Monday, April 27, 2015


This year's Texas Blueberry Festival gets an early start with a new Friday night concert, the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 5 to 10 p.m. June 12 at Banita Creek Park North. Rex Perry Autoplex is sponsoring the family-friendly event that will feature five musical acts: The Steve Hartz Family Band, The Coursey Family Band, The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, The Bottom Dollar String Band and Catahoula Drive.
 "The Chamber has been looking for ways to make the Texas Blueberry Festival more of a weekend-long event," said Scott Waller, Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park committee member. "We wanted to create a free, family-friendly event for Friday that would attract more people to spend the night, to stay in our hotels, eat in our wonderful restaurants and shop in our great stores. Bluegrass is such a wonderful genre of music; you just have to smile and tap your toes when you listen. We know there is a huge following in East Texas and we are hoping they all turn out for this event." 
When it came time to book the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the park, the Chamber enlisted the help of Cowboy and Sara Barrett, the husband-and-wife duo who host the SandyLand Bluegrass Festival twice a year in Nacogdoches County.
"The first thing we thought of was to call Cowboy," said Scarlett Sloan, Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park committee member. "He was happy to share his extensive knowledge and contacts with musicians in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He has helped us put together a fantastic lineup." 
The concert starts at 5 p.m. with a local act, the Steve Hartz Family Band, with Old Time String Shop proprietor Steve Hartz, his wife Sheryl and their daughter Sidney Rose. The Coursey Family Band, a three-generation band from North Texas that features a 13-year old fiddle player and a 7-year-old singer/guitarist, performs at 6 p.m. The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, a high-energy bluegrass group from Shreveport, performs at 7 p.m., and The Bottom Dollar String Band, a contemporary bluegrass band from Austin, performs at 8 p.m. The headliner, Cataholoua Drive, takes the stage at 9 p.m. This Pineville, La. four-piece is looking to the future of bluegrass music while keeping true to tradition, and was a finalist in the 2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of American Band Contest. 
"We are excited about our talent line-up," said Jimmy Davis, Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park committee member.  "We wanted to include local musicians and create opportunity for new bands from Texas and Louisiana." 
The concert will also feature food vendors and lots of water, and organizers encourage music fans to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the wide-open spaces in the park. The event is family-friendly, so no coolers or alcohol will be allowed in the park.
""There's parking at the Farmers Market, First Baptist Church is allowing concert goers to park there, and there's plenty of room for everyone to spread out and for the kids to play." 
Chamber organizers are excited about growing the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park into an annual event and are grateful for the enthusiastic partners that make the concert possible, especially the City of Nacogdoches, First Baptist Church and of course our generous sponsor, Rex Perry Autoplex. 

The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers continues Saturday with a full day of activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment. For more information, visit or call 936-560-5533.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


Bluegrass Heritage Foundation logoNEWS FROM BLUEGRASS HERITAGE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Win free tickets to see Punch Brothers
at House of Blues in Dallas this Saturday

We don't normally send out two e-blasts in a week, but this is a great week for shows in Dallas!  The folks at House of Blues are hosting the very cool and beyond-description Punch Brothers this Saturday night April 11.  We have a pair of tickets for two lucky drawing winners!  More info is here.  Note these are General Admission Floor tickets (standing - no seating).

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets (there will be two winners), e-mail your name, address, and phone number to by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday April 9.  (Sorry for the short entry period!)  Only one entry per household.  Must be at least 18 to enter.  Entries that don't provide complete info and comply with these rules must be deleted.  One pair of tickets will be awarded to each of two lucky winners by random drawing.  Void where prohibited.

The drawing will be held shortly after 4p on Thursday and the winners will be promptly notified via e-mail.  The tickets will be available for pickup by the winners at the House of Blues box office on Saturday.  If you don't win the free tickets, you can still get tickets to see the show through the House of Blues Box Office.   
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lee Ann Womack added to Bloomin' Bluegrass 2015
Make  plans to attend the sixth annual free Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Farmers Branch Texas Historical Park on October 16-17, 2015.  This free event, nominated for the IBMA 2014 Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, is presented by the City of Farmers Branch and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Now we have added GRAMMY winner Lee Ann Womack to the lineup for Saturday night, October 17!

Our lineup includes the Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Balsam Range, the Grascals, Helen Highwater Stringband, the Herrins, and the Snyder Family Band!  Watch your e-mail and the Bloomin' Bluegrass website as there's still more to come!

