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Jack Barksdale

Jack Barksdale has been called a “musical phenomenon” (Buddy Magazine) a “Texas force" (Paper City Magazine) “a singer-songwriter well beyond his years” (Baton Rouge Advocate) an "old soul” (Fort Worth Weekly) and “amazing to watch” (DFW.com). Texas Homegrown Radio said, “He might just be Townes Van Zandt reincarnated.” 

Jack Barksdale is a folk/blues/americana singer/songwriter from Texas. Inspired by folk, rock, and blues legends, Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Wynonna Judd, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, John Fullbright, and Hayes Carll. 

Recently Jack launched a podcast focused on songwriters and songwriting called Jack Barksdale's Roots Revival Podcast. In June 2019 Jack released a live album recorded at famed Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX. September 2018, Jack released his debut EP, Revival. 

Jack tours nationally and wows audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years. Jack plays guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, and ukulele, but identifies first and foremost as a songwriter. His musical influences include Lead Belly, Howlin’ Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, and Willie Nelson.

Max Gomez

Growing up in Taos, New Mexico Singer/Songwriter Max Gomez fell under the influence of country blues early on and developed a songwriting style that is uniquely his. As a budding performer, Max apprenticed in the rarefied musical micro-climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a Western folk sound that is both cosmic and cowboy.  

His debut album Rule The World (2013, New West Records) received critical acclaim upon release, and his subsequent EP, Me and Joe (2017, Brigadoon Records) contained a freshly minted classic, “Make It Me,” which gained over two million listeners on Spotify alone.  Gomez has shared billing on hundreds of stages with stalwarts of the genre like Shawn Mullins, James McMurtry, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin, and John Hiatt. Judging by the company he keeps, Gomez is positioned to emerge as a prominent voice of Americana’s next generation.

Along with his own musical ventures, Gomez produces the Red River Folk Festival, a boutique event held annually in late September in the musical mountain village of Red River, NM.

Max is in the studio and is focused on finishing his new album expected to be released fall 2022.

Verlon Thompson

Songwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb.
Add Verlon Thompson to that list.

Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

Verlon has co-produced Guy Clark's Grammy nominated cd "Cold Dog Soup" as well as "The Dark", "Workbench Songs" and "Somedays the Song Writes You". 

Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon's guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless HeartPam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark.

Verlon was honored to contribute to the score of the Tamara Saviano documentary “Without Getting Killed or Caught”, the story of Guy and Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zandt, scheduled for release in 2020.

As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions (genuinehuman.com) Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects.

In 2019 Verlon hosted his own 13 episode TV show called Barnegie Hall. Filmed at his converted barn/home in rural Tennessee, the show aired nationally on PBS and received rave reviews.

Verlon Thompson is currently on the road. Or in the studio. Or writing in his barn/house on the river in Tennessee...
          ....but never far from the fertile plains of Oklahoma.

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