Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Texas Singer Songwriter Janet Bell was a fixture at Anderson Fair in the early 80’s.
She played lunches when they had them and played music with Linda Lowe. Franci Files Gerrard played bass with her. She played with many other musicians as a result of Anderson Fair.
Janet was the only woman to play in the Texas Lone Star at the Mary Moody Amphitheater on 13 mile road when Texas Our Texas was being performed. On the other nights, she opened the show, out there all alone in front of approx. 3,000 people. She said, “Ike blew the amphitheater away. So Sad!!!”
I was born into a family of artists, musicians, doctors and fisherman. My grandfather delivered me at St. Mary’s infirmary. My mother was an established classical pianist and ready to compete in the Guggenheim competition when she met my father. They married and began their life together in Galveston.
At nap time, my mother would practice and eventually my sisters and I were allowed to nap under the piano during her practice. As soon as we could talk, my mother taught us an arrangement for three voices of Sentimental Journey, Hey Little School Girl and (Ti Som O com Budia). Every time company would arrive, she would call us to perform. My younger sister won the battle on who would play the piano so I gave up trying to play.
I played in my first band when I was 11 years old. I played bass and sang and we played Peter, Paul and Mary songs. I left home at an early age and became an emancipated minor. I was given a tobacco shop located in the Flea Market located in downtown Houston. One day these two guys came in to see what was there and I was invited to come to The Old Quarter. The two men were Dale Soffar and Wrecks Bell. I went to the Old Quarter and began a relationship with Wrecks Bell. The guys would have a jam session with Eric Taylor, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Mickey White, Rocky and Dusty Hill, Darrell Harris, George McClain, and many other musicians who would later become famous.
Wrecks encouraged me to learn to play guitar and I did. I was a thorn in the side of many who would play at the song swap, asking them how to play a song they had played. Everybody was very sweet about teaching me their songs. I asked Townes how to play Darcy Ferrell. He showed me the chords and then the melody and said “just put them together”.
I continued playing guitar but changed my surroundings to Colorado. I lived in Aspen with a friend and then went to Little Annie Basin to live in a log cabin with no electricity or running water. I explored ragtime guitar and when I moved back to town, continued to play but never for money.
Next move was to Denver where I began to follow Bonnie Raitt and John Hammond Jr. I frequented a club called Tulogies in Bolder. That was a magic time to hear their great music. Later, I began duo work with a nice man who was a fan of Tom Waites. I learned songs by David Bromberg, Steve Goodman, and other artists.
I played my first open mic at a club called The White Elephant. I was so nervous that my knees were knocking and my hands were shaking. I turned the chair around with my back to the audience and played.
Years went by learning to play bluegrass, jazz, folk, blues, and classical. I played with many different musicians and many different venues. I wrote many songs and was devoted to my music. I had a son and at the age of 30 decided I needed to have a job that would give me insurance with retirement benefits. That led to my attending The University of North Texas where I became a music teacher with capabilities to teach in a classroom. I taught music for 21 years. During that period of time I became a Christian and played in praise and worship groups.
Wrecks had made appearances at various times in my life. In 2008, he and I began to live in love again. We married and these days I play music at The Old Quarter with him and on my own. I have hopes that I will record a CD one day.
Join me in Austin Texas March 14th with Nikki Lane, TONY JOE WHITE w/ the Texas Gentlemen, WHITE DENIM, The Kernal, CW Stoneking, Ben Dickey, Ruby Boots, Sarah Klang, Becca Mancari, Atlantis Aquarius, Rayland Baxter, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and more. General admission & VIP tickets available at www.whereisthehideout.com
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If you want your party to rock, this is the band for you! Houston's High Energy Party Band, Texas TNT plays all your favorite rock songs from the 70's, 80's, and 90's through today's buzz rock hits. From dance rock to hard rock to glam, they deliver!
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Bruce Robison with special guest Kevin Anthony and G Town
March 2, 2018, 8:30pm - March 3, 2018, 12:00pm
Bruce Robison has been making music professionally for decades. He still discusses his craft with so much enthusiasm he sounds almost like a kid raving about superheroes. That infectious energy is evident in every note of his new album, Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, as well as his new project, The Next Waltz, a blossoming community of artists, fans and friends gathering both virtually and at his recording studio in Lockhart, just outside of Austin.
In both cases, the point is to celebrate country music’s rich traditions while giving creativity free rein to go where it might, as long as it’s somewhere worth traveling. It’s also about celebrating Robison’s “love of the craft of song.”
Take a little Peggy Sue, Cajun fiddle, jumping sawdust and mama
too for the latest release from Kevin Anthony and G-Town.
Jump the Fence is the 10th album from this South Texas boy born where the Gulf Coast waters flow, but he’s got a little French Cajun somewhere in him too.
Anthony’s songs are well crafted and timeless. Add to the mix an old timer or two, Hill County gals, twangy guitars, and weeping pedal steel, and you get the kind of music that your Grandpa would’ve listened to, the kind of music that takes you back to the good old days of good time radio. Everything’s a little bit sweet, not too spicy and a tasty bowl of gumbo mixed in there too. You can’t help but tap your foot and slap your knee. Oh, and he can sing it all in French too.
Did you see 2018 Lone Star Jam ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT?
Saturday 5/26: Gary Allan | Reckless Kelly | Stoney LaRue | Roger Creager | Flatland Cavalry | Dalton Domino | Kody West | Randall King | The Drugstore Gypsies
Sunday 5/27: Randy Rogers Band | Casey Donahew | William Clark Green | Parker McCollum | Kyle Park | Mike and the Moonpies | Read Southall Band | Grant Gilbert
Plus more to be announced soon! Tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY 2/16 at 10am at www.lonestarjam.com
The full band comes to the Mucky Duck this Saturday evening Feb 17th. We've got a 7:00 and a 9:30 show. It's always a joy to play the Mucky Duck and it's really going to be an honor to bring in the Big 50 with my Houston friends. Thanks for getting the word out. Here's the ticket link www.mcgonigels.com/Shows/Terri+Hendrix+-+February+17+2018
Local artist and musician Catherine Stroud delights your ears on the MOD Coffeehouse patio! Come through from 7 to 9pm for a relaxing evening. This event is family friendly and free, although tips are greatly appreciated.