By Terry Hagerty
Special to the American-Statesman
While Bastrop certainly has some gifted homegrown musicians, a local resident who is a musician and producer prominent in Texas music wants to take Bastrop a step further — by pairing local acts with some of the state’s best known performers. Freddy Fletcher, a nephew of Willie Nelson and a founder and partner in Austin venue ACL Live and recording studio Arlyn, is kicking off a monthly music series at Viejo’s Tacos Y Tequila on Main Street on Friday, March 3.
“A show a month is our goal,” Fletcher said during an interview at Viejo’s with brothers and owners/managers Danny and Joe Oviedo III in attendance. Fletcher, a Bastrop resident, said the monthly series will bring “consistency” to the town’s live musical offerings.
The series’ nametag, Just East of Weird Live, is a snappy logo previously created by Bastrop blues guitarist Larry Wilson to capture’s the town’s eclectic environs, with a nod to Austin. The March 3 show ( 8 p.m., $10) will feature the Peterson Brothers, Bastrop’s well-known ‘blues brothers’ who play regularly at Austin’s famed Continental Club, followed by Jimmy T & the Teardrops, a seasoned band performing classic blues, R&B, soul and gospel music.
Fletcher said the monthly series “will be a chance to showcase local talent” and to “get them in front of more people than they might normally have.” Fletcher mentioned Dale Watson and Micky & the Motorcars as other well-known Texas performers who might be part of the series in the future.
“With Freddy Fletcher involved, you know the quality of it will be good,” said SiriusXM satellite radio personality Dallas Wayne, a singer-songwriter who’s also a Bastrop resident. “The marriage of touring acts with local acts will help strengthen the Bastrop music community.”
Fletcher, who worked with Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver and recorded B.W. Stevenson’s final album, says he was drawn to Bastrop’s storied past. “I love the history of this town,” he said, including the vintage and adjoining Kesselus and Kleinert buildings which house Viejos’ restaurant and its adjoining bar/music room.
Fletcher said the buildings “remind me of Gruene Hall,” the historic venue near New Braunfels. “Not many people know the real history of Bastrop; it’s one of the oldest communities in Texas,” he added. Now it will have a promising new live music series.