We have a new host hotel - and they want us to JAM!  The Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West - just about  a mile from the Historical Park.  Our great rate of $89/night with free shuttle service to the park and free breakfast each day for two is guaranteed through 2016!  Book your room now.  We are excited about our new home for the big bluegrass weekend where we can jam and socialize all night long! 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Front Porch Showdown Band Contest - Saturday May 30
Enter your band today!

We're proud to partner with Dallas Heritage Village (at Dallas Old City Park) for our bluegrass band contest!  The contest will run from 4-6:30p, and ten bands will have 15 minutes to take the stage, entertain, and then get out of the way!  The total prize money is $1,500 - with $550 paid to first place!  The audience will pick the winner - each paid admission gets a ballot! Band registration is open.  If you're coming from out of town, we have a discounted rate at Holiday Inn Dallas Market Center.

Admission for the day is only $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, and includes all historical buildings and exhibits. Kids 12 and under free! Come, listen, explore, jam, and vote for the bands that will take home the money!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Colby Green to attend Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy
on inaugural Johnny Lee Vincent Memorial Scholarship 
16-year-old  Colby Green of Cosby, Tennessee will attend the 10th Annual Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy in Pigeon Forge (May 1-3) on the first-ever Johnny Lee Vincent Memorial Banjo Scholarship from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Colby takes lessons from former Winfield champion Gary "Biscuit" Davis, and we hope that the SMBA experience will help him advance as a musician.  The Academy faculty includes Kristin Scott-Benson of the Grascals, Jason Burleson of Blue Highway, and Blue Grass Boy Butch Robins. 

The Johnny Lee Vincent Memorial Banjo Scholarship is named in memory of Mr. Johnny Vincent of Greentop, Missouri, a bluegrass pioneer and the father of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's first Star Award recipient, Rhonda Vincent, and bluegrass star Darrin Vincent.  Johnny and his family toured the world as the Sally Mountain Show, performing their special brand of bluegrass music. He was known for his unique banjo style and also founded the Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Queen City, Missouri.  More on Mr. Vincent is available here.

The Foundation sincerely appreciates the support of Mr. Vincent's family and friends, our other donors and volunteers, and all who attend our events and make it possible for us to help deserving young people like Colby Green. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Order through AmazonSmile and help the Foundation
Amazon has a new program, AmazonSmile, that lets you help your favorite non-profit when you order gifts or other goodies. Just name Bluegrass Heritage Foundation as your favorite charity at, and Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the Foundation!

There is no additional cost to you.  Just login through (rather than  Every little bit helps, and we thank you very much!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hadley's Southern Kitchen Becomes Major Sponsor of
the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program

The Foundation is proud to announce that Hadley's Southern Kitchen of Hermitage, Tennessee has become a major sponsor of the Foundation's Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  Support from the great folks at Hadley's is an encouragement to all the Foundation donors and volunteers who help make this program such a success.

Hadley's Southern Kitchen is the brainchild of founder Tom Hammond. Having been born and raised in the south, Tom grew up eating southern comfort foods like cornbread, white beans, pork tenderloin, and fresh-baked pecan pies. Even as an ad ult traveling throughout the southern United States, Tom was drawn to local restaurants specializing in these southern foods. This heritage of diverse flavors, combined with the warm and friendly atmosphere the South is known for, made such an impression on Tom that he came up with an idea for a fast casual restaurant that would feature the best of both, where food still tastes like home.

The next time you visit the Nashville area, please stop in at Hadley's (at 4700 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage), enjoy a great meal, and let them know you appreciate their support of the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Your donations are always appreciated!
The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, promoting bluegrass music in north Texas. While it's free to get in the door to many of our events, keeping those doors open every month isn't free.  We truly appreciate your donations so that we can continue helping to create wonderful music events and jamming opportunities for everyone.

Regular monthly support of any amount is most helpful. Many banks allow you to set an automatic monthly payment of at least $5 through your checking account bill-pay feature. We will be happy to help with this if needed.  Please contact us with any questions.

And donations of any amount can be made through the donation link on our website.  We truly appreciate any help you can provide.  Thank you!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bluegrass TWICE each Sunday on KHYI-FM 95.3!
In the D/FW area, tune to KHYI-FM 95.3 Sunday morning between 10:00am - noon to hear the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show.  You can also listen at by using the "click to listen" links. And you can catch the show AGAIN between 9:00pm - 11:00pm!

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KHYI-FM 95.3 The Range are proud to present the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show, hosted by Alan Tompkins, from 10:00a until noon (Central) every Sunday morning and again from 9-11p.  Thanks for listening! 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Attention Kroger shoppers!
If you shop at Kroger, Tom Thumb or Albertsons, you can help the Foundation by simply making it the designated charity on your reward card!

