Monday, June 15, 2020

Hall of Fame Rescheduled to April 19th, 2021

The Dallas Songwriters Association will celebrate 5 outstanding songwriters and songwriting teams, who are either from or lived in North Texas, at the 2020 Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame Event, on Saturday, April 19, 2021, at Sons of Hermann Hall, at 7 pm.  Great songwriters of the past will partner with stars of the future, as DSA Rising Star students from local music schools will cover the songs of the honorees.  The DSA is also teaming up with the BYO Musicians Network to provide an incredible musical experience.  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com


The 2020 Hall of Fame honorees include John Denver, who graduated from high school in Fort Worth, Steve Weisberg, a Dallas native, who played lead guitar for John Denver, England Dan and John Ford Coley, high school classmates in Dallas, who wrote and recorded multiple hits in the ’70’s, Janie Fricke, the two time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, who makes her home south of Dallas, and Gregg A. Smith, a blues artist from Honey Grove, Texas, who played with a “Who’s Who” of blues and jazz greats as part of the house band at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and is an award-winning radio jock on KNON 89.3 FM in Dallas.  A highlight of the show will be a live performance by Gregg A. Smith.  

“This is our 4th year of the Hall of Fame Event, and we think it has the potential to be our biggest event of the year,” said Bobby Montgomery, DSA Executive VP & Programs Director.  “Think of all the great artists and songwriters with roots in North Texas, and you’ll realize that we live at a crossroads of amazing and historic talent in all genres.”  

Open to the Public:  Tickets are available at https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association/item/dallas-songwriters-hall-of-fame  Adults:  $15 in advance, $18 at the door, Students: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 

The DSA Rising Stars Program has reached out to nearly 2 dozen local music schools to recruit some of the best young stars to perform at the event.  Interested student artists should immediately contact: https://dallassongwriters.org/site-links/contact-us/   They will be supported by DSA members and the BYO Musicians Network, made up of top local musicians, who network together to play music, do business, and give back to the community.  www.byomusicians.com

Enjoy beautiful renditions of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” England Dan and John Ford Coley’s “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” Janie Fricke’s “He’s a Heartache,” Steve Weisberg’s “Christmas for Cowboys,” and Gregg A Smith’s “Don’t Cry No More.”  The DSA 2020 Hall of Fame Event will be held atSons Of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tx.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

DSA Announces 2020 Honorees

Due to the recent CDC recommendation to not have gatherings of 50 or more we regretfully announce that DSA Hall of Fame event on April 18 has been rescheduled to September 19. 

We all hate the erosion of normalcy in peoples lives at this time in our country, but everyone should make every effort to do what they can to help to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

This enables us to extend the time for Rising Star auditions. Post your auditions on Facebook @dallasongwriters.

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September 19, 2020 Hall of Fame Event
WHAT: DSA Halll Of Fame
WHERE:  Love and War in Texas
WHEN:  Doors open 6:30PM  Show Starts at 7PM
TICKETS: General Admission - 15 in advance, 18 at the door
                   Students:   10 in advance,  12 at the door.

Join us as we honor the great Texas songwriters of the past and partner with the stars of the future.

In April at Love and War in Texas, DSA will induct John Denver, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, Steve Weisberg, and Gregg Smith into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame. The event promises to be a fun evening that celebrates the inductees and their music.

Enjoy beautiful renditions of John Denvers “Take Me Home Country Roads,” England Dan and John Ford Coley’s “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” Janie Fricke’s “He’s A Heartache,” Steve Weisberg’s “Christmas for Cowboys,” and so much more. Take in multimedia presentations that stroll down memory lane sharing the highlights of each inductee’s career in music. It’s going to be a night to remember. 


So mark your calendars and keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale. To be sure you don’t miss this wonderful evening of music. Go to dallassongwriters.org and join DSA’s mailing list to make sure you keep up on the latest news on the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

The event will be at Love and War in Texas in Plano, Tx. 
Last year, DSA initiated a new Rising Star program to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with performances of songs by our inductees. DSA is reaching out to the local music schools and asking for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. These students will be backed up by the DSA Hall of Fame band consisting of highly respected local musicians. The band members and special guests will also perform songs by our inductees.

