Having been called “The Last True Texas Troubadour,” Brian Burns makes his first appearance at Storyfest this year, bringing his cache of original Texas ballads. His 2001 release “The Eagle and the Snake: Songs of the Texians” is a collection of classic, contemporary, and original ballads based on the history, folklore, and culture of Texas. Recording artists such as Gary P. Nunn, Johnny Bush, and other legendary Texas artists have recorded Brian’s songs over the years. In 2000, Brian was presented “Solo Artistic of the Year” by the Terry Awards, a long-standing institution recognizing excellence in Texas music and voted “Texas Artist of the year” in 2001 and 2002 by Rockzilla Awards, an international group of devoted and discriminating Texas/Americana music enthusiasts. Storyfest welcomes Brian and his storytelling through song.
Jean Prescott also makes her Storyfest debut this year. Through her songs about the west of yesterday and today, Jean shares her love of western life. Her songs are about real people and real experiences. She has been honored by the Texas State Legislature for her contribution to the preservation of Texas music and history. Adding to her list of awards and achievements, in 2008 Jean was a multiple nominee for Western Music Association honors in three categories: Female Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Best Collaboration (3 songs). Jean’s latest album release is “Whispers of Jesus.” Look over the schedule for Jean playing cowboy music and cowboy gospel.
The Lonestar Bluegrass Band will travel from Houston to play their version of tradition and contemporary bluegrass music. This four-piece band was voted “Best Bluegrass Band in Houston,” part of the Houston Press Music Awards, in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Member Chris Bagley won the 2006 Texas State Flat Picking Guitar Championship, and Chris Hirsch has been judged Texas State Banjo Champion. Audiences and judges, alike, enjoy the music of The Lonestar Bluegrass Band. Storyfest is pleased to welcome them for their first appearance in George West.
Local ordained minister and accomplished singer John Sisk will perform gospel music once again at Storyfest. His selections will include songs from his two gospel CD’s. Co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers International and himself an auctioneer, John’s version of “The Auctioneer’s Song” is unforgettable.
With all these different genres of music, you’re sure to find something that will make you tap your toes and want to sing along. Music is just another way of telling a story, and there will be many variations of storytelling at the 20th anniversary celebration of Storyfest.