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LARRY FEST

A circle of LARRY ROTHWELL's friends and musical compadres
have organized a 10 year memorial tribute event
for our beloved gypsy songman and rascal charmer,
to be held Sat. Oct. 6, 6-9 PM outdoors in the shady thicket at
SLOW POKE'S BRISKET SHACK,
on FM 1626 in Manchaca, south of ATX, an outdoor corral
of food, drink, music, and fun with unique vintage atmosphere,
free parking, no wrist bands, great smoked meats n' fixin's, and laid back vibes.

This is near where Larry lived for many years,
refugin' in humble rustic splendor on the old homestead
"Summertree Farm" along Onion Creek,
where were held many a magical song circle and Perseid meteor shower bash,
as well as 'razzleberry' brunches, moonlit bonfires, and rainbow farewells.
It is also the location of the 1st memorial tribute.

The event will feature live music entertainment
by artists who have recorded some of Larry's timeless songs:
Alicia Gill, George Coyne, Charles Ditto, Jack Mathes, Jim Stricklan, Jon Napier, Tommy Hill.
Show band includes bassist Brian "B.C." Cummings and percussionists/vocalists Alicia Gill and Leslie Stricklan.

The LARRYFEST tribute CD will be for sale, with proceeds donated to HAAM.
Other CD's with recordings by Larry Rothwell will also be available, including previously "SOLD OUT" CD's
SACK OF SONGS and OK JUST ONE MORE,
as well as special recordings from the Front Room Music vaults,
many of Larry and Jim Stricklan performing together,
as they did from Colorado to Texas for decades as themselves
and also as The Onion Creek Ramblers and The Occasional Band.

To read Larry's bio, and links to purchase Larry's CD's on-line,
please visit Larry Rothwell page.
Front Room Music also salutes Larry as one of the original
four Texan/Coloradan singer-songwriter brothers, along with Jack Mathes and the late Steve Brown.




Photo by George Phifer

HILL'S CAFE SUNSET


One of Austin's iconic eateries is closing after decades of serving and entertaining customers.
With ties to the legendary Goodnight family, Hill's opened for business in 1947.
Although I'd played songwriter open mikes in earlier years, I began performing annually at Hill's
as the featured artist with my bands of musical brothers and sisters in 2003 with "courtyard concerts"
under the magical oaks or in the cozy dining room with its vintage vibe.
Our last big show at Hill's Cafe was to a packed house on Friday night, September 7, 2018.
on the bill with neighborhood friends Mark Viator and Susan Maxey!
So many wonderful musicians have played at Hill's over the years,
including my songwriter pal Larry Rothwell, who performed his final show under the oaks at Hill's Cafe October 25th, 2008.

Hill's was a wonderful venue and one we'll remember with love and gratitude.

~Jim~




JIM & JOEY - TALE OF TWO CD
$10 with paypal

For song samples, credits and more, click here

When I first worked with Joey Colarusso, (at a 1997 recording session), he was already an enormously talented young man.
Joey had overcome a serious health challenge in his boyhood, rising to a surprising level of skill that, decades later,
would lead him to doctoral status in music--becoming a beloved teacher, husband, and father. Today, Joey loves playing
jazz and mariachi music with his students, and also with many renowned entertainers, including jazz combos, traditional
Big Band ensembles, and touring rock-a-billy rebels.

On the recording side, he is a creative, consumate professional. It's been an honor having Joey play on my albums
over the years, and a blessing to have developed a genunine friendship with such a humble, caring individual.
The JIM & JOEY CD project is a celebration of that friendship, spanning two decades,
with a curated collection of tracks from my albums, plus a pair of new recordings made this spring at
Parrot Tracks Studio in Manchaca, Texas--engineered by George Coyne.
It's my way to say THANKS to one of Texas' most gifted players, Joey Colarusso!


50 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC - A MUSICAL MEMOIR & BACKSTAGE PASS
$4.99 E-BOOK from bookbaby.com


A narrative and photographic memoir highlighting the journey of an independent performing songwriter
from the days of vinyl and intimate coffee house performance art,
into the realm of compact discs, YouTube videos, and digital downloads.
Stricklan takes you along on his adventures of writing hundreds of songs,
recording, and performing music with a stunning array of gifted friends and colleagues.
From the shores of Ambergris Caye and bayous of Louisiana, to the Texas honky tonks
and legendary coffee houses nestled in the Rocky Mountains...
this a true tale about 50 years of making music, featuring over a hundred vintage photographs.
Jim's complete discography, CD catalogue, rare posters, and a player's' honor roll are included.



FRM 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT SIMM'S IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 2016
Read more


Front Room Music as “a publishing house and song treasury” began as idea of mine in 1973, around the time I left KBPI-FM.
That’s where my musical odyssey began; playing in front rooms, back yards, and some rather amazing Denver coffee houses.
The songwriters and artists who made music then and there are forever woven into the fabric of my musical and spiritual existence.
In 1976 FRM became official, up in Colorado. That year coincided with Centennial and Bi-Centennial celebrations
and my song "No Resistance" was getting good airplay, so it seemed like an excellent time to launch Front Room Music.


EVENTS ARCHIVE:

"BACK TO THE GARDEN" YARD CONCERTS Read more
ANNUAL SHOWS AT HILL'S CAFE IN AUSTIN Read more
BERTHOUD COLORADO FARM FEST Read more
SWALLOW HILL CONCERTS IN DENVER Readmore
JIM'S 60TH BIRTHDAY at Brook Forest Inn Read more

BOOKING:
Contact us at leslie@frontroommusic.com for JIM STRICKLAN (solo or band).
We specialize in festivals, house concerts, and private events.
Jim is also a skilled narrator and does top-notch professional voice work.

and just in case you missed this great read...



MUSIC MOUNTAIN - a novel
Experience the music, mountains, mystery and romance, of the scene in 1980's Colorado.


Songwriter Justin Locke has all the talent to make it big,
yet can't seem to catch a break until a mysterious angel waltzes
into his life in a notorious mountain saloon in Evergreen, Colorado.
When a powerful music critic tries to destroy Justin's blossoming career,
a turbulent chain of events is unleashed. Driven by his passion for music,
Justin risks losing the love of his life, his friends, and even his amazing band
- on a wild, treacherous journey to the top of Music Mountain.

$15 Paper back copy



E-books available through Outskirts Press

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