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1 20

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Very Special Solo Appearance by the
lead singer of Uncle Lucius!

Kevin Galloway
Kevin Galloway
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Kevin Galloway is a singer and a songwriter.

He gets by on guitar and has taught himself simple melodies on the piano.
He is a native of the second largest state in the Union, by both area and population.
Some of his heroes are Bill Hicks, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Charles Bukowski, John Coltrane, Jiddu Krishnamurti, George Carlin, Joseph Campbell, Don Williams, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Otis Redding, Gregg Popovich, Harriet Tubman, Kawhi Leonard, and Leonardo Bonacci.

Most of the time he’s out on the road with Uncle Lucius, the band he co-founded in 2006. He likes to mow the lawn when he’s home…gives him time to think.

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"The poetry of life being recited to the soul as it unfolds in a never ending ribbon of emotional moments." - Saving Country Music
Jamie Lin Wilson
Jamie Lin Wilson
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When describing Jamie Wilson's voice, two aspects come to mind: that honeyed tenor twang that's become known as one of the sweetest instruments in modern folk music, and that poignant, poetic, down-to-earth point of view she brings to her songwriting.

The spotlight shines brighter than ever on both with Holidays & Wedding Rings, her latest release. Even fans may be surprised to realize it’s the first full-length solo album from one of brightest and busiest stars in her recent years amid the folk/Americana/independent country music scene.

Jamie broke into the Texas country/folk scene as one of the co-lead vocalists of the Gougers before the band gradually gave way to the higher-profile musical adventures with The Trishas, an all-female singer-songwriter band that has toured through some of the state and nation's best venues. Scoring one of the best albums of 2012 with "High Wide & Handsome,” the Trishas lit up the genre for a few years while always leaving Wilson room for solo gigs, guest spots on over a dozen albums by now, and song-swaps with like-minded artists all over Texas and beyond.

Multiple approaches, countless gigs, several years and nearly a million miles into what promises to be a grand career, Jamie Wilson not only runs with a good crowd: she never fails to stand out.

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Fri
1 27

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"Enough soul to light up a Harlem church on Sunday morning!" - Santa Monica Mirror
Danny Brooks
with Lil Miss Debi
Danny  Brooks
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Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal’ and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin), 'Texassippi Soul Man' Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi released their second ‘Texas’ studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend’, in January of 2015. The upcoming CD "Get Your Joy On" will be much like the previous CD with a ‘stripped down’ approach. Brooks' music features the duo he has with his wife Lil Miss Debi who sings and plays cajon/percussion while he plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.

'Texassippi Soul Man' Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi have been touring constantly, promoting and building their reputation throughout North America. As a duo, they make a good racket on assorted guitars/stomp-board/harp-rack/cajon/percussion and singing with all their might, with an Elite 3 way Yorkville PA System. As situations dictate, they perform with both Canadian and American bands. Info on the Canadian and American bands is available on the website. Their duo live show has drawn comparisons to White Stripes/Black Keys/Keb Mo/Allman Bros. and North Mississippi Allstars.


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1 28

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Celebrating the release of her
new album "Every Little Star"

Elizabeth Wills
2009 Bugle Boy Talent Trust Recipient
Elizabeth Wills
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Elizabeth Wills is the 2009 Bugle Boy Founder's Choice Award Recipient and by proclamation, January 28th is Elizabeth Wills Day in Fayette County.

In her first studio project in seven years, Every Little Star, Wills is featured on lead vocalist and on piano, her first instrument. “I’m over-the-moon happy about it,” she says. “Since I was a kid, the piano has brought me comfort and peace and has been the vehicle through which I could allow my thoughts and emotions to run freely across the keyboard.” Such freedom and beauty comes through in the album, which she says was worth the wait. “These new songs were ready to come on out,” she explains of the timing. “I have been through what seems like a couple of lifetimes in the past several years, but there was immense beauty and lessons gracefully given to me to learn and walk through. I wanted an album that reflected that growth and that movement."

