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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, August 16 / 730 PM

Board games are hot right now — whether it’s the new Euro-style games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders or Power Grid, or you’re kickin’ it old school with traditional games like the Trumpesque, land-grabbing Monopoly. For a great midweek diversion, head on over to the Mucky Duck for a pint and a little tabletop competition; they’ve been at it for almost 25 years. We checked in with Stevie Hazlewood, day manager for McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and she says the club stocks a nice selection of titles for the Wednesday night Game Night and Irish Session. 

“It runs the gamut from Connect Four, to Scrabble, Yahtzee, Risk, three different versions of Monopoly, Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity,” says Hazlewood. Play one of those games or bring your own, and scarf down pub snacks like fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and the club’s famous shepherd’s pie. 

Best of all, there’s no cover. 7:30 p.m. 

- Susie Tommaney - Houston Press

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Texas Toy Hearts

Thu, August 17 / 7 PM

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THE TEXAS HEARTS  - An International Supergroup featuring Hannah & Sophia Johnson & Beth Chrisman!

Sisters Hannah and Sophia Johnson have been making music together since their early teens, achieving critical acclaim and touring extensively with their family bluegrass band The Toy Hearts. Although that band is currently on hiatus as the girls pursue their solo projects with Sophia in Austin TX and Hannah in The UK, this summer sees the Johnson sisters, reunite in collaboration with their  long time friend Beth Chrisman, former fiddler for The Carper Family & James Hand who is now leading her own band The Morning Afters. The 3 gals are very excited to be performing some select shows in Texas in July/August together, accompanied by Tom Lewis on drums and Huck Johnson on double bass. Their show will be drawing from all three of their repertoires,  as they share lead signing duties, the audience should expect tons of harmony singin, fiddlin’ and guitar pickin’.  

Hannah Johnson

Hannah spent almost 15 years leading her family band The Toy Hearts, but this July sees her debut solo release, ‘Shaken’ which delves deeper into her influences, old country, honky tonk, the blues and western swing. At a time when it is fashionably cool to be “Americana’ it is easy to feel tired of the cliches around the modern country scene.  Much of the music coming out of Nashville today seems to be either watered down country pop, or stylistically affected Americana with chanted choruses and stomping bass drums. However, there is also reaction against these extreme ends of the industry machine that is pouring out music by the yard, and artists like Hannah Johnson are approaching their music with a refreshing honesty and commitment to the core principles of ‘old’ country music, celebrating the heritage and history rather than diluting it. Hannah sings classic country songs about drinking and heart ache straight from a Honky Tonk, her sultry and smokey voice bringing a real blues edge and authenticity to her work. She is also a talented song writer which adds her own more modern touch, she can count Imelda May and Ronnie Wood - she was invited to perform of Ronnie’s recent 70th Birthday celebrations.

Sophia Johnson

Sophia Johnson officially arrived from England onto the Austin scene with the release of her solo debut album “One Year” in October 2016. This collection of songs, from Western Swing or Bluegrass classic to catchy honest original, is littered with strong sweet vocals and formidable guitar playing. In an industry that sometimes shouts “Pretty good for a girl”, we can firmly state that Sophia Johnson’s “One Year” blasts through expectations with her powerful guitar playing, singing and songwriting. 

Beth Chrisman

You can hear the high-lonesome of her birth-state Kentucky in the voice and fiddling of Beth Chrisman, but the warmth comes straight from the festive and tight-knit music community of Fairbanks, Alaska where she grew up.  She’s come a long way since showing up in Austin, Texas in 2006. While a member of retro country trio The Carper Family, Chrisman performed on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion, numerous US & international festivals, and was recognized for her songwriting by the Independent Music Awards (“Cold, Dark & Lonely" Best Americana Song, "Foolish Ramblin' Man" Best Country Song, IMA).  Well-known in Austin for her sit-in and studio work with local and touring artists, including James Hand, John C. Reilly, Alice Gerrard, and the Heartless Bastards, Chrisman is currently branching out on her own, as a featured songwriter in Project ATX 6 and fronting honky-tonk group The Morning Afters.

