Cat Klauser 12/20/2006
It's a long way from military officers clubs in Germany to the Officers Club at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg. But it's the journey Horst Klauser has made, following the siren song of the saxophone.
Greater Grace 12/6/2006
Is it a coffeehouse with a Christian message, or a Mission that serves coffee?
Lincoln Street 11/22/2006
The lesson a young Sean Smajstrla's learned at the family table has become the philosophy that drives Lincoln Street, Fredericksburg's original wine bar.
Destinee Farmer 11/15/2006
She didn't think she could sing, couldn't play an instrument, and still can't read music. So how on earth did Destinee Farmer become a singer-songwriter?
"We don't practice. We don't play any place that doesn't serve beer. We don't wear leather pants." So goes the credo of the Polkamatics...
Care to dance? 11/1/2006
A casual query. But one that leaves many otherwise confident adults quaking in their boots as they contemplate the spectacle of dancing in public.
Music with a mission 10/26/2006
It is early Monday evening, when kids are happy to escape the world of study and practice. Yet every week, students get together to explore life's essential challenges.
Duncan Holmes: Many styles; one message 10/18/2006
You've heard him play hymns in church, rock and roll at festivals, swing at a dance hall, jazz in a lounge, and even show tunes at school.
In the early 1980s during an event on the Marktplatz I first heard a distinct type of music I hadn't heard back on the farm. I followed my ears to the shadow of the Vereins Kirche. That's how I met Gus Friedrich and how I discovered the knutsch.
Bonterra: The Good Earth 10/4/2006
Driving north on Hwy 87 just past the "Y" you may have noticed an airplane that apparently nosedived into the good earth. That impact marks the entrance to Bonterra, the newest food and music endeavor of Steve and Sherry Howard.
The Sound of Schnelle 9/13/2006
Carlton Schnelle has been providing the soundtrack for generations of Fredericksburg traditions. Chances are you've heard him...
Guitars That Glorify 9/6/2006
Neil Peterson's first attempt at building a musical instrument was so bad, even thieves wouldn't steal it.
From his lips to your ears 8/30/2006
Milton Bierschwale remembers when he was a lad of 10, listening to his grandfather playing ditties on a harmonica.
Struck by a Bolt of Music: Terry Theis 8/16/2006
One fine summer Saturday I decided to play tourist in my own town. I detected the distinctive drone of a button accordion through the rumble of traffic and shuffling of shoppers.
So what is the "Hill Country Sound?" 8/9/2006
When I began writing this column last August, one of my goals was to try to define the "Hill Country" sound.
It was a surprise when we woke up one Saturday to the sound of shooting and live music. Scheutzenfest was back!
Silver Creek 7/19/2006
When Robert G. Striegler built his two-story rock home on Fredericksburg's Main Street, I doubt he could have imagined that one day, legions of visitors would listen to live music on the front porch while dining on Grilled Salmon Filet.
Musician Jokes 7/12/2006
Q: What's the difference between an oboe and an onion?
A: No one cries when you chop up an oboe.
Sauerkrauts: Oompah with Attitude 7/5/2006
Gary Trumet majored in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. So how did he come to be standing in a hardware store in a small town in Vermont asking if he could play their saws?
Beauty & the Beast: A musical without the pit 6/21/2006
When the curtain goes, you will hear a 30-piece orchestra. But the music flows through the fingers of one man - Jeryl Hoover.
Trade Days 6/14/2006
Furniture, fine art, and "Fraulein." That's a Texan's kind of outdoor market - one where you can shop to live country music.
Torre di Pietra 6/7/2006
The vines have been growing for three years. Two buildings are up and live music plays every weekend. But many folks are still curious about what lies beyond the sandstone gates of Torre di Pietra.
Garage Band 5/31/2006
You’ve heard the term “garage band.” It usually refers to a group of teenagers, meeting in the garage of the most tolerant dad to bang out music on instruments they are still learning to play.
Mariachi, Morquecho style 5/24/2006
The guitar hung tantalizingly out of reach. Five-year-old Fritz Morquecho would sit across the bed each week while his brother had his guitar lesson, then watch wistfully as the older boy carefully returned the shiny new instrument to its perch high on the wall.
Bart Trotter: World Champion 5/17/2006
Did you know that Fredericksburg is home to the National Champion Fiddle Player, the World Champion Fiddle Player, the Southwestern States Fiddle Champion, and the the U.S. Invitational Fiddle Champion? Who are all these people? Bart Trotter.
Thunder Heart 5/10/2006
It is hard to believe haunting notes speak from an instrument made and played by a man who only five years ago was paralyzed from the neck down.
Josh Peek: Bull Rider's Dream 5/3/2006
He could have been a professional bull rider. But Josh Peek decided to take on a more dangerous and challenging way to make a living: playing music.
That pounding you'll hear from the direction of South Milam a few weeks from now is not road construction. It is the sound of people discovering the beat of their own drum.
It used to be something you did only in the shower. Now, people stand up in front of crowds and do it to wild applause.
Delta Sun 4/12/2006
“If ugly was a suitcase, you’d be traveling from town to town.” Ah... the subtle language of the blues...
Albert, Texas 4/5/2006
Two years ago, Bobby Cave took a detour south of Stonewall to show a friend an old school house. As he topped the hill at Albert, Texas, Cave spied a “For Sale” sign. He didn’t realize he was looking at his future.
Rex: Mediocre Musician April Fools, 2006
I was pulling into the HEB parking lot listening to Polka Time on the radio when a strange song assaulted my ears.
Ben Beckendorf 3/22/2006
Ever since he found a Gene Autry toy guitar in Grandma Beckendorf’s attic at the age of 8, Ben Beckendorf has known that making music was his destiny.
For years, Bruce Burns wanted to play an instrument. After several attempts ended in frustration, the Fredericksburg resident still couldn’t play piano. But he could type. He could type very well.
While he was cooking and waiting tables in the Auslander Restaurant as a student, Jeff Jeffers never envisioned himself owning the recognized Main Street establishment, let alone hosting a music festival there.
Turner Hall: Last active dance hall 3/1/2006
It was not that long ago that dance halls were the centers of local nightlife. Today, the last working version of the traditional Texas dance hall in Fredericksburg is Turner Hall.
Alamo Springs Cafe 2/22/2006
They came for the bats; they stayed for the burgers and blues...
Adult Beginners 2/15/2006
What possesses someone closer to AARP than adolescence to put down the garden trowel and pick up a guitar?
They are called jams, but serious musicians know they won’t bring you any bread.
House Concerts 1/18/2006
Imagine inviting 50 of your closest friends into your living room to listen to your favorite musician. They are called “house concerts,” and they are happening all across the country.
Windows on Texas 1/11/2006
The only way it could get any easier to hear Hill Country music this weekend would be if the singers came to your house and serenaded you through a window.
Bluebonnet Time 1/4/2006
If things had turned out a bit differently, today school children might be singing a song written by a Fredericksburg resident in place of ”Texas, Our Texas.”