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A directory of modern Texas musicians. We're by no means complete, we try to focus on musicians whose roots can be traced back to the Texas Honky Tonk tradition. Take these listings as our recomendations. Many of the albmus from these artists are available in the Honky Tonk Gift Shop. Interested in being listed? Let us know where you're playing and we'll stop by and take a listen.

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Mink Dean Averitt
& His Road Kill Band
sheryl@cowtown.net
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Any one who's been pals with Rusty Weir (as long as we have or not), Gary P Nunn, Pat Green, Dale Watson, Ronny Spears, and other Texas legends (in spite of living up North - of the Colorado), we're all with 'em. Mink has his own style-which is refreshing in today's Texas music. He's got the Austin/Hill Country sound with the North Texas blues style of our friends Marc Benno, Stevie Ray, Tommy Alverson & Ronny Spears. These guys have probably had a little "road kill" in their time, but you've got to pay those dues! All paid up fellows! Wish they'd play the Hill Country and Austin more, for our enjoyment. Look this one up for a great time. "Anywhere In Texas I Call Home" is certainly the right attitude!

Rip Lorick Band
Stay Positive
trish@riplorick.com
Rip Lorick, originally from White Rock, South Carolina, calls his music "alternative honky tonk." He encompasses everything from country, blues, rock, jazz, folk, reggae and funk into his songs.

The recent release of Rip's latest CD, Somewhere in Texas, shows the spectrum of Rip's music. Along with his own musical abilities, other talented musicians, including members of The Willie Nelson Family Band, the Waymore Blues Band and the V-roys, joined him.

"I'm doing what I always wanted to do: write, sing and pick. Really, it's the only way I know."

Texas Tradition Band
Just What the Name Implies
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After several years of working with different bands, as well as fronting their own, Don and Sue Lummus were seriously considering giving up on trying to play their Traditional Country style. There was a definite decline in the number of venues that wanted to book the traditional bands, and also a lack of local pickers who could, or would, play traditional music. Then, in the Summer of 1995, Don and Sue met Lee Pettijohn, one of the hottest Pedal Steel players around Texas. They also met a Fiddler, Eddie Davis, whose *"Old Time" sound, augmented by his innovative style and ability, just had to be in a band somewhere. So, in August, 1995, Texas Tradition was formed. Within days, they were booked as much as 6 months in advance, and have been going full tilt ever since. The current members, Don Lummus, Sue Lummus, Lee Pettijohn, Scott Wiens, and Vern Coldiron, all share a mutual friendship and respect for each other, as well as a commitment to preserving and performing Traditional Country Music. So, if you're fed up with all those "Generic Country" bands, all doing their best to imitate what's "Hot" in today's Country, then what you need is a "helpin" of Texas Tradition! Texas Tradition plays the kind of music that Texans(and even other folks) want to hear when they're ready to have a good time.

Magee Payne Band

magee@mageepayne.com
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What started out as anything but a sure bet, ended up as the start of a career for Aggie, Magee Payne. "One night a buddy of mine bet me that I couldn't get a gig," Payne says. "I had never played before in front of anyone [except my friends]. I booked that one show and from then on, things just started to fall into place." Payne has always had a creative streak in his soul. He won a literary award in high school for a poem entitled "West Texas Sky." Payne began his musical career by opening shows for Texas music acts when they would come to College Station to perform. Payne has had the ability to generate local attention with his own talent. Since Fort Worth native Payne is new to the music scene, he has released his first album, which is a four song demo entitled "Ceiling Fan Demo," produced by Rooster Music. Payne's music is derived from broken hearts, trials, tribulations, and passages of life with just enough edge to always keep you coming back for more. Payne's life is strongly rooted here in Texas. With his black cowboy hat, pearl snap shirts, brilliant smile, and southern manners that you wouldn't find anywhere else, Payne is beginning to make a name for himself by "Heading South."

Peter Dawson Band
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While growing up in Dallas, Peter Dawson could only dream of having two songs ranking on a chart. But at age 21, he has seen "Willie Nelson for President" go to number five on the Texas Music chart as well as No. 72 in billboard Magazine's country music singles chart! And now, the Peter Dawson Band's current single, "Wanda," has entered double-digit weeks on the Texas Music chart, currently peaking at No. 6. While attending Belmont University, Peter Dawson interned with J. Gary Smith Productions and landed his record deal with Radio Records. Dreams are now becoming reality - the Peter Dawson Band's debut album, entitled "Do You Don't or Do You Do," will hit the streets May 15, 2001. Additionally, the band has signed on exclusively with Center Stage Booking and has begun performing all over Texas.

