"The Mighty Orq stands flat-foot and delivers pounds of solid blues with every thing he plays." - Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Mighty Orq is one of Texas’s most exceptional and hardest working talents. Born in Houston, Orq has a sound that is as diverse and unique as his home town. His performances include songs spanning numerous genres of music including country, folk, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and even hints of zydeco.
Long known as a stand-out singer and guitarist, Orq has matured as a writer and arranger as heard on his 2016 release, “Love In A Hurricane,” and as a solo performer on his 2019 album “Solo at the Bugle Boy,” a live album recorded at the famed central Texas listening room and released on YAWP Records.
In 2020 Orq and his band mates, Mark Riddell on bass and Chris Ardoin on drums, began composing and recording new material for a studio release. In additon the band videoed their Halloween 2019 performance at the legendary Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston for release over the coming year. Stay tuned for the digital release of this material and the forthcoming album in 2021!
Solo at the Bugle Boy – 2019
Love In A Hurricane – 2016
Delta Blues Guitar (DVD) – 2014
Soulful City – 2013
Lost In Germany – 2011
To The Bone – 2008
Milk Money – 2005
Ghost Train: Live at The Big Easy – 2004
Prayer Book – 2003
AWARDS & HONORS
*Houston Press Music Award, “Best Guitarist” – 2007
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Guitarist” – 2010
**International Blues Challenge, “Finalist/Solo-Duo” – 2011
**Houston Arts Alliance, “Individual Artist Grant” – 2011
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Blues” – 2012
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Blues” – 2015
**International Blues Challenge, “Finalist/Solo-Duo” – 2016