TONIGHT: Rob Baird w/ Kyle Reed Band. Doors at 8pm $10 at the door.
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Rob Baird will be the first one to tell you that he hasn’t always been 100%, shall we say, forthright as a songwriter. Back in college (not too terribly long ago), he recorded an album that he has since “completely buried” — primarily, he says, because back then, “I just wasn’t writing about anything that really meant anything to me.” His next album, 2010’s Blue Eyed Angels (which he considers his proper debut), was a fair deal closer to his heart, but even then he was still an artist in search of himself. Songs like “Could Have Been My Baby,” “Blue Eyed Angels” and especially “Fade Away” all demonstrated that he was ultra-confident in the hooks department and talented enough to sound like he knew what he was doing, but Baird himself was still not entirely convinced.
By striking contrast, one listen to his new album, the aptly titled I Swear It’s the Truth, and it’s clear that Baird has not only found his sincere artistic identity, but grabbed his sense of purpose by the wheel and pushed pedal to the metal. “I’m moving like the wind through the trees, like a train on a track, there ain’t no stopping me,” he declares on the opening “Dreams and Gasoline. “Let the wheels spin free.”
Three years of touring successfully can have an effect on one’s confidence, as does the benefit of just having a little more time to mature. Baird, now 25, wrote and recorded Blue Eyed Angels when he was only 21, at the end of his senior year at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University. Baird stayed in Texas after graduation (relocating to Austin) and began carving out his own niche. But even as Blue Eyed Angels found traction on regional radio on the strength of his steady touring and solid singles like “Could Have Been My Baby” and “Fade Away,” Baird formulated his own style, cut with guitars both jangly and crunchy and crisscrossed by rivers of pedal steel and tasteful organ, that quickly set him apart from rest of the Texas crowd.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---SEATED SHOW BUT SEATING NOT GUARANTEED ---A musician with gripping, powerful vocals that delivers energetic yarns about love, the government and the apocalypse, to name just a few. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered numerous instruments including acoustic, electric and slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele and singing saw. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with The Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of fans in Texas and beyond.
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Amanda Shires was born and raised in Lubbock and Mineral Wells, TX. At the age of ten, smitten by the sight of a green and orange pawn shop fiddle, Amanda quickly became obsessed with the instrument and the sounds of western swing and country fiddle. Tutored by Lanny Fiel, she joined his Ranch Dance Fiddle Band, and while attending Lubbock High School also performed in school, city and regional orchestras and symphonies.
The Ortega Jazz Quartet is the largest band under the Ortega Jazz umbrella. This group is lead by Robert Ortega on vocals, Andrew Przybyla on piano, Mark Martinez on drums and Michael Kelly on trumpet.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Johnny Chops has been touring, recording and writing with the Randy Rogers Band as a bass player for the past ten years. Several of his songs have become staples of their electric live show; including “10 Miles Deep”, where he usually makes a cameo vocal appearance, “Wicked Ways”, chosen to perform on the David Letterman Show in 2009 and “Last Last Chance” which made it to number one on the Texas Music Chart in 2012. When he makes it home to Austin, TX he locks himself away, picks up a guitar and starts writing. After collecting several dozen tunes over the years, he decided to give them life outside the songwriter’s notebook. The result is Sticks and Stones, his first album as a solo artist. While his work with the RRB is steeped in 70’s style stomp country, (aka the “Waylon beat”), Chops grew up with a host of other musical influences, from blues and rock and roll, to punk and rockabilly. Fusing all these elements together and forming a unique and memorable sound, the new album will be available on iTunes and all digital media outlets October 1st. You may even be able to track him down on the road at the RRB merchandise booth for a special vinyl copy.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Blackbird Sing has found the recipe to blending the swaggering bravado of punk, emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own. If asked, lead singer Vito Salinas will tell it like he has countless times before, “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”
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Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. With his amazing fretwork, unique combination finger and pick style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares often baffling even the most accomplished players. While Monte remains a huge enigma in the guitar universe, his legendary reputation has spread like wildfire since he appeared on Austin City Limits. In 2004 Monte was named on Guitar Player Magazine's list of "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" and in 2005 he was featured the Covers of "Frets" and "Acoustic Guitar" magazines.