DSA Rising Stars Program

DSA in partnership with local music schools will work to identify DFW’s brightest young stars to participate in an evening of music celebrating the 2020 inductees into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame. If you would like to have your school participate please email your request to info@dallassongwriters.org. Include the name of the school, primary contact, and contact information. DSA will have someone reach out to the primary contact and discuss this one of a kind opportunity.

DSA’s Hall of Fame Event provides an opportunity for rising stars to perform an iconic song live, backed by the DSA Players, at Love and War in Texas. It is also a great opportunity to network with other rising stars, local area songwriters, and performers.

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind opportunity. If you know a rising star have them contact their music school and have the school email DSA.

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John Denver
Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total sales of over 33 million records worldwide.[6] He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his disdain for city life, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver's music appeared on a variety of charts, including country music, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning 12 gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", "Calypso", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "Sunshine on My Shoulders".
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was born on New Year's Eve 1943, in Roswell, New MexicoBecause Denver's father was in the military and his family moved often, it was difficult for him to make friends and fit in with other children of his own age. Constantly being the new kid was troubling for the introverted Denver, and he grew up always feeling as though he should be somewhere else, but never knowing where that "right" place was.The family later moved to Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, Texas, where Denver was raised and graduated from Arlington Heights High School
Denver learned to play well enough to perform at local clubs by the time he was in college. He adopted the surname "Denver" after the capital of his favorite state, Colorado. He decided to change his name when Randy Sparks, founder of The New Christy Minstrels, suggested that "Deutschendorf" would not fit comfortably on a marquee.[15] Denver attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and sang in a folk-music group called "The Alpine Trio" while pursuing architectural studies. He was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Denver dropped out of the Texas Tech and moved to Los Angeles, where he sang in folk clubs. In 1965, Denver joined the Mitchell Trio, replacing founder Chad Mitchell. ]
In 1969, Denver abandoned the band life to pursue a solo career and released his first album for RCA Records, Rhymes & Reasons. Two years prior, Denver had made a self-produced demo recording of some of the songs he played at his concerts. He included in the demo a song he had written called "Babe, I Hate to Go", later renamed "Leaving on a Jet Plane". Denver made several copies and gave them out as presents for Christmas.[19] Producer Milt Okun, who produced records for the Mitchell Trio and the high-profile folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, had become Denver's producer as well. Okun brought the unreleased "Jet Plane" song to Peter, Paul and Mary. Their version of the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[ Denver's composition also made it to the U.K. No. 2 spot in February 1970, having also made No. 1 on the U.S. Cash Box chart in December 1969.

Steve Wiseberg

Wiseberg was born in Dallas on November 14, 1949. He graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin. Steve began his professional musical career in Dallas, playing lead guitar in local rock bands while attending high school. During college, he performed throughout the Southwest as a member of the Sweetarts, and later, The Sparkles. Steve moved to Aspen, CO in 1972 and played lead guitar for John Denver from 1973 - 1977, recording on many of his most successful albums and touring globally. His songwriting credits include "Christmas for Cowboys," recorded and published by John Denver on his album, Rocky Mountain Christmas. One of Steve's last public performances was March 15, 2014 at The Meyerson, as a guest of Jim Curry and Band and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It pleased him greatly to perform in his hometown again. Steve led a very active life of performing and entertaining. Throughout his life, Steve made many friends who were drawn to his sense of humor, warmth, passion, charisma, intelligence, storytelling and musicianship. Steve passed away on May 22, 2014, in Dallas, Tx at age 64.

