What do you get when you blend the down-home quality of a Texas-born, Southern-raised country singer with a man who was moved to convert to Judaism as an adult? You get Joe Buchanan’s “Americana with a Jewish Soul.”
A member of Congregation Shaar Hashalom in Clear Lake, Buchanan learned of his own Jewish soul after discovering that his wife was Jewish, despite the fact that they had already been married for 13 years. Since that journey began, Buchanan has been delighting audiences with his own renditions of sacred prayers, Jewish folk music, and the story of his own conversion and life as a Jewish Texan.
Temple Beth Torah, located at 320 Shallow Drive in Humble, will host Buchanan with his distinctive style of Jewish Americana Saturday, Feb. 9. The evening will begin with a catered, Texas-style barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. After dinner at 7:45, Buchanan will join the temple’s Rabbi Dan Gordon to lead a unique havdallah service leading into his concert of music and stories about being a Jewish Texan.
Reservations are necessary by Feb. 5 to plan for the dinner, and seating is limited. Ticket prices are low (TBT members $10, guests $15, special seating $25) as the evening is partially underwritten by a gift from Levy Funeral Directors and generous members of Temple Beth Torah.