Texas Sky Band
Texas Sky is a progressive acoustic group that adds their own flair and musicality to traditional songs ranging from Americana to Bluegrass to Country to the Beatles! Our instruments include guitars, mandolin, banjo, and bass.
What started as a casual jam session between friends grew into a traditional bluegrass band in 2011. Over the months, that traditional group became the eclectic American sound that is Texas Sky. Whether it’s a traditional Bluegrass or Country song or a Beatles favorite, Texas Sky pulls from the varied experiences of each member and creates their own style and musicality for any song to create a vibrant live performance of well known and loved songs.
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|6/13/20||Greenwood Store||5-8 pm; 1714 County Road 2740 Greenwood, TX; 940-466-3000. We will be playing under the pavilion outside; so you can listen as long as you wish while picking up your food. They serve some of the best catfish and homemade pie you have ever tasted! Hope to see you there!|
|7/11/20||Blue Ostrich Winery||2-6 pm; 5611 FM 2382, Saint Jo, TX 76265;(940) 995.3100. Come on out and see the beautiful setting, enjoy some wine, learn about their wine club and guest house, and enjoy some live music!|
|10/17/2020||Red's Yard||8-11 pm; 410 N Bell Ave, Denton, TX 76209; (940) 218-2981. Red's Yard has great comfort food straight from their kitchen, lots of games, picnic tables, comfy chairs, and plenty of shade. 20 beers are on tap. Hope to see you there!|
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|10/31/2020||Greenwood Store||5-8 pm; 1714 County Road 2740 Greenwood, TX; 940-466-3000. The music and dining are located under the pavilion outside. Listen to our music while you eat. Bring your lawn chairs and you can listen as long as you wish afterward. They serve some of the best catfish and homemade pie you have ever tasted! Hope to see you there!|
|3/20/2021||Greenwood Store||5-8 pm; 1714 County Road 2740 Greenwood, TX; 940-466-3000. It is good to be playing again! We will be under the pavilion outside; so you can listen while you eat. Bring your lawn chairs and stay as long as you wish afterward. They serve some of the best catfish and homemade pie you have ever tasted! Hope to see you there!|
Like millions of others, Randy caught the music bug the night the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV show in 1964. He started out on drums, playing in various band configurations throughout high school and college before eventually focusing on guitar as his favorite instrument. Over more than 40 years of enjoying music, he’s taught guitar and drum lessons, played in a couple of classic rock bands and played acoustically as a solo performer. While the guitar is his first love, he once took banjo lessons before frustration led him back to the guitar. He’s currently involved in an ongoing learning process with the mandolin and bass. In addition to the Beatles, his many influences over the years have included Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg, the Eagles, Tom Petty and Buddy Guy. Randy and his wife Vicki make their home in Denton.
Susanne has been singing and playing guitar since the 6th grade when she and her friends taught themselves folk songs like Stewball and The Gypsy Rover, practicing after school in the coat room. If Susanne wasn’t singing with her guitar, she was singing in choirs which eventually led to her studying classical voice for a time and landed her a place in the alto section of the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC.
While living in DC, she also performed with friends in a variety of local pubs covering songs from Dylan to Motown, Steve Earle to Fleetwood Mac with a few orginals thrown into the mix.
In more recent years, she has been active both on stage and behind the scenes with Denton Community Theater and Music Theater of Denton. Singing with Texas Sky marks a return to performing acoustic music after a long hiatus and she couldn’t be happier. Susanne and her husband, Jeff, make their home in Aubrey.
Dave’s a public high school teacher who’s been playing the guitar for over 47 years. Dave and fellow Texas Sky band mate Randy Cummings have been playing together since 1966. He went on to master playing the bass in 1982 with various rock n roll bands. Over the years he has played bass for Rockin Richie and the Dentones, Joe Pat Hennen & Fencepost, and others. Dave makes his home in Denton.
