The Old Firehouse
8241 FM 279 - Downtown Edom, TX 75754 - (903) 852-ART1(2781)
Original Singer/Songwriter Folk Music

Concert Calendar 11th Season

Our small, intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free "Coffeehouse" music room is host to singer/songwriters from all over the country who stop in Edom to entertain with their original music. With concerts approximately once each month, most of the money collected for ticket sales will go to the artist. Coffee, Soft Drinks, and Desserts are available before and during the concerts.

Since our room is relatively small (around 50-70 seats), we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to insure seating. If you purchase in advance, you will be on the "Early Entry List" and be the first to enter the music room! Admission prices are indicated for each concert. Advance ticket purchases can be made up to the day before the concert using the paypal button or by calling 903-852-2781 to arrange payment by check or by credit card. Checks must be received no later than 2 days prior to the concert (along with contact info in the event the concert is already sold out). Paypal and Credit Card payments will incur a service fee (amount indicated in each concert description) to cover the cost of processing and any other fees (so that performers will still get the full admission). PLEASE NOTE that we are NOT a non-profit organization so any donations are NOT tax-deductible. In order to maintain a quiet listening environment, we ask that members of our audience please be over 13 years of age unless otherwise indicated.

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The Old Firehouse is a "labor of love" brought to you by Jeff & Judy Gottesman. While we are not a "not for profit" organization, we still need to make a small profit in order to cover our expenses. Please consider making a donation to enable us to continue bringing the music we all love to Edom. Donations are NOT tax-deductible, but sure help us make ends meet. Thanks.....Jeff & Judy

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Schmooze Hour Begins at 6:30pm, Concert Begins at 7:30 pm

Admission: $15 at the door

Advance Admission: $12 until 3pm Friday
by cash or check made out to The Old Firehouse,
by Credit Card $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee)
(please call us at 903-852-2781 to arrange)
via Paypal $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee) click button below:

Advance Seats Remaining For This Concert: 50

John Batdorf

(This Concert Sponsored by John Cook)

John Batdorf is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo, Batdorf & Rodney. John was the pair’s primary songwriter and singer, and his balmy musicality and tenderly uplifting lyrics fit right in alongside 1970s Laurel Canyon scene artists such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Brown, the Eagles, and Joni Mitchell.

Four decades later, John is still on the path, navigating the curves of his musical journey with aplomb. In his five-decade career, he’s worked with icons such as Adele, James Horner, America, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, and Motley Crüe, plus many others.

Batdorf has released new music collaboratively with his old partner Mark Rodney and James Lee Stanley, and since 2004, he’s released seven albums on his own. His just released CD, Me And My Guitar is a handpicked stellar seventeen song collection of unplugged, rearranged and completely re-imagined material John has recorded over the last forty seven years.

We are thrilled to have John back for his second appearance at The Old Firehouse.


Saturday, November 2, 2019
Schmooze Hour Begins at 6:30pm, Concert Begins at 7:30 pm

Admission: $15 at the door

Advance Admission: $12 until 3pm Friday
by cash or check made out to The Old Firehouse,
by Credit Card $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee)
(please call us at 903-852-2781 to arrange)
via Paypal $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee) click button below:

Advance Seats Remaining For This Concert: 50

Neal Katz
Tim Chauvin
Bill Nash

(In the Round)

Neal Katz

Tim Chauvin

Bill Nash

Once again we present music “in the round” with some great local singer/songwriters.

Neal Katz (
Neal Katz has been making folk music for over twenty-five years. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, he is now a local folk musician who performs his music at coffee-houses, folk festivals, living room concerts, and more. Over the years, Neal has been an opening act for a number of popular musicians as they passed through East Texas. In 2010, he was chosen as a finalist for the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Concerts.

In his quest to promote his fellow local artists, Neal produced a compilation CD in 2007 called "Rise Up." It was made up of East Texas singer/songwriters and benefited a social-service agency in Tyler, TX called PATH.

Tim Chauvin
Tim was born and raised in New England, migrated to Massachusetts, and spent his college years in the Great Lakes region. He moved to Texas in 1981 and he and his family live on a small farm in Nacogdoches County in a home they built.

