Perfect Choice of Notes

Perfect Choice of Notes

This interview with Cadillac Johnson was taken from the book “Keith Ferguson – Texas Blues Bass” by Detlef Schmidt in October 2012. Cadillac Johnson was the bass player in ZZ Top prior to Dusty Hill joining the band. He played with Freddie Cisneros (Little Jr. One Hand) in their band The Blasting Caps at The Bluebird in Fort Worth, Texas. Cadillac returned to Houston to join Uncle John Turner and Alan Haynes in the original Step Children. Cadillac is now in full-time ministry and has a gospel/blues group, The Revelators, and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

In Market: A tale of two Cowtowns and a ragtime legend

In Market: A tale of two Cowtowns and a ragtime legend

Mayor Betsy Price and several business and civic leaders spent a couple of days in Kansas City, Missouri, last week.

They were there to learn how the city also referred to as Cowtown is moving forward with education, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

They probably vowed to cooperate and share information, signed some memoranda, etc., as that’s how most of those things go. If so, they just should have said they were going to follow the example of Euday Bowman, a man who lived and made a career for himself in both Cowtowns.

At 25, Texas trumpeter Roy Hargrove could swing with the best of them

At 25, Texas trumpeter Roy Hargrove could swing with the best of them

The streets of Greenwich Village are drizzly wet and the street lamps make soft patterns in the puddles. It's so quiet you can hear the traffic lights change.

But as you approach the corner of 7th Avenue and West 10th Street, another sound pulls you foward. It's the sound of a drummer slapping cymbals and pounding his feet; a bass player thump-wah-thumping; a pianist splashing in rhythm; and a trumpet player blowing as if his life depended on it.

The club is called Smalls; the trumpeter is Roy Hargrove.

Ray Wylie Hubbard Revisits the Snake Farm That Inspired His Famous Song

Ray Wylie Hubbard Revisits the Snake Farm That Inspired His Famous Song

Any good songwriter knows when the muse strikes, write it down. For Ray Wylie Hubbard, it was maybe the 10,000th time he was driving southbound on Interstate 35 from New Braunfels toward San Antonio, passing Exit 182 at Engel Road and the so-big-you-can’t-miss-it sign that screamed “SNAKE FARM” in red and black letters. The words, meant to entice drivers to stop at the long-running roadside attraction, conjured the image of a farm full of snakes, and Hubbard physically shuddered.

Mike Buck - Texas Drum Legend

Mike Buck - Texas Drum Legend

Mike Buck is a cornerstone of Texas roots music. He played with damn near every Blues and Rockabilly legend during his early years and at the beginning of the 21st Century has backed many of the younger musicians. He's the living thread that keeps it a viable musical form. Like most of his generation Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Country were all around as a kid. The similarities were readily apparent and there was very little separation of styles.