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Layne Elizabeth

The final TexasSelectRadio.com Shaun and Dan show at Guitars and Growlers on February 26 began with Layne Elizabeth. A talented teenage songwriter, Layne played her original songs. Which included Third Wheel and Hey Girl from her self-titled Ep, and Filter.

John Jaggers followed Elizabeth. John played

John Jaggers

his original songs such as The Obits and Vigil in the Rain, mixed with a couple of cover songs.

Baylis Laramore

Baylis Laramore took the stage next and played his songs that tell stories like All in the River’s Time, Land’s End, and one of my favorites, Ghost of Galveston. It was the first time he played the new All in the River’s Time live.

Tom May closed out the last TSR Shaun and Dan show at Guitars and Growlers with a set of covers that he played in his own style.

Tom May

As always, follow the links and listen to their music for yourself. Notice when they are playing next and go see them and support live music. While the Monday show at Guitars and Growlers has ended, come see the Shaun and Dan show at Stan’s Main Street in Frisco on Wednesdays and Canucks in Lewisville on Thursdays. Songwriters who want to be on the show should message Dan.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

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Harry Hewlett

The TexasSelectRadio.com Shaun and Dan Show  at Guitars and Growlers on February 19 began with Harry Hewlett and his west Texas music and humor. Harry grew up on a farm in west Texas. His songs, such as Dirty Old Man, and Everclear illustrate that.

Lynn McCracken, with Bill Hudson on guitar, and Gigi Gostas on cajon, played her introspective songs, such as I Wrote You a Letter, and Fear.

Gigi Gostas, Lynn McCracken, Bill Hudson

Rob Case, with Alayna Mitchakes adding vocals, played songs from his cd, Last Call in Texas, such as Bayou City, and and a couple of cover songs.

Allen Larson followed Case, and played a mix of his original tunes, such as You Got This, and cover

Alayna Mitchakes, Rob Case

tunes which included a song by Bruce Cockburn.

John Herbert played a short set of cover songs. Dan Roark  wrapped up the show with I Just Want to get Social, Waffle House, and Hitchhiking Song.

Follow the links, hear the music for yourself, and notice when they are playing so you can see them live. Come to Guitars and Growlers on Mondays for good

Allen Larson

music, good food, a large variety of craft beers that changes constantly, and be a part of the radio show. Songwriters – message Dan or Shaun to be on a coming show.

John Herbert

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

Dan Roark

 

 

 

Dan Roark

I opened the second TexasSelectRadio.com Shaun and Dan show at Guitars and Growlers on Monday, February 12. Following my set, John Mason took the stage. His set of originals included his song about the beverage we all love and why we call coffee “Joe,” entitled I Wanna Know.

John Mason

Gigi Gostas followed Mason. She played a set of her original songs that tell tales of a life lived and learned. Including a song she wrote thinking about all of the physical changes that a woman goes through. Don Wall came on next and played his tunes which included Hard to Handle, Home in my Dreams, and Papa’s Recipe. Shaun Outen took the stage to play a few songs before Dan closed out the night.

Gigi Gostas

Follow the links and hear their music for yourself and notice when they’re playing next so you can go see them live. If you’re a songwriter and would like to be on the show, send Shaun or Dan a message. Or say so in a comment.

Don Wall

 

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Shaun Outen

Ireland Casteel

I introduced Ireland Casteel to begin the inaugural TexasSelectRadio.com Monday night Shaun and Dan show at Guitars and Growlers on February 5. Ireland is one of the better and popular young teenage songwriters in the Dallas area. Her songs illustrate her experiences and the things she has learned. Without any pretense of being older than she is. Which helps her have insights – brought out in her songs – she would not have had otherwise. I have invited her to play showcases a number of times in the past couple of years and will continue to do so. You will know what I mean when you hear her songs – which will soon be in rotation on TexasSelectRadio.com.

Cat McGee

Cat McGee is a songwriter with intense emotion. Not just in her voice or expression, but the words themselves as well. As illustrated in the song, City of Steeples, which she wrote about Charleston, South Carolina on a tragic day as she watched the community respond with determination and faith. Cat was struck with the large number of churches, hence the title. Follow the link to hear that song and others and see where she is playing.

Bill Nash

Bill Nash followed McGee and displayed his penchant – out of necessity – for using capos and alternate tunings. With his MS symptoms, his hands sometimes are cantankerous – as it were – and the capos and tunings help him to keep playing guitar and writing songs. His songs are distinctly folk, which is not surprising given his 25 years of volunteering at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse and decades residing at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He has a song he wrote as a Christmas song that friends talked him into changing into a song about Kerrville. “But it’s still a Christmas song.” Follow the link and check him out when you can.

Clint Sherman

With most of the younger songwriters I see being girls – which is a good thing – it’s nice to see a young man such as Clint Sherman write some nice songs. Blackland Fever is the name of his band and I wouldn’t mind hearing him with them. But he does pretty well by himself.

All in all, it was a great first TSR Shaun and Dan show. Come on out to Guitars and Growlers on Mondays and be part of a fun experience. We have John Mason, Gigi Gostas, and others next week. If you are a songwriter and would like to be on the show, send me a message and we’ll find a night for you. We usually keep a spot or two open for walk in sign ups, but they go fast, so it’s best to sign up in advance.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

Dan Roark

I was guest host for Bill Hook at the first Wednesday night Songwriters Showcase/ Open Mic of 2018 on January 3rd at Guitars and Growlers. While it was every other Wednesday in 2017, SS/Open mic is now weekly.

