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

Songwriters Across Texas Supper Club (08/17/17)

What a fun night enjoying friends, food, and music. Songwriters Across Texas Supper Club at Hill’s Cafe is always special. This time they honored Denis O’Donnell, owner of The White Horse and Hard Luck Lounge. He’s a super cool and funny guy. And, it was a joy meeting his beautiful wife and adorable little girl!! The artists were George Ensle as host to Sandra Nicholson and Devin Jake. That’s an awful lot of talent on stage!!! Marianna Marchesini and her staff did a great job making sure we were all fed and well taken care of!! Thanks Pitt Garrett and Songwriters Across Texas staff for putting these evenings together for us. Looking forward to the next Supper Club!!


Songwriters Across Texas Supper Club (08/03/2017)

What a magical night. Songwriters Across Texas honored Tracie Ferguson for all she’s done to help musicians over the past 37 years of booking acts at Gruene Hall! The music was provided by George Ensle hosting David Lee! David is award winning songwriter from Texas that spent a lot of years in Nashville but came back to Texas a couple of years ago. This young man has penned hits for people like…..oh, I don’t know…..ever heard of a guy named George Strait?? 🙂 How about Montgomery Gentry? And a bunch of others!! Luckily, we had a chance to visit with David, along with his beautiful wife and daughter! Yep, magical!!