workshops at schools, festivals and major corporations.

contact
Perry Drake
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX  78764

phone 512-386-6355
phone#2 512-786-4568
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

 

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 songwriting career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. He is always creating. Photo by Kenny Braun Photography.

contact
Scott Weiss
638 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 261
Oak Park, CA  91377

phone 818-617-2228 Ext. 800
phone#2
e-mail scott@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $500
website https://www.brucerobison.com/

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle. 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 seven 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.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 Mopac South Building II, Suite 300 B
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-848-0813
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.dalewatson.com

 

Mr. Will/Will and The Wilderness

Mr. Will/Will and The Wilderness

Whether it’s encouraging toddlers to jump around and shout out their favorite mode of transportation (Excavator!), or getting couples to two-step while singing along to original Americana tunes, 'Mr. Will' has energized crowds for two decades with lively, toe-tapping, and often interactive music. Multifaceted singer-songwriter Will Dupuy entertains the young and young-at-heart with children’s concerts and country music sets. Mr. Will taps into the developmental and interactive aspects of raising kids with fun songs while showcasing a rambunctious spirit in live concerts for the under-seven crowd and now also a 'tween' show. The greatest charm of his shows is how the infectious melodies, combined with upbeat lyrics, get undeniably stuck in your head. However, some parents may recognize Will’s voice from his days touring with the South Austin Jug Band, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, or Bob Schneider. But that's what music is all about, bringing people together and having fun, no matter the age. The talent that propelled him to perform continues with the latest incarnation of his own 'adult' band, Will and the Wilderness. With this group, Will often trades an acoustic guitar for his signature upright bass while playing a mix of original tunes and genre-crossing hits. Photo by Nicola Gell.

contact
KT Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $7,500
school performance $600 - $1,500
workshop fees $600 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website https://www.mrwillmusic.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 George Brainard.

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

phone 818-617-2228 ext. 801
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $500
website https://www.kellywillis.com/

 


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