Craig Calvert has
left a lasting mark on the Texas music scene. Born in Houston, Texas,
Calvert was a founding member of Wheatfield
and St. Elmo’s Fire, who were repeatedly featured at the Kerrville
Folk Festival and also appeared on Austin City Limits. The
bands toured extensively and were featured regularly at the Armadillo
World Headquarters in Austin and Liberty Hall in Houston.
his early days in the music business, Craig has founded and performed in
many different bands including: Wheatfield,
, Calvert/Bell, CPR, The Craig Calvert Group, Monday
Night Live, The Sweaters, Hotcakes,
Cadillac Cowboys, Murphy’s
Britt & Red Dawg,
He co-founded the
Austin Songwriters Group and is a sought-after collaborator and
advisor for established players as well as up-and-coming talent. Craig
sat on the Board Of Governors for the Texas chapter of The Grammys, and
is an active member of the American
Federation of Musicians (AFM #433), the American Society of
Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and owns a publishing company called Calvertunes.
has even delved into the fine arts, spearheading and co-writing the
musical production of three critically acclaimed ballets: Caliban,
Rasputin and Bermuda Triangle. The productions were
performed by Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Dallas
Ballet, Ft Worth Ballet and other national touring companies.
has written in many genres including: folk, bluegrass, rock, pop, jazz and Americana tunes.
Though the styles may differ
from song to song, the common thread is Calvert’s clever turn of
phrase coupled with melodies and grooves that stay with you long after
the song is over.
Through the years,
Calvert’s tunes have appeared on many recordings including Lyle
Lovett’s Grammy nominated, ‘Step Inside This House’ and
Fishing In America’s classic 'Over The Limit’. He
recently released CPR
Resuscitated by Calvert, Powell and Resnick and Pass
The Chicken Wine by Murphy's InLaws.
and Connie Mims have just released the self-titled CD called Wheatfield. The CD
includes tracks from a never before released,1975
recording session and carefully selected cuts from Wheatfield's appearance
a year later on Austin City Limits.
"T-Bird" Jackson was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. At
the age of six he began to take an interest in music, teaching himself
to play basic chords and melodies on a small electric organ.
In 1963, inspired by the arrival of The Beatles, Mike
learned to play the guitar, started a trio called the Cucarachas,
and has been playing music in some form ever since.
Playing his guitar to help pay for his education,
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from
the University of Texas and decided to make Austin his home. Immediately
following graduation he toured with singer/songwriter Alex
Harvey, the author of ‘Delta Dawn’ and ‘Reuben
James’. Michael then founded the band Your Move and
toured for seven years playing at clubs and parties around Texas. In
1981, Your Move served as hosts for the popular Monday Night
Live show at Steamboat on Austin's Sixth Street. In
1984, Your Move disbanded but subsequently landed a "house
gig" at a new Sixth Street nightspot called Anchovies and
re-formed under the name Duck Soup. For the next four years,
Michael entertained at Anchovies three nights a week while
carrying on a successful real estate sales career as one of the original
sales agents for nationally franchised Keller-Williams Realty.
In October of 1988 Mike joined Hotcakes-America's Band, helping
create a sound that leans heavily on vocal harmonies and a wide variety
of musical styles. Today, Hotcakes plays almost exclusively
at corporate parties and has traveled from Los Angeles, California to
Zurich, Switzerland. The band also performs in different
incarnations under the umbrella of Hotcakes Entertainment, such
as Murphy's InLaws, in which Mike and his partner and
co-owner, Craig Calvert, team up as a duo. In 2003, Murphy¹s
InLaws released their first CD, titled Pass
The Chicken Wine.
During his spare time in 1993 and 1994, Michael worked with the
American Institute For Learning/Creative Rapid Learning Center, teaching
performance and recording skills to at-risk youth. The
project-based learning program called Tribes achieved its main
goal in the spring of 1994 when Mike's students produced a CD containing
their own original material. He is also the President of Blind Hog
Audio Services and is very active in the commercial jingle industry.
He has produced and performed jingles at the local, regional
and national levels. Blind Hog is currently under contract
with publishers Holt, Rinehart & Winston (HRW) as an audio
editor for their audio textbook series.
During the course of a long, successful musical career,
Michael has become known for his ability to sing and play many
different styles. He is bilingual and can write and sing