What a Year It Was!
JOHN ARTHUR MARTINEZ·FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015
Thank you, one and all, for your significant contributions to my career, my band performances, my recordings, and my family. 2015 began with a most successful concert in New Port Richey at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. The journey continued with many shows in Texas at regular spots like Julies Cocina, On The Rocks, Escondido Golf And Lake Club, & Horseshoe Bay Resort, Trailblazer Grille - Formerly Texas Tea-Licious, Hondo's On Main, Central Market (4477 S Lamar, Austin, TX), The Driskill Hotel, Blue Corn Harvest Bar and Grill, El Sol y La Luna Restaurant, The Uptown Theatre / Marble Falls, Tx, RBar & Grill close to my home made of stone and stucco.
Thanks to the growing Texas wine industry I had many stops at vineyards and tasting rooms like Torre Di Pietra Vineyards, Perissos Vineyard and Winery, Flat Creek Enoteca Marble Falls, and of course my own co-hosted festival, Fiesta JAM on Lake Marble Falls a music wine festival. I saw many beautiful sites in Sedona, Arizona and Glacier National Park region of Montana, Idaho and eastern Washington. Children's Day Celebration, Relay for Life, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Harmony School of Creative Arts were among the charities we played.
From the band, Luiz, Mark, B.B., Kurt, & Chris, I send thanks for hiring us to play your events, venues, concerts, and festivals like Tommy Alverson Family Gathering, George West Storyfest Association, Inc., Marfa Lights Street Festival, and other special events--and thanks for the tips that keep us in gas!
2015 Culminated with the news that Alan Jackson had recorded and released “Seguro Que Hell Yes,” cowritten with Alex Harvey & Mike Blakely, as part of the box set Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, through Walmart and Walmart.com.
So as you can read what a year it was! Feliz Navidad, prospero ano y felicidad! --jam, Yvonna, Bette Abeel & boys in the band.
Here’s some things coming:
- 2016 Tour of Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany & Italy
- Return to the Great Northwest, New Port Richey, New England & House Concerts near you.
- FiestaJAM 2016, www.fiestajam.org.
- My new gospel album & possibly my new country album we’ll be recording near Milano, Italy (Milan).
- The realization of many goals and dreams!