Tyler transplant thrilled with ET arts, music scene

Published on Thursday, 27 June 2013 23:47 - Written by By TERRY MILLER Guest Columnist

Hello Tyler and all of East Texas. First, I would like to thank Stewart Smith for inviting me to write about all the happenings in our great area.

When my wife Denise and I came to Tyler, a little over four years ago, we were told by several folks that Tyler was nice but there wasn’t much to do. Well folks, nothing could be further from the truth. As we began to look around, we discovered rather quickly that downtown Tyler was going through a very fast revitalization and had amazing arts, entertainment, fine and casual dining.

East Texas has an amazing music scene that kind of reminds me of Austin 30 years ago. Yes, I am that old and I still remember that far back. On any given night you can listen to country, rock or blues from some of the most talented performers you will ever see. East Texas has its share of names on the big stages around the world, and after a few nights out on the town it’s easy to see why. From Mike Acoustic for a good ol’ folk sound to the hard rocking style of Tyler Lenius, you won’t find better anywhere in the country.

I have a lot of favorites, but one I really enjoy is Miss Taylor Heard. Taylor always makes me feel welcome, and any time I get the chance I love to emcee for Taylor. I am so blessed to be able to emcee “Muddin’ For The Military” at River Run in Jacksonville over the 4th of July weekend. We will be filming for our new reality show and Taylor has agreed to ham it up with me and the gang. I mean really, what could be better than country music, mud, military and great 4th of July food? Add some cold beverages and I am one happy redneck.

I personally love mid-week at Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue for music and award-winning ribs. We just filmed a closing scene for one of our shows there and, man, did they treat us right. On weekends, it’s Jakes on the roof, or I may be emceeing at an event around town. On the roof or on the patio, music is happening in Tyler and all of East Texas and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

“Nothing to do in Tyler?” Not hardly! There is always something to do, and if you haven’t been invited, consider this your invitation. Come as my guest and if you see me or my lovely wife, Denise, pull up a chair and let’s visit. After all, we are Texans and that makes everybody family.

Terry Miller owns and operates Miller Homes Group, a real estate company in Tyler and is the host of Good Morning with Terry Miller.