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Travis Linville

Thu, August 17 / 930 PM

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with special guest Craig Kinsey

“Songs that resound with uncomplicated authenticity." - Rolling Stone Country


"‘Wishes’ is a highlight of Travis Linville’s forthcoming full-length. The relatable tune, paced by steady percussion and accented by a crying pedal steel, focuses on those ever-escaping moments as folks weave in and out of our lives.” - NPR Music


“Up Ahead showcases a bright and deserving future for this up-and-comer.”

- PopMatters


"A masterclass in authentic songwriting and tasteful production" - Wide Open Country

It’s a quiet confidence, an air of authority limited to only the most studied artists, a commanding irreverence woven with a thread of vulnerability. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. 

Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence—including producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland. 

His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s “Sun or Moon” and 2014’s “Out on the Wire” EP, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H. Macy film, in which he performed the song.

A gifted instrumentalist, Linville is also known for his work as a sideman with Texas songwriter Hayes Carll, who calls him “criminally underrated.” He’s also performed with Willie Nelson, Tommy Allsup and Ryan Bingham and shared billing with Merle Haggard, Other Lives and Billy Joe Shaver, among countless others.

Independently, Linville has sold 15,000 albums and played thousands of shows across his 20-plus year career, with an ever-evolving repertoire deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety.

"Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it's supposed to be done,” Carll says. “With depth, heart and soul. One of my all-time favorite musicians."

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Staehely Brothers

Fri, August 18 / 7 PM

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Members of the classic rock band, Spirit, The Staehely Brothers (Al and John) are hosting a cool collection of Staehely written acoustic numbers- some recorded by Marty Balin, Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, John Cippolina, Nick Gravenites, Patti Dahlstrom, Peter Cox of Go West and up and coming blues sensation, Annika Chambers-  others recorded by Al and John when they left Austin in '71 to join the legendary West Coast group, Spirit.  

Also featured will be songs from the the Staehely Brothers Epic Records release, Al's solo recordings on Polygram and SteadyBoy Records, as well as new songs- some influenced by Al's travels to Brazil.  John's guitar work makes clear why Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt and Jo Jo Gunne chose him as their guitar slinger.  Sitting in with the brothers is Evelyn Rubio, the beautiful and uniquely talented singer and sax player from Mexico City.  A cameo performance by Al's son, Christian, featuring his compositions, will offer a glimplse of more to come from the Staehely millinneal. 

The Staehely Brothers are not only contemporary artists but they are also a part of America’s musical heritage.  Merging their Texas style with West Coast rock they took their music on the road headlining Carnegie Hall as Spirit members and touring the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia.  

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Tony Ramey

Fri, August 18 / 930 PM

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Texas CMA Independent Artist of the Year, Multi-Gold and Platinum Award Winning Songwriter, Scholar, Troubadour, Poet, Composer, Musician, and friend of the common folk... 

Currently he tours the US and Texas, where he has been named 2016's Independent Artist of the Year by the Texas Country Music Association. 

With the latest release Soul Survivor, featuring a duet with the iconic Willie Nelson (also a new fan of his music), Ramey is still grabbing the attention of industry people, and growing his audience by leaps and bounds because of his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter, and his passion for playing live. There is no doubt he prefers the troubadour life-style, and the solace of his writer's getaway between shows where he says he can "be alone with nature, his thoughts, and the eternal spring of the Art Spirit." So until now, Ramey spent much of his music career flying below the radar, but his recent touring schedule and album releases are getting noticed. 

Ramey’s first Gold Record came out of the frustrations of commercialism.  “I Don’t Want this Song to End” was a response to his first publisher’s new “rules” about songwriting: No ballads, definitely no waltzes, and no songs over four minutes.  Tom Collins, Country Music publisher and producer icon, was Tony’s first go ‘round with Nashville’s Music Row:  “Tom was a great song man and an even better psychologist.  He knew us writer’s well enough to know we wouldn’t be told what to do.  I think he just wanted to ruffle our feathers so we would go in a room and write something great, and stop following the formula.”  

