Alter ego lets professor tip a well-worn hat to the original Americana icon
You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk,
You may be the head of some big TV network,
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame,
You may be living in another country under another name.
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed.
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
— Bob Dylan,
“Gotta Serve Somebody”
No American musician has a catalog like Bob Dylan.
Local Dylan devotee Mike Steinel pulls from the tireless folk, rock and gospel artist’s songbook every Memorial Day weekend, and Monday is no exception.
On Monday, Steinel, a member of the University of North Texas College of Music faculty, will don a cowboy hat and a considerably rootsy attitude to become Tex Zimmerman. He and his All-Star Revue — made up of local big guns Rosana and Gary Eckert and Bruce Wermuth on vocals, Jeffry Eckels on bass, Paul Metzger on guitar and Steve Barnes on drums — will borrow from Bob Dylan’s five decades of music. Special guests Paul Slavens and Beverly Hoch (a Texas Woman’s University voice professor and Steinel’s wife) will appear, too.
Dylan has been touring regularly since 1988, and at age 71, the music icon is still going strong.
“We play songs from all the various phases of his career,” Steinel said, “including acoustic folk, folk-rock, hard rock, rockabilly, gospel, country swing and everything in between.”
Tex Zimmerman’s All-Star Revue is indeed a roster of all-stars.
Rosana Eckert is a busy singer, composer and arranger who is on the jazz faculty at UNT. She also sings with the New Collection, the a cappella choir directed by Paris Rutherford, the former director of the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers. Gary Eckert, Rosana’s husband, is a Dallas-based singer, writer and producer with credits in television music and recording.
Wermuth is a Dallas-based singer, arranger and producer. Eckels is a busy freelance bassist, and Barnes is a jazz drummer with a brisk schedule.
The concert still benefits a cause close to Steinel and Hoch.
Proceeds from the gig benefit Intruments of Change, a ministry Steinel and Hoch formed in 2007 to collect musical instruments and deliver them — along with lessons on how to use them — to children in some of the most impoverished corners of the globe.
In 2008 and 2009, the nonprofit traveled to South Africa and began a music academy. In 2011, an Instruments of Change team traveled to Haiti and began a similar program after a devestating earthquake crippled the country’s infrastructure and economy.
By collecting donated instruments and raising funds through Dylanfest, the ministry continues to support programs that bring music and music education to the poorest communities on the planet. Instruments of Change is working closer to home, with plans to provide instruments to students affected by the recent tornado in Granbury.
What: Tex Zimmerman and His All-Star Revue present a tribute to Bob Dylan, benefiting Instruments of Change
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday
Where: Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.
Details: No cover, donations accepted.