Floyd Domino


Floyd Domino brought home his Best Keyboards Award this April to keep company with the two Grammy Awards won for featured work with Asleep at the Wheel. Floyd Domino has recorded and performed with Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings, jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Monte Warden, Don Walser and others. His boogie-woogie styling is known to audiences around the world, and has even been heard in outer space by way of George Strait’s #1 hit, “Ace In The Hole”, which was beamed up to the crew of the space shuttle Columbia in a wake-up call.A native of California, Floyd was introduced to Western Swing by way of the musicians who had migrated from Texas and Oklahoma in the 30’s and 40’s. Through Asleep at the Wheel producer Tommy Allsup and master fiddler Johnny Gimble he met Texas Playboy original Al Stricklin. Al became Floyd’s teacher. Floyd joined Asleep at the Wheel at the age of 19, and was featured on their first Grammy winning recording, Count Basie’s One O’Clock Jump. Seven years and a million miles later, he went to New York to play in the Broadway hit, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.Following that, he recorded and played five years with the Crickets and Waylon Jennings. As a session pianist Floyd can be heard on numerous recordings (over 50 US CDs as well as some International releases). Floyd played on five albums with George Strait, and won two Grammys. His most recent Grammy was awarded in February 2000 for Best Country Instrumental as a featured performer with Tommy Allsup, Larry Franklin, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner on the Asleep at the Wheel recording, Ride With Bob.In 2002, Merle Haggard’s album, Two Old Friends, with Al Brumly, Jr was nominated for a Grammy in the Gospel field. Besides playing piano on that, Floyd performed on Merle’s television special, For The Record, which was broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton. In July 2002, Floyd won the Will Rogers Cowboy award from the Academy of Western Artists for Western Swing Instrumentalist of the Year.In 1986, on Al Stricklin’s 75th birthday, Floyd was a special guest on Al Stricklin’s live album recorded in Ft Worth.Between his musical gigs, Floyd served as Musical Director of Jim Hightower’s of nationally-syndicated radio broadcast.Floyd was among the top 10 of Austin’ s Best Keyboards every year from 2006 through 2009. In 2010 Floyd was named the #1 Top Keyboards in Austin.Floyd has released six albums of his own. Among them are Hightower Boogie Woogie and five other highly rated recordings for children: Baby Road, The White Album, The Four Tots, Peggy Sue with Buddy Holly’s Original Crickets, and Sleepy In Seattle.

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