They’ve got Texas in their souls, and it shines through in their songs. Big Joe Walker and Scott Sean White are bringing those songs and that spirit to Van Alstyne for the June 27 Music in the Park concert.
There are a lot of differences in the two singer/songwriters’ styles, but more similarities than differences. Each fronts his own full band, and this will be only the second time they will have performed together. Each learned their music on the keyboard, and they still incorporate that talent into their shows. Each then learned the guitar. Each writes most of the songs he performs.
Seeing Big Joe perform his bold brand of Texas country music removes any curiosity where he got his nickname. He is big in stature, big in humor, big in talent, and even more so, his smile fills a room. With his band, the Big Joe Walker Band, he tours and has become a regular on stages across Texas and Oklahoma, and is in regular rotation at Billy Bob’s Texas. He’s played in Van Alstyne numerous times, at El Patio Escondido and at Fall der All. His “Friday Nights in Texas” spent nine weeks on the Texas music charts and he recently released “Haunt Me” to radio.
Scott Sean White, the leader of the big band Professor D, is Texas born and raised, engages the audience with his unique style and delivery of all his acoustic original country songs.
A former staff songwriter in Nashville, he has continued to travel back and forth to Music City once or twice a month for the past 12 years to write with many of the city’s most talented writers and artists. Contemporary Christian artist Gary Chapman recorded three of Scott Sean’s songs on his latest album.
Scott Sean, too, is no stranger to Van Alstyne, having been a regular performer at El Patio Escondido for the past three years.
Both troubadours will have CDs available at the concert. Music in the Park will be held at Dorothy Fielder Park in downtown Van Alstyne, and music will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Lawn chairs are a definite advantage and ice chests and picnic dinners perfectly acceptable, without alcoholic beverages since the park is on city property. Also, Whistlestop Café is just around the corner and will have wait staff on hand to take orders and deliver those orders to the patrons in their lawn chairs.
Future Music in the Park concerts will be on Tuesday, July 25, with The Bodarks String Band; and on Tuesday, Aug. 15, with Big Gus Swampadelic and his blues/jazz/country/music trio.
There is no charge for this or any Music in the Park concert, which are produced by the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn, which will have representatives on site to tell concert-goers about their facility and will also bring back the magician and balloon-animal maker; Premier Pawn of Anna; Texas Star Bank; and Whistlestop Café. Call 903-482-6066 for more information.