“[Rodriguez] creates beautiful music that is always slyly smart, which in turn makes it more beautiful.” —The New Yorker
“A superb interpretive singer” —The Washington Post
Acclaimed Austin-based artist Carrie Rodriguez is set to release Lola, the follow-up to her critically lauded 2013 LP Give Me All You Got, February 19 via her own Luz Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Inspired by 1940s-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in English, Spanish and “Spanglish,” coupled with Spanish songs written by some of her favorite Mexican composers. Rodriguez is touring widely in support of the album—see dates below.
Produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, Loudon Wainwright III, Kelly Joe Phelps), the album features an all-star band dubbed “The Sacred Hearts,” including internationally acclaimed composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss on bass,Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on nylon string guitar and electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums and percussion. Vocalists Raul Maloand Gina Chavez and Grammy Award-winning bajo sexto player Max Baca also make appearances.
“I still remember the first time I listened to one of the recordings by my great aunt, Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, from the ‘40s… As the strings and trumpets soared behind her gutsy alto voice, I was immediately moved to tears, awestruck by the connection I felt to her and to my family history,” Rodriguez says. “Ever since that first listen it has been a dream of mine to create my own blend of Tex-Mex music. Lolais the album I dreamed of, inspired by the rich landscape of blended cultures that I call home: Texas.”
Born in Austin and raised on a broad range of pop, traditional and classical music, Rodriguez began training on the violin at age five while simultaneously developing a taste for fiddling under the influence of the rich and vibrant songwriting culture of her hometown. She was awarded a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. A collaboration with Chip Taylor (of “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning” fame) produced four highly-regarded duet albums, after which Rodriguez began recording and releasing solo albums of her own. 2013’s Give Me All You Got reached No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart and received wide critical acclaim with the Boston Globe praising Rodriguez’s “fine singing and scintillating fiddle work,” and PopMatters calling it “country songwriting at its best.” It was also chosen as an “Editor’s Pick” by the Washington Post, among many other accolades.
Rodriguez has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists including Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including “Austin City Limits,” “The Tonight Show” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The depth of his influences and breadth of his worldly experiences, are unmistakable in this diverse collection of heart thumping tunes. From ska to folk, honky-tonk to rock, his lyrics tackle such lofty and often neglected topics as social responsibility and justice, political corruption and greed while consoling the audience with pithy love songs and pure ‘feel good’ rhythms and melodies.
"Graham's a great singer/songwriter. His songs are deep from the heart. His music on stage comes across as very honest, true and real. His unique voice and style make for an enjoyable live show." ~Steve Augello, RCA
“Graham is like no other musician on the scene with charisma in spades and the songs to match. - Hayes Carll (Lost Highway Records Artist)
Tickets tonight include a romantic four-course dinner.
Dinner service starts at 7pm. Performance begins at 8pm.
Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band.
Quite a fixture on the Austin music scene, upon his return to Texas in 1986, LaFave racked up critical accolades among not only Austin–based publications, but periodicals across the country and two Austin Music Awards, in addition to other laurels.
LaFave’s visibility on the musical radar increased with an appearance on Austin City Limits and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie, where he was hand–picked by Guthrie’s daughter to appear.
Valentine’s Day 2016
lobster bisque soup
hearts of palm salad
YOUR CHOICE OF
roasted beef tenderloin
gorgonzola pepper cream
spicy javanese sauce
angel hair pasta
fried spanish pastries | spicy hot chocolate for dipping
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. -- houston.cbslocal.com
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.
The Washington Post called her voice "a deep-hued garnet of lifeblood and beauty," while L.A. Weekly rhapsodized, "Kurtz tilts her head back at an angle and spins melodic, earthbound poetry that sets loose demons only to dismiss them into the ether... Kurtz makes ordinary misery voluptuous."
The Boston Globe stated, "There's no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star," star," and prominent Dutch op-ed writer Frits Abrahams recently referred to her as the "female Dylan."
Game Night at the Duck
We have the games or you can bring your own. We have the beer, wine, and food. So bring your friends (and your skills!) for game night! See you at the Duck!
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
True to her Texas honky-tonk roots, Sunny Sweeney has never been a singer of what you’d call “soft” country songs — the kind you might turn to for easy comfort and or quiet Sunday afternoons with the family. Hell, you can tell just by the titles of her first two albums — Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame and Concrete — that she reaches straight for the hard stuff.
So when this woman sees fit to name her third album Provoked, you better believe she’s not about to start playing coy now. No, this is where the real hurtin’ starts, and Sweeney’s showing no mercy … least of all to herself.
With a John Denver grin and mind full of Alabama attitude, Adam Hood knows the beautiful mess of blue-collar love and everyone on Music Row wants in. Tracks from his critically acclaimed 2011 album The Shape of Things have been cut by Little Big Town, David Nail, Josh Abbott Band, Brian Keane and John Corbett.
The legendary Willie Nelson and Leon Russell have each picked Hood for respective national tours.
“This is a musical melting pot that’s boiling over with talent, cultural nuances and a lot of fun.” Richard Davis - Car Kulture Deluxe
“People were having fun, and I’m not talking about bob-your-head-and-look-cool fun. I’m talking pure, unbridled, I’ve-given-up-control-of-my-body-like-a-flailing-ragdoll fun. Real fun.” Ben Salmon - The Bulletin
“It's the American Dream realized and, sentimentality aside, party bands don't get much better.” Silke Tudor - SF Weekly
“Perhaps it’s the way the guys can pack a club dance floor... or the off-kilter banter that dominates the act - but there is a sense of showmanship that separates them from the pack.” Randy Cordova - The Arizona Republic
Bridging the gap between generations of music-lovers and redefining blues-based American music for a contemporary audience, Loomis created his own path and built a loyal following by blending myriad influences, clever songwriting, and an expressive voice into a sound that defies description.
Feeling his current style, layered onto his bluesy foundation, will attract a new generation of fans, Loomis looks forward to the appeal GIVE IT BACK will have on today’s young listeners.
“I’ve struck on a style that works, and I’m adding to it. I don’t purposely set out to create one type of song; it’s really just a hybrid. One of the by-products of it all is that it can appeal to all generations.”
Be forewarned those of respectably sensible and genteel character: Austin's White Ghost Shivers are not to be trusted. The local septet may seem unassuming, but as always they prove to be such duplicitous masters of the double entendre that little can avoid the taint of perceived lewd innuendo.
The Shivers' third LP mesmerizes with a rollicking, throwback vaudevillian routine, and yet the band manages to slip in perversions that can only be deemed corrupting by a civilized mind. Among the 13 tunes are hot jazz numbers about such licentious subjects as short-haired girls, eerily macabre and absurdist murders at the circus, and shimmying soundtracks for the devil.
While such songs must be obviously shunned, the band may be lauded for its delightfully lighter side, which includes the Caribbean rhythms of "Sweet Banana" celebrating the delectable joys of elongated fruit and fuzzy coconuts and the cautionary tale of closer "We Never Mention Aunt Clara," exiled despite her dedicated performance upon the preacher's organ.
So although certain tracks must be censored for their utterly modern morals, the Shivers may yet be saved and properly bowdlerized so that society at large can otherwise enjoy the dexterous fingering of their instruments.
Doug Freeman, Austin Chronicle
If we’re honest, the true weight of any band or artist is chiefly determined by how they translate to us in a live performance setting. Can they breach that intangible border between the stage and the gathered onlookers?
Can they slip in like a steady rising state of inebriation, stealing our attention, controlling our emotions and ultimately drawing us into their world? Does their energy continue to vibrate within us well after the last chords have been played and our daily life comes to reclaim us?
These are probably some of the questions one writer from Rolling Stone Magazine had running through his head before he proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. The Statesboro Revue goes back to 2008, but the evolving vision of front man and primary songwriter Stewart Mann goes back much further. It’s a journey down many roads from Texas to Tennessee to California and back, all in a search for that perfect, unspoiled place for his music to grow roots.
Year after year in city after city, it became clear that those roots had taken hold on stage and from there grew into a groove oriented, old school rock and roll band, the likes of which have not been seen in quite some time.
Iowa-born/Minneapolis-based folk rock artists the The Pines have created a loyal following for their lush, layered sound and poetic lyrics inspired by the land and folklore of the American Midwest. Bridging the folk, roots and indie worlds with their modern take on American music, frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to a sound that Rolling Stone's David Fricke dubbed "quietly gripping."
"simply and eloquently stated sonic poetry...the real deal." -Acoustic Guitar
"Richly resonant indie-folk in the vein of Bon Iver, Calexico and Mason Jennings” - The Onion A.V. Club
“a hushed mix of acoustic and electric guitars and keyboards creates a kind of haunted landscape … an affecting portrait capturing an American journey" -All Music
"a dusty and often ghostly take on Americana" -CBS Minnesota
Bob Schneider is tenacious, constantly churning out new work. He’s thinking ahead, two albums down the line. “When I’m recording a record, when I’m mixing a record, I’m still writing songs. I’m always writing songs.” He’s known for his prolific catalogue, more songs than most other bands on the charts have…combined.
