In its TENTH year, Crossroads shifted the focus of its existence from concerts to developing the Ultimate Finger Pick invention. With Gus getting hired back in Winnsboro, and departing from his duties in Sulphur Springs, it was logical to continue supporting what the Winnsboro Center for the Arts [WCA] had going on the Bowery Stage [formerly the Crossroads Music Company & Listening Room Stage].
As of October 1, 2015, Gus’ full time responsibility as Winnsboro’s Main Street Manager also included overseeing all the wonderful things happening in the Cultural Arts District, which is the same overlay downtown, and boasts the WCA as its ANCHOR for everything happening in the Cultural Arts District! The Winnsboro Center for the Arts, with Jim Willis handling all the bookings for the Bowery Stage, is selling out performances right and left, and just hosted Judy Collins [Sweet (Suite) Judy Blue Eyes] on June 14th in little ol’ Winnsboro, Texas. That’s right, you heard right! Stay tuned for the next chapter as it unfolds, and help us keep live music ALIVE here in East Texas!
It was wonderful having Matt Songbird Jones on the Crossroads Music Stage!!
July 25, 2015, Adam will be coming to Sulphur Springs, Texas! Advanced Tickets
A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs.
With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as “one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape”, this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others.
“The core of what I do is songwriting; it’s the one thing I’m passionate about. It’s the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine.” explains Adam.
From his studio records produced by Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines (South of Town, Lookin’ Out the Screen Door, Live at Cheatham Street, Far Away Blues) through to his latest releases (Old Town Rock N Roll, Hard Times with Michael O’Connor, Live at Flipnotics), the quality of his songwriting stands out.
Given a rare command of the English language and an amazing sense of melody, it’s little surprise Adam has earned enviable comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine and Bob Dylan as well as being recognized as a creative influence on his songwriter peers.
Adam Carroll’s song credits include co-writes and CD or Film covers by Slaid Cleaves (Race Car Joe, Hard to Believe), Hayes Carll (Take Me Away, featured in the film Country Strong) and Band of Heathens (Medicine Man, Maple Tears).
“Among singer-songwriters, Adam Carroll is probably Austin’s best-kept secret. His tunes are marvels of economy; .. constantly inventive and decidedly offbeat .. Live at Flipnotics offers a typically low-key yet inviting overview of his career. With (Producer) Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar, he sparkles .. ” Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle
“Influences ? .. Adam Carroll .. I used to skip my own gigs to go watch him .. by far my favorite, somebody whose writing style I emulated in some ways.” Hayes Carll, No Depression 2011
“I want this record to be more about the Paul Simons and the Randy
Newmans and the other half of my upbringing,
which is very much rooted in pop.” – Ellis recently told Rolling Stone
Robert Ellis is the kind of songwriter who only comes along once in a great
while. With his first two albums, a promise was made. With his new
record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, that promise has been delivered
and fully realized. The music, like the artist, refuses to accept the confines of a
box, and burns white-hot from the inside out. But what seems even more
striking about this record, this musician, even at a first glance, is that feeling
of unyielding authenticity.
With every remarkable cut, with every twist and turn, Robert’s life and his
experience, shine through. His days growing up in a small industrial town in
Texas, his move to Houston, and now as a 25-year-old man, when not on the
road performing around the world, living with his wife in Nashville.
The Lights from the Chemical Plant, produced with great care and precision by
Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), and recorded at Eric
Masse’s Casino studio in East Nashville for New West Records, is an album
that has a way of grabbing you by the hand and pulling you in so that it can
play with your soul. –Read More–
Terri Hendrix; Mini Bio
Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe. As the San Antonio Express-News observed in a review of her 2010 album, Cry Till You Laugh, “Part of the beauty of Terri Hendrix’s music is she’s among the best at recognizing, writing about and celebrating resilience and common ground, the things we can all cry, and laugh, about.” The classically trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica) has released more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records label, dodging musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. That playful mix of styles, buoyed by her energetic stage presence and the accompaniment of legendary producer/guitarist Lloyd Maines, makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to festival stages. In addition to touring and recording new music for four different album projects slated for release in 2015, Hendrix is currently writing her second book (her first being 2010’s Cry Till You Laugh — The Part That Ain’t Art, containing song lyrics and essays on life… [Read More @ Terri’s Website]
Lloyd Maines; Mini Bio
Lloyd Maines Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State’s most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings. Maines was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program. For an ongoing list of his accomplishments, please visit his website, lloydmaines.com
These are the shows that are on the books, as of March 7, 2015, for the balance of 2015. Join our email list, to stay connected for any changes that may come along, and for a heads-up when tickets go on sale for the different performances!