Brent Blaha

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There’s a brand new face hitting the dance hall scene and airways of Texas these days. Brent Blaha, 25 of Angleton, Texas, is the newcomer gaining popularity as he traverses the state in promotion of his album Brent Blaha, Learning from the Past. With a sound as genuine and honest as the honky-tonk heroes that have paved the way for Texas country music, Brent continues to win fans with his vocal ability and songwriting talent. He has also managed to assemble a fine group of musicians who help him deliver a solid and energetic sound in his live performances. With significant airplay across Texas and guest appearances on various radio stations, the word is out on this young musician.

Libbi Bosworth
Honky Tonk Angel
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Libbi says, "She's a Chick Singer playing Honky Tonk music". Her wry humor, loud mouth and tell-it-like-it-is attitude find its way into her songs which have been recorded by Kelly Willis, Toni Price and others.
It's been said, "God didn't make Honky Tonk Angels, but he was awfully close to pure heaven when he created Libbi Bosworth."
Daddy was a truck driver and mom answered the phone for legendary DJ Bill Mack of WBAP in Ft. Worth.
That's a good start in country music!

Bobby Boyd

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Bobby was born and raised around Dunlap, Tennessee and as soon as the 5th grade he was writing in "rhyme". He later became a staff writer for Elektra Asylum Publishing before heading to Spicewood, Texas to live up on the hill wilih Willie and all. He's written songs for Conway Twitty, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean and Vern Gosdin. "Two of a Kind".... "workin' on a full house" by Bobby and Warren Haynes (guitarist for the Allman Bros. Band) has been on 4 Garth Brook's CD's including his box set.
Catch him at Poodie's Hilltop Bar & Grill in Spicewood anynight -ask for him! He has a new CD with Warren Haynes, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson. Watch for this one. We'll let you know what we hear.

The Weary Boys
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Dennis Ross & the Axberg Brothers
Since 1975 - Texas' hardest workin' band
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For 25 years these guys have "hung it all out" writing over 30 original songs and playing from California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Lousiana, back home in East Texas and down to the Gulf Coast's Redneck Riviera. Everything including Rock 'n Roll, R&B, C&W and on, make these guys a true Texas band composed of many styles and influences. Some times appearing in "alter-ego" costumes tends to confuse, if not brighten up the show. You never know what to expect from these guys, but it'll be good and it'll be Texas!!! "Walkin' Back To Texas" from their CD Juke-Box Favorites is a Texas classic. This is another great original band from the Great State of Texas. Catch them on the road or get a CD. Only in Texas.

Brazos Brothers

emusick@rockhousestudio.com
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ReLoad Records
Just as the waters of the river are varied, so are the Brazos Brothers songs. Since we have played music together in various other settings for longer than I care to admit, folk, rock, country and a little jazz are all in there. In 1986, Jack Stephenson, Rocky Randall and Garry Spradlin formed SRS Music with the intent of writing music strictly for sale to established artists. By the time I paddled alongside, they had two or three minnow buckets full of tunes. With the addition of my bass guitar, and the pedal steel in the studio, the performance side of the music began to emerge. After hearing some of our "rough cuts", another brother from way back upstream invited us to his RockHouse Studio to record a few songs and see how they sounded under better conditions. It was during these first sessions that Earl Musick started calling us the Brazos Brothers, and it just seemed a natural name for a bunch of guys that grew up on and in and still live near the Brazos River. Now Holley Warren has come aboard, adding harmonies and Mason Wallis is the newest "brother" on drums, keeping that beat! We invite you also to come aboard and go with us as we drift past the sandbars, willow trees and sunsets of life's river that flows always toward the deeper pool of water. - Gene Scott

Sarah Brown

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A resident of Austin, Texas, Sarah has played and/or recorded with an impressive list of blues greats such as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, James Cotton, J.B. Hutto, Big Walter Horton, Dr. John, Memphis Slim, and Earl King. She was also a mainstay of the formidable Antone’s rhythm section, performing on numerous recordings for that label. She has toured with many Antone’s revues, as well as with the Black Top Records All Stars(and played on many Black Top records). Voted Best Bass Player in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards 4 years running, she has also been profiled in Bass Player Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, and Bass Frontiers, as well as a number of blues mags both in the U.S. and overseas. She's a trip and the best. Sarah was an important part of "Dreams Come True" with Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, and Lou Ann Bartom, one of the best CD's to ever come out of Austin, thanks to Clifford Antone.

