The Easy Leaves, songwriters Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield, formed north of the Golden Gate in 2008 immersed in a diverse set of flailing rockers, gospel skeptics, and country outlaws. Their initial intent was to establish an old-time string band. However, this did not happen (at all). In love with just too many different musics, artists as disparate as Bob Wills and Smokey Robinson slinking into their songwriting, Kevin and Sage gave up their banjo habits cold-turkey. The Easy Leaves’ sound was born- A modern acoustic sound, its roots kept close to the chest while tirelessly sprawling out in new directions that stretch the borders of the Americana genre in exciting ways.
“Our sound is a personal distillation of American music, based on the styles we connect with and all the songs and sounds we’ve been saturated with.” The finest filters on this still are songs written with painstaking attention to detail and dynamic intricate vocal harmonies. They’re melodic, lyric-driven (catchy-as-all-hell) compositions pinned with the syncopated rhythm of two acoustic instruments, guitar and upright bass. A trap kit, and pedal steel – The whipped cream and cherry.
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.
Barry Foy's Field Guide to the Irish Music Session defines a session as:
...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.
Our Houston Session has been around for over 30 years - the last 20 have been hosted at the Mucky Duck.
Come have dinner and pint and enjoy an Irish evening.
No cover charge
A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs and albums, Butch Hancock has been called "one of the finest songwriters of our time" and is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced.
His tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and his lyrics are profoundly imaginative, often displaying for his listeners the miracles that occur in the ordinary through creative irony and metaphors. His lyrical style has often been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and his songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris.
Hancock is also a member of renowned country rock super-group, The Flatlanders, along with his lifelong friends, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a band they formed in 1972.
Houston Press - 20 Best Songs of June by William Michael Smith
A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Olney plays and sings like he'll cut you if you don't get it.
His new album, When the Deal Goes Down, has more edge than a straight razor and cuts just as deep. If you're into music for good news, fairy tales, cotton candy or dance beats, move on. Your life is in danger here.
“Even the darkest moments here are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive, and she’s given us another remarkable glimpse at her gifts as a vocalist and songwriter on The Nocturne Diaries.” ~ All Music Guide
“Gilkyson’s first in three years … is beautiful. Night-time songs, haunting lullabies, a backporch love song, plus folk-Americana that makes you think of Lucinda Williams at her most tender.” **** (4 stars) ~MOJO
“… a shimmering album that sounds just as impressive in the daylight as in the darkness that inspired it.” ~ American Songwriter Magazine
"A Classic country voice that is so rare these days" - Gary P Nunn
"Tessy Lou is Country as a Biscuit!" - Kevin Fowler
"She sings, how do we say, like clear mountain water and it has an old school feel, but it's modern at the same time. Mighty sweet stuff!" - Jessie Scott
"Not only is Tessy Lou an incredible natural performer, but is truly gifted as a budding songwriter" - Joe Ables
"Tessy Lou has the innate and unique ability to write/perform as one of the guys with the added bonus of a beautiful voice" - Beau Smith
A perfect blend of voices,instruments, and musicianship. Great original songs and wonderful cover tunes. Also, great people. One of my absolute favorite bands in Texas ! - Chris Wall
“This is the kind of songwriting that provides a lust for life even in the face of death. It provides love in a field of heartbreak. It is provides heaviness in the light and jazz in the mundane. Lisa Morales, formerly of the Sisters Morales, is dealing with some heavy topics in this album, yet it is one of her best creations to date.
With creativity and an unfaltering dedication to the music, Morales and backing musicians create something that will keep you toe-tapping the entire album through. The Mexican-American feel of Sisters Morales isn't as explicit on this album, but influences of country and a multitude of instrumental sounds make this as diverse as anything else she's been a part of. ” — John Shelton Ivany, JSITop21.com
with special guest - Gary Graves
Bobby Whitlock represents the true southern blues/soul singer.
Born in Memphis he was the first white artist to be signed to the Stax Hip label at the tender age of 16. Taken under the wings of Steve Cropper and Donald (Duck) Dunn at the time.
In 1969 Bobby left Stax and went to California to become the first "friend" in the group Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.
For a short time in Europe, the guitar line up consisted of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Dave Mason. It was during this time that Bobby became friends with Eric Clapton.
After leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Bobby joined Eric Clapton where they began to write together, becoming a formidable writing team and eventually recording Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs which is now celebrating its 40th year and is considered to be one of the most influential and great records in the history of rock-n-roll..The rest is of course music history.
Meanwhile CoCo had begun her career in London England. She took the road and played across Europe including Germany, Italy and France and back home in England.
After nearly a decade in Europe, CoCo moved back to the United States residing in her home state of California, Los Angeles to be precise. She met and later married Delaney Bramlett.
During those years with Delaney, she produced and co/produced many records including her own solo record “First Fruit” which came out in 2010, with ex Delaney Bramlett featuring many songs written by the two.
Bobby met CoCo Carmel after her marriage ended with Delaney in 2001. They immediately got to work and began writing and singing and recording and performing.
Beginning in the U.S., CoCo and Bobby played in New Jersey, New York, Alabama and Nashville, and a slew of radio stations.
They have also toured various places around the world including Monaco, Geneva Switzerland, France and to Bangalore India to headline a Blues Festival.
All the time CoCo producing record after record including the latest “Carnival”. The live record comes complete with a red hot band, all top musicians hailing from Austin.
In 2011 Bobby’s autobiography “Bobby Whitlock A Rock-n-Roll Autobiography”was released and has been a number one top rated book in rock music on Amazon.
With Bobby’s incredible historical History, it is no wonder the past is constantly calling. In 2013 Light in The Attic re-released the newly mastered solo records of Bobby’s appropriately titled “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way”. It has been receiving great reviews worldwide and is available online and at stores around the world.
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.
