The Not-Surprising News

Well, we’ve hinted to a few people that there were changes in the wind for our little home here on the “interweb”…..guess it’s time to make it official.

By the end of October there won’t be a TexasAndMusic.com nor a CarolesCafe.com.  It’s been a hard decision to make but, obviously, not a surprising one.  Trying to just maintain the websites with changes in technology happening daily has made this “love of our life” more of a job than a joy.

So, what’s next?

Well, first, we have copies of all the stories and pictures so if there’s one you really really want, let us know.  Of course, that’s the way it’s always been.  We’ll even give you the full resolution, no copy write, version of the pictures.

We’ll keep the Facebook page alive (https://www.facebook.com/TexasAndMusic).  The page is public and everyone will be able view the page, posts, and pictures….even the people smart enough to not get started on Facebook!  Might even use some of the old website pictures for Throwback Thursday.  Just not sure yet how that will all shake out.

Who knows…..maybe we’ll write a book.  Of course, we’d have to wait ’til all the guilty parties are gone.  Don’t want anyone to get into trouble (or is that more trouble?). :)

Whatever we do….or don’t do….know that we appreciate all the love we’ve received over the past 10 years for the website.  Even more, we appreciate all the musicians that so graciously put up with us and all the friends we’ve made.  We love you all!

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Happy Anniversary to TexasAndMusic.com

TexasAndMusic.com was started seven years ago this month at the urging of my friend, Dobie Hatley…..it’s even dedicated to her (read about that here).  Dobie was a lover of all things with a special place in her heart for musicians.  She thought it would be a great to put the pictures I’d been taking of our favorite bands on the big ol’ world wide web.  Ms Dobie thinking something was a good idea meant it was gonna be done…..and so it was! :)

For the past seven years, we’ve enjoyed great music, taken thousands of pictures, and met a lot of really great people…..on stage, in audiences, and even on the web….that we now call “friend”.  We’ve traveled all over the state of Texas, worn ourselves out, rested, and did it all again.  But, I’m thinking the website has survived these years better than I have. :)

If you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ve noticed fewer new posts and pictures. There are several reasons.  One, of course, is all the things that make life wonderful but reduce the amount of time I have available to work on the site.  Another is that going to new venues by myself isn’t that appealing any more so I tend to stay closer to home.

There have been times I’ve thought about letting the website just “go away”, but, have decided not to do that.  When I look back over some of the pictures, I realize how much “history” is here.  There are pictures of bands that are no longer active and, sadly, friends and musicians that are no longer with us.  On a much happier note, there are pictures of bands that were playing for tips at the time and have now made a big name for themselves!

So……the website will stay active.  I will occasionally post pictures (just can’t see to stop taking them!) and….as I have time…..bring the “archives” into the current format of the site.

For now, I’d like to send out a big “thank you” to all the musicians….and venues….that put up with me and my camera, and you, for continuing to visit this site.  All of you have made my life more than interesting! :)

God bless, hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

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T Jarrod Bonta @ The Broken Spoke (07/27/2011)

Twice a month, T and the guys take up residence in the Broken Spoke’s front room for a couple of hours of great music with a featured guest.  The guest tonight was Ms Rosie Flores!  Nope, can’t miss that even if we have to leave work early to get there in time. :)

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Jim’s Country Jam @ Waterloo Ice House (07/17/2011)

What words can we use to describe the twice-a-month country jam at Waterloo Ice House?  Pretty sure we’ve already used wonderful, entertaining, astounding, talented, fun, excellent, surprising, and several others.  So, this time, all we’re gonna say is, “Ya shoulda been there!”.  If you weren’t there, then all we can say is, “Ya missed a heck of a show and need to be at the next one!”. :)

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Rosie & The Ramblers @ Hill’s Cafe (07/16/2011)

Ralph and Charlie had been telling us about Selena “Rosie” Rosenbalm that they were backing.  Decided we needed to check her out. :)  They were right, she’s dern good!  And, for a July night, the outdoor garden was really comfortable…..especially when we could sit with friends and visit, too.  Unfortunately, we were so busy visiting we didn’t get the names of the two guitar players. :(  Will get that next time…..because, there WILL be a next time!  :)

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Sam Bentley @ The VFW (07/09/2011)

There are times we just mess up. :)  Okay…..not really, but there are times we aren’t as prepared as we wish and this was one of those nights.  Sam and the guys were playing close to home (3 miles?) at the VFW.  Figured it would be one of those really enjoyable relaxed nights visiting with all our friends.  Since we have lots of pictures of Sam and they guys, we left the camera at home.  Thankfully, we had the cell-phone camera when Cody Bentley got on stage and, then when Kevin Fowler did!!  Wish the pictures were better, but it sure was fun! :)  (Note to self:  Just pack the camera in the car!!)

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