2016 Conference Presenters
Meet Our Houston Music History Gurus
(Click name to expand. Speakers listed in alphabetical order)
This program is made possible in part by grants from The City of Houston Initiative Grant, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Summerlee Foundation; the Strake Foundation; The Texas Historical Foundation; and Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
FRIDAY NIGHT – Texas Zydeco Screening and Talk-back
- Rubén DuranRubén Durán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from where he immigrated to New York in 1985. Rubén moved to Houston Texas in 1992. Since 1998 he has worked for Houston Community College (HCC) Central as a Senior Web & Video Developer where his projects include: Co-director and co-editor of three award-winning video documentaries, Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues, Texas Zydeco and Colores del Carnaval Dominicano. He has also produced numerous instructional web video projects for HCC and presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College and New Media Consortium national conferences. He holds an AAS degree in Electronic Publishing from Houston Community College.
- Carl Lindahl, Ph.D.
Carl Lindahl, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, and an internationally recognized authority in folk narrative, medieval folklore, folktales and legends, festivals and celebrations, folklore fieldwork, traditional healing strategies, and ways in which folk cultures seek and exercise covert power. Among the folk cultures he has explored are French Americans (Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean) and the regional cultures of Texas, Appalachia, and the Ozarks
Lindahl’s Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana (1997) was named the Louisiana Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. He has received the Alcée Fortier Award from the American Folklore society, and has won a University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. Among his books are Cajun Mardi Gras Masks (1997), American Folktales from the Collections of the Library of Congress (2004), and Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita (2013).
He currently serves on the editorial boards of Fabula: Journal of Folktale Studies (Göttingen, Germany) and Folk Life (Belfast, Northern Ireland) as well as the advisory board of the Folklife and Traditional Arts program of Houston Arts Alliance.
In 2005 he founded Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston [SKRH], the world’s first project in which disaster survivors have taken the lead in documenting fellow survivors’ experience of disaster. He continues to co-direct SKRH, which has received worldwide recognition for its role in aiding survivors overcome the traumatic effects of hurricanes. In 2014 he convened a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference bringing together ethnographers, disaster survivors, and public health specialists from seven countries to strategize ways in which to help survivors draw upon their traditional knowledge to become more active agents in their own recovery. The conference culminated with the formation of the International Commission for Survivor-Centered Disaster Recovery, of which he is the founding organizer. Also in 2014 he began working with Haitians to create Sivivan pou Sivivan (Survivor to Survivor), a pilot program based on the model of SKRH, in which Haitian earthquake survivors interview one another. Lindahl is working to make Sivivan pou Sivivan a self-sustaining, entirely Haitian-run and Haitian-staffed program.
- Roger Wood, Ph.D.Roger Wood is the author of Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues (2003) and Texas Zydeco (2006), and the co-author (with Andy Bradley) of House of Hits: The Story of Houston’s Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios (2010)—three national award-winning books all published by the University of Texas Press. He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of the Blues, The Roots of Texas Music, the Handbook of Texas Music, and The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover’s Guide to the U.S., among other books, as well as to periodicals such as the Journal of Texas Music History, Living Blues, and Texas Highways. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Houston, his M.A. at Louisiana State University, and his B.A. at Baylor University. In 2014, after thirty-three years of full-time service as a professor of English, he retired from Houston Community College.
SATURDAY – The History of Houston’s Musical Soul Houston History Conference
- Sean Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, holds master’s degrees in religious studies (Rice University) and clinical psychology (University of Houston – Clear Lake) and received his doctorate in psychology through Saybrook University’s program in Jungian studies. Sean is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been employed at The Jung Center since 1997. He has been an instructor at The Jung Center since 2001, and he lectures locally and nationally on a range of contemporary social and psychological issues.
- Joe Nick Patoski, Keynote
Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for more than four decades. A former cab driver and staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine and one-time reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, he has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press. Most recently, he directed the documentary film Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove about the musician Doug Sahm which premiered at South By Southwest Film 2015. Variety magazine cited Patoski as one of ten docmakers to watch in 2015.
