Bringing together live entertainment and handcrafted artistry, Butterfield Stage in Gainesville is showcasing some Texas artists Thursday. While Cary Chaney Sewell presents some of her leatherwork and jewelry, Tanner Fenoglio will be singing and playing guitar for those present Butterfield’s September event.
The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will include complimentary food and beverages.
Fenoglio was born and raised in Nocona where he developed a love for music. His senior year in high school, he began playing guitar and wrote his first song. About 12 years later, Fenoglio released his first CD, “This Town” which features all original songs.
Fenoglio answered a few questions about his upcoming performance in Gainesville.
Q. What kind of music can fans expect?
A. We pride ourselves on doing a bit of everything. We cover classic country songs. My original music is alternative country with a heavy bass guitar drive. We will cover everything from Travis Tritt to the Wallflowers.
Q. Who are your musical influences?
A. There are so many from the entertainer and musical performance side, one of my influences is Travis Tritt. But if we are talking about classic rock, then I would definitely say Tom Petty.
Q. This is more than a concert, this is a showcase. How do showcases like this help bring more than one type of art together?
A. One of my favorite things about showcases — especially acoustic showcases — is that you get to hear how songs come together. You get to hear the backstory. You get to be intimate with the audience and hear the poetic side of the music. As the artist, I get to explain where the heart was when I wrote the songs that I will be performing.
Q. This has been a long time coming for you, why was it important for you to not let your music die?
A. A lot of the reason that it has taken this long for me was fear of failure. I had these songs that I was writing and I was getting good feedback from family and friends. That is what pushed me forward and pushed me to do more with my music. When you write but do not play live a lot, you do not know how it will be received. I just wanted to have something to show my girls in 20 years. But, when we had the released the EP, all the feedback was really good.
Q. What is your favorite song to play/perform?
A. One of my favorites is called, “One Headlight” by the Wallflowers. It was written by Jakob Dillon, the son of Bob Dillon. It is really fun to play live. One of my favorite originals to play, “Over Him.” It will be a single before we retire the EP. We have rearranged it from how it was when we recorded it. We have a fun time playing it live.
Q. What would you like for your musical legacy to be?
A. I just want for people in 20 to 40 years to listen to my music and have a good reflection of who I am. I want to stay true to myself. When they listen, I want my morals and integrity to shine through. Music writing now is very manufactured and very businesslike. I want to remain true to who I am.
Q. What would you like people to be saying about you after your performance?
A. I want people to walk away feeling like they know me and my daughters. I want them to know what I stand for. I want them to know my songs and who I am. Then I want them to buy my music and spread the word about me.