AFB - Alan Fox Band "Original Heavy Blues!"
Based out of Fort Worth Texas. USA
AFB, was nominated to perform
at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards
One of the most noteworthy
Texas Artists of Our Time!
Come out to hear one of Fort Worth's Texas' greatest
Original Heavy Blues Artists, "The Alan Fox Band".
AFB has recently released their latest hit single,
"She Makes Me Hot" which is receiving outstanding
airplay here and abroad.
AFB, formed in 2000, is an original ensemble
that has been on the Festival Circuit
for the last five years with bands
like, Point Blank, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
Kayla Reeves (Trans-Siberian Orchestra),
Wes Jeans, Ana Popovic, and Foghat.
The members of AFB include,
Donny Hart ---- frontman/vocalist
Alan Fox ------------- vocals/guitar
Donnie Pendleton -- vocals/guitar
"ETX Guitarist of the year 2012"
Greg Cagle ------------- vocals/bass
Terry Salyer ------- vocals/drums
(please goto www.AlanFoxBand.com for complete Biographies of the bands line up.)
If you have the chance, don't
miss this high energy band!
Paul "Pappy" Middleton (Bonnie Raitt's personal sound engineer) says, "These Guys are one of the best sounding bands that I have had the pleasure to work with and just all around great people!"
"Outstanding Performers with really Great Tone!",
Rusty Burns, (Guitarist for Point Blank)
For more info:
AFB is an proudly endorsed by Steve Clayton Picks.
Donny Hart - Vocals
Alan Fox - Vocal/ Guitar
Donnie Pendleton - Vocal / Guitar
Greg Cagle - Vocal / Bass
Terry Salyer - Drums!
1st CD "JuJu Ear Rub" 2008
2nd CD "2013" 2013
AFB at Memphis Hot Wings Festival, Raises More Than $28K
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Sunday, April 17, 2011 Daily Digest Hot Wings Festival Raises More Than $28K The 9th Annual Sout...Sunday, April 17, 2011 Daily Digest
Hot Wings Festival Raises More Than $28K
The 9th Annual Southern Hot Wing Contest and Festival
raised more than $28,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The April 16, 2011 event grew this year, with 47 cooking teams
compared to 31 last year. Nearly 20,000 people attended
the event in the South Main Historic Arts District.
A first-time competitor, "You Are the Ranch Beneath My Wings,"
took the $1,000 grand prize award.
The other finalists were Wing-A-Palooza and
Bell Bottom Barbeque.
As of my personal favorites
Eric Gales from the JACK PIRTLE’S STAGE and the
Alan Fox Band from Texas on the MAPCO STAGE.
– Tom Wilemon April 18, 2011
AFB will Headline the "T-Bone Walker Blues Fest"
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6th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest June 17-18, 2011, Linden, Texas Music City Texas Theater in ...6th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
June 17-18, 2011, Linden, Texas
Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas is hosting
the 6th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest - June 17 & 18.
The festival is being presented by MetroPCS and other
key sponsors: Don Henley, MidSouth Engine & Machine,
Linden Economic Development Corporations, and the
Good Shepherd Medical Center. The event will bring in
13 top blues artists from across the nation, and will be
headlined by its first international blues star.
The headliners – Matt Schofield, David "Honeyboy" Edwards,
Robin & the Bluebirds and the Alan Fox Band . The 6th annual
festival is a fundraiser for two Linden non-profit corporations:
Music City Texas Theater, a music venue, and the Fairview
Community Center which offers free literacy and computer
training to the community.
This two-day, two-stage festival is a living memorial to the
music icon that was a primary influence to most postwar blues
guitarists and early rock and roll greats. T-Bone Walker’s most
enduring legacy was taking the guitar from a rhythm instrument
to a lead instrument in a band. Honored by his peers by membership
in the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
he was first, and foremost, a loving father, a humanitarian, and
a friend to so many.
Friday, June 17 will feature a Free outdoor concert focused on students
learning about the Blues. Underwritten by the International Paper Company,
AEP-Southwestern Electic Power Company and Colonel & Mrs. Robert Spivey
of Atlanta, Texas, the show will open with The Matthew Davidson Band -
the 13 year-old Shreveport guitar prodigy who was in the 2011 International
Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. Then, the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group
will present the history of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code; followed
by a great new group – The Ominous Anonymous. The free concert is headlined
by the stellar regional artists –
The Alan Fox Band.
