long time resident of the Clear Lake, TX (Houston/NASA) area,
McGuire is known for his original 'gulf coast flavored' songs
ranging from country to calypso/tropical, folk and rock. His CD
"Redfish Island" was just released in 2000 and contains
a collection of songs he wrote inspired by his sailing experiences
in the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Mexico and on the Texas Gulf coast.
Island was an island in Galveston Bay close to the ship channel
and until the last hurricane washed it away, was the favorite
anchorage for all the local boating crowd. There are two songs
about Redfish on the CD thus the title "Redfish Island";
one about unrealized dreams and the Redfish Island most of the
world-cruising boats never venture further than, and the sequel,
"Where Did Redfish Go", a humorous story about trying
to find the now submerged Redfish Island . Other songs such as
"Major Doubts About Waterspouts" relates a true story
of a sailing regatta Kelly raced in from Galveston to Tuxpan,
Listening to his music one notices a Jimmy Buffett influence and
Kelly readily admits, " after hearing Buffett sing about
sailing and islands, I dreamed of getting a boat and writing songs
about that whole lifestyle." A few years later his dream
began to materialize.
up in Missouri, McGuire soon ended up performing in Dallas after
traveling Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri and Canada and bought
his first boat, a Hobie16. He soon traded up to a 24' sailboat
with a cabin and almost every day, when he wasn't writing jingles
for a Dallas based advertising company, he spent on his boat docked
at Lake Grapevine just north of DFW airport. Nights he sang at
local clubs, restaurants and a chain of family pizza parlors called
Shotgun Sams. "The pizza business was big-time for singers
in the 70's and 80's providing a great alternative to the club
scene. Kids would sit all around the edge of the stage and sing
along with me. Even now I love to get kids up on stage with us
singing and shaking the tambourine and shakers. "
soon made the move to the Clear Lake area after what began as
just a two week engagement at a new Tony Roma's that had opened
in Houston. While there he discovered Galveston Bay and the Seabrook/Kemah
area and took a job selling yachts and teaching sailing while
living aboard his now larger 32' boat. Moving up his dream ladder
he was now immersed in the boating world daytime and sang at the
floating and legendary Turtle Club and Lakewood Yacht Club at
The yacht brokerage business was doing well, so after many years
of performing five and six nights a week, McGuire took a much
needed break from singing to recharge his creative batteries.
Within a year he began to do what he had wanted to do all his
write songs. They say 'write what you know' and he
had an ocean of inspiration from his cruising trips, islands and
mainly on his country songs, he went to Nashville to record them
hoping a major artist would cut one of them. He also took along
a collection of songs about islands and sailing planning to record
them as a novelty to hand out to sailing friends. Everyone involved
in the studio noticed right away that the nautical songs seemed
to 'come alive' as they were recorded and the collection became
"Redfish Island". Kelly says, " It felt like magic
hearing these songs that had been such a part of me come to life.
They were like my children."
country songs that were the initial focus will be released on
McGuire's next CD which is due out this summer. Several of those
songs have won awards from organizations such as Austin Songwriters
Group, Fort Bend Songwriters Assoc. and The Nashville Network
(TNN). Fan favorites include "Club Blonde" and "Wasted
On The Young" and "The Fairytale" among others
he performs at his shows. Both CDs have great musicians on them
such as Greg Morrow, the drummer on the last two Dixie Chicks
CDs, Wayne Toups, Robbie Springfield and others.
is also passionate about art and paints in oil and watercolor.
Studying with some of the best plein aire painters in the country
he loves the practice of painting on location as the impressionists
did. He also is an avid volleyball player and enjoys sailing,
diving, rollerblading and mountain biking.
is a supporter of Galveston Bay Foundation, protecting the coastal
estuaries, and donates a portion from the sale of his CD "Redfish
Island". He is also an avid supporter of the American Cancer
Society's 'Silver Dollar Ball' in the Bay area, performing for
the last four years with acts such as Jerry Jeff Walker, The Bellamy
Brothers and Asleep At The Wheel to raise funds for cancer research.
A fantastic blend of instruments make up his enjoyably unique
Gulf Coast sound
. From Steel Guitar
to Tropical Steel Drums & Congas
cook up incredible
flavor for the ears!"
Kelly was voted SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR for Fort Bend Songwriters
Association in 1997
· He was a finalist in TNN (The Nashville Network) SONGWRITING
· 1st PLACE at Nashville's Gibson Guitar Café &
Gallery monthly Performing/Songwriters Contest
· 1st PLACE in ASG yearly Contest
· Voted Best CountryRock Band by BAYCOMBER MAGAZINE
· Performed at the 2000 National Assoc of Hispanic Journalists
Convention for then GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH at the request of Channel
13's Minerva Perez and received a special handshake from then
soon-to-be PRESIDENT BUSH!
· "REDFISH ISLAND" his first CD sold out in the
first year and is in it's second pressing!
· Kelly's original songs from his debut release.. 'REDFISH
ISLAND' are regularly played and requested on stations such as
Jimmy Buffett's world famous radio
right alongside the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker
and Buffett himself.
You may contact Kelly McGuire through email firstname.lastname@example.org