By Allen Rich
North Texas e-News
Jan 21, 2014

It was no surprise the Harmony House Concerts kicked off its 2014 music series with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines; after all, this is the fourth consecutive January that music fans in North Texas have packed Harmony House to enjoy this unique duo.

The only surprise was that, somehow, Hendrix and Maines managed to sound even better than ever.

Hendrix is an enchanting songstress with 15 albums under her belt and a following all across Texas, but maybe the biggest compliment you could ever pay her is to say she can hold her own with Maines.  And Sunday, this combination of a beautiful poet accompanied by a Texas music legend was backed by the Harmony House Choir.

Part of the charm of any Harmony House Concert is just getting there.  If your ideas of going to see top-level regional talent involves a long drive, noisy traffic and limited parkking, Faye Wedell and Scott Lipsett have a pleasant surprise waiting for you.  For more than 12 years, discerning music lovers have taken the path less traveled and ended up in a cozy living room with the likes of Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, or Sara Hickman, or Pierce Pettis, or even Jimmy Lafave's entire band.  It may look quite ordinary, but his isn't just any gravel road.

And musicians fresh from the rush of city traffic and hurried pace breathe easy when Wedell and Lipsett's little house on the prairie comes into view.

"When you turn the corner and see the pond with Harmony House in the distance, you think, 'I wanna live here,'" remarked Maines.  "It makes you feel creative."





Schedule
"Name" Links lead to artist websites.
"Date" Links lead to detailed concert fliers.


2017

Tim Grimm & The Family Band (Indiana)
Sunday, January 15  (4-6p)

Bernice Lewis (Massachusetts)
Sunday, February 12  (4-6p)

Janet Robin  (California)
Sunday, March 19  (4-6p)

Small Potatoes (Chicago)
Saturday, April 8   (7:30 - 9:30p)

[ No concert in May ]

Bob Livingston (Austin & abroad)
Sunday, June 11  (2:30-4:30p)

Kevin & Dustin Welch (Wimberly, TX)
Sunday, July 16  (4-6p)

Ellis Paul (Virginia)  -- $25
Sunday, August 13  (4-6p)

Andy Hardin & Jeannie Burns (Wimberly, TX)
September 16 or 17  (Date/Time TBA)

Curtis & Loretta (Minneapolis)
Sunday, October 15  (4-6p)

Pierce Pettis (Virginia)
Sunday, November 12  (4-6p)

[ No concert in December ]




Next Year - 2018

Terri Hendrix (San Marcos,TX)
Lloyd Maines, backup (Bastrop, TX)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Time TBA) - $18

Johnsmith
Sunday, February 25  (4-6p)

Laurie McClain
Sunday, March 11  (4-6p)

Buddy Mondlock
Sunday, April 15  (Time TBA)

[ No concert in May ]

Jeff Black
  (June ...  Date/Time TBA)

Butch Hancock
Saturday, July 7  (7:30-9:30p)

Still on the Hill (Donna & Kelly)
(Date/Time TBA -- either the weekend of
August 11th or 18th

Sarah McQuaid (UK)
(Date/Time TBA -- either Saturday, Sept. 29th
or Sunday, September 30th)

Mike & Amy Aiken (Virginia)
(Date/Time TBA -- Either Saturday, Oct. 20th
or Sunday, October 21st)

Claudia Nygaard
(Date/Time TBA -- Either Saturday, Nov. 17th
or Sunday, November 18th)

[ Probably no concert in December ]





Last Year - 2016

Terri Hendrix (San Marcos,TX)
Lloyd Maines, backup (Bastrop, TX)
Sunday, January 24, 2016 (3-5p) - $18

Pierce Pettis
Sunday, February 21, 2016  (4-6p) - $18

Johnsmith
Sunday, March 20, 2016  (4-6p)

Laurie McClain
Sunday, April 24, 2016  (4-6p)

[No concert in May]

Jack Williams 
Friday, June 3, 2016  (7:30-9:30p)

Ronny Cox
w/ two backup performers - $20
Saturday, July 9, 2016  (7:30-9:30p)

Kirby Kelley  (Sherman, TX)
Saturday, August 13, 2016  (7:30-9:30)

Eric Taylor  (Texas)  - $20
Saturday, September 10, 2016  (7:30-9:30p)

Sally Barris
Sunday, October 30, 2016  (4-6p)

Dana Hubbard
Sunday, November 20, 2016  (4-6p)


