About Nancy Fly
Texas native Nancy Fly has been working in the music industry since the 1970's in diverse endeavors including music book publishing, community radio performing, booking and management and concert and festival production. After graduating from Vassar College with an English Major and a Music Minor in 1972, Nancy Fly obtained a job as editor of Oak Publications in New York and oversaw the publishing of several books on the origins of roots and folk music in the United States including the Folksinger's Word Book, Appalachian Fiddle, and books on Blues music and roots country music. After leaving New York, Nancy Fly spent several months in East Tennessee where she applied herself to learning to play the fiddle and helping to run a small music store. Subsequently she was offered a job as the first full-time manager of community radio station WEVL in Memphis, Tennessee, which at the time was a very small station but now operates at 100,000 watts.
In 1976 she moved home to San Antonio and worked to establish an archive of Texas Music at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Soon she found herself playing in bands and performing around San Antonio in various configurations including a stint with the Bunkhouse Boys and the Circle C Band. In an effort to keep her own projects booked and also to help her many musical friends stay booked, she started a booking agency in 1978 which operated under a few different names until she established Nancy Fly & Associates in 1981. For the next several years she remained in San Antonio where she helped produce and procure talent for many large events for the City of San Antonio including New Year's Eve and Fourth of July Events, and San Antonio's Sesquicentennial. She also curated talent for San Antonio's famous jazz festival known as Jazz'SAlive for a period of 20 years.
In 1989 Nancy Fly relocated her business to Austin, Texas, so that she could be closer to the hub of the state's music business in the Live Music Capital of the World. Since moving to Austin, Nancy Fly has contributed great effort and a good deal of love to the touring careers of many artists including Ruthie Foster, Slaid Cleaves, Don Walser, Bruce Robison, Del Castillo, Carolyn Wonderland, Miss Lavelle White, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Michael Martin Murphey, Warren Hood, the Texas Guitar Women, Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Guy Forsyth, MilkDrive, Marshall Ford Swing Band, BettySoo, Caroline Herring, A.J. Croce and Grupo Fantasma.
In 2015 Nancy Fly entered into semi-retirement in order to make time for other endeavors. However, she diligently continues to represent two long-time clients, Del Castillo and Geoff Muldaur.
Nancy Fly is also an accomplished oil painter. To see her work, go to nancyflyart.com.