Glen Collins @ Giddy Ups (04/04/2009)

Jerry Renshaw on lead, Al Kentfield on pedal steel, Jim Bowles on drums, and JC George on bass.  Oh, yeah, the guy on rhythm guitar is Glen Collins!!

Clue & The Honky-tones @ Giddy Ups (02/29/2008)

Most of the musicians we go see are Texas musicians.  Clue is not……he’s from that far off land of Nashville.  🙂

We’d seen Clue booked into Giddy Ups in 2007, but didn’t make it down to see him.  When we saw he was there again in February of 2008, we made it a point to drive the whole 2 miles from the house to the club.  We didn’t have any doubts he was good.  All the acts that play the club are good, but, they don’t all play the music we enjoy.  We figured if that was the case, we were close enough we could just go home after listening for a while.  We didn’t go home early!

Clue is hard to describe, although we’ll warn all the ladies that he IS a flirt!  But, he’s nice looking, so we don’t think anyone will mind.  🙂  His music is hard-driving country……with a little bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure.  He’s all entertainment on stage and his CD is all originals….“Baby, I’m Sorry” and “90 Proof Mistake” are our favorites.

If you live around Nashville, make an effort to go see this guy.  If you live in Austin, watch the schedules because he’ll be back and you don’t want to miss him.  In the meantime, check out his website, his MySpace and Facebook pages, and collect some of his tunes.  You can also hear his music being played on Satellite Radio.

“Wings of Life” Benefit for Frankie McKenzie (11/06/2005)

I’ve always said….and it’s proven over and over again….musicians rally to the cause when there is someone in need.  This Sunday it was a ‘Wings Of Life’ Celebration to benefit Frankie McKenzie, a really sweet lady fighting cancer.

Again, it took place at the beautiful Painted Horse Pavilion.  The Lowden’s graciously opened the doors of their facility and invited us in.

Sam Bentley and Clay Harrell provided some great entertainment.  And, at the end of the afternoon, Benny and Brittany McArthur treated us to a few selections.

It was a beautiful day, the surroundings were a dream, the people were friendly and generous.

That’s what a ‘benefit’ is all about!

A little personal note:  When you hear about musicians playing on a Sunday afternoon for a benefit, remember…..they probably didn’t get home ’til 3 or 4am because they had a gig the night before.  If they feel an event is worthy enough for them to donate their time, efforts, and talent, when they’re already tired……it’s probably worth your time and $5 or $10 to get in the door.  Yes, I said ‘donate’.  There are some benefits that pay the musicians, but, they’re few and far between.  (I’ll get off my soapbox now!)