Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Jun 28 2017
Gator and Mudcat



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

Describing “Blue Rock” as “a little bit Texas music and a little bit Louisiana music,” Dallas native “Mudcat” Michael Reames and Louisiana’s “Gator” Wayne Folse will share this genre mash-up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Allen Public Library.

On rhythm guitar, blues harp, percussion and lead vocal, Mudcat has played with the bands Alizon, Noise Inc, Paraphernalia and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Liberation. Mudcat adds a harmonica to set a vibrant mood.  

Performing around his home state with bands like Allen Fontenot, the Coasters, BlueRockers, and Shaking Hands, Gator now plays daily with a Bourbon Street blues trio.  Playing lead guitar, vocals, acoustic and electric, Gator will electrify the library’s stage.

Their efforts have culminated in a new CD, Back in the Game, that was reviewed by The Texas Music Journal. CD release parties were held in both Dallas and New Orleans.

Gator and Mudcat’s song "Mother Earth" can be seen on YouTube.  Gator and Mudcat appeared on the Leslie Taylor Hare show in 2010 and performed at the Texas Musician’s Museum, Harrah's Casino and Warren Sports Complex in Frisco.   CDs that will be for sale at concert time while include Shaking Hands, For Adults Only and Back in the Game.

Joining Gator and Mudcat are Chad Ireland on drums, percussion and background vocal, Clay Burr on lead and rhythm guitar, Bill Brody on bass guitar and backup vocal, and Kirk Hampton on keyboards and backup vocal.