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"Change For The Better"

Change for the better
Terry Allan Hall thinks smaller venues offer bigger rewards

Terry Allan Hall 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 15 Charlie's Caf� 120 S. Main St. Free 485-7052

After 25 years in the music business, Terry Allan Hall got tired of performing for people who were too tipsy to understand what he was singing. So, a year ago - just after New Year's Eve - the North Richland Hills resident quit the bar scene to make a fresh start in smaller, more intimate venues such as eateries and coffeehouses.

"These days, I mostly hit places that want music instead of background for people getting drunk and stupid," says Hall, 43.

One of those places is Charlie's Cafe in Grapevine, where he'll perform solo Saturday and Jan. 15. Another is a free show at Village Grill in Euless, where his trio - Too Hot for Snakes - will play 7:30-10:30 p.m Thursday and Jan. 20 and 27.

The band - which is acoustic, other than electric bass - mixes folk, blues, swing and jazz, says Hall, who sings and plays guitar, harmonica and mandolin.

The group got its name from a remark by the great-grandfather of the bride at a wedding reception where the musicians were performing, Hall says.

"He said, 'You guys are too hot for snakes!' We thought that was better than the Terry Allan Hall Trio, which was kinda lame," he says.

Other trio members are Chris Korfanty of Euless on bass and Bill Townsend of Haltom City on hand percussion, including bongos and congas.

Hall says the band does music by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, as well as country and a smattering of 1950s tunes.

They also perform some of Hall's original tunes.

"The music varies from serious to silly, but mostly I write about things that are important to me," he says.

His Exhibit is about a pair of Amazon porpoises that lived at the Fort Worth Zoo 30-plus years ago, when Hall was a child, he says.

"They were named Pinkie and Paddles, and when Pinkie had her baby, it was a complicated birth, and there was no one to attend to it," he says. The baby died.

"It was so sad, and it really affected me," he says.

A happier tune is Katie's Song, about his daughter, Katie, 11.

"She was born on the summer solstice, and this is just a song about how I love her and how she changed my life," he says.

Then there's his I Want You, which he describes as "a mildly ribald blues shuffle," that was inspired by actress Adrienne Barbeau.

"I've never had a pure thought about her," he says.

Terry Lee Goodrich, (817) 685-3812 terry@star-telegram.com

PHOTO(S): Jerry W. Hoefer
- Ft. Worth Star-Telegram


"Singer/Songsmith" (1997 MEK Recordings, ltd.), "A Texan In Exile" (2005 MEK Recordings, ltd.)



The music of TERRY ALLAN HALL has been described as a "tasty concoction of Good-time Folk-Rock and Country Gold, seasoned with a smidgeon of Jazz, a pinch each of Tin Pan Alley and Texas, and a healthy dollop of 'Down Home Blues', masterly served up through his expressive voice and confident command of the 6 and 12-string guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, dobro and dulcimer".

TERRY ALLAN HALL has been a part of the entertainment scene of North Texas (and elsewhere) since 1975, performing both solo and/or with a succession of bands, the latest being "Too Hot For Snakes".

In addition to performing at restaurants, cafes, coffee-houses, festivals and private affairs, TERRY finds time to share his music at nursing homes, retirement centers, hospitals and other places in need of a bit of cheer.

He is also focusing much of his energies into educational children's presentations for libraries and schools (both public and private), tailoring his shows to the themes of Summer Reading Programs and other events for kids from pre-school age to teens. Terry thinks learning can be fun, and his variety of performances reflects lessons on history and ethics in a way kids thoroughly enjoy.

TERRY ALLAN HALL lives in New Fairview, TX, a tiny burg nestled so well between Rhome and Decatur that it can rarely be found, with his wife/best friend/soul-mate, Georgia Anne, their 2 children (actually, there's another, but he's already moved into his own domicile!), 4 dogs, 4 cats, several birds, 11 tortoises, and a vast number of "furry beasties".