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With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted lyrically and musically, his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date.
Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. “I was left-handed, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand,” Schneider reflects. “But I still like to think of myself as left-handed. I’ve always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didn't quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music.”
At age ten, Schneider’s father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where they’d perform jazz standards and other hits from the 1940s-70s.
Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singer-songwriter Terry Allen. “I remember him saying ‘If you’re going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life ‘cause your degree’s not going to make a difference.”
So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw, while on stage Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination.
Ted Russell Kamp is a songwriter, producer and bass player living in Los Angeles, CA. He has toured the world performing his own music and playing with the likes of Shooter Jennings, Wilson Phillips, Wanda Jackson and others.
He has 6 records of his own, including Night Owl (2013), Get Back To The Land (2011) and Poor Man's Paradise (2010), which have all done well on the Americana and Euroamericana Radio Charts and helped him become a national and international touring artist.
As a songwriter, he has had a publishing deal in Nashville, written and co-written songs for himself and for other artists and has had numerous film and TV placements for CMT, Turner Classic Movie Channel and others.
A s a bass player, he has also worked with Jessi Colter, Tony Joe White, Candye Kane, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rosie Flores, and James Inveldt.
A native of New York and coming from a close-knit Italian family, listening to standards was the norm for Johnny Panzarella while growing up. Distinguishing himself from other young musicians, Panzarella leads the ensamble "Johnny P and the Wiseguys" with velvety vocals and a dynamic trumpet sound. The band features original tunes penned by Panzerella,coupled with fresh and innovative musical arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Beloved by audiences throughout the world, the Eric Tessmer Band has captured the attention of fans from all ages as a result of their uncompromising musicianship and unbridled aggression. Their music is organic and natural
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---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.
“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says over the phone beginning a promotional tour for his latest work, Street Songs of Love, his tenth solo album. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you just worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father, and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, to stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”
It is a journey that has taken him from Texas to California to New York and back again to Texas, encompassing a breadth of music as varied as the many bands he was part of before embarking on a solo career. In the 1970s, he surfaced on San Francisco’s no-holds-barred punk scene centered around the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, a guitarist in the Nuns; Rank & File helped unite the disparate worlds of punk and country in the 1980s; and after he moved back to Austin, the True Believers combined all manner of Americana music in a harbinger of what was to come in Alejandro’s solo career which begun in 1992 with the album Gravity.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---If Austin’s happily egalitarian music scene suddenly switched to a monarchy, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis might have to learn to perform while balancing hefty crowns. The two already reign as one of Americana music’s coolest couples, and their latest release, Our Year, elevates them closer to the lofty territory once occupied by beloved royals Johnny ’n’ June and George ’n’ Tammy.
Alamo Rock School was established in 2011 by Francisco “Pancho” Garza. Shortly after moving here from the Northeast, Pancho realized that he wanted to continue to follow his passion, teaching msic. With his knowledge and experience, coupled with the support of Alamo Music Center, Pancho was able to see his vision unfold – a music program for all ages and skill levels!
The Bellfuries are a root-rock Americana band out of Austin, Texas. The rotating members are lead by the singer-songwriter, Joey Simeone. Simeone has a wealth of influences from The Smiths and The Misfits to Dave Rich and Webb Piece. His insightful and often humorous lyrics only rival the brillancy of the music. Currently, The Bellfuries are reinventing themselves again as a quartet, bringing in Bobby Trimble of Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys, Shecky Seaver and Mike Molnar
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Matt McCormack is a seasoned singer-songwriter residing in Austin, Tx. Matt has collaborated and co-written songs with the likes of Gene Simmons of KISS, Texas Songwriting Legend Bill Carter, Charlie and Will Sexton, Texas Country Music staple Pat Green, Honeybrowne, Miranda Lambert guitarist Alex Weeden,
Alejandro Escovedo, Joey Shuffield of Fastball and many other artists around the United States. Early accolades from leading radio station KGSR 107.1 in 2001 (shortlisted for best new act) as well as songs placed in Lionsgate Films and commercial work for the San Antonio Spurs has been given the unique and rare opportunity to work, play shows with and create personally with the people he artistically admires . These artists include Todd Snider, Bill Carter, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian Moore, Blind Melon, Johnny Depp, The David Letterman Show, Jack Ingram, Charlie Sexton.....