Influenced by writer-artists Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and their contemporaries, Wills bases songs in honesty, goodness, and vulnerability. Fans relate, and the industry has taken notice as well. Wills is a past winner of the Dallas, Texas-based B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition and was a finalist in the New Folk Competition (Kerrville Folk Festival).

With her band, Wills has played notable festivals like ACL, South by Southwest, Kerrville Folk Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, The Backyard and more. She enjoys regular airplay on college radio stations across the country and NPR affiliates in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, and she has guested on the nationally syndicated radio show "What D’ya Know."

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Hosted by Woody Russell
Soldier Songs
& Voices Workshop

FREE - Veterans & Military Personnel only.

Soldier Songs & Voices
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As local chapter of Soldier Songs & Voices, The Bugle Boy Foundation invites Veterans (anyone who served in any branch of the military at any time, including Coast Guard and Reserves) and active duty military personnel for FREE Guitar/Songwriting workshops led by professional musicians who appreciate your service to our country. All levels from beginners to experienced musicians are welcome to gather and share their music in a relaxed and informal environment that encourages free musical expression and healing experiences. Loaner guitars are available.

If you’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar or perhaps have something written that you need help setting to music, our guest instructors and core group members will be glad to help. The workshop serves as a means of creative expression.

Our monthly workshops are offered at 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77) La Grange, Texas 78945 and are hosted by professional singer-songwriters such as Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, Michael O'Connor & Susan Gibson and other visiting artists.

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"Forget genre considerations and labels. These are simply great songs. 9 out of 10 stars!" - No Depression
Vicky Emerson
Vicky Emerson
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In the middle of June 2015, Vicky stepped off the plane onto the tarmac and it was blue sky for as far as the eye could see, big blue Montana sky. Putting two feet on the ground, she took in the mountains in the distance and raised her face to the sun. Then the wind took her by surprise, whirled her hair, billowed her skirt, and threw her completely off balance. For three days that fierce wind didn’t let up until she boarded her plane home to Minneapolis.

The story of balancing a family and career is by no means a new one, but it is always an immense challenge for the person experiencing it for the first time. With her newfound perspective about letting it all go, the songs came and they came fast.

Always influenced by the work of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, Vicky also turned her ear to JD McPherson and Jason Isbell for inspiration. From there, she brought her batch of songs to longtime friend, collaborator, and acclaimed producer, Matt Patrick. Enlisting the talents of Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector), Ian Allison (Jeremy Messersmith), Jake Armerding (Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek), Aaron Fabbrini (Sarah Groves), Steve Bosmans (John Mark Nelson), the bedtracks were tracked in a live setting in three days and with Patrick’s vision, an incredible Americana album was born.

Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down was released on 1/1/2016 and continues to garner critical acclaim on a local and national basis. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “Vicky Emerson has voice like a fallen angel that's as pretty as it is strong, and now she backs it up with growing lyrical depth and richly blue Americana arrangements on her third album, "Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down." No Depression raved "From its wonderful title, understated cover, tight focus, and great songs, Vicky Emerson’s third album Wake Me When The Wind Dies Down is an all-encompassing musical experience. Forget genre considerations and labels. These are simply great songs. 9 out of 10 stars."

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"Kremer's velvety tenor breathing new life into cherished songs...evoking slow winds on sawdust dance floors." - The Austin Chronicle
Brian Kremer
Brian Kremer
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Brian Kremer is a modern day crooner-songwriter who performs jazz standards, originals, and early country songs with warmth and charm. The Austin Chronicle said of his latest release, Echoes & Twirls, that “If Cole Porter’s songwriting were any less iconic, it’d be impossible to tell where his words end and Brian Kremer’s begin” and described his voice as a “velvety tenor breathing new life into cherished songs.” The independently released album, recorded live in the studio with The Carper Family, gained him a coveted spot on the 2015 roster of Austin’s musical ambassador program, Project ATX6. The ATX6 sent Brian to Angers, France for a week of performances and to official showcases at Halifax Pop Explosion and NXNE in Toronto alongside 2015 Austin Musician Of The Year Gina Chavez and four other Austin based singer-songwriters.

