Presenting WELDON HENSON and HAL KETCHUM
Our next ROOTS Series, Texas Americana night, is on Saturday, June 28. Our Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. While enjoying a concert you can tour the Museum buildings. Gates open at 5:30.
The Museum complex is a wonderful setting to sit under the beautiful Texas Hill County skies. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and appetites, food and beverages are available.
Weldon Henson is to country music what an ice cold beer is on a “long, hard, hot, day” – refreshing. Henson’s shows are a throwback to the vintage honky-tonk and Texas culture. You’re in good hands with Henson. Prepare to swing, 2-step, waltz, and even polka to authentic, brand new honky-tonk music. Then sit down for a few and take a deep breath of original and true country music.
Hal Ketchum hails from a family where singing and playing music was part of the daily (and nightly) diet for generations. He was exposed to country as well as the symphonic classics and, one year.
“It was just a natural thing to be intrigued with music,” explains Ketchum, who started playing drums at age nine and by 14 was gigging at local bars and taverns. Anyone looking for a reason why “Small Town Saturday Night” immediately struck a chord with music lovers - and the roots of Ketchum’s innate knack for connecting with an audience in live performance - can find the origins in his years of making music for regular people seeking to transcend the everyday on weekend nights.
Ketchum eventually traded one of his drum kits for a five-string banjo and then traded another banjo for a Martin acoustic guitar, forming a duo with his singing and guitar-playing brother to also entertain at local nightspots. A move to Texas landed him in a house on the edge of New Braunfels in the very heart of the Lone Star State, just a stone’s throw from historic Gruene Hall, an old dancehall that is the virtual mother church of the Texas music scene where talents like George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and many others began their rise to fame.
“Listening to Townes Van Zandt or Lyle Lovett staring at his boots playing to nine people or Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with this guy named Spider on the musical saw,” remembers Ketchum. “It was my songwriter school.” With the encouragement of Lovett and Gilmore, he honed his craft as a writer, singer and performer.
Ketchum has distinguished himself as a hit maker with 15 Top 10 singles and five million albums sold as well as a true singing and songwriting artist with a capital ‘A’ and one of the most engaging performers on the American live music circuit, also winning a devoted following in Great Britain - a natural outgrowth of his Celtic family and musical roots. He has forged his own singular presence in popular music thanks to such qualities as his vibrant talent and creativity, artistic integrity and natural soulfulness. He has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1994 and often hosts the “Opry Live” show on GAC. In addition to being a master woodworker - which is how he made his living before music - Ketchum is also an accomplished painter who sold out his first show at the distinguished Penna Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
7:00pm Weldon Henson
8:50pm Hal Ketchum
325 West Main: On the Museum Complex grounds which makes for a beautiful setting. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy some great music!
Food & Beverage: Food available on site. Local beer and wine.
Admission: $15 at the gate | Online pre-purchase $13 | Gillespie County Historical Society current members $10 at the gate | kids under 18 are free
Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum:
It’s all for a good cause: A fund-raiser for the Museum
Future ROOTS Music Series at the Pioneer Museum:
July 26 Electric Blues
6:30pm The Peterson Brothers Band
7:45pm Bobby Mack
9:15pm The Chris Duarte Group
Aug 30 Texas Rock ‘n’ Roll
6:30pm Al Staehely
7:45pm George DeVore
9:15pm Freddie Steady 5