Donnie Price leads us to the venerated Picker’s Circle in Luckenbach, Texas. Every Sunday some of the best singer songwriters in the Hill Country gather together to play and learn from each other in this celebrated little town which is roughly 50 miles (80 km) north of San Antonio and 69 miles (111 km) west of Austin. It was purchased by Hondo Crouch, rancher and Texas folklorist, specifically for his dance hall. On this particular Sunday, we caught up with Jimmy “Daddy” Davis, who was named “Premier Male Vocalist” five times by the Memphis Chapter of the National Acadamy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy.com). This is the same Jimmy Davis with the top 40 hit song “Kick The Wall” from 1987 that was played on MTV. Jimmy Davis has a new CD, and we were privileged to record one of the songs…it’s about Texas y’all. For more information on Jimmy Davis and his new CD please go to www.jimmy-davis.net Read more
The Adventure Continues! Donnie Price leads us astray with his friends in the hill country. We start out at Hondo’s in Fredricksburg, and then journey on to Luckenbach to the picker’s circle. The entire town of Luckenbach was bought by Hondo Crouch, a very interesting fella, in the ’60s. From his Bio: CROUCH, JOHN RUSSELL (1916-1976). John Russell (Hondo) Crouch, humorist, writer, owner and self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach, Texas, Hondo Crouch was an All-American swimmer at the University of Texas, where he was awarded a degree in physical education in 1941. After training as a navigator in the Air Corps at Garner Field in 1942, he settled down to raise sheep, goats, and cattle near Fredericksburg. In 1964 he was president of the Hall of Fame for UT athletes and in 1975 was influential in persuading the university to build the Texas Swim Center. In 1971 he bought Luckenbach, a small community established as an Indian trading post by German immigrant Albert Luckenbach in 1849. There Crouch presided as mayor over a population of three plus a single parking meter. As “clown prince” he brought to life the town’s motto, “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.” He held zany celebrations, such as the Luckenbach World’s Fair, the first Texas “women only” chili cook-off, Return of the Mud Daubers, and no-talent contests. Crouch participated in a Folklife Festival for Texas at the Smithsonian Institution in 1964. On July 4, 1976, Luckenbach received national attention for celebrating the Non-Buy Centennial, protesting the commercialization of the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. SEE THE VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP >>>>>> Read more
Donnie Price interviews Christoph Schwegler, one of Switzerland’s best loved and most recognized voices for over 40 years. He was the first person to present Switzerland’s (then) Top Ten on Radio DRS1 in 1968. He tells Donnie Price about his time with Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac, as well as his opinion on why Texas has consistently produced such great songwriters.
Christoph has presented and voiced innumerable radio shows and commercials, and is the corporate voice for blue-chip brands such as Swisscom, UBS and Davidoff. His acting credits include Rolf Lyssi’s Teddy Bär, his successor to the most successful Swiss film of all time, the classic Die Schweizermacher. Christoph can be heard every week on Radio DRS1 with Country Special.
Donnie Price and his buddy Burton Gilliam ponder the mystery of Facebook and Twitter.
Donnie Price takes us on a trip up highway 71 to the legendary Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill, Poodie, Willie Nelson’s stage manager for 35 years, was a well-loved character with many stories and Donnie explains one of them- where did that wooden Poodie come from? Performances by WC Jameson and Thomas Michael Riley. Poodie’s web site.