Albertsons, Tom Thumb, and Kroger will send a donation of 1% of your grocery purchases to the Foundation if it is the designated charity on your reward card.  This costs you NOTHING, adds NOTHING to your bill, and is an easy way to help out!

Kroger logo If you shop at Kroger, link your Kroger Plus card to us using #91103.  You can do this at Kroger or on their Community Rewards website.

If you shop at Albertsons, e-mail us your address and we'll send a scan card for your key ring.  Use it when you shop, and Albertsons does the rest!  You can also use a temporary card the next time you shop.

If you shop at Tom Thumb and have a Reward card, just download this form, fill it in, and e-mail/mail it to us (P. O. Box 25032, Dallas TX 75225) or take it to your local Tom Thumb.  If you need a card, ask the cashier.  Take your card and the form to the customer service counter - they'll do the rest!

The donations from these programs alone could pay 100% of the annual operating costs of the Foundation.  Please help if you can!  THANKS!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Back in August, the Huber Banjo Company built a special-edition Wade Mainer Tribute banjo (see the stories in Bluegrass Unlimited and and auctioned the banjo on eBay with a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds to our Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  (See more about the banjo here.)

Our Play It Forward! Program helps develop performance skills in deserving young people (ages 8-21) by providing free loans of bluegrass instruments such as mandolins, fiddles, banjos, and guitars. The program has enjoyed great success and has more than 35 instruments out to young people from Texas to Tennessee. Read more on our news page.

Well, the winner of the eBay auction did not pay, so the banjo was sold by Huber Banjos to a relative of Mr. Wade Mainer.  But Steve Huber still wanted to help us out, so he made a substantial contribution to the Play It Forward! ProgramWe appreciate Steve Huber and the Huber Banjo Company.

Friday, July 26, 2013


Every month on the 2nd Sat. at 1:00 to 5:00 pm, our Bluegrass club puts on shows for the public, FREE.  The location is at the old Railroad Depot/museum in Arcadia, LA., which is Air cond. And heated.
There is a large seating area, raised stage area,  and concessions.   We are also always looking for local talent, North La, to be a part of these shows and if you know anyone/band that would like to play, have them call me at: 318-355-6449 or Email me at:

Aaron Carr, Board member
North La. Bluegrass Club

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Every Third Saturday, Glen Rose, TX Paluxy River BMA, Jam (3 pm) and Show at Oakdale RV Park, 1019 Northeast Barnard St.

Glen Rose, Texas 76043 Frank Simurdak 817-776-2131

Monday, August 29, 2011


Several theatres, college organizations, etc are often inviting Bluegrass and Acoustic Events to perform. Most of these offer on line ticket buying. The following was published today by Lutcher Theatre of Orange TX. It is reprinted to show you that you should be very careful of where you buy advance tickets. Usually the organizations themselves sell the tickets and give you a choice of seating.
s/Bluegrass Dog

Buyer Beware!

Several people went online today and paid three times what they should have for Lutcher Theater Tickets. Instead of going to or they searched for Blue Man or Mannheim or Rain Orange TX Tickets. They went to websites that were titled TICKETS....something and that look like legit ticket sites. They bought tickets there and paid three times over the price stated on the ticket. After they bought them someone at the out-of-state location went online and ordered the tickets from the Lutcher Theater.

Please tell your friends to order directly from the Lutcher Theater. If they don't, they are likely being taken advantage of and there are no laws in Texas to protect them. Those ticket websites have fine print with disclaimers.

If you or anyone you know ordered tickets from one of these sites please contact Jim Clark at 409-886-5535 to help him file complaints.

Fewer than

266 tickets are available for RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

492 tickets are available Mannheim Steamroller

365 tickets are available for My Fair Lady

500 tickets are available for BLUE MAN GROUP on Monday show

Order your tickets now at

Sunday, September 12, 2010


To our many friends in the Acoustic Music world around Houston. Have you visited the web site for Dosey Doe’s Coffee House in the Woodlands. They feature many acoustic shows and I see the names of many excellent bands appearing there. A few of these I used to get to jam with once in a while. Some are shows only and some are dinner sows. They are not cheap but I see some excellent shows that I hope to attend later. Just looking through September & October I see some names that I know do great shows. Jim Hearst, The Toy Hearts. Austin Lounge Lizards, Bill Hearne, etc. If you like this music scene checks out their web site. 

s/ Bluegrass Dog