Musical Mentors

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.

Dustin Welch
Dustin WelchPoeticum Filium

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.

Savannah Welch
Savannah WelchMusicum Filiam
Savannah Welch grew up in Nashville surrounded by people from all walks of the creative life. It was the acting that got to her first, and she soon distinguished herself as a very fine young actress, appearing in two Terrence Malick films as well as numerous others. Life took a somewhat unexpected turn when she joined the all-girl four-part harmony kick ass band called The Trishas, touring nationwide and recording a record of all original songs, written by all of them, under the publishing company Warner/Chappell. Once the ball started rolling Savannah wrote with a string of notables, even Hall of Famers, such as Matraca Berg, Jim Lauderdale, Gary Nicholson, Jedd Hughes, Bruce Robison, as well as with her dad and brother. She knocked down two SESAC awards for Top 10 charting records, and not only placed the song So Blue in the film Billy Bates but even appeared in it with the Trishas. A keen eye, a sharp wit, and a brilliant artist. Keep your eyes and ears out for Savannah Welch.
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ray Wylie HubbardSnake Farmer
A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” The years between then and now would see ten more studio albums and they would include guest musicians as famous as Ringo Starr.  Hubbard recently released his newest album,The Grifter’s Hymnal, to critical acclaim.  The “Wylie Lama”, as he is sometimes called these days, is currently touring across the country, but can still be still be found hosting his Americana radio program “Roots & Branches” in New Braunsfels, Texas 


Eliza Gilykson
Eliza GilyksonHardcore Folkie
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, received a Grammy nomination, and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as the Folk Alliance Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.

Walt Wilkins
Walt WilkinsBarefoot Hippie

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 Daddy Davis
Jimmy Daddy DavisShowstoppin' Rocker

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.

Jason Eady & Courtney Patton
Jason Eady & Courtney PattonPower Couple Song Masters

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.