Walt Wilkins' new albums, Watch It Shine and Streetlight

Posted: October 24th, 2016. 0 Comments.

My friend Walt Wilkins released two albums this month. One is a solo album called 'Streetlight' and the other is a collaboration with bandmates The Mystiqueros called 'Watch It Shine.' 


Streetlight is personal, intense, and intimate, and Watch It Shine is both joyful and meditative.

I had a great time writing a few of the songs with Walt over the last year or so. I'm proud to say Walt & I came up with 'Ask Her to Dance,' 'Crows,' 'The Painter By the Lake' and 'Watch It Shine' at our songwriting meetups under a 300 year-old oak tree at Bull Creek Park in Austin.

Here's a video that puts a recording of one of our songs together with stunning images shot by Texas photographer Dave Hensley.

 Walt is a solid human, a hardworking family man, and an artist who has studied song and storytelling for decades.

He's a Texas treasure, and I believe he's recorded a couple of masterpieces, reflecting his solo work and his band collaboration. But then, you know I'm biased, so judge for yourself.

Get Watch It Shine and Streetlight from LoneStarMusic.com

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Co-writes and Shows in Austin, Dallas, Galveston and Red River

Posted: December 29th, 2015. 1 Comments.
As 2015 winds down, I expect that your year was full of challenges, problems, solutions, good days, bad days, old friends, new friends, and family.
My prediction for you: 2016 will present opportunities, questions, answers, joy, difficulty, many laughs, a few tears, and you will figure out how to do some things you have never done before.  At least that's how it seems every year goes... onward friends.
Looking back on 2015 I was happy to see a few of my artist buddies release new albums with songs that we co-wrote on them. Here are a few clips from the TV show "Texas Music Scene" that featured my friends and our songs. Click the image below to hear the story and the songs:
Walt Wilkins - "Days" from A Good Ramble
Walt Wilkins singing
Cory Morrow - "Winning Hand" from The Good Fight
Cory Morrow plays
Kelley Mickwee - "Beautiful Accidents" from You Used to Live Here
Kelley Mickwee sings
The next 30 days, I am playing shows in Austin at Saxon Pub (Wed 12/30 at 9pm, guest of Walt Wilkins), in Dallas at the Downtown Music Series (Sun 1/17 at 6pm), in Galveston at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Sat 1/23 at 8:30pm), and in Red River New Mexico on 1/28-1/30.
Cheers and safe travels,  
Events for December 30, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Dec 30
9:00 pm Saxon Pub
1320 S Lamar Blvd, Austin Texas
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Owen will be a special guest of Walt Wilkins
Jan 16
5:00 pm Private
San Antonio, Texas
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Private show. To host a show or book an event, call 512.489.4094 or email booking@owentemple.com.
Jan 17
6:00 pm Downtown Music Series
1505 Elm Street, Dallas TX
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Listening room show
Tickets: http://downtownmusicseries.ticketleap.com/owen-temple---downtown-music-series/
Jan 23
8:30 pm

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
413 20th Street, Galveston, TX

For Reservations email: wrecks@wt.net
or call 409-762-9199 or 409-795-7777.

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Jan 28
7:00 pm Red River Songwriters Festival
The Motherlode Saloon, 406 E Main St, Red River, NM
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Announcing the 5th ever Red River Songwriters' Festival
January 28-30, 2016
Red River, NM
Jim Lauderdale, Steve Poltz, Dave Simonett (of Trampled By Turtles), Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins
Brandy Zdan, Kelley Mickwee, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider

Tickets at redriversongs.com

Jan 29
7:00 pm Red River Songwriters Festival
The Motherlode Saloon, 406 E Main St, Red River, NM
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Jan 30
7:00 pm Red River Songwriters Festival
The Motherlode Saloon, 406 E Main St, Red River, NM
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Next Songfarmer Workshop: Nov 20-22

Posted: October 21st, 2015. 0 Comments.

Back in May 2014, my frequent songwriting collaborator and old friend Gordy Quist (of the Band of Heathens) and I hosted our first Songfarmer™ workshop.

Next Workshop in Austin, Texas on November 20-22

13 folks from all over the country joined us at beautiful location on Lake Travis, west of Austin. Some were just beginning to write songs and some had been writing songs awhile.

We traded notes in discussions about what works- and doesn't work- for each of us, and ways we've been able to get more and better songs.  Judging from our own experience, and from the feedback we got after the weekend, it was a big success, so we hosted another retreat for another group of folks in November 2014. 

Even more good things came from that weekend, including the release of a book and an app based on the workshop principles, so we're doing it again- this time on the weekend of November 20-22, starting on Friday night and wrapping up on Sunday morning.

If you are interested in working with a small group to find ways to write more and better songs- and you will write at least one new song- consider joining us for the weekend. Until September 31, the workshop registration is available at an early bird rate.

You can register or find out more details here, or feel free to just email me any questions you might have. 




More reviews on past workshops:

As a participant in the initial Songfarmer retreat with Owen Temple and Gordy Quist, I was extremely pleased with the organization and supportive environment that was created for the weekend. 

It was obvious from the start of the retreat, that Owen and Gordy had put in countless hours to create an environment that would cater to the amateur musician, and at the same time, offer professional artists am opportunity to hone their songwriting craft.

It was wonderful to be around so many individuals that shared the same passion for songwriting and music that I possess. Breaking into small groups, and working with established artists was my favorite part of the weekend. Lectures were tremendously informative, and the contents of which were applicable to each artist in attendance. 

I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone interested in furthering their abilities as a songwriter. The facilities on the Pedernales River were spectacular and the food was prepared by a local chef, and it goes without saying that I was never left hungry. 

I look forward to the next song farmer retreat and late evenings where we assemble in large groups for a song swap forum.

 High marks on this one fellas!

-Matthew L.


I attended the inaugural Songfarmer recently. I highly recommend this for amateurs and professionals alike. Whether you are looking to add some new tools to your songwriting toolbox or you are a pro looking for some fresh insights, this accomplishes both. The two hosts, Gordy Quist and Owen Temple are highly successful and experienced songwriters. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge and skill without reservation was truly humbling. Sharing songs and "laying it out there" can be an intimidating undertaking. Not here, the environment was so supportive, positive and calming it provided a framework everyone felt comfortable in. The location was a beautiful place with a fantastic host/hostess. The food was amazing as well. Professionally catered food served with the same care as the music!  The preparation Gordy and Owen put in must have been daunting. It was delivered effortlessly with great humor and passion.

-Rusty R.




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