Gay Troubadour

Gary Lynn Floyd has a new name, a new CD and a new reality TV show

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HAT TRICK | Floyd’s CD release party coincides with filming for his appearance on the new reality series ‘Troubador, TX.’

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor
jones@dallasvoice.com

Gary Floyd has made a big decision: It’s time to use his middle name.

For years, if you Googled him, you’d be just as likely to get another gay Texas-based musician (he of the Butthole Surfers) as Dallas’ premier crooner. While he has “nothing against butthole surfing,” he says, it’s time to stake out his own identity.

May we introduce Gary Lynn Floyd.

People might not mistake them anymore anyway. This Floyd could set himself apart by being one of the musicians profiled on the new reality series Troubadour, Tx.

“They follow about 24 singer-songwriters — what we’re doing to make our way through the music business,” he explains. That means hauling his keyboard up the backstairs of Woody’s for a patio concert.

Piano? Gay bar? This ain’t no Logo show. The nationally syndicated series (available locally on KTXA Sundays at 10 p.m.) is about Texas musicians, most of whom are shit-kickin’ straight guitar-strummers, not gay pianists with a background in Christian music.

“I wasn’t really sure they knew what they were getting when they asked me,” Floyd says. He was recruited by a friend from the music business over the summer; he began filming in late August, and has shot for about four days so far.

Floyd hass been impressed by the production values, especially considering the quick turnaround — the series has already begun airing, even though production is still underway. Floyd is not sure when his profile will air — perhaps by the end of the month, perhaps early in 2012. But he’s still filming.

Screen shot 2011-11-03 at 7.04.21 PMIn fact, Floyd’s last planned segment shoots this Sunday at the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope. The event will also serves as the launch party for Floyd’s latest CD.

“The [disc] is called Then+Now — it’s sort of a retrospective of my songs,” he says. “It combines the best songwriting,” and includes a duet with Denise Lee that he had never recorded. It promises to be a great showcase for his talents as well as his appeal to a variety of audiences. (A portion of proceeds will benefit the chapel.)

“I hope people show up!” Floyd says. No worries: If there’s one thing Dallasites have shown themselves good at lately, it’s appearing on reality TV.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 4, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Dazzling affair for the holidays

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In 2009, local actors and singers came together as DFW Actors Give Back to release Holidazzle, a CD of holiday music all for the benefit of Jonathan’s Place, an organization that serves the needs of children suffering through abuse. As it turned out, the match was successful enough for performers to assemble again for Holidazzle: Act II.

The collective raised close to $10,000 for the organization.

The CD will be available at several theaters through the holiday season for $15. Performers in this second edition include local faves like Gary Floyd, Denise Lee and B.J. Cleveland.

DFW Actors Give Back will host a CD release party this Monday which also provides a preview of what’s on the disc. Along with appetizers and drinks, featured artists will also perform songs from the CD. Oh, and they want you to dress in festive attire.
If that doesn’t get you in the holiday mood, then bah, humbug to you.

— Rich Lopez

Kalita Humphreys Theater,
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
DFWActorsGiveBack.org.

—  Kevin Thomas

WATCH: Jane Doe at House of Blues on Saturday

I have to say that I was pretty shocked by the turnout at House of Blues Saturday night for Deborah Vial’s CD release. I knew she had a local following, but one that crowded both the floor and the balcony was beyond me. But the crowd wasn’t just there for her. They were also holding out for the reunion performance of Jane Doe who opened the night for Vial. In fine form, the band rocked and rolled as if 15 years never passed with them apart. Their exuberance stuck with them even after their performance.

“Oh my gosh, being on stage was like tasting the best food ever, bassist Susan Carson said. “It was so great to be up there!”

In this video, drummer Vicci Stewart pretty much kills with her elongated drum solo. Check it.