“What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the opening track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering. “A normal person, if they find themselves in a position of turmoil or grief, they’ll say, ‘I need to get out of this as fast as I can,’” says Fullbright.
“A writer will say, ‘How long can I stay in this until I get something good?’ And that’s a bullshit way to look at life,” he laughs. That plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground ’ to a swarm of critical acclaim.
The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.”
The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.
In the heavy Texas summer heat, Bob Schneider stands in his garage, splattered in paint. Thick leaves pulled from fine art books soak in water baths as he prepares layers for a new collage. Intestines swirl on faces, haunted eyes peer out, and paintbrushes coat layers upon layers of glue as images transform one atop the other until Bob steps back, done.
The collage will find itself as the cover of Bob’s latest album, a curated collection of three thematically-linked five song EPs, collectively titled King Kong. The album hearkens back to his earliest releases, Lonelyland (2001), I’m Good Now (2004), albums that brought the essence of Bob—good songs, all genres, fun and harrowing, sharp and insightful. Songs to dance to, to laugh with, to mourn through.
Fans who buy the physical album are treated to an artistic masterpiece, a collector’s dream, with prints of Bob’s art wrapping the music.
Bob Schneider is the best artist you’ve never heard of. But this year alone, he’s headlining every premiere venue in Austin—the Paramount, the Bass Concert Hall, Dell Hall at the Long Center, and ACL Live/Moody Theater. Sure, he’s struggled to break out of the Texas bubble, but this doesn’t stop him. “If I were to listen to the gatekeepers—the critics, the charts—I’d never have done anything.” And though the media barely grants him sidelong glances, the audiences keep coming.
Bob packs houses, he croons, he makes everybody swoon.
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.
Offered a new project—a cameo appearance in a film, the chance to judge the Literary Death Match, and Bob’s all in: “That sounds terrifying. I’ll totally do it.” He thrives on the challenge, happier to tackle projects that teeter on the edge of failure than return to the mundane sure successes.
Tell Bob that he can’t do a project, and he’ll just stop talking to you about it. “I have a complete inability to take no for an answer,” he laughs. If he’s got his mind set on it, he’s going to make it happen. Ideas, projects, art pours out of him.
One spring afternoon, he arrives at a friend’s yard to haul off a six-foot-tall tree trunk that blew down in a storm. Coming straight from a photo shoot, he’s dressed to the nines, but quickly gets covered in mulch and bark as he lugs the giant logs around, investigating which one he wants to bring home. He’ll work it on his back patio, sanding and sawing and sanding until he’s got another in a series of haunting wooden sculptures, phallic, monk-like, a wooden choir of silent song and prayer. Trees fall, Bob crafts, sawdust in his hair.
Then he crashes into bed, catches just enough downtime to revive him, and wakes again, moving at top speed. He showers, drinks a pot of coffee, and races off to a gig. He arrives onstage, fully present and ready to play.Audiences around the world can now peek into the sacred heart of the Austin live music scene, as Bob has begun livestreaming his Monday night residency at the Saxon Pub. Here each week for over fifteen years, he’s gathered up his band Lonelyland, and taken over this Austin institution. Bob presents his newest songs, plays with fresh arrangements, and charms the pants off of everyone in the room.
Bob Schneider is always pushing himself. And he’s pushing his audience. His songs are alive, fierce, hilarious, raw, crass. And then soulful, haunting, sweet, good.
He’ll leave you breathless. He must leave you breathless. He pushes himself to breathlessness, howling into the mic, playing his fingers raw, the room awash in thick waves of sound.
Then he’s jaunty, silly, laughing at his own jokes and tossing around a flyaway tune. Listen closely, and the lyrics speak of loss, betrayal, sorrow. But he’ll sing it to you with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
As Rolling Stone puts it, “Tuneful, clever and carefully observed, Sara Hickman’s material has all the strengths expected of a contemporary Texas songwriter, plus one more – whimsy.”
Since she started performing at the age of seven, Hickman has been embraced by both followers and critics. The Associated Press proclaims, “Seek out her albums and club shows for her melodic sense, excellent guitar playing, rich voice and mix of sunny optimism with heartache.”
Hickman’s home state of Texas loves her too, naming her the 2010-2011 “Official State Musician of Texas,” joining luminaries such as Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.
"Best Americana/Snger-Songwriter Album fo 2013" - Mike Ragogna, Huffington Post
"Colin is clearly his own man in his own world. His easygoing, conversational voice summons the same spirits Woody Guthrie and the young Bob Dylan walked with... I want to hear more." - John Swenson, Twisted South Magazine
“A West Texan Nick Lowe… instant sing-along quality” – Sylvie Simmons, Mojo
with special guest - Salim Nourallah
Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist.
In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Rhett has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up.
Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals asRolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic.
with special guest - Salim Nourallah
This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place. McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 7 p.m. (sign up at 6:30 p.m.)
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.
Your favorite singing waitress is back! Come here Julia
Engel sing everything from opera to Edith Piaff to contemporary American songs
while Tyler Tucker tickles the ivories. The beginning of the summer means that
audition season is right around the corner, so come on out and help support a
young singer’s love of music from Mozart to Menotti and beyond! Taken from www.juliaengelsoprano.com:
Soprano Julia Engel has been called “a gloriously pert
Norina” and “beguiling of voice” by the Houston Press in 2013 for her
portrayals of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Nannetta in Verdi’s
Falstaff, both with Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX). Ms. Engel was a Young
Artist for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh during the summer of 2013, singing
Olympia in Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann-Retold. While in
Pittsburgh she was also a part of Mozart Week which involved multiple concerts
for audience members to hear standard repertoire and rarely performed pieces of
music written by Mozart and his family members. Ms. Engel had the good fortune
to be a part of the CoOperative Program’s winter concerts in January of 2013,
singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and covering Musetta in Puccini’s La
The spring of 2014 brought
forth opportunities to sing in Metamorphosis Opera Theater’s inaugural
production of Mitridate, re di Ponto in the role of Ismene, and her debuts with
the Virtuosi of Houston Orchestra and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. In
summer of 2014, Julia covered Zerbinetta for Kingwood Summer Opera’s production
of Ariadne auf Naxos.
the roles of the Dew Fairy, Mother, and Witch in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel
and Gretel in 2012 for HGOco’s Opera to Go! program, touring around the state
of Texas and performing 80+ shows.
