Download PDF by Vince Bell: One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter

By Vince Bell

Texas singer/songwriter Vince Bell’s tale starts within the Nineteen Seventies. Following the likes of Townes Van Zandt and man Clark, Bell and his contemporaries Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and Lucinda Williams have been at the upward thrust. In December of 1982, Bell used to be on his method domestic from the studio (where he and employed weapons Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson had simply recorded 3 of Bell’s songs) whilst a under the influence of alcohol driving force broadsided him at sixty five mph. Thrown over 60 toes from his automobile, Bell suffered a number of lacerations to his liver, embedded glass, damaged ribs, a mangled correct forearm, and a serious hectic mind damage. not just was once his debut album waylaid for a dozen years, lifestyles as he’d recognized it should by no means be the same.

In detailing his restoration from the coincidence and his roundabout climb again onstage, Bell shines a gentle in these darkish corners of the song company that, for the lone musician whose luck is measured no longer through the head forty yet by way of nightly victories, frequently fall open air of the highlight. Bell’s prose isn't in contrast to his lyrics: spare, attractive, evocative, and sometimes sneak-up-on-you humorous. His chronicle of his personal lifestyles and close to loss of life at the street finds what it potential to stay for one’s art.

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They picked up a flat-pick or a capo here and there like they were grazing. They eyed the tuner, a chorus ensemble, and the keys to the Rambler as they modeled my bass player’s Hawaiian shirt among themselves. These San Antonio fellows dressed in Harley Davidson T-shirts and leathers were missing only bandoleros and revolvers. Their long black braids glistened in the beer lights. They laughed from way down in their bellies. And finally they took a string or two to go along with the capo, pads of paper, and pens.

I couldn’t see how I could turn him down. Hell, I wouldn’t. I’d been brought up with the rumors about this colorful fellow. I guess I just wanted to be part of a rumor myself. It made me feel a little taller somehow to consider it. Be careful what you wish for. Back then the opening act (that’s me) was a lower life-form to the headliner (that was him). He was the famous writer, and I was just one of the new kids with a lot of ink in my pen who had modeled a few of my own early compositions after his.

Now that was moving on down the highway. I was going to play with a charting rocker, one of Texas’ favorites. Pretty exotic fare. My first half-dozen years playing had mostly been as a solo. Now I was fronting a band. When the day of the gig arrived, we stuffed the old camper with as much equipment and warm bodies as we could. The rest of us piled into my Rambler. About four in the afternoon, we pulled up to the club and I threw open the doors of the van on Guadalupe. The asphalt was almost molten in the relentless Texas sun.

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