Roddy started playing guitar in high school but really became intrigued with the 5-string banjo after hearing Bluegrass classics such as Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the Beverly Hillbilly theme song, and Dueling Banjos in the late 1970’s. He is self-taught, learning how to play from tablature books and instructional videos.
His main influence is of course Earl Scruggs who was the primary developer and namesake of the ‘Scruggs style’ of banjo picking. He enjoys watching and learning from the many pros out there but his favorite professional player is Alan Munde. Ralph Stanley is another primary influence.
Roddy has enjoyed jamming with friends on Saturday nights on the Garland square during the months of April-October for many years and has been banjoist for several bands in the Dallas area. Roddy and his wife Nancy live in Frisco.
John “JT” Tompkins has played guitar most of his life, although he started on the ukulele as a child. He always enjoyed and been interesting in playing country, bluegrass, and classic rock music. In school, JT played lead Saxophone in a stage band that became busy in the Denton area playing at events and fundraisers. JT was also a piano student as a youth.
JT has been known to spend small fortunes on, over the years, 33 LP’s, cassettes, CD’s, and now iTunes. He enjoys being the rhythm guitar player and seeing his fellow band members progress as musicians and move forward. He and his wife Glenna make their home in Denton.
Prior Founding Members
Olivia Justice Countryman
Olivia got her start singing solos in church in elementary school and moved into serious study of classical singing in middle and high school. She attended and graduated from the University of North Texas, first studying Vocal Performance and then switching to Musicology with an emphasis in the French Baroque; her thesis is currently curriculum for a graduate class at the University. All of that experience helped her very little in the switch to Bluegrass and folk music traditions. She has been learning this new style since 2010 and playing the mandolin since 2011. Arranging songs from other music genres into folk and bluegrass traditions is one of her favorite band activities. Olivia spends whatever free time she has left with her devoted husband, Jared.
August 2018 Update: Congratulations to Olivia for her scholarship to Law School! We hate to see her go but she is going to be quite busy for the next 3 years. We wish her all the best in her new endeavors. As time permits she will be performing solo gigs in the Denton and Fort Worth areas.
I Can't Wait 'til I Don't Love You Anymore
I Can't Help it if I'm Still in Love With You
Fox on the Run
We have two CD's for sale in our store for $13 each (free shipping)
Audio selections from our Texas Sky CD:
Bury Me in Bluegrass
March 18, 2021 - Finally, a Return to Action
. . . and Some Tasty Catfish!
Hi there! We've made it to 2021 and the great news is the (Texas) Sky is clearing and ready to shine again! Our band has been inactive since late last summer -- like many musicians -- but are jumping back into action. We dusted off our instruments and played an outdoor gig at a Denton senior living facility earlier this week and are happy to announce that we've been invited back to play at the Greenwood Store and Grill this Saturday, March 20, outdoors under the pavilion. The weather is supposed to be great, the catfish is always superb and we'll be offering up the dinner music during the usual 5-8 p.m. time slot. Consider this our invitation to join us this Saturday -- it's been way too long a wait.
February 1, 2020 - Our videos are ready!
We have a new YouTube channel containing our videos! Click on the 'Music' menu to view them!
October 9, 2019 - Our Debut Videos Are on Their Way
Coming soon to a screen near you — in our case, that means your phone, tablet, laptop or PC — will be our very first, professionally produced music videos. That’s right, Texas Sky will soon have several videos available for viewing on all our social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and our website, as well as on YouTube. With lots of help and input from good friend (and videographer) Chris Howell at Cafe Solo Studio in Denton, we recently recorded performance videos for three songs which will give folks who haven’t seen us play live a better idea of what we’re all about. Chris co-produced our “Fresh Cuts” CD and has done a great job of creating these new, high-quality videos for us. Hopefully, you’ll find them worth watching and will give you a peek into the fun brand of music we loving playing for you!
April 24, 2019 - 2019 Denton Arts and Jazz Festival.
