August 22, 2019

Dearest Friends & Supporters, 

     The For the Love of Western Swing artwork took a little longer than I had expected but oh was it worth it. Rod McGehee delivered an amazing work of art for the cover. Jason Landry's silhouette photo was superimposed over the...

June 21, 2019

Our Indiegogo campaign showcased, once again, the power of grassroots efforts and word-of-mouth marketing. We've met our initial goal and because of that Indiegogo will keep the campaign active so that even more folks preorder For the Love of Western Swing, a work in p...

In high school a friend lent me an album called Mel Tillis and Bob Wills In Person. It was my first serious introduction to the joy of Western swing. Later as a teenager I would sneak into Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin Texas to hear the music of Asleep at the...

December 31, 2018

Farewell 2018! You were a year filled with distant travels, new shows, homecoming concerts, and Texas Hill Country recurring performances that allowed me to provide for my family--a year my family members saw joy, heartache, recovery, and happiness. On behalf of my fel...

December 7, 2018

Folks have approached me at recent Texas Hill Country performances requesting songs I remembered writing but, dang it, I couldn’t remember how they went--at least not completely. Some songs like "Winter Sprites" and "What a Christmas It Was!" I rarely perform outside o...

August 28, 2018

Years ago while traveling with the band from the Texas Hill Country through Eastland County, the home of our guitar player Chris Reeves I realize that our route to Northern New Mexico could include a stop in Turkey, Texas. 

Why Turkey Texas? Well you might ask Ray Benso...

June 18, 2018

So when I woke up at 5:38 in the morning in my Sedona, Arizona room realizing that I had never seen the Grand Canyon (and I have been to Arizona more than 10 times in my life), I decided I needed to go. I had discussed it with my wife the previous day so my mind was ma...

June 13, 2018

I can't thank you, my family, my friends, my fans, and my fellow musicians, enough. That thought repeatedly crossed my mind as I tried to respond the many well wishers on June 10, 2018, my birthday.

I realized again that I have many cousins not only on the Martinez side...

April 10, 2018

After a great tour that begin with a great flight into Zürich, a wonderful drive to the Romansch region of Switzerland (there are four major regions and four national languages in Switzerland) to perform in Celerina, a great show in Innsbruck, Austria, an energetic con...

April 4, 2018

Don't you love watching an artist, like Springsteen, Walt Wilkins or Robert Earl, glowing as he sings every line and strums every chord with every ounce of his inner being. Or don’t you just love hearing a singer like Bonnie Raitt sing a song like “I Can’t Make You Lov...

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