The Show in Houston with Guy Clark

Ahead of tonight’s A Night for Guy show, listening to his unvarnished but masterful worktapes on the recently released album Truly Handmade Vol. 1, I remember a date in 2001 when I was booked to open for Guy Clark at Garden in the Heights in Houston. On the day of the show, storm clouds rolled […]

Buddy Holly’s Home Recordings

If you’ve ever wished you could hear Buddy Holly play songs across the kitchen table from you… in the winter of 1958-59, he made a 29-minute home recording where he sings 15 songs – some “new” originals and also covers he admired. You can hear Maria doing the dishes in the background (link in comments). […]

The Globe Theater – Bertram, Texas

I first met Walt Wilkins in Archer City about 22 years ago at a show we played together at the Royal Theater, the same theater that inspired Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show. It was a difficult time, just a few days after 9/11, but in the room that night, there was hope, celebration […]

The Skyline Club

Hank Williams’ second to last show was at Austin’s old Skyline Club. Elvis Presley’s second Austin show was at the Skyline. It was good to play a show tonight in the shadow of this great old neon sign.

The Blue Door – Oklahoma City

My sketch/watercolor of the Blue Door, a listening room opened 31 years ago by Greg Johnson in Oklahoma City. Greg’s a champion and advocate for singer-songwriters in Oklahoma and beyond, and magic happens night after night behind these doors. I’m looking forward to playing the Blue Door again on June 21 and tickets are here.

Great Townes Van Zandt Quote

Someone asked Townes Van Zandt: why do you sing with your eyes closed? And he said, “If you would close your eyes I wouldn’t have to.” Walt Wilkins and I will close our eyes (so you don’t have to) at our show at Poor David’s Pub on Friday, March 29th. Kimmie Rhodes has a new […]

Fats Domino on the way to Corpus Christi

My attempt to draw/watercolor a scene from a day in March 1957 on the road between Victoria and Corpus Christi, when my grandfather Gene (who was 26 years old at the time) was driving to work and saw a man by the side of the road who looked like he needed help with a flat […]

Writing Songs with Walt Wilkins at Bull Creek Park

Austin’s Bull Creek Park has a concrete picnic table under the oaks that’s perfect for songwriting. Walt Wilkins and I have been meeting up here whenever we can, writing songs for you. We’ll be singing many of these songs in Dallas on the 29th to celebrate a happy 47th birthday to Poor David’s Pub.

Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, Louisville KY, 1931

Drawing I did considering our musical ancestors- from a photo of Jimmie, Maybelle, A.P., and Sara together in Louisville in June 1931. If you’re a fan of country music and rock n roll, you’re a fan of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

Bulverde

Bulverde. This drawing is what I think of whenever I pass through this little town north of San Antonio. Next Sunday the 10th, Kelley Mickwee and I will playing an acoustic show together in Bulverde, Texas. You are invited. Details are here.