After musical residencies in Nashville and Los Angeles, McCormack put music aside to focus on his management group M3/NewPony which handled the careers of Austin's own Bill Carter and Will Sexton. 2012 -2013 were whirlwind years for M3/NewPony clients....with David Letterman appearances and artistic praises from American Songwriter, Spin, EW, Rolling Stone...... AfterGive.com, a nonprofit for artists in dire straits (Artists For Traumatic Emergency Relief) was ready to launch with overwhelming enthusiasm. During this time Matt McCormack's documentary film was created and started titled "That's What I'm Doing Here". The film depicts the day to day lives and performances of Father-In- Law and future Rock N Roll Hall Of Famer Alejandro Escovedo, Texas songwriting legend Bill Carter and Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton.
Unfortunately all was lost on Oct.31st 2013. The Onion Creek flood devastated South Austin and left McCormack and family (uninsured flood victims) with no government or FEMA assistance.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---A man and his guitar…honest, unfiltered and true. In a landscape filled with Top 40 beats and harmonizing folk groups, a lone singer-songwriter definitely has his work cut out for him. But David Ramirez isn’t looking to top the charts. He just wants to tell the truth.
“I grew up on 90’s alternative radio. It was fun and easy. In college someone gave me a Ryan Adams record, which led me to discover artists like Bob Dylan. From those guys I learned about the power of words and melody and their ability to affect change in people. That honesty made me want to connect with people through music”.
Being just as drawn to artists like Dylan and Adams as he is to The National and Arcade Fire is perhaps what draws both young college crowds and folk traditionalists to his live shows. In 2012, Ramirez played over 175 shows in theaters, clubs, bars and listening rooms from Burlington, VT to San Diego, CA. A Fall 2012 co-headline tour with Noah Gundersen saw many sell-out shows and grew his loyal fan base. “I've been humbled by the response I've received from people. Not only do they come to a show or two but they seem to be in it for the long haul. Touring can be tough, but knowing that people around the country are excited to be a part of my music brings so much joy and meaning to the miles".
Ramirez's career has spanned 2 full lengths and 3 EP’s. His 2012 independently released album, Apologies debuted at #2 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts and #23 on Billboard Folk, garnering praise from The New York Times, American Songwriter and PASTE. Hometown magazine Austin Monthly calls Ramirez “one of Americana’s great undiscovered songwriters…” His latest release is The Rooster EP. Produced in 6 days by Ramirez and Danny Reisch (Shearwater, Okkervill River, White Denim), the 5 songs explore new sounds and test the limits of the folk/singer-songwriter genre. “The songs themselves are still rooted in folk, but I wanted to experiment with different sounds and textures. It's subtle but it's strong".
David Ramirez knows no luxury. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to share his story. One that is honest, unfiltered and true.
Rock Concert to raise money for the San Antonio Food Bank
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Eclectic Tuba is a "Tubatronica/Spacefunk/Jam" group from Birmingham AL., recently relocated to Nashville, TN. Known for journeying down untraveled, undiscovered, and unheard of routes with their music, they take their audience on an exploratory and blissful eye and ear opening trip through the cosmos, opening doors to new dimensions of sounds and universes which have yet to be explored by other bands. Etuba's sound is made up of a perfect mix of soaring saxophone solos, funky tuba loops, ripping synthesizers, world percussion explosions, star dusted and trailing keyboard rifts and jams, and a sick, full, rhythm section, with off the hook beats and right on rhythms. To entice their crowds even more, Etuba has a spectacular light show, which adds to leaving them longing for more and wishing for the show to never end!
Etuba's newest album, "Intergalactic Domination", features; Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Amanda Palmer of The Grand Theft Orchestra, Mike St. Clair of Polyphonic Spree, and Jake Ingalls of The Flaming Lips and Space Face. It is currently on sale on iTunes, Spotify, etc., and was released on October 29th, 2013, along with another album titled, "Octubafreak", at an Album Release show at the awesome Iron City in Birmingham, AL. Etuba also released a new FREE EP, late last year, titled, "Dr. Lanyon's Narrative!"
