Dec. 19, 2014
Paul Schlesinger is a fiddle player and vocalist from Taylor, Texas who specializes in the traditional Texas swing music of the dance hall and honky-tonk era. Paul received his first fiddle lesson at age 23 from Perk Williams, the fiddler and vocalist on Jimmy Heap?s 1954 hit recording of Release Me. Paul?s musical career began in earnest in 1997 when he began playing with Bill Dowdy, a professional rhythm guitarist from Lexington, Texas. In 2005, Paul and Bill released their first nationally distributed CD, ?Our Way,? which quickly sold out of its initial pressing. Paul plays with several musical groups around the Central Texas area, including his own Knights of Texas Swing, whose highlights include performing for Subaru of America?s national convention, and frequently serving as Texas music representatives through Austin Community College?s Danish cultural exchange program.
In 2010, Paul also began performing with Glen Collins and the Alibis, a classic-country show and dance hall band who have been featured on the syndicated television program ?Songwriters Across Texas.? Paul also works regularly with the Lee and Milam County Cowboy Church Bands and the monthly Comal County and Thorndale country music shows. Paul?s dedication to classic Texas country music earned his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Gatesville, Texas in 2012.
Glen Collins will be inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame tonight. He began playing guitar and writing songs at age 34, and started playing open mics around Austin and made a demo that Sammy Allred of KVET radio heard and agreed to produce his first CD. Songs on the CD ?Old School? and ?Back to Austin? were put in regular rotation on Austin area country radio stations. Also, a country gospel song he wrote ?All the Same? was featured on the KVET Sunday morning gospel show. His original song ?Old School? was recorded by Johnny Lyon on his CD ?Winds of Change? and featured Willie Nelson on the track.
Glen formed the Texas dance hall band ?Glen Collins & the Alibis? in 2011 and have been featured on the ?Songwriters Across Texas? television show and ?Texas Radio Live? on KDRP radio in Austin. He enjoys playing and writing traditional country songs and playing them for an appreciative audience all over central Texas. Glen lives in North Austin with wife, Leslie, daughter, Lindsey, who attends Texas Tech, and a son, Ben, who attends Blinn Junior College.
Roy Carroll, steel guitar player: As an entertainer and front man Roy excels and is considered by many to be ?The Ultimate Opening Act?, Roy has performed with many popular Nashville acts that include: Fats Domino, Pearl and Carl Butler, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Luman, Wynn Stewart, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, Eddy Raven, Johnny Rodriguez, Billy Walker, John Conley, Sylvia, Steve Wariner, Gene Watson, and Vern Gosdin.
As a Nashville demo singer Roy was involved in over 750 recording projects to date and many, many more as a studio musician. His unique vocal quality is what sets him apart from the rest of the field.