His 2008 book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by The Friends of the TCU Library in 2009 with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007-8. His most recent book The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2012. The expansive eight hundred page history explains how and why a 1960 expansion franchise in the National Football League became America’s Team and the most valuable franchise in sports.
Kirkus Review cited the Cowboys book as one of the ten best football books of the millennium.
Other recent titles include Generations on the Land, published by Texas A&M Press in January 2011,which profiles nine families across the western United States who have been recognized for outstanding stewardship in practicing sustainable farming, ranching, logging, and wine-grape growing; and Texas High School Football: More Than The Game, a catalog of the exhibit he curated for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in 2011, published by the Texas Historical Commission.
Patoski’s byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, Garden and Gun, and No Depression magazine, for whom he was a contributing editor. He also recorded the oral histories of B.B. King, Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, Tejano superstar Little Joe Hernandez, and 15 other subjects for the Voice of Civil Rights oral history project sponsored by AARP and the Library of Congress, some of which appeared in the book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Juan Williams, published by Sterling in 2004.
Patoski writes about water, land, nature and parks for a number of publications including Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, the Texas Observer, and National Geographic magazine, where his story about the Transboundary Megacorridor of southwest Texas and northern Coahuila and Chihuahua was published in February 2007. He also wrote a four-part series about water fights throughout the Guadalupe River basin for the San Antonio Current.
He is the host of The Texas Music Hour of Power, which airs Saturday nights from 7 to 9 pm central time on KRTS 93.5 in Marfa, and three other frequencies in Far West Texas, and around the world on MarfaPublicRadio.org. He lives near the village of Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country where he swims and paddles in the Blanco River
- Andrew Bradley
Bradley has been a recording engineer for 37 years and an audio engineer for 43. For the last 25 years he has produced and co-produced thousands of projects. He just finished his 31st year as the Chief Audio engineer at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, TX. Bradley worked at SugarHill Recording Studios since October of 1984 and was a part owner/chief engineer from October of 1996 until January of 2015. He co-wrote a book about the 74-year-old recording facility, called “House of Hits” with noted author Professor Roger Wood. The book is published by the University of Texas Press and became available in April of 2010. He served on the Texas Board of NARAS (The Grammy’s) and has been a member for close to 25 years. He co-teaches Music 733 with Professor Kurt Stallman at the Shepherd School.
Many of Bradley’s clients are recipients of gold and platinum record awards for record sales. In the non-classical world, he has recorded Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Roy Head, Freddie Fender, Smash Mouth, Destiny’s Child, Johnny Rodriguez, Radio Birdman, Cynthia Clawson, Herb Ellis, and many others. In the Latin field he has recorded Little Joe y La Familia, Emilio Navaira, Elsa Garcia, La Fiebre, Xelencia and countless others.
The classical music world has brought many remarkable artists and organizations into his orbit. He worked on a number of projects with multi-Grammy award winning classical record producer Judy Sherman. He’s also recorded Itzak Pearlman and Cecilia Bartoli, Rene Fleming, James Dick, The Houston Symphony, The Houston Grand Opera, The Houston Ballet, The International Festival Institute at Roundtop, Texas, The Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, The Kingwood Musical Arts Society, Jon Kimura Parker, The Webster Trio, The Fischer Duo, and The Chiara String Quartet. He’s also had the pleasure of recording new works by many noted modern composers like Libby Larsen (Pulitzer prize winner), Arthur Gottschalk, Robert Sirota, Anthony Brandt, Richard Lavenda, Ellsworth Milburn, Paul Cooper, and countless others.
Bradley also specializes in on-location recording with his recording partner, Francis Schmidt. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge to young engineers accepts interns from the tertiary institutions in the area offering degrees in audio engineering, such as The Houston Community College, San Jacinto Community College, University of Southwest Texas and Full Sail in Orlando, Florida. He has also trained interns from the music schools of Rice University and the University of Houston. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in various aspects of the music business.
