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Songwriters - Egan - Saenz - Liddell

Tue, August 4 / 730 PM

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Egan howls and drops his foot like a hammer on his stompbox, but it's his flashy fingerwork on a National steel guitar that truly dazzles.  He's an old soul and one of the most riveting performers in the city.    -Houston Chronicle


Mando Saenz has made a career out of watching people, haunting places, and asking questions. Studebaker, his third studio album by Carnival Recording Company, is propelled by his self-deprecating wit, careful observation, and empathetic ability to make heroes out of outcasts.


Laced with grace. It’s a deceptively complicated turn of phrase from Lise Liddell’s latest album simply titled Laced. And prophetically, it describes Lise in a searching, intuitive way.

Equally brassy and forgiving, she’s open and real and willing to ponder the topics that we all ponder. Life’s mountains and valleys. Love lost and found. Sex great and regretted. The wisest poems. The truest songs. 

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Anne McCue

Thu, August 6 / 7 PM

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"I've been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I'm very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can't go wrong with such talent." Dave Alvin

"I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring." David Olney

Alternative Country icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!" 

Born in Sydney and raised just southwest in Campbelltown, McCue has toured the world playing her music in Concert Halls, pubs and festivals, living for a year in Vietnam. She has most recently been based in East Nashville, a thriving songwriting community on the Cumberland River's left bank.

Her love of music forged in Sydney, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, McCue landed in America and performed on the Lilith Fair tour. After setting up shop in Los Angeles, she became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene and has since recorded 5 acclaimed studio albums and a DVD ‘Live In Nashville.’

Her music is included in Time Life’s ‘4 Decades Of Folk Rock’ alongside Bob Dylan, The Byrds, etc. and in Starbucks Artist Choice alongside Leonard Cohen, John Coltraine etc.

McCue recently produced Emma Swift's debut album in Nashville. The record has since been nominated for an ARIA Award in Australia. Other artists she has produced include Audrey Auld and Tracey Bunn. She is currently working with Reckless Johnny Wales at Flying Machine Studio.

Expect great guitar work, compelling songs, and an eclectic set list. 

"Listeners will delight in her slide guitar prowess, as well as her pointed and powerful lyrics." --Seattle Post Intelligencer 

"Anne McCue is the virtual definition of "triple threat." A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on this new project." -- Billboard 

"The Australian earns accolades with an album of songs that stretch from urgent to world-weary with bracing bluntness." -- Philadelphia Inquirer 

"My new favorite artist and an amazing guitarist" -- Lucinda Williams

"She used every guitar in the battery she brought on stage, from the National steel to the Danelectro 12-string to the lap steel, and each allowed her the freedom to explore a different type of roots music, including swampy Creedence stomp, ethereal blues, and countrified jangle.  These days, there are very few women working the same territory as McCue who can combine tough and vulnerable. That she does it with poise and a self-deprecating sense of humor makes her an artist worth seeing again." --Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

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Julia Engel

Fri, August 7 / 7 PM

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Your favorite singing waitress is back! Come here Julia Engel sing everything from opera to Edith Piaff to contemporary American songs while Tyler Tucker tickles the ivories. The beginning of the summer means that audition season is right around the corner, so come on out and help support a young singer’s love of music from Mozart to Menotti and beyond! Taken from

Soprano Julia Engel has been called “a gloriously pert Norina” and “beguiling of voice” by the Houston Press in 2013 for her portrayals of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, both with Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX). Ms. Engel was a Young Artist for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh during the summer of 2013, singing Olympia in Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann-Retold. While in Pittsburgh she was also a part of Mozart Week which involved multiple concerts for audience members to hear standard repertoire and rarely performed pieces of music written by Mozart and his family members. Ms. Engel had the good fortune to be a part of the CoOperative Program’s winter concerts in January of 2013, singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and covering Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème.  

The spring of 2014 brought forth opportunities to sing in Metamorphosis Opera Theater’s inaugural production of Mitridate, re di Ponto in the role of Ismene, and her debuts with the Virtuosi of Houston Orchestra and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. In summer of 2014, Julia covered Zerbinetta for Kingwood Summer Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

 Julia played the roles of the Dew Fairy, Mother, and Witch in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in 2012 for HGOco’s Opera to Go! program, touring around the state of Texas and performing 80+ shows.  She has participated as a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (2013), The CoOperative Program at Westminster (Princeton, NJ - 2012), Le chiavi di Bel Canto (Houston, TX - 2011), and Glensheen Opera (Duluth, MN - 2010). A frequent competitor in vocal competitions, Julia is most recently a 2nd place winner in the Young Texas Artists Competition (Conroe, TX - 2014), a 2nd place winner in the Concerto Competition for the University of Houston (2011), a finalist in the Lois Alba Aria Competition (2011) and a 1st place winner for the upper midwest District NATSAA Competition (2010).

 Julia received her Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, where she performed Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Nannetta in Falstaff, Madame Herz in The Impresario, and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and performed Königen der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Karolka in Jenufa (in English), and Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica. She is currently studying with soprano Cynthia Clayton.

 Julia has an extensive dance background, with 11 years of classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/modern. She also has 8 ½ years of experience in concert band on the flute and 6 years on the piccolo.

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Wayne Hancock

Fri, August 7 / 930 PM

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"Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up Rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it's always been and always will be." -

“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine

"A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve." -

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Dawn & Hawkes

Sat, August 8 / 7 PM

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After a happenstance encounter, songwriters Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes joined together to multiply their talents and formed a male/female fronted band touring the country and sharing songs, shows, and everything in-between.

Austin based indie-folk-americana duo Dawn and Hawkes first appeared in front of a large audience at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where Dawn was awarded as a finalist in the New Folk competition for emerging songwriters. Within a month, they had recorded and released their self-produced EP, GOLDEN HEART, featuring signature harmonies and an indie-folk sound influenced by Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque-pop. Written and recorded from their home in Austin, their debut album has climbed to the top 25 of Billboard's Folk chart.

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Songwriters - Graham Weber - Carson McHone - Ben Ballinger - Matt Harlan

Sat, August 8 / 930 PM

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Graham Weber 

Graham Weber is a singer-songwriter who hails from Texas by way of Ohio. His new album Faded Photos captures the landscapes of both territories, sunburned and frozen simultaneously. With string arrangements by Peter Stopschinski (Lambchop, Grupo Fantasma, Golden Hornet Project) and some production help from old friends, Weber has created a stunning collection of songs unlike anything in his discography.

Carson McHone 

Margaret Moser of the Austin Chronicle credits the songwriting of the six original tracks on McHone's 2013 EP with a "curve-ball edge…songs such as 'Pale Blues' resonating with the confidence of a veteran"

Under the X in Texas host, Ted Branson of KOOP Radio, assures, "Carson McHone is a breath of fresh air in a town full of Texas songwriters who all try for the sound she was born with and presents confidently in an easy, natural way."  

Ben Ballinger

Ben Ballinger makes roots music with an uncommon emotional depth and songwriting mastery. A balladeer in the truest sense, Ballinger is a craftsman, building fine-tuned melodies out of roughhewn passions. After digging deep into the Austin, Texas scene for the past few years, Ballinger stands out among the pack of would-be Country soulmen with an undeniably genuine, and original delivery.

Matt Harlan

Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Billboard. He was named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and was featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark) in the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song.”

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Austin Lounge Lizards

Sun, August 9 / 6 PM

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The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown’s moniker, “Music Capital of the World,” and its motto: “Keep Austin Weird.”

For 33 years, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table; subjects like politics, religion, romance, the music industry, and their crazy/stupid relatives. 

With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.