Fri. July 25, 2014 LESLIE KRAFKA

Leslie Krafka Post PicAs I watched Leslie Krafka perform one of her original songs from the café table of a coffee house she frequently plays, I sensed she might come from a long line of story tellers. Listening to the assenting “All The Luck”, a ballad about bad breaks in life, and “Wandering Troubadour”, an expression of ephemeral love, from her debut CD The White Cat Sessions, I concluded her passion for her art must be in her blood.
As I later discovered, indeed Leslie inherited her love for storytelling. “My grandfather told the best stories”, she recalls. “They were better than anything on television. I admired the way he could keep all us grandkids spellbound for hours. I really wanted to have the gift.” However, she took it one step further and put her words to music. “I also had a grandmother who was a marvelous singer. She was a high soprano and I remember her favorite song was Ave Maria.” Those influences, along with a household vinyl collection that ranged from Donny Osmond to Charlie Parker gave Leslie an appreciation for a multitude of music. “My brother introduced alt-country to our family, but I listened to Top 40 for the most part, and my little sister loved 80’s glam rock. Looking back there was always a weird mix of albums stashed around the stereo in the family room.”
However, being a music lover didn’t translate right away to becoming a music maker. “I always thought writing songs, playing out, or recording…that’s what other people did, you know, famous people. It was a long time before I actually embarked into the world of songwriting, and even longer for me to envision myself as a performer.”
Call it destiny or call it luck, Leslie did find her passion at a songwriter’s workshop hosted by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, who by the way co-produced Leslie’s sophomore CD due out in May 2014. “Looking back on that experience, I was so naïve. I was taking it all in and something clicked, and I knew this songwriting thing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Coincidentally that workshop was the first time Leslie ever performed in front of a live audience. “It was one of those moments in life where you say ‘yes’ and it changes everything. I mean I stood in front of 100 people and sang a song I’d written only days before with Lloyd playing guitar. Can you believe? It all seems so surreal now.”
Since that first workshop Leslie has worked hard at her craft. In 2010 she was rewarded by the Houston Songwriter’s Association who named her Songwriter of the Year, as well as naming her song “Wondering Troubadour” Song of the Year. Other recognitions followed, being named a Regional Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival; as well as having her CD The White Cat Sessions nominated by the Academy of Texas Music for the Academy Award of Distinction. “Awards are fine’ Leslie reflected, “but the best reward is knowing that my music connects with someone. That’s satisfying.”
With the release of a new record on the horizon, Leslie lit up when the topic was broached. “I’m very excited about the new record. I’m working with my dream team and my songs are sounding so amazing, I can’t wait to get it finished.” After hearing some of the new material, like the energetic Wine, Women and Song, or Stay with Me, a love song with a dash of angst, it’s clear Leslie has continued in her quest to craft ever better songs. With this recording Leslie Krafka is primed to venture outside of Texas and take her music into other parts of the country.…


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Jesse Dayton  Raised in Beaumont, TX, near the childhood home of George Jones, Jesse Dayton grew up on the hardcore honky tonk of Jones, Hank Williams, Sr., and Lefty Frizzell, but also blues artists such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb.John can boast six wins for Best Male Vocalist, four for Best Songwriter and a pair for both Best Roots Rock and Musician of the Year. You won’t hear him boast, though. He’s as humble as they come. And the most personable performer on the road. He’ll make each and every… Show more audience member feel like a family member.

John Evans  is a lanky 6 foot 5 and can rock your world!  He sees things differently than most people and it shows in his music. He is a real sweetheart and a great musician! His grandfather not only played guitar but also built them. His musical ancestry shines through in every song he songs with his rock n roll.  http://www.thejebsite.com/


Now, with Jesse and John together….. it should be an enormous exhibition of two greatly talented musicians laying their heart out on our stage!  This is one show you don’t want to miss!…

Robert Kuhn



Robert Kuhn

Robert Kuhn left for Pennsylvania at the age of eighteen, where he studied Mathematics and English Literature at Bucknell University. After Pennsylvania, Robert worked and traveled through New York and Texas before descending to South America. From 2001 to 2010, Robert lived in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica before finally settling in Nicaragua as a farmer, fisherman and vagabond writer, playing music all the while. In 2010, he moved North to Houston and on to Galveston, where the music took over. http://www.reverbnation.com/robertkuhn



BONNIE BISHOP “Her music washed over me with a purity and soulfulness

that is rarely found in this world of noise. Afterwards when I was walking home,

I could hear Bonnie’s songs in my head… and for the first time in a long time,

I felt like I was in tune” Robert Earl Keen http://bonniebishop.com/about/




Joe Ely



Joe Ely (born February 9, 1947) is an Austin, Texas, honky-tonk/country musician. Ely, born in Amarillo, spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas.


Shortly after high school, in 1970, with fellow Lubbock musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, he formed The Flatlanders. According to Ely, “Jimmie was like a well of country music. He knew everything about it. And Butch was from the folk world. I was kinda the rock & roll guy, and we almost had a triad. We hit it off and started playing a lot together.  That opened up a whole new world I had never known existed.” In 1972, the band released their first and— until 2002’s Now Again— only album, but have appeared together on each other’s albums. Since the band’s initial break-up just after their album was cut, the three musicians have followed individual paths.

