LSP Band

Howdee...I'm Wayne-o Martin and your tour guide.  It's been a fun ride all the way back to jamming on the porch at Honey Creek with Steve Sellers and becoming "DOS PICKERZ" in '96.  We changed the name and now it's 21 years LATER & we are STILL having fun and the LONE STAR PICKERZ is still pickin for crowds in South Texas~

 

 Ryan Goeth!  

Wayne-o SINGIN AND PICKIN AT 11TH STREET COWBOY BAR IN BANDERA!  IT'S ALWAYS KOOL TO PLAY THE BIG STAGE @ 11TH STREET!

Wayne-o and his 1980 D-35 C.F. MARTIN guitar

Your tour guide, Wayne-o Martin at LEON SPRINGS DANCE HALL...a HONKY & TONKY BIG TIME DANCE HALL on I-10 in San Antonio

Wayne-o from a Fall 2013 LEON SPRINGS DANCEHALL gig in San Antonio...

Wayne-o sittin in with SLIM ROBERTS and the TEXAS WEATHER BAND!  That's SLIM on Fiddle,  DON PACK on Steel and REUBEN PRESAS on Drums.  Slim (RIP) had a terrific band and good long time saddle Palz!  

 

 

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Pickin' on the deck of SHADE TREE SALOON in Spring Branch!

Another TASTE OF THE HILLS event picture of Wayne-o.

some of our very FIRST "IRRITATIONS"

 BIG FUN WEDDING in FALL 2009...cowboy style!  Angie looks great, huh!

LETS DANCE!!!!!

 The Buverde-Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce fundraising annual event held in the Fall is the TASTE OF THE HILLS event.   2010 will be our 5th year of being the exclusive band for this prestigious event. 

LONE STAR PICKERZ playing a Fall 2009 Wedding near Victoria. In 2012 Conrad moved on except in select events, and Walt "Tooter" Ripps has rejoined the band as our bassist & vocalist and supreme sound techie!  Adios Connie, Bon Voyage, Welcome Tooter!

1973, living in Austin and Wayne-o was there with Kay....youngsters just 2 years out of High School.  That day we only had BEER to drink and it was 105 in the shade...but there WASN'T any shade....I paid $20. to someone who put up a parachute as a tent to sit in his shade...many many fine bands of the era played that day & night....

I think...

This was our second LSP logo that Mr. Pat Austin created for me in 1997.  Pat was not only an NFL Pro lineman for the K.C. Chiefs, he was a famous graphic artist.  You have seen Pat's work around S.A. (Frost Bank and many many more), and the WORLD (NASA...yup the one on the side of the rockets, etc without the side bar in the letter "A").  Pat is gone now, but he was my pal and a great artist and Dad.  Pat also created my Martin Marketing logo.

These folks have been following the band for years.  We call them PICKERHEADZ!  These Palz of the LONE STAR PICKERZ band are Darleen & Ron, who are converted TEXAS Kerr-Verts (Kerrville residents) who were originally from Minnesota.  She is always a sharp-dressed cutie-pie, and he is a handsome Nordic type who just got his foot stepped on (see his eyes light up?) They are wonderful folks, like all of our PICKERHEADZ. We usually get to visit with them at 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera on steak nights.  You too can become a PICKERHEAD!  Just send Wayne-o an e-mail and we will put you on our PICKERHEADZ e-mail list too.

 1968 Wayne's ROCK & ROLL BAND...the ACOUSTIC NERVE!

 After 17 years at TEXAS 46 playin once a month...this is ADIOS FOREVER night....

LSP Band 2

LOOKIN BACK!!!!   In May 1996 Steven O. Sellers (of KONO Radio) said "Lets go to HONEY CREEK to a jam session, Dude".  Off we went...and we got hired by Kelly as a duo. It's been a helluva ride since! Bill played bass alternating with Buddy Braun and finally Joe Hargus. Steve left DOS PICKERZ soon for his KONO radio gig where he worked on-air weekends. Thomas Lowry replaced him on lead and gadzooks..played with the LSP Band 21 yearz until he retired!

This is what the band might have looked like.... 120 years earlier!

LOOKIN BACK!!!  This was from one of the early gigs...1997

LOOKIN BACK!!!  1994  Wayne-o & THE IRRITATIONS

(thanks to Deborah Kay Braun for the use of the title)

LOOKIN BACK!!!   The LONE STAR PICKERZ shot in 2004 at the historic CABERET DANCE HALL.  This venue and stage has hosted the who's who of COUNTRY music since 1936 in Bandera TX,  COWBOY CAPITOL OF THE WORLD!  Pictured are LSP Band Alumni Tooter Ripps on Bass, Thomas Lowry on Lead & John Damaini on drumz.

