Two alumni of Houston's fabled folk scene return to Anderson Fair this weekend.
Vince Bell lives in Santa Fe, N.M., these days, but he will always be associated with the heyday of the Houston folk scene and Anderson Fair. Mentored by Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, Bell had a major influence on Lyle Lovett, who recorded Bell's "I've Had Enough" on his album Step Inside This House
. Nanci Griffith, another Anderson Fair regular back in the day, recorded Bell's "Sun & Moon & Stars." Bell is touring behind his new album, One Man's Music.
Saturday finds Eric Taylor, another legendary folkie, at the Fair. Like the character in Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road," Taylor "only comes to town about twice a year" and his performances are always stellar. Not only is Taylor a master lyricist, he is one of the finest guitarists on the folk scene. When he goes off into van Zandt's "Brand New Companion," the spirit of Lighnin' Hopkins is everywhere.
Vince Bell: 8 p.m. tonight. Eric Taylor: 8 p.m. Saturday. Both shows at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 832-212-4057 or www.andersonfair.com.