He brims with projects and ideas: a demo bible—a collection of 1000 original demos with lyrics—is long in the works, a way for his longterm fans to access all of his songs and all of their lyrics, from the deeply poetic to the tangled and twisted to the flat-out profane. He’s also hard at work developing The Across The World Symphony.
Bob doesn’t sleep. At least, it seems like he doesn’t sleep. He’s working on an arrangement at four a.m. He stays up all night filming and editing videos to accompany the songs on King Kong, releasing new videos weekly.
Throughout his career, Charlie Robison has forged his own path within the country music world as well as the Lone Star music scene and popular music at large. He grew up in the small scenic town of Bandera in the Texas Hill country — known as “The Cowboy Capital of the World” — where his family has ranched the land for eight generations.
Music wasn’t just a staple around the Robison household; from even before he could walk, Charlie would spend Saturday nights with his parents at The Cabaret, the local C&W dancehall in downtown Bandera.
But the fare playing in the family home ran the gamut from rock’n’roll to singer-songwriters and much more. So it should come as no surprise that Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwyck all enjoy respected and critically acclaimed music careers as singers, songwriters and recording and performing artists.
An evening of eclectic blues with the vocals and horn playing of Texas Johnny Boy.
Texas Johnny Boy, who is first and foremost a vocalist, also plays harmonica, flute, and saxophone in the classic Texas and Delta blues styles.
But besides all the music credentials ... pretty good looking, don't you think? - Houston Press
Southern Rock still lives in pockets here and there, but few do it with the panache and soulfulness of Uncle Lucius.
Fourth album The Light finds the local quartet as resourceful and adventurous as ever, making all sorts of music associated with the American South, not just rock, but gospel, blues, soul, and country. The whole blends into the band's trademark sound.
These ain't good ol' boys out for a Saturday night boogie, but rather a group of literate, gifted players employing everything they know to make music with real value.
For his first set of new material in five years, Radney Foster writes love songs without relying on what's already been said to death. Everything I Should Have Said thus demonstrates the Del Rio native's uncanny ability to produce musical magic.
Foster left behind the studios of his home base in Nashville for a converted brothel in the Louisiana bayou. The results retain a no-holds-barred honesty infusing a hint of swampy rhythms into his Texas-bred tales. Three songs in the album's middle find him at his best.
The beautiful ache of "Mine Until the Morning," a co-write with Darden Smith, features Patty Griffin; "Unh Unh Unh" possesses a snakey, swamp pop beat; and fierce guitar anthem "Not in My House" matches Foster's trademark vision of hard truth and country rock edge.
"When Rock Star Charisma Meets Celtic Dervish Fiddling" -- Nashville's Music City Roots
'Scythian has reinvented folk rock in America' -- iHeart Radio's Arroe Collin
Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays immigrant rock with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience.
Celebrating 10 years of getting people dancing all night, Scythian released their new album, Jump at the Sun, this summer, with new songs debuting at album release shows across the country. Ed Helms's The Bluegrass Situation has chimed in with praise, calling "Paint This Town" a 'shine-fueled, fiddle-flying hoedown' and "Built These Walls" a 'blue-collar ballad we can all get behind.' Nashville's Music City Roots says Scythian is 'what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling.'
Panhandle Rambler is Joe Ely back home, returned to the always dusty, perpetually windy, generally arid, frequently smoldering, and seemingly barren landscape around Lubbock where he grew up and first began playing music. A place that has hosted generations of dry land farmers and wildcatters. It’s where Joe found his calling as a writer and performer. First located that unmistakable voice. Learned to carry himself upright and open, to move with determination.
In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music. Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains. It includes Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Guy Clark, Delbert McClinton, Don Walser, Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines, his daughter Natalie Maines, and Joe’s enduring musical partners, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
It is a land where you can see for miles and miles and miles. Only those who don’t know it find it barren. For it’s full of stories if you know where to seek them. And it has customs and amusements all its own. Even the forever dipping oil wells have their role. “In high school, we used to get somebody to buy us a six pack and go out there to the fields and ride the front part of those oil pumps all night long,” Joe remembers.
Now, Ely lives in Austin and spends much of his life on the road. But when he’s accumulated enough song ideas, Lubbock is where Joe heads. “Somehow, just driving for hours down those country roads is still the best place for me finish my songs.”
Panhandle Rambler is one of the most personal albums Joe Ely’s ever made. It brings forth this terrain, the spirited people it produces and that special sense of destiny, be it terrible or glorious, that its very vastness creates. “Wounded Creek” starts the album with what you might call a Western fantasy, except that the “bushes and the brambles,” the traffic light, the stray dog and the cold wind are all completely brought to life.
“Sometimes, when I was a kid, you’d look outside and the only things you’d see would be these huge radio towers, must have been fifty of a hundred feet tall, just swaying in the wind,” Joe said. “Wonderin’ Where,” perhaps Panhandle Rambler’s most beautiful melody, pays tribute to those trembling towers, the railroads which carried other things equally unimaginable distances, the “cross between a river and a stream” where he played, and the dreams and nightmares that flitted across that kid’s mind and heart, and the loneliness of bearing such secrets. If it is possible to write a love song for a place, this is one of the great ones, “trying to find a verse that’s never been sung to hearts that need relief.”
“Here’s to the Weary” is the story of all the greatmusical refugees, from Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills and Muddy Waters to the rockabillies—Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, the shadows of the others—who soothed our “weary and restless souls” with nighttime musical magic.
It’s also typical of all the songs on the album. The place doesn’t necessarily always win, but, as in “Magdalene” and “Coyotes are Howlin’,” it’s the one thing that carries a sense not so much of permanence as of inevitably. The two sides are fully summarized in the almost giddy “Southern Eyes” and the fatalistic “Early in the Mornin’.”
Of course, every Lubbocker album needs its legendary tales. Here that territory is covered by “Four Ol’ Brokes,” which combines a hobo yarn with the ballad of a gambling scam, and “Burden of Your Load,” in which true love triumphs over evil, if just barely, we hope.
Equally legendary, but true in every respect, is the closing song, “You Saved Me,” which is a love song to Joe’s wife, Sharon. The lyric never mentions her name, but no one who’s known Joe Ely longer than about a day could mistake her.
Legendary tales and legendary musicians. Panhandle Rambler, largely recorded in Austin, features some of the most respected local musicians: drummer Davis McClarty, guitarists Lloyd Maines and Robbie Gjersoe, Jeff Plankenhorm, and Gary Nicholson, bassist Glen Fukunaga. There were also Nashville sessions, with Music City’s usual superb playing, led by guitarist Gary Nicholson. Joe wrote all but two of the songs: “Magdalene” by Guy Clark and Ray Stephenson, and “When the Nights are Cold” by his original Flatlanders sidekick Butch Hancock.
This is a classic Joe Ely album. It has moved me, every time I’ve heard it, with a certain kind of awe. One reason is that, long before you hear “You Saved Me,” he put everything he has into telling the world about a place in the world, and through that, reaching his own emotional center. It’s beautiful and it’s inspiring. — Dave Marsh July 25, 2015
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is.
You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her.
From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows haven't been recorded!
If you have never seen her do a live concert, then by all means do so! I get e-mail from people all the time thanking me for spreading the word about Cheryl. They go to the concert knowing they will enjoy it, and often find it even better than they had thought it would be. If she doesn't ever perform near you, then try to find a copy of her video or her live album. and see what you are missing. You can find some clips of her on YouTube, but they are usually only the songs, and not the stories. If she ever performs near you, do what you can to attend. If you don't, you will kick yourself later for missing a great show.
More Than Just Horn Rims and Hair.
With music born on the bayous of Houston and injected with influences from the Mississippi Delta to the boroughs of NYC, John Evans has already taken over his hometown with EIGHT STRAIGHT YEARS OF HOUSTON PRESS AWARDS including six time BEST MALE VOCALIST, four time BEST SONGWRITER, two time MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR and BEST ROOTS ROCK.
On the title track of his sophomore release, There Is No Map, Sam Morrow sings “Well, I didn’t learn too much, back when I knew it all.”, a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates the soulful journey of this promising young American troubadour. It's been a busy year for newcomer Sam Morrow. Over the course of 15 months, he will have released his first two full length albums, a live in-the-studio EP with accompanying videos, be named an NPR "World Cafe Next" artist and play more than 100 shows, including an East Coast tour with blues legend John Mayall, kicking off The Bandit Town Festival and a successful SXSW.
