The Texas Tunes series began in 2011 as part of the inaugural season of Lewisville’s beautiful new arts facility. This series features musicians based in Texas, performing music about Texas and doing so with skill and style. Performers include both contemporary young artists and seasoned professionals. It is all about entertaining audiences and celebrating our diverse Texas culture. The series is presented by the City of Lewisville.
The 2019 Season will be announced in November 2018.
Past 2018 Texas Tunes concerts :
Jimmie Dale Gilmore with Colin Gilmore - Saturday, Jan. 13:
This father-son duo have joined forces to create a truly unique performance style, summoning the spirits of their home town Lubbock, TX in their songs and stories.
For over 50 years Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been writing and playing his music that eludes categorization. With elements of folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass his recordings have earned three Grammy nominations and he was named Country Artist of the Year three years running by Rolling Stone Magazine. His alliance with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock as The Flatlanders has them credited as fathers of the Alt-Country movement.
Colin Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, TX and spent nights as a child in nightclubs witnessing Joe Ely, Terry Allen and his own father Jimmie Dale Gilmore bring the stage to life. He developed a taste for Buddy Holly, Townes Van Zandt and bands like The Clash and The Pogues. He recently performed in and wrote songs for the critically acclaimed feature film ‘Barracuda’, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
Gina Chavez - Saturday, Feb. 10:
Making her Texas Tunes debut, Austenite Gina Chavez is known for blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace and Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.
Josh Grider- Saturday, March 10:
One-time Texas Troubador featured artist, Josh Grider brings his CD release tour for his latest album Good People, an impressive collection of catchy, substantive country tunes to Texas Tunes on March 10. Good People draws parallels between Grider and artists like Kacey Musgraves and Steve Earle. Grider delivers a performance with a smooth neo-traditional baritone to rival Joe Nichols and melodic hooks that, when they hit you just right, feel timeless on first listen.
An Evening with Jimmy Webb - Saturday, April 21:
A true living legend of songwriting, and former West Texas resident, Jimmy Webb’s been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for nearly 50 years. And he’s still doing it. Now on tour with his newest CD, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” Jimmy Webb is engaging his audiences like never before. Though some might still not know his name, they know the songs: “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park,” and many more. And those are just the famous ones. Webb is one of those rare songwriters who manages to bring a genuine measure of magic to everything he touches. Webb’s Texas Tunes concert will be an intimate musical encounter of solo piano performance and storytelling with one of Americas most prolific songwriters- an evening not to be missed!
Jon Christopher Davis and Deryl Dodd - Saturday May 12:
Dodd has released six albums and charted nine singles on the Billboard Country chart. He was nominated as Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
Davis - Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers may have said it best – “It’s as if Don Henley, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers met late one night at a Texas Roadhouse parking lot and beat the crap out of each other, and what came out was Jon Christopher Davis. He’s brains, hips and harmonies.” JCD has written songs for Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few. His heartland songs and raspy voice are often licensed for television.
The Quebe Sisters - Saturday, June 16:
When the Quebe Sisters from Burleson, Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Asleep at the Wheel and many others.