This is one one of those rare epic moments in history that I am so proud to tell you about.
If you want to see talent, you have to visit Texarkana.
My roots are proudly here amongst those that can touch your soul like the legendary acts that you have come to respect throughout history.
If you want to know a little something about this city you must visit Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar which is just one of many places that are a legend in its own right.
Right here we have talented musicians of like mind from many different talents.
This photo was taken at the Crazy Horse Saloon where I had the pleasure of accompanying Hazy Jayne in Joan Jett’s “I hate myself for loving you” Lee Brooks on guitar and Barry Johnson on bass. What an honor it is to call these guys my friends and see them last night with so many of those that make this city twice as nice with a different country-like feel of Taryn Ashley’s beautiful voice rendition of Jolene and the combination of Greg Hagood’s Red dirt country rock.
Lee Brooks inspires me because he feels the music in his very soul. He has shared that love with so many people and he is not alone in his venture to make music in Texarkana a permanent staple.
There are some crazy folks in t-town where we all find a way to intermingle with a touch of all different genres. Rock being at my heart with not only my mentor Lee but also with his counter-part of my love for this place being that of Jase Bryant and his band Canaan
He astounds everyone with his nostalgic ability to capture the essence of the true rock of ages that never dies. With the many other musicians he has introduced me to, the true nature of psychedelic tunes will live forever. The energy I feel from this city is what lights me up and when you are around creative people such as these, the limits to your creativity are boundless.
Jase Bryant and Joshua Foster among many others I love, put so much work into many fantastic shows held at The Silver Dollar. It was the place I felt I belonged and when the doors closed, I truly shed a tear. They have made it so that local talent and musicians from everywhere can have a place to release their hearts and souls into the culture and create a sense of being. Now they are making plans at other local bars to bring in the audience that they have created and is always growing.
I feel that that they have an everlasting urge to never let this art-form die.
Jase had this to say at the most recent Texarkana Singer/Songwriter showcase:
“I feel extremely lucky to be able to do this at The Arrow. I am obligated to the community to provide unique entertainment that is made up of talented musicians from right here in Texarkana.”
What amazing people that we have in this crazy place I call home.
I am finally so proud to be a part of this city. I have found myself in all of the chaos that is life and I know that its partly due to the fact that I know these crazy, amazing people that are also from here. All the friends I have made and their unique sense of purpose intertwine to create a great place to be.
Even though I may not always be here, my heart will somewhat always be planted here, in Texarkana; the city in two states and of many people with awesome qualities to share.
So thank you for letting me be a part of your world.