She has participated as a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
(2013), The CoOperative Program at Westminster (Princeton, NJ - 2012), Le
chiavi di Bel Canto (Houston, TX - 2011), and Glensheen Opera (Duluth, MN -
2010). A frequent competitor in vocal competitions, Julia is most recently a
2nd place winner in the Young Texas Artists Competition (Conroe, TX - 2014), a
2nd place winner in the Concerto Competition for the University of Houston
(2011), a finalist in the Lois Alba Aria Competition (2011) and a 1st place
winner for the upper midwest District NATSAA Competition (2010).
her Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, where she performed
Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Nannetta in Falstaff, Madame Herz in The
Impresario, and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She received her
Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and performed Königen
der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Karolka in Jenufa (in English), and Suor Dolcina
in Suor Angelica. She is currently studying with soprano Cynthia Clayton.
Julia has an
extensive dance background, with 11 years of classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and
lyrical/modern. She also has 8 ½ years of experience in concert band on the
flute and 6 years on the piccolo.
Matt the Electrician crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home. Evidence: It’s a Beacon, It’s a Bell. The longtime Austin resident’s excellent new album showcases a seasoned songwriter in top form. “Look out the window at the road rushing by,” he sings on the stunning “Muddy Waters.” “The shatterproof glass breaking up in your eyes/Your own private movie when things fall apart/Everyone’s trying to break your heart.” Details whittled from real experience frequently fortify his songs.
“Muddy Waters” backs the claim. Matt dreamed up the song as he drove around Austin with his 12-year-old daughter after a big storm. Water under the Lamar Bridge was brown and green, colors he thought an interesting mix. “Yeah, it’s dirty, Dad,” his daughter said, unimpressed. “Muddy Waters” deftly charts our decidedly varying perceptions at different times in our lives and with age comes an acute awareness that everything moves in cycles. Listen closely. Lessons quickly emerge within the song’s ebb and flow.
with special guest Ryan McMullan
Christmas cards from Bonnie Raitt, Lowden guitars made from whiskey barrels, duets with Ed Sheeran, and writing about the love of nothing, Foy Vance has nailed it. Joy Of Nothing is the perfect representation of the road-worn musician’s ever-evolving discovery of artistic expression, telling his tale, in his own time.
Foy Vance was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. As a child, Foy relocated with his father, a preacher, to the American Midwest settling in Oklahoma. With his father, Foy travelled the American South, widening his horizons and absorbing the rich musical traditions he was exposed to. Returning to Ireland some years later, Foy began writing his own music, deeply shaped by the sounds of his youth.
Since those days, he has spent a considerable amount of time traveling the World, touring with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Michael Kiwanuka and more. Foy also scored Oscar-winning short-film The Shore with David Holmes, and has had his music used in countless films and television shows over the last two-years. A seasoned songwriter, Foy has written for and collaborated with a number of artists, including recent cuts on Ed Sheeran’s newest album, X. Foy’s first ever live album, Live at Bangor Abbey was released in February 2015 on Glassnote Records.
The album features 16 tracks, all recorded at the historic Bangor Abbey in Foy’s hometown. Foy will spend much of 2015 in studio, writing and recoding the followup to his critically acclaimed Glassnote Records debut, Joy of Nothing.!
“Depending on the Distance,” Jimmy LaFave’s first studio album in five years, lives up to the intriguing promise of its title, finding the Oklahoma-Texas troubadour in a contemplative mood whether he is crooning his new original songs, covering an ’80s pop smash or reinterpreting anthems penned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Much like his mentors Bob the Bard and Oklahoma songwriting icon Woody Guthrie, what the red dirt pioneer’s voice lacks in technical prowess it more than makes up for rootsy, relatable authenticity. The Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, who spent his teen years in Stillwater and dug his musical roots in the red dirt hotbed, is in such a mellow mood on the follow-up to his 2007 “Cimarron Manifesto” that the passion of the achingly lovely opener indeed seems to come out of the “Clear Blue Sky” and the sharply written socially commentary of “It Just Is Not Right” sneaks up to prick you in the conscience despite the tip-off of the title.
There’s even an understated elegance to his rendition of John Waite’s often-covered 1984 chart-topper “Missing You,” which LaFave strips of the cheesy, dated production and transforms into an emotionally layered guitar-and-piano ballad with the help of Oklahoma guitarist Travis Linville.
Golden-throated folk songstress Eliza Gilkyson prettily backs the fellow Austinite on his take on The Boss’ “Land of Hope and Dreams,” while big-voiced Texas jazz/soul songbird Tameca Jones amps up the gospel groove of LaFave’s uplifting original anthem “Bring Back the Trains.”
LaFave also boosts the volume and energy on “Red Dirt Night,” his boogie-woogie tribute to his Oklahoma upbringing and the small towns that dot the Sooner State.
But the moments of introspection dominate “Depending on the Distance,” with the wistful ode “A Place I Have Left Behind” lingering in the heart and mind long after the final notes have faded as surely as the lost love affair the song memorializes. — BAM
On her 5th studio album, “Rattle My Cage” finds award winning singer, songwriter and actress Patricia Vonne collaborating with some of the most distinguished Texas musicians that have inspired & informed her music: the late Doyle Bramhall, Alejandro Escovedo, Rosie Flores & Johnny Reno alongside some of her other favorite musical talents.
