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Terry Strange

Shaun Outen and I had a good lineup at the Songwriters Showcase at Love and War in Texas, Plano on Tuesday, January 23rd which was broadcast on TexasSelectRadio.com. So much so that we didn’t get a chance to play. Terry Strange opened the show with a set that included his song, How About the Truth?  Mark Burnaugh took the stage next and played a set of cover songs.

Baylis Laramore

Next up, Baylis Laramore played a number of his original songs. During the set, he played his haunting tune, Ghosts of Galveston. Jade Nickol played a solid set of originals and a few covers. She also played her Happy Birthday song.

Mr. Troll played a strong set of his original tunes, including Cry, which is one of my favorite songs of his. Kenneth Waters wrapped up the evening with his commanding vocals and mix of original and cover songs.

Mr. Troll

As always, follow the links to hear their music for yourselves. It will be time well spent. Then come out and join Shaun and myself on Tuesdays as we host songwriters and broadcast on TexasSelectRadio.com. The show will now begin at 7 p.m. rather than 7:30. Enjoy great food while listening to live music. More pictures will be posted on my Facebook music page.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.



Shelby Ballenger

Shaun Outen and Dan Roark hosted the Songwriters Showcase on November 28 at Love and War in Texas in Plano. I’m a little behind, but it was too good a show not to share.

Shelby Ballenger and Brad Wayne Purdom swapped songs to start the show. Ballenger played her songs Messing With a Cowboy, and Smell the Rain among others. She also played Hank William’s You’re Cheating Heart, and Kris Kristofferson’s Me and Bobby McGee.

Brad Wayne Purdom

Purdom’s “set” included his songs, Gypsy Soul and Bright Light of Day. Brad Wayne also played his song about John Fulbright. He assisted Shelby on lead and harmonica.

Mr. Troll and I took the stage next and swapped songs. Troll played what open mic regulars would refer to as his “greatest hits.” Which obviously included Cry, which is one of my favorites. And of course, Going Nowhere. I played songs from my

Dan Roark

upcoming cd, Hello Out There. Shaun Outen closed out the show with a set of his own tunes mixed with covers.

Check out the links and hear the music for yourself. You won’t regret it. Go see them live when and if you get the chance. You won’t regret that either.

Mr. Troll Mallow

Come out and listen or play on Tuesday’s at Love and War. The heaters and enclosures make it comfortable. Come join us!

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

Shaun Outen

Dan RoarkEvery now and then someone at an open mic tells me after my set that they think I sound like someone. It happens at other times, but it’s also unique to open mics because open mics tend to be held in the spirit of a mutual admiration society. The  comments, however, are usually sincere. Having people come just to listen and to hear it from them is a bonus.

An example of one of the other times was the church talent show on Sunday night. One of the youth said I reminded him of Jerry Jeff Walker. Another man said Arlo Guthrie. One guy said Judy Collins, but he was only talking about the folk scene in general. He had seen her perform in a folk club in Oklahoma in the ‘60s.

At Mr. Troll’s Poor David’s Pub Open Mic, someone said I sounded like John Prine. Which was nice because he is one of my mentors. But on another occasion a listener said I reminded him of Elvis Costello. Okay. If you take all of those mentioned here and put them on a page in Highlights Magazine -“ which does not belong” – Elvis Costello would pretty much stand out like a sore thumb. I regret not taking the time to ask him what song of mine brought Costello to mind. I like Elvis but I don’t know how I sound like him.

Who have people said you sounded like? I’m actually interested, so please comment.

Peace be with you.

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