Art and Lisa
Biography It was a Sunday afternoon... downstairs in the coolness of Arkey Blues Silver Dollar in Bandera, Texas. Art was not really playing much music at the time, but had decided to join in the weekly jam session and relax a bit. Then it happened. This girl, this beautiful lady walked up and said "hey, do you know You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma, and would you sing it with me?" Well, that was the beginning of Art and Lisa. Art Crawford was born in Texas, but raised in Oklahoma to the sounds of red dirt music before we even knew there was such a thing. Although, deeply rooted in gospel, when he went to college he was introduced to the sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bob Childers, Jimmy Lafave and so many others that have influenced the direction of his music. When Art moved to Bandera in 1994, he didn't know there was a music scene there. One day while doing laundry he wandered across highway 16 onto the front porch of a place called "The Forge", an actual blacksmith forge that just happened to sell beer and was the gathering place for local and out of town musicians to get together and play music. So the next trip he made to Oklahoma to visit his family he brought his guitar back with him. While he wasn"t a "regular", he did start showing up from time to time and the passion of the songs forgotten began to resurface.
Lisa Beck (maiden name Alexander) was born in Lubbock, Texas and mostly raised in the San Antonio area. She had a passion for music early on as she grew up listening to the sweet harmonies of her mom and aunt, who in their early teen years had performed in an all girls quartet in Lubbock, Texas. Her uncle played guitar and mom played a little piano. When she turned fifteen her uncle gave her a classical guitar , showed her three chords and told her that was all she needed to play any country song. While she loved the country music of George Jones, Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Rhonststadt, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson, she also was taken with the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, the Eagles, George Jones and Tammy Wynett and The Judds . She spent lots of her spare time following her mom around the house and singing three part harmony with mom and younger sister. She married and moved to Atlanta where she played for twelve years in a little country gospel band, all the while longing to go back home to Texas where her family and heart was. When she divorced after 18 years of marriage she did just that. She had visited Bandera only once before a few years earlier and knew it was the perfect place for a homegrown Texas girl to make a new start of her life.