GREGG ANDREWS – President
Gregg Andrews, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University, San Marcos, co-founded the Center for Texas Music History. A prize-winning author of four books and numerous scholarly articles and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, he is also a singer-songwriter/recording artist who fronts the central Texas band, Doctor G and the Mudcats. With Kent Finlay as producer, Doctor G released three CDs of original songs on the Cheatham Street Record label—“Mudcat (2005), “My Daddy’s Blues” (2010), and “Swampy Tonk Blues” (2015). Formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association, he has been active, too, in Texas dance hall preservation for several years, currently serving on the Advisory Board of Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc.
BILL McNEAL – Vice President
Bill McNeal is a retired lawyer, who is a songwriter and prose writer. He lives on the McNeal family farm outside Luling, Texas. Bill has been a member of the Board for a number of years and is currently serving a Board Vice President.
MICHAEL ABILD – Secretary/Treasurer
Michael Abild and his wife, Kristi, live in San Marcos and enjoy Texas music and the hill country lifestyle. Their two married daughters are both graduates of Texas A&M University; one a successful engineer, and the other a teacher and reading specialist. Mike and Kristi have also been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters and a handsome grandson. Prior to his retirement after 30 years in public education, Mike was the Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. Mike held a comparable position for the Brazosport Independent School District prior to moving to San Marcos. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and has been involved in many organizations during his career; including the Cheatham Street Music Foundation, the San Marcos and Brazosport Chambers of Commerce, the Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences, the Community Foundation of Brazoria County, and the United Way of Hays and Brazoria Counties.
JOHN GILLIAM – Director
John Gilliam is “Missoula Slim,” a songwriter-singer from San Marcos, Texas. John got his moniker from Kent Finlay, “the Godfather of Texas songwriters,” at Cheatham Street Warehouse in 2004. Missoula has been writing and performing for the last 20 years, mostly in and around Montana, Washington and Texas. He has recently surfaced at such distinguished venues as the Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s in Austin, Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, and Riley’s Tavern in Hunter.
Missoula Slim writes in a variety of styles, ranging from folk and country to jazz and alternative rock. Many of his songs contain bits of his offbeat wit and wisdom. He is currently performing in and around San Marcos and Austin, and serves as past president of the Austin Songwriters Group, and as an officer and board member for the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. Missoula performs every Wednesday at the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with his most excellent guitarist, “Dangerous Dan” Praver, and his bass player “Sergeant” Carter.
John is also an attorney in San Marcos. He has a general solo practice, focusing on Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate. He also provides advice and counsel in the areas of Entertainment Law and ERISA benefits denial cases.
SAGE ALLEN – Director
Sage was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas. After graduating from San Marcos High School, Sage followed his passion for live music and began working at the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. Within a few short months he was promoted to General Manager. While working at Cheatham, Sage attended Texas State University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Small Business Administration.
Sage now specializes in production and operations management for large scale events including festivals and national touring concerts. Past events that Sage has managed include SXSW at Auditorium Shores, Austin Formula 1 Fan Fest, ESPN XGames Super Stage, RedFest, Willie’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin Food+Wine and the Austin360 Amphitheater Concert Season. Sage also works with CODE 4 Event Management to provide consultation and onsite guidance for public safety at festivals and mass gatherings.
Sage currently resides in South East Austin with his wife and young son. They also have 3 four-legged furry kids and enjoy cycling and going to the Farmer’s Market on the weekends.
ELLY DIETZ – Director
Elly graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. She began her legal career as a prosecutor. Elly worked for several years in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas as counsel for the Texas Crime Victim’s Compensation Division.
She has lived in San Marcos for over 20 years and been a fan of Cheatham Street Warehouse all of that time. Her husband, Michael Dietz, used to book at acts at Cheatham Street Many years ago.
Most recently, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation Division in the field of Eminent Domain. She has been in private practice since 2000, focusing primarily on property law and family law. Elly also serves on the Board of the Heritage Association of San Marcos.
GARY HICKINBOTHAM – Director
During his stint as chief engineer the Fire Station Gary recorded many artists of national stature and worked with many producers and engineers from major labels. One of the recordings he made, the Texas Tornados, won a Grammy. Two other albums, one by Doug Sahm and one by Tish Hinojosa (which Gary co-produced), each won Indies and much critical acclaim. Gary has worked with Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Hiatt, J.D. Souther, Gary P. Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker and many others.
When Texas State University acquired the Fire Station for its Sound Recording Technology program, Gary’s friend Bobby Arnold from Willie Nelson’s Perdenales Recording Studio became the chief engineer. Gary left the Fire Station to work as a free-lance engineer in Austin with his colleagues Chet Himes, Bill Johnson and mastering engineer Jerry Tubb. During this time he worked on several project studios in Austin and also helped with recording and mixing live radio broadcasts for KGSR. He also made multi-track recordings for the Austin City Limits tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. In addition, outside the musical arena, he was a co-designer and manufacturer of an electro-pnuematic voice-controlled physical therapy apparatus for paraplegic and stroke rehabilitation. This prototype machine is still used for spinal cord regeneration research at Southwestern Medical College in Dallas. Other commercial versions of the machine are in hospitals, therapy clinics and professional sports facilities throughout the United States and several other countries around the world. While working on this project he also worked on some of the first live streaming multimedia webcasts with Broadcast.com, at the time Mark Cuban’s ground-breaking web enterprise.
Now a world-class engineer, coming full circle, he finds himself at the Fire Station, where he began his professional recording career, once again.
BILL CUNNINGHAM – Director
Bill is a retired public relations and political consultant, former aide to U.S. Rep. J.J. “Jake” Pickle, former member of the San Marcos City Council and former Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System Board of Regents. He was present for Opening Night at Cheatham Street Warehouse while still attending Southwest Texas State University. Native of San Antonio, Bill’s considered one of the movers and shakers of Hays County.
Randy Rogers – Director
HalleyAnna Finlay – Director