"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.
Throughout the lockdown of 2020 Orq developed a live streaming series called The Stay at Home Sessions, that allowed him to continue performing throughout that year. The concert series has become a staple of Mighty Orq fans, and has recently hosted noteable Texas music guests such as Kevin Russell of SHINYRIBS, Guy Forsyth & Jeska, and New Orleans harmonica virtuoso, Jason Ricci.
In addition he and band mates, Mark Riddell on bass and Chris Ardoin on drums, have begun composing and recording new material for a studio album. Stay tuned for the release of new tunes and other material in 2021 & 2022!
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