Tim May, Dan Miller and Steve Smith at Uncle Bill’s July 11th, 2015

Three of our top American pickers will be here for a night of Bluegrass and American Music Saturday evening July 11th, 2015 at 7:30pm

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“That was a lot of fun!” is what most people say after attending a Tim May and Dan Miller performance.  In addition to being talented musicians, Tim and Dan are also very entertaining and have a lot of fun on stage.  Their easy-going nature, good humor, and ability to craft an entertaining story, and tell a few good jokes, blends well with their presentation of acoustic music.  

     Tim and Dan perform vocal and instrumental acoustic music that ranges from bluegrass, to folk, swing, old-time, Celtic, and traditional country.  You’ll enjoy vocal songs from original country heroes like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, bluegrass legends like Ralph Stanley, and country greats like Merle Haggard.  Then you’ll tap your feet to their instrumental repertoire, which starts with traditional fiddle tunes and extends into swing and jazz standards.  It is a very fun, entertaining, and enjoyable show.

About the Performers–

Tim May is one of Nashville’s multi-instrumentalist “go-to guys” for performing bands and recording artists.  He is also a favorite among music fans, as clearly indicated when Tim won the Nashville Scene Magazine’s 2012 Reader’s Poll for “Instrumentalist of the Year.”

For fifteen years Tim focused on his job as the guitar player for the Nashville-based bluegrass band Crucial Smith. When that band broke up in 2002 the job offers started pouring in. Highlights include touring with Patty Loveless, touring with Eddie Rabbit, touring Japan with John Cowan, playing on the all-star Rounder project Moody Bluegrass (and performing with the Moody Blues band at the Ryman Auditorium), performing on the Grand Ole Opry dozens of times with Mike Snider, and recording a bluegrass gospel project with Charlie Daniels.

Additionally, FGM Records has released Tim’s solo CD “Find My Way Back” and Tim is also featured in a FGM Records concert DVD, “Live in Kansas City,” with Brad Davis and Cody Kilby. In 2010 Tim released a duo CD with violinist Fred Carpenter.  That CD reached number one on the folk radio charts in September of 2010.  In 2011 the trio of Brad Davis, Dan Miller, and Tim May released a CD titled “Doves, Crows, and Buzzards” that has received rave reviews.

     While there are plenty of great pickers in Nashville, Tim May adds great songwriting and singing to his list of many talents, which include being equally adept at resonator guitar, banjo, and mandolin.

   When he is not on the road or in the recording studio Tim works building and repairing stringed instruments.  He is also the co-author of the eight-volume Flatpicking Essentials book/CD series and co-instructor on three instructional DVDs for guitar.  Most recently Dan Miller and Tim May have released several new books that focus on fundamental skills:  “The Guitar Player’s Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios,” “The Mandolin Player’s Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios,” “The Flatpicker’s Guide to Old-Time Music,” “The Flatpicker’s Guide to Irish Music,” and “The Guitar Player’s Guide to Rhythm, Timing, and Groove.”

Dan Miller has been the publisher and editor of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine since 1996. He has also co-authored a number of flatpicking books, including: “The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle” with Charles Sawtelle, “Flatpicking the Blues” with Brad Davis, “The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Speed, Accuracy and Tone” with Brad Davis, and the Eight Volume flatpicking course “Flatpicking Essentials” with Tim May. Dan Miller and Tim May have also produced three instructional DVDs for guitar players:  “Improving Speed, Accuracy, and Tone,” “Creating Solos,” and “An Approach to Improvisation.”  

     Most recently Dan Miller and Tim May have released several new books, as mentioned above, and Dan has written and released two additional books, “Learning Music By Ear for All Stringed Instruments,” and “The Guitar Player’s Guide to Developing Creative Solos.”   Tim May and Dan Miller also have been performing in a trio with their good friend Brad Davis (Davis Miller May) since 2005 and have been performing together as a duo since 2007.  Dan and Tim also spend a good deal of time each year traveling the country and teaching guitar and mandolin workshops and performing.

 

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Steve Smith has toured for the past thirty years from coast to coast and internationally, performing in Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cuba and the US Virgin Islands. He has performed on over 30 albums and is a founder of the Hard Road Trio.

Steve is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players but as an outstanding educatory at the:

    • California Coast Music Camp
    • Puget Sound Guitar Workshop
    • Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Music Camp
    • Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
    • Zoukfest and Camp Bluegrass

Smith has appeared at venues including:

    • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    • High Mountain Hay Fever
    • Rocky Grass
    • Swallow Hill
    • Freight and Salvage
    • Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival
    • The Big Horn Mountain Festival
    • Minnesota Old-Time Bluegrass Festival
    • Las Cruces Symphony

 

 

SINGLE TICKETS-$15.00      TABLE of SIX-$100.00     INFORMATION—CALL SILAS @806-535-6290    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day bluegrass matinee, Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm

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Tickets for the show are $10.00.  $15 for couples. Gates open at 1:30pm.

