For those of you just learning about The Bugle Boy, The Bugle Boy is a “Listening Room” and offers a wide variety of musical experiences that include blues, rock, country, jazz, swing and everything in between. The focus is on original, independant singer/songwriters; an amazingly talented group that write and perform music on their own terms.
In just one short year, The Bugle Boy has managed to secure itself a national reputation of being one of the best “Listening Rooms” in the country and often gets compared to Nashville’s famous Blue Bird Cafe. The Bugle Boy has hosted a wide variety of great Independent talent in this short year including: : Grammy nominated and Texas Music Hall of Fame artist Eliza Gilkyson, AWA Will Rogers Award recepient Donnie Blanz, “Austin City Limits” star Ruthie Foster, “Just Plain Folks” Female Artist of the year 2004 Erika Luckett, NYC’s Carnegie Hall performers Sloan Wainwright and Phillipe Bertaud and Austin legend Toni Price just to name a few.
You might be asking yourself, exactly what is a “Listening Room”? A “Listening Room” is just that. A space where you go to listen. A trip to The Bugle Boy is like going to a movie. Talking is not permitted during performances. A “Listening Room” environment creates the best and most intimate experience that an artist can share with his/her audience.
Our shows are all about the music. The result is a concert experience that is personal and extrememly comfortable for both the audience and the performer. Performers often share personal stories about themselves or even take questions from the audience. This unusual setting is one of the reasons that Bugle Boy shows often sell out weeks in advance.
The Bugle Boy debuted in January of 2005 and the word quickly spread. Devoted locals raved to their urban friends and soon the house was packed with a mix of people from Austin, Houston, San Antonio….all across the state. We have had people come to shows from as far away as Florida, Chicago, Minnesota….they are looking for a different kind of concert experience and we can provide that. In addition to wonderful music, the Bugle Boy offers coffee drinks, fine wines and beer, and is ALWAYS a non-smoking establishment.
Because The Bugle Boy is housed in a WW I I Army Barrack, we decided to name it from the Andrews Sisters’ 1940′s hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The barrack originated from the WW I I Camp Swift Infantry Base in Bastrop, Texas. In 1948 the La Grange Sons of Hermann purchased the building from the U.S. Armyand had it relocated to La Grange where they conducted their meetings until 2004.
Today the Bugle Boy is solely owned by Lane Gosnay and she operates the intimate concert hall with a small group of volunteers. Many of The Bugle Boys past performances can be heard by visiting their podcast link at thebugleboy.com