Steve Weisberg and John Denver

England Dan and John Ford Coley

The duo began while they were friends and classmates at W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas, United States. Seals and Coley performed first as part of local cover bands, including Playboys Five and Theze Few. They recorded a series of demos in Nashville as The Shimmerers, but their prospects ended with the death of their producer, before he could secure a recording deal for them. Their next grouping was Dallas pop/psych group Southwest F.O.B. ("Freight on Board"), whose material has been re-released on CD by the Sundazed label.
Seals was the younger brother of Jim Seals of the 1970s soft rock duo Seals and Crofts. Dan was born in West Texas but moved to Dallas with his mother when he was 8. Dan's childhood nickname, given to him by his brother Jim, was "England Dan" because he was a fan of English rock band The Beatles, and he occasionally adopted an affected English accent. John Colley's last name was re-spelled "Coley" for ease of pronunciation; "Ford" was added as his middle name for flow purposes, thus England Dan and John Ford Coley. Coley was born and raised in Dallas.
Both toured the Texas music scene where Southwest F.O.B. had one charting song, "The Smell of Incense", which rose to No. 43 on the pop chart in 1969. This band played on the bill with such acts as Led Zeppelin. While in the group, Seals and Coley began their own acoustic act, Colley and Wayland. The act was renamed England Dan & John Ford Coley, and the duo signed with A&M Records in 1970. In 1971 they moved to Los Angeles where they opened for numerous bands. Their first break came in 1972, with the song "Simone". It became a No. 1 hit in Japan and also charted in France, but not in the US.
The duo was released in 1972 from its contract with A&M after two albums. Undaunted, the pair continued to press on, stumbling upon the song "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", written by a young Mississippi-based songwriter, Parker McGee. They recorded a demo and played it in the office of Bob Greenberg, a senior VP at Atlantic Records. Atlantic had a subsidiary label named Big Tree in the same office and Big Tree's founder, Doug Morris, had heard the song through the wall and came into the room. When Greenberg decided against it, Morris said "We want it," and offered them a deal.
Dan and John were paired with producer Kyle Lehning, who had also produced McGee's demo. The result was a US #2 hit single in September 1976, which ultimately sold two million copies. July 1976 saw the release of England Dan & John Ford Coley's debut album for Big Tree, Nights Are Forever, also produced by Lehning.[3] Their second Big Tree single, "Nights Are Forever Without You," also written by Parker McGee, also made the Billboard Top 10. After seeing the duo score a huge hit, A&M capitalized on the success by releasing a compilation album in 1976, I Hear Music, using songs recorded years earlier.
Their second Big Tree LP, Dowdy Ferry Road, followed in March 1977, yielding the hit singles, "It's Sad To Belong (To Someone Else)" (#21) (written by Randy Goodrum) and Coley's "Gone Too Far" (#23). The pair are also credited with writing and performing "It's All Up To You," the theme song to the 1977 NBC teen drama series James at 15.
Some Things Don't Come Easy (March 1978) provided We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again", which peaked at #9 and Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive (March 1979) brought forth "Love Is the Answer" (written by Todd Rundgren), which was their last Top 10 hit and their final time in the Top 40 altogether, as follow-up "What Can I Do With This Broken Heart" stalled at #50 in late 1979.
The duo split in 1980 when Seals decided to pursue a career in country music, where he found success throughout the 1980s, scoring hits such as "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond) and "Bop". Seals died on March 25, 2009 following treatment for mantle cell lymphoma.
Coley formed another group that released an album on A&M Records: Leslie, Kelly and John Ford Coley (featuring sisters Leslie and Kelly Bulkin), then went on to do television and film appearances in the 1980s. He returned to an active touring schedule in the 1990s and 2000s and was also co-producer for acts such as Eddie Money (with Vince Gill) and Tom Wurth.

Janie Fricke
Fricke was one of the most popular female country singers of the 1980s, producing a string of hits and proving herself a versatile vocalist with a particular flair for ballads.[2] She won the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards in 1982 and 1983.
In 1975, Fricke moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she became an in-demand background vocalist. She sang background for numerous other artists at the time; including Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty and Eddie Rabbitt. However, Fricke's work as background vocalist on several recordings by Johnny Duncan first brought her to national attention. After supplying uncredited background vocals for such Duncan hits as "Jo and the Cowboy", "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous", "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better" and "Stranger", Fricke was finally rewarded when she was given equal billing with Duncan on his cover of Jay and the Americans' "Come a Little Bit Closer", in which she sang the song's chorus. However, Fricke's contribution to Duncan's number-one hit "Stranger" in 1977 likely generated the most interest. In that song's chorus, Fricke sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me....".[5] Listeners wondered who the mystery lady was singing those words in Duncan's song. Because of this, Fricke was able to gain a recording contract of her own from Columbia Records, where she remained for over 10 years, beginning in 1977.
Fricke had a breakthrough year in 1981, when she landed two top-five hits with "Down to My Last Broken Heart" and "I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)".[7] Fricke continued to have her breakthrough success from 1982 through 1984, when she scored six number-one hits: "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby", "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy", "Tell Me a Lie", "He's a Heartache", Let's Stop Talkin' About It" and "Your Heart's Not In It".[7] Three of Fricke's No. 1s were spawned from her 1982 album, It Ain't Easy, which became a successful-selling album. In 1983, Fricke toured with the Heart City Band and Alabama. She was born on a farm in Indiana and after her Nashville days, she settled into country living again south of Dallas where she resides today. Fricke is still actively touring. https://www.janiefricke.com

