Things to do: Gary P. Nunn At The Heights Theater

Gary Gary P. Nunn and The Lost Gonzo Forever The Topography of Texas Music. They, along with Michael Martin Murphy and Jerry Jeff Walker, sparked a global cowboy movement centered around the world’s armadillo headquarters in Austin. Together, they created a place where hippies and nerds could finally agree on something, music.

Gary B. Nunn will perform in Houston on Friday, July 22 at the Heights Theater with the opening of Summer Dean. “It’s one of the places that showcases our kind of music and we’re glad they’re staying open and doing business,” Nunn says of his return to the heights.

Noun and his family moved to Texas from Oklahoma when he was in sixth grade, which he kindly describes as “the happiest day of my life.” Apparently Nunn was born for the Lone Star State as he quickly fell in love with the big schools, sports teams, pools and definitely “the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen” as he says in his well-known song “London Homesick Blues.”

Only a few years later he fell in love with the music here too. “By the time I was in eighth grade, we started a small band. We won a talent show and I’ve been in a band ever since except for the little three-month period in 1979,” he says, referring to the dissolution of Lost Gonzo Band.

“At certain times, things got a little weird with Jerry Jeff and we set out there,” he says of the group’s breakup with Walker after a New Year’s Eve show in Houston. “We did about two years or so making records for RCA and Capital and traveling around and in this case we kind of lost focus and drifted apart. Everyone has different interests.”

His bandmates, Bob Livingston and John Enmon, immersed themselves in Hinduism, which led them to travel with their families to India, and Noun stayed in Texas focusing on what he knew.

“I was glad to stay with the kind of music that got us where we were, and that was Cosmic Cowboy, a mix of country, rock and folk that seemed to fit in with our Texan culture, so I chose to stick with that Texas singer-songwriter thing,” he says.

Nunn was trying to find his next step in those few months without a band when steel pedal player Mike Hardwicke arrived from Tempe, Arizona and asked if Nunn was looking for a backup band.

“So these guys moved in here and we made a band and that’s what got me started on my own. I made a record called Nobody but me Because that’s how it was, there was no one but me at that time,” Nan describes.

Nunn never hesitates to give credit to Murphy Walker for helping him establish his audience base and a solo career which he describes as having “slow and steady growth” over the years with a focus on “Texas Happy Music”.

Hardwicke is reunited with Noun and will join him on the Houston show. “He’s really the foundation that helped me get started and keep going, so it’s great that he’s back after all those years.”

Last year, Nunn also reunited with The Lost Gonzo Band for the first time in nine years to perform at Gruene Hall where they sold the joint. They went on to play Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion in March of this year for a special performance where they were joined by Michael Martin Murphy for what can only be described as a magical experience.

“We had our differences at the time but it all just went away. Everyone is really helpful and kind. We get in there, do rehearsals and prepare our shows and have fun with it.”

“We had our differences at the time but it all just went away. Everyone is really helpful and kind. We get in there, do rehearsals and prepare our shows and have fun with it.”

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Just one year shy of the 50th anniversary of the famous Jerry Jeff Walker Viva Terlingua Album recorded directly in Luckenbach, Texas The Lost Gonzo Band will reunite to play the same historic town on Saturday, July 30.

The band now features the original three players along with Walker drummer Freddy Steady Krk and Steve Lane on guitar and David Webb on keyboard to recreate the rich sounds by the late Kelly Dunn on the original recordings.

The Cosmic Cowboy movement and music were undoubtedly a cherished and distinguished period in Texas music and beyond. It can feel as if its roots are fading with the deaths of those involved, including Walker who passed away in 2020.

“It affected me a lot,” Nan says of losing his friend. “I wasn’t expecting it to affect me in this way but I figured it did. We haven’t been close for years and years, but I always made sure to keep in touch with him and wish him the best,” he says, describing how the two men would eventually text back And forth their love and admiration for each other.

Nunn is keen to pay tribute and tell stories about his longstanding friendships and collaborations with artists like Walker, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and others during his solo shows. “I’m getting a really great response to that. Towards the end of the show, I started to delve into the songs of the ’70s and the people who gathered around the stage and stuck to every word,” he says.

Nunn songs have wisely reserved their rights and attributed to Murphey by teaching him the important and often overlooked commercial aspect of being an artist.

“I started from scratch and built a good business. I sold a lot of records and a lot of songs and was able to control and own 100 percent of my recordings, masters and publishing unlike others who had to sign away to get those record deals that I was able to stick with, and it pays off It really pays off for me here at this point in my career.”

Noun has also learned a lot about how to work with the crowd and keep them dancing and interacting, but he admits he had to learn to move from ballroom to listening room as if he were a younger artist, ballrooms have been the “bread and butter” of his career.

“I’m watching the audience every song and every step of the way and trying to feel the best way to go. I just name my songs off the top of my head according to how I feel the audience and sometimes they’re dancers so you have to try to keep them on the dance floor while you’re doing your latest stuff and still doing your original stuff Came to listen I am from old school where our goal is to entertain people and for them to enjoy the evening and have a good time.”

Gary B. Nunn will perform with Summer Dean on Friday, June 22 at The Heights Theater, 339 West 19. 7 p.m. $24-432.

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