Big John Mills, the Texas Music Awards Musician of the Year, will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse Friday night.
By HAP MANSFIELD
The 8th Annual Texas Music Awards, hosted by B. J. Thomas, were held on May 15, at the Marshall Convention center, in Marshall. After the awards were given out, the red carpets were rolled up, the last guitar guitar was packed away and the last beer was consumed at the latest after-party in the wee hours of the morning, some fella asked, on the drive home, “What’s the deal with San Marcos, anyway?”
The deal is that the San Marcos area was more than well represented at the awards show by musicians who claim the city as their musical home. Out of the 15 awards given, no less than four had San Marcos connections. And that’s not counting the nominees. Just those awarded. That’s a big number in a big state that practically breathes music.
Local musician and the soon-to-become legendary Big John Mills won Musician of the Year for the third time. Mills won for his performance on Dewey Wayne’s “Here for the Music”. The guideline the judges use for the award states, “A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as ‘memorable.'” Those who have seen Mills in concert know that his guitar work is mind-bendingly proficient.
“He has shed a favorable light on our fair city,” said Cheatham Street Warehouse’s Kent Finlay, speaking of Mills. “He will help to make San Marcos look good again in a few weeks when he and his band, the Texas Road Dawgs, appear at “Country Rendez-vous,” a huge Country Music festival in France.”
Before taking off for France, Mills will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham Street, Friday night. The gig will be a celebration of his award, as well as a great old throwdown for music.
Another award winner with the San Marcos mystique is John Arthur Martinez, who started out at the Cheatham Street, and won Record of the Year for his recording of “Utopia” on his “Purgatory Road” CD.
The Shake Russell Trio has long standing ties with San Marcos and musical venues here and won Vocal Group of the Year. Kevin Higgins of the Dust Devils won Songwriter of the Year.
The locally based Texas Renegade was nominated for Record of the Year for their release “Crazy.”
All of these musicians play at venues around the city from time to time, from the Gray Horse Saloon to Triple Crown to Riley’s Tavern to local coffee shops. Going to see live music here in town will answer that fella’s question, “What’s the deal with San Marcos?”
The deal is, we make good music.Email | Print