"One of country's most intriguing voices" - LA Weekly
"Without doubt, Morrow’s freewheeling, experimental attitude, his self-assuredness mixed with self-awareness and his ability to bring people together in a creative environment makes him one of the exciting new fixtures in modern Americana." - Elmore Magazine
Jaime Wyatt is a striking figure that walks the Earth with an old soul. Despite Wyatt’s roots in rock music, her vocal style has always been considered country, with a rich, sometimes raspy tone and frequent use of breaks and bends. Comparisons are frequently drawn to Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and at times she has been anointed a female Tom Petty. Nancy Wilson of Heart even professed loving Wyatt’s “Punk Rock attitude.” Regardless of genre, Wyatt is all things classic and American; a dynamic performer, powerhouse singer and stellar guitar player, sailing between vintage 60’s and 70’s Country/ Rock/Soul anthems and heartfelt ballads of love and confusion.
Nobody can manage to fit a novel into a five- or six-minute song like McMurtry, and the 12-song Complicated Game offers several: “Carlisle’s Haul,” “South Dakota” and “Long Island Sound.” Though none are as cinematic and poignant as “Ruby And Carlos” from 2008’s Just Us Kids, all three are keeper songs, the type to revisit over the years, different lines jumping up and demanding attention. Whether it’s the fishing story that frames “Carlisle’s Haul,” or the soldier returning home to not much at all in “South Dakota,” or the family man seeking contentment in “Long Island Sound,” McMurtry’s story-songs shine, vibrant and relatable.
The lyrical praise McMurtry has earned over the last 25 years has left his lead guitar playing unheralded, but he mainly bypasses that aspect on Complicated Game. Mainly acoustic, the album incorporates banjo, mandolin, accordion, violin, piano and organ, all deftly in service to a sound that’s subdued, yet lush and full.
Having long earned his place on the short list of best American songwriters, McMurtry is remarkably turning better with age. Complicated Game is brilliant album, dense and thoughtful as McMurtry swirls around inside the heads of another set of fascinating characters.
It's a crime against the arts that McMurtry isn't more widely recognized as the superior songwriter he is — or, for that matter, widely known at all. But his under-the-radar mystique provides that much more satisfaction to those who do stumble onto the Texas treasure.
Hearing Complicated Game, McMurtry's first album of original material in six years, for the first time is like discovering Americana fire. Evocative songs like "Carlisle's Haul" and"Forgotten Coast" burn rich with imagery, and McMurtry's gruff delivery cements every line he sings.
Like its title suggests, the album is not an easy listen — McMurtry rarely indulges in anything that can be considered "feel good" — but it's probably the most brilliant release of 2015. J.H. - Rolling Stone
For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Through the years, Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Ricky Skagg’s hit recording of “You’ve Got a Lover” has appeared on three of Ricky’s albums.
In 1983 Shake was commissioned by the Texas State University in San Marcos to write a song ,''River of Innocence''. for a documentary filmed and produced by the university. In 1986, Shake was asked by longtime friend Bruce Bryant, creative producer at Houston television station KTRK, to compose a theme song commemorating the Texas sesquicentennial. He obliged and wrote the regional favorite, “Traveling Texas.” Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award. The Texas Music Association nominated Shake's song, “Cowboy Coffee,” for the “2007 Texas Music Awards Best New Song.” Shake made history by being named Entertainer of the Year for the third time (2004, 2008, 2011) in the Texas Music Awards!
Weaving sophisticated harmonies through his songs and drawing from various genres, Shake created a style of folk-rock that is uniquely his own. His repertoire consists of a blend of love songs, ballads, and waltzes, skillfully balanced with lively rockabilly tunes and soulful rhythm and blues pieces. His lyrics are imbued with beautiful imagery, catchy phrases, and inventive similes and metaphors. But it is the rich, melodious voice of Shake Russell that breathes life and spirit into the lyrics.
with special guest - Cicada Rhythm
Caleb Caudle has already proven he’s a top-notch singer and songwriter, a true alternative to mainstream Nashville country minus the outlaw pose. The North Carolina-based artist’s breezy brand of Americana is authentic and thoughtful, sonically somewhere between folks like Ryan Adams, Steve Earle and Jason Isbell, and country icons like Kris Kristofferson and Gram Parsons. He’s a hard-working independent artist who’s been burning up the road, playing countless shows, and honing his craft for years. And now that a trio of simpatico Nashville-outsider contemporaries by the name of Isbell, Sturgill & Stapleton have suddenly kicked the doors open for new and refreshing sounds in country music, he’s poised for a breakthrough.
Caudle’s new album, Carolina Ghost, is out Feb. 26 from This Is American Music, and lead single “Piedmont Sky” (premiering today at Paste) offers up a down-home preview of what’s to come—which is a whole lot of evocative and impressionistic Southern lyricism, wrapped in an impeccable mix of vintage and contemporary country sounds.
All Tickets are "general admission". Seating will be available on a "first come" basis.
Dinner service will be available inside the Duck.For nineteen years Reckless Kelly has been doing things their way, bucking the mainstream system and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they built it themselves. Throughout the years their old school approach to recording has always adhered to one main objective: make each record better than the last. Their latest effort, “Good Luck & True Love” is no exception to this rule.
That’s country rock. That’s old school. That’s Reckless Kelly.
Dinner will be available inside the Duck.
Dynamic, Emotional, Inspirational Live Performance
Bonnie Bishop's songwriting dream came true in early 2012 when her hero blues legend Bonnie Raitt recorded her song "Not Cause I Wanted To" (co-written with former NRBQ guitarist Big Al Anderson), earning Bishop her first Grammy and putting the Austin, Texas native on the map.
Voted Song Of The Year by The New York Times, the song went on to gain national attention for Bishop when Raitt had this to say about her: "Bonnie Bishop is very special - I think she is going to be a big star." In 2013, another of Bishop's songs made its TV debut when the hit show Nashville used "The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts" for Connie Britton's character Rayna's comeback performance at the Opry.
A self-proclaimed road dog with a signature rasp, Bishop has made her living as a full-time touring act for well over a decade, gracing clubs, theaters and festivals across the US and Europe and building a loyal fan base beside greats such as Paul Thorn, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Roy Parnell, and Radney Foster.
Guy Forsyth is going back to what he knows best; the loving embrace of the blues. Devoted to making music and touring; Guy recently performed in the Netherlands and in the last year toured France and performed at prestigious festivals including; Cognac Blues Passion (France) and Blues Peer (Belgium). Critics and fans have been asking for a more blues-oriented album: this is it! He will also be keeping the blues alive right in his home state of Texas with upcoming show dates in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Braunfels and Galveston.
The Pleaser is Guy’s eighth studio release and was recorded with an all-star band of Texas blues stalwarts, featuring George Rarey (lead guitar, vocals), Naj Conklin (bass, vocals) and Mark Hays (drums), and recorded at Wire Recording Studios in Austin, Texas, with long-time producer Stuart Sullivan at the helm, joined this time by the man who recorded the original High Temperature album in the Netherlands in 1994, Andre Zweers.
High Temperature was originally released in 1994 on European label Lizard Discs. and is a record that has become canon for a great number of European fans of the Texas blues, where Guy continues to tour regularly. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the initial release of High Temperature, his record label Lizard Discs reissued the record along with Red Dress, a new CD of unreleased tracks from the same historic recording session at Metropool and featuring a number of songs which have become show staples.
The simultaneous release of The Pleaser and Red Dress offers listeners and music fans a unique glimpse into the mind and evolution of a singular Texas musician, a wide circle of musicianship and influences spanning almost exactly two decades.
Guy Forsyth is a musician with gripping, powerful vocals that deliver energetic yarns about love, the government and whatever else might strike his fancy. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered a vast array of instruments including acoustic, electric and slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele and, perhaps most famously, singing saw. For the first time in a long time The Pleaser finds him back to singing and playing the harp almost exclusively.
Forsyth began playing harmonica at 16. Shortly thereafter he heard a very distinct and overwhelming sound on Kansas City radio that changed his life; it was Robert Johnson. In college, he lasted a single semester at the University of Kansas, and then he found the music he had been seeking – gritty, organic folk and blues.
From his not-so-humble beginnings as a founding member of The Asylum Street Spankers, through a tumultuous and ultimately disastrous label deal with Antone’s Records, to his last fifteen years forging his own path through the ever-shifting landscape that is the American music industry – Guy has always provided great songs, and a live show of pure joy that has steadily built him a loyal fan base in Texas, America, and Internationally.
The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word "amazing" at the front of the name.
The talented teenage brothers - Glenn and Alex Peterson - hail from Bastrop and play old-school blues, soul and funk. They made their first splash as 'tweens singing "Amazing Grace" at area churches and opening for legendary Pinetop Perkins at Antone's in Austin.
It wasn't just the cute novelty that set them apart as kids. It was the vinyl records they were listening to - Ohio Players, Kool & the Gang, Parliament-Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield and Freddie King - at such a tender age.
That's old-soul stuff via their parents' garage-sale record collection.
"We just kind of stumbled on it and decided we wanted to do it," said Glenn Jr. "We just thank God we were able to find this kind of music. The first few records me and my brother ever heard were Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers and B.B. King."
Seven years down the line, Glenn Jr., 18, who plays guitar and percussion, is about to graduate from Bastrop High School; Alex, 16, who plays bass, violin and saxophone, is a sophomore taking driver's ed. The band is rounded out with drummer Chris Mead.
