The Old Quarter Band Camp is geared up this year to expose students,  6th grade to 12th grade, on the ins and outs of creating a band and performing in a band. The camp will occur from August 4th through August 9th at 1:oo pm to 4:00pm daily at the Elks Lodge located at 1518 23rd Street. The first day students will learn about vocal production, the art of playing piano, guitar, bass, and percussion and how they can use this information to form a band for a perfomance on Saturday, August 9th on the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe Stage.

Clark Duhon (Guitar and Bass), Kevin Anthony(Fiddle and Strings), Richard Roach (Guitar, Ukelele, Bass), James Sturrock (Strings and Percussion),and Janet Bell (Voice, Piano, Guitar) are providing the instruction. Each group will choose a song and the instructors will teach the groups their selection for a final performance at The Old Quarter. Their performances will be recorded and each student will receive a dvd of the performances.

On Thursday, August 7th, WHEATFIELD will do a guest session. Trout Fishing In America, Connie Mims, and Craig Calvert will teach our students the art of writing a song.

On Saturday, August 9th, the student groups will perform and family and friends are invited to attend this final session.

The cost is $100.00 for 1 student the 75.00 for each additional family members. If your children are interested, please contact Janet Bell at 409-457-2378 or email Janet at I will send you registration form.…


aDAM cARROLLAdam Carroll has a way of taking ordinary daily events and turning them into song, often laughable. Adam states “The core of what I do is songwriting; it’s the one thing I am passionate about. It’s the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine!”

The newlywed,  Chris Carroll and Janet Bell will be opening for this great night of performances!…





Shake Russell. To fully appreciate and comprehend the magnitude of Shake’s contributions to music, one need only listen to his life’s work. From his 1976 album, “Songs on the Radio,” to the 2006 CD, “Love is Why,” Shake’s music is a testament to the reasons why he is so widely celebrated as a Texas music legend.

Matt Mejia & 2 Star Symphony


Zak Perry ZAK PERRY Hailing from Austin, TX, The Zak Perry Band has been picking up steam throughout the southern and Midwestern states for several years!! Performing Zak Perry’s original songs along with an incredible collection of covers played their own way, the band puts on a high powered show that you have to see to believe. They are a true band in the defining rock & roll tradition.

 Tina Fuller for web


Two-Star-Symphony Web

TWO STAR SYMPHONY Two Star Symphony’s dark, distinctive sound is a result of the writing style they employ and the instruments on which they perform. The band works differently than most classical ensembles in that every member is also a composer. Songs are written and arranged live as a group, with each player responsible for his or her own parts. By the time the songs are finished, the music is memorized. Two Star does not create or use sheet music, so the player is free to focus on the other members and overall sound of the piece.

 Come See My Dead Person

Come See My Dead Person is from deep in the south of Texas breaking musical boundaries, and paying tribute to the dead. Come See My Dead Person is an eclectic blend of multi-cultural music unbound by any one genre. Fusing a multitude of styles from folk, rock, bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz, to polka, punk, country, latin, and soul



085 (200x150) (200x150)Lisa Morales Band…After building a strong reputation with sister Roberta as Sisters Morales, Lisa Morales steps out on her own with an album of self-penned songs that are more about emotion than they are about pretty. In the three years since their last record (Talking to the River-produced by Los Lobos Steve Berlin), their mother, Gloria, died after a struggle with cancer. It was Glorias fight for life, not her loss, that made Lisa re-examine her own life. Beautiful Mistake finds her doing just that. Her writing on this album is her best to date! http://


GEORGE ENSLEGeorge Ensle… A Texas singer songwriter began performing as a teenager and throughout the years has developed into a fantastic singer, lyricist, and performer. With his reflective songs, he always performs an outstanding show!



MARINA 1Marina Rocks — Marina is one of our favorite people in the world… Does size matter? Dynamite comes in small packages, and Marina is a little blond chick that weighs in at a mere 100 lb. plus tax. The size that matters here is the size of Marina`s heart- it is as big as Texas (which just happens to be her born-and-raised home state). Her super-sized heart beats in the chest of a beautiful, young woman on a mission to open your mind and rock your world!