Gregg A Smith

Gregg A Smith was born in HoneyGrove, Texas.  His musical abilities came to light as an entertainer and singer as he performed at his family’s cafe, at the age of 3.  Through the early years of adolescene,  he began to craft his skills on several musical instruments.  Traveling globally became his outlet to expand is talent as an entertainer.   As a young man, Gregg attended college in the state of Oregon.  He gained a vast arrangement of knowledge in the music field which lead him the greatest opportunity” to perform with the house-band at the Famous Cotton Club.  There Gregg experienced a life-long resume of “Who’s Who” to play with in the music industry.  From the likes of Etta James, The Whispers, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Grover Washington Jr., B.B. King, James Brown, and the list keeps going on and on of who Gregg has played with, or opened shows for.  Now it was Gregg A Smith time to have his own music out.    In 1985, Gregg’s first album titled “The Texas Blues Wailer” was released.  Through this release, Gregg established a life-long friendship with the late Johnny Taylor as he toured with Bobby “Blue” Bland.  Since then, Gregg has released several albums with established labels and various National artist features.  These recordings lead Gregg to having a very successful name in the industry. He is an awarding winning radio jock on the KNON 89.3 FM station in Dallas, TX.  Gregg's latest single release  is titled “Don’t Cry No More.”   Catch a listen here:https://greggasmithmusic.com/store


HIT SONG LIST BY INDUCTEES

England Dan and John Ford Coley: 
"The Smell of Incense" by Southwest FOB
 "Nights Are Forever Without You," 
"It's Sad To Belong (To Someone Else)" 
"Gone Too Far" by Coley, 
"It's All Up To You," written by the pair, the theme song to the 1977 NBC teen drama series James at 15
"Love Is the Answer,
What’s Forever For 

Coley Late Career: 
You Almost Loved Me

Dan Seals country career — 
 "Annie's Song", 
"Calypso
"Your Heart's Not In It"

Steve Weisberg 
"Christmas For Cowboys"

Gregg A Smith:  
“Don’t Cry No More"

LISTEN 
John Denver- Greatest Hits 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo&list=PLfDF7WcaaE8-6fo_0X7vnGN7OvNMIB7b3


England Dan - John Ford Coley

John Ford Coley - You Almost Loved Me

Danny Seals - It's Gonna Be Easy Now

Steve Wiseberg - John Denver singing Christmas For Cowboys

Gregg Smith - Don't Cry No More

Janie Fricke - Greatest Hits





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2019 Hall of Fame will honor North Texas Music Legends

On April 20th, 2019,  DSA honored the following legends from the North Texas area:
 Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Larry Henley and Rod Phelps.
The event was at the Sons of Hermann Hal in Deep Ellum. DSA initiated a new Rising Star program to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with performances of songs by our inductees. DSA reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. Students that won the schools' auditions were Caitlin King, Lilly Harrigan, and Adelyn Parks from The Sound Foundation music school, Matt Kleibrink; Caroline Bowen from Bach to Rock music school in Flower Mound: and Lily Anarola, Sophie Rapattoni and Colin Katz from Dallas School of Rock. These students were backed up by the DSA Hall of Fame band consisting of DSA members, Ian Dickson, guitar, Barbara McMillen, keys, Paul Zander, guitar, Craig St Clair, bass, Allen Larson, guitar/keys, and Whit Hyde, drums, from the No Contact Band with special guests Jessica Ewy and Joe Milton. The band members and special guests also performed songs by our inductees.