They've performed at major blues festivals, shared stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Lisa Marie Presley, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lonely Boys and Marcia Ball and are about to release their first album. The consensus is that they're the bomb.
"We've been able to balance our schooling and doing music just fine," said Glenn Jr. "Really, you can do both. There's no reason why you can't do both."
The Peterson Brothers Band performs tonight at the popular Canyon Lake restaurant Baja BBQ Shack, 280 Marina.
Their mother, Deanna Peterson, describes the brothers as level-headed, respectful, good students, supportive and kind to each other. "They never fight," she said.
They even cheer for the same sports teams (they're huge Spurs fans).
"We don't finish each other's sentences," said Glenn Jr. "But on stage, musically, we finish each other's musical sentences. We're out there having fun. It's all smiles and jokes for us."
Music writer and former Austin Chronicle columnist Margaret Moser is the person responsible for bringing the fledgling Peterson Brothers Band to the attention of Susan Antone. "What I saw was the future," said Moser, who now resides in San Antonio.
It was the same feeling one got seeing the young Stevie Ray Vaughan or Charlie Sexton or homegrown guitarist Will Owen Gage. Austin fans have watched the Petersons grow up over the last three years at their residency at the Continental Club on Mondays.
Alex, who also plays in his high school jazz band, sees his role as laying a foundation "and help make it feel good."
"Bass is an instrument that I was always attracted to," he said. "When I first got my hands on it and played it a little bit, I loved it."
Illinois-based record producer Michael Freeman, who recorded the group's debut album for his Blue Point Records, first saw the brothers at Perkins' 97th birthday party at Antone's.
"Everybody was wowed by them," he recalled. "They were just extraordinary. It's absolutely the chemistry the two brothers have onstage. There's something very special going on there, to see the joy in their playing."
Freeman wants to "build that groundswell of real, honest fans and introduce them to new audiences, not just blues audiences."
"They are fresh and new. They're not just blues. They go into other areas as well," he said. "They're the new generation of African American artists that are tipping the hat to older musical forms but then taking it out into their own thing. Pinetop loved the boys."
That's probably because they're so easygoing "and just keeping true to the style of music we're doing," said Glenn Jr.
About that no-fight rule: "The time that you spend fighting each other is the time that you could've spent going further with what you do," Alex said. "It's better for us to work together."
Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk.
The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.
Two Tons of Steel’s reach extends beyond their live gigs. In 2003, the band was filmed during a “Two Ton Tuesday” gig for the IMAX film, "Texas: The Big Picture," which can be seen daily at the IMAX Theatre in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and has been seen as far away as Japan.
“A soft-spoken songwriter, a la John Mayer, with a twang reminiscent of Eric Church.” - Wide Open Country
There was a moment when Steve walked out on stage of his headlining show in Chicago one of the many sold out stops on his first club tour that took his breath away. It had been a long road up to this point. After years of playing empty rooms, this was an achievement every independent artist hopes to experience one day.
For Steve Moakler, this was just the beginning.
The versatility of Steve’s music goes beyond his magnetic pull as an artist. The Pittsburgh native moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music in 2006. A handful of odd jobs and hundreds of shows later, Steve has sold out venues across the country and topped the iTunes® charts on multiple occasions. In the last 12 months he has been named an “Artist to Watch For” by Rolling Stone Country, CMT, Bobby Bones, Huffington Post, Taste Of Country, Wide Open Country, The Shotgun Seat, New England Country Music and Nashville Lifestyles. He was recently featured on Spotify’s “Spotlight on Country 2016” playlist and the iTunes New Artist Spotlight in the country genre.
Steve continues to build a platform in the country market, working with GRAMMY® Award Winning Producer, Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves) on his forthcoming record
The first single off the album is “Suitcase,” (written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Thomas Rhett) and is currently playing on SiriusXM’s The Highway. His career as a songwriter has seen releases by artists like Jake
Owen, Ashley Monroe, Kellie Pickler, Ben Rector and Native Run.
Steve’s song, “Riser” gained national attention as the title track and latest single off Dierks Bentley’s record, with Billboard Magazine naming Dierks’ performance the best moment at the 2015 ACM Awards.
It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a decade since Moakler arrived in Nashville, but if his career is any indication, he’s on the ride of his life
Country music’s Brandon Rhyder has undoubtedly established himself asa ?xture in the Texas Country/Red Dirt scene. Rhyder has released seven albums and boasts an impressive four #1 singles on the Texas Music Charts, along with a plethora of other milestones.
He continues to push boundaries and deliver fresh material, all while maintaining his signature sound that fans across the country have grown to adore.
Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more.
Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad "Mr. Dave's" uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.
David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. between 1967 and 1971 Lindley founded and lead what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson's most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on 'Bop Till you Drop' and 'The Long Riders' sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.
In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. 'El Rayo-X', 'Win This Record' and 'Very Greasy', as well as a live e.p. during this period he also came forth with a solo album, 'Mr. Dave'. Lindley and guitarist Henry Kaiser went to Madagascar for two weeks in 1991 and recorded six albums of indigenous Malagasy music (including two collaborative cd's, 'A World Out of Time' volumes one and two on Shanachie) which proved to have a major impact on the world music scene, both for the quality of the Grammy nominated music recorded, and the fair and ethical way the Malagasy musicians were dealt with.
Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others.
In 1990 a chance meeting of Lindley and Jordanian born percussionist Hani Naser led to an impromptu jam and an instant decision that "we should take this on the road." David and Hani toured the world for the following six years. The duo recorded two self-released "Official Bootleg" compact discs, 'Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good' and 'Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better' on Pleemhead audio.
At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.
“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
"Immaculate guitar picking was matched by vocals that were rich, and bore out the guitarist, Richard Thompson's praise for him: ' .'" - The London Times
Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.).
Country music and politics often go hand in hand. But there's not been anything quite like this.
"But You Like Country Music" pairs Austin singers Sunny Sweeney and Brennen Leigh on opposing sides of just about everything. Except Merle Haggard and Kitty Wells. The funny tune premiered onrollingstone.com.
"I saw you pull up next door in your Subaru/Bet that thing runs on veggie oil," Sweeney sings. "I bet you're probably growing marijuana/In that big organic garden in your yard."
"I'm surprised you even saw me from where you're sitting/Behind that 747 in your drive," Leigh responds. "You seem like you'd have a Doomsday compound/Full of firearms, ammunition and canned foods."
Sweeney scored a top 10 country hit in 2010 with "From a Table Away." Leigh, a masterful singer and songwriter, has just released a tribute album to honky-tonk legend Lefty Frizzell.
With Here Come The Savages, veteran recording artist Michael Fracasso has once again asserted himself as a miraculous American songwriter and truly exceptional singer, as well as a gifted interpreter of well-chosen cover material. Recorded in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Here Come The Savages serves as a virtual clinic in progressive roots music— highlighting his wise lyrical introspection and stylistic vocal excellence.
With a track record of startlingly varied accomplishments, Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with both Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie, Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, and two amazing albums created alongside his gifted friend/producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Back To Oklahoma and World In A Drop Of Water).
Fracasso’s oft-celebrated songwriting has reached new heights on his latest collection, Here Come The Savages. From the emotive, atmospheric opener “Say” to the searing vulnerability of “Blind Man On A Bicycle” and “Boy In A Bubble,” he writes from an autobiographical vantage point that is artful and uniquely reflective—demanding of one’s strong empathic consideration.
Mixing his observant, personal song-craft with compelling interpretations of 20th Century neo-classics, Fracasso revives 60’s favorites like Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s “Caroline, No” and the Young Rascals smash hit “How Can I Be Sure” with impressive results. He also boldly re-imagines some less familiar anthems of the heart, including treasured reggae nugget “No, No, No (You Don’t Love Me),” Johnny Thunders’ revered cult-ballad, “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” and closes out the new album with Ray Davies’ forgotten Kinks-Klassic “Better Things.”
An authentic Texas musician born of Italian parents in the steel town of Steubenville, Ohio who spent years working the New York folk scene while mentored by the great Doc Pomus, Michael Fracasso follows a grand aesthetic compass found in a rare few. Created entirely in Austin with a select cadre of homegrown musicians and trusted consigliores, this latest CD is yet another impressive step forward in his ferocious development as a modern recording artist. So tune in, kick back and get ready because, like the man says, Here Come The Savages…please stand by.
Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an undeniable attraction the first time they sang together.
“Undeniably intimate” - Texas Monthly
"Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” - Acoustic Guitar
“Outstanding musicians individually, they are absolutely magical together.” - Houston Press
"Transcendent alternative-folk - you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo" - Huffington Post
As a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani has done it all. From blazing rock-n-roll to Holy Ghost Honkytonk, for years Sekhani has entertained crowds with heartfelt enthusiasm and poignant lyrics. In Austin, Sekhani spent his time working with Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin), Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), and Austin Chronicle’s three-time String Player of the Year winner Warren Hood. In 2010, Sekhani moved back to his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana to front The Mercy Brothers, a Gospel group walking the fine line of sinners and saints. Since the prodigal son’s return home, he has won over the hearts of Jazz Fest and Festival International audiences, landed a top 5 spot on the Americana charts in Europe with The Mercy Brothers debut release, toured Sweden, and signed his Gospel group to Louisiana Red Hot Records.