Etuba has performed with and opened for, The Flaming Lips, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, Linear Downfall, Stardeath and The White Dwarfs, HOTT MT, Maps and Atlases, The Handsome Devil, Fishbone, & Opposite Box. Eclectic Tuba was invited to perform and give a clinic on Music Entrepreneurship and Music Technology at The Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2012 and since then have been playing at universities across the United States to show students the opportunities they have in front of them, with their instruments, and within the music industry, that is right there waiting for them. Also in 2012, They won 3rd place in The Road to Bonaroo Contest, held by Sonicbids, resulting in catching the eye of a few promoters, due to their popularity, which sent them on tour since. Matt also has sheet music published with PotenzaMusic.com. You can find a full bio, current info, and past and present tour dates on their website!
Born in San Antonio, TX and raised in Southern California, Rosie Flores' music blends the best of honky tonk, rockabilly, and jazz with the traditional sounds of her Tex-Mex heritage. Since the late 70s, she has been an important figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, TX and Nashville music scenes. Rosie's reputation as a high octane rockabilly star is well established. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine leave no doubt about her talent for filling dance floors and lighting up rooms with her blazing guitar solos.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---If you haven't yet heard about Somebody's Darling, an inventive rock band from Dallas, Texas, chances are you will soon. The group has played relentlessly over the last five years, clocking in over 500 shows through multiple headlining tours, numerous festival stops and supporting great artists like Shovels & Rope, Lucero and Divine Fits. SD is spearheaded by lead singer Amber Farris, whose unrefined yet tender vocals belt out blistering songs that command the attention of anyone in earshot. She's oft-likened to great singers such as Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi and Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), but there’s no borrowing, and you can’t really make comparisons. One thing that’s clear is that Somebody's Darling loves to play live – the band has gained a reputation for their frenetic performances. Their sound has its roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe, drawing on a range of vintage influences. But just as their contemporary heroes, bands like My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Dawes, and the Black Keys, these five friends strive to create and perform exceptional songs that are at the spearhead of modern rock 'n' roll.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Hailing from Austin, TX, T Bird And The Breaks play a style of dance music that has it's most basic and obvious roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960's and early 1970's. It'll get you dancing. It'll make you sweat. It'll make you smile.
But...it can't be classified as strictly throw-back, retro, Funk/Soul. The original songs belie lyrical influences such as Beck. Or Bob Dylan. And the contemporary swagger of The Breaks' live show especially pays homage to the creativity and positivity of early and golden-age Hip-Hop. The band's “kitchen-sink-style” of music is evident on their cover of Shirley Ellis' 1965 R&B hit “The Clapping Song” in which they include verses from Tom Waits' “Clap Hands”.
It's a melting-pot of funk but one that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig. In the last few years they've been invited to play shows with artists as eclectic as The Flaming Lips, The Funky Meters, Sting, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Galactic.
2014 will see T Bird and the Breaks releasing their third studio album, “What It Is (Harmonism)”, and bringing their electric, tear-a-hole-in-it, funk-bomb of a live show to a stage near you.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Anyone wondering about Wood & Wire’s sound need not look any further than the four-piece band’s name, which honors the purity of acoustic instruments and the gorgeous music a skilled artist can coax out of just simple wood and wire.
Founded in 2010, Wood & Wire’s core members are Tony Kamel on lead vocals and guitar, Dominic Fisher on Bass, and Trevor Smith on Banjo. Their sound, as Smith puts it, is “a modern take on traditional mountain, hillbilly, and country music”. In just a few short years, the band has had the honor of playing notable festivals and venues across the country like The Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Old Settlers Music Festival. Later in 2014, they’ll make their way across the country playing Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY and the IBMA Street Fair in Raleigh, NC. After that the guys will make their way home to Austin to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
In February 2013, the band released their self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. In March of this year, the guys began work on their follow up album working again with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Erick Jaskowiak in Nashville, TN. Their second effort is a coming of age collection of original songs based on real and personal experiences with a coastal theme and is set for release in early 2015. While Kamel is the primary songwriter and vocalist, his tunes become Wood & Wire tunes when coupled with the talents, insight, and ideas of Fisher and Smith. The album will also feature an original written and sung by Fisher and an eclectic instrumental composed by Smith.
