First Summer Concert Series

At The Ruby Ranch Lodge   Let’s Dance partnered up with the Ruby Ranch Lodge nestled among the oaks just outside of Buda and hosted Thumbs Up (the five piece version of Off The Grid) for an outdoor dance. There are the ‘high energy’ party bands out there that have highly rehearsed song sets along with dance steps that will ‘rev’ up the guests but for laid back, casual and…

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You Know The Broken Spoke Has A Lot of Country

But Did You Know It Has a Cowboy? Ben Stafford Rodgers is his name and he can often be found in the front room of the Broken Spoke singing old cowboy type ballads. That’s where Let’s Dance caught up with him to get a few videos. We had met Ben earlier in discussions of promoting a ‘wild west show’ in the near future and wanted to hear him sing. Ben…

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Take Me Out To The Dancehall

Peoples Choice At Mercer Street   Let’s Dance made it to Dripping Springs to see an old favorite dance band that we have followed for a long, long time. Are you wondering if we have been around that long? Well we have. Their website says they have been entertaining audiences in and around Texas for decades, though they don’t say just how many decades.  In any case, we danced many a night…

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Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

But Not Before You Catch The Ferel Four   Let’s Dance was in The Broken Spoke the other night and gave a listen to The Ferel Four in the front room. They bill themselves as classic honky tonk and Dennis Ku delivers. With a smooth as silk voice and a feel for the music; he does George Jones, Buck Owens, Johnnies  Cash and Paycheck and especially Ray Price just how…

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Come to Buda and Check Out the New BBQ Joint

Willies Is Now Open   Right down the road from the headquarters of Let’s Dance, a new eatery has opened. Greg Henry and Greg Pratt despite much hardship (from the city?) has  finally thrown open the doors to Willies Joint serving brisket, pulled pork, chicken quarters and sausage. They offer the usual sides of pinto beans and potato salad but get creative with their pineapple coleslaw and chef’s choice sides…

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What Is Better Than A Brennan Leigh And A Noel McKay?

Well, Brennan Leigh & Noel McKay of course.   Just up the road from the home of Let’s Dance in Buda is the up and coming famous Mercer Street Dance Hall in Dripping Springs and we made a special trip to give a listen to Brennan Leigh and Noel McKay. We were not disappointed.  Both are excellent song writers and singsters and when they combine their talents they become incredibly…

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Moon Tower Goes Country

And Sam Bentley Brought It Let’s Dance was on hand at the Moon Tower the other night to catch The Sam Bentley Band and got a bonus. Sam usually brings his own crowd; a faithful following of dancers but this night other musicians stopped in to support ‘country’ at The Moontower Saloon. Let’s Dance was able to get some great videos with a smorgasbord of classic songs. Sam got it…

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If You Want to Play in Texas

You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band. The more times change the more Alvin Crow remains the same. Maybe a little older and grayer around the fringes but still standing tall, playing the fiddle and entertaining Austinites with his music and wit. A native from Oklahoma, Alvin first played in public sitting in with The Oklahoma City Orchestra when he was a strapping lad of five years. I guess…

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For Juke Joint Jumpin’ Good Time Party Blues

Kevin & The Krawlers can’t be beat.   Let’s Dance ventured the other night into rock hopping blues popping heart stopping music land also known as 6th street Austin. We peaked into The Dizzy Rooster and found an old friend blowing the harp. Kevin Cheny is a true south side born and raised musical talent. He says he learned to play the harmonica by walking the railroad tracks through Manchaca…

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Dave Insley

At The White Horse Last Saturday, Let’s Dance dropped into the Austin east-side; The White Horse and found Dave Insley in the house.  Right away I began to appreciate Dave’s deep baritone vocals and gradually his unique musical style,  blending a honky tonk two stepping beat with a Tex-Mex Arizona Hill Billy Bakersfield sound. His own brand of ‘desert-bent’ sense of humor comes through in Dave Insley’s original works one…

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