Originally from Vermont, the former classical singer earned a Grammy nomination (2003 with the Dale Warland Singers) and a degree from Berklee College of Music before relocating to Austin, his home for the last dozen years. Brian only recently discovered his calling to croon from the Great American Songbook and to write songs with the masters of that classic form in mind. He’s also become involved in Austin’s theater scene as an actor, composer, and accompanist with Love Me Tinder, a musical sketch revue directed and produced by award-winning playwright Adrienne Dawes. The show featured in several 2015 festivals including Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and FronteraFest where it won Best Of Week. A full-scale one-hour production ran for six sold-out shows in February 2016 at Salvage Vanguard Theater and the show continues its success in 2016 with headlining performances at the Dallas Comedy Festival and Sketch Fest in Austin.

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"A quintet with gorgeous vocals, instrumentals, some dreads and a whole bunch of youthful energy."
- That Music Mag

The Way Down Wanderers
The Way Down Wanderers
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Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 2 years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.

Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin, met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers when Collin was 16 and Austin, 20 years old.

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CD Release Celebration
Gurf Morlix
Gurf Morlix

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Once, when asked by a promoter for a copy of his biography, Gurf Morlix responded with just two words, “legendary integrity.” He would later admit that his response was perhaps a bit pompous, “but true,” he added. “Well, half true anyway.” The story is a telling one, demonstrating not only Morlix’s directness, which is famous among his musical colleagues – or perhaps infamous, depending on who you ask – but also his dry sense of humor and no-bullshit approach to life, music, and the music business.

Had he sent the promoter a more traditional bio, it likely would have noted that Gurf was born in Lackawanna, New York (near Buffalo), saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, formed a band (in which Peter Case made his stage debut), moved to Austin to escape the cold and play music, befriended Blaze Foley and a bunch of other Austin characters, moved to Los Angeles, worked for more than a decade as Lucinda Williams’ guitarist, band-leader and backing vocalist, produced Lucinda’s acclaimed Sweet Old World and eponymous albums, famously left Lucinda, toured with Warren Zevon, moved back to Austin, produced a number of classic Americana albums you likely own if you are any kind of Americana music fan, played on many more albums you probably own if you fall into that category, got inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, received the Americana Music Association’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” award, went on to make seven critically acclaimed albums of his own, and then toured the world supporting them. He now continues to play live, produce albums for the artists that move him, and make his own albums. He even goes fishing ever once in a while.

That’s the resume, but it’s Gurf’s integrity, combined his near innate sense of music and how to make it sound not just good, but great, that have attracted so many well-respected artists to work with him over the years – folks like Ian McLagan, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, Butch Hancock, Slaid Cleaves and Ray Wylie Hubbard, just to name a few. And, oh yeah, he can make nearly any instrument with strings either sing or growl, depending on the needs of the song, like no other musician out there.

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Fri
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"One of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years." - Performing Songwriter Magazine
Pierce Pettis
Pierce Pettis

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After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.”

Pettis hit the road and became a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s. He released one independent solo album, Moments (1984) before signing with High Street Records, a division of Windham Hill. There, he released three albums: While the Serpent Lies Sleeping (1989), Tinseltown (1991), and Chase the Buffalo (1993). His relationship with Tinseltown producer Mark Heard transcended the album. After Heard’s untimely death in 1992, Pettis committed to including a song of Heard’s on every one of his own albums, a practice that continues to this day.

Pettis was a staff songwriter for PolyGram from 1993-2000 and when his High Street contract ended, Pettis signed to Compass Records where he has released Making Light of It (1996), Everything Matters (1998), State of Grace (2001), and Great Big World (2004). Pierce Pettis’ songs have been recorded by artists including Susan Ashton, Dar Williams, Garth Brooks and Art Garfunkel.