During the early 1980’s Tim was a touring musician, but left the craft to pursue another artistic outlet in Timber Framed architecture; however, he continued to write music and perform intermittently around the country.

In 2003 he released his debut CD “Winds of Change”. It was well received and garnered numerous kind reviews. Sing Out magazine said, “If you’re craving wonderfully written story songs in simple but beautiful arrangements, this CD is for you."

Tim returns to The Old Firehouse to share these stories with our audience.

Bill Nash
Bill Nash has been a musician all his life. He was a 5-year-old boy soprano, a 4th grade french hornist, a 15-year-old beginning guitarist and then an 18-year-old guitar teacher. He graudated from Bradley University's School of Music, majoring in composition, and an almost master's degree from time at the University of Colorado.

Bill began writing music and lyrics in his early teens and his roots are firmly embedded in what is now known as the singer/songwriter acoustic music genre. He has performed styles as diverse as rock 'n roll, fusion, country, polka, folk, and even old-time western music, ala the Sons of the Pioneers.

Bill has 3 albums with songs ranging from love songs to heartbreak songs, true stories to completely imaginative fabrications, and protest songs to environmental songs. He is a regular attendee at Kerville, and we're thrilled to have him back on our stage.

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Schmooze Hour Begins at 6:30pm, Concert Begins at 7:30 pm

Admission: $15 at the door

Advance Admission: $12 until 3pm Friday
by cash or check made out to The Old Firehouse,
by Credit Card $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee)
(please call us at 903-852-2781 to arrange)
via Paypal $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee) click button below:

Advance Seats Remaining For This Concert: 50

Pierce Pettis


After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.”

Pierce began his long career as a writer/artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and later as a staff songwriter for Polygram/Universal Music in Nashville. He is adored by critics and public alike, as one of this generation's most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture the common elements in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life.

“Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature...End to end the songwriting is brilliant...Pierce Pettis albums are events in my listening. His writing just gets better all the time and his singing is marvelous, wry and warm..." -Sing Out!

"Pierce Pettis bares a gentle soul with a keen eye, a soulful voice, and perfect guitar accompaniment for his beautiful songs - a masterful poet treasure"
-Darrell Scott, songwriter/recording artist

Pierce has been on The Old Firehouse stage numerous times...always to a standing ovation crowd.


Saturday, December 7, 2019
Schmooze Hour Begins at 6:30pm, Concert Begins at 7:30 pm

Admission: $15 at the door

Advance Admission: $12 until 3pm Friday
by cash or check made out to The Old Firehouse,
by Credit Card $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee)
(please call us at 903-852-2781 to arrange)
via Paypal $13.50 (includes $1.50 service fee) click button below:

Advance Seats Remaining For This Concert: 50

American Dreamer


American Dreamer brings a heavy dose of strings to their unique blend of Indie-Folk. The group’s music begins with honest, relatable Folk tunes, which are then elevated and interwoven with lush string arrangements (violin, cello, bass), and energized with three-part harmony. They strive to explore the commonalities between and seek out the space within these diverse genres and in doing so have crafted a textured, lush style unique onto itself.

American Dreamer’s member's met pursuing graduate degrees at UT’s Butler School of Music and share a lifelong passion for relentlessly crafting their art and using their music to connect with individuals and communities. With their music, they strive to honor America’s deeply rooted Folk tradition while exploring a contemporary element that rolls Folk into the new millennium.

The group unites three classically trained string players, a rock drummer, and a folk singer to create a sound the group calls ‘Orchestral Folk.’ They are comprised of Sasha Klare-Ayvazian (vocals, guitar), Dana Marie (vocals, bass), Camille Schiess (vocals, violin) Courtney Castaneda (cello), and Rick Palese (drums).

While their music is fundamentally simple, it unfolds into a multi-layered soundscape. Beautifully blended strings coupled with honest lyrics and rich vocal harmonies provide listeners with a lot to sink their ears into.