[No concert in December]

~ 2015 ~

Terri Hendrix (San Marcos,TX)
Lloyd Maines, backup (Bastrop, TX)
Sunday, January 25, 2015; (3-5p)

Andrew McKnight (Virginia)
Saturday, February 28, 2015   (7:30-9:30p)

Adler & Hearne (Winnsboro, TX)
Sunday, March 29, 2015  (4-6p)

Chuck Pyle (Colorado)  
R I P  ---  b. 1/28/45,  d. 11/6/15
Saturday, April 18, 2015  (7:30-9:30p)

Dana Hubbard (California)
Sunday, May 17, 2015  (4-6p)

Sara Hickman (Austin, TX)
Sunday, June 28, 2015  (4-6p)
Interview on "Notably Texan" ... KETR

Eric Taylor (Texas)
CANCELED due to illness     :-(

Bill Nash / Emilie Aronson /
   Wayne Greene (Dallas, TX)
Sunday, August 23, 2015  (4-6p)

Tish Hinojosa (Texas)
Sunday, September 20, 2015  (4-6p)

Brooks Williams (MA & UK)
Sunday, October 11, 2015  (4-6p)

Hans Theessink
(Delta Blues man from Vienna, Austria)
Sunday, November  15, 2015   (4-6p)

[No concert in December]

Harmony House is on Wildscape Acres, 10 miles north of Bonham, Texas, (65 mi. NE of Dallas) near Ravenna.  We'll give you directions when you reserve your seat(s).

Most of our House Concerts are $15 per person donation — payable to the artist.

Call 903-583-2661 to reserve a seat,  
To confirm, please mail your donation to Faye Wedell
P.O. Box 812, Bonham, TX 75418.


Also:
  •  For a  $1 suggested donation, you can enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks
       at intermission.

  •  Most often there is a potluck meal before or after the concert
       (dependent on the concert time).   If you plan to participate, please
       mention that when you make your reservation.

  •  Guests are invited to bring their own instruments for some pickin' and singin'
       in a Song Circle after the event.
at Wildscape Acres
Article about Harmony House in North Texas e-News

Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines Pack the 'House'
Bill Staines at Harmony House
See photos from a concert --- the venue, the food, the people, and singer/songwriter Bob Livingston.
Hendrix is a multi-instrumentalist who defies definition by being equally adept at jazz, pop, blues and country, all the while a mischievous grin plays across her face.  Maines, also a gifted multi-instrumentalist, is a Grammy Award-winning producer who has wowrked with everyone from Joe Ely to Jerry Jeff Walker to Robert Earl Keen.

"in our state," remarks Hendrix, "if you want it done right, you do it with Lloyd."

If you missed this memorable show, as they say in Fannin County, don't fret about it; another talented musician will soo leave the pavement behind and travel down a gravel road to one of the best-kept secrets in North Texas.
His Voyage
by Faye Wedell

  My friend and long-time
Musical icon who was
  Birthed in the red dirt
Of Oklahoma and whose
  Songs gave birth to the
Red Dirt Music of OK,
  Which came from having Woody
Running through his veins and
  Bubbling up like well springs
When Jimmy  composed, played
  His guitar, or added his unique voice
To his melodies — flowing out and upward!
  His lyrics filled many tributaries, leading to
Rivers of venues and filling them with his soulful sounds —
  Even into the ears and walls of Harmony House Concerts.

Departed now on yet another voyage
  On May 21, 2017 to unknown lands!
As he prepared for this farewell,
  He made certain that he
Expressed his love to son, friends, and fans.
  In gratitude,  they gathered together
In tribute to sing and say their farewells
  To this generous, ‘gentle’ man,
Who gave his ALL to song
  And gifted this world with
Music that will span the seas
  Of time and remain with
Those of us left behind on vanishing shores.

  Jimmy LaFave, born in 1955 in Stillwater, Oklahoma,
now walks ‘Woody's Road’
with Woody, Dave Carter, and other comrades
  Beside the ‘still water’— guitar in hand singing his song
Close Your Eyes as the moon glimmers on the ocean
And the tide goes out just before sunrise.
 
In loving memory,
Faye & Scott

Hosts of Harmony House Concerts
www.WildscapeAcres.com

July 2010 concert at Harmony House Concerts / photo by Paula Brennecke
In loving memory of Jimmy LaFave   (1955-2017)
Photo by Allen Rich