Ed Burleson
"You just can't live in Texas if you don't got a lot of soul."
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"I think people in Texas are lucky all the way around, just to be Texans," says Ed Burleson. "It's the musical versatility of the whole state. You hear everything." If you're a Texas musician, you play everywhere, too. "My favorite place to play would be James White's Broken Spoke in Austin," he says. "I play traditional country music, and they get it, they understand what I'm doing." Burleson plays "Big Balls of Cowtown" a lot in Ft. Worth's Stockyards and is anxious to play the newly opened Big River Club. He also plays the White Elephant Saloon frequently, though his band's size usually packs the club's small stage-area dance floor. Ed usually works with five to eight band members. "I write pretty much dance-hall songs," he says, but added that there are advantages to playing the songwriter nights like Main Street's. Ed recorded his CD `My Perfect World in fellow Texas musician Clay Blaker's own Cherry Ridge Studio, which gives him a freer hand to interpret country music his way, not in accordance with Nashville's idea. "I don't totally cuss 'em, but there's nobody up there that's going to keep their nose out of anything," he says.
By Shirley Jinkins

Brian Burns
"Music is not a choice I made; I believe the choice made me."
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Nothing like having a regional hit to get you in the basement studio to finish your second collection. Dallas honky-tonk singer/songwriter Brian Burns introduced a live version of "Welcome To Texas", the lead track from his work-in-progress on a local radio show and, as the story goes, the switchboard lit up. In the days after, it was the most requested song in the nations largest country market; the station added the aircheck to its rotation, and soon other stations started getting requests. A true studio craftsman, Burns makes sure every note is in the right place on Angels & Outlaws. The results are highly polished, intensely personal, and easily accessible ballads and rockers that refuse to shake the dust of Texas, transcending Nashville slickness. With two great Cd's availiable (Highways, Heartaches & Honky Tonks and Angels & Outlaws) and one in progress (Heavy Weather), Brian has established himself as one of Texas' great singer-songwriters.

A.C. (Anthony Cargill)
Texas Piney Woods Music
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A.C. (the initials for (Anthony Cargill) has spent most of his life in Brazoria County, Texas. It’s obvious in some of his songs though, that he also spent some time in the Piney woods of East Texas. From Grade school choir, to playing in bands, A.C. has been involved with music most of his life. He started writing his own songs about 2 years ago. Sometimes joined by his good friend and cousin Kevin Cadenhead, A.C. plays parties and get togethers any chance he gets. He currently records under the independent label West Brazos Records.

The Dixie Chicks
Country Music's Newest Sensation
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CD "Fly" has spent the most time at "Numero Uno" of any recording on Billboard's Country Albums Chart as of the middle of August, 2000! A well deserved kudo for these three Texas ladies. "Fly" has spent 32 weeks, so far at the top, following their first CD "Wide Open Spaces" which has sold over nine million copies! "The Chicks" first headline tour has also set many a record with every show being sold out and additional shows added. The girls have overtaken Nashville, Hollywood, and Austin, Texas with the assistance of lead singer Natlalie Maines' dad Lloyd (of the infamous Maines Brothers from the Lubbock days with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Tommy Hancock and the Texana Dames, along with playing pedal steel/producing with Jerry Jeff Walker and numerous other local bands). Such a great assembly of talent and musical savy, has brought these gals from local gigs at "Poor Richard's Pub" in Dallas and many a local gig in Austin, to asking Willie Nelson to "Open" for them on their current nation tour. Grab 'em while you can.

Eddie Choate
from Beaumont to England
is a mighty long ride

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Eddie Choate, born and raised in Texas, has has performed in bands from Colorado to Texas. Eddie established the well known band "Aces & Eights" in in Wichita Falls, Texas. Since moving to England, he's been busy bringing his style of "Texas Country Music" to Britain. Originally from Lumberton, Texas, Eddie presently has found a warm reception performing Country & Western , honky tonk, swing and traditional music in the UK and Western Europe. Texans, while in Europe, see Eddie & feel right at home!
from Scott Wright

Crazy Chuy

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Crazy Chuy Hernandez, recipient of the "LIVING LEGEND AWARD" at the Annual Tejano Connection's Music Awards in 1998, began his musical career at the age of 12 as a Drummer with his brother Refugio in a Rock & Roll Band. In 1966, influenced by the Tex-Mex sounds of the Legends, LITTLE J0E and SUNNY OZUNA, Chuy joined The Sun-Lites. He has on numerous occasions performed with grupos such as FANDANGO U.S.A, TEXAS LATINO, JOHNNY BUSTAMANTE & L.A. Band, CONJUNTO VILLARREAL, plus more. In the 1980's he became a radio announcer with KUQQ 1540AM, in Ft. Worth, Texas where he earned his radio name of CRAZY CHUY for his humor and wild antics on the airwaves. In 1983-84, he produced and hosted The CHICANO EXPRESS DANCE SHOW on television in Dallas. In 1985 he came to KBEC 1390AM, and produced a Tejano Show call CHICANO EXPRESS, where he promoted Tejano music of the present and Chicano classics of the past. In 1988 Crazy Chuy presented SELENA her first FEMALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 8TH ANNUAL TEJANO MUSIC AWARDS in San Antonio, Texas. Chuy and his amigo and producer Joe Herrera presented The Tejano Music Video Show in the DFW area in 1994 and 96. Presently he is at KBEC as an on air personality. Acclaims and Awards adorn his office wall such as the LIVING LEGEND AWARD, MOST PROMISING DEEJAY, 1992, HISPANIC BROADCASTER'S ASSOC. plus numerous awards from Civic Organization, Bands, and Car Clubs for his contributions. Check it out, you'll be glad you did. CRAZY CHUY, STILL CRAZY ABOUT TEJANO MUSIC AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.

