One of my dearest Texas friends is western author and musician, Mike Blakely. The talent in this man is phenomenal. A few years ago, Mike made the decision to step away from being a 'cover band' and work hard on his own music. He's done it in a big way.
I can't pick a favorite CD or single. Every thing the man writes and sings weaves a spell. His latest cd - The Rarest of the Breed has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Texas Music community and Mike is up for Entertainer of the Year! You can check out the list of other nominees at http://www.texasmusicawards.org/
When not writing music, Mike is penning novels. His career began with western novels and he has been the recipient of the Spur Award - given by Western Writers of America. In September of 2008, he released A Tale Out of Luck, co-written with Texas music legend Willie Nelson. He is currently working on his first non-western novel which he is co-writing with Kenny Rogers.
Mike is genuine cowboy talent. Next time you find yourself down Marble Falls way, look for a crowd of people and good music. Chances are Mike and his friends are in the center of the mix.
Stop by his website http://www.mikeblakely.com/ Pick up a CD or two. And while you're at it, drop him a note. He loves to hear from his fans.