Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Denton musician Robert Gomez leaves North Texas, starts new gig called Ormonde
He'll leave behind adoring fans in Denton.
DENTON Denton said farewell to one of its favorite musicians Tuesday night at Dan's Silver Leaf. Robert Gomez, who has been an influential part of the North Texas music scene during the past decade, is packing his bags and is heading for the great Northwest. Seattle to be exact.
"It's exciting," Robert told me during his send-off shindig Tuesday night. "I have a new project called Ormonde that I'll be working on up there. Seattle is where the other guys working on it live."
Despite having to say goodbye to the friends and family in the town he's called home for so many years, Gomez was all smiles on Tuesday. "I don't know," he said, "I've lived all over the country. I've lived in New York and places like that, and I really just like the vibe in Seattle, and the Northwest for that matter. I like trees."
Gomez burst onto the scene in 2005 with his album Etherville, and has been regarded as one of the most talented musicians in DFW since. Despite the fact he's moving across the country, it's unlikely this will be the last time we see Gomez around these parts. At least that's what friend and fellow Denton musician Sarah Jaffe is hoping for.
"Oh, he'll be back to visit, I'm sure," Jaffe said Tuesday night as she played at Dan's. "And I like Seattle, so I'll be visiting there soon too. I love you brother."
As Denton's music scene sputters and struggles a bit to climb back to the point it was at a year or two ago, we say so long and thanks to one of the big reasons why Denton still has the musical clout that it does.
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