T. C. Taylor & The Family Cow
"Putting The Western Back In Country"
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"Keep an eye — and an ear — on T.C. Taylor and the Family Cow. Taylor is one of the best vocalists in the area. He'll bring his blend of country/Western — that's right Western, as in a song about the West, in a cool, contemporary vein — along with select covers." (John Goodspeed San Antonio Express Weekender 3/16/01)You might say music is in his background. You might say it’s in his blood. You might even say he was born to it. Either way, T. C. Taylor had no choice. Music surrounded him from an early age. “My grandparents ran a dancehall in central Texas and I got a lot of early exposure to some really good Texas bands. Dad played as well. I remember being three or four, napping back behind stage and playing on the floor while I listened to him.”

Bobi Jean & The Crew

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I have been singing in and around the state of Texas for the last 2 years..... Music shows, Jamborees, Opry's, BBQ Cook - offs, Festivals, Benifits ect..... but very seldom get the chance to be heard in clubs because of my age. I am 17 years old, and haven't got a band at this time, but plan on attempting one soon. I do get to sit in with a few bands upon occasion, but not very often. Most clubs require that I be 18 and most often 21.... even with my parents present. I have a new CD releaseing in about a week. It is presently at the pressing plant, and art department.... At that time, it will be sent out to 250 Independnet Stations here in the US, and 150 station overseas....... The lable I went under is located in Nashville, and I was hopeing to contact Texas based Independent Stations, in hopes that I can get airplay and notice here in my home state..... If you have any information, or can suggest places for me to contact, PLEASE let me know Sincerely, Bobi Jean & The Crew

Reagan Dishman
"A 15 Year Old Texas Singing Sensation"
randy@randywillis.org
Riata Talent
Reagan Dishman is a fifteen-year-old singing sensation and model from Uvalde, Texas with a future as bright as the stars. Reagan is touted as "one of the best young vocalists in America - she will captivate you!" Wiley Alexander of the Country Music Express states that "she is turning heads in Nashville." Reagan has appeared in the film, Big Backyard, and several commercials, including Gunn Automotive, and Sea World. She has been a Junior Silver Spurs Dancer for the World Championship San Antonio Spurs, and she has sung at Fiesta Texas, in San Antonio. In addition, Reagan has been featured as a print and runway model for numerous department stores, such as Sak's Fifth Avenue, Solo Serve, 50% Off Stores and Central Park Mall. Reagan's musical repertoire includes her ability to sing in English and Spanish. She is at home on the runway, or in the print model medium, and is trained in voice, gymnastics, dancing, and acting. Reagan crosses over and sings magnificently in the Country, Traditional, Pop and Spanish genres of music. Whether performing at a county fair, or opening for such artists as Emilio or Johnny Duncan, this versatile artist's future shines like a star. Catch this star!

Steve Goodman
Chicago Shorty Scrapbook
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We couldn't do any better than the folks at Steve Goodman's Scrapbook, so we just say to those who aren't real familiar with Steve's work and might think he doesn't fit into the "country" field, how about Willie singing Steve's "City of New Orleans" or David Alan Cole doin' his "You Never Even Call Me By My Name". Nugh said? Link to "Scrapbook" above for a lot of information about one of the finest, ever.

Moses Guest
The Southern Alternative
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Moses Guest is a great North Texas-based, groove-rock-jam band with a southern inflection which reminds us a lot of the Cate Brothers up in Arkansas (see The Band & Levon Helm). Moses Guest has created a sizeable, grass-roots support network over the last few years by touring regionally and nationally. They have opened for The Steve Miller Band (who went to High School with us in Dallas way back when), JGB Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Stir Fried w/ Buddy Cage and played at the HORDE Festival in 1998. They are constantly touring regionally in the South and West, mostly Texas, and working on their next studio release due out in 2001 on Aufheben Records. Hey, Texas music grows from generation to generation. Mance Liscomb & Lightin' Hopkins taught our old friends Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs & Marc Benno back in the '60's in Dallas & Austin the tricks of Texas county/blues music. It was a good time, and because of guys like this, it continues. Thanks, guys. Great Stuff.