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"Solid instrumentation mixed with frenetic picking and Americana-influenced vocals create an enjoyable progressive bluegrass sound." - Bluegrass Today
Wood & Wire
Wood and Wire
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It's been 5 years since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of
Austin, TX. In that time, they've written music, recorded records, and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.
In the sometimes tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire's 'band
style' ethos are not unheard of, but certainly atypical. As are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their TX home. Tony Kamel - leader singer, guitarist, mover, shaker, and primary songwriter - brings his material to the group in a malleable form, and the results are undeniable.

”I think I'm most proud of how we've developed our sound together," says Kamel. ”It feels great to step on stage feeling like we've really found our own
style.” A culmination of very distinct musical personalities, there's one ambition they all share, “Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it's undeniable,” says Bassist Dom Fisher.

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"Real Americana with integrity & soul...
a blend that shines."

Byrd & Street
Byrd & Street

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Byrd & Street, noted for their “impeccable male/female harmony,.” and “solid first-class songwriting” have been making music together since 2001. Four-time nominees for Texas Music Awards (2009, 2012 and 2014,) three- time Kerrville Festival New Folk finalists including 2013, their songs have been recorded by other artists, including Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. Their CD’s have made the Folk DJ “Best of Year” Charts, Freeform American Roots Charts, Americana Charts and the Texas Roots Charts. Their newest release, Words and Music made #8 on the Folk DJ Charts in March 2014 and remained on the charts for 4 months. The duo is releasing their 5th CD, This Much Is True in the fall of 2017.

Before Byrd & Street, Tommy Byrd played with the Geezinslaws, sang harmony on a Willie Nelson recording, was under contract with Stax Record in Memphis and won numerous songwriting awards, including the Song of Austin. Kathy Street sang with various folk and pop groups, a sisters’ quartet and performed in musicals and cabarets. As a duo, Tommy‘s “intelligent well-executed guitar playing” and his soulful voice is a perfect and rare blend with Kathy’s sweet, ethereal harmony.

Their music has been licensed by the Austin Humane Society, Pet Connect, Austin German Shepherd Rescue, Rover to the Rescue, Heart Gallery of Central Texas, adoption agencies throughout the US, and the Redman House Foundation. In 2011, Paul Stookey, (Peter, Paul & Mary) recorded one of their songs, " Let Me Be Your Friend. " (Lemme Be Your Friend) for animal adoption.

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An original and diverse spin on old time
folk and jug band music...

Sad Daddy
Sad Daddy
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Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds -- Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group's 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group's opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey, with a follow up album in the works and a full schedule of tour dates to go with. While Sad Daddy's musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group's allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.

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Donnie Blanz hosting.
Soldier Songs
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FREE - Veterans & Military Personnel only.

Soldier Songs & Voices
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As local chapter of Soldier Songs & Voices, The Bugle Boy Foundation invites Veterans (anyone who served in any branch of the military at any time, including Coast Guard and Reserves) and active duty military personnel for FREE Guitar/Songwriting workshops led by professional musicians who appreciate your service to our country. All levels from beginners to experienced musicians are welcome to gather and share their music in a relaxed and informal environment that encourages free musical expression and healing experiences. Loaner guitars are available.

If you’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar or perhaps have something written that you need help setting to music, our guest instructors and core group members will be glad to help. The workshop serves as a means of creative expression.

Our monthly workshops are offered at 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77) La Grange, Texas 78945 and are hosted by professional singer-songwriters such as Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, Michael O'Connor & Susan Gibson and other visiting artists.

Please Click here for workshop information and full schedule.

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"Vocals blending like milk and honey, forming a sound they coin as Americana Soul." - No Depression
Freddy & Francine
Freddy & Francine
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“Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage...” or at least that’s what Frank Sinatra pointed out in that familiar standard, “Love and Marriage.” So credit Freddy & Francine for putting a new spin on that sage advice, suggesting instead, “Love and music, love and music, go together like...” (fill in your own lyric here). With due apologies to the original songwriter, that meshing of the personal and professional has always been integral to their career. Freddy & Francine, or, as they’re known to family and friends, Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso, have built a career that’s been intertwined with their feelings for both their music and each other.