The 10-song collection is suffused with Vonne's bracing passion, deep heart, and determination that led her to make music her life, start her own label and to become a popular live attraction in Europe where she was the critics pick at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rattle My Cage also distills the distinctive multicultural rocking borderland roots style she has developed into its most potent and tantalizing brew to date.
Vonne can be seen on the big screen reprising her role as Dallas (aka “Zorro Girl”) in her brother’s (director Robert Rodriguez) recent noir jolter Sin City 2; “Traeme Paz”, appeared on the soundtrack to “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” starring Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek.
“Patricia Vonne has absorbed just about every indigenous musical style Texas has on offer, and can summon any one in the flick of a castanet or guitar pick,” notes the Houston Press.
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Rosie Flores whips the best of rock and roll, honky tonk, early rockabilly, blues and jazz with the traditional sounds of her roots in San Antonio, TX. She took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, TX and Nashville music scenes – as well as Europe and Japan.
Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, a 2007 cover story in the Austin Chronicle, and the proclamation of Rosie Flores Day in August 2006 by Austin Mayor Will Wynn was topped off by an induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She was recently voted as one of the "Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" by Venuszine.
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This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place. McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 6:30 p.m. (sign up at 6 p.m.)
Tameca is Tameca Jones, an Austin native now living in New Braunfels. She’s a single mother raising twins and also one of the hardest working artists in Central Texas. She has been performing as a singer here since 2007, either as a solo artist or as a vocalist with such groups as Flyjack and Will Taylor & Strings Attached.
She has a long running residency at the Continental Gallery every Thursday night and plays at Z Tejas on a regular basis. Her shows at The Elephant Room draw sellout crowds with lines up the stairs and down the street. She’s headlined at Threadgills and opened for Smokey Robinson, David Sanborn, Robert Cray, and The Blind Boys of Alabama to name just a few. Her shows feature some jazz standards but also her own renditions of songs by such diverse artists as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Stevie Wonder.
Her cover of the classic “Caravan” includes parts of Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl” and she absolutely owns “Mad World,” the theme from Donnie Darko. Comparisons to Tina Turner are inevitable, and not just due to the miles and miles of legs and her incredible Afro, this gal can really belt ‘em out. Tameca also has a wonderful and unique fashion sense, part of the fun of her shows is in seeing just what outfit she will show up in. Plus she sometimes brings decorated cupcakes for the audience and does her mic checks singing the old “Reading Rainbow” song, so what’s not to love ?
Jonathan Jackson + Enation are an anthemic Euro-Rock three piece whose Emmy-Award winning frontman is known from his roles on 'General Hospital', 'Tuck Everlasting'.
Jonathan Jackson + Enation is touring in 2015 in support of their new record that is out now ‘Radio Cinematic’.
The Memphis Dawls are a local folk “supergroup” of sorts. The trio of Holly Cole, Krista Wroten and Jana Misener have extensive experience with other projects, like Amy LaVere, in the Memphis area, but they started making music together in high school.
The Dawls opened for Jack White when he stopped by Memphis this March, and he liked them so much he invited them to tour with him on a few other dates afterward. Can’t blame him for being entranced, though; the Dawls’ romantic harmonies and gothic storytelling tend to get under your skin. – Lane Billings – Paste Magazine
Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees”), and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.
Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at hydra-headed life experiences. Not unlike his musical and literary pedestal sitters, from John Prine and Leonard Cohen to Raymond Carver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cory’s gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder.
“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
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.
In the early ‘70s, Staehely earned his JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Rather than jump straight into practicing law, Staehely opted instead to tuck away his law degree and hop on the first plane to Los Angeles where he joined the well-established ‘60s rock band Spirit. Staehely took on the role of the band’s frontman, bassist, and principle songwriter.
The Staehely-fronted incarnation of Spirit toured the world promoting their highly-acclaimed album Feedback. Once the band parted ways, Staehely and his also-musical brother wrote and released an album on Epic Records in 1973. From there Staehely continued to write songs and perform with a number of notable artists including John Cipollina and Nick Gravenites.
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.
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.
Free Sneak Preview of this year's production at the Duck tonight!
Join us for a free preview of "The Pirates of Penzance" 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.
Join us this summer for the 2015 production ofPIRATES OF PENZANCE to be held in July of 2014
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Ticketing information for Pirates of Penzance, to be held in July of 2014, will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
Laura and Lydia Rogers' haunting harmonies combine with the spooky nuances of T Bone Burnett's country baroque production for an album fit for a horror film. But that shouldn't scare you away.
Rather, touches like the pained violin strains on the Southern gothic second track, "Iuka," are magnetic. As are fleshed-out covers of the P.J. Harvey marriage kiss-off "The Pocket Knife" and the half-baked Bob Dylan sketch "Dirty Lie."
The record — the Muscle Shoals sister act's follow-up to their self-titled 2010 debut — actually takes its titular line from that Harvey song and a page from the Old Crow Medicine playbook for "Dirty Lie."
But it's when the Rogers sisters infuse Burnett's swampy atmospherics with their ethereal vocals and cherubic charm that the duo asserts a singular identity for their Americana peers to reckon with. Listen to "Rattle My Bones." - Rolling Stone
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Individually Mark and Jay O’Shea have an impressive string of writing and artist credits that span the globe. The combination of Jay’s country-soul voice blending perfectly with Mark’s country-rock sensibilities has made the Nashville based husband-and-wife team one of the most respected names in Australian country music in just a few short years.
Their debut album ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ produced four #1 Country singles and earned them the 2012 CMAA “Golden Guitar” Award for New Talent of the Year. Their second album “One + One” has already spawned two #1 and two Top 10 singles and scored them the 2014 CMAA “Golden Guitar” Award for Vocal Group or Duo of the Year! With production by legendary ex-pat Mark Moffatt (The Saints, Tim Finn), ‘One + One’ showcases brilliantly their incredible vocal talents and skills as hit songwriters.
