By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine’s Greg Cagle was named the East Texas Music Award’s 2013 Bassist of the Year last week.
Cagle, 47, is a member of The Alan Fox Band of Fort Worth, a Texas original heavy blues/rock band which has East Texas connections. Cagle moved to Palestine in 1995, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
“I always thank the Lord Jesus for my blessings, because he is my Lord and Savior,” Cagle told the Herald-Press when asked how he felt about receiving the award. “The band has really been blessed. We have had a lot of things come our way this year and we are really looking forward to what lies in the future.”
Band members besides Cagle include Alan Fox of Carthage, Donnie Pendleton of Fort Worth, Donny Hart of Arlington and Terry Salyer of Kilgore. The band is represented and sponsored by Aaron Avenue Records in Texas.
Pendleton won Guitarist of the Year last year, and Cagle said that award moved the band up. He hopes this award will do the same.
“It’s a group project. Yes, I won, but this moves the Alan Fox Band forward as a unit. I’m really happy for the band because it affords us more notoriety,” Cagle said.
The band also received three other nominations from the East Texas Music Award: Blues Band of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Hart) and Guitarist of the Year (Pendleton).
The Alan Fox Band already has planned a trip to Los Angeles this Thursday for the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, where they were nominated this summer for four awards.
The band has been nominated for “Music Group of the Year” and “Hard Rock Band of the Year” with Hart nominated for “Male Vocalist” and Pendleton taking the nomination for “Guitarist of the Year.”
The band will get the opportunity to perform at the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards at the world-famous Whiskey Go Go in Hollywood, and also at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood during the awards night Nov. 14. The Los Angeles Music Awards is open to independent artists and bands who are unsigned or on independent (“indie”) labels.
“Whiskey Go Go is a thing of legend to people like us. All of our heroes — the bands we looked up to — they played that stage,” Cagle told the Herald-Press. “So, yes, our shoes are going to be hot when we perform there.”
The band’s latest single and video releases “She Makes Me Hot” and “Do Me” are receiving airplay in the U.S. and abroad, both available on iTunes and CD Baby. The band’s newest tracks include “Never Learn” and “El Cabron.”
While the band has been around for more than a decade, the current lineup started building in late 2005, according to band members.
For more information about the band, visit their website at www.alanfoxband.com