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Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Tue, May 31 / 730 PM

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Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs - occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Tess studied piano as a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and eventually began her own studies in early jazz and blues. 

All grown up and after more than a decade on the road, now Nashville-based Miss Tess and The Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky-tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home-grown in America. Tess is not only very skilled on her own soloing guitar chops, but has been able to hand-pick some of the best accompanying musicians (currently including Thomas Bryan Eaton on guitar) throughout the years as she has brought her old school swagger through Europe and extensively through the US. 

"I don’t know of anyone else that has such an eclectic, jazzy, old school and interesting vibe. There’s an authenticity present in Miss Tess’ music. It is not contrived, not too far a stretch for the skeptical imagination. She is real. And she is rare."  – No Depression  

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Guinness Dinner

Wed, June 1 / 7 PM

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First Course

Guinness Blonde paired with Scotch Egg

Hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs, 

fried golden brown and nested in salad, 

with our creamy curry dressing.

Second Course

Harp Lager paired with Fish & Chips

Beer-battered cod with fries and hand cut slaw.

Third Course

Guinness Extra Stout paired with Beef Guinness

Beef stewed in Guinness with carrots and potatoes 

poured over a crispy bread bowl.

Final course

A taste of the very special 

1759 Amber Ale

Served with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream 

with Guinness poured over the top.

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Irish Session

Wed, June 1 / 730 PM

Mucky Duck's 26th Anniversary Irish Session


Our Houston Session has been around for over 30 years - the last 23 have been hosted at the Mucky Duck. 

Come have dinner and pint and enjoy an Irish evening.

No cover charge

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James McMurtry

Thu, June 2 / 7 PM930 PM

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James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). 

Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s newComplicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). 

“The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. 

I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

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Lisa Morales

Fri, June 3 / 7 PM

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Her lyrics are bold and honest in that she unveils pure emotion. She can blow you away by the way her huge voice will rock you, hurt you when she sings the blues, and make you think you think when she's telling you exactly how she feels. 

Her guitar playing is strong and sometimes she will take it where her ear goes, not trying to be something she's not, but rather someone in the zone. 

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Mando Saenz

Fri, June 3 / 930 PM

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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.
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Jeremy O'Bannon

Sat, June 4 / 7 PM

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Recorded in Houston by local songwriter Jack Saunders, Jeremy O’Bannon’s debut album Olivia tracks love, loss, and holding on to what’s important in 12 pointed, singular tracks. 

It’s a songwriter’s album, with accessible guitar licks, definitive storytelling, and a clue of inspired musicianship, the summation of four years of writing sketched into the framework of the disc.

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South Austin Moonlighters

Sat, June 4 / 930 PM

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“A southside collective of songwriters modeled loosely on the template established by Saxon supergroup the Resentments a decade ago, the S.A.Moonlighters take a big step with “Burn & Shine,” their first studio album (following a live disc recorded at the Saxon in 2012). 

Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band collaborate on an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, blues, country and more; whereas the previous live disc was highlighted by covers, they’re now bringing their own material to the fore. Highly Recommended.” - Austin 360

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Chris Smither

Sun, June 5 / 6 PM

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A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”