Davin James
Real Texas Music
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Davin James...Texas country music singer/songwriter. "Of all the performing singer/songwriters working today, I think Davin's the most "all around talented" of the bunch!"...Larry Joe Taylor. "The Dukester had heard Davin described as a blues player like BB King, a guitar player like Stevie Ray Vaughn, and singer like Hank Williams, Jr. While this may be true, the fact is Davin is not really "like" anyone else. He IS Davin James."...The Dukester, Rockzilla World. "Davin James is definitely one of the bright spots in Texas music today. With his super charged live performances, his wide range of songs...from the silly to the sincerest, his quick connection with his audiences and his genuine love of what he does, Davin James makes country music enjoyable again. Nothing fake here"...Leslie T. Travis 95.7 KIKK

Starkey & Johnson
East Texas Country & Blues
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Rusk, TX 75785
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Back in the 1960's I had the great pleasure to attend Henderson County Junior College (Hic-Jic) deep in the pines of east Texas. The young girls were the cutiest I've seen and skinny dipping was the afternoon sport. If you knew the right Honky Tonks, it was a blast. I did.
I still remember playing the school gym all dressed up in white satin as "Benny Darvon & The White Tornados" (I did miss alot of the show exploring the beautiful skyies with a couple of lovely ladies.
East Texas is full of great Honky Tonks, if you knew where to go-I did.
Catch these guys if you can and send us a report.

Cowboy Junkies
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The Klifnotes
"Classic Rock" with a Texas Beat
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An interesting group with various styles, like the rest of Texas. Some of their shows include the 1997 Addy Awards, the 1998 and 1999 Lions Club Pancake Festival, the 1998 Panhandle South Plains Fair, The West Texas Home Builders Functions, Make A Wish Benefit, The 2000 Miss Texas Pageant, The Ragin' Cajun, Fourth on Broadway 1998, Buffalo Springs Lake Memorial Day Celebration, Caprock Cafe, Abuelos, Ichabod's, The Texas Cafe, Bleachers, The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock Avalanche Journal Functions,Lubbock Chamber Of Commerce Functions, Lubbock State School Function, and numerous restaurant venues in the Lubbock, TX area. These guys (and gal) get around with great 3 part harmonies. Sounds like good Dance Hall music to us.

Shelly Lares
Tejano Talent of the Year
Shelly
Riata Talent
Las Super Tejanas
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Shelly Lares has been twice voted Tejano Music's Female Vocalist of the Year. Shelly has received BMI's award for the most requested Latin song in '94-'95 for "Soy Tu Amor" and again BMI's award for the most requested Latin song in '96-'97 for "Siempre Lo Esperare." Her concert at Texas Stadium Cinco De Mayo was called by The Dallas Morning New's "Year In Review" the #1 Latin Concert of the Year over other artist such as Julio Iglesias and Luis Miguel. Shelly Lares is a San Antonio Texas native in her 16th year as a full time entertainer. Country star Vince Gill graced this CD by singing background vocals in four of her songs. He along with Delbert McClinton wrote one of the cuts entitled "Blame it on Love." Shelly received numerous nominations at the Tejano Music Awards in which she was honored in 1998 with Female Vocalist of the Year along with several nominations in the past few years.

Lane Lostak

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Lane Lostak, 26, is a country music songwriter from Texas, now living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began his writing career in 1995 with the help of Brent Blaha. This marked the beginning of a writing partnership that still exists today. Although he is currently located out of his home state of Texas, Lostak still makes regular trips back to his native land to listen to their music, and "make sure Brent is doing it right". "I like to go to the shows and hear the music that we wrote. It's really hard to believe that some of the words that evolve in your head are now being played at live music venues and radio stations across the state," explains Lostak.

Carl Manchaca
Hotter than Houston
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Carl sees a lot of full dance-floors. He has broken attendance records at a number of the venues he performs in and has enjoyed a loyal fan base. One writer touted "Carl Manchaca - Hotter than Houston, Bigger than Dallas." That's staking a big claim for a small town Texas boy.

