Bruce and his brother, fellow singer-songwriter Charlie Robison, grew up in Bandera, Texas, near San Antonio, and he currently resides in Austin, Texas. His self-titled debut album was released in 1995.
Robison has written several songs which have become hits when covered by well-known singers, including: "Travelin' Soldier," (recorded in 2003 by the Dixie Chicks, reached No. 1 on the Country charts); "Angry All the Time," (recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2001, also reached No. 1 on the country charts); and "Wrapped" (recorded in 2006 by George Strait, reached No. 2 in 2007).
A favorite with critics and the alt-country and Americana communities, Kelly Willis is a gifted singer and songwriter whose vocals can move from sunny clarity to passionate grit depending on the needs of the tune. Willis launched her recording career in 1990 with the album Well Travelled Love, but she first hit her creative stride with the 1999 independent release What I Deserve. Since then, Willis has carved out a comfortable niche writing and recording at her own relaxed pace, often in collaboration with her spouse, Bruce Robison (2013's Cheater's Game and 2014's Our Year), while 2002's Easy and 2007's Translated from Love were fine examples of her talent and charm.
Life changes, and love was found. Phil’s marriage to Texas Music singer/songwriter Erica Perry, and the birth of their first child June, led to the newly released record Brazos Wind. With songs so compelling, Brazos Wind has already been said by many to be the best record of 2016. Phil challenged himself once again to take his talents to a higher level and, delivers with incredible lyrics and a voice that grabs attention. Brazos Wind is a very up close and personal look into Hamilton’s life over the last couple of years and tells his story with each soul stirring song.
“Journeyman” usually refers to a seasoned and reliable guitarist or drummer, but what does it mean for a songwriter? In the case of Walt Wilkins, it means an everyman master who has portrayed, with passion and wisdom, all of the high hills and deep creases of our lives. A native of San Antonio and an Austinite for years, Wilkins is one of those artists who can only be fully understood through a grasp of his entire body of work, which is substantial. He emerges as a man of wisdom, a beacon for the rest of us, maybe even a healer.
Texas born musician, singer, songwriter and producer, Deryl Dodd, AKA “The Double D”, has had a long and colorful career, entering the music scene in Waco, Texas in 1987. After four years of constant touring with several Texas bands, Deryl had the opportunity to open a show for legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. Following the performance, he was invited backstage to meet Mr. Dillon, where he complimented Deryl’s songwriting and arranged to meet with him in Nashville. So he did. “People ask me how you get into the music business. You just get out there and do it.
As a sophomore in high school in Abilene, Texas, Mark started his first band with his dad and Ryan Starks. After high school, Mark stayed in West Texas to attend college, but Starks went to college in Nebraska. Then, three years ago, “we both wound up in Abilene,” Mark said. Starks now manages the band and plays keys. “That was the coolest thing for me, being able to play in a band with my dad, my main influence, and Ryan, who I started a band with in high school.” Mark also owns Outlaws & Legends music fest in Abilene, the largest one stage event in Tx.
The last thing Kylie wanted to see dragging up to the curb every afternoon after school was her parent’s old Chevy Suburban. The thing was an eyesore and an embarrassment. What teenager wouldn’t be mortified? She hated it; and she’ll never forget it.
But she’ll also never forget the road trips in that Suburban from her family’s home in Wylie, Texas, northeast of Dallas, to the rolling hills hidden beneath East Texas forests. She loved those.
Bands don’t last. There are exceptions , but they are rare. One band from this scene that made significant inroads was 6 Market Blvd. Their music continues to resonate and influence some three years after they called it quits. A few one-off reunion shows and a band members that have found other gigs aside, it’s been lead singer Clayton Landua who has been the most quiet. This is not uncommon for the unassumingly confident, ginger bearded singer/songwriter. Landua had dreams and goals that were outside the realm of music, but has been unable to lay the guitar down for good. He popped up at last year’s Rhymes & Vines for a set. He’s continued to perform at Ray’s of Hope each year, and this week found him releasing a strong collection of new, original music. It’s more “14 Miles From Home” than “Ready to Throw”, but the vibe abides.
Hayden is a singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas who has a distinct original sound that formed itself from listening to craftsmen of songs such as Guy Clark, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. There is a honest, heartfelt portrayal of himself and the life he's lived in his music that allows the listener to put themselves where he is in each song. His work really paints a picture for the mind which makes his lyrics easy to follow.
Randy grew up in the heart of Cowtown - Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This part of Texas provided him with a steady dose of hardcore honky-tonk, Texas country, and western swing. His youth was filled with rodeo dances, chuck wagon campfires and big dancehall nights. Randy’s earliest memories are of cowboy suits, twin fiddles and crying steel guitars setting the stage for a honky-tonk night in Fort Worth. Every Saturday night in Fort Worth was a who’s who of real Texas music.
Blake Burrow knows country. Raised smack-dab in the middle of nowhere in West Texas, he grew up living the country songs he writes and sings. Like many of his honkytonk heroes, Blake started out singing in the church choir and then moved his music into his everyday life. And that everyday country lifestyle is what you’ll hear in each of his original songs. In the time of Nashville sparkle and songwriting mills, this authentic country boy hits a down-home note that we can all relate to.
Troy Murph is a singer songwriter from Justin Texas. His Country/Americana style is starting to put its mark on the Texas market.