Yvette Landry & Richard Comeau
Those who know the Cajun music side of this multi-talented woman as a member of the Grammy nominated band Bonsoir Catin, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Balfa Toujours and her own Yvette Landry Band, will get to see another, more classic country side of her impressive musical eclecticism, teamed with virtuoso pedal steel guitarist, Richard Comeaux.
If the opening notes on Joe Pug’s new LP “Windfall” are a bit disorienting, his fans won’t likely be surprised. The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven “Bright Beginnings” and the atmospheric rumination of “Great Hosannas” are just further indication that he’s quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.
His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). As he toured behind “Messenger” (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012) it was with a band that looked as much like a jazz trio as an Americana band. “I never quite found a live band that captured what I was aiming for until I connected with Greg [Tuohey–electric guitar] and Matt [Schuessler–upright bass].
It was an arrangement that maybe didn’t make a ton of sense on paper but 10 minutes into the first rehearsal I knew this was going to be my band.” The following years would have them on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival.
It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, an 11-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves.
The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss or members of the Carter Family.
Whether she’s performing on the Today show or the Grand Ole Opry or taking the stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, she is fearless, confident and firm in her musical direction. As she says, she sings “old-time music,” but it’s her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure. Her talent is indescribable and inexplicable, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be understood to be appreciated.
“What makes me want to do this is I just love it,” she says. “I just really, really love it. I wouldn’t trade anything not to do this.”
“I love how I get to sing to people and make them happy,” she says. “I’m really blessed that I get to do this. It makes me feel amazing, like I’m touching somebody’s life.”
Offstage, Emilie Sunshine Hamilton is a typical 10-year-old girl who loves video games, pets and colorful clothes. She’s had a normal upbringing in Madisonville, Tenn., where her mother worked as a nurse and her father is a recording engineer. But when she begins singing, playing or writing, something else takes over, a phenomenon that began before she could talk.
Before she spoke, at around 10 months old, she began singing pure tones and humming melodies from Tom Petty songs. She harmonized with her grandmothers and great-grandmothers, continuing a musical heritage to a third generation. Great-grandmother Wanda Matthews sang on the Tennessee Barn Dance and gave Emi the same advice that June Carter Cash gave her: Don’t let anybody walk all over you and don’t think nothin’ about what they say.
As soon as Emi was old enough to walk down the aisle, she began singing in church. She was too little to know the words, but you could hear her harmonies over the others’. At age 4, she sang “You Are My Sunshine” at her aunt’s wedding and learned how to sing the Dixie Chicks’ “Traveling Soldier.” When she was three and four, her mother, who is a songwriter, created songs for her, but by age 5, she wrote her first song, “My Time to Fly.”
At age 7, she learned how to play the ukulele—the guitar was too big for her little hands–and used it to write “Little Weeping Willow Tree.” That was the same year she recorded her first two albums, Strong as the Tall Pine and Wide River to Crossin her father’s studio. She learned how to play guitar and mandolin at age nine –the picks are still too large for her–and has since picked up the xylophone. By age 8, she was stripping down “Hush Little Baby” and rearranging the melody to sing to the pigs.
Her parents filled the house with music by Buddy Miller, Johnny and June Carter Cash and Emmylou Harris, and her musical tastes were formed. Those influences served as a foundation on which she built her own sound. “It’s kind of what came out,” she says of her sound. “I always loved that music and I thought, ‘That’s what I wanted to play. This is what I want to do.’”
She performed in churches, festivals, theaters, and for a time, talent shows. “One day I decided I didn’t want to do talent shows anymore because you could see the kids’ disappointment and it didn’t make me happy,” she says.
She had no idea that someone captured her flea market performance of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 6” and posted it on YouTube in 2014. “It went viral,” she says. “We started getting a bunch of likes and we didn’t really know where it was coming from.”
Again, without the family’s knowledge, the Today show featured the video. “We were really excited and surprised,” she says. “We didn’t know what to think.” There was such a tremendous response to her performance that the show invited her on to perform live, a moment that changed her life because word of her talent immediately spread on Music Row.
It led to performances on Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman during CMA Music Fest, and then to ongoing performances at the Grand Ole Opry.
She performs about 150 shows a year and touring is a family affair. Her mother took a leap of faith and gave up her nursing career to travel. Father Randall Hamilton plays upright bass, her brother is on mandolin, Uncle Bobby is on drums and Aunt Kristal sells merchandise. “It’s fun, like how I get to be with my family all the time.”
Emi, who has 350,000 “likes” on Facebook, remains unaware of much of the whirlwind and demand swirling around her. “When we’re in Oklahoma and people recognize her, she doesn’t get why they know her,” says her mother, Alisha Hamilton. “When they come up and say, ‘My mama was dying and you gave her the best four weeks of her life. You comforted her and me.’ She doesn’t understand that she has made that impact on people’s lives. I tell her some of it, but not all of it, because it’s a heavy weight.”
EmiSunshine’s career moves will be dictated not by opportunities, but integrity. She knows who she is and what she wants her music to be, and her parents remain committed to ensuring that her wishes are not compromised in any way. After coming off a year where many of her dreams came true, Emi is quickly creating new dreams and plans. But her ultimate goal remains the same: “I just want everybody to know who I am.”
The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966.
Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere.
While blazing his own often colourful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models.
Emotional, gut-wrenching, but still incredibly hopeful, National Park Radio’s music reverberates important themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep seated roots in the Ozark Mountains. Formed in Harrison, Arkansas in 2012, singer/songwriter Stefan Szabo and his compatriots have infused the surrounding region (and many others as well) with their unique brand of indie folk music.
Emerging from the shadows cast by giants Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and The Avett Brothers, NPR offers the indie folk world something a little different: An outstanding blend of incisive songwriting and organic Americana charm alongside a heritage in genuine mountain music.
Tickets on sale January 27.
Failure has always been a favorite topic of Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. Much of the songwriting catalog he's built up over the last dozen-plus years revolves around dashed dreams, doomed romance and drunken predicaments. Very often, though, he's leavened the losing with cleverly deployed gallows humor, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, linking his work to his native state's tradition of wryly winning musical wit, a writing trait he shares with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and even Miranda Lambert. Some of Carll's most beloved hits — to the extent that there is such a thing in the singer-songwriter and Americana scenes that he straddles — features situational humor and hooky punch lines delivered over shambling, down-home grooves in a fractured twang that plays up a badly sprained ego.
There was the honky-tonk lament of a newly minted Jesus freak's jealous husband ("She Left Me For Jesus"), the fumbling flirtation of bar flies with diametrically opposed political convictions ("Another Like You"), and the talking-blues ballad of a hapless young soldier recruited by the Pentagon for a special mission ("KMAG YOYO"), among many other droll crowd-pleasers.
While Carll has delved into unchecked melancholy on occasion — his eloquently self-pitying weeper "Chances Are" inspired a Lee Ann Womack cover — he's been fairly quiet about his pensive side, until now. Carll's first album in half a decade, the Joe Henry-produced Lovers and Leavers, strikes a heavier tone. The press release accompanying the new music includes his preemptive warning that it "isn't funny or raucous," that "[t]here are very few hoots and almost no hollers."
The guy's not kidding. "The Love That We Need," written with Jack Ingram and Allison Moorer, sets the tone.
Accompanied by fingerpicked guitar figures, soft chord changes on piano and bass, and the muffled rustling of percussion, it feels like a glimpse into an excruciatingly intimate conversation that's been put off as long as possible, a sighing surrender to the atrophying connection between partners. Carll's deftly plainspoken verses and deflated phrasing perfectly captures the numbing effects of being swept along by the level rhythms of habit. "You say, 'I love you,'" he offers. "I say, 'Me too.' We don't think much about it. It's just a thing that we do." Depicting failure of such a private, ordinary variety, without any colorful exaggeration or comic relief, is an exacting art. Turns out Carll's excellent at it. - NPR Music
Lovers and Leavers is out on April 8 on Thirty Tigers.
Sara Hickman creates music for adults, families and children. She is an Official State Musician of Texas and served from May 2010-May 2011, as decreed by the Texas State Legislature. In honor of her role as state musician, Sara wanted to give back to her home state. In May 2011 she released The Best of Times, a compilation CD of her songs recorded by other amazing Texas musicians, including Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ruthie Foster and 25 other musical acts. All proceeds went to Creative Action, a group that helps put art, music and theatre back into public schools. She released her 13th CD Shine, in the summer of 2013, and more recently Newborn, Too, a follow up to the award-winning Newborn CD. Indeed, she has a number of award-winning children’s titles, including the Big Bird, Little BirdDVD. She’s known for her one-of-a-kind live shows, which can vary from intimate and soothing to hilarious and rocking. Whether it’s the Tonight Show, Carnegie Hall, outdoor amphitheaters, schools or house concerts, Sara is excited to bring her joyful, creative music to her audience. Read More....
