The Hartz Family


Since 1977, Steve Hartz has been building, repairing, and playing stringed instruments at the General Mercantile and Oldtime String Shop on the square in downtown Nacogdoches.  Steve has always loved and collected musical styles, ideas and stories that reflect earlier times. 

As a result, in 1998 he started his own recording company and received a Crossroads music award for his first CD, Crooked Steep and Rocky.  This was followed by two East Texas inspired book and CD projects, By the Muddy Angelina and Settlers of the Western Woods.

Steve’s original songs have been featured as title cuts on five different projects by other artists including original Dixie Chick member, Robin Macy, on Danger in the Air, Dave Peterson’s Howling Blue Winds, and Southern Rail’s Glory Train, which was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s gospel album of the year in 1996.

In addition to performing his old time style original music, Steve and his wife, Sheryl, have put on medicine shows and historical re-enactment programs from East Texas to far West Texas. More recently, Steve and Sheryl have had the pleasure of performing with their daughter, Sidney Rose, whenever she can take time away from her engineering coursework at the University of North Texas.  Their music is a combination of original and traditional tunes designed to transport the listener to simpler times in Texas.

Performance Schedule

Date                                                               Location

February 20, 2015                         Downtown Nacogdoches Wine Swirl

                                                        Nacogdoches, TX

                                                        6:00-10:00 P.M.

March 4, 2016                                Texas Independence Day Reception

                                                        Sterne-Hoya Museum

                                                        Nacogdoches, TX

                                                        6:00-8:00 p.m.

March 5, 2016                                Nacogdoches Music Festival

                                                        12:30-3:30 p.m.                           

March 31-April 2, 2016               Palestine Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival

                                                       Palestine, TX

June 4, 2016                                   Private Wedding

                                                        Millard’s Crossing

                                                        Nacogdoches, TX


Steve and Sheryl Hartz