Opening indoors in the Music City Texas Theater is Marshall’s Boogie Woogie
Ambassador Omar Sharriff. Omar has been packing the house in weekly concerts
since his return to his hometown.
From Los Angeles, California, the Midwestern Icons feature former Lawrence,
Kansas musician and Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Bill Lynch along
with his stellar rhythm section featuring Rick Moors on bass and the
legendary drummer James Gadson. Lynch has gigged with various artists
including Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley and has been joined on stage
by Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike Finnigan, Billy Preston,
Ike Turner, James Cotton and countless others. James Gadson has
recorded with an endless list of artists including Ray Charles,
Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Herbie Hancock,
The Temptations, Quincy Jones, Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, and
David "Honeyboy" Edwards is an icon in the world of Blues. A member
of the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame, multi-honoree as Blues Acoustic
Artist of the Year and multi-Grammy winner, "Honeyboy" represents the
best of traditional blues.
Honeyboy is accompanied by Michael Frank on harmonica and Rocky Lawrence
on guitar. Michael Frank is a receipient of the Blues Heritage
"Keeping the Blues Alive" award and Founder/CEO of Chicago’s Earwig Music.
Mr. Lawrence currently tours the country educating University students
on the historical significance of the Robert Johnson songbook as it
relates to the history of popular music worldwide.
Now firmly established as the freshest and most exciting blues guitarist
to have emerged on the world scene for many years, Matt Schofield recently
joined such luminary names as Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson and Robben Ford,
who have DVDs produced by the world's largest music print publisher,
the US-based Hal Leonard organisation. Schofield is one of the few Brits
ever to have appeared on the Hal Leonard imprint.
He is rated in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time
(Guitar & Bass Magazine) putting him in the company of such iconic
names as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. He was also crowned Blues Guitarist
and Album of the year in the 2010 British Blues Awards. Matt Schofield
will headline both nights on the Music City Texas stage.
The lineup is rounded out by DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band from Birmingham,
Alabama, Shreveport’s Buddy Flett, Austin’s rising blues stars –
The Peterson Brothers Band (another 2011 IBC Youth Showcase member),
Marshall’s Bobbie Oliver and Jam City Revue, and from New Orlean’s –
The Ezra Charles Band.
This year’s festival will be associated with a "Bikers and Blues Run" on Saturday.
Information on the biker’s run and games may be found on the festival website.
There will be vendors and food/drink on-site.
For Times and Ticket Information:
or call 903-756-7774.
AFB will Headline the 14th Annual Boo Benefit 2011 Jefferson, Texas
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14th Annual Boo Benefit 2011 Jefferson, Texas Saturday Night 7pm AFB takes the stage by the tail...14th Annual Boo Benefit 2011 Jefferson, Texas
Saturday Night 7pm AFB takes the stage
by the tail of the wind! The Alan Fox Band
has been a faithful performer of the Boo Benefit
year after year. "It's not only for a great
cause," say's band leader Alan Fox, "but it's just
a whole lot of fun!" AFB looking out at nearly 5000
people waiting in anticipation for the rockers to start.
This year's 14th annual Boo Benefit had over 35,000 people attend
in the small town of Jefferson, TX. The Boo Benefit is
usually held every year at the first week-end of October.
for more info, please goto: http://www.BooBenefit.org.
AFB! And The Band Plays On!
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Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 12:03am, Fri May 7, 2010 By Glenn Evans Twin guitar leads tell aud...Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 12:03am, Fri May 7, 2010
By Glenn Evans
Twin guitar leads tell audiences this ain’t no disco
when The Alan Fox Band is on stage.
In fact, the only thing remotely BeeGees about the
four-man power combo from Longview is that it’s staying
alive. Founder Fox formed the band a decade ago,
but four years ago he began to assemble today’s group
from musicians with lifetimes of stage experience.
"People are seeing that there is a need for the arena
rock genre, Fox, 53, said recently. Arena/Rock is good-time rock."