The pair co-wrote the album with a string of renowned collaborators including Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan), Tim Nichols (Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), Kevin Kadish (Jason Mraz) and Kim Carnes (”Bette Davis Eyes”).
The depth in the writing stands out on ‘One + One’. “Thank You Angels” was inspired by Mark’s experiences with open heart surgery in 2010, a procedure he had previously undergone as a six month old child. “Be With You Tonight” was born out of the pair spending months apart on opposite sides of the world, chasing their career dreams. “It Never Goes Away”, a co-write with Billy Burnette, tells a tale of loss with a timeless sound that harks back to the great ballads of Roy Orbison.
‘One + One’ is a record that is more than just the sum of its individual parts, it’s a stunning body of work that is fast becoming a classic.
Mark and Jay are currently writing for their third album and have already penned tunes with Grammy Award Winner Steve Wariner, Leigh Nash (Sixpence Nonethericher) and Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) to name a few.
Guy Forsyth leads an all-star Austin cast including several former Asylum Street Spankers. This incredible string band makes every venue come to life with instrumental prowess and amazing showmanship.
The Hot Nut Riveters are a roaming, rotating, always-changing-yet-oftentimes-very-similar cast of characters from, but not limited to, Austin, TX including:Guy Forsyth, Matt Smith, Mark Rubin, Nevada Newman, Kristopher Wade, Albanie Falletta, Oliver Steck, Pops Bayless and many, many others.
Their debut studio album, Moustashe Girl, features 7 voices, countless instruments, and, at last count, 5 hilarious commercials. Expect classic American tunes as well new original material from some of Austin's finest!
Halloween Jazz, 365 days a year. It's dirty music from a much more innocent time.
The Freedom To Fail marks an exploration into new territory for 20-year Austin veteran Guy Forsyth. Rather than focus his efforts solely on making an album that embodied the energy surrounding he and his band’s dynamic live performances, Forsyth instead opted to create a work that doubled as a message to his young daughter, instilling upon her that she had to grow up feeling the freedom to fail.
“These songs represent an articulation of the changes in my viewpoints and the new legality that I see,” Forsyth explains of the album, his first release for Blue Corn Music. “I became a father in this period of time and started looking around me and trying to figure out what it is that I had to say to my daughter to explain myself. I don’t feel the need to explain myself to everyone, but I sure as hell feel the need to explain myself to my daughter. I want her to have that sort of connection with her origins.”
BJ Barham from American Aquarium has this incredible knack for capturing all of the complex emotions we continually experience throughout our twenties and translates them into simple, hard-hitting, and almost hauntingly-realistic lyrics over some rockin’-ass alt-country music.
BJ Barham is not a musician. He is not a comedian. He is a performer. He owns the stage and the comfortably controls the crowd when he performs.His lyrics are poetic and to the point. He has a bunch of songs about heartbreak but you can tell he’s not bitter. He’s not throwing a pity party. He’s just being honest, literal, and real. by Mitch Foster, June 12, 2014
Country music’s Brandon Rhyder has undoubtedly established himself as a ?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.
Wreckless Eric is a hero to all those of us who love a good kitchen sink drama set to music. He takes the strangeness in the everyday and sets it to song. Like Ray Davies, Kevin Ayers and Ian Dury, he is a truly great British songwriter – Phil Alexander, editor in chief, MOJO magazine
Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realised he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, squalls of feedback, lilting enchantment, bizarre stories and backchat. Nothing Eric has to say sounds like it was said by someone else first. Some people can’t take it. Thirty seven years of touring have left him in good shape. He’s coming to town.
A new album is scheduled for release in November on Fire Records.
A sound that Joe Meek would have killed for – Q Magazine
Le Beat Group Electique…a blast of sonic honesty, soul-bearing poetry married to Alan Freed-approved rock ‘n’ roll – Asbury Park Press
…flashes of pre-stardom Beatles, Jonathan Richman, Syd Barrett, Bobby Fuller, and the stripped-down side of Robyn Hitchcock. But mostly it’s like Wreckless Eric – The Vinyl District
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.
“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo. She even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing.” –Los Angeles Times
“A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too! Produced by Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Miss Understood focuses on tough yet vulnerable blues, but also captures the melodic soul of classic American song… No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan.” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
“When she blisters the guitar and cocks her head fetchingly to sing her songs like “I’m Innocent” she stands in the good company of Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, and Bonnie Raitt. But when she whistles, as she does with disarming ease on another of her compositions “I’m the Man,” or picks up the trumpet, she’s one of a kind.” – Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
In the spirit and tradition of the great duets of country music - George and Tammy, Johnny and June, Loretta & Conway, Porter and Dolly, our favorite country duo, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are bringing us an evening of some the best duet songs of country music.
Armed with a sound that mixes the rootsy stomp of the Southern states with the trippy swoon of the West Coast, Folk Family Revival make music for rock clubs and rodeos, dive bars and honky-tonks, or campfires and cantinas.
A throwback to a time when Southern rock and psychedelic music dominated the airwaves, they may be best described as a psychedelic folkcountry rock and roll band, but they’re not wild about labeling their sound. They’d rather let the music do the talking.
Water Walker, the band’s newest release includes 12 songs that were weaned and whittled on the road, where the Texas-based band of brothers — featuring Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford, along with family friend Caleb Pace — built up their audience one gig at a time.
The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Rod Picott songs.
A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.
Ms. Morales demonstrates that physical size is not real size. She shows up with a quiet, a sad, a sensitive, a strong, a big voice and a big message for us all couched in the beauty of philosophical love songs, not only romantic but those other kinds of love we all encounter; soulful poetry about eternal human concerns in our contemporary lives.
The arrangements, the melodies, the excellence of the music, the musicians, and the technicians, her voice with its subtle expressiveness giving deep meaning to her words, I haven’t the gift to write it down to get across the effect the songs have had on my heart.