Before becoming a recording engineer, Bradley spent six years touring Australia as a live audio engineer. He worked as either a FOH (front of house mixing engineer) or as a monitor engineer. The many bands he worked for or with includes Radio Birdman, the Hitmen, DTK, the Saints, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Midnight Oil, and Cold Chisel. He also worked major stadium tours of Australia with Little River Band, Air Supply, Fleetwood Mac, and Santana.
- Shelley Carrol
Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol hails from family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston, Texas. It was there that the music bug bit him at an early age and landed him in the famed Boys Choir of Houston. After picking up the saxophone, he was able to study with the legendary Texas Tenor greats Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson. At the time he didn’t know how revered these gentlemen were around the globe. They simply lived in his neighborhood. Shelley attended the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a standout in the city’s Summer Jazz Workshop Program. This is where he developed a true flair for the stage.
Shelley is a native Houstonian and professional saxophonist who hails from family of gospel singers and musicians. While in Houston he began performing at an early age with the famed Boys Choir of Houston. As a young saxophonist, he studied with the legendary Texas Tenor Sax greats Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson who happened to live in his neighborhood and took him under their wings. Shelley graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). While attending the University of North Texas, Shelley earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O’clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s in 1990 and 91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. This would prove to be an enormous musical opportunity with worldwide exposure. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. He has also recorded and/ or performed with Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Roger Waters, Marla Gibbs, Maureen McGovern, Marchel Ivery, Kirk Whalum, Tony Bennet, Roy Hargrove, Fingerprints, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and a host of others.
- Lizette Cobb
Lizette Cobb is a music lover whose international travels with her legendary father, jazz artist and composer Arnett Cobb, developed and cultivated her passion for American music. It was in this unique music environment that she developed an intellectual curiosity for the historical context that facilitated the many contributions made by the diverse and larger than life music personalities that she met on her journey. As the Texas Music Office likes to say “You Can’t Hear American Music Without Hearing Texas”. Currently, Ms. Cobb is a music culture archeologist, music producer, publisher, and eyewitness historian preservationist. Investigating, collecting and cataloging data, artifacts and oral histories about the music community have become a full time commitment. As co-founder of the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas, Ms. Cobb supervised the development of the Texas Jazz Archives @Houston Public Library and curated the 2009 exhibit: “GO RED GO; BLOW ARNETT BLOW: An Arnett Cobb Retrospective Part 1.
Ms. Cobb’s current project is spearheading an initiative to build a national music museum in Houston, Texas. She is a contributor to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and the National Museum of American History (American Music Collection). She is a graduate of University of Houston with a BS in Anthropology.
- Michael Corcoran
Michael Corcoran has been a music critic for 40 years, starting with Sunbums in Honolulu in 1975. In recent years he’s written extensive liner notes for such projects as the Grammy-nominated Arizona Dranes book/CD, Alligator’s recent Blind Willie Johnson tribute LP and the upcoming Washington Phillips reissue on Dust-To-Digital. He lives in Smithville, TX.
- Maco Faniel
Maco L. Faniel, a native Houstonian, is an emerging scholar, writer, speaker and advocate.
Maco’s book, Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy (History Press), examines the history of Houston’s hip hop culture from its beginnings in the early 1980s to 1991. He explores the nature of Houston hip-hop to discover how it came about, why it’s notable, and what it reveals about the life experiences of urban young people in Houston during the 1980s.
Maco is also contributor to the book Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), edited by Anthony B. Pinn, Monica R. Miller and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. His chapter, “Mapping Space and Place in the Analysis of Hip Hop and Religion: Houston As An Example,” insists that questions about the role of religion in hip hop must also interrogate the intersection of space, place, and time as significant domains of hip hop cultural practices. From there he analyzes Houston’s hip hop culture to point to what may be religious about it.