Lisa Maree
Something Borrowed... Something Blue...
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"Well, I'm going to admit, it's difficult for me to write about myself in the third person, so I won't.
I was born in Cumberland Maryland, and started performing with my father at age 3. My family travelled up and down the east coast performing, and I was able to perform with some of the big named artists of the time....Bill Anderson, Jack Greene, Loretta Lynn.... and it got better from there. At the age of 9, we moved right outside of Nashville. My dad was persuing his dream of becoming a songwriter, and in the meantime, he got me some work doing demos in the studios.
At age 16, we moved to Dallas, and I had my first recorded release- "Lights and Mirrors" and "Southern Lady". It was a 45-single...(anyone here remember 45's?) and I received airplay nationwide...got picked up by Billboard Magazine...I wasn't on the charts...I was under the recommended section. I began writing songs, and finally decided that I wanted to be partly responsible for helping shift the winds of change in the music industry. I married the most wonderful man in the world, had a beautiful baby girl, and lost her. After going through a major depression over life in general over the loss of our daughter, I wrote 2 romance novels and a self-help book (all of which I'm still trying to get published) for women who have lost their children, and then decided...LIFE IS TOO SHORT."

Mark "the Cobbler" Miller
TexasHonkyTonkRadio.com
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It's been said, "Once you step in cow patties, you can't get the country out of your system." A lot of us tend to believe that ol' saying has a lot of truth in it. Mark Miller has always enjoyed all kinds of music. He had long hair, beard, bellbottom pants and cowboy boots. He'd celebrate with his college fraternity friends, then go have a beer and party with his cowboy friends. Typical Texan Hillbilly. It was after his college days that he moved the cobbler shop home to the farm. He also built a stage out of the old barn wood and held concerts. In doing a few ads for the concerts at KBEC 1390 AM in Waxahachie, Texas, and KNON in Dallas, he got a few compliments about his ads. Soon he became full time nighttime DJ on KBEC. The listeners kept requesting Cowboy Music, and it was only natural that he'd have a cowboy music show and would put the western back into country western. As he'll gladly tell you, "all his heroes have been cowboys": his dad, uncles, grandpas and a lot of his friends. Mark has been involved in promoting and directing Texas music and artists for years and is known to be a very knowledgeable and honorable person. He has built up a good reputation, and I haven't heard anyone say anything but good things about him. A great guy. Currently, the Cobbler is a part-time D-J with KBEC 1390 AM, but is also now a full time DJ for his own Internet radio show (TexasHonkyTonkRadio.com) and ownes his own webdesign business(waxatex.com). He sells everything from websites to Internet. You can reach him at (972) 935 - 6493 or (972) 435 - 1100.

Sisters Morales

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It has been said for eons that external beauty is far exceeded by the qualities of internal beauty. With the Sisters Morales, Texas Music is blessed with both. Their musical presentation is only exceeded by the depth of emotion and insightfulness shared in their self-penned songs. Roberta and Lisa Morales were born into a bilingual family in Tucson, Arizona, and their father, a great admirer of Johnny Cash, impressed upon them at an early age the benefits of a musical career. Their early musical roots have grown into a mixture of Country Music blended with rock 'n roll and elements of Mexican folk music. Their energetic shows include soft Spanish ballads, hurtin' songs, Honky Tonk standards, and some rock 'n roll that would even make Joe Ely sweat! It couldn't be better or more like Texas---a wonderful mixture of several customs. If these ladies are within shouting distance, run to 'em, if not find out where there next show is, make your plans, and get on the road for a show that will stick with you. For some time your foot will be tapping and your heart will be aching for a lost love or a distant and faint memory brought on by these two lovely ladies and their amazing vocal talents. Sisters Morales were born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, but are based out of Houston, Texas. They grew up around a musical family, which contributed to their diverse tastes in music. They sang in Spanish before they sang in English. Their first performances included singing with mariachis in Mexican restaurants. They went their separate ways after high school to pursue their own careers, which gained them individual notoriety and awards, but most importantly their own styles. In 1989, Roberta went to visit Lisa to sing background vocals for a band Lisa put together. Within a month they knew combining their talents would allow them to create a unique sound. Both women are accomplished musicians and songwriters, each reflecting what she has gone though in her life, and both voices are very different, but their harmonies are strong and tight and sound as if they’re made up of the same voice. The incredible talents of their band members round out the Sisters’ sound. David Spencer is one of Texas’ finest guitar players. He also plays steel guitar and trades mariache-stlyle leads on acoustic with Roberta. Rick Richards keeps the backbeat solid and also adds percussion. Larry Evans adds to the bottom end and also contributes on the upright and acoustic basses. With a lot of hard work and determination the Sisters’ have built quite a following. Their performances are always described as " energetic, emotional and rockin’."