—  Rich Lopez

Deborah Vial and Jane Doe tonight at HOB

Homecoming queen
VialThis week’s cover story focuses on the reunion of Jane Doe, but let’s not forget that it’s a big night for Deborah Vial too. The singer returns to Dallas to host the CD release of Stages and Stones. It’s gonna be like a vintage night out at Sue Ellen’s in the ’90s but like huge. Yeah. They’re even playing the big room at HOB.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. 7:30 p.m. $10. HouseOfBlues.com.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Deborah Vial’s ‘Don’t Make Me Take It’

Although Dallas used to be her stomping grounds, singer Deborah Vial now calls Hawaii home. But every so often, she comes back — like this Saturday where she hosts a CD release party for her new album Stages and Stones as well as being instrumental in the reunion of Jane Doe.

Israel Luna continues his tales from the darkside with this dark, twisted take on Vial’s bluesy track. I don’t think we’ve seen Vial like this before. Here, she’s the kinda gal you don’t take home to mom. Instead, maybe the asylum. Check it.

—  Rich Lopez

Gary Floyd CD release party tonight benefits AIDS Arms LifeWalk

Everything ‘Zen’ at this fundraiser

There are those of us who walk long distances and those of us who contribute. If you’re the latter, but still want to help out LifeWalk, head to Gary Floyd’s CD release party. His latest EP, The Gospel of Zen, gets the soiree treatment while also raising funds for AIDS Arms. Plus, with every suggested donation, you get a free CD. But get an autograph if you can.

DEETS: Private residence. 7 p.m. $25. 214-686-7476. Facebook.com/LifeWalkDallas

—  Rich Lopez

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Friday 10.08

Everything ‘Zen’ at this fundraiser
There are those of us who walk long distances and those of us who contribute. If you’re the latter, but still want to help out LifeWalk, head to Gary Floyd’s CD release party. His latest EP, The Gospel of Zen, gets the soiree treatment while also raising funds for AIDS Arms. Plus, with every suggested donation, you get a free CD. But get an autograph if you can.

DEETS: Private residence. 7 p.m. $25. 214-686-7476. Facebook.com/LifeWalkDallas

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Saturday 10.09

Walk this way to Deep Ellum
The Deep Ellum Enrichment Project hosts the Deep Ellum Art Walk with 18 galleries from the area and Exposition Park showing a variety of arts, with music and food along the way. The walk is followed up by an after-party at La Grange on Elm. Sweet.

DEETS: Hosted by DEEP. 6 p.m. Free. Kevin@GreenBandanaGroup.com

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Thursday 10.14

The devil never sleeps
Mark-Brian Sonna takes us to Hell again with his latest production, Lucifer Descending. Lucifer is pissed at God so he goes and creates the underworld. Then he sets his sights on abducting Seth, one of the sons of Adam and Eve. Clearly, Lucifer just doesn’t know when to stop.

DEETS: Stone Cottage Theater, 15650 Addison Rd., Through Nov. 6. $18–$25. MBSProductions.net.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 8, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Carlos Saenz at ilume Friday night

I went to check out Carlos Saenz’s CD release party in the Great Room at the ilume Friday night and it was quite the scene. A hefty crowd turned out for the Voice of Pride top 10 finalist as he celebrated the release of his single, “Elaborate Lives.” It didn’t hurt that Bar 10 was there doling out the free drinks.

His vocals sounded good but the sound wavered off a bit by the end. The mike issue went unnoticed however, and he turned in a decent gig with covers of Erasure, The Doors and even Journey by way of Glee. Backup singers included other VOP finalists Mel Arizpe, Juliana Jeffrey and Robert Olivas. There was even an “awww” moment when he introduced his family who had come up from Brownsville to see his show.

Looking at this now, it’s a whole lot darker than I figured on. D’oh! But you should get the idea of the show.

—  Rich Lopez

Voice of Pride finalist Carlos Saenz announces CD release party

Carlos Saenz makes a move toward his music career with a CD release party Feb. 5 at ilume. The single, “Elaborate Lives,” from the musical Aida, is an apropos ballad to Saenz’s voice and features guest vocals by Jeanie Tracy of “Cha Cha Heels” fame. I called Saenz to get his thoughts on this big, bold step to music stardom. Check it out after the jump. Of course, deets on the event are in the poster.

—  Rich Lopez