Giddy Ups Spring Fling (03/14-18/2018)

Since 2009, Giddy Ups has been hosting the Spring Fling…5 days featuring 55 musical artists.  Songwriters, singers, and full bands come to introduce us to their music.

Last year, we were excited because we’d be retired this year and would be able to see all the performers.  Unfortunately, we didn’t count on the allergies!  If you live in Texas, you know what we mean.  If you live elsewhere, just imagine the most horrible cold you’ve ever had that lasts for weeks instead of days.  So, we didn’t get to see them all but, the ones we did see were all super special.

Below is the full lineup.  Be sure to click on the pages numbers at the bottom to go through each day.  To get more information on the artists, see A. Michael Uhlmann’s blog post with information on each artist, links to their website and Facebook pages, and where to find their music.  It’s a great resource!  Also, on the Spring Fling Music Festival Facebook page, there is a picture of every artist and a short write-up about them that was done during the festival. 28576792_10155943767636708_1591310309504538901_n

Shiva’s Headband Experience Anniversary Show @ Giddy Ups (12/03/2017)

I’d seen Shiva’s Headband do a set during Jubalfest but had never seen them before and, other than knowing they were part of “Old Austin”, knew nothing about them.  Thanks to the info on Giddy Ups event for the anniversary show, I learned quite a bit and was not going to miss this show.  I was NOT disappointed and, more than a couple of times during the afternoon, felt a little of what the 60’s & 70’s were probably like in Austin, Tx.  🙂

From Giddy Ups & A. Michael Uhlmann (Thanks Mike & Nancy!):

“About half a decade before Willie, Waylon, and Jerry Jeff started putting Austin on the musical cosmic cowboy map – there was already a genre-bending outfit, Shiva’s Headband. Originally formed by fiddler Spencer Perskin in 1967, they were the house band at the Vulcan Gas Company on Congress Avenue. 
When the Vulcan closed due to financial distress, Spencer and several friends, including Eddie Wilson who ran it, opened the Armadillo World Headquarter on Barton Springs Road.
By then Shiva’s Headband already had a major label (Capitol) release with “Take Me To The Mountains.” Several other albums followed, “Coming To A Head” (1971), Psychedelic Yesterday (1977) and “In the Primo of Life” a couple of years after the AWH had closed its doors as well.
And then somehow life happened and the band didn’t perform regularly anymore, so for me, it was a special deal to see them in 1994 during an Armadillo World Headquarter reunion at the Coliseum. That Eddie Wilson dropped his pants in front of then-governor Ann Richards is another story.
While Spencer was freelancing with other bands he started to resurrect Shiva’s Headband and put after all these years the extension Experience behind the band moniker to convey that Shiva has achieved another level of musical entertainment.”

And, before you ask…..yes, the painting was of a younger Spenser…..sans clothes.  (Had to do some editing on those pictures to keep this site “family friendly”. 🙂 )


JubalFest @ Giddy Ups (09/30/17)

A Tribute to the Gypsy Cowboy

JubalFest was a musical tribute to late Austin singer/songwriter Jubal Clark and his musical compadres who shared the stage with him at the Austin Outhouse, Spellman’s, the Alamo Hotel, Emma Joe’s, the Aus-Tex Lounge, and other Austin singer/songwriter clubs back in the 1980’s. Those friends of Jubal’s who made a significant contribution to the Austin music scene and are no longer with us include: Blaze Foley, Calvin Russell, Townes Van Zandt, Jimmy La Fave, Bill Neely, Cody Hubach, Rusty Wier, Steven Fromholz, Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, Ricky Cardwell, Will Indian, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Rich Minus, and many more.

J.B. Clark or Jubal, sometimes also called “the Gypsy Cowboy,” after one of his compositions, was one of the first singer/songwriters in the Austin Scene together with Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt. For these guys writing songs that meant something, was not a 9-to-5 job, as he explained to Joe Nick Patoski in June of 1975: “You have to live it,” he figures. “it’s a full-time job. You can’t sit in an office then run out with a song. You have to be of the mind of the people you associate with. You have to adapt.” Even though commercially never as successful as Foley or Van Zandt, he was considered one of the pillars and guiding lights of the outlaw craftsmen scene.

His idiosyncratic songs could run on, venturing out from the typical blues, folk and country background into rock or jazz and incorporate everything from women to drinkin’ and druggin’ to politics. He passed away due to cancer, only 68 years old in 1997. Fast forward to today, 2 of his sons and several of his former bandmates put together a tribute show to him at Ross’ Old Austin Cafe on North Lamar in May. Many people agreed there should be a bigger event to honor Jubal and to include even more performers and that’s how JubalFest was born. 

The event was a fundraiser for HAMM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), a non-profit organization helping Austin musicians with medical, dental, mental health, hearing, and vision services since 2005.

Performers included former members of the Jubal Clark Band, including his 3 sons, Stan, Dan, and Calibur Clark. Other performers include musicians who shared the stage with Jubal and his musical compatriots. Along with continuous live music, video will be presented from the upcoming Jubal Clark documentary and from Hank Sinatra’s vault of live music performances. Food was onsite from KG – the Egyptian BBQ Pitmaster featuring his mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork, and sausage.

George Ensle

Lady Jake (Jubal’s sister 🙂 )

Stan Clark & Pete Williams

Sheri Frushay

Joanna Howerton & Michael Cross

John, Ben, & Boomer

The Keepers

Herschal McFarland & John Driver

Bracken Hale — with Lady Jake guesting on a couple of songs

George Coyne

Mandy Mercier

Mickey White

Shiva’s Headband Experience

Glenn Brown Band

Happy Horse Band

Lost John Casner

Bludgeoned to Deth

Jubal Clark Coalition