President :
Carl Brainerd
Vice President :
Gayle Fallon
   Secretary :
Neely Atkinson
Paul Cooper
Cotton Patch Rag Editor:
Carolyn Davis
                                        Concert Producer: Paul Cooper, ph: 713-204-1207



Song Circles

First Monday Song Circle:

Terry and Bill Pinkston have generously offered to host the Monday song circle at her home, since the regular meeting place, the JCC has limited space as they continue recovering from the flood.  (Thanks, Terry and Bill!)

DIRECTIONS TO 4014 Essex Lane. Houston, TX

Terry's home is near Central Market, Highland Village Apple Store & Williams Sonoma. It is literally half way between the Westheimer/Weslayan and Alabama/Weslayan intersections (and one and half  blocks to the west) for reference purposes.

Access from the West Loop: take Westheimer exit, head east (toward town), cross the RR tracks and turn right either on Suffolk (which is easy to miss) or Drexel (stoplight/Apple Store is a good landmark). Proceed down Drexel to 2nd street, turn right on Essex Ln. Or, if on Suffolk, turn left on Essex Ln.

Access from I59/I69 (Southwest Frwy): take Weslayan exit, head north (toward Edwards Theater). Can turn left at either the Alabama light or take the 2nd median break past Alabama (Essex Ln). If on Alabama, go to stop sign, turn right on Drexel, and turn left on 2nd street (Essex Ln). If on Essex Ln, proceed to stop sign, then go straight one half block more.
Call Terry's cell phone,  
713-501-9752 if you need help with directions.


 Our song circles are normally held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.  These  are located at the Jewish Community Center in Room 119, which is on  the lower level of the building.  JCC is located at 5601 South Braeswood Boulevard, Houston, TX 77096-3999.

 Meetings consist of a "song circle", allowing each attendee an opportunity for a musical performance, share a song, tall tale, announcement, or other item which he or she may wish to share with the group.   Non-performers are just as welcome as performers. After all, musicians, singers, storytellers, all need an audience.


The Cotton Patch Rag

A monthly newsletter of the Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society, The Cotton Patch Rag includes a calendar of folk music events in and near Houston, reviews of albums and concerts, articles about folklore, music, musicians, and news of the Society's business. The Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society membership price of $15.00 per year includes a digital copy and of The Cotton Patch Rag.  In addition to  The Cotton Patch Rag there is an email distribution of our Second Saturday Concert promos and our Pickin' Party details.

Our EMAIL List

  We have an email distribution list that we use to email information about Second Saturday Concerts and about our monthly pickin' parties.  If you are interested, you can email and ask to be put on the Folklore list.  You will only get 2 emails per month from us and we do NOT share our distribution list.


Pickin' Party



 The next pickin' party is from 2-6 PM, Sunday,  November 12 (2nd Sunday) at the home of Carolyn Davis, co-hosted by Carl Brainerd, and Rita Sommer. The hosts will provide a main dish, soft drinks, plates, utensils, etc.  Bring a side dish or desert for the pot luck, which is from 2 to 3 PM. Song circle will be from 3 to 6 PM.  Bring a lawn chair, if you have one hand, as we will sit outside on the bank of the Brazos River, weather permitting.  Guest are welcome.

The old route (which still sometimes shows up on GPS) is closed.  The intersection of Thompson Ferry Rd and Hagerson Rd is permanently closed, so do not follow any ‘old’ directions that take you to Thompson Ferry.

Also, law enforcement officers on FM 1092 and LJ Parkway are quite diligent about enforcing speed limits, so mind your speed.


Take US 59 south one exit past Sam Houston Tollway to FM 1092/Murphy Road.  Turn left on FM 1092 (FM 1092 is called Wilcrest north of US 59).  After 6.5 miles (at Hwy) FM 1092 becomes University Blvd. Proceed 1.4 miles on University Blvd.  Turn left on LJ Parkway (CVS on corner). Proceed 1.1 miles.  Turn right on Hagerson Rd. Proceed 1 mile.  1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

Take Hwy 6 north to Sienna Parkway (HEB on corner). Turn left on Sienna Pkwy. Proceed 0.5 miles.  Turn right on Sienna Springs. After 1.5 miles, Sienna Springs becomes L.J. Pkwy. Proceed 1.2 miles on L.J. Pkwy.  Turn left on Hagerson Rd.  1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

Take TX 99/Grand Parkway south to US 59. Turn north (left) on US 59. Proceed 1.7 miles. Exit University Blvd.  Turn right on University Blvd.  Proceed 5.4 miles on University Blvd.  Turn right on LJ Parkway (CVS on corner). Proceed 1.1 miles.  Turn right on Hagerson Rd. Proceed 1 mile. 1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

Confused?  Contact Carolyn at or 281-748-1131

It is great fun to bring friends and music into your home.  If you would like to host a Pickin' Party in the future, please contact Carolyn at

                           <<<<<<<PICKIN' PARTY VIDEOS >>>>>>


Cal Perry Remembered Some photos taken at Pickin' Parties attended by Cal Perry.  Audio is that of Cal leading the circle in "I'll Fly Away".

Pickin' Parties [March - June 2012] This video was made with frame captures of a video from Feb 2011, and with photos taken from the CPR. The audio is a recording of Justin's rendition of "Wonderful World" made on Feb 2011.

Here is a link to a slide show of photos from various pickin' parties:
Pickin' In The Past

Pickin Party Jan 2011

Video with Song Circle Audio Feb 7, 2011

 Pickin' Party Years 2002-2006   This video was composed of photos taken
over a range of several years.  Included among these are photos of individuals we have not seen of late because they have moved on to other locations, other interest, and some that are now deceased.

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