For this edition of Rockin’ the Lens, we not only roam out of the musical realm, but outside of the geographical realm of Dave Heidle’s usual Lone Star backdrop. Our fearless camera-guru trekked to Taos, NM to celebrate the Solstice recently. So, for the sake of this post, let’s just say that one of our state’s (see, Best of Texas, right?) brightest, young photographers has some thing he wants to share with his fellow Texans. There, you have plenty of Tex-centric connections now…




Here at the Best of Texas Blog, we like to to take in the occasional show – that’s no secret. We like to talk about many of the shows we take in also. Again: That’s no closely guarded secret. What we haven’t done much of here, but have always knws that we needed to was to better document these shows not just in words and crappy iPhone pics, but in real, live, professional shots by a bright, up and coming photographer. Welcome to a new feature here: Rockin’ the Lens

So, with that please help us in welcoming Dallas photographer David Heidle. Dave’s been a player in several areas around Dallas for years, actually. Some of you may know him from his musical work with the bands Eastwood and/or Traffico. While he is a deft lensmen in many areas, we think his experience writing and performing music makes him an ideal fellow to bring us shots from some of the state’s best shows. David picked a good one to start with, too. Last week, he stopped by Renfield’s Corner for the El Cento CD release show. Don Cento, who has been a go-to musician for many a north Texas-based artist for years now, along with being an integral member of noted bands such as Sibboleth just released a fine, eclectic album that seems to scratch whatever musical itch you may experience at a given moment. A recent Dallas Observer review of El Cento’s self-titled album detailed the Cars and Talking heads influences, and yes, they are there, but this isnt a retro album that merely rehashes the past, but is very vital and deserves to be heard now.

Below is a pictoral show review, if you will. Keep your eyes fixed on this site for more rock photography from David Heidle. You will not be sorry.




Winos and music go hand in hand I do believe. That’s why it makes so much sense to visit Times Ten Cellars every second Wednesday of the month.

Seems that way back in July my friend Dave Heidle, member of arguably the world’s tallest band, quietly (sneakily) started a wine infused music night called, appropriately, Wine Down Wednesday. If you haven’t heard of the event, its probably because Dave isn’t exactly known for bragging on himself. That being said, I sat down with Dave to get the skinny on how Wine Down Wednesdays was conceived. Read more