The way she uses language, repeats certain words or lines, the unexpected next thought, and the variety of song formats all fitting within the general realm of rock, astonishing and moving!
It’s all right if words fail me!
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"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
Holly has toured extensively and played with such acts as Tegan and Sara, The XX, My Morning Jacket, Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, Vampire Weekend, The Antlers, Oh Land and Lou Reed.
She has performed at the Sydney Opera house as part of the Vivid Festival, Hyde Park with Sydney festival, Lattitude festival, Celebrate Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bandshell.
She has had music placed on multiple TV shows such as Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI:Miami, and The L-word, and has contributed vocals and songwriting on records with Theophilus London, Nada Surf, Mmoths, Cicada, Steel Train and more.
“The Queen of Modern Texas Country Soul” - No Depression
“The most formidable writer of the Robisons.” - Lone Star Music Magazine
“Now and then, a young artist arrives with such confidence that you wonder where he or she has been hiding. Ludwick sings, and she does seem inhabited by an old soul. Fortunately, she’s very much with us now.” – Texas Monthly
***Robyn will be featured in Indie Film, “Lost. Vegas. Hiway.” slated for a Summer 2015 release.*** http://www.lostvegashiway.com/
"I've been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I'm very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can't go wrong with such talent." Dave Alvin
"I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring." David Olney
Alternative Country icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!"
Born in Sydney and raised just southwest in Campbelltown, McCue has toured the world playing her music in Concert Halls, pubs and festivals, living for a year in Vietnam. She has most recently been based in East Nashville, a thriving songwriting community on the Cumberland River's left bank.
Her love of music forged in Sydney, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, McCue landed in America and performed on the Lilith Fair tour. After setting up shop in Los Angeles, she became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene and has since recorded 5 acclaimed studio albums and a DVD ‘Live In Nashville.’
Her music is included in Time Life’s ‘4 Decades Of Folk Rock’ alongside Bob Dylan, The Byrds, etc. and in Starbucks Artist Choice alongside Leonard Cohen, John Coltraine etc.
McCue recently produced Emma Swift's debut album in Nashville. The record has since been nominated for an ARIA Award in Australia. Other artists she has produced include Audrey Auld and Tracey Bunn. She is currently working with Reckless Johnny Wales at Flying Machine Studio.
Expect great guitar work, compelling songs, and an eclectic set list.
"Listeners will delight in her slide guitar prowess, as well as her pointed and powerful lyrics." --Seattle Post Intelligencer "Anne McCue is the virtual definition of "triple threat." A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on this new project." -- Billboard
"The Australian earns accolades with an album of songs that stretch from urgent to world-weary with bracing bluntness." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"My new favorite artist and an amazing guitarist" -- Lucinda Williams
"She used every guitar in the battery she brought on stage, from the National steel to the Danelectro 12-string to the lap steel, and each allowed her the freedom to explore a different type of roots music, including swampy Creedence stomp, ethereal blues, and countrified jangle. These days, there are very few women working the same territory as McCue who can combine tough and vulnerable. That she does it with poise and a self-deprecating sense of humor makes her an artist worth seeing again." --Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle
"Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up Rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it's always been and always will be." - allmusic.com
“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine
"A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve." - allMusic.com
The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown’s moniker, “Music Capital of the World,” and its motto: “Keep Austin Weird.”
For 33 years, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table; subjects like politics, religion, romance, the music industry, and their crazy/stupid relatives.
With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.
Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer.” —The New York Times
“Robbie Fulks knows better than most that country music needs a touch of Viet Cong attitude: Sometimes you’ve got to burn the village in order to save it.” —Playboy
“The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? You should be going on iTunes right now...buy it, buy everything.” —Tina Fey
"Chicago's most fertile musical mind...so good, he's scary" - Chicago Tribune
"One of the great honky-tonk voices of his generation" - Washington Post
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Long before working with bees or teenagers, Walker began his music career in 2002 by winning the University Songwriter Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival – the same year he founded the Austin-based alt-country band The Gougers.
In seven years touring the United States (and opening for country greats like Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs), Walker and the Gougers (also featuring Jamie Wilson of The Trishas) put out three records, culminating in A Long Day for the Weathervane, which spent six weeks in the AMA Radio Chart’s top-10 with over 10,000 spins nationwide.
Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle calls the MilkDrive repertoire “a virtuosic blast of bluegrassy string-band music.”
With labels that range from jamgrass and nu-folk to redneck gypsy jazz, the band has built a following that’s as funky and friendly as they are.
The group plays festivals from coast to coast every year, with stops in between at Colorado’s beloved RockyGrass Festival and at home at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
On September 30th, 2014, Houston-based singer-songwriter Brant Croucher released a brand-new full-length album produced by Jack Saunders (White Cat Studios, Houston, TX). The 11-track “Americana” project – an ambitious, eclectic representation of Croucher’s vast musical interests and influences – featuring folk-inspired acoustic songs, swampy groove-driven tunes, toe-tapping country numbers, and a pair of thoughtful, piano-driven ballads.
Croucher was born and raised in Houston, schooled in Denton, TX and has since spent time living in Dallas, Nashville, Austin, and Wimberley. Appropriately, the album’s songs explore themes of moving around -- and moving on -- while finding a way to make life as an aspirant troubadour work.
Austin - Kinky Friedman may have been returned to the private sector by his fellow Texas Democrats in the just completed Ag Commissioner primary, but he is proclaiming victory, nonetheless. Kinky campaigned to end the prohibition on hemp and marijuana in Texas. No, Kinky is not a pot smoker - he only smokes on Willie’s bus “as a matter of custom.”
As tribes everywhere gather, Kinky, who introduced the Frisbee to the natives of Borneo while in the peace corps, offended all equally with the Texas Jewboys in the seventies, and counts former President Bill Clinton and the late Nelson Mandela among the millions of fans of his music and books, will be regaling them with the tunes, the tales and the truths about life as he knows them.