Tentative Lineup for 2019-20 Season
(subject to change)

Jan 18, 2020- The Rough & Tumble
Feb 1, 2020 - Rupert Wates
Feb 22, 2020 - Jeff Black
March 7, 2020 - Friction Farm
April 4, 2020 - Adler & Hearne

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The Old Firehouse - 8241 FM 279 - Edom, TX 75754



April 6, 2019 - Edie Carey
Mar 23, 2019 - Jacob Johnson
Feb 23, 2019 - Tom Kimmel
Feb 2, 2019 - Beyond the Pale
Jan 19, 2019 - Andy Gullahorn
Dec 15, 2018 - Tom Prasada-Rao
Nov 24, 2018 - Beth Wood
Nov 10, 2018 - BrownRandy, Neal Katz, Connie Mims
Oct 20, 2018 - Tony Ramey
Mar 24, 2018 - Sofia Talvik
Mar 10, 2018 - Rupert Wates
Jan 27, 2018 - Jeff Black
Jan 6, 2018 - BrownRandy, Dave Sherman, Heather Little
Dec 2, 2017 - Tom Prasada-Rao
Nov 11, 2017 - Pierce Pettis
Oct 21, 2017 - Dana Cooper
Apr 8, 2017 - Kipyn Martin
Mar 24, 2017 - Emily Elbert
Mar 11, 2017 - Melissa Greener
Feb 25, 2017 - Crystal Yates
Jan 7, 2017 - Tim Grimm & the Family Band
Dec 3, 2016 - Danny Schmidt
Nov 19, 2016 - Dana Hubbard
Nov 5, 2016 - Adler & Hearne
Oct 22, 2016 - Jacob Johnson
Apr 30, 2016 - Cherie Call
Mar 12, 2016 - Dana Cooper
Feb 20, 2016 - Pierce Pettis
Feb 12, 2016 - Peter Mayer
Dec 5, 2015 - The Sherpas
Nov 21, 2015 - Beth Wood
Oct 24, 2015 - Frank Martin Gilligan
Oct 3, 2015 - John Batdorf
May 2, 2015 - Tony Ramey (Grady Yates opens)
April 11, 2015 - Jen Hajj
Mar 14, 2015 - Robby Hecht
Feb 21, 2015 - Jefferson Ross / Heather Little
Jan 24, 2015 - Chris Rosser & John Smith
Dec 21, 2014 - Amy Speace, Rod Picott, Doug & Telisha Williams
Dec 13, 2014 - Dana Cooper
Nov 15, 2014 - Adler & Hearne
Oct 25, 2014 - Andy Gullahorn
Sept 27, 2014 - Randy Brown
April 26, 2014 - Amy Speace
March 15, 2014 - Louise Mosrie
February 8, 2014 - Beyond thePale
January 18, 2014 - Tom Prasada-Rao, Julie Bonk, Dirje Smith Childs
December 28, 2013 - Emily Elbert
November 23, 2013 - Edie Carey
October 26, 2013 - Tom Kimmel
September 21, 2013 - Bill Ward
May 11, 2013 - Nick Annis
April 13, 2013 - Ellis
March 9, 2013 - Seth Glier
February 16, 2013 - Pierce Pettis
January 19, 2013 - Carrie Elkin
November 17, 2012 - Namoli Brennet
October 27, 2012 - Chris Kokesh / Michael Hatley (opening)
September 29, 2012 - Randy Brown / Mills Bryant (opening)
May 12, 2012 - Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes / Loretta Callens (opening)
April 14, 2012 - Tom Prasada-Rao
March 3, 2012 - Jefferson Ross
February 4, 2012 - Karen Mal
January 14, 2012 - Jill Philliips & Andy Gullahorn
December 10, 2011 - Adler & Hearne / Dave Sherman (opening)
November 19, 2011 - Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, Sam Baker
October 22, 2011 - Namoli Brennet
September 17, 2011 - David LaMotte / Bill Nash (opening)
May 14, 2011 - Chuck Brodsky
April 10, 2011 - Johnsmith
March 19, 2011 - Pierce Pettis
February 27, 2011 - LJ Booth / Chris Kokesh / David Hendley (opening)
January 22, 2011 - Chuck Costa & Eric Tate
December 12, 2010 - Greg Greenway
November 13, 2010 - Tim Chauvin / Vanessa Peters (opening)
October 23, 2010 - Rose Cousins & Edie Carey
September 19, 2010 - Tom Kimmel
May 2, 2010 - BettySoo / Jeff Talmadge (opening)
April 11, 2010 - Andy Gullahorn / Miki Lynn (opening)
March 21, 2010 - Randy Brown / Byrd & Street (opening)
February 27, 2010 - Beyond the Pale
February 5, 2010 - Peter Mayer
December 19, 2009 - The Dreamsicles
November 22, 2009 - Dana Cooper
October 24, 2009 - Bill Ward / Tim Chauvin (opening)
OPENING NIGHT! - September 20, 2009 - Nick Annis / Neal Katz (opening)