Touring heavily to round out the second half of 2014, the band has recently enlisted the talents of Billy Bright on the mandolin. Billy is a veteran in the acoustic music world having toured with Peter Rowan for many years and worked with heavy hitting legends like Tony Rice and Vassar Clements
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Shooter Jennings proudly announces his forthcoming EP from his label BCR Los Angeles/Thirty Tigers: Don’t Wait Up (for George), a tribute to the late great George Jones releasing August 5th. The single “Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playin’ Possum)” is available now.
Moved by his friendship with Jones, Shooter decided to put out a heartfelt, yet experimental tribute in his honor. “When people ask me about who I remember hanging around as a kid, I always say that I remember Tony Joe White and George Jones being the most frequent and consistent around the house. Very few people can look at a child and sees the full grown human inside them and make them feel important. George was always this way with me, making me feel like he took me seriously, no matter what age I was.” says Jennings.
The friendship of George Jones – one that started early in Jennings’ childhood – sparked the creation of this 5-track, heavy-hearted tribute record. “Very few people can look at a child and see the full grown human inside them and make them feel important. George was always this way with me, making me feel like he took me seriously, no matter what age I was.” Jennings says. This record serves as evidence of their serious, important bond as the title track, “Don’t Wait Up” was even initially written by Jennings for Jones’ next record, only to be unfortunately preceded by Jones’ passing.
“Honestly, I needed an excuse to write something that was very raw. And I couldn’t do it for myself.“ Jennings admits of the tribute.
“Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playin’ Possum)” as well as the second track “Living In A Minor Key” are original Shooter Jennings tunes. Don’t Wait Up (for George), the complete EP will be available worldwide August 5th on CD, 10” white vinyl, and digital formats. The EP will also be available on Black Country Rock’s experimental digital distribution hub The BCR Bazaar, and each copy of vinyl will include an invite code for the Bazaar. Later this year, Shooter will be re
To do big things, you have to make big noise. Up-and-coming Austin country band Moonlight Social is doing just that. Since being founded in early 2011, the band played a SXSW showcase after being selected by 9-time GRAMMY-winning frontman Ray Benson and won a GRAMMY-sponsored showcase after being selected by the board of governors for the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy. The band was then named winners of the 2011 Austin Chronicle Sound Wars after beating out nearly 100 other Austin bands. The band also won the GRAMMY-sponsored “Show Us Your Hits” competition and was a judge’s selection for the Indaba songwriting showcase with the song “Neither Are You.” Moonlight Social was then named one of the Best New Bands in Austin in 2013, and was featured as a rising artist on Nashville-produced TV show, “Welcome To Indie Country.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The powerful blues-funk machine that is Devil's Hollow has re-emerged from the Texas Hill Country, rejuvenated and full of swagger, fueled with new material, and motivated with a renewed optimism.
Still featuring the powerful, Allman Brothers-esque lead guitar duo of Justin Murray and Nick Doe, Devil's Hollow retains their Southern rock jam element, but new addition Thomas Raines on drums has changed the focus of the band; more emphasis on the groove, heavier on rhythm. "It was part of our strength, but it was also kind of a wild animal we had to corral. We all came from so many different backgrounds, rock, blues, funk, jazz, psychedelic jam. The band, and our successes, came quicker than any of us expected and as a band we were just running in circles," recalls guitarist Justin Murray.
By the time the band had independently released their debut album in May 2010, they had already played venues as notable as Gruene Hall and Antone's, and opened for folks such as Bob Schneider, Del Castillo, and Uncle Lucius, with shows with Los Lonely Boys and Monte Montgomery on the horizon.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a roots-rock revivalist with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.
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There are a lot of bands who claim to wear their hearts on their sleeves, but for Texan quartet Nothing More
that sentiment could scarcely be more literal. “When we first started, we branded ourselves on the arm after
each year of touring, so we’ve all got these scars now, reminding us of the commitment we made to each
other,” confides frontman Jonny Hawkins. To say that this is a band who are dedicated to their cause would
be to understate the case somewhat.