For more information, call Silas at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn – 535-6290, email Silas at unclebillslbk@hotmail.com, or visit Unclebillsmusic.com.  Uncle Bills is located at 15002 Louisville Avenue in Lubbock, TX.

Uncle Bill’s 3rd Annual Music Festival

Hey musicians!!!!    it’s time for this year’s roundup at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn, the home of live music, parties and special events.

It’s soon time for this year’s 3rd Annual Music Festival .

Each night we have a host who brings in the talent.

Thursday, November 6th ,2014– Host: Junior Vasquez

Friday, November 7th, 2014 – Host: Tina Turner

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 – Host: Wade Parks

Musicians interested in taking part should contact a host directly or send their information to unclebillsmusic.com.

Shows start at 6pm and go till 10:00 pm.

 

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

November 21, David House in Concert

November 22, King’s Banquet

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To book your event–write to us at unclebillsmusic.com. or call Silas at 806-535-6290.

We do:  Weddings, receptions, concerts, meetings, Christmas parties, workshops and dances.

A Bluegrass night at Uncle Bill’s, Saturday February 8th

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On Saturday, February 8th Silas and Leslie Shaw will present the 4th annual Uncle Bill’s Bluegrass Festival in South Lubbock County.   Performances begin on the main stage at 6 p.m. with Bluegrass, Americana and Celtic performances.    

 

Groups performing include: Picking on the Plains, A Celtic Ensemble, the Neerly Brothers, Music Mountain and the Batten Family. 

Gate opens at 3 p.m. for two hours of jamming with beginner and intermediate workshops for guitar, banjo, mandolin and dobro. 

Tickets for the show are $10.00.  Workshops are $5.00

For more information, call Silas at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn – 535-6290 or visit Unclebillsmusic.com.  Uncle Bills is located at 15002 Louisville Avenue in Lubbock, TX

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Acoustic Workshops for Pickers  

Beginner and Intermediate level instrument workshops for flatpicking guitar, 5 string banjo, mandolin and dobro will be held at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn on Saturday, February 8th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. 

Musicians from the local colleges and the West Texas Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association will provide the instruction. 

People who are curious about the instruments are welcome to come for a demonstration and to sit in on the workshop. 

Workshops are $5.00.  For more information, call Silas at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn – 535-6290 or visit Unclebillsmusic.com.  Uncle Bills is located at 15002 Louisville Avenue in Lubbock, TX

2nd Annual West Texas Folk Festival

The shows will be held on Thursday  November 7th, Friday November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn from 6pm to 10pm.   Each night, the festival will feature a guest host plus an assemblage of performing artists.

Uncle Bill’s Music announces lineups starting a 7pm and ending at 10pm

Thursday – November 7th – Host–Mark Wallney 

Sterling Masat            True Blue          Brandon Word 

Derek Bohls          Chris Albright      Darren Welch

Mike Pritchard     Mark Wallney         DG Flewellyn

               
   Friday – November 8th – Curtis Peoples 

Andy Wilkinson         Dallas Owens       Lori Sealy Concept

Sterling Masat       Pickin on the Plains    Curtis Peoples Collective

 

    Saturday – November 9th – Jenni Dale Lord

 Alex Sanchez                School of Rock – Acoustic Ensemble

Hayley Burton Trio        Brian McRae     Wade Parks Band      

Kent Mings             Thomas Radcliff              Jenni Dale Lord

 

Tickets: $10.00 each night and will be available at Ralphs Records and at the door.  Students with a valid ID–Admission $5.00.

Location: Uncle Bill’s Music Barn at 15002 Louisville Avenue

 For more information email Silas at unclebillslbk@hotmail.com.

Musical gathering—–May 18th, 2013——with David House

Former Lubbockite, David House, David House 2will be at Uncle Bill’s Barn Saturday night and wants all his friends to come by with their instruments and have some fun. We will start gathering around 7pm and go until we are played out. Refreshments will be available. Mark McAfee will be the host for the evening. For more information, he can be reached at 806-577-6078.

DESERT PEARL—Saturday April 27th, 2013

There’s nothing like live music on a Saturday night!!

You are invited to enjoy the unique music of Lubbock’s own Desert Pearl on Saturday April 27th, 2013 @ 7:30 pm.

Admission-$10.00 at the door

           Desert Pearl is a seven piece band that performs original music along with a variety of bluegrass, folk, and country. British born Joe Gillis, the founder of the group, has performed with groups such as the Prairie Heirs of the Palo Duro, a traditional cowboy band that toured Germany in 1998, The String Technicians who were on the Texas Commission For the Arts Touring Roster, and as a solo singer/songwriter with two recording projects, “Moon Over the Palo Duro”, and” Lost Angel Diner”. All these musical influences are infused with the sounds and talents of the members of Desert Pearl.