STEPHEN STILLS


Born in Dallas, Tx, Stephen Stills is one of rock music's most enduring figures with a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups – Manassas, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for Buffalo Springfield and CSN, is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a BMI Music Icon (with CSN). As renowned for his instrumental virtuosity as for writing era-defining anthems including "For What It's Worth" and "Love The One You're With," Stills is ranked #28 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, calling his acoustic  picking on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" "a paragon of unplugged beauty." Three of Stills' albums are among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buffalo Springfield Again,Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Déjà Vu. In 2013, Stills released Carry On, a four-CD anthology capturing the remarkable scope of his career using 83 tracks (25 unreleased) to retrace the musical paths he's explored. Most recently, Stills toured with The Rides, his blues-rock trio with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, behind their debut album Can't Get Enough. This year, he is on tour, solo and with Crosby, Stills & Nash. As hosts of the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert in downtown Los Angeles, Stills and his wife Kristen recently helped raise over $320,000 to benefit Autism Speaks' research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder. Light Up The Blues, a documentary-style film recorded at last year's concert, is #2 on iTunes' Concert Films chart.

STEVE MILLER


Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music - and, indeed, society - could be in the years to come. Then, in the '70s, Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible - and that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: "Take The Money and Run," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet Airliner" and "Jungle Love," among them. To this day, those songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio - and impossible not to sing along with. Their hooks are the very definition of indelible. Running through Miller's distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. His parents were jazz aficionados - not to mention close friends of Les Paul and Mary Ford - so, as a budding guitarist, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from that musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, eventually moving to Chicago, where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield. In recent years, Miller has immersed himself in the blues once again. And, as always, whether he was riding the top of the charts or exploring the blue highways of American music, he is playing and singing with conviction and precision, passion and eloquence, and making records that are at once immediately accessible and more than able to stand the test of time. 

BOZ SCAGGS



Boz Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio, the eldest child of a traveling salesman. Their family moved to McAlester, Oklahoma, then to Plano, Texas (at that time a farm town), just north of Dallas. He attended a Dallas private school, St. Mark's School of Texas, where schoolmate Mal Buckner gave him the nickname "Bosley", later shortened to "Boz".
After learning guitar at the age of 12, Scaggs met Steve Miller at St. Mark's School. In 1959, he became the vocalist for Miller's band, the Marksmen. The pair later attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison together, playing in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains. 

Leaving school, Scaggs briefly joined the burgeoning rhythm and blues scene in London, then traveled on to Sweden as a solo performer, and in 1965 recorded his solo debut album, Boz. He also had a brief stint with the band the Other Side with Mac MacLeod and Jack Downing. Returning to the U.S., Scaggs promptly headed for the booming psychedelic music center of San Francisco in 1967. Linking up with Steve Miller again, he appeared on the Steve Miller Band's first two albums, Children of the Future and Sailor in 1968. Scaggs secured a solo contract with Atlantic Records in 1968, releasing his second album, Boz Scaggs, featuring the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and session guitarist Duane Allman, in 1969. Scaggs then signed with Columbia Records; his first four albums for Columbia all charted, with his best peaking at No. 81. In 1976, using session musicians who later formed Toto, he recorded Silk Degrees. The album reached #2 on the US Billboard 200, and #1 in a number of other countries, spawning four hit singles: "It's Over", "Lowdown", "What Can I Say", and "Lido Shuffle", as well as the poignant ballad "We're All Alone", later recorded by Rita Coolidge and Frankie Valli. "Lowdown" sold over one million copies in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, which was shared by Scaggs and David Paich. The 1980 album Middle Man spawned two top 20 hits, "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "Jojo"; and Scaggs enjoyed two more hits in 1980-81: "Look What You've Done to Me", from Urban Cowboy soundtrack, and "Miss Sun", from a greatest hits set. Both were US No. 14 hits.

LARRY HENLEY


Larry Henley has earned dual fame as both singer and songwriter. Yet one would be hard pressed to find a common link between his two trademarks in these separate mediums; the playful gibberish indulged by Bread and Butter has little in common with the sincere sentiments of Grammy award winning Wind Beneath My Wings. Wind Beneath My Wings has evolved into a familiar slogan. Granted, its proximity to the six million mark in radio airplays makes it hard to ignore. A standard at weddings and funerals alike, it has also been material for a Playboy cartoon. Few songs offer the succinct and sincere emotional foundation that such versatility requires. The vast spectrum of artists who have recorded it gives testimony to its cultural magnitude. His other numerous hits, include  Lizzie and The Rainman (Tanya Tucker), He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen) (Janie Fricke), Shotgun Rider (Delbert McClinton). 

