Texas Songwriters in The Round is having three more months of original musical genius at Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason Texas.
Starting in August, Kevin Higgins of the Dust Devils (along with his wife Barbara Maltese and John Gammill) will be the featured guests from 8-9 PM. September sees the return of John Arthur Martinez, a Mason fave. In October to end the year, the singer songwriter, Daniel Makins will appear with his charming, award winning West Texas music. The non-profit songwriters group has been showcasing high profile, award winning songwriters in central Texas since 1999.
At this time the home of TSR is Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason, the “in” place to be on every third Thursday. As part of their mission for a non profit, the group has a “rounds” from 7-8 PM starring members who perform new material, an open mic for all comers from 9-10 PM and provides music and support to cancer charities, families and individuals. The open mic provides a platform for new songwriters, poets and authors to try out their art on a receptive audience.
Mason, Texas, in conjunction with the songwriters, has provided a home base for acts who donate their time and art to entertain. These folks come from all over Texas: Dallas, Austin, San Angelo, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Llano and many more. They all play for tips and a great meal cooked by Santos Taqueria right next door to Sandstone. There are merchants in Mason who also support this group among them, Mason National Bank, Mason Chamber of Commerce, Keyser’s Country Cabins, Sandstone Cellars Winery and many more. Mason is a great place to live filled with arts, music and talent. Y’all come on over a bide a-while!
The rise of Higgins to the Lone Star musical honor roll with his new solo album has been portended by the notice given to The Dust Devils, the Hill Country-based band he has led on guitar and vocals with his wife and musical partner Barbara Maltese on keyboards and vocals. Over the course of three albums, countless gigs, a loyal legion of fans known as “Stormchasers”, airplay on XM satellite radio, Americana and Texas Music chart stations, an annual festival known as the “Coastal Bender”, and a healthy press and music industry buzz over the last decade or so, the group has become one of the most notable grassroots success stories in the state. And along the way, collecting three Texas Music Awards in 2006, having his song “Company Time” placed in the politically provocative film A Day Without A Mexican and included on its EMI Records soundtrack album, Higgins has been hailed as “quite possibly the next great Texas songwriter” (RockzillaWorld.net), “a gifted songwriter” (Denver Post) and “one of the most talented songwriters around” (MyTexasMusic.com); noted Grammy-winning producer and musician Barry Beckett, member of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio rhythm section heard on scores of legendary hit recordings, observed how “Kevin sings from the soul and his songs speak the truth” after working with The Dust Devils.
WHEN: EVERY THIRD THURSDAY, 7-10 PM
WHERE: SANDSTONE CELLARS WINERY 207 SAN ANTONIO ST, MASON, TEXAS
WHO: ORIGINAL TEXAS MUSIC ARTISTS
WHY: CHEMO SABE FUNDRAISER, SUPPORTS THE ARTS AND CHARITY
HOW: IT’S FREE AND FUN!!