Arena rock, for those who don't remember when yield
signs were yellow, blasted metal guitar and heavy
percussion across football stadiums in the
seventies where it washed through young Baby Boomers
rebelliously long hair. It stood for wild youth and
against the controlled, front-end commercial beat of
the disco era. Bands such as Foghat, Thin Lizzy and Boston helped
set the tone for arena rock, and their sounds were in
force when Fox rode a voice scholarship
to Stephen F. Austin State University.
Having an opportunity, Alan left college
to write and play music, opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan at
the famed Crossroads in Nacogdoches. Fox moved to
Shreveport where he helped found a group that became
a college fan favorite in Texas and well beyond, the Killer Beez.
He met Donnie Pendleton heady years later, finding a
fellow lover of power guitar commanding the
stage with an emerging regional headliner, U.S. Lords.
A guitar player from childhood, Pendleton previously
had made noise with a big-haired, eighties, glam outfit, The Cauze.
"We said we always wanted to be in a band that was
using twin leads," Fox recalled.
Pendleton joined the Fox project in 2006.
Lifelong drummer Morris "Moe"
Eldridge of Marshall signed on a year later, and
today's band finally gelled when bassist Greg Cagle of
Palestine jumped on board last fall.
The Alan Fox Band stays busy. The group opened for
Foghat at AlleyFest last year before launching a tour
of festivals. The front man estimates the band is
on pace to play 200-225 gigs this year.
That included Sunday night open jams at Mom's Biker Bar
until about a month ago when Eldridge says finances
forced him and co-owner Cherry Lynn Power, whom
he'll wed next month, to kill the engine. The Sunday
night sessions, in which fellow rockers are welcome
to sit in, swiftly moved to Fast Freddy's on West Marshall Avenue.
That's where the foursome could be found this past
Sunday, in jeans and black T-shirts contrasted only
by the fluorescent orange laces on Fox's sneakers.
It weren't no disco.
Cover songs, including East Texas native T-Bone
Walker's, "Stormy Monday," filled the wood-paneled room,
complemented by originals from the outfit's 2008 release,
"JuJu Ear Rub," and a CD in the works, "Now Ear This."
The originals, in particular, highlighted the twin
lead sound Fox and Pendleton heard in their minds'
ears when they met. They included an instrumental
conversation between the two players, trading
musical sentences in an upbeat key in the
tradition of the Almond Brothers', "Jessica."
Songs with lyrics showcased either Fox's powerful,
sometimes gravely rasp, or Pendleton's slightly
sweeter vocal style.
The band relented the stage briefly to a couple of
younger players, drummer Eldridge staying to back up
the kids. He was waiting behind
the skins when The Alan Fox Band returned.
They did not play anything from, "Saturday Night Fever."
"We play songs that everybody out there is not
playing," Eldridge said.
"I love it. I have to play music"
AFB, The Rebirth of a Rock Band!
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Rebirth of a rock Band! (Justin Baker/News-Journal Photo) Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 12:00 ...Rebirth of a rock Band!
(Justin Baker/News-Journal Photo)
Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 5:45 am, Fri Oct 8, 2010.
By Glenn Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
A rock 'n' roll road warrior has come out of retirement
and traded in his old gang for a new gang from Longview.
"I think we gelled on that first day we played together,"
said Robert "Bubba" Keith, former lead singer and songwriter
for The James Gang. "These guys are serious, and they write."
Keith is sing praises for The Alan Fox Band, a four-man power
band that's been increasingly visible on the East Texas stage
the past couple of years.
"We had been playing anywhere from 170-200 jobs a year," Fox,
the band's namesake, said of the latest incarnation of the band
he founded 10 years ago. "But, we haven't had any type of
avenue to expand to the next level till Bubba got interested
in us. And he's a world-class artist."
A Denton-raised musician who reached the genre's pinnacle as lead
singer and songwriter for bands such as The James Gang, Point Blank
and England Dan and John Ford Coley, Keith left rock in 1985.
His 1981 hit, "Nicole," was an upbeat power ballad that filled
stadiums in the arena rock era.
His union with Fox's twin guitar-driven band this past summer blew
open a door both sides were looking to walk through.
