One Man's Music: A Monologue with Song

One Man's Music Excerpt


Excerpts from One Man's Music

Running time: 9 minutes

In April, 2009 his autobiography, One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell, was published by the University of North Texas Press as Number 3 in the North Texas Lives of Musicians Series. That same month, Vince premiered his one man show, based on his book, at the Brain Injury Association of Texas' 25th Annual Conference.


In 1982, the promising singer/songwriter was broadsided by a drunk driver after leaving the music studio where he and Stevie Ray Vaughan had just recorded three of Bell’s songs. Along with serious physical injuries, he received a traumatic brain injury, spent a month in a coma and the next decade relearning how to walk, talk, and play the guitar. His book and monologue not only detail his recovery from the accident, but also his roundabout climb back onstage. Beginning with the early 70s Houston music scene and his first guitar, and continuing through almost 40 years of recordings and tours, his chronicle of his life and near death on the road reveals what it means to live for one’s art.

"Vince Bell has been a stalwart of the Texas singer-songwriter scene since he emerged in Houston in the early 1970s. He was a rising star in Houston and in Austin until he was almost killed in a car wreck in 1983. A severe head injury effectively wiped out his career. For awhile. His determined rehabilitation and subsequent comeback have culminated in a trifecta this year: an album, a one-man play, and a wonderful book titled One Man's Music, that tells the tale. Head injuries are difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to overcome, which Vince relates well in his telling. We see progress from the outside; he sees it from the inside looking out. Either way, his recovery alone makes for an inspiring story. But it's the details along the way that make this such a good read, capturing the vibe of the Old Quarter and Anderson Fair in Houston through anecdotes such as his wild night opening for Townes Van Zandt and recalling his last recording session before his car wreck in which Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson and Chris Holzhaus added their guitars. Tim Leatherwood, Mandy Mercier, Kathleen Hudson and a cast of great pickers and poets all make cameos.


"This is a fine book about Texas music, the singer-songwriter tradition, and a personal journey that ends triumphant in the here and now. I'm proud to know Vince as both a friend and a fellow traveler." Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

A spoken presentation including five songs. Running Time: 50 minutes.



Lighting: Minimal.

Sound: Two direct inputs (DIs) for two guitars, one vocal mic, speakers.

Stage: No sets. Props loaded in will include two guitars, stool, and music stand.


BOOKING DETAILS For further information, or to request a copy of the script and a brief DVD trailer, please contact:

Vince Bell,

7 Avenida Vista Grande, Ste. 237

Santa Fe, NM 87508


505.466.6432 or 505.670.8720