There may never be a better time to see Kinky, the self-described Jewish Troubadour. He is currently working on a new novel featuring the long awaited return of the eponymous detective who has so delighted mystery readers for decades, and an upcoming tour of Europe and Australia will keep Kinky’s shows sharp, focused and energized. There may even be a bit of episodic TV in the near future. Happy to be finished with politics, Kinky will once again concentrate on sharing his happiness with his fellow Americans.
Not content with positively effecting culture for his fellow man, Kinky continues to sponsor and fund the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, which he co-founded to help all his animal buddies. Utopia has rescued and successfully placed thousands of dogs and other animals. It now sits on Kinky’s Echo Hill Ranch property. Check it out at http://utopiarescue.com. Kinky will accept checks on their behalf at any and all stops on the tour.
Charming audiences with his unique blend of versatile guitar work and soulful songwriting has made Linville one of Oklahoma's favorite musical sons.
The scope of Oklahoma folk looks drastically different now than it did even five years ago, a veritable oil boom compared to the slow trickle that had preceded in the years — even decades — prior. Artists like John Fullbright and Parker Millsap are hogging the Americana spotlight on a national scope, nabbing Grammy nods and glowing reviews across the country and opening the door for other Okies (like John Moreland, among others) in the process.
Talking with those artists, lots of names and faces come up as a credit to the Sooner State’s reclamation of the folk music throne, but if there’s one that always comes up without fail, it’s that of Travis Linville.
He’s a humble guy quick to refuse much credit at all. But even he can’t deny his closeness with any and all of them, perhaps the smallest acceptance the fact that many consider him the godfather of modern Oklahoma folk.
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"So while his own gale-force performances sometimes resemble a musical cyclone, the one-man-folk-tornado says “Hurricane” is all about the craziness of bringing a child into the world." - CMT Edge... [Read more...]
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The California Guitar Trio can play the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, minus the voices but with pretty much everything else intact, on three guitars and nothing else.
They play progressive rock, surf music, jazz, blues, country, probably the definitive version of "Bohemian Rhapsody," and some traditional North African and Asian sounds for good measure. Like most Californians, the three members of the California Guitar Trio all come from someplace else: Bert Lams is Belgian, Hideyo Moriya is from Japan (where the band has a strong following), and Paul Richards is from Salt Lake City.
The CGT is a melding of diverse talents unlike anything you've heard before, and one you can't afford to miss. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of a fine new album, "Andromeda."
Dwight Yoakam made such a positive impression on Brian Whelan that he left the band.
“Dwight helped me a lot in life and in business,” Whelan said of Yoakam, the Grammy Award winner with the big Stetson hat. “But he’s not my agent, manager or guidance counselor.”
So, Whelan — who played guitar and sang in Yoakam’s band for four years — doesn’t expect the well-respected singer-songwriter to exploit his status to help propel Whelan’s solo career.
“He’s good at everything,” Whelan said of the singer, songwriter, guitar player, actor, record producer and film director. “I learned a great deal. He taught me to always do what I want to do. I was so inspired by seeing him doing that, I quit the band.”
Now, as he prepares to release his second solo album of “power-pop rock ’n’ roll,” Whelan’s emulating the multi-faceted Yoakam by being “patient” and protecting his interests.
“It’s actually done now,” said Whelan, 33, from his home in Los Angeles’ Highland Park district. “I’m … trying to find somebody to put it out. It’s a whole new kind of world out there.”
Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava is the foremost band to emerge from the flourishing Czech bluegrass scene. Its virtuoso musicians can satisfy the most hardcore fans with scorching versions of traditional bluegrass standards. But as the band's name "Second Grass" implies, DT reaches far beyond the classic bluegrass genre for inspiration.
The band uses American roots music as a starting point for a synthesis of jazz, pop, folk and even classical motifs, transforming an iconic American idiom into a richly textured, highly personal statement.
DT was formed in 1991 by the influential singer-songwriter Robert Krestan, multi-instrumentalist Lubos Malina and other veterans of the acoustic music scene that had long thrived in Czechoslovakia. Krestan's original songs -- renowned for their enigmatic, at times provocative, lyrics -- make up most of the band's repertoire, and they and Krestan's raw, gritty vocals set the band apart.
But DT also performs bluegrass standards and covers -- in English and Czech -- of material by songwriters ranging from Mick Jagger to American acoustic veteran Peter Rowan (with whom the group collaborated on a CD, New Freedom Bell, in 1999). The group's 2007 album, Dylanovky, featured Krestan's Czech versions of Bob Dylan songs.
Druha Trava and is members have produced more than a score of CDs and have won numerous Czech music awards. The band enjoys a wide following in the Czech Republic as well as a loyal fan base in North America, where DT tours for at least one month each year.
For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind.
Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide.
For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band's newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.
Imagine you are Texas singer-songwriter Bruce Robison on any given Saturday night, and you might be forgiven for thinking life looks pretty good. You’re on your way to headline at one of the Texas Hill Country’s legendary dancehalls—the Broken Spoke, say, or Gruene Hall or Floore’s Country Store—when one of your songs comes on the radio. Maybe it’s Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s hit version of “Angry All the Time,” or George Strait’s cover of “Wrapped” or even the Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 hit, “Travelin’ Soldier.” It’s a pleasant interlude in what Dan Jenkins used to call “Life Its Ownself.”
As one of the most acclaimed tunesmiths to come out of Austin, Bruce has worked in the traditional musical model all his life: Sign with a label; Record an album; release single; tour to support same…and repeat.
songswarm [sawng-swawrm ] noun: an ensemble of 2 or 3 vocalists or musicians practicing the art or act of improvisational accompaniment on each other's original songs.