"The band thing is still in formulation," bass player Greg Cagle
said, during an Oct. 3 group interview with Keith, who lives with
his family in Glen Rose. "This is the fifth time, or the sixth time,
all of us have been in the same room."
Keith, who said he hung up his leathers when he heard his wife tell
their kids, "Oh, that's road daddy," was looking for a good fit as
he contemplated getting back into the life. He missed the band experience.
"The thing about writing and going to the studio, and stuff like
that — it's more of a solitary act," said Keith, 60. "I always continued
to write. ... But to be able to share it with other people, there's
only one way you can do that. ... The James Gang, Point Blank and my
new stuff, it's not just pigeonholing one thing. It gives us a chance
to cover all the spectrum — not just songs I've written and these guys
have written but new songs as well."
The timing was right for Fox's outfit, which has been steering itself
away from cover band land in favor of original tunes.
"What we've been trying to do is play originals with our own voice,"
said Donnie Pendleton, the twin to Fox in the band's dual-lead guitar sound.
"And finally, in the last couple of years it's started to form."
Pendleton, 49, grew up in east Fort Worth, next door to Arlington where
Keith's mother ran the Candlelight Inn restaurant. He was the band's
link to Keith, by way of a dinner with his wife, Vicki.
The pair met in 1980 when Pendleton had to leave the table to investigate
the music he heard coming from a storage building behind the Arlington
eatery — Keith and the band were rehearsing. Flash forward to the Facebook
era: Keith quotes Mr. Rogers on his Wall, "It's a beautiful day in the
neighborhood. Won't you be my friend?" and Pendleton commented back,
"Won't you be in my band?"
The band still performs as a four-man outfit, with a show set for 9 p.m.
today at Leon's Steakhouse Saloon on South Eastman Boulevard. The full
group, which is billing itself as Bubba Keith and the Alan Fox Band,
played the Oldest Town in Texas Rally in Nacogdoches last month. The
five-some comes together again in Dallas on Nov. 14 at a memorial concert
for Jay Hamilton, a keyboardist who played with Pendleton in the
eighties hair band, The Cause.
Leaving Texas for California in 1969, Keith dove into the Sunset Strip
rock scene on legendary stages such as the Whiskey-a-Go-Go. He was playing
in Hollywood when Eric Burdon of The Animals signed him to the indie label,
Far Out Productions. During the 17 years before Keith returned to Texas,
he would handle lead vocals for a succession of rock 'n' roll hit-makers.
"Oh, I knew I was in the bigtime," he said. "I knew when I was 14 this
was what I was going to do. It's just like any other job — I loved playing,
and knew I was going to play any way I could. ... Most people don't fail,
they quit. You've got to be willing to say, yes. Some of the best musicians
I know ... are still in bars. When you write a song and you make it really
good, and it's tearing your heart out, it takes guts to get up there and play it."
Still, Keith was wary about getting back into live music.
"I didn't want people at the local Holiday Inn seeing me trying to squeeze
into my black leathers," he said. "It's better that people say, 'I wonder
what Bubba's doing?' rather than, 'Oh, he shouldn't be doing that.' To me,
great rock bands — there's something about them, this connection that you
get with people. Sometimes we're playing together, all five of us, and I
just feel my feet coming off the floor."
That's language Fox, 54, understood. "I just call it swimming in a sea of tone," he said.
Pendleton said the band's newest member is finding an out-of-retirement
home with the group. "We were wanting to step things up a notch," he said.
"I don't think there's a better vocalist around. But, I think we are all
from the same school. ... I wanted him to do it, and I guess he still does
or he wouldn't have driven down here just to talk about it."
AFB at Alley Fest Creates Larger Crowds Than Ever
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AlleyFest Coordinator Elaine Reynolds estimated 16,000 to 18,000 visitors filled downtown Longview ...AlleyFest Coordinator Elaine Reynolds estimated
16,000 to 18,000 visitors filled downtown Longview
for the event. They came to hear hometown musical
heroes like The Alan Fox Band and Ricky Lynn Gregg
and Friends, the latter opening for '70s
rockers Foghat on Saturday
Elaine Reynolds 6/07/09 Longview-News Journal
AFB to headline the "Friday After 5 Concert"
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"Friday After 5 Concert" features the Alan Fox Band in Kilgore, Texas By BRENDA BROWN July'...
