Tubie Pushée Guitars, Vocals, Songwriter
Born August 11, 1952 the 3rd generation born in St. Joseph’s hospital in Houston, Texas.
Tubie has been playing guitar for over 40 years. He has played with the premier southwest bands: Camel Rock, Alias, and Two Paces West, now playing with his band Tubie and the Touchtones. His quick, innovative lead guitar work, along with rhythm and acoustic guitar styles, and his strong lead and harmony vocals help make his band full, different, & successful. They usually stay in S.E. Texas playing blues, classic rock, some country and Tubie’s tunes.
Tubie released his debut CD “Just can’t believe it” in 2007, his second CD “The Lonestar Blues” in 2008, and his third CD “Blue with Envy” in 2009.
He was nominated for musician of the year at the 2009 Texas Music Awards and his band opened the ceremony in the civic auditorium in Palestine, Texas, and was nominated again in the 2010 Texas Music Awards for musician of the year. He was also nominated for blues artist of the year in the Upstate Indie Awards in Syracuse N.Y. for 2009. Two of his songs have made the ECMA charts in the UK and Italy.
He is a prolific songwriter with over 50 songs and a BMI music publishing artist. He has played in 40 of the lower 48 states plus Alaska. Touring for B & K enterprises in the mid and late ’80s he played as many as 300 nights a year. He has opened for Foghat, toured with the late legendary Texas singer songwriter B.W. Stevenson, and been onstage with Willie Nelson.
He played with his band in the state capitol rotunda for the reading of the resolution in the state senate that named Navasota the official blues capitol of Texas in 2007 and an encore performance in 2009. His band performed for the state of Texas at Washington on the Brazos State Park amphitheater for the 4th of July celebrations in both 2008 and 2009.
Tubie also does a single act that encompasses acoustic blues and easy listening rock, classic country, light jazz, and Tubie’s tunes.
He lives outside of Navasota, Texas with his wife Joan and dogs. He teaches guitar in College Station.
Clay Failla – Drums
From Navasota, the official Blues Capital of Texas. Former drummer for Randy Pavlock and Chris Puente, Clay has provided the pulse of the blues in locations ranging from Norway to Round Top, Texas.
Les Morey – Bass, Keyboards, and Vocals
Born and raised in Chicago , Les cut his bass-playing teeth on a combination of British Invasion and Chicago blues. After stints with various Chicago-based bands, he moved to Nashville in 1984 and anchored the progressive rock outfit The Senders for 15 years, opening for acts such as Roger McGuinn and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. For the past decade he has been playing the Texas blues with Texas Music Awards nominee Tubie and the Touchtones. His distinctive picked bass sound brings a unique edge to the music of the Texas heartland.
Michael Gaskins – Alto, Tenor, Soprano Sax
Mike was born in the heart of Aggieland in 1986 and raised in Caldwell, Texas. He recently graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Genetics and works as an analytical chemist during the week and a saxman on the weekends. Mike’s parents exposed him to a wide variety of music (ranging from the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Junior Walker and the Allstars, James Brown, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) and encouraged him to learn to play music by ear. Although he has never had formal training in music, Mike has played with a number of bands and musicians in the Brazos Valley such as the Southern Groove Band, Deep Blue (Blinn College Jazz Ensemble), and a jazz trio of rotating musicians that play at Christopher’s World Grille.