- March 14th: 2-Bit Palomino
- April 18h: Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines
- April 19th: Songwriters Workshop, w/Terri & Lloyd
- May 7th: Robert Ellis
- May 30th: Beppe Gambetta/Brad Davis
- July 25th: Adam Carroll
- Sept. 5th: Matt “Songbird” Jones
- Nov.12th: Jonathan Byrd Band
Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 7:30 PM; Advanced tickets, only $10!!
201 N. Davis Street; Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 903-342-1854
Yes, they’ve completed their latest musical works, and plan to bring it with them to Sulphur Springs, for a performance in the Chambers Listening Room–Historic City Hall.
About 2-Bit Palomino
2-Bit Palomino Awarded Texas Vocal Group of the Year for the Second Time!
2-Bit Palomino is a Trio of Houston Singer/Songwriters Andi Renfree, Ren Renfree and Bill Ward. Founded in March of 2010, 2BP (as their fans call them) have made huge strides and are quickly becoming a household name in Texas Music, and across the country. 2-Bit Palomino is the 2011 and 2013 recipient of the Vocal Group of the Year award from the Academy of Texas Music, and is currently on the US Americana Terrestrial and Internet Radio Charts with over 40 Stations across the country playing their music.
Each of the members brings their own flair and style to the group. Their music is a blend of all three coasts; West Coast, Gulf Coast and East Coast. This diversity lends to a very wide range of styles that somehow all come together to form a unified sound that is uniquely 2-Bit Palomino.
Some fun facts from Richard Bowden, below…and, if you’d like to read more, click here:
 2001 through 2002
“After touring again early in 2001 with Don Henley, I signed on to do the
Eagles European tour as a guitar/bass tech. I also performed as an auxiliary
guitarist on stage during “Hotel California”. The tour ended late summer and
I returned to my City Counseling duties at home, also helping with our annual
Lion’s Follies (a local variety show that was produced by my father for many
years) and our Wildflower Trails of Texas Festival. In the three years I’ve
been back home, I’ve brought in celebrity friends to participate in the
festival; Kenny Rogers in 2000, Don Henley in 2001 and Jackson Browne in ’02.
As 2002 kicked off, I managed to slip into the recording studio and complete
a new CD before leaving for my summer job on the Eagles North American Tour
which started in May and ended in early August with five Don Henley solo
shows. At this writing, my new CD entitled “Big Bad Johnson” is in the
process of being released. I am at home awaiting eminent fame and fortune
and scheduling some weekend performances with my band, Moon and The Starz,
of which two members were with me in the Roger McGuinn Band in the mid ‘70s”
Jump to 2012:
“Also, my fellow guitarist, John Early, and I are doing a few house concerts as The Bowden/Early Experience. You can see some clips on YouTube by searching the Bowden/Early Experience. Then, Keb’ Mo’ came back for the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest this year (2012) and Jackson Browne came in November for his third appearance at Music City Texas Theater. The year ended with a bang with Robert Earl Keen’s Fam-o-lee Christmas tour kicking off at Music City Texas Theater in early December, which is good, because the bang we had planned for New Year’s Eve was canceled by rain.”
Please come and enjoy an evening with these seasoned professionals! You’ll be happy you did. Tickets, or call 903-342-1854
Richard Bowden [left] and John Early; The Bowden/Early Experience