Taylor Pie can hold her own vocally with anyone singing today. She can stand lyrically next to any writer you can name, and these musicians, often with just ad lib noodles, have been able to record one of the most masterfully orchestrated studio pieces around. I experienced the disc through headphones, which I might suggest, is an awesome way to listen to this record. The engineering is genius through out, taking simple, tasteful performances and sitting you right in the middle of them. - MyTexasMusic.com
George Ensle, (pronounced Enslee), is a veteran Texas Singer-songwriter, who began performing as a teenager in the late sixties in his hometown, Houston at such venerable clubs as the Sand Mountain Coffeehouse and the original Old Quarter, sharing stages with legendary greats Townes VanZandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billie Joe Shaver. He Was Awarded prestigious federal government grants to be an Artist-In-Schools, teaching songwriting and the creative process to young students. George has won songwriting awards from The American Song Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Music Umbrella, and the Austin Songwriters Group. In 2008, he wa nominated for Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the Texas Music Academy. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Bob Cheevers, Will T. Massey, and Jeff Talmadge, to name a few. He has released five albums in the USA and Europe.
Jack Saunders has been at this so long he cuts straight to the chase. This isn't some over-thought, let's-play-at-folk-rock schtick that numerous young bands have, this is a full-grown pro matching sounds and words -- "I say goodbye to gravity when you come around" -- with all the precision of someone who's been at his craft 40 years. - Houston Press
Serious fans of guitar may have heard of both Nels Cline and Julian Lage, but many listeners more likely know only one or the other of these guitar giants. The two innovators have very different styles and sounds.
Cline is known primarily for his work with Wilco and Nels Cline Singers, where his compositions function as experimental explorations and push boundaries in many ways; even more so his solo improvisations, which heavily incorporate electronic sounds and unconventional uses of the guitar.
Lage, conversely, is known for his technical mastery of the instrument and his very guitar based sound, which some have suggested evoke, aside from the obvious jazz, Americana music such as folk and bluegrass. Lage is also known for being a prodigy, and at just 26 years old is one of the most successful guitarists playing today.
Plank and Michael O’Connor have been playing and writing together for years. They will be touring together as a duo as much as possible in the next year and already it is a fan favorite.
Check out these videos taken from the guys at The Loft Sessions from recent tour in St. Louis.
At home in the worlds of both classical and popular music, Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young violinists and singers performing today. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, bluegrass, DAWG and American folk groups.
Eden is also well-versed in the music of other cultures, including Irish music, Eastern-European music, and European music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
She has been an artist at the Aspen and Beijing International Music festivals, soloist at Texas and Wimberly jazz festivals, performer at Texas and St. Louis Renaissance fairs, and has appeared on numerous recordings in folk, rock, jazz, and classical genres.
Sam Baker might be the most captivating songwriter in America. You’ll probably never catch yourself singing one of his songs in the shower, because his melodies generally tend to be as bare-bones servicable as the raspy scratch of his singing; but by God, you listen to what he has to say, hanging on for every line like a baby bird at feeding time. Sometimes his words come out haltingly, one by one; others tumble out of his mouth in spurts of nursery rhyme cadence (“copper penny for your thoughts/copper jacket full of lead/they wanted little Jimmy Cagney dead …”)
By the time he sing-speaks them all, he’s burned a black-and-white image or sometimes even a whole movie in your mind that lingers long after each song ends. Some, like “Juarez” and “Odessa” from 2007’s Pretty World, will haunt you for life. Baker’s fourth album, Say Grace, adds several more masterpieces to that gallery, begining with the title track’s poignant portrait of a woman weighing the ghosts of her past against the lonely onset of advancing age. In “Migrants,” he tells of 14 men who cross the border only to succumb to the elements of the brutal Sonora desert. “Ay mijitos/they looked like dried leaves/scattered in the sun,”
Baker sings with a sadness underscored by Joel Guzman’s keening accordion. “They got 12 lines in a midwestern paper/on the pages with the ads for shoes.” But there’s true grace here, too, from the sweetly touching but unmawkish “Isn’t Love Great” to the surprise sense of humor leavening the blue-collar angst of “Ditch”: “My wife God bless her and for what it’s worth/thinks she and Taylor Swift/were twins at birth/separated at birth/Earth to wife/wife to earth!” — RICHARD SKANSE
Slaid Cleaves lives with his wife of 19 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.
“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.” —Stephen King
“A sharply observant songwriter with a deep appreciation for the ageless fundamentals of folk, country, and rock … one of the country’s most compelling roots artists.” —Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.
Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.
“(Moore is) another in the way too short list of artists that plays it as it lays, no digital gimmicks or sweetening to rob the recording of its soul. After hearing this one you’ll wonder why others try and make something so natural so difficult.” -Village Records
“Moore has created a brand of challenging yet highly melodic new-millennium pop-rock that establishes him as an audacious songwriter and player. He has struck that rare balance between astute complexity and utter pop appeal.” –All Music Guide (4 ½ Stars – AMG Pick)
“Ian Moore only gets better…his arrangements are as artful as they are complex, unified in a lush, organic, pop ballad synthesis.” – Tucson Weekly
“Two of our favorite Texas singer/songwriters, Terri Hendrix and Sara Hickman, will be bringing an all-new Holiday show to the Mucky Duck on Thursday Dec. 10th!
Together on stage singing some Holiday standards as well as originals, these award winning musicians will warm your heart and put you in the Holiday mood.”
MARTIN BURNISTON'S 24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SINGALONGMartin sets the season with at holiday sing-a-long and dinner.
Tomato Basil Soup
A choice of
Roast Pork and Dressing
mashed potatoes, English peas, cinnamon apple
One each our signature pies:
Shepherd's, Chicken Pot, Steak & Mushroom
Fish and Chips
with fries and cole slaw
Bread Pudding with Jameson Irish Whiskey Sauce
New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
Supperclub service beginning at 7:00pm.Four course dinner, party favors.
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