While visiting relatives in Shreveport, his brother in law pulled a prank on him by telling the Diamond Head Lounge's house band, The Dean and Mark Combo, that Larry was "famous". After being coerced onstage he was invited that night join the band, and also offered a contract by an agent from Mercury Records who happened to be in the crowd. (Only later did he sign a contract with Hickory.) After getting his feet wet in Shreveport clubs he ventured to Nashville, where he cut his first singles. He was then ready to make the next obvious leap: New York. There he donned a tuxedo and perfected his stage presence in smoky Village nightclubs. That training underfoot, he returned to Shreveport and rejoined the Mathis brothers to form The Newbeats. They became popular in England where they headlined with Jerry and the Pacemakers, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and emerging Motown artists such as The Supremes, Smoky Robinson, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
Henley's early success as a pop star may have tempted him to rest on his laurels. But his curiosity and passionate need to write songs have garnered him top honors including CMA Song of the Year, ACM Song of the Year, NSAI Songwriter of the Year and various other achievements. Henley was born in Arp, TX.

ROD PHELPS


   When Rod Phelps was at Baylor he started booking acts like Bob Hope and Brother Dave Gardner. Bob Hope you've heard of, and Bro. Dave had a comedy act that gave rise to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
It was this activity that induced his cousin, Sheri Helt, a student at Oklahoma State University, to call him about a singer who was playing the "Strip" in Stillwater, OK. She said that all of the students at OSU really liked this new guy, and suggested that he go hear him.
He went to a place called Wild Willie's on a Friday night and, walking in, he had some immediate concerns. One, the air was blue from cigarette smoke, and he's a non-smoker. Two, Wild Willie's didn't take credit cards, so he had no idea how he was going to pay for an evening's tab just to listen to some dude who probably wouldn't be any good anyway. Three, the men's room didn't have a commode, it had a bathtub that served as a urinal.
He listened to the guy and introduced himself afterwards and told him that he was pretty good and he would like to do a demo on him. He found an 8-track facility and the next Friday they did four live sets, two cover and two original. They mixed them on Saturday, and on Sunday he came by the house and he gave him the reel-to-reel demo we had done, a list of his contacts in Nashville, the confirmation number of the hotel he had set up for him to stay in, and a handful of his credit cards.
He said, "Rod, I'm going to have to use these credit cards because I don't have any money". Rod told him that he had given them to him to use, and all Rod asked was that he (1) go to Nashville, (2) become a star, (3) pay him back when he could, and to (4) thank him when he won his first Grammy.
Well sir, Garth Brooks went to Nashville, became a star, paid Rod back when he could, but never thanked him when he won his first Grammy. You can read about this in "Chicken Soup for the Country Soul".
Rod's nephew, Tye Phelps, who owns the Love and War in Texas restaurants, asked him to listen to a female act playing at the Plano L&W. Rod went to listen to her, and she wasn't all that good. The other act on the bill who did impress me was a young blond from Lindale, Texas. Rod got a couple of demos from her dad, Rick Lambert, and sent them to his contacts in Nashville, mostly label heads. The rest is history.
Other folks Rod has helped over the years include Chris Cagle (whom Rod hired as nanny because he said he had no money, no job, and no place to live) and Rory Lee Feek (former DSA member of Joey and Rory fame), whom Rod moved to Nashville, along with his two daughters. He had two daughters the same age, and Rod gave Rory the downstairs master bedroom suite. Rory signed with Harlan Howard soon thereafter (one of the most prolific songwriters in Nashville history) and Rory went on to become one of the best known Christian songwriters and performers of all time, especially when he joined forces with, and married, Joey.
Rod also has had the good fortune to work with Larry Weiss ("Rhinestone Cowboy", "Bend Me, Shape Me"); Richard Leigh ("Don't you Make My Brown Eyes Blue", "Greatest Man I Never Knew"); Don Schlitz ("The Gambler"); Tommy Barnes ("Cherokee Outlaw"); Randy Boudreaux ("Goodnight Sweetheart", ""Brokenheartsville", "Alibis", "Who Needs You Baby").
Rod has helped these local folks you might recognize as DSA writers include Rory Lee Feek, David Banning, Dickie Kaiser and Steve Hood.
By simply hanging around individuals in broadcasting, Rod worked with Howard Cosell, Verne Lundquist (Rod got him his divorce from his first wife and introduced him to his second wife) and Roger Staubach, whom Rod got on the speaking tour.
Rod was the first attorney Buddy Magazine turned to some 44 years ago.