LOOKIN BACK!!!   LSP Circa 2000...with ALUMNI CONRAD "CONNY" GOETH on BASS & VOCALS, Thomas Lowry on Lead and John Damaini on Drums~from a BIG Polish Wedding gig at Port Lavaca, TX

MARCH 31st 2007 LSP OPENS FOR MARSHALL TUCKER BAND

LOOKIN BACK!!!   JOE HARGUS died in 2008 and he was a member of DOS PICKERZ which later became LONE STAR PICKERZ.  He taught Thomas and Wayne-o alot of stuff and was a warm, talented and brilliant human...we will never forget him..REST IN PEACE JOE........WE MISS YOU

First Jamm of Bob Edwards + Wayne Martin    later to become

THE HILLWILLIAMS Duo / in Creede Colorado......2001

Wayne-o & Bob Edwards~ THE HILL WILLIAMS in Creede Colorado

Bob is gone now, but he is enshrined in the California Western Swing Hall of Fame!  This OKIE  created some verrrry SWEEEEET sounds from that fiddle!  Our DUO lasted 6 years and we were BROTHERS in music.  I miss this ol Boy!

Wayne-o & Saddle Pal Bob Edwards and posing after a July 2009 duo gig in Creede, Colorado as the HILLWILLIAMS!  This is our 3rd year. Big, Big Fun!

LOOKING BACK!!!  We had the privilege of having Mr. Slim Roberts...one of AMERICA's brightest talents on vocals and his fine fiddle play some gigz with us over the years!  Past bands? TEX RITTER in the late 40's! Last Band? SLIM ROBERTS and TEXAS WEATHER BAND!  Slim has sadly passed on..but now he is BACK playing with TEX!!) Pictured along with Slim are LSP Band Alumni Tooter Ripps on Bass, Thomas Lowry on Lead and John Damaini on Drumz.

This is Wayne's Great Grandfathers grave in Palo Pinto, Texas. Wayne's Great Grandfather, Charles C Martin was assigned to Company C of the 9th Battalion, Missouri Sharpshooters, Confederate States of America. They fought in the Trans Mississippi campaigns.

Pickerheadz & Irritations

Lois & Thomas....#1 PICKERHEADZ & Dancers!

PICKERHEADZ DeLUXE!!  CHUCK & ANNIE HAS BEEN LOYAL PICKERHEADZ FOR MANY YEARZ AND WE LOVE EM!  ANNIE PLAYZ A MEAN TAMBORINE AND HAS SAT IN WITH THE LSP BAND MANY NIGHTZ!

ONLY at 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera....do PICKERHEADZ arrive horseback!

Irritations from HELOTES CORNYVAL 2007

TEXAS 46 Irritations

Texas 46 Irritations...nice dredz Wayne-o

Texas 46 Irritations.....just in from Vegas!

LOIS & THOMAS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL PICKERHEADZ ALSO FOR MANY YEARZ.  LOVE EM BOTH!

Irritations @ 11th Street

Irritations @ 11th Street---nice hair Sherri!

11TH STREET COWBOY BAR in Bandera IRRITATIONS!

WACKY IRRITATIONS Howlin at the moon to HONKY TONK WOMEN AT 11TH STREET!

Chuck "The Bucket" & Sherri...DANCERZ?PICKERHEADZ?  YUP!

ONCE A MONTH FOR 17 YEARZ WE PLAYED TEXAS 46 Bar & Grill UNTIL IT CLOSED after the death of the owner, Gary Stebbens.  THE LSP BAND ENJOYED MANY FUN NIGHTS @ 46!  This is another Saturday night at Texas 46 and as usual, when the LONE STAR PICKERZ played...it was PACKED!

Cheri & Barry.....They met at Texas 46 in 04, fell in love dancing to our band.  Then, when the wedding bells rang, we played for the reception...they are STILL dancing at Texas 46 and still in LOVE 3 years later!

Thomas "Mr. T" Lowry and assorted Irritations

Wayne-o & Irritations...you go grrrrl!

What a night!~  What a crowd! ~ Lovlee Irritations!

THE IRRITATIONS (from a VFW gig)

Musical Hero's

ALAN JACKSON-Georgia's Best! Jeff Simonson covers "Pop a Top"

Wayne-o's ex-partner and Pal...Bill Mack..songwriter DeLuxe and Country DJ CMA Hall of Fame legend...Bill is a Grammy winner for "BLUE" (Lee Ann Rhymes) and hit writer of....."DRINKING CHAMPAGNE" (George Strait and many more)

~BROOKS & DUNN~ Wayne-o covers "Boot Scootin Boogie" and "Neon Moon", both are dancers fav's.