Juli Handley sings lead and harmony and also plays guitar, piano, and hand percussion. Two sixteen year olds, Patrick Herzog on guitar and mandolin and Clarisa Ham on violin and vocals are two of Lubbock’s finest young musicians.

Amy Carroll, an original member of the group, sings lead and harmony with her crisp, clear voice, Darryl Lemons supports the groups sound with his steady bass runs and Justin Handley is a master of effects on his electric guitar. You will also enjoy the old time fiddle sounds of special guest Jim Bob Clary of Idalou.

 Desert Pearl has performed at venues that include The Gem Theater in Claude, The Home Mercantile in Nazareth, The Grill on Rt 66, in Groom, Lubbock Arts Festival, 4th on Broadway, and the Apple Butter Festival. With one recording project under their belt, “Psalm 33″, a new all original CD is on tap for this year.

Susan Grisanti Honored at Uncle Bill’s

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 Silas Shaw of Uncle Bill’s Music is welcoming the public to a gathering to celebrate the life of Susan  Grisanti.  Ms. Grisanti who passed away on March 4th was a longtime resident and performing artist of Lubbock. She will be remembered for her kindness and for the many contributions she made to the music and arts community.  The event will take place on Sunday Evening, March 17th at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn at 15002 Louisville in Lubbock.  The evening will begin with a meet-and–greet at 6p.m. followed by a celebration to include performances and testimonies by friends, fans and former students of Ms. Grisanti.  Those who would like to participate as presenters in the program should send an email to Silas at sjspru@aol.com or call 535-6290.

Alan Munde and Elliott Rogers Performing at a House Concert–Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Alan Munde needs no introduction to long-time Bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard’s Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Alan has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time. Along the way, Alan also recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year – Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Alan has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo, and, since 1986, Alan has taught Bluegrass and Country Music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, a program which has produced many professional musicians nationwide. In recent years, Alan has performed and recorded as a duo with his South Plains faculty colleague (and former Gazette-mate) Joe Carr. Alan’s extensive body of recorded work, his instructional materials, and his work at South Plains (including the annual Camp Bluegrass) has solidified his status as one of the true gurus of the 5-string. Alan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. He was profiled in the June 2005 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine.

Elliott Rogers was born in Osceola, Arkansas and grew up in Albuquerque NM. He fell in love with bluegrass music at an early age by hearing local bands like the Big River Boys and the Clear Ditch Ramblers. His trio in High School opened for Doc Watson. “That was a mighty big deal for me and pointed me in the direction I took with music.” That path led Elliott to Austin Texas after a hitch in the Army at FT Hood. There he worked for years with songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, George Ensle and Blaze Foley, and recorded with Lyle Lovett , Nancy Griffith and Robert Earl Keen on Robert’s first album, ‘No Kinda Dancer’
“Along with everything else, we hosted a weekly Musician Night at the Soap Creek Saloon and had a great time in Austin.” Elliott’s songs have won awards and have been recorded by Jill Jones, the Bluegrass Patriots and Sons and Brothers. Elliott brings driving rhythm guitar, smooth lead and harmony vocals and contributes original material to Ranch Road 12.

Guitars and Prime Rib House Concert and Dinner December 23rd, 2012–6pm to 10pm

It’s Sunday night the 23rd of December.  Family and friends are gathering for Christmas and lots of food has been made for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  “I’m starving.  Let’s go out and get something to eat and then go somewhere” one slow thinker said.

“Don’t worry it’s all taken care of” said the deep thinker.  “What do you mean?” said the slow thinker.   The deep thinker said, “We’re all going over to Uncle Bill’s Music Barn at 6pm for a fabulous dinner and some great music.”  The slow thinker’s thoughts got even slower but he was able to say, “What fabulous dinner and great music are you talking about?”

The deep thinker took a deep breath and said,  “We have reservations at Uncle Bills for a catered dinner serving Prime rib, Chicken breast, and Portobello mushrooms; with salad, roasted potatoes, green beans, and desert, coffee and tea (BYOB)!   There will also be three musicians playing who were awarded prizes at the West Texas Folk Festival: Phlip Coggins, the Best Performer; Daniel Fluitt, the Best Songwriter; and Charlie Stout, the Best Entertainer.  This will be the premier event of the weekend before Christmas.”   The slow thinker asked “How many seats did you reserve?”  The deep thinker said, “I reserved a table for six at $25.00 a head.”  “Wow” said the slow thinker.

That’s right folks, we’re opening up for one night to feature the contest winners for your enjoyment and it’s only $25 per person to cover the food.  It will be a catered, sit down dinner with a concert attached.

For reservations email Unclebillslbk@hotmail.com or call Silas at 806-535-6290.