The musicians listed below have participated as guest teachers in the past; they also all live in the neighborhood, so they’ve been known to pop in for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine from time to time.
A Nashville native, Dustin grew up around some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the music industry. At an early age, he was exposed to the literary value of song form, and formed his own unique style of storytelling. In 2009, after relocating to Austin, Dustin released his first album titled, Whisky Priest. He encountered solid recognition for his talent and hard driving musical and lyric style, becoming an instant Austin notable. Nowadays, he tours with his band throughout the southwest, and has a new record entitled Tijuana Bible. The highlight of his active schedule is hosting two weekly songwriting and guitar workshops in Austin and San Marcos for Armed Forces veterans for a program called Soldier Songs and Voices. It’s inspiring. It’s a beautiful thing.
San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans, and he is, and has, all of that. His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that). He’s put his magical touch on recordings by new and veteran artists, too many to count. Is he near done? Hasn’t he done it all? Double hell no.
Jimmy Davis was playing the guitar and singing and getting PAID for it at the age of 9. He went on to perform on Hee Haw and The Grand Ol Opry at age 22 and by 26, he released a QMI/MCA album called Kick the Wall by Jimmy Davis & Junction. For the last 30 years Jimmy has been writing, recording and performing as a solo artist and as a member of bands all over the US and Europe. His writing is poignant, his vocals are unparalleled, but it’s the heart and soul he pours into each and every performance that makes a Jimmy Davis concert an experience you won’t forget.
Although country music was Eady’s first love, he was exposed to the musical stew of the lower Delta — blues, soul, R&B and primal swamp rock — while growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. Eady was performing in local bars by the time he was 14, singing and playing guitar. With multiple solo albums and songwrting credits that include such country music notables as Micky & the Motorcars, The Trishas, Owen Temple, and more, Eady has become a fixture on the Texas music scene. Courtney Patton has spent the last few years building her lifelong passion into a real career. Touring steadily, writing constantly, and singing her heart out onstage and on record, she’s become a welcome discovery for listeners who’ve found their way to her sweet and soulful take on classic country music.