2018 Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame

In 2018, our honorees were Bruce Channel, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lynn Williams, Gary Nicholson and The Nightcaps. 

The program featured the Holland K Smith Band and Barbe McMillen with special guests Joe Milton, Jack Allday, Alexis Tapp, and Jessica Ewy.


2017 Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame

In 2017, our honorees were Freddy King, Cindy Walker, Sam the Sham, Trini Lopes, Gus Levene, and Al Johnson. The No Contact Band  members included Ian Dickson, Allen Larson, Whit Hyde, Craig St. Clair, and Paul Martin Zander and guest performers Barbe McMillen and Michael Brandenberger all chipped in to cover the songs.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

In 2016, we honored Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker. Both these players have contributed so much to the roots of all the popular music that has come after. The Stratoblasters were chosen to perform their songs and entertain us. 



Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson was an American blues and gospel singer, songwriter, and musician. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s and has been called the "Father of the Texas Blues".Jefferson's performances were distinctive because of his high-pitched voice and the originality of his guitar playing. 

* Read the article by Billy Bob Hill about the songs of Blind Lemmon Jefferson and Ledbelly. This was so much fun to read and listen to the links to the covers of their songs. Thanks so much, Billy, for an entertaining read and listen.

Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was a pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound.[1][2]In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 67 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
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It's only fitting that we would start by going back to the roots of popular music - the blues. From out of the cotton fields of East Texas to the urbanization of Dallas's Deep Ellum, Blind Lemon Jefferson brought the blues and popularized the genre. It is likely that he moved to Deep Ellum on a permanent basis by 1917, where he met Aaron Thibeaux Walker, also known as T-Bone Walker. Jefferson taught Walker the basics of playing blues guitar in exchange for Walker's occasional services as a guide.
Jefferson's music is uninhibited and represented the classic sounds of everyday life and he did what few had ever done before him – he became a successful solo guitarist and male vocalist in the commercial recording world. Uncharacteristically, his first two recordings from this session were gospel songs ("I Want to Be Like Jesus in My Heart" and "All I Want is That Pure Religion"), released under the name Deacon L. J. Bates. A second recording session was held in March 1926. His first releases under his own name, "Booster Blues" and "Dry Southern Blues", were hits. Their popularity led to the release of the other two songs from that session, "Got the Blues" and "Long Lonesome Blues", which became a runaway success, with sales in six figures. He recorded about 100 tracks between 1926 and 1929; 43 records were issued, all but one for Paramount Records. Hear Blind Lemon sing "Back Snake Moan".

Walker, who was from a family of musicians, began his career as a teenager in Dallas in the early 1900s, leaving school at the age of 10, and by 15 he was a professional performer on the blues circuit. Initially, he was Jefferson's protégé and would guide him around town for his gigs. In 1929, Walker made his recording debut with Columbia Records, billed as Oak Cliff T-Bone, releasing the single "Wichita Falls Blues" backed with "Trinity River Blues". Oak Cliff is the community in which he lived at the time, and T-Bone is a corruption of his middle name.
Much of Walker's output was recorded from 1946 to 1948 for Black & White Records, including his most famous song, "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" (1947). Other notable songs he recorded during this period were "Bobby Sox Blues" (a number 3 R&B hit in 1947) and "West Side Baby" (number 8 on the R&B singles charts in 1948). He continued to record up into the 1970's and he won a Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording in 1971 for "Good Feelin'". Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Chuck Berry named Walker as his main influences. B.B. King cited hearing Walker's recording of "Stormy Monday" as his inspiration for getting an electric guitar. Walker was admired by Jimi Hendrix, who imitated Walker's trick of playing the guitar with his teeth. "Stormy Monday" was a favorite live number of the Allman Brothers Band. Hear T-Bone perform "Stormy Monday".

Hall of Fame Rescheduled to April 19th, 2021

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