Grammy-winner Don Henry has written songs recorded by legends Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, Gene Watson, and B.J. Thomas, as well as by young hit makers Blake Shelton, Lonestar, and Miranda Lambert. Don’s played with performers as diverse as Joey Ramone at New York’s famous Bottom Line and Keith Urban at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe. The wit and wisdom of Don’s songs are widely renowned, from campfire favorites, the hilarious “B.F.D.” and biker lullaby, “Harley,” to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King, “Beautiful Fool.” Kathy Mattea’s version of the Grammy Award winning “Where’ve You Been,” also won Don and co-writer Jon Vezner, Song of the Year honors from the ACM, the CMA, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year! Miranda Lambert had a big hit in 2013 with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song, “All Kinds Of Kinds,” with Don singing background vocals. Don tours extensively as a solo performer, and he’s also a member of The Waymores with Tom Kimmel and Sally Barris, as well as performing in duos with Sally, Craig Carothers, and Jon Vezner.
Grammy award-winning songwriter Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. With a degree in music theory and education, in 1983, he made his first trip to Nashville to attend the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) spring symposium, where he soon developed a relationship with music publishing company, Wrensong Music. He moved to Nashville in January of 1986, and within that first year he had songs recorded by Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap, followed by Lorrie Morgan’s first single in 1987, “Train Wreck of Emotion,” which he co-wrote with Alan Rhody. In 1989, Vezner co-wrote “Where’ve You Been” with fellow singer/songwriter Don Henry, recorded by Jon’s wife, Kathy Mattea, a true story of Vezner’s grandparents that earned him “Song of the Year” honors with both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for 1990. The song was honored with a Grammy Award for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year.” Vezner was subsequently named “Songwriter of the Year” by the NSAI. Jon’s songs have been recorded by a varied list of artists such as Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Steve Wariner. Vezner also has quite a list of production credits, including projects for Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, singing legend Patti Page and Jeff Gilkinson. Jon and long-time friend Don Henry have recently reunited to create a new CD project as the “Don Juans.” In the last two years, Jon received Distinguished Alumni awards from both North Hennepin Community College and Southwest Minnesota State University. Jon also leads songwriting workshops all across the country.
Walker’s chosen to pitch his tent in Americana. On his latest — Time Can Change — Walker has a way with smooth and swinging phrasing and makes classically accessible up-front pleas“It’s a welcome thing that Seth Walker’s chosen to pitch his tent in Americana. On his latest — Time Can Change — Walker has a way with smooth and swinging phrasing and makes classically accessible up-front pleas.”.”
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.
"In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear. " -LA WEEKLY
From Outside Lands Music Festival:"It was an old-time medicine show featuring the kind of roots music that normally isn't my cup of twang, except it offered great bands like the Dustbowl Revival, whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day." -ROLLING STONE
"...a raging stage act from Venice that features a super-tasty mash of bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and hot, hot swing of New Orleans. As ripped out by some of the best soloists in any band around town, Dustbowl’s savory blend of the best of Americana is even sort of scholarly, but that’d make ’em sound dried up, which they’re not. Nope, this is roots music pulled up by its roots, dusted off and flung into one very fiery stewpot." -LA WEEKLY
with special guest, The Evelyn Rubio Band
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.
“I don’t generally write mining disaster songs,”he explains. “I tend to write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”
Stephanie Urbina Jones is a fiery Latina poised to be the first female Hispanic American artist to break through Country Americana music with her county rock south of the border sound and style all her own.
Jones is not only a soulful singer and inspiring entertainer but a hit songwriter as well. In late 2014 Craig Wayne Boyd, who rocketed to stardom as the winner of "The Voice", sang a song penned by Jones entitled "My Baby's Got A Smile On Her Face". The song debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart the day it was released. In January 2015 the song was released to Country radio and is climbing the charts once again.
Drawing from her passion, she became the first independent female to reach #1 on the Texas Music Chart as well as the first to sign to the latin division of Gibson Guitars. She has been the face and voice in English and Spanish for Fernandez Honda and is sponsored by the national product Arriba! Salsa. She is a celebrated Kerrville New Folk Finalist and an international artist taking her style of Latin Country-Americana music across the US, Mexico, Europe, and Japan playing the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival, CMA Music Festival, Magic Town Music Fest in Mexico, Country Rendez-vous in France, and Country Gold in Kumamoto, Japan.
“Greg Trooper writes great songs, including one of my very favorite songs in the world, Little Sister. On top of all that, there’s his voice – an instrument I have coveted for 15 years.” – Steve Earle
“Greg Trooper has got to be on our list of our finest contemporary songwriters.” – Billy Bragg
“Greg Trooper is a songwriter and performer who deserves about 12 times the attention he’s received. He knows how to play rock against country and folk and position the pressures of adulthood against the longing for adolescent freedom.” – Dave Marsh
It’s not surprising to learn that artists from Steve Earle to Billy Bragg are Greg Trooper fans. Trooper, A New Jersey native now based in Brooklyn, excels at character studies, painting wonderful portraits of people living through good times and bad times. His matter-of-fact delivery – as both a singer and a songwriter – bring a sense of realism to the tales that he tells. His music lives at the intersection of Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Texas troubadour. As a live performer he’s been described as articulate, quick-witted, extremely musical, outrageous, compassionate and kind.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell and Walt and Tina Wilkins. On previous albums he’s had help with harmony vocals by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash.
Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters, Eliza Gilkyson
"Three women, three guitars and the words, music, & hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song."
Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award winning female songwriters, whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities and bring clarity to many of the challenges we all long to make sense of. Writing from their life's experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless.
Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Roots, Folk and Americana circles. She has released 19 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, XM Radio, and on Air America Radio. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe.Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. Eliza’s new CD, The Nocturne Diaries is scheduled for an early 2014 release.
“Eliza Gilkyson's signature as an artist is her courage. She lays it all bare, in song and on stage. Gilkyson will cry out boldly against war in Iraq, then come back with the most delicate song about longing and doubt. Through music, she shares all the hope and hurt in her heart, sensing that this personal expression validates the idea that we're not in this alone.” (Austin American Statesman)
Mary Gauthier is a singer songwriter who the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. She’s been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and has had her songs recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton. Her songs have been used in Film and Television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories.
She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and has released 6 studio albums. Her third album, Filth and Fire was named #1 Best Independent CD of the year by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. Her following 3 releases have been named in the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine.
She’s often been called a writer’s writer, and that thrills her to no end.
“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time
Gretchen Peters: Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song Of The Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25 year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.
Her latest album, Hello Cruel World (2012), landed in the top 5 on the US Americana chart, and maintained the #1 position for a record-breaking 2 months on the EuroAmericana chart. Described by NPR's All Things Considered as "the album of her career”, Hello Cruel World appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, AllMusic.com and Performing Songwriter. Peters was nominated for the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame in 2011 and 2012.
"This is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” - Associated Press
Sister C, who were first discovered as finalists on the second season of X Factor working with coach Simon Cowell, are seasoned songwriters, performers and musicians who have been creating music together since their early days in a small Texas town.
Their undeniable talent is clear with every note on “Faint of Heart.” With a catchy chorus, “You can get knocked up, you can get knocked down, Yea you paint your nails and lips and eyes, Suck it in and work it out, You’re uptight if you don’t go far enough, Easy if you go too far, Being a woman, ain’t for the faint of heart,” this single was the clear choice to start with. The single has already been receiving rave reviews by new fans, radio, and media alike.
They put a feminine slant on blues based rock n’ roll, yet they can’t fall neatly into any musical category: traces of pop, roots, country, and punk are all interwoven into their music.
The Bluebonnets play glam/garage/blues/rock complimented with layered girl-group harmonies. Tight and tough, their songs are energetic and genre defying—arrangements held together by guitar interplay and hooks you remember long after the show.
WHITNEY ROSE PAIRS WITH PRODUCER RAUL MALO (THE MAVERICKS) FOR NEW ALBUM HEARTBREAKER OF THE YEAR
Whitney Rose is in the throes of album-birth with her sophomore effort “Heartbreaker of the Year.” The record was released in Canada on Cameron House Records to much acclaim, and Rose has been busy supporting it with constant touring throughout North America. The album was released in the United States and rest of world late August 2015 through Redeye Worldwide. 2016 has seen Rose relocate to Austin TX, where the appetite for her brand of Country Music runs deep.
Rose describes her music as ‘vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country,’ usually with a chuckle, and admits “The record is a little weird, it’s a little quirky, but so am I.”
After supporting genre-defying country legends, The Mavericks, on tour throughout Canada in 2014, Malo was inspired to produce, play, and sing with Rose on the album. “I love this record,” says Malo. “I’m honoured to have played a part in the making of it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them…not even me.”