The duo’s new album, aptly entitled Gung Ho, offers a celebration of sorts, one that now only finds the couple reunited after going their separate ways, but also on the verge of ascending the next plateau. Recorded -- where else -- at Gung-Ho Studio in Eugene Oregon with an all star cast of players that includes renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranci), drummer Ted Poor (Andrew Bird, Bill Frisell), guitarist Kyle Sanna (Chris Thile, Yo Yo Ma) and keyboardist Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright), it purveys a joyful, uplifting, harmony-drenched sound that reflects their commitment to Americana, and to each other. Echoes of Lone Bellow, the Civil Wars and the Swell Season are apparent in its grooves, but the inspiration, originality and enthusiasm are obviously their own.

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Grammy Nominated Blues Artist
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
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Ruthie Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, TX. Raised in a family of gospel singers, Ruthie first learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado trained on the works of powerful women such as Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, her sound grew into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel.

Ruthie has released seven albums over the past twelve years. Ruthie’s studio album releases on Blue Corn Music include Runaway Soul in 2002, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster in 2007, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009, Let It Burn in 2012 and Promise of a Brand New Day in 2014. The latter three were all nominated for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Blues Album. She has also released two live albums, Stages in 2004 and Live At Antone’s, a CD and DVD release, in 2011.

Ruthie’s career also reaches beyond her own releases and performances. She has collaborated on stage with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to The Allman Brothers to Susan Tedeschi, and has recorded tracks with Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others. Ruthie has also been featured both as an actress, with a guest appearance on NBC’s television series Revolution, and as a classical vocalist, with Austin’s prestigious vocal ensemble Conspirare. To date, Ruthie’s artistry and creative output have both been lauded with accolades on regional and national platforms. Outside of her 2010, 2012 and 2014 Grammy nominations, she earned six consecutive Blues Music Awards, plus an Austin Music Award for Best Female Vocalist and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. And those are just some highlights of her awards history.


A big THANK YOU to the Texas Commission on the Arts and the
National Endowment For The Arts
for assisting with funding for this program.



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"A raspy-voiced, Townes-versed Elvis Costello with an endearingly shaggy, loose-limbed musical swagger." - Lonestar Music
Beaver Nelson
Beaver Nelson
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Thoughtful, philosophical singer/songwriter Beaver Nelson has long sought to locate deeper truths, to shape order from the puzzles life puts forward, both past and present. He explained to Rolling Stone: "I'm pretty obsessed with the notion of time," he says. "It's the basic human problem. What time means and its effect on us and the fact that you can't own it. It's here, then it's gone—you screw up and you don't get it back." On his new album Positive, Nelson continues to reflect in a collection of songs written over the span of his career, brimming with intelligence, humor and his trademark pop hooks. Produced by his longtime cohort, Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Patty Griffin, Slaid Cleaves, Ian McLagan's Bump Band) in Marfa and Austin, there are new songs ("Positive", "It Ain't Yours") and some written as early as '94 ("Willing and Able") and '95 ("Bad Movie").

Hailed as a prodigy by Rolling Stone at the tender age of 19, Beaver has released 7 albums since then, but not before getting churned through the major label blender first. By the age of 22 he had two failed record deals and had seen enough of that world to back away. He fronted a rock band for years before returning to solo performance and focusing on songwriting in the wake of the passing of his idol, Townes Van Zandt.

Nelson began playing guitar at 14 and was introduced to Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen by two of his camp counselors. He began to write and record songs, assembling handmade cassettes to sell to friends. He began exploring the Austin open mic scene during high school, driving up from his home in Houston. The vibrant and ultra-supportive scene introduced him to Jimmy La Fave, Jo Carol Pierce and others as well as Troy Campbell and Scrappy Jud Newcomb, members of the great Austin rock band Loose Diamonds.

By the early 90s he was touring and beginning the frustrating major label period in his life, with deals that fell through and a shelved album that did not sound "grunge" enough for the A&R flacks. By the time he signed with Austin-based Freedom Records and released his debut, he had emerged as one of "the most promising writers of the entire decade," according to AllMusic.com. His music has been feted in Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Mojo and No Depression, among many others.