I was getting over a cold

Jade Nickol

that I got for Christmas. I opened the show and made it through two songs before I realized it was time to pass the mic. Jade Nickol took the stage and played her original songs as well as a Stevie Nicks cover.

Remy Reilly, another teenage songwriter, played piano and sang her original songs. She also played a Stevie Nicks cover – since Jade had.

Remy Reilly

Anna DiTommaso took the stage after we got the keyboard off the stage. “I will now play some songs that I definitely didn’t write,” Anna said as she introduced herself. She then did musical justice to four cover songs.

Local songwriter, Alex Benavides, followed DiTommaso. Benavides played his original songs and ended with Country Roads by John Denver and everyone singing along. Karl King played a couple of tunes on harmonica before asking Joe Gerard, who was up next, to join him on stage for a song. The two performed Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull. Gerard then stayed on stage to play a set of cover songs. Donna Weis closed out the evening with her unique brand of folk music, hearkening back to the ’60s and ’70s.

In all, an interesting musical evening. More pictures will be on my Facebook music page. Join Bill Hook each Wednesday to hear some good songwriters and/or play a few of your songs. Good music, good food, great craft beer selection and friendly staff.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

 

 

Bill Hook, Host

Bill Hook, host, opened the Songwriters Night at Guitars and Growlers on Wednesday, November 22. He played his songs, Let’s Dance, Give Me a Chance, and Heartache Blues.

Dan Roark took the stage next and played four songs from his upcoming cd, Hello Out ThereRob Case followed Dan with his signature song, Bayou City – about Houston. Case also played his version of Stormy Monday.

Dan Roark

Bill Nash played next and played four original songs, the last of which was a song with great wordplay, James Dean’s Genes. Alex Benavides played a set of covers with an original. He turned Country Roads into a sing-a-long that everyone enjoyed.

Khalil Coffield

Khalil Coffield just happened to stop in with a couple of friends. He signed up for an impromptu performance. Coffield is a good young songwriter with interesting songs.

Emma and her father were with the fairly large party in front of the stage. Emma put only her first name on the signup sheet. I had to leave without getting her last name. She sang a song or two with the words on her phone and her father playing guitar.

Follow the links and listen to these songwriters yourself. You’ll enjoy the experience. The next time you get a chance, go listen to them perform their songs live. More pictures will be posted on my Facebook music page.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Last night I went to Bedford for the Movie Tavern micro music festival. Dillon Moses was the host. They also have a micro music festival at the Movie Tavern in Denton on Thursday. With every performer playing four to six songs, and a relaxed atmosphere, it really was more like a micro music festival.

I seemed to be the only one who wasn’t from the “neighborhood.” There’s some good, young, local talent in the area judging from what I saw and heard.  We entertained the crowd having a few drinks before their showing of Thor came around.

I usually have a standing appointment on Thursday nights. It was called off for this week, so I headed to Bedford. With a recording session in LA coming up next week, I figure I can’t practice too much and there is no better way of doing it than playing an open mic, micro music festival, showcase, or the like. My plan is to play tonight at Mex-Go on Central in Allen. Then the LSA Burger Co. open mic in Denton on Monday, New Faces Tuesday at Love and War in Texas, Plano in the heated patio, and Songwriters Night at Guitars and Growlers in Richardson on Wednesday.

Then home to get ready for an early morning flight on Thursday that will begin ten days in LA. Which will include eight shows – a mixture of open mics and showcases – with an eye for setting up shows for a future trip. It will also include six days in the studio – an entire post in itself.

So come on out and join me at any of the places I’m playing through Wednesday. Come to listen or play. They’ve all got good food and drinks.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

Bill Hook

I went to play at Guitars and Growlers at the third installment of the every other Wednesday open mic, hosted by Bill Hook on October 11. Guitars and Growlers is – to quote the website – “an adventure of Rob and Amy Baker to bring craft beer and hand crafted instruments to the great folks of Richardson Texas.” There mission is to build a new way for people to see what is going on in world of guitar building while enjoying a great craft beer. And pretty damn good food I may add. Handmade guitars hang on one wall.

So quite naturally, they would have live music. And, of course, an open mic to showcase local songwriters. A number of local songwriters and performers were in attendance to play on this particular occasion. Bill Hook opened the show – as hosts are wont to do.

Cat McGee followed Bill. John Mason took the stage next. Alex Benavides followed

Cat McGee

Mason and preceded the inimitable Bill Nash. Riley Curnutt took the stage after Bill Nash. Riley is a fourteen year old songwriter and she performs her songs nicely.

David Christian followed Riley with his own take on cover songs. Richard Hunt, Dan Roark, and Baylis Laramore ended the list of performers with Bill Hook coming back to the stage to end the evening. Links are provided so you can check their music out for yourselves. Everyone performed well, receiving ample applause.

Come to the next open mic on Wednesday, October 25, have some good food and craft beer, and get on the list to play, or just listen. Guitars and Growlers is a good venue and it’s always a good time. More pictures will be posted on my Facebook music page.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

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