Adler & Hearne

From the East Texas piney woods outside the rural hamlet of Winnsboro, performing songwriters LYNN ADLER and LINDY HEARNE serve up fresh harvests of homegrown music, mixed with seasoned tunes from their combined collections of original ballads and story songs.

The two met in Nashville while on solo musical journeys. Years later their paths merged in Texas, where they formed the duo Adler & Hearne. In 2008, they returned to the city where they first met to record their debut studio recording “TO THE HEART.”

Alder & Hearne

The Magills

Opposites may attract, and in many ways Matt and Megan Magill are opposites, but in some big ways they are just alike. Both have always loved to sing, play music and perform, but initially their goal was to bring glory to themselves. These days they pray that theirs is a marriage surrendered to God by His grace for His glory. But the change wasn’t, isn’t and won’t always be easy. So they keep trusting…

Matt and Megan

Growing up in western Oklahoma, Matt was accustomed to being a big fish in a small pond. His gifts and love for the spotlight soon landed him in a touring rock band, opening for national acts and playing fraternity and sorority parties everywhere I-35 would take him. Never far from any stage, Matt soon found himself starring in the rock opera, Tommy, opposite his future wife, a dazzling Tyler, Texas “triple threat” with a sharp wit and confidence in herself that rivaled Matt’s. Having drifted far from her roots Megan was a women divided between her love for God and her desire for the applause and adulation her performances brought her way. The two had met their match in one another. It shouldn’t have lasted but soon they were married.

In the fall of 2001 they moved to New York City to pursue dreams of rock n’ roll and Broadway. But the “Big Apple” soon became a backdrop for change in their lives that they could have never imagined. Far from the spotlight Matt wrestled with addictions in nameless anonymity as Megan traveled with musical theatre tours. Drifting in a friendless fog and struggling to write “music with meaning”, Matt floundered working odd jobs without purpose. Rock bottom wasn’t far off.

Soon he was arrested buying drugs on the city streets – only one of many sobering experiences that opened his eyes to the reality that his marriage was slipping through his fingers and his dreams of a music career had all but evaporated. He’d come face to face with what he now calls “the sting” of conviction. Finally broken, he came to accept “the honey”, or rather, the sweetness of God’s Grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. The Magills now have hope – or rather hope has them. God has renewed their marriage and put the songs in their hearts that they now feel called to share with all who will listen.

Their testimony is a story of renewal, and their music, a personal memoir of their failures, struggles with and victories over the temptations of this world. Woven into the genres of Gospel, Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll, their music is a shockingly vulnerable tapestry of their experiences, pitfalls and most importantly the redeeming grace of God. The Magill’s lyrics are pure — honest portrayals of their life together, written and composed by Matt. As Megan’s emotional support has played a key role in the success of their marriage in good times and in bad, her vocals add a soulful depth and an undoubted poignancy to their powerful songs.

The Magill’s style combines the country gospel of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash with the sounds of modern-day Americana. At the heart of their provocative lyrics and catchy tunes is a message of hope and redemption that remains with the listener long after the music fades.
The Magills

Preston Newberry

Six year old Preston has been performing in public since he was barely three years old.  He is often seen along the highways and byways of East Texas carrying his mandolin and sporting his sunglasses.  He recently recorded vocals for one song on Dave Sherman’s RiverSide project.

Preston has performed at:

  • Summers Mill Retreat Center in Salado, Texas
  • Edom Arts & Music Festival in Edom, Texas
  • The Texas Woodstock Festival in Winnsboro, Texas
  • Salvation Army Annual Fundraiser, Tyler TX
  • Dave Sherman’s CD Release Concert, Tyler, Texas
  • Numerous house concerts

His videos on YouTube have been viewed a few thousand times.

Dave Sherman

Dave sings about real life experiences – family, faith, work, winning the Publisher’s Clearing House and Duct Tape! Dave walks his audiences through a lifetime of creative writing.  He escorts his audiences from Mayberry to see Andy and Barney, to Alaska to witness the Gold Rush and to a hospital corridor to hear a baby girl being born.

Dave’s  songs include hard-driving blues and laid-back folk tunes.  His songs are wrapped around a voice that is as much a part of the Mississippi Delta as cotton fields and paddle wheels.  He has shared the stage with such acts as with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Livingston Taylor … and Preston.

Duct Tape Blues Run Girl Run

Plain Folks

Plain Folks really aren’t.  They are extraordinary!  Jacksonville based Plain Folks recently released their debut CD, The Plain Folks Next Door. Their audiences are always assured that this collection of doctors, lawyers and chiefs made up of Roland Brown, Sam Smith, Sue Schultze, Loren & Jerri Lykins & Randy Gorham are assembled to have a good time.

“If havin’ fun counts – we win”

-Former Plain Folk member, Kenny Knous

Neal Katz

Jewish Music in East Texas? Neal is the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Tyler, and he is also an avid folk singer/songwriter. He has two CDs of original Jewish music, and he is working on recording a CD of his folk music. His music is influenced by the modern-acoustic folk movement. Neal also produced the Tyler Tapestry Multi-Cultural Music Festival, and was involved with producing the Mud Creek Music Festival in 2006.

Neal Katz

JuanCarlos & Jeana Ureña

Latin roots in East Texas! What diversity!  World travelers Juan Carlos & Jeana Ureña have established their home in East Texas, but their musical roots are in Costa Rica.  Their high energy performances include lyrics that include positive social messages from love songs to the defense of human rights, social justice.

David Hendley

David Hendly is one of the most interesting “artists” in the East Texas area.  David in not only a talented writer and performer, he is also a full time potter.  Some say is is the original “Harry Potter”  David is a well respected potter, author, speaker and folk/blues entertainer.  His affiliations are many, including forming Ezmarelda and the Fosdic Brothers (with his wife Karen), The Extrudinaires and Hummus Atune.

David Hendley’s Farmpots Site

Johnnie Helm

Smooth picker / songwriter Johnny Helm is kicking his musical career into high gear.  His recently released CD, When I Hold Her, is packed with real life stories, dripping with emotion.  He also covers that important country topic, trains.  Johnnie’s live performances often include angelic harmonies provided by wife, Trisha.

Johnnie’s technical knowledge also supports the production of music by other musical artists in the area.

Shaun Groves

Former Rocketown Records Alumni.  Shaun’s debut CD release soared to No.1 nationally on adult contemporary Christian playlist with Welcome Home. Tyler boy does good! Shaun’s Invitation to Eavesdrop CD was nominated for 5 Dove Awards.

Shaun Groves