Trish Murphy

roadtrish@aol.com
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A fine web site from one of Austin's favorite singer/songwriters. All kinds of good stuff from .mp3's to "Trish's Recipe's of the Month".
Trish Murphy is the rare songwriter whose musical ambitions received strong support at home. Her father, a struggling musician and songwriter, taught his three children to sing background harmonies for him when they were pre-schoolers. Although he eventually had to take jobs in construction to make a living, the family kept its bohemian values even when obliged to live in a series of small Southern refining towns. At one point, Murphy says, she rebelled against her colorful background by trying to take a more conventional path. "That didn't last very long," she recalls with a laugh. While Murphy was working her way through college, her dad encouraged her to get gigs to support herself, rather than pursue the proverbial something-to-fall-back-on. - Trish Murphy bio by Greg Barr from houston.sidewalk.com Don't miss this great talent's performances.

Los Palominos
Tejano Music's Next Generation
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The musical group is originally from Uvalde Texas, composed of JAIME (James) ARREOLA / lead vocalist, bajo sexto and guitar, JUAN (Johnny) ARREOLA / second voice and accordion, JORGE (Jeorge) ARREOLA / bass, JESUS (Jesse) ARREOLA / drums, have succeeded in breaking all boundaries, conquering the United States and Mexico, making them a well established musical force, leaving their style and presence felt on every stage, forever memorable. The Arreola brothers, are four young men united in their passion for "music". From the beginning, in the year 1986, under the guidance of their father, also a musician, the Arreola brothers demonstrated a humble yet natural artistic way of presenting their music on stage leaving you with an image of triumph. The musical growth of a group that has much to give can be heard in this recording. Expect no less than their best… Jesse passed in a bus accident on Feburary 4th, 2001. Tejano Heaven and Hillbilly Heaven are welcoming another true Texas artist. God bless Jesse.

John Permenter

JPFIDDLE@aol.com
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John Permenter is a singer/fiddler and will be featured on several songs on Jessica Phillip's new CD! John has played with George Strait, our buddy Johnny Bush and Clint Black (and others)and played for several years in Branson. He is also well known in the UK and has just returned from Holland. John will also play at the Berlin Festival. Look for him down the road.

Jessica Phillips
Texas Country Music Asscociation

JLPSW@aol.com
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With that all too familiar sound of American traditional country music uniquely blended with a whole lot of heart, a touch of country soul, an unmatched love for performing, Jessica continues to be one of the most sought after and requested guest performers at the Texas Opry state-wide since 1991. In addition to opening for major headliners and showcases in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston San Antonio, and Austin, Jessica's voice, style, and stage performances have totally mesmerized her audiences, whether there be one or a thousand in attendance. Jessica Phillips was born in New Orleans, Louisiana however was raised in Houston, Texas where she attended high school and college. By the age of five she was performing both old and new country favourites over Houston's airwaves, appearing on radio and television programs that featured local artists. By the age of six it was evident that her style and heart was pure country as she performed her music to the delight of her family and friends, and utter amazement of her much older counterparts. A true professional and personally committed and dedicated to her music and her fans, one is to believe that there is a new star on the horizon, and her name is Jessica.

Moses Rangel
TexWay Music (281)485-1867
texway@wt.net
Moses
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"Texas Highways"
An original Country Variety Band. Recording Artist, Singer/Song-writer Country Music Performer, Moses Rangel is available for your Clubs, Dance Halls, Wedding, Corporate Party or Special Event.

Cheryl Serio
"....sexy, sassy dames...."
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"Shaking The Blues Away"
Dames is a salute to the sexy, sassy dames in film. Think Rita Hayworth in "Gilda". Think Gwen Verdon in "Damn Yankees". Think Ann-Margret in "Bye-Bye Birdie". Backed by a raucous rhythm section, Nelson Riddle-esque horns, Brazilian giutars and a wacked-out guiro, Cheryl swings and sambas these femme fatales from film to life. Her vocal contribution to the film Love Me or Leave Me with her song "Shaking The Blues Away" adds just the right touch.
Cheryl Serio is from Chicago,IL and has called Seattle home since 1994. She has sung in New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, San Fransisco and Vancouver, BC. She has entertained in nite clubs and for many corporations including Nordstrom's, AMTRACK, Cirque du Soleil and Microsoft.

The Gibson Sisters
"Black & White Picture"
The Gibson Sisters from Bandera, Texas ("The Cowboy Capital Of The World") and home to many great Texas Artists, has yet another fine feather to place in it's hat with these two ladies. From local "Dude Ranches" and shows in Bandera, San Antonio & beyond, the wonderful harmonies of these ladies, along with the variety of songs they sing and write, adds once again to the mixture of styles and culture we are fortunate to live amoungst in Texas.
"Black & White Picture" is not only the name of their self produced CD, but also lends a hint as to what Sally & Laurie have to give us. Contact them at: The Gibson Sisters, P.O. Box 2552, Bandera, Tx 78003 for CD orders or at 803-460-8198 for booking.