Season 4
September 2012-May 2013

Nick Annis 5/11/13
Ellis 4/13/13
Joe Nerney with Seth Glier 3/9/13
Seth Glier & Joe Nerney 3/9/13
Seth Glier 3/9/13
Pierce Pettis 2/16/13
Michael Hatley 10/27/12
Namoli Brennet 11/17/12
Chris Kokesh & LJ Booth 10/27/12
Chris Kokesh 10/27/12
Randy Brown 9/29/12
Mills Bryant 9/29/12
Mills Bryant & Randy Brown 9/29/12
Randy Brown 9/29/12

Season 3
September 2011-May 2012

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes 5/12/12
Ann Armstrong 5/12/12
Steve Hughes 5/12/12
Loretta Callens 5/12/12
Tom Prasada-Rao 4/14/12
Dirje Smith accompanist for Tom Prasada-Rao
John & Dirje Smith fill in the sound for
Tom Prasada-Rao 4/14/12
Jefferson Ross 3/3/12
Jefferson Ross 3/3/12
Karen Mal 2/4/12
Karen Mal 2/4/12

Two Record Crowds in a Row!

The Old Firehouse Concert Series continues to grow!

Karen Mal 2/4/12
Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn 1/14/12
Our first "sellout" crowd
Andy Gullahorn 1/14/12
Jill Phillips 1/14/12
Andy Gullahorn & Jill Phillips 1/14/12
Adler & Hearne 12/10/11
Lynn Adler 12/10/11
Lindy Hearne 12/10/11
Dave Sherman 12/10/11
Dave Sherman 12/10/11
Danny Schmidt 11/19/11
Carrie Elkin 11/19/11
Sam Baker 11/19/11
Danny, Carrie, & Sam in the Round
Namoli Brennet 10/22/11
Namoli Brennet 10/22/11
Bill Nash 9/17/11
David LaMotte 9/17/11
David LaMotte & His Improvised Drum 9/17/11
Perhaps our New Mascot?

Our First & Second Seasons
September 2009 - May 2010, September 2010-May 2011

Our wonderful volunteers!
Neal Katz - Opening Night -9/20/09
Nick Annis - Opening Night - 9/20/09
Dana Cooper -011/22/09
Peter Mayer - 2/5/10
Beyond the Pale - 2/27/10
Our supportive audience.
Randy Brown - 3/21/10 it snowed!!
Andy Gullahorn - 4/11/10
Tom Kimmel
Tom Kimmel accompanied by
John & Dirje Smith - 9/19/10
Beginning of our Second Season
Rose Cousins - 10/23/10
Rose & Edie - 10/23/10
Rose & Edie - 10/23/10
Edie Carey -10/23/10
Tim Chauvin - 11/13/10
Tim Chauvin -011/13/10
Vanessa Peters - 11/13/10
Greg Greenway - 12/12/10
Greg Greenway - 12/12/10
Eric Tate & Chuck Costa - 1/22/11
LJ Booth - 2/27/11
Chris Kokesh 2/27/11
Chris Kokesh & LJ Booth - 2/27/11
Pierce Pettis -03/19/11
Pierce Pettis - 3/19/11
Pierce Pettis Playing to a Full House - 3/19/11
Johnsmith - 4/10/11
Chuck Brodsky - 5/14/11
Thanks for making our second season a great success!
Chuck Brodsky - 5/14/11



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