Uncle Bill’s Christmas Concert

bluegrass-christmasSaturday evening, December 17th, 6:30 to 10:00pm

Christmas music with some blues, bluegrass, and country,

Headliner is Sterling Massat, a Nashville musician, on break from touring Europe with Warren Haynes (who played in Government Mule, The Almann Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead).

Masat, former instructor at South Plains College, plays lead guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. He’ll be bringing some Nashville friends to accompany him.

Opening for Masat will be the Neerly Brothers. No tickets needed but if you want to reserve a seat in call 535-6290 and we’ll put your name on the call list. The venue is at 15002 Louisville and holds about 65 for music.

No charge. BYOB and snack.

Enjoy some great live entertainment in our neighborhood!


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



“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.



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

Valentines Day

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.

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

Batten Family BandBatten Family to Headline           at Uncle Bill’s Bluegrass Show


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


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

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.

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.

West Texas Folk Festival, November 8-10

Uncle Bill’s Music and Hub City Music present the first annual West Texas Folk Festival to be held on Thursday through Saturday, November 8, 9, and 10 at Uncle Bill’s Music Barn.

Each night the Festival will feature a guest host plus a lineup of performing artists. Tickets each night will be $15.00 and proceeds will be given to the performers.

On Thursday, November 8th with host Mike Pritchard, the performers will be True Blue, Daniel Fluitt, Wesley Hildreth, Greg Goodnight & Katherine McLamore, Melissa Jones & Stephen Jones, Lone Prairie, Papa Duct Tape, Ed Davis, Brandon Adams, and Lacy Jo Davis

On Friday, November 9th with host Chris Smith, the performers will be Tommy Reece, Easy Does It, TTU’s School of Music, Celtic Ensemble, Irish Set Dancers, Caprock Morris, Special guests from the TTU Vernacular Center, and Curtis Peoples

On Saturday, November 10th with host Cary Banks, the performers will be John Calhoun, Philip Coggins, Charlie Stout, Run Silas, Kate Hearne, Allie Leigh, Colton Borg, John Potess, Kellsie Wallace, Tyler Hendricks, Karleigh Porterfield, and Adam Urbanzyk.

Gates will open at 6:00pm for Meet and Greet. The concerts will begin at 7:00pm and end at 10:00pm.

The Festival Committee will be presenting awards for the weekend’s best performances.

Categories include:  Best Original Song, Best Individual Performance, Best Group Performance, Best Instrumental Performance, Best Vocal Performance and Best Overall Entertainer.

For ticket information and to join our mailing list, please email unclebillslbk@hotmail.com.

Tickets will also be on sale at Ralphs Records .  (A limited number of student tickets will be on sale at Ralphs for $5.00)


The Hard Road Trio house concert, July 14

The Hard Road Trio – Saturday, July 14, $15, 8 pm.
Refreshments available. BYOB. Come early for a good seat.
Steve Smith and Chris Sanders and Anne Luna
www.hardroadtrio.com & www.desertnight.com (575-649-1595)

Stories abound where the prairie meets the hills – modern/retro harmonies and groove in original and traditional Americana and Bluegrass music. Life-long musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, mandola and guitar) and Chris Sanders (vocals and guitar) have captured audiences across the country with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices.

The Hard Road Trio

Recent appearances include Pickin’ in the Pines, Bighorn Mountain Festival, Swallow Hill in Denver, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Albuquerque Folkfest, Wildflower Concerts, Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.  Steve and Chris are in demand as teachers and clinicians including Camp Bluegrass, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, California Coast Music Camp and Zoukfest.   They welcome the exciting groove of Anne Luna (bass, vocals) – she has appeared with April Verch, Spring Creek Bluegrass and recorded with Kenny Maines and Alan Munde.

Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia and the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood. Together, their north/south blend of Bluegrass and Americana provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving bass. The Trio is set to release their new recording of original material in Feb ’12.  Watch for “Monticello”

“Steve Smith is undoubtedly among the best mandolin pickers in the known universe, and combined with Chris Sanders marvelous vocals and steady rhythm guitar, they light up a room like the New Mexico sun.” Mike Shirkey, GoodFolk Productions.

Their latest CD Signs Along the Road (Jan. ‘10) is receiving national and international airplay and has found its way onto folk, roots and bluegrass charts climbing to #30 on the Billboard Cashbox charts.

“…the best work yet from Smith, Sanders and Hard Road.  Above it all soar two impassioned singers whose individual vocal gifts are periodically transformed into choruses of alchemical harmony”.
Bruce Bergethon, Host of Acousticity, WGLT, Normal, IL

“Signs Along the Road refuses any one label, except perhaps that of good, evocative music.”  Bluegrass Unlimited, June ‘10