Ely’s own first album, self titled, was released in 1977. The following year, his band played London where he met punk rock group The Clash. Impressed with each other’s performances, the two bands would later tour together, including appearances in Ely’s hometown of Lubbock, as well as Laredo and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Since then, a steady stream of albums have followed, most on the MCA label. Ely’s live performances have become legendary, and he has released a live album roughly every ten years (the last was Live at Antone’s in 2000). He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Los Super Seven, and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark. http://www.joeely.com/

Brad Boyer


“2010 GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK FINALIST!! Congratulations to the New Folk Finalists for 2010. These songwriters were chosen from 800 outstanding
submissions we received from around the world. This is the 39th year for New
Folk and is always one of the highlights of the Kerrville Folk Festival. ”

Kerrville Folk Festival  http://bradboyermusic.com/



HANK SCHYMA Hank Schyma, Member of the Southern Backtones and Tornado Chaser will fill The Old Quarter with his impeccable music. Don’t miss this show! http://www.houstonightlife.com/music/artists/item/2003?layout=item


Wheatfield for WebWHEATFIELD consists of performers Ezra Idlet, Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing in America, Connie Mims, and Craig Calvert who has performed with Wheatfield for many years  Wheatfield began in Houston in 1973 and quickly established themselves at the forefront of the then emerging Texas music scene. Expanding their original country, bluegrass, and folk musical influences into the jazz and rock genres, they appeared on the 1st season of the new PBS series “Austin City Limits” in 1976, and later, as St. Elmo’s Fire, co-wrote, toured and performed two original rock ballets with the Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Chicago Ballet Companies.

Ezra and Keith went on to fame and fortune with Trout Fishing in America, while Craig and Connie pursued successful solo careers and continued to perform together from time to time. Wheatfield reunited in 2004 and, much to the delight of their fans, have continued to write, record, and perform together several times a year ever since.




kevin-anthonyKevin Anthony and Ganey Arsement Unlike many of today’s “old-timey” bands, who play a wide range of folk, bluegrass and country, Kevin Anthony & the Twin City Playboys (his Minneapolis based band) & Kevin Anthony & G-Town (his Galveston based band) are trying something different: rather than encompass a variety of sounds, they have pinpointed a very specific genre. Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, band leader Kevin Anthony has always been drawn to the combination of Texas and Cajun music that dominated his region growing up, and their debut album Texas Memories plays like a tribute to  Anthony’s musical upbringing. “I love the old style of music mostly because it reminds me of my family and the music that they used to play, ” Anthony explains. “After the passing of my grandparents I felt the strong need to carry on their musical tradition.”


Joining Kevin is Ganey Arsement Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, you might think that Cajun singer, songwriter, and accordion player Ganey Arsement makes his music on the fringes of Cajun country. Actually, Lake Charles is more of a crossroads, a meeting point between the honky-tonks of East Texas (Beaumont, Texas, the home of George Jones, is 45 minutes away), and the Cajun dancehalls of Southwest Louisiana. Ganey’s music reflects these crossroads, and on his new album, Le Forgeron, he slips as easily between the cranking heat of the Cajun accordion and the electric twang of    East Texas country and electric blues.        http://www.reverbnation.com/ganeyarsement

Marina Rocks


Marina Rocks 1Marina Rocks It’s been a busy year for Marina Rocks…. Finalist @ Kerrville’s New Folk Songwriter’s Competition for 2013, 1st place winner @ 106.9 “The Ranch” songwriter’s competition, & 1st runner up @ Larry Joe Taylor’s  songwriting competition. Her latest single “Stuck in the Mud” w/Lloyd Maine’s on        dobro/banjo is now making  airwaves on European radio. Steve Rangle w/Houston       Music News review wrote…”Marina’s “Believe in Love”  album has more artistic integrity than the last 5 American Idol winners  combined.” After her performance at the Old Quarter, Marina heads to  New York. Our dear friend and fellow musician, Marina Rocks, ROCKS your world. Although she is a beautiful, soft spoken, petit woman, when she takes the stage she performs a mesmerizing, attention grabbing  performance! You don’t want to miss this dynamo!!!        http://marinarocks.com/home.cfm

Marina Rocks — The Comeback Kid

“Short, sweet, and packed full of punches, Marina Rocks’ sophomore album is the kind of honest songwriting we’ve all been waiting for. “Stuck in the Mud,” the album’s opener, is the best redemption song you’ll hear this side of 2013. And that’s just for starters.”
“Marina’s songwriting would be enough to draw your attention by itself — and it certainly has. She’s won or has come close to winning songwriting prizes all over Texas, where the competition is no doubt stiff.
But damn. Dat voice.
It’s equal parts Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, and Etta James…though, of course, it’s Marina’s passion that will get you to stop what you’re doing and just listen.” So reserve your spot to see this dynamo!!!
Joanna Gibson Opening






James Sturrock, For those that require labels, you could call it World. It’s what Willie Nelson might have sounded like had he grown up after Bob Marley, Reaganomics, and The Clash. Anyone who appreciates a good singer-songwriter that plays heartfelt and emotional music will no doubt be moved. Although FIEL’s World Fusion sound leans heavily on Reggae for inspiration, their music is decorated with waves of Latin American, Carribean and Afro-Cuban polyrhythm, not to mention the occasional Rock burner, acoustic jam, or Americana tear-dropper. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. …………… http://www.reverbnation.com/fielmusicgroup