Recorded in four days at Revolution Studios in Toronto the album also features Jay Weaver (Mavericks, Dolly Parton) on bass, Nichol Robertson (Devin Cuddy Band) on guitars, Jerry Dale McFadden (Mavericks) on keys, Paul Deakin (Mavericks) on drums, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Drew Jurecka on strings. Learning the songs on the spot, the band came through with a completely spontaneous recording that brings Rose’s wondrous vocals and discerning lyrical content to the spotlight. Heartbreaker Of The Year was mixed at Capitol Records by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart), who supposes he "should take this opportunity to wax poetic about the charm, wit, and sexy cynicism of Whitney Rose, but that’s allot of words."
A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s. And so for her stately second album, “Heartbreaker of the Year” (Cameron House), she enlisted the Mavericks, keepers of that era’s flame, for backup duty, and its frontman, the silky Raul Malo, as producer. Apart from two covers, Ms. Rose wrote all the songs here, and she is gifted with the eccentric detail: On “The Last Party,” a sweet Dusty Springfield-esque waltz, she implores friends to “go cover every jukebox, smash all the guitars,” and on the title track, she muses, “You must have taken a class in fading away.”
Ms. Rose can be a slightly reserved singer, but it’s in those moments that the Mavericks come in handy, playing vintage country with high viscosity. And when Mr. Malo steps in to duet, like on “The Last Party” or the Ronettes cover “Be My Baby,” the two achieve a melancholy twinkle much like the one between George Jones and Tammy Wynette. - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Whitney Rose, who hails from the remote Canadian outpost of Prince Edward Island but sounds like someone who discovered classic country crooners like Patsy Cline and George Jones with enough years and miles in between to mold an original yet suitably vintage spin. Malo brought glints of his Tejano touch to her newest release, Heartbreaker of the Year, which playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” —ROLLING STONE COUNTRY
“Rose and Malo have nailed this concoction of joining the purer sides of pop and country. The most exciting part is seeing where she goes next." —AMERICAN SONGWRITER
There is no mistaking Bobby Whitlock co-founder of Derek & The Dominos who not only recorded “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs”, but who has also appeared on Rock and Rolls greatest albums including George Harrison’s “All things Must Pass” and the Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” and who is now partnered with wife CoCo Carmel to make a formidable duo. Tops in the Austin scene Bobby and CoCo are featured in the newly released Documentary “The Road to Austin”. Bobbys “A Rock n Roll Autobiography” is sustaining high reviews.
The two have been travelling playing around the world and making records for the past fourteen years. CoCo engineers and produces all their records, the latest and greatest being “Carnival Live from Austin”complete with an all star line up.
Bobby and CoCo are setting up the new year with a solo record on Bobby to be produced by Rob Fraboni (The Stones, The Last Waltz, John Lennon, Bob Dylan).
Lex Land began recording her debut album, “Orange Days on Lemon Street” (which critics deemed “a fantastic mix of honey sweet folk and dense, beat driven folk-rock”), at age 19 . In 2011 she followed it up with a more eclectic, electrified, and genre-hopping sophomore record, “Were My Sweetheart To Go.” Both records earned “Best of iTunes” honors and also received several featured song placements on television programs, including “Private Practice”, “Castle”, and “Bones.”
In the midst of supporting her two previously released albums, Lex represented Austin, TX as a Team-Blake-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012. She has also been invited to perform multiple times on late night television’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” as well as over the radio airwaves on tastemaker stations such as KCRW’s venerated “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”
Originally aspiring to a career in classical music, Land attended Chapman University in Orange County, California (where she grew up) until leaving early to pursue her pop ambitions. In 2009, she left Los Angeles to make Austin her home.
In Texas Lex has truly blossomed- taking the state by storm with her solo Jeff-Buckley-esque cabaret performances, hitting home-runs with her band, or stealing the show sitting in at jazz clubs.
• “When you think ‘singer songwriter,’ ‘fierce’ is not a word that often comes to mind. But there is something slightly fierce about the opening seconds of Lex Land’s new album ‘Were My Sweetheart To Go.’ It’s the track ‘Oh My!’ and it just reaches out and grabs you…”- KCRW – Artist You Should Know
• “She’s a great songwriter. She makes herself very vulnerable and her lyrics are revealing about relationships and all those universal themes we love. She really separates herself from the pack with her demeanor and her lyrics. She’s got attitude, she’s cool.”- Jason Bentley – KCRW
• “When I think of great female artists, past and present, some of the names I think of are Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple, Patsy Cline, and Ann Wilson. Among that list, Lex Land deserves a spot. Not only is she one of the most underrated artists on the scene right now, but she somehow molds her voice so well, she’s able to sing any and every genre. If I had to put together a soundtrack of my life, Lex Land would be the prominent artist featured on it.” – Sounds That Matter
• “Easily, one of the best singer-songwriters in town right now and one of the finest voices we have ever heard, period. Believe it…”- LA-Underground
• “…give a listen to album standout ‘If I,’ which showcases Land’s subtle-yet-powerful control melody as well as her undeniable vocal prowess.”- KUT – Song of the Day
Market Junction is an Americana group founded in 2011 by singer-songwriters Matt Parrish and Justin Lofton. In 2012, they elicited the enthusiastic support of long-time Texas singer-songwriter, Jack Saunders, who produced and engineered the band's first record, "Even Heroes Have Gravestones," at White Cat Recording Studio in Houston.
Over the course of four years, Parrish and Lofton have played many local and regional shows, opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Little Texas, and Pat Green, among other artists. Most recently, Richard Barrow—who is known for his work with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner—produced Market Junction's song, "Give It Time," in Nashville, with additional recording at White Cat. The resulting single was on the Texas Regional Radio Chart for 22 weeks.
A young band that is remapping the well-traveled singer-songwriter topography of memory and longing with their unique artistic voice, Market Junction is earning a firm place in the Americana music scene. Parrish and Lofton are now working with Jack Saunders on a new album that will be released in mid-2016.
As a songwriter, Harry Chrisman is quickly gaining traction in music circles, leaving many established songwriters wondering where he’s been hiding!
His songs, whether a whimsical country song, a sweet love song, or a hard-driving rocker, reflect the highly-textured melodies of the 60s and 70s blended with his own brand of Texas music grit.
His guitar work is as strong as any you’ll see, and his homegrown, no-pretense vocals are reminiscent of Elvis Costello and Robert Earl Keen, with a little Jerry Jeff Walker thrown in for good measure.
Taylor may sing of the past, of bar rooms and hay fields and even Johnny Cash, but his characters want the same things we do. They want love and redemption. They want some fun and happiness. They want respect and sometimes even a little vengeance. Taylor’s people are just like us, it’s just that their tales are exquisitely told. - Al Kaufman, Atlanta Music Guide
I’m always the opening act when I’m around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It’s good writing no matter how you cut it. - Lyle Lovett
He’s the real deal. Eric Taylor was one my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s. - Steve Earle
For the last few years, the state’s [New Mexico] Music Awards have been dominated by hONEyhoUSe, a trio of female songwriters – Hillary Smith, Yvonne Perea and Mandy Buchanan – who draw from blues, gospel, soul and Americana to form a unique blend that is distinctly regional.
This year, the group won the Norman Petty Producer’s Award for their album Medicine Lodge. Local favorite Wild Frontier have been compared to “Joni Mitchell’s long-lost sister backed by a haunting Western band.”
Their recent album Americana Motel features the spaghetti Western-style title track and a New Mexico-centric reworking of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper.”
Credit: Rolling Stone Magazine – 2013
It’s not about the fame, fortune and glittery lifestyle of becoming a well-known artist that keeps Paige Lewis interested in continuing to create a career in music. This young woman wants to make a difference in the lives of those who listen to her songs.
“I want my music to be heard by as many people as possible,” says Paige. “I believe my music is melodic, honest and heartfelt and I feel it will make an impact to those who hear it.” In other words, she would like to give her fans what her favorite artists, John Mayer, The Beatles, Imogen Heap, and American alternative rock band Guster have given to her, which is great music. “I am less influenced by specific artists and more influenced by specific songs. There is nothing better than a well-written song and I can appreciate any style of music if it jumps out of the speakers,” she explains.
Music seemed to find Paige and when it did, she held on tight and didn’t let go. She learned to play piano when she was only 5 years old and began picking at the guitar when she was a freshman at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. Don’t let her guitar skills fool you; Paige not only competently strums the riffs on guitar and tickles the ivories, but can also play a killer tune on the kazoo if the occasion arises! She began writing comical, catchy songs to sing to her friends just for the pure joy of getting a good laugh from them. It eventually developed into something more serious, and in the blink of an eye, Paige signed with Word Records and started recording her own music in Music City. The first time Paige walked into a real recording studio, she felt right at home, even thought she was thousands of miles away. “I fell in love and knew that music is what I’m meant to do,” smiles Paige.