Maco is currently a graduate student, pursuing a PhD, in the Department of History at Rutgers University. He holds an MA in history from Texas Southern University and a BA in speech and communications from Texas A&M University. He researches and writes about African American cultural experiences in the twentieth century United States. He is particularly focused on writing histories of how those considered invisible, deviant, worthless, or marginal made meaning of American life.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Maco will be in Houston researching his dissertation project, which investigates the political economy and lived experiences of the late twentieth century War on Drugs in Houston, TX
Most recently Maco taught courses at Hunter College, New Jersey state prisons (part of NJ-Step), and Lone Star Community College. Prior to his work in the academy, Maco worked as an affirmative action consultant, college recruiter, corporate recruiter, professional development and career development specialist, and as a middle school teacher.
Maco is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He often volunteers for organizations to help young people gain valuable life, professional, and leadership skills. He was previously a board member and board chair for the Bread of Life, Incorporated, a Houston based non-profit organization that provides life changing services for those who find themselves homeless, hungry, and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Maco firmly believes that average people follow paths, but leaders of significance carve out trails.
- Nick Gaitan
Nick Gaitan is a local musician/songwriter and native Houstonian. Gaitan was upright bassist for Billy Joe Shaver’s touring band between 2008 and Summer of 2016. He has received local recognition with musical groups such as Los Skarnales, The Octanes, and his own band Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man. His music in influenced by a mix of regional sounds like Tex-Mex, Swamp Pop and the sound scape that is Gulf Coast and Tejas Roots Music. His passion for life in the City of Houston as well as his own Houston roots find a place in his compositions.
- Natalie Garza
Natalie Garza is a professor at Houston Community College where she teaches U.S. and Mexican American History. Her research interests include Transnational Migration, Identity Formation, Popular Culture, and Latina/o and Chicana/o studies. Natalie has also conducted numerous oral history interviews of community members for the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative at the University of Houston and the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project. She has written articles for the magazine, Houston History, on Houston’s Mexican American community, including the article titled “Desde Conjunto to Chingo Bling: Mexican American Music and Musicians in Houston”.
- Craig Green
As an Educator Craig Green’s career as a Band Director actually began as a boy. Both of his parents were musicians. He participated in band in HISD, transferring his senior year to be under the direction of Mr. Conrad O. Johnson and become a member of the Kashmere Stage Band. He attended Shaw University, University of North Texas, and the University of Houston receiving a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Certification in Educational Supervision. He concluded his 33rd year as Director of Bands at Albert Sidney Johnston Middle School in the Houston Independent School District in the 2011-2012 school year. During his career, Mr. Green served as Asst. Director of Bands at Parker Elementary and Louie Welch Middle Schools before spending 27 years at Johnston Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HISD). In those years, thousands of talented students were under his baton. The Johnston Band program was the first in the HISD to earn not only one, but multiple UIL Band Concert and Sight Reading Sweepstakes Honors and numerous 1st Division awards at local and state events. Under his direction the program regularly earned “Best in Class”, “Best in Show”, and “Most Outstanding” (for concert and jazz, along with “Outstanding Soloist”) titles as well as positive critiques by judges and audiences alike. His program often had HISD’s highest single school representation earning chairs in Region and City Bands exceling alongside schools from more resourceful districts.
Craig Green established one of the finest young jazz ensemble programs in America. The Johnston Jazz Ensemble became well known for its performance and preparation of solid players ready for the next level. A few of today’s leading jazz artists were developed in this group, including Brandon Lee (Trpt), Director of Jazz Studies at Julliard; and Walter Smith, III (Saxophone), Recording Artist. Drummers Chris Dave, Eric Harland, Jamie Williams, and others are now working with great American jazz musicians. Jazz Greats such as Eric Harland, Stefon Harris, and Joshua Redman speak highly of this accomplished educator.