A native TEXAN from Sherman, TX.  Buck changed Country & WESTERN music forever.  He hired Merle Haggard to play in his band, and invented the "Bakersfield Sound".  Wayne-o salutes him with a trilogy he calls a BUCK-A THON

More Hero's

Charlie Pride..a Missisippi native, and for many years a Dallas TX resident.  Wayne-o covers "Mountain Of Love" and  Jeff Simonson covers "All I Have to Offer You Is Me"

      Chuck Berry ....St. Louis' BEST!    Ever seen this cat do the DUCKWALK??  Wayne-o covers "Sei La Vie" 

David Allen Coe from Dallas TX.  Wayne-o covers the standard Country sing-a-long "You Never Even Called Me By My Name"

Delbert McClinton HAILS from Fort Worth!  This Man WAILS and has for 40 + years!!!  Wayne-o covers "Sending Me Angels" and "Old Weakness"

Patsy Cline & Don Gibson...2 of Country Music's best!  Wayne covers Don's "Sea of Heartbreak" plus Patsy's (and Bob Wills) "Faded Love" .

A Kentucky boy with Bakersfield BUCK-COUNTRY soul. Wayne-o covers "Thousand Miles From Nowhere"

The early 60's BEATLES changed music forever!  Wayne-o covers "All My Lovin" plus "Act Naturally"

The MARSHALL TUCKER BAND circa 1977....We opened for them at 11th Street Cowboy Bar in 2007.  What a world class band they are in today's version of the original.  FANTASTIC SHOW!

Darrell McCall...We opened for Darrell at CORNYVAL two years running...What a TREAT!  This Man has UNBELIEVABLE Pipes and a GREAT SHOW! 

R.I.P. Mr. Les Paul & Mr. Chet Atkins..two of the BEST PICKERZ EVER!

RAY BENSON & ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL~9 time Grammy Award Winning Band....  It was our honor to open for them at 11th Street Cowboy Bar in 2007.  

From San Angelo TX, Ernest Tubbs spent 50 years on the OPRY!  Wayne-o covers "Waltz Across Texas" and "Walking The Floor Over You"

This is Jim Phillips' band ( he is far left holding the guitar and lead singer).  Jim, who is deceased, was Wayne-o's uncle who taught him how to play guitar and loaned him pro gear to be in a High School rock band in the late 60's. Forever and ever his hero!.

Wayne-o doin VEGAS the RIGHT way....YEAH BABY!!!

The Eagles were one of the first bands in the 70's that blurred the lines between Rock and Roll and Country.  Impeccable harmonies and well written songs have kept them booked world wide in enormous venues for over 3 decades!  Wayne-o does Love Will Keep Us Alive.

 Waylon Jenning once sang "When You're Down In TEXAS , Bob Wills is STILL the King!  Still is!!!!!!  Tom Strauch sings Take Me Back To Tulsa and Wayne-o sings Faded Love, Roly Poly & Maidens Prayer

BUCK OWENS & THE BUCKAROOS, NEW YORK CITY MID 60's   

1967-1970 WAYNE-O WAS IN "THE ACOUSTIC NERVE".  THIS WAS A ROCK BAND BASED IN HURST & KELLER TEXAS.  THOSE BOYS LOVED JIMI HENDRIX, CREAM, IRON BUTTERFLY, ROLLING STONES, DOORS, BEATLES AND MORE.  RONNIE HEDGE WAS THE OTHER KELLER COUNTRY KID ON DRUMS.  RONNIE USED TO PAINT DAY GLO BAND LOGO ON HIS BASS DRUM COVERS(DOUBLE BASS!) AND WE ALWAYS HAD BLACK LIGHTS ON STAGE WITH US ON STAGE!   HE BECAME A WORLD FAMOUS WESTERN SCENERY & WILDLIFE PAINTER!  I LOST TRACK OF THE THREE HURST BOYS IN THE BAND LONG AGO....SAD, BECAUSE THEY WERE MONSTER MUSICIANS AND PART OF THE MOST FUN TIME IN MY LIFE.....

OK...I have worked out our 4 week summer tour....but don;t tell the band

...these venues in New Mexico and Colorado are surprises!!!!!  Oy Veh!

OK...I have worked out our 4 week summer tour....but don't tell the band

...these venues in New Mexico and Colorado are surprises!!!!!  WEEK 2!

OK...I have worked out our 4 week summer tour....but don;t tell the band

...these venues in New Mexico and Colorado are surprises!!!!!  WEEK 3!

OK...I have worked out our 4 week summer tour....but don;t tell the band

...these venues in New Mexico and Colorado are surprises!!!!!  FINAL WEEK!

The other news?  All 4 members of the Lone Star Pickerz band AND our gassy sound man, Lester, will be staying in my travel trailer for 4 weeks....oh, what fun it is to be in a band   in a one horse smelly RV.

No doubt!   Go see MARK at GUITAR TEX on McCullough

in San Antonio today...ask for a C.F. Martin for EXTRA hotness!

Heaven....complete with a 5 pound bass on every cast!

also part of my heavenly backyard....

part of my daydreams of heaven...

Headwaters Saloon is in Harper TX North and East of Kerrville in the REAL hill country....it's always a PARTY there....call and bring a group out, they rent beautiful new cabins right there on the property....you could crawl home after our gig!

This is the kind of stuff what we have to compete with for your attention weekly!!!

Buddy & Wayne-o

Lester, our future sound Man ( and teen age Palz with Wayne-o) cuttin a rug in Bandera at 11th Street Cowboy Bar (that poor unnamed lady) dancing to the LONE STAR PICKERZ.   LESTER!!! Get back to workin SOUND!

 

HERO's

ALWAYS check out the band you open for BEFORE commiting to a gig! ( Lesson to Wayne-o.)..

From TURKEY, TX..BOB WILLS...He still IS the KING!  Wayne-o covers San Antonio Rose on Mandolin and Faded Love, plus Roly Poly too~

JIMMY BUFFETT...Wayne-o has been a PARROT HEAD for 35 years! Allllllllllrighty Where are those special and fabulous ladies we like to call "The IRRITATIONS"?  It's time to sing MARGARITAVILLE again!  Got your salt shakerz handy?

Charlie Daniels....ALL AMERICAN PICKER & Fiddler!  Thomas covers   "The South Is Gonna Do It Again" and folks just can't be still. 

Don & Phil Everly....HARMONY LIKE NO OTHERS!  John and Wayne-o cover the fine duet "Let It Be Me"...

Don Rich, Buck Owens lead guitarist/fiddler and vocalist Soul Brother ...Don had a unique style that influenced MANY on the FENDER TELECASTER guitar.  He is now singing HARMONY with BUCK again...in HEAVEN!

Will there ever be another KING?  NOPE!  Wayne-o covers "Don't Be Cruel" and on special dates "TRILOGY".

Our Texas Treasure has left this world.  Who's gonna fill his shoes???  Mr. GEORGE JONES.....many have tried to emulate him, but no one can.  From the GOLDEN TRIANGLE of TEXAS...Vidor, TX  We will miss you, Possum!   Wayne-o covers "He Stopped Loving Her Today", "She Thinks I Still Care" and  "The Race Is On".

GEORGE STRAIT...only 60 # 1 HITS?  WOW!!!!! And he lives in the Dominion in San Antonio!  Wayne-o covers "Write This Down", "Amarillo By Morning", "The Big One" and a couple more. George is LIVING COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY, and he is STILL WRITING IT!

HANK.....The absolute very best!  Never ever will we see the likes of him again!!  Thomas & Wayne-o covers alot of the Hank songbook, including the all time classic "Your Cheating Heart", "Jambalaya" and "Take These Chains".

JERRY LEE LEWIS,  CARL PERKINS, JOHNNY CASH AND ELVIS PRESLEY in the SUN STUDIO in Memphis, 1958...Million $ talent???  Naaa try BILLION DOLLAR TALENT

Oswald Trio...KILLER TALENT!

RICKY NELSON....In any language....enormous talent!

WILLIE....TEXAS BEST!    Wayne-o covers the Townes Van Zandt penned song / Willie and Merle hit "Pancho & Lefty". 

Faron Young...the Singin Sheriff....Wayne-o covers "Wine Me Up" and croons out a WALTZ with Faron's "Four In The Morning", one of his many many hits

Eric Clapton...from early days with CREAM to Derick & the Dominos...to his stellar solo career, this Englishman has always been a BLUES MAN!  Thomas covers "Wonderful Tonight" and "Before You Acuse Me".

Guy Clark...born in  Monahans, TX and raised near Corpus Christi this is one of Americas brightest songwriters and someone Wayne-o slammed on the brakes of his rent car to meet on 16th Avenue in Nashtown....

Jerry Jeff  Walker..or as some know him....ol Jacky Jack.  What a songwriter!!  How about "Mr. Bojangles" which Wayne-o covers.  JJW is a FOUNDING Father of the original Austin TEXAS Country sound and put Luckenback Texas on the map long before Waylon's song did!

Joe Ely...Another founder of the original Austin TEXAS music sound and he's from Lubbock!  That West Texas red dirt can sure grow some musicians and songwriters!  He also is a member of the Flatlanders.  Wayne-o covers "I Had My Hopes Up High"

John Prine...His vocals are definately unique, and John is one of the most brilliant songwriters ever...many have covered his songs including George Strait's "Write This Down"

Keith Urban from Australia.  This boy writes well, sings incredibly and is a smokin' telecaster player, and his wife ain;t bad either...Nicole Kidman.  Wayne-o covers "Your Everything"

Keith Whitley....amazing musician, singer and songwriter.....and proof that whiskey can kill you...a bright star that flamed out way too early.  Wayne-o covers "Don't Close Your Eyes".

Lee Roy Parnell....from Abilene, Texas...great performer, singer and slide guitarist MASTER!  Thomas covers "Knock Yourself Out"

Lefty Frizzell....an original TEXAS singer songwriter....He and Hank Williams toured, roomed and partied together for a long time.   They were both huge Country music hitmakers in the very early 50's at the same time, so they swapped out who would open for who night after night!  Wayne-o covers "Always Late".

Leon Payne from San Antonio, Texas was a brilliant songwriter as well as performer at the national level. His song "I Love You Because" has been covered by many legendary artists including Elvis Presley.  His Granddaughter Pam is a Pal of Wayne-o's daughter.  Wayne-o covers a WALTZ Leon wrote called "You've Still Got A Place In My Heart"

Marty Robbins was a true WESTERN singer and fantastic songwriter as well as performer.  "El Paso"  "Big Irons" were two of his biggest  "Western" hits, yet "My Woman, My Woman My Wife" and "Devil Woman" which Wayne-o covers, proved he could write about LOVE too.

Merle Haggard. Mighty, Mighty Merle may be Country musics BEST since the 60's!  Sing....write...perform...unmatched in quality and quantity!  Wayne-o covers several including  "Silver Wings" "Mama Tried", "The Fugitive"and "The Bottle Let Me Down".  Thomas plays some signature licks in his own unique style.

Radney Foster is a Del Rio, Texas native and is one of the brightest Texas Singer Songwriters that emerged in the 90's.  Thomas covers "Just Call Me Lonesome" that is a great 2 step tune!

Ray Charles....Rhythm & Blues, Oldies Rock & Roll, Country and more...there wasn't anything he couldn't sing and play well.  Wayne-o covers "You Don't Know Me" a wonderful Cindy Walker written tune, and it is a slow dancing favorite.

Ray Price is from East Texas and has quite a history!  He would take the stage for Hank Williams and perform Hank's songs with the Drifting Cowboys as an 18 year old young Man when Hank was "incapacitated"..  Later he started his own band the Cherokee Cowboys with an enormous string of hits!  His band has an alumni list of the Who's Who in Country music including Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Darrel McCall, Johnny Paycheck and many more. Wayne-o covers his fantastic hits including "Crazy Arms" , Heartaches By The Number" and "Invitation To The Blues", "Burning Bridges"..and more!

The Rolling Stones, AKA...the Stones, Mick & The Boys....they wrote ROCK & ROLL history....and they are still writing today!  John & Wayne-o sings their hit as a duet,  "Time Is On My Side", a favorite of dancers and Pickerheadz!

Roy Orbison from West Texas is an enormous inflence on all music since the 50's.  Elvis called him "The BEST singer alive".  Wayne-o covers "Pretty Woman", always a favorite and distintive song from  John's first drum beat!

Vince Gill....an OKIE with a TEXAS soul!  Man, this guy has it ALL!  Plays his Fender Telecaster at Master Elite level, writes unbelievably well, and sings in that tenor voice some of the most moving balads you will ever hear!  Plus, Vince has a great sense of humor and what a history from vocals/lead guitar in  both Pure Prarie League, and the Emmy Lou Harris band and his own GREAT works since the 80's. Thomas does a great job on "One More Last Chance"

Leon Rausch and the TEXAS PLAYBOYS!  We had the pleasure to be an opening band for this historic and wonderful musical group in September 08.  Bob Wills would be PROUD of these guys!  Wayne=o sings "Faded Love", "Maidon's Prayer" and "Roly Poly".

These ladies are some of the CLASSIEST and BEST LOOKIN' IRRITATIONS EVER in our 12 year LONE STAR PICKERZ history~ We are booked for the APRIL 2009 gig now!  VERRRRRRRRRY KOOL!

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