John Garza
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John Garza

Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Discography

BF Deal Sampler (B.F. Deal Records 1977)

Appears as backup vocalist "Fool For Blonde"(Bartlett) (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Just Another Fools Dance (released MP3.com disc 2001)

"Diamonds Diddys & Rough Cuts"(released 2004)

Sound bytes and more links to CD's can be found at my home site

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Bio

"Being a professional musician for over 30 years has allowed me to refine my writing so that I can write in whatever genre I feel. I don't like being put in a box or package. Although I have done alright over the years as a player in bands and a single artist, if I was in it for the money I would quit today. Music is not a way to make a living, it is living. I think what's important in a song is the message, and the musician is a vehicle for the message."
Born in Houston, Texas John started singing at 6 years of age with "a voice that made the old ladies cry". In his teens he spent a lot of time playing as a solo artist at coffee houses like "Sand Mountain" (where Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt got started) and at parties with friends. He won outstanding vocalist in Houston while in the band The Midnight Shift (originally called TOBY) and opened for local bands like Fever Tree and The Moving Sidewalks (Later became ZZ Top), then spent a year or more singing with the band St Laufren.
Moving to Austin, TX at twenty, John returned to his solo career playing many venues and opening for people like The Vaughn Brothers (Stevie Ray & Jimmy), Jerry Jeff Walker,The Lost Gonzo Band, Tom Rush, Marcia Ball, Robert Shaw (renowned barellhouse pianist), Doug Sahm and the Texas Tornados, and singing with people like Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith.
Winning the songwriters contest at the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival in the early 70's he was joined at the winner's concert by one of the judges David Amram, well known jazz musician and composer for the New York Philharmonic.
Later John appeared on the BF Deal Sampler Vol 1 as one of four artists along with Nanci Griffith, Frank Zigal and Will Walker. More recently John has opened for people like Taj Mahal, The Outlaws, Jesse Winchester, John Stewart (Kingston Trio fame) and Alice Walker (The Color Purple).
John has always been fond of the Theater and has performed in such roles as Ron in "HAIR"(1990) opening the show as lead vocalist in "Aquarius", Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1993) and Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" (1999). From his home in Colorado, John has found a new place in the music scene on the Internet.