Craig Green is an in demand adjudicator and clinician, including presentations at TMEA. He has numerous honors at the local, state, regional, and national levels and also has written a drumset methods book and invented pedagogical aids.
Now in his retirement, Craig thanks the Lord for all his blessings, enjoys spending more time with his wife of 39 years, Cheryl (who is also a teacher in Houston Independent School District of 33 years) and supporting his daughter, a violinist and aspiring doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. (Bio courtesy of Texas Black Music Educators.)
- Julie Grob
Julie Grob is the founder and curator for the Houston Hip Hop Collections at the University of Houston Libraries, the first archival collection that documents hip hop music and culture in the city in which it was created. Her other roles in Special Collections are coordinator for Instruction and curator for Rare Books. She authored the Afterword for the book Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy by Maco L. Faniel.
- Norie Guthrie
Norie Guthrie is an archivist and special collections librarian at the Woodson Research Center, Rice University. Her current projects include digitizing audio reels from the university’s student radio station and starting the Houston Folk Music Archive, which documents Houston’s 1960s-1980s singer-songwriter community. Along with her colleague, Scott Carlson, she co-founded Indie Preserves, a website that gives preservation tips to the DIY and indie music community, and has presented at SXSW Music on that topic.
- Alex LaRotta
Alex LaRotta is a first-generation Colombian-American and native Houstonian. An avid record collector and deejay, as well as a history Ph.D. student at the University of Houston, his work focuses on popular music and cultural history in Texas and the Southwest. His writings are currently featured in the Journal of Texas Music History, Houston History Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle, among other publications.
- Vince Lee
Vince Lee is the archivist for the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection and the Houston and Texas History Collections at the University of Houston Libraries. In the first role, he collaborates with the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the UH Center for Public History. He was featured on KUHF’s Houston Matters discussing the Duke Peacock Records from the Texas Music Collection with Ed Mayberry and Chris Gray of the Houston Press. Vince is a past president of the Archivists of the Houston Area.
- John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax has been an oyster shucker in Tennessee, a landscape gardener and British Telecom mail clerk in Lancashire, and a field hand on a kibbutz in the Arava section of the Negev in Israel. He is also the author of Houston’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Bayou City, a guidebook to Houston dive bars, and co-author of Murder & Mayhem in Houston: Historic Bayou City Crime, a compilation of notorious Houston crimes.
Lomax has been a full-time journalist in the Bayou City since 2001. He spent eleven years at the Houston Press as a music editor and staff writer and is proudest of helping discover Hayes Carll, rediscover Lil’ Joe Washington, and winning an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2008. With future Marfa city councilman and justice of the peace David Beebe, Lomax walked a total of more than 200 miles of Houston streets on about a dozen different trips, writing about the adventures as part of the “Sole of Houston” blog series. After leaving the music beat, Lomax covered crime, courts and culture for the Press. His work has also appeared in Spin, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and LA Weekly. He has been a senior editor with Texas Monthly since January 2015.
- Mary Manning
Mary Manning is the university archivist and curator of Performing and Visual Arts Collections at the University of Houston Libraries. Her research includes ethnographic interviews with Houston musicians, and she looks to grow the UH Libraries’ local music collections. Mary actively serves her professional community and recently served as the president of the Society of Southwest Archivists for the 2015-2016 term.
- Rick Mitchell
Rick Mitchell is a journalist, teacher, artistic director, radio programmer and musician living in Houston, Texas.
Rick has been writing professionally for 40 years about all subjects, but primarily music. He has published three books, including Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky Tonk (University of Texas Press, 2007), and Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well (Dharma Moon Press), published in partnership with DaCamera of Houston and due out in the summer of 2014. He has written for numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines, including The Oregonian and Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon; LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and The Houston Chronicle, where he was the pop music critic and editor from 1989 to 1999.
