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Lost Austin Band

Tue, May 30 / 730 PM

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The Progressive Country scene of the 1970s put Austin on the international music map when “Willie and Waylon and the Boys” came to town. Now that same magic lives again in The Lost Austin Band. 


They were there:  this is their music!  If you've heard the music of Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Steven Fromholz, Willie Nelson, Rusty Wier, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willis Alan Ramsey, Denim, B.W. Stevenson or other song-oriented Texas artists, then you've heard the music of The Lost Austin Band.  


The media called it “Progressive Country,” but the band prefers to call their repertoire a collection of world-class compositions created by some of the finest songwriters in Texas.  Bob Livingston, Bill Browder, Dave Moerbe, Patterson Barrett, Ernie Gammage, and Craig D. Hillis, each with long careers of their own, return to their musical roots as The Lost Austin Band with the songs that created this special time in Texas’s musical history. 

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, May 31 / 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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Jim Lauderdale

Thu, June 1 / 7 PM

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One year after releasing Soul Searching, his tribute to the musical histories of Memphis and Nashville, GRAMMY ® winner Jim Lauderdale draws influence from Texas for his 28th album, This Changes Everything.

 

Lauderdale has been an ambassador for the Americana genre for years, not only releasing more than two dozen albums of award-winning American roots music, but also emceeing the acclaimed radio show Music City Roots. Along the way, he's collaborated with legends like Buddy Miller, Ralph Stanley, and Robert Hunter. The WagonMaster award recognizes an Americana pioneer whose career continues to roll ahead, leaving a large legacy in its wake.

 

"I was already a fan of George Strait when he began recording my songs," says Lauderdale, "and his support really opened up a lot of doors for me. It helped allow me to make the kind of music I want to make, and release it the way I want to release it. It allowed me to create. This award is one of the most important things to happen to me, in my life and my career."

 

Lauderdale's latest creation, This Changes Everything, presents the songwriter's own version of the traditional Texas dancehall sound, filled with shuffles, rave-ups, plenty of sharp songwriting and appearances by a handful of genuine Texas legends. For a wagon master who's nowhere near the end of his journey, This Changes Everything marks the latest stop in a longer trek.

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Stray Birds

Thu, June 1 / 930 PM

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"Flaming brilliant." - Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK


"The sound of a band at the absolute top of their game." - Jeremy Searle, Americana UK


"One track in and I'm sold, sucked in by the high wailing vocal harmonies straight out of the mountains and overlaid on a bed of solid rock." -No Depression 


"From the moment the opening notes hit your ear, you know this band hit the golden “thing” – the un-defineable quality/timing/vibe that artists can never accurately describe – you only know that they offered a piece of themselves that will now be part of you onward." - Popdose





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Trout Fishing in America

Fri, June 2 / 7 PM

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Trout Fishing in America returns to the Duck for their official CD release. 


Their new project, The Strangest Times, is a return to the basic duo sound. 


The album was recorded last year during some of the strangest times in recent memory. You can look forward to an evening of old favorites mixed in with new original songs (both serious and wryly funny). 

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John Baumann

Fri, June 2 / 930 PM

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Over the last 4 years, John Baumann has been steadily building a fan base that is all about the lyric.


Since quitting his day job at a non-profit in the fall of 2015, and going full-time as a singer-songwriter and front man, Baumann has been in a state of constant evolution, having racked up almost 140 shows in 12 short months while continuing to write songs that emphasize his earnest style of phrasing and vivid approach to storytelling. 


Baumann has also bolstered his songwriting resume, having written with the likes of Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow and Waylon Payne, while also having his song “Gulf Moon” recorded by Nashville’s Kenny Chesney.

With the release of the 6 song EP ‘Departures’ in 2015, Baumann has generated a ton of buzz resulting in a featured artist slot at the 2016 and 2017 Steamboat Music Fest and as a performer on Jack Ingram’s Songwriter Spotlight Series on the Texas Music Scene.


Over the course of the past year, Baumann has been leading a 4 piece band around Texas, and in to the Midwest, honing his sound and garnering new fans in all types of venues.  And having just finished a 10-day recording session in Austin, Baumann is looking forward to releasing his a brand new full length record.


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Phoebe Hunt

Sat, June 3 / 7 PM

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An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe makes an impressive creative leap with this record. It’s the culmination of a five year journey that has taken her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. 


Alongthe way, Phoebe found her voice and delivered her most inspired set of songs to date -- the soundtrack to her self-discovery.  Shanti’s Shadow marks an arrival for Phoebe Hunt, whose artistic and personal journeys have deep story lines.  These masterfully crafted songs are brought to life by the musicians Phoebe has gathered, each a virtuoso in their own right.  The Gatherers are Roy Williams (guitar), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Sam Reider (piano/accordion), Nick Falk (drums) and Jared Engel/Dave Speranza (upright bass).  


The album, "Shanti’s Shadow" is garnished with additional guests who are dear to Phoebe’s heart: Stephanie Hunt and Jazz Mills - vocal harmonies, Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith - strings. Each of these musicians is a leader in their own right and have won awards and toured the world with some of the best musicians on the planet.

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Brother Roy

Sat, June 3 / 930 PM

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Brother Roy is New York City's rock and roll missionary. It’s impossible not to immediately like the guy when you walk into the bar. He looks like that guest who no one invited and was the last one to leave the party. 


But there’s something timeless about his gruff croon accompanied by an unrelenting pulse on an old battered piano. You can’t help but listen. He lists Harry Nilsson, the Beatles, The Band, Bob Dylan, Neil Young as some of his biggest influences. 


These are high standards to live up to, and many have tried and failed. But with a refreshing honesty, dedication, and healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, Brother Roy has managed to find a voice for himself in a genre so beloved that it might as well be a religion. 

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Private Party

Mon, June 5 / 11 AM

We will be closed all day today for a private event.