Saturday was the perfect ending to our adventure. We had breakfast prepared with love by Bryan’s Tia Diana and Mother — the menu: Chorizo and Eggs with fresh tortillas and Begnets fried up with powdered sugar. Oh, yeah! 🙂 My Mother got to join us and it was a special morning before heading out to Wimberley, Texas to Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio.
My cousins Billy and Dodee Crockett have created an amazing, refreshing, and creative retreat in the hills of Wimberley, Texas. It’s Blue Rock’s 3rd Birthday! To celebrate, they invited about 15 singer/songwriters to come and perform throughout the day. I was up at 1pm with two other female songwriters. I was honored to be “in the round” with Caitlin Rose and Grace Pettis. Nathan Brown, Billy’s long-time friend and professor at the University of Oklahoma, was our host. He was witty and fun with his introductions. We performed for about a half-hour, with each of us playing two songs.
First, I sang “Runaway Train” with Bryan on acoustic guitar. After another round I closed with “Grace,” which I dedicated to Grace Pettis. “I’d like to dedicate this song to Grace,” I said, “because it’s called ‘Grace’.” It was a cute moment that seemed to engage the crowd. I felt both of my songs were well received, and it’s so nice to play at a venue where you have listeners who are indeed intent on listening. While Nathan wrapped the set up, he said, “I wish we had more time so Marcy could sing her song, ‘Caitlin’ for you”. Funny. 🙂
Other artists performing throughout the day included Mother Banjo, Rex Foster, Amilia K. Spicer, Kim Miller, Po’ Girl, Danny Schmidt, Beth Wood, The Jason Spooner Trio, Eric Peltoniemi, Rosalie Sorrels, Jason Eady, and Sam Baker. They were each such a gift to behold in their own unique way.
There were gourmet tamales, chips and homemade salsas, cookies, and finally a giant birthday cake that was consumed in record time I believe. However, the most special treat of all were the Silver Spoon “Whimsicle” Popsicles that were handed out from inside an old Airstream trailer. The “Blue Rock Special” was the crowd favorite, consisting of blueberries, cream, and maybe lemonade (sorry, can’t remember the 3rd ingredient). The whole vibe was very welcoming and contributed to the birthday party theme. What makes the entire experience so special is that Billy and Dodee open up their actual home — more specifically, their actual living room — for house concerts open to the public. It is such a rich and rewarding atmosphere in which to perform, and I was truly humbled to get to do so.
Both of our mothers were able to come with us, which made it fun! Our great friends Brandon and Corey Penry and Bryce Bandy met us there as well. It was so fun giving them a tour of the place. We toured the studio, pointed out the guest quarters, followed the paths that led to the Quiet House, and circled the back of the house by the pool. So cool!
We were actually about to leave in the middle of the afternoon when Dodee let us know that Billy would be playing at the end of the day (he wasn’t on the performance agenda). Boy, are we glad we stayed! Nathan Brown also joined Billy on stage, and they took turns sharing poetry and songs. Billy has some great new songs I can’t wait for everyone to hear. It was just good to hear him perform material off his much anticipated new album which will conclude his 8-year sabbatical from performing! Yes! From the time I started writing music in the 7th grade, Billy has been a huge encourager and mentor to me. I really don’t think I would have pursued music as boldly without him taking the time to speak into my life, so you can see why it means a lot to be performing at this event. What a full circle moment.
I met some great people at Blue Rock and ended our trip on a very high note! Please check out these artists mentioned here. They are phenomenal songwriters! As we left, I gave both Dodee and Billy big hugs and huge thank you’s for the day, and off we went down the hill and into the sunset. We stopped off at Austin’s famous Threadgills for dinner where Bryan and I had some good laughs with our Moms. They are great ladies! We are so blessed.
Well, that’s it — a nice finale to Austin/SXSW 2009. We get on the road Sunday heading back home to Oklahoma, with plenty of new memories and new friends made as well. To conclude this little “blogumentary” I’d like to say Thank You to all of you for “going with me” on this trip — and another huge Thanks to all of you who chipped in and made this trip and all it’s memories and connections possible. It’s been one of the highlights of my musical life thus far, that’s for sure! Till our next adventure…
Lots of love,