Steve Ribnikar and the Flyin Spurs
Live Honky Tonk Music Music
Played the Ole Fashion Way

steve@honky-tonk-music.com
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From Steve Ribnikar in person: Honky-Tonk – What the heck is it, anyway? Well, as I understand it, honky-tonks were indigenous to the Gulf Coast of Texas. I’m sure they’re called different things in other places. One of the key things that defined a honky-tonk in the old days, was the fact that there, you were likely to hear most any style of music, rangin’ from blues to rock to country to…well to whatever! The primary music heard, however, was country. What you’re going to hear from me and the band on our recordings is pure country music, not any of that bad ‘70s pop rock I’m hearin’ on the radio. Don’t get me wrong; there are still some good country recordings out there, but you sure gotta look hard to find ‘em.

Max Stalling
Welome to Maxstalling.com
max@maxstalling.com
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Max Stalling was born and raised in the South Texas town of Crystal City. Max plays primarily in the D/FW area, frequenting such great venues as The Sons of Herman Hall, Poor David's Pub, and Adair's, but he also performs in Houston, Austin, College Station and a variety of points in-between. Max has opened for many familiar Texas acts including Robert Earl Keen, Chris Wall, Monty Warden, Gary P. Nunn, Jack Ingram, The Derailers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Pat Green, Kelly Willis and Steve Fromholz (It's Fromholz fault!). Max appears as a "singer-songwriter" (just him, his guitar and his songs) and also performs with a four piece band that includes drums, lead guitar, stand-up bass, with Max handling rhythm guitar and vocals. The arrangements deliver a surprisingly full sound, yet still allows the listener to enjoy Max's lyric-driven songs. Max's 1997 independent release, Comfort In The Curves, is receiving great airplay in the Dallas/Ft. Worth markets on the Americana stations and was voted in the Top 20, 1997 releases on KSCS (96.3) during Mike Crowe's Sunday night show, Texas Honky Tonk Heroes. Max is yet another great Texas Artist worth keeping an eye and ear on. Thank God for Texas. Find him at: (214)827-7301 or P.O. Box 721144, Dallas, Texas 75372.

Geronimo Trevino
My Heros Have Always Killed Cowboys
geronimo@txdirect.net
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One of the more active musicians in the Hill Country is Geronimo Treviño III whose dad, Geronimo Jr., Uncle Gilberto, and Flaco Jimenez (of the Texas Tornados) worked together as major contributors to the establishment of Texas Conjunto music. His childhood was spent with one ear tuned to his cultural heritage and the other to the likes of Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Roger Miller, and Willie Nelson. These cultural blends are what have made Texas Dance Hall Music so unique and enduring from generation to generation. With several fine releases "My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys" produced by Grant Boatright and the Legendary Hank Cochran (who also wrote with Geronimo), established him in Nashville and Europe as well as at home in Texas.
Geronimo's latest release Trying To Break That Honky Tonk Fever is another fine release. Such songs as Mystery To Me show the continual growth of this fine Texas singer/songwriter.

Nowlin Tubbs
Country Blues From The Texas Panhandle
DDTtub@aol.com
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"From the Panhandle, Texas, this singer songwriter writes about hard times, home and family, love lost and found, bible belt heaven and hell, storms, mean women, the rodeo, and good fun at Country-Star studded barbeques. This 'once upon a time' bass player for blues man Gatemouth Brown, has now produced 22 Country Gems and put them on his CD entitled 'BOX OF CRAYOLAS'. Nowlin will take you home, and send you out again wanting more." JRH. 7/99 "It features 22 of Nowlin's songs about racism, multiracial children, Texas farmers, Texas bar-b-q's, Texas tornadoes, manmade religons and a wedding song for divorced people." Caprock Sun.

Chris Wells

texasedgeprod@yahoo.com
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When it comes to being a Texas country music artist, Chris Wells comes by it honestly. Born in Lufkin, Texas, Chris grew up in the nearby sawmill town of Diboll where he took an early interest in sports and outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing. By junior high, Chris became active in school sports, 4-H club, and played drums for the junior high band. It was during this time that he found more pleasure jamming with local musicians. After graduating from Texas A&M in May of 1997, Chris packed up and made the move to Nashville. While in Nashville, Chris began working with long-time Producer/MCA Records Executive Jerry Crutchfield (Tracy Byrd, Chris LeDoux, Tanya Tucker). Jerry cut four songs with Chris and began shopping the demo with all the major labels on Music Row. Chris is back homre in Texas and has since put a great band together and just completed his new 13 song CD. “Across the Moon,”

 
           
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