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Katy Guillen
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Katy Guillen & The Girls
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Katy Guillen and The Girls may have deep roots in the blues, thanks to leader Guillen’s considerable skills and long history as a blues guitarist, but this trio—Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums)—brings a wide range of talents and tastes to the band’s sound. Guillen’s searing and lively licks, William’s heavy, driving drums, and Adams’s rock-solid bass create a dense sonic background for Guillen’s honest and powerful lyrics, delivered with soul and verve and complemented by Adams’s intense harmonies.

Guillen began participating in blues jams in the Kansas City area at age 14, and within a few years she was playing as a featured guest with local blues legends and seasoned veterans like John Paul’s Flying Circus, but she and The Girls don’t stop there. Their combined experiences playing in bands with genres ranging from baroque pop to Appalachian acoustic folk to classic rock ’n roll, as well as Guillen’s education in traditional Flamenco guitar, have added depth to their musical vocabulary and allowed them to shape a sound all their own.

In the midst of a non-stop performance schedule, they released their first full-length album in September 2014. 90.9 The Bridge celebrated the release by featuring KG&G and their single “Don’t Get Bitter” in their Local 909 Series. Kansas City’s preeminent alternative weekly, The Pitch, awarded them with Best Emerging Artist at their 2014 Music Awards. Katy Guillen and the Girls plan to continue writing, performing, and touring into 2015 and beyond. Their already sizable fanbase grows with every stop they make, allowing them to spread their infectious and original mix of classic American genres from the heartland of Kansas City to music lovers around the world.

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When Texas and Canada meet, great songs happen.
Adam Carroll
& Chris Carroll

Adam Carroll
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Adam Carroll: A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs. With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as "one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape", this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others. “The core of what I do is songwriting; it's the one thing I'm passionate about. It's the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine." explains Adam.

From his studio records produced by Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines (South of Town, Lookin' Out the Screen Door, Live at Cheatham Street, Far Away Blues) through to his latest releases (Old Town Rock N Roll, Hard Times with Michael O'Connor, Live at Flipnotics), the quality of his songwriting stands out.

Chris Carroll: Chris Carroll is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. She now lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband and music partner Adam Carroll. Carroll’s music does a little bit of genre hopping, pulling in influences from all over the map, but her music is still deep within the Americana roots and has the ability to draw in an audience. Chris released her debut record, “Trouble & Time” in 2014, produced by David Beck (Sons of Fathers & Blue Healer). Susan Gibson says of Chris' work: "Her recording, Trouble & Time, has so many expressions...just like a human face. Tracks like "Mister" smirk at you while "Dreaming You Up" has a Mona Lisa smile quality to it. Each song emotes such intimate eye contact, just like her live performance, and I don't think Chris will be the first to blink."


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Sat
3 18

Door 7 PM
Show 8 PM
Close 10 PM



Tickets $ 20


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"Phil is a hipster madman Huck Finn
meets Jack Kerouac."

Phil Lee
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Before he settled in to becoming one of the best songwriters in captivity Phil Lee spent a couple of decades playing drums, driving trucks, dumping motorcycles, hauling equipment, stealing hearts, eluding the authorities and raising Cain. By the time most artists get to their third or fourth album they are down to the material that didn’t make the cut for the first two. It is no mean feat to make four albums that stand on their own each one as good as the last yet also better in some way. It’s a pretty mighty achievement. Somehow, Phil Lee, knife-thrower, raconteur, rapscallion and bon vivant and the pride of Durham, North Carolina, has pulled it off.

All this while keeping true to his unique and singular mission; to write songs that try to make sense out of this world, open some eyes, call out some fools and ring out some hard truths. Yet, admirable as such pursuits may be he’s simply being true to who he is. Phil Lee’s music will make you think and laugh and maybe shed a tear or two but it also provides hours of playtime fun because all of those things are part of the package. He couldn’t do it any other way.

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