From the beginning of his career as a songwriter, Tony felt as though he lived on the fringes of Nashville’s Music Row.  He aspired to follow in the footsteps of Guy Clarke, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaws who flew below the mass media radar.  "It's easy to get consumed by the hype and sparkle and neon of that town, but I came from the mountains, where you learn that everything man creates is superficial, talk is cheap, and stars fall as regular as acorns off the tree. I took a lot of what Nashville had to offer with a grain of salt.”

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Max Stalling

Sat, August 19 / 7 PM930 PM

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Max Stalling to Record Live Project at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Texas artist will perform two live shows to be recorded live at iconic Houston music venue August 19th  

Known as an intimate listening room, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck was an easy choice for Max Stalling as the setting for his next project.  Not only is the Mucky Duck an ideal venue for a live recording, it is also a great fit for the type of performance Stalling is looking to capture; a stripped-down “jug band” version of his current, high-energy shows that his dedicated fan base has come to love over the past twenty plus years. 

Max Stalling’s acoustic shows at the world famous Mucky Duck have long been a fan favorite as well as a band favorite.  So, he and his band have decided to try and capture the fun and energy of those magical moments.  Stalling recently stated that “The Mucky Duck is a very special listening type venue,” adding “we’ve had some truly amazing shows there.”  Stalling will be performing many fan favorites from his previous studio releases along with a “couple of surprises.”  

Although a little tight lipped on what these surprises might be, he says that fans will “not be disappointed.”  He also says that, through his strategic partnership with Shiner Beer, there will be yet another special event planned around this recording project.  “We are not quite ready to announce anything just yet, but we are very grateful and honored to have Shiner on board and very excited for everyone to see the final product.”Stalling is no stranger to live recording projects.  

He previously released two highly acclaimed live recordings, “Sellout: Live From Dan’s Silverleaf” in 2005 and “Live At The Granada” in 2009 which was also accompanied with a DVD of the live performance.  The upcoming live recording from the Mucky Duck follows up Stalling’s most recent studio release, 2015’s “Banquet.” 

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Open Mic

Mon, August 21 / 630 PM

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You’ll hear plenty of folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office. Not only does the pub feature an impressive array of live music almost every night, but the Mucky Duck has been listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the 20 best acoustic venues in the country. Each performer gets three songs or 15 minutes on stage. --

The Duck stage is open for you to present your original compositions or a favorite song made famous by someone else. 

Comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes also welcome. 

Don't be shy. Come on out ~ It's your turn to be a Mucky Duck Open Mic Star.

Each performer has 3 songs or 15 minutes for their performance. 

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Cliffs and Caves

Tue, August 22 / 730 PM

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Lindsey and Claire have recently launched their debut EP, entitled Hold On. The original songs appearing on the EP are a team effort with Lindsey creating the lyrics and melodies while Claire, a multi-instrumentalist, composed the music for the tracks. They traveled to Los Angeles to record the songs at Banana Chicken Studio, a process overseen by Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, and composer, Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Eagles). Also appearing on the EP is legendary Willie Nelson harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.

Whether they are working alongside a Grammy-nominated producer in Los Angeles or writing songs with stories that resonate with listeners of all generations, the mother-daughter duo of Cliffs and Caves isn’t shy about using their music to tell deeply personal and relatable stories. Made up of Lindsey and Claire Justice, the duo offers up a unique blend of Indie, Folk, Americana, and Pop music inspired by their combined musical influences: Bonnie Raitt, Ben Howard, Fleetwood Mac, and the band Joseph.

“Working Girl’s Guitar is Rosie to the core. Sassy, classy and ready to kick ass-y.” – Guitar World

“Flores is a working girl whose instrument and voice labor to give you a good time and make you think and feel more deeply.”– PopMatters