Here I am doing an interview with Enola Gay at KSST radio!

Cranking up for next summer!

Summer performing schedule wiped out by Covid-19!! Will try again next year! I'm busy finishing paintings for a show in January. Meanwhile, Thanks to all 30,000 of you for visiting my site!! Enjoy!!

 

 

This website is undergoing changes folks, please bear with me!

Just Released: Tunnels & Caves! Kensington gets great review!

 

"Tunnels & Caves" is now available as a paperback and kindle at amazon books. This is a women's mystery thriller (for men too!) that continues the storyline of my first book, "The Panhandle Murders" but it also stands alone. Former sheriff Kelly Wren and the beautiful Angie Morrison team up to test their relationship in their revamped country home in Willow Creek, Texas. Wren stays busy  while working with the Austin PD on cold cases while Angie tries to make the adjustment from city girl to cleaning stables, hauling hay, selling vegetables at the local market and feeding the chickens, dogs, a precocious cat, cattle and horses. There is violence to be sure but the book is neither sexually nor violently graphic. Any reader from18 to 88 will enjoy the humor, the inside look at country living, the enigmatic mystery element and the fast paced journey to an incredibly exciting conclusion. I don't pad my books with useless descriptive copy. My books move!!!

Meanwhile! My book, Kensington, a memoir, has just received a great review at Bestsellersworld.com. It said, in part, "Kensington is an enjoyable, moving, and enlightening memoir that covers historical junctures and personal incidents of a time that was far different than today's culture."

Table of Contents

A quickie Table of Contents for this website.

Music: see Home Page, Gallery, Collage and Spring Creek under Bluegrass.

Art: see Home Page at bottom, What is Art?, Abstract Art and Advertising Art

Writing: Home Page.

Miscellaneous: Scatter Shooting

 

   

And Here We Go!

 My name is Bob Haydon and I started playing the guitar when I was 12, the banjo when I was 14. I didn't start writing my first book until I was 65. Here's a quick version of how this has all come together:

As a Musician: I played rock'n roll in the late 50's, early 60's with Steve Miller (of the Steve Miller Band). Boz Scaggs and Buddy Miller, Steve's brother, alternated on bass. With Baron Cass and Rodger Gaulding, we were called The Marksmen. Steve has stated on many occasions that we were the first Rock band in Dallas and I agree. Our popularity was undeniable as we performed all over Dallas in hotels, at private parties, and at college frat dances. Soon enough we were engaged all over Texas, Oklahoma and into Louisiana almost every weekend. And, we were still in our mid-teens!

In 1964, with the 2nd version of The Marksmen, I had my own hit record, "Suzanne." It went to #3 on the Texas charts and showed up elsewhere all the way from California to Maryland. Warner Brothers made an offer of 125,000 for me and "Suzanne" but my management team turned them down. Phillips Records (in Ft Worth), who at the time had Paul & Paula, offered about 5000 but were also turned down (Yes, the offer did come from Ft. Worth. It was from Major Bill Smith at Le Cam Records. I've had some people disagree with this).

In 1998 I released a bluegrass instrumental CD, "Collage," with Mike Auldridge, Steve Miller, Steve Kaufman, Andy Owens and some other top-notch players. It went to #29 on some midwestern charts as well as charts in other parts of the country and overseas. It received airplay on 1900 stations across America, Europe, Japan, South America, and Australia. The album, though not a big sales success, was a critical success with Deejays and the media.

"Collage" is available at countysales.com.

As an Artist: Graduated from SMU with a BFA and my paintings were in galleries in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Rockwall and several sites in New Mexico during the 80's and into the early 90's. I paint representational southwestern landscapes but remain eclectic with occasional abstractive and impressionistic oils and acrylics in all sizes. I spent 40 years as a freelance artist working in Dallas studios and on my own. My cookbook designs can be found all over Texas, and especially at airports.

Currently my paintings can be seen at the Connally Street Gallery just off the square in Sulphur Springs, Texas and in shows at the Winnsboro Art Center in Winnsboro, Texas.

As a Writer: My fiction mystery, "The Panhandle Murders," is available at amazon.com as is my recent book "Kensington," a memoir, sort of. My newest book "Tunnels & Caves" a mystery and sequel, sort of, is now available. I'm also working, not too hard, on a book of short mysteries, and I'm still doing occasional magazine articles. My article/interview with MIke Auldridge was a cover story for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. I've also done feature articles with Dennis McBride and John DeFoore. My article about Steve Miller and The Marksmen was published in Nostalgia Magazine last November.

Thanks for visiting my website, a work in progress, and here's a bit more:

Landscape & Representational Art

The world of art has changed so drastically. Galleries are still out there but now a website is of equal or even more importance. I come from the old school where it was fun to visit the local galleries to see the latest art. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. But, that world is slowly disappearing in many parts of the country as art, like music, is being splintered and has joined up with the internet to show and sell. Well here is some of my work for your viewing pleasure: 

The stylized illustration to the right is of Olivia Newton-John. Acrylic on board.

Below are the following paintings, either oil or acrylic:

Snowbound, 24x36

Entrance to Red River, 18 x 24

Autumn Near Angelfire, 18x36

Apache Sunrise, 48 x 20

Jim Brown, Advertising Art

The Canyon, 24 x 36

Canyon Cactus, 18 x 24

Whitewater, 12x16

Women of the 80's, Advertising Art

Lisa-1, Advertising Art

The Outcrop in Winter, 16 x 20

Apache Walls, 16 x 20

Triptych, Snows of October, right panel, 12 x 24