ASG Benefit @ Threadgills (04/06/2011)

The Austin Songwriters Group is made up of great song writers……singers……musicians……PEOPLE!  Every year, they celebrate Merle Haggard’s birthday by throwing a big ol’ party to help a deserving cause.  This year, that cause was to help raise money to help cover the medical expenses of one our friends, Ted Branson.  Besides being one of the favorite DJs on KOOP radio here in Austin, Ted and his lovely wife, Linda, actively support the music community in ways most of us will never know.

Linda had said she’d save us a seat, but we figured she might forget with everything else going on and sure wouldn’t have blamed her.  We should’ve known better!!  She not only remembered,  she had us in the front row, just right for getting great photos IF we were great photographers!  🙂

The list of performers was like a Who’s Who of Austin Music.  Some our old friends, some we knew, some we knew-of, some we didn’t know, and all of them great.  Then, there was everyone in the audience!  So good to visit with friends we hadn’t seen in a while.  Special thanks to Winker for finding our keys although how we lost that huge key ring is a mystery to us…..just glad he found them.  🙂  Thanks, too, to Brent for introducing us to some pretty special people… if he wasn’t special enough!!

It was a perfect Austin spring evening!!  Hugs to all that worked so hard to put on the show.  Love to Ted and Linda as we keep them in our hearts and prayers.  Apologies to anyone whose name is misspelled or lost.  🙂


A Celebration of Dobie’s Life @ Giddy Ups (11/07/2010)

On October 27th we lost one of the sweetest ladies we’ve ever known…..a true “Angel”. Ms Dobie Hatley loved music, musicians, friends, family and…..most of all…!!

She often told us that if something happened to her and she finished this life, she didn’t want any crying….didn’t want services or memorials…..she wanted everyone to have a party!! So…..we honored her wishes…..celebrated her life and collected funds for her favorite charity, HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians).

Really appreciate everyone that came to share their memories, the musicians for their music, and especially all the work by John Casner, Ms. Nancy, and the entire Giddy Ups staff that made the day possible.

One of the highlights of the day was Desert Moon continuing the tradition of honoring Dobie’s request to play “Storms Never Last”.  John always changed a word or two just for her.  He did the same today…..just couldn’t sing it any other way.  Yep, there were puddle-ly eyes all around, but it was as it should be…was needed.  🙂


Ronnie Smith Buyers Club #1 @ Broken Spoke (11/05/2010)

You’d think, with the Sam Bentley Band and Kevin Fowler both playing at one venue for such a great cause that there would be pictures other than just the band.  Well, if you did think that, you’d be right.  Here are a few we snapped around the club.

The proceeds from this fund raiser will ALL be used to benefit the Travis and Hays County FFA and 4H kids. That’s the entire purpose of the Ronnie Smith Memorial Buyers Group because that’s what Ronnie would have wanted.