Carter: Texas Singer Songwriters

Texas Singer Songwriters

Richard Carter

 

If you are into the Texas singer songwriter thing, and you really should be if you are not, I can recommend a free program next Thursday and Friday. Both start at the Museum of Art and Midwestern State University. The first show at 7 p.m. Thursday is a roundtable discussion featuring two major Texas music writers, Jan Reid and Kathleen Hudson; Abby Abernathy who started the Lazy Boy Late Week Supper Club in Archer City, Texas that brought pretty much every major Texas singer songwriter to town with the exception of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Also featured in the guest performer, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, one third of the Flatlanders and also Smokey in The Coen Brothers’ great film “The Big Lebowski.”

The next night, Gilmore will play a solo acoustic show at the Museum of Art, and it should be amazing. It’s rare that you can bring together this kind of talent, and if this were Dallas they would probably charge $25 or so. Here, in Wichita Falls, this next weekend, it will cost nothing. What a deal.

For all of the talk about fall shows, the next best thing to check out for live music locally is open mics. Yes, you might have already heard, but the Morrissey show, which was paused a week or so ago to be rescheduled for another date, will not be rescheduled. I am not really sure what happened, because it was my impression that he wanted to play the area, due to his ongoing fascination with “The Last Picture Show,” and it’s not like Archer City has gone away or anything. It’s still there, and I guess he’s still not coming. Anywho, that would have been one show to lord over your friends in other cities for years. Imagine getting to see “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” at the cinema, and during the same year getting to see Morrissey play live at the Kay Yeager.  Easy come/easy go.

Anywho, I went to watch the first Cody Magana open mic at the Iron Horse Pub last night. The first one for me to see anyhow, and I was very impressed at how many people attended the open mic, and how attentive the crowd appeared to be for the music. It’s not like they were talking over the other bands, and finally I thought there was a good diversity of talent there. Sometimes, the genre of the music is pretty much determined by the person running the open mic. If you play folk and the guys is disrespecting you, for example, it’s unlikely that you will return. Nothing at all like that was happening last night and that’s a great thing for this area.

Because there are such few places to play in town, it’s hard for young people to develop or find good places to play out live. And there was some good young performers playing at the open mic. One of my favorites was a young lady named Ashley Doby who has one of those voices that just seems about capable of anything. She let fly and it was impressive. I would like to see her do a full set. The guy who followed her was also pretty interesting. (Obviously I am awful at names). Again, it’s always a great deal when people are not talking over the performer. Consider there is no drums or bass in an open mic and it’s pretty easy to do that. I even saw Cody Shaw there but I am not sure if he ended up playing or not.

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