Rick currently teaches English at Lamar High School in Houston. From 2001 to 2007, he taught English, history and philosophy and coached basketball and debate at the Awty International School in Houston. Prior to becoming a fulltime high school teacher, Rick served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, teaching courses on the history of American music and advanced journalism.
From 2007 to 2013, Rick was Director of Performing Arts for the Houston International Festival, for which he had previously worked as a curatorial consultant. In this capacity, he traveled abroad looking for unusual and exotic bands and performance troupes to bring to Houston, while booking top regional and national headliners. He also served as the festival’s Director of Education Programs, editing the Teacher’s Curriculum Guide that went out free to Houston-area schools each year. The festival ceased operations in 2014, a year after Rick’s departure.
Between 1983 and 1987, Rick led the Portland all-star jazz-funk-rock band Le Bon. In 2010, the band reunited to perform at the Oregon Music Hall of Fame ceremony. From 1974 to 1987, Rick hosted a late night radio program on KBOO-FM in Portland called Saturday Night Jam. From 1999 to 2001, Rick hosted the program Music Beyond Borders on KPFT-FM in Houston. He currently can be heard filling in regularly on KPFT’s Sunday blues programs, including Blues on the Move, Blues Brunch, and Howlin’ the Blues.
A student and practitioner of Zen Buddhism, Rick is a longtime member of the Houston Zen Center, where he recently taught a class on Social Justice and Buddhism. He can be found there most mornings, facing the wall. His Buddhist name, given to him by his teacher Tenshin Roshi Reb Anderson, is Hogetsu, which translates as Dharma Moon.
For 27 years, Rick has been married to Lori Sumako, R.N. Their daughter, Chelsea Mitchell, lives in Portland.
- Jason 'DJ Flash Gordon' Parks
- Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez bio
- Lance Scott Walker
Lance Scott Walker is a native of Galveston, Texas and has written for Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Local Houston, Red Bull Music Academy, Thrillist, Vice, Wondering Sound, Free Press Houston, 002 Houston, Texas Music, OutSmart, Fader, GOOD, Dazed And Confused, NewType USA, Orlando Weekly, Portland Mercury, San Diego Fahrenheit, San Diego Union-Tribune, USA Today and RollingStone.com. He is the author of Houston Rap (Sinecure, 2013) and Houston Rap Tapes (Sinecure, 2014), both collaborations with photographer Peter Beste, and the host of Houston Rap Tapes Radio. He lives in New York.
- Dan Workman
Dan Workman began his music career as a charter member of the seminal art/noise/rock band, Culturcide. He leveraged his indie rock credentials and continued his work in the mainstream engineering some of Texas’ most notable artists: ZZ Top, Clay Walker, Destiny’s Child, Hubert Laws, and Beyonce. Workman now produces full time, and is currently working with Kareem Salama, The Southern Backtones, Roky Moon and BOLT!, Winter Wallace, Peek a Boo Theory, Trigger and Some Dudes Named Roy, and The Ton Tons and is writing with Jeff Walton for Zenfilm. He currently lives in The Heights, Houston, with his wife Christi, daughter Joe Ann, two cats, and a family of raccoons who have learned how to sneak in the cat door. When not making music, or spending time with his family, he rides very old motorcycles, very long distances.
Dan Workman’s professional affiliations include: The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter, Trustee (08-11), Grammy Producers and Engineer’s Wing Advisory Board and Steering Committee,;Texas Chapter Board of Governors, (03-05), (07-11), Co-Chair of Producers and Engineers Committee Texas Chapter, National Advocacy Representative Texas Chapter; Adjunct Staff, Houston Community College.; Co-founder of The Houston Sound, and ZenHill Records, ZenHill Music Publishing, Houston Texas; President of SugarHill Studios, Houston, Texas, one of the world’s oldest continuously operating production facilities, (69 years); Producer/Engineer for Dan Workman Music. Owner DanLee Music Publishing, Producer and co-host of the monthly web broadcast and podcast, Live From SugarHill.