Farmer John Ray's banjo was stolen several weeks ago. To replace the beloved banjo, we are having a Benefit Show next Wednesday at the Old Quarter. If you have enjoyed his music over the past 4 years, please come out and show your support!
Broken Spoke's last show with John Ray, plus the musical stylings of Kristy Mitchell Wednesday, May 27th, 9 - 12pm Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, 20th and Post Office
Now onto the story behind the story...
John Ray and Katie were neighbors of mine a few years back when I lived on 10th and Ball. They both lived in the houses 2 and 3 doors down from me and after some missed BBQ invites they soon became regulars at my Sunday Supper Clubs and I at their great big backyard BBQ's.
Aside from John Ray's departure for his residency, and that of some other very dear friends over the next few weeks, it also marks his last show as a part of one of my favorite local bands, Broken Spoke.
For anyone that has spent any time around me at all, my love for music shouldn't be a shock to anyone. Broken Spoke's music has always struck me as unique and well placed. Their original songs are well crafted and cover songs always appropriate. I'm sure the fact that they play the Old Quarter with frequency doesn't hurt. Nor does Kevin, Clark and John Ray's great knowledge of music. Also of note is a guest appearance by Kristy Mitchell (aside from being a salty poker player, she is a very talented musician in her own right).
I run into a lot of people that have yet to experience the Old Quarter and although that could (and should) be a post on it's own, you can get a little taste for it over at the Houston Press.
For anyone with the free time (and please also note the other reason for this concert - the replacement of John Ray's stolen banjo) I encourage you all to come out and join us for a night of great LOCAL music and all around good causes.