Steve Said Bringing a Bit of Dosey Doe to D.C. Inaugural Ball

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The Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball
Rocks Off wanted to know why Dosey Doe Music Cafe had cancelled its January 19 Ray Wylie Hubbard show, so we called and got a dosey dose of serendipity. As it turns out, owner Steve Said was asked to be the talent buyer for the Texas State Society of Washington D.C.'s Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball in the nation's capital that day, this Saturday.

Last weekend, we called Said to talk a little about this great honor and a lot about Charley Pride.

Rocks Off: I heard the great news that you're managing all the music for Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball.

Steve Said: Yeah I'm really honored and excited, and it's just gonna be a ton of fun. I'm glad you called so we can get a little bit of an opportunity to show off what's happening.

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RO: Is there any news on who you're booking that we haven't already heard about?

SS (laughs): Nobody that I can announce just yet but there's three giant names that we're getting ready to announce but we're waiting on the final commitment on them. But right now it's Charley Pride, Jack Ingram, Mark Chestnutt, Asleep at the Wheel, Radney Foster, Hamilton Loomis, and some people that I think are out-of-this-world fantastic that maybe not everybody knows about like Carrie Rodriguez, Bonnie Bishop, and Ruthie Foster.

I mean, there's some Texas talent that is just about to hit the national limelight, so it's gonna be one of those shows when an awful lot of people across the country are gonna get to see some Texas talent.

RO: How did you get involved, and how were you chosen for this?

SS: Well they've done this since the late '70s every four years, and it's been pretty much the same format where there's one or two big stages and they just roll the acts up there one after the other. And there's one or two people who are on the committee up there who have been to Dosey Doe who said, "Can we have more of a Texas/Dosey Doe vibe attached to it?"

They are literally taking pieces of Dosey Doe as we speak and trucking it up to Washington, D.C. I mean from tables and chairs to coffee pots and all of the Americana artifacts that we have lying around. They're grabbing bunches of it and hauling it up with them. So at least one of the five stages is gonna be very much the Dosey Doe room.

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