Perhaps the biggest event our hometown hosts each spring is the annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. It’s coming this weekend — April 26-28 — and is now in its 39th year of existence. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced it, it’s three days of art exhibits and all genres of music that literally take over the entire Quakertown Park just off the downtown square. Texas Sky has been fortunate enough to play the past six festivals and are scheduled to perform again this year, Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 pm on the Celebration Stage (next to the Post Office). It looks like the weather is going to cooperate this year and be beautiful on Saturday (unlike two years ago when a brutal cold front blew in at the start of our set and finished us off with some light rain!), so we hope to see everyone out there. BTW, it will be Susanne’s first festival appearance with us, so come on out and show your support for her!
March 1, 2019 - The Greenwood Store and Restaurant
One of our favorites places to play the last few years is a homey, out-of-the-way, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot about 20 minutes west of Sanger in the tiny community of Greenwood, Texas. We’ll be at the most popular place in town — the Greenwood Store and Restaurant. Though math was not my strongest subject, I think this will be our sixth time performing there. We’re scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 5-8 p.m., and if you’ve never been there you’re in for a treat. Located in an old, historic building from an era long gone, the place is just that: a combination small-town store and restaurant. And on Saturday nights, the menu features just one item, a country-style fried catfish dinner that packs ’em in nearly every week. Texas Sky has always enjoyed playing there — from our little corner “stage” area — and folks have always been real receptive to our songs while enjoying their dinner. For us, the best part of this gig is that we get to chow down on some fried catfish (and not to mention a slice of their famous pies!) before heading home. Hope to see ya’ll there on March 9. (Contributed by band member, Randy Cummings)
August 29, 2018 - Goodbye and Hello
Olivia Countryman, our lead vocalist (and mandolin picker) since the band started out nearly seven years ago, is stepping away to pursue a law degree while honing her singer/songwriter talents as a soloist. We certainly wish her well!
In the meantime, we’ve been fortunate to find a new female voice to add to our presentation:
Susanne Coffey. She’s a longtime singer and guitarist who has been working overtime in preparing to make her Texas Sky debut at our upcoming Friday (August 31) gig at the Denton County Brewery. Show starts at 9:00 p.m., so we hope you’ll come out, grab a cold one and enjoy this new edition of Texas Sky.
Texas Sky is a progressive acoustic band that adds its own flare and musicality to songs ranging from traditional bluegrass, Americana and country all the way to the Beatles! Along the way, Texas Sky mixes an occasional original song into its sets.
Formed in 2011, Texas Sky is a five-piece ensemble that performs regularly in and around Denton County and the North Texas area. The current lineup includes original members Randy Cummings (guitar, mandolin, vocals), John Tompkins (guitar, vocals) and Dave Lewis (bass). Roddy Fuller (banjo) has been a Texas Sky member since 2014 while Susanne Coffey (vocals, mandolin) joined in 2018.
The band released its self-titled debut CD in 2013, featuring a 10-song collection of traditional, classic and original tunes. In 2016, Texas Sky followed up with its second CD, Fresh Cuts, showcasing 11 new original songs.
"They're probably one of the best bands that has played Twilight Tunes. Perfect music for a night out on the lawn on the (Denton) Square."
"You guys were the hit of the Rhythm and Wine so far. The songs, music, playing and singing were the best we had. We will definitely have you out again and soon!"
Places We've Played
|* Denton (TX) Arts & Jazz Festival||* Lone Star Attitude (Denton)|
|* Twilight Tunes (Denton)||* Chrystal Opry7 House (Sherman)|
|* Grapefest (Grapevine, TX)||* Delaney Vineyards (Grapevine, TX)|
|* North TX Fairgrounds (Denton)||* Gladewater Opry (Gladewater, TX)|
|*Blue Ostrich Vineyard (St. Jo, TX)||* Aubrey Peanut Festival (Aubrey, TX)|
|*Dan's Silverleaf Bar (Denton)||*Hulen Park Concert Series (Cleburne, TX)|
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