In a handful of years, Paige has traveled the country writing songs, performing her music, and following her dreams. From one large city to the next, Paige moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18, after touring and promoting her debut album, Paige. While in LA, she was able to put together a great band performing in venues such as the Viper Room and had the privilege of playing in the same lineups as Vertical Horizon, Katy Perry, P.O.D. and Switchfoot. Two of her songs even landed in the Ridley Scott crime comedy film Matchstick Men, starring Academy Award winner-Nicolas Cage. She also received an ASCAP songwriting award for penning CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artist Rachael Lampa’s 2002 hit, I’m All Yours.
After living under the LA sun for almost 3 years, she made the decision to enroll in the University of Texas Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising within their Texas Creative Program in 2009. “I was studying to become an advertising copywriter,” until she realized that music kept running through her veins and if she didn’t give music a wholehearted attempt, she’d regret it.
Despite all the traveling this small town, Texan gal hasn’t forgotten where she grew up. Paige is surrounded and supported by two incredible, loving parents and a younger brother, Andrew as well as her close knit of friends who support her like crazy. She currently lives in Houston and performs regularly at top venues in Houston and Austin. When she steps out of the spotlight and takes a break from writing songs, you will find her outside jogging. You may also find her drawing and painting, “even if everything ends up looking like a cartoon even when I try and make it realistic,” laughs Paige.
Her newest CD, One Good Day, was recorded with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Matt Hammon who co-produced her debut album. One listen to this album and you may hear a comparison to Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morrissette, but she has her own unique style and the songs she sings were written from a place of great hope and optimism. “I believe this is the best record I’ve recorded and I’m ready to show everyone what I have and what I’m made of!”
Clandestine is hard-driving, toe-tapping Texas Celtic sound. Formed in 1991, the band is known for their brand of blasting tune sets and fresh songs.
Piper EJ Jones and fiddler Gregory McQueen lead the tunes with the full force of their individual musical energies.
Al Cofrin brings cittern and occasionally another set of bagpipes to the mix.
Percussionist and singer Emily Dugas captivates with her original song collaborations with Al, as well as her singular interpretations of songs in the Celtic genre. EJ and Al also join Emily on vocals, with many songs now set in three-part harmony.
Piper Jones band combines the talents of Mucky Duck favorite piper EJ Jones of Clandestine and recent regular of the Grand Ole Opry, Houston native Frances Cunningham.
As the Piper Jones Band, EJ and Frances will join pipe band drummer Dean Atkinson for a night of brilliant bagpipe tunes and Celtic songs.
CD release show for ”A Night at The Folly”
Baker captivated me. His songs are closely observed narratives of eccentric and marginalized people finding meaning in seemingly defeated lives–almost like Leonard Cohen’s, if Cohen had been a Baptist raised in West Texas - Marc Eisen ~ The Daily Page
Mars has been operating outside the confines of the major label world ever since self-releasing his breakthrough album, Like a Bird, Like a Plane, in 2009.
Since then, he has had two Top 30 singles at AAA radio (“Listen To The Darkside” and “How I Roll”), sold 32,000 records independently, played more than 500 dates and licensed songs to shows like “Parenthood,” “Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Weeds” and “United States of Tara.”
In addition to his outings with the Dixie Chicks, he has also toured with artists like Steve Earle, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Citizen Cope and his storyteller solo shows are often sell-outs.
Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.
His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.
Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter who blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. Her latest independent release, Up.Rooted, is a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary.
The album won the praise of National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, and The Boston Globe, and topped the iTunes and Amazon Latin charts after a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) Grand Prize Winner for her song “Siete-D,” a rock-cumbia-rap mix that explores the delights and dangers of El Salvador from a window on the 7-D, the bus route she rode as a volunteer there in 2010.
Barber has emerged as one of the next wave in this country’s proud tradition of songwriting talent. The follow-up to his award-winning albums Love Songs for the Last Twenty and Headwaters, Prairieography is the earnest travelogue of a wandering troubadour, and the realization that creativity is rarely a bolt of lightning.
Good songs are the result of hard work, calloused fingers and learned lessons from a life well lived.
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good.
Slaid Cleaves lives with his wife of 21 years, Karen Cleaves, in the Hill Country outside Austin, Texas.
While Karen books the shows, the flights, the hotels, and the rental cars, designs, orders and sells the CDs and T-shirts, pays the band, updates the web site, answers fan questions, does the taxes and makes dinner, Slaid writes his little songs (and fixes things around the house).
They travel around the world together while Slaid plays for fans far and wide and gets all the glory.
If it wasn’t for Karen, Slaid would be carrying all he owned in a shoe box, scrounging around for a happy hour gig.
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.
Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor - The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.
The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks (featured on NPR) who accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans.
He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.
"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer." ~ Lyle Lovett
"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear." ~ Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle
Kym Warner is a founding member of The Greencards. Originally from Australia, the band formed in Austin, TX and gained national attention when they supported a multi-state tour with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. The Greencards are favorites on the festival circuit with appearances at MerleFest, Grey Fox, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Telluride, Bonnaroo, Telluride, Lollapalooza, and the Cayamo cruise to name just a few.
Kym has penned many of the tracks on The Greencards five studio albums. Two of his instrumentals have been honored with Grammy nominations. Last summer's release, The Brick Album has become a fan favorite and featured two of the band's musical heroes on separate tracks: Sam Bush and Vince Gill.
Free Sneak Preview of this year's production at the Duck tonight!
Join us for a free preview of "The Princess Ida" at McGonigels Mucky Duck pub. Join the entire cast as we perform the songs from the show with explanation, history, and anecdotes between songs by Alistair Donkin.
Come early, as this one of the biggest nights of the year for the Society and the Duck.
“TWO ORIGINAL TEXAS BAD-ASSES” GO ON MUSICAL TOUR TOGETHER
If you ever wondered what it would feel like to see two Original Texas Bad- Asses (OTBs) play their unique brand of traditional Tex-American music on the same stage, on the same night, you’re about to find out.
It doesn’t get any “realer” than this. Jim Heath (Reverend Horton Heat) & Dale Watson (Dale Watson & His Lone Stars) are indisputably living Texas icons.
For the first time ever in their storied careers , they’ve decided to team up, and bring their big Lone Star personalities , songs and the stories behind the songs on a special solo tour to a select few cities across America playing small intimate venues.
This is rare opportunity to see two of the most colorful Texas songsmiths ever , who will take you on a highly entertaining journey via the music that made them famous . Jim & Dale can definitely “talk the talk”, but more importantly they “walk the walk” but seeing them solo is a completely different experience for fans.
You’ll gasp at their ability to make you laugh with the turn of a phrase, or cry with the bend of a string. You’ll feel tingles of excitement & anticipation, as you behold the “two-headed monster of Texas music” that is Jim Heath & Dale Watson on tour together.
There is a beer that made Milwaukee Famous. There is music that made Texas famous. And this is some of it , stripped down like never before , performed like never before . And that will make each show , well, ........ famous.
It’s gonna be Texcellent.
Although Brandy Zdan calls her new, self-titled album her full-length “debut,” there’s no mistaking this seasoned singer-songwriter for any kind of rookie.
For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”)
But according to the artist herself, all of that was merely a prelude to the aptly-titled Brandy Zdan, the most focused expression of her musical identity to date.
As brought into vivid focus on Brandy Zdan, produced by Teddy Morgan in Nashville, TN, featuring a cast of musicians including Carl Broemal (pedal steel) and Tom Blankenship (bass) of My Morning Jacket and drummer Richard Medek (Alternate Roots, John Doe).
That vision showcases not just her strong vocals and guitar, steel and keyboard playing, but an affinity for writing mature indie-rock and pop songs with hauntingly gorgeous melodies and edgy arrangements. Ribboned with wide swaths of warm guitar and chilly blue atmosphere, the album buzzes with static overdrive and a bracingly raw emotional honesty.
From the assertive opening charge of “Back on You” through to the electronic pulse of the gauntlet-throwing closer, “More of a Man,” its 11 originals fit together seamlessly to form a self portrait of an artist in full, confident flight. And if the result feels more like an arrival than a “debut,” as far as Zdan herself is concerned, it’s all the same.
“[Kim Richey] would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the The Beatles never put out another record after Revolver.” Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com
“Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit - and then she ensnares you for keeps by making you consider all the noiseless sensations that no songs can ever contain.” Timothy White, Billboard Magazine
Those artists who find themselves stuck in the deepest of ruts two decades into their careers could learn a thing or two from veteran singer-songwriter Kim Richey. She’s never been afraid to go where the inspiration is.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul.
And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod.
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”
Tom's 52 Track, double record "The Rose of Roscrae" - A Ballad of the West, is to be released April 14, 2015…with guest artists: Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Ian Tyson and dozens of others…the reviews are piling in:
"The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of the West is the third in a series of extraordinary concept albums Tom Russell has delivered...yet another masterwork. It is a work of rare ambition and rare brilliance that is beautifully and artfully executed...Tom’s performances are riveting throughout the long piece. So, too, are the other singers who take on various roles in the folk opera...There is an embarrassment of riches among the songs Tom composed for The Rose of Roscrae...Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots"