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John Arthur Martinez & Mike Blakely

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Western Edge is proud to present John Arthur Martinez and Mike Blakely for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Come out and DRINK, DANCE & DINE with Mikey and John Arthur, at Western Edge on Main!

Bring the gang to enjoy Mike for an evening of soulful singing, hot home cooking, and thirst quenching cocktails down at The Edge. We’ve expanded are space, increased our stage, and we have plenty of dance floor for your boots to scoot across.

From Mike’s website:

Award-winning novelist and singer/songwriter Mike Blakely has published 18 books, released by major New York Citypublishers. Mike’s most recent release is titled A Song To Die For,released November, 2014. Among his last few releases were co-writes: One with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), and the other with Kenny Rogers, titled “What Are the Chances” (released Sept. 2013).  

As a performing songwriter, Mike has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe.  His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, Debbi Walton and others. He is currently working in the studio on his next CD.

A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas atAustin.  He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995.  One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995.  Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.

Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year. 

Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties.  His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.

“Having celebrated our house concert anniversary with the seventh show by Mike, we can only attest that it just keeps getting better and better!  I’ll personally guarantee it to be one of the musical highlights of your life!” – Paula Reynolds, Hilltop House Concerts,Kerrville, TX.

“Blakely is a consummate artist whose superb ability to capture an audience only serves to highlight his songwriting skills… which approach brilliance.” – Buddy Case, “The Loft,” Enola, AR

“Mike helped us establish our restaurant as a major music venue in the Hill Country of Texas. He has produced a weekly concert series for us for over eight years, consistently packing the house show after show. We have been named “Best Live Music Venue” four years in a row thanks to his efforts.  He is an established talent, a huge asset to our business and a real pro.” – Paul Brady, Owner of River City Grille,Marble Falls, TX.

From John Arthur’s Website:

AUSTIN, Texas — In 2004, on the heels of his second-place finish on the TV talent competition Nashville Star, singer-songwriter john Arthur martinez released an album titled Lone Starry Night, which climbed to No. 49 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2015, he’s reaching for the stars again, so to speak, with the Feb. 15 release of If Stars Could Sing on his own JAM Records label.

Martinez has traveled the world, sharing stages with artists from Dwight Yoakam to Elton John. But his favorite place is his home in Marble Falls, outside of Austin, where he has established the annual FiestaJAM festival to raise funds for local music education programs. He received much of his music education at the famed Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, where he honed his songwriting chops alongside fellow alums Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Bruce Robison and Hal Ketchum, among others, while attending college. Bruce’s brother, Charlie, later suggested Martinez audition for TV’s Nashville Star; he wound up beating Miranda Lambert for second place. 

By then, Martinez had already established a reputation for drawing on his Texas roots and Mexican-American heritage to craft songs rich with Southwest imagery and influences. That’s hardly surprising, considering he started publishing his poetry at age 9. (His use of inverted letter cases is a nod to favorite poet e.e. Cummings and to the middle name he’s used since attending kindergarten with too many kids named John.) Though Martinez never got around to using his English/journalism degree to teach writing, as originally planned, it’s safe to say keeping his eye on the sky has proven to be a fine alternative.

Read more at John Arthur’s Website and Mike’s Website


February 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Western Edge Cellars
228 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States

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