Hello every. For those of you who do not already know, the Just Plain Folks Dallas Chapter has a new coordinator. This is the first newsletter under my direction. Let's get together and show the world why we call it the "Big-D". "We're All In This Together!" Brian Austin Whitney


My name is Raymond de Leur. I am 27 and have had the opportunity and pleasure of living and/or working in many different cities. Some of which include, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cleveland, Ohio; New York City, New York and now Dallas, Texas. I currently reside in Arlington, Texas.

I am a singer (Tenor 1), songwriter, and a rhythm guitarist. I can play some drums, bass and the fiddle. I have been involved with music since I was very young. My mother was a singer/songwriter with some works that were later recorded. I played the recorder (didn't we all) in elementary school until I stepped up to the violin. When I turned 12 I switched to guitar and have played it since. I have also had the benefit and pleasure of growing up and listening to a variety of different styles of music, ranging from classical to death metal.

I recently started forming a band with a music direction towards Alternative Country, similar to Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, Montgomery Gentry, Lyrnyrd Skynyrd and Steve Earl.

Earlier this month I had an enlightening self-discovery. I finally knew with all my heart and soul I was destined to do something with music. Whether it is in the spotlight or behind the scenes. I found my calling. My absolute and often overwhelming love of music prompted me to volunteer to be the JPF Dallas Chapter Coordinator.

I believe that as musicians, engineers, songwriters, publishers, and recording companies, authors, composers and ECT. We have an obligation to spread the word and joy of music as well as improve ourselves, our skills and the industry in general. Whether it is by taking the time to sit down with some school kids and play some songs for them or volunteer to play some music for some folks at a nursing home. Remember, we all need some joy at sometime or another in our lives.

February 2005 - New Dallas Chapter Coordinator - Raymond de Leur
The Dallas Chapter Forums (have many new topics/threads added.
New topics include:

Bands Looking For Members:

Musicians Looking for Bands/Musicians:

Texas Venues:

TX Music:

Area Information:

Local Members:


I am currently in the process of locating venues available for Open Mics, meetings and Karaoke (we all need to have some fun. lol).

Trying to locate local vendors, studios, instructors and companies that would be interested in assisting the local music scene and JPF members.

The forums now has links in the Dallas Chapter Forums for 2(two) Songwriter Associations in the DFW area. They are Fort Worth Songwriters Association and Dallas Songwriters Association.

To be updated monthly

To be updated monthly

If there is any information you need to know, ideas for future newsletters, wish to assist me in growing the Dallas Chapter of JPFolks or have any suggestions check the Dallas Chapter Forums at:


Please post there first. If not satisfied or goes unanswered for more than 2 days email me.Thanks Everybody. Lets make 2005 the Year for DFW, Texas!!!!!!!


Raymond de Leur

Dallas Chapter Coordinator



Life is too short to wait for things to happen. If you want it bad enough you make it happen.

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Life is too short to wait for things to happen. If you want it bad enough you make it happen.