Hailing from San Antonio, Nothing More is a four-headed musical hydra that runs on frenetic passion,
unswerving DIY spirit and relentless sonic experimentation. Part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms,
part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning
headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye. Capable of bombastic bounce that hits
as hard as an uppercut to the jaw
when they fancy it, the boys from The Alamo City are equally able to dial
down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them. It's a gut-punching
blend made all the more powerful by a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone which both
belies their years and marks them out from their contemporaries.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. And when Grammy Award-winning producer John Chelew suggested she record an album in New Orleans - with support handpicked from the Crescent City's overflowing pool of talent - it was an opportunity for Ruthie to infuse fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo. The result is Let It Burn - slated for January 31, 2012 release on Blue Corn Music - a recording that smolders, sizzles and ignites with an intensity born from her vibrant voice and indelible presence.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---After building a strong reputation with sister Roberta as Sisters Morales, Lisa Morales steps out on her own with an album of self-penned songs that are more about emotion than they are about pretty.
In the three years since their last record (Talking to the River-produced by Los Lobos Steve Berlin), their mother, Gloria, died after a struggle with cancer. It was Glorias fight for life, not her loss, that made Lisa re-examine her own life.
Beautiful Mistake finds her doing just that. Her writing on this album is her best to date!
She confronted longtime friend and bassist, Michael CornbreadTraylor about his hidden talents and tapped them as producer. He put together a great cast of talented musicians and pulled out some of Morales best performances.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---"He sings of distance, about rivers and ranches, of smoldering passions and sad laments, of faraway longing and unrequited love."
Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want - a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire - whatever he is, Ely's covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy.
Those sort of restless yearnings come naturally to a boy from Lubbock, Texas, where the flat dusty landscape, endless sky and vast horizons have inspired several generations of young creative types to fill up all that empty space with music, as Buddy Holly did, as did Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison all the way to the current Lubbock Mob consisting of Ely and his compadres Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen. Like them, Joe Ely has proved to himself before he proved to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there's no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from, you put your emotions on the line each and every night.
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Recently featured on the cover of Texas Music magazine, Soul Track Mind has made a name for themselves by blending ’60s and ’70s era soul and R&B with flares of jazz, blues, funk and dance rhythms and a sound deeply rooted in retro convictions that still manages to feel fresh and modern. Over the last few years, whirlwind front man Donovan Keith and the dapper disciples of Soul Track Mind have become synonymous with raucously entertaining shows. Since releasing their debut album, Ghost of Soul, Soul Track Mind has become a force to reckon with in the modern soul genre.
"A cultural exclamation point about American music... They come out of a gritty melting pot that includes seasonings from Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, the later works of Ray Charles, and more contemporary influences like the Black Keys and John Legend." - Jim Moore, Huffington Post
"Sidestepping or in some cases abandoning the most dominant music of the last 20 years, hip-hop, in favor of basic, traditional soul and creating the equivalent of a farm-to-turntable groove. What was even more notable was that these artists - Mayer Hawthorne, Eli (Paperboy) Reed, Kings Go Forth, Aloe Blacc, Jamie Lidell, Fitz and the Tantrums, Soul Track Mind, among others - were claiming this music as their own and their own generation’s." - Rob Hoerburger, The New York Times Magazine
"Pristine production, intricate instrumentation and high-speed horn solos, all the while showcasing frontman Donovan Keith's impressive vocal range." - Texas Music Magazine
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.
His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out - a SONG - and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new environment.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.Seeing Rev. Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the StandUp Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future. Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple.And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll. From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.
Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twentyfive Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.
“Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my FiveOh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bringing my love whip. See y’all later.” - Carty Talkington Writer/Director
Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW Some bands insist on dragging listeners into their world, but Carbon Leaf works towards a more admirable and considerably more difficult goal.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music. Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Bill Wilson is from Central Virginia. He is a professor of philosophical theology, a songwriter, an expert on southern literature, and a father of six.
His three eldest sons returned to Virginia to start a rock band in 2006 with long-time musical compadres Seth Green and Todd Wellons. As a tribute to the man who taught them how to play guitar, write songs, drive a stick-shift, and back up a trailer, the band decided to name themselves Sons of Bill.