We had the good fortune of connecting with TexasBird – and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TexasBird, why did you pursue a creative career?
TexasBird was inspired by so many things, but it just came together like it was meant to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ed runs a guitar shop and Nina works there too! We also have twin 8 year old boys who keep us on our toes!
TexasBird, is not typical country music. In fact, we have still not figured out quite what our genre our music really is.
Ed and Nina are a husband and wife acoustic duo from Houston,TX. Ed has been playing punk rock/hardcore guitar in touring bands for over 35 year. He has played with bands (verbal Abuse and DRI) that have had songs covered and recorded by world famous heavy metal platinum selling Slayer. He has toured all over the US and even was a hired gun for another world famous thrash metal band called DRI on part of their South American tour in 2013. He has written on and been featured on 8 full lengths LPs and multiple compilations/demos. He found out recently that his musical roots were a strong and extremely important part of music history. Ed’s grandfather was a member of Harry Choates band when he first recorded Jole Blon…this song was the first ever Cajun song to EVER hit the billboard top 100 and it debuted at #4 ….it was recorded at world famous SugarHill Studios (Gold Star records, Quinn Studios) in SE Houston (Beyonce, Clay Walker, George Jones, Lightning Hopkins, Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and Ted Nugent ETC recorded there to note a few)
As for me (singer) I am the daughter of a Spanish Language platinum recording artist who just so happened to record her first album in Ed’s uncles studio (Garza Sound Studio) and her second at Sugar Hill…My mom was so famous at one point that Selena herself used to be her opening act. She also used to do all of the spanish musical voice overs for Channel 45 Houston -Univision. Nina is just starting out with song writing and singing aside from years ago in school choir lol.
Currently we are excited about traveling to Memphis to record at the Legendary Sun Studios. Many of our influences got their start here such as, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The King Elvis himself. We continue to find joy with each new song we write and have thus far recorded on our own with professional equipment.
Ed’s 30+ years touring allowed him to meet some of the most talented and famous musicians in his genres. He learned on the road that the “rock n roll” lifestyle doesn’t exist for a regular bands like it does for the world family bands out there. It’s rough and can sometimes push a band to its limits.
Nina, has learned that writing songs is not easy and sometimes you have to pull lyrics from places in your mind that are hard to go. She is still working on learning to sing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow! Houston is massive so this is a difficult one.
Day One- Our Guitar Shop (Heights Guitar Tech) and the Houston Heights area. We would eat at Tony’s for killer tex-me and margaritas.
DayTwo- Breakfast at franks grill and a visit to the colorful and cultural east end of Houston (EADO) Places like, The Orange Show, Smither Park, and to see all the awesome murals around the area.
Day 3-Most of the of music venues are gone but we would visit, Rudyards, The White Swan, Shady Acres, Continental Club, Scout Bar, Warehouse Live, and Rockafellers.
Day 4- BEER DAY (AKA UBER DAY) St Arnolds Brewery, Buffalo Brewing Co, Brash Brewery, and 8th Wonder Brewery…UBER
Day 5- FOOD DAY- Habanera and the Guero, Kenny & Ziggy’s, Barnabys, and Hobitt Cafe
Day 6- Our Museum District and Zoo- Lunch at KIM TAI in midtown Houston
Day 7- Miller Outdoor Theater for a free Concert! Dinner at La Fendi in the Montrose Area.
This city has so much to offer sadly we have recently lost many tried and true hang outs like, The Next Door Bar, Fitzgeralds, The Mink, Alice’s Tall Texan (owned ed’s 2nd cousin), and many more. There is never a lack of adventure here in Houston so its easy to show a visitor a great time!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
TexasBird would have never been a thought in our minds with out the late David Garcia. (RIP BROTHER) David and Ed (TEXASBIRD Guitar player/Composer) played together years ago in a band called Vatos Locos. While the band was still in its infant stages, Ed and David created our Song called “Dancin’ with the Devil”. Feeling nostalgic, on a whim one night Ed asked Nina (TexasBIRD Vocal/Lyrics) to help with the vocals and re-record the song after hearing an old cassette recording. We gave it a shot, and it came out better than we could have ever imagined. This event inspired our next random jam session which spawned our song called “Endtimes” in just a few hours. From there we decided we had something worth continuing and TexasBird was born.