Saturday at HoustonFest dawned chilly and damp with a cold mist filling the air. This is bad juju for cameras, so not many early pictures, although during the day the sky lifted with the sun breaking through around 3:00 PM, although the spirit of the event wasn't dampened and the music was always good.
Samantha and Zeb Snyder have moved from being cute kids, to young prodigies, to seasoned performers without losing their huge appeal. Their range has been increasing as they seek new ways to challenge themselves musically. Zeb's singing voice has improved significantly and his instrumental versatility is broad and deep. Samantha, still has a youngish, although maturing voice. She plays several different fiddle styles with grace and skill. On Saturday they introduced some superlative swing material I hadn't heard before as well as playing with a number of other musicians in interesting ways. Their performances are always informed by significant musical intelligence.
Steve Barr: Houston's First Banjo Teacher
Rhonda Vincent Cooks with Chef Paul Farrar
The Four Virginia Luthiers
Jimmy Edmunds, Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, Spencer Strickland
Virginia Luthiers with
Helen White & Daniel Greeson
In the Picking Zoo
The Multi-Generational Nature of Traditional Music
Jam in the Petting Zoo
Kenneth, Hayden and Tess
2013 Houston Caldwell Scholarship Recipients