If you've ever wondered what it's like to travel all over Texas playing music in bars, dance halls, saloons and clubs (and back yards, VFW halls, picnic areas and neighborhood clubhouses), here's your blog post. Over the past few years, I've been playing with several bands, usually at least once a week, and some of these places are pretty far afield. Traveling long distances is a Texas thing. Our state is 833 miles across, east to west, and probably around 500 miles north to south. That's a bigger land mass than France, folks.
I try to take at least one picture of the stage in each venue before the show, usually while we're setting up the equipment. In the future, I might take some more "road" shots, but for now, here are some of the stages.
Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches. This is a dance hall set up in an old dairy plant in the oldest town in Texas. The walls are covered with pictures of famous acts who've played there.
Billly's Ice, a cool little saloon in New Braunfels, Texas.
Bob N Jean's in Crosby, Texas.
Chuters in Pasadena, Texas.