"Friday After 5 Concert"
features the Alan Fox Band
in Kilgore, Texas
By BRENDA BROWN
July's "Friday After 5" concert will feature ways
to beat the summer heat while enjoying some fine
music. Fallon Burns, Main Street program manager,
said her board or directors opted to rent a "huge,
two-person water slide," along with some small pools
to keep kids of all ages cool on Friday night
at the World's Richest Acre Park.
"Kids three and younger won't be able to use
the water slide, so we decided to get some baby
pools for them," Burns said. Clowns will also be
on hand to entertain the crowd and create balloon
art for concertgoers.
The Alan Fox Band, known for its blues, classic
and original rock performances, kicks off at
6:30 p.m. on the Winter Elder Stage. The show is free,
as are all of the activities.
"They're a fabulous band," Burns said. "They played
at AlleyFest and they were awesome. We were really
lucky to get them. They play music everyone knows
and loves, so you can bring anybody out and they
can appreciate it."
The Alan Fox Band was picked as a 2005 first-year
national finalist at the Sonny Boy Blues Challenge,
earning the right to perform at the
King Biscuit Blues Festival.
"We wanted the Fourth of July to be special and we
wanted this to be a family affair, so come
downtown on Friday night and enjoy," said Burns.
Fallon Burns - Kilgore Mainstreet Coordinator 7/01/09
Original Tunes on our CD's Some Not Released Yet!
I got I Want (donnie pendleton) Ju Ju Momma (alan fox)
Because We Ended As Lovers (jeff beck) Ain't Nobody Own The Blues (alan fox) Do Me (donnie pendleton) Never Learn (donnie pendleton) Be My Pretender (alan fox)
Waxahachie Whirlwind (donnie pendleton) Four on the Floor in the Army (alan fox)
Your Fault (alan fox) High Price (alan fox) Take My Hand (alan fox) Stealin' (uria heep)
She Makes Me Hot(alan fox) Lost Without Your Love (alan fox)
Classic Cover Songs
Radar Love (golden earring) Boys Are Back in Town (thin lizzy) Can't Get Enough of Your Love (bad company) Sunshine of Your Love (eric clapton) Cool Guitars (jimmy thackery) Never Been To Spain (three dog night) One Way Out (allman brothers) Champagne and Reefer (muddy waters) Rock Candy (montrose) Strangle Hold (ted nuggent) Rock Steady (bad company) Rivera Paradise (stevie ray vaughn) Blue Jean Blues (zz top) Feelin’ Alright (joe cocker) Those Shoes (eagles) Hey Baby (ted nuggent) Smoke On The Water (deep purple) Honky Tonk Woman (rolling stones) You Can Leave Your Hat On (joe cocker) Gonna Have A Good Time (arc angels) I Got My Mojo Workin' (muddy waters) Bridge of Sigh (robin trower) Superstitious (stevie wonder) Caledonia (bb king) Leave My Little Girl Alone (stevie ray vaughn) Shaky Ground (delbert mcclinton) I Got A Line On You (spirit) I Shot The Sheriff (bob marley) Suzie Q (creedence clearwater) Let Her Cry (hootie & blowfish) The Thrill is Gone (bb king) I’m Going Down (freddy king) I Got A Sweet Little Angel (bb king) Too Many Dirty Dishes (albert collins) Knocking On Heaven’s Door (bob dylan) Cold Shot (stevie ray vaughn) Green River (ccr) Drift Away (dobie gray) Wonderful Tonight (eric clapton) Hoochie Coochie Man (muddy waters) Bend Over Baby (buddy flet) Before You Accuse Me (eric clapton) I’m Tore Down (freddy king) Little Wing (jimi hendrix) She Walks Like A Lady (journey) Fool For Your Stockings (zz top) She’s Some Kind of Wonderful (grand funk) Stormy Monday (t-bone walker) Red House (jimi hendrix) Sweet Home Chicago (muddy waters) Voodoo Childe (jimi hendrix) Cowboy Song (thin lizzy)