Guthrie Kennard for Web

Guthrie Kennard  “With a voice that recalls Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, Kennard spins his tales of rural disaffection against a backdrop of rough-hewed melodies and backwoods percussion,? classic Texas music, a soundtrack to the Hill Country, and       the slow country songs sound like a drive on patchy, paved roads that lead to all sorts of interesting places.” – Darryl Smyers, Dallas Observer


We are going on the road!! We will perform with Ken Gaines for his song swap. If you are in Houston or nearby areas, come and see us!!…


Brad Boyer PhotoBrad Boyer CD Release The Montagu Hotel

It’s as if Brad Boyer found my secret notes on how to release a CD and he followed the formula quite nicely.  First, I like to know what’s inside without listening to the first note.  Brad just comes right out and tells you on the cover that you’re in for Americana Folk and Country.  He also let’s you know he’s a Lonesome Dove fan.  I wasn’t sure that would come into play, and for the most part, musically, it didn’t.  However, Boyer’s reference to the epic was more than just a cryptic note to those in the know, but the Latin phrase made famous by the movie series has significance with respect to the album.  If you’re not familiar, the phrase Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit appears on a famous sign in the movie and there is a great deal of controversy surrounding its meaning and the author’s reason for including it.  If you take it at face value, and without any literal translation, it means that when a musician surrounds himself with great musicians, it tends to make him better somehow.  A Veritas.  This is a true condition with this release.  Brad Boyer is a great songwriter and an adept performer, but by surrounding himself with a host of outstanding pickers, he has caused the emergence of one of the best debut offerings to come along in a while.  Boyer’s influences are country, but his writing is a less formulate as he demonstrates that great songs must sometimes take the path less traveled.  The opener is the title track and sets a tone for the release that makes the listener inquisitive as to what lies ahead.  As you experience the rest of the tracks, you’ll find Boyer’s obsession with imagery and phrasing, leaving behind any regard for the status quo.  “In A Bar Downtown” takes a modern mixture of folk and bluegrass to frame a story that could easily be a mundane testament to every drinking man, but instead, Boyer expertly recounts the useless efforts of beginning a hopeful journey from the wrong embarking point.  Listen carefully for the songwriter reference that hints at the possibility that Boyer is writing from a personal experience.  Boyer continues on an almost choreographed path with “Marie” which is a natural follow up track with just a little more folk, a little less bluegrass, and the first real country licks.  Boyer progresses into his country flavor with “Tonight I’m Gonna Lose” which is an interesting blend of upbeat meter and a rather sad story.  Somehow it works and bridges the story as you begin to realize that Boyer’s tracks are meant to be heard in succession.  The entire disc works on random play, but you’ll enjoy Boyer’s insight if you hear the tracks in order.  By track five, Boyer has moved into full country mode and every song needs a good Telecaster piece.  Next, relax as you get your lament in “West Texas Wind” which provides the Lonesome Dove level of sadness you knew would be somewhere on this disc.  If you are looking for a chronology in the songs or some microcosm in the tracks, the first six will do it for you.  Starting with track seven, Boyer writes of a life that might have passed before the eyes of the object of track six.  The last five tracks give you examples of Boyer’s writing prowess and solidify him as a redoubtable Texas performer.  As you round out the album with Boyer’s beautiful love song “For Your Love,” you’ll find yourself checking your travel schedule so that you can catch the next show.  Boyer is the complete package with a true voice, great writing, and with the line up of pickers on this project, a viable recording artist.  You only get one chance to put out a debut album, so you must make sure you have ripened before you ask to be plucked from the vine.  For Boyer and his excellent first release, Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit says it all.…



RJE_2009_Press_Photo_600Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you’re about to meet right now.  He’s got a song and a friend for every mile behind him.  Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969.

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy.

His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing.   All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style.  He was a brilliant entertainer….  Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them.  Jack went out and grabbed you…..  Jack was King of the Folksingers
.     Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

There are no degrees of separation between Jack and the real thing. He is the guy who ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a cowboy.  In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl Ballads, and a wealth of children’s songs that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.”

In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music.  He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens.

In 1955 Jack married and traveled to Europe, bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy and blues repertoire and his guitar virtuosity, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton.

When he returned to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie’s bedside, and mentored Bob. Jack has continued as an inspiration for every roots-inspired performer since.

Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree.

He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others.

In 1995, Ramblin’ Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for South Coast (Red House Records).
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, “In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin’ Jack has himself become an American treasure.”

In 2000, Jack’s daughter, filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott produced and directed The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack, her take on Jack’s life and their fragile relationship, winning a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival.

Through it all—though agents, managers, wives and recording companies have tried—Jack resisted being molded into a commercial commodity.  He played his shows without a written set list or including any songs that did not ring with his gut feeling of what mattered to him.

Ramblin’ Jack’s life of travels, performances and recordings is a testament to the America of lore, a giant land of struggle, hard luck and sometimes even of good fortune.  Ramblin’ Jack takes us to places that spur us on to the romance and passion of life in the tunes and voices of real people.

At seventy-seven, Ramblin’ Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal.  You’ll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.…