CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
May 24th & 25th

Black Fret Award-winning vocal powerhouse!

Cari Hutson

A soulful mix of blues, rock, country, and pop grooves

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With a range of styles from soulful blues to pop and rock, Cari Hutson is a force of nature. After years of cutting her teeth as a powerful singer and gutsy performer fronting bands on Austin’s Sixth Street, she landed a role as the Queen of Rock and Roll herself in a touring production of the Broadway musical, One Night with Janis Joplin. She ended up making such an impression on Joplin’s old friend, Dave Getz, that the Big Brother and the Holding Company drummer gifted her the opportunity to record her own version of his previously unreleased Joplin co-write, “Can’t Be the Only One.” The song appeared on Hutson and her band Good Company’s 2016 album, Don’t Rain on My Sunny Day, produced  by Jeff Plankenhorn. Three years later, Hutson and her band were awarded a $20,000 grant at the annual Black Fret “Black Ball” in Austin. In 2022, she release her most ferociously assured statement to date, a five-song EP called Salvation & Soul Restoration.

Americana with a classic country voice!

Libby Koch

"She sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart." — Texas Monthly

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Houston native Libby Koch began writing songs in junior high school, but she never considered doing so professionally until she attended law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville — where she discovered she could hold her own in a city full of heavyweight talents. She still went on to find a job at a large Houston law firm,  but ultimately recognized that music was indeed her true calling and decided it was time to, as she titled her most recent studio album, Just Move On. Of course by the time she released that record in 2016, Koch had already hit her stride, having released her debut full-length, Redemption, in 2009, and two more well-received  albums in its wake — including 2014’s Tennessee Colony, which the Houston Press picked as one of the year’s 10 best albums. 2014 also found her winning “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, as well as being named a finalist in the Wildflower! Festival’s Performing Songwriter Contest. In 2019, she celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her first album by recording the live Redemption 10: Live at Blue Rock.

Award-winning soul, blues, and gospel powerhouse!

Malford Milligan & Tin Cadillac Acoustic

Eight-time winner of "Best Vocalist" at the Austin Music Awards

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Malford Milligan is an Austin-based soul, blues and gospel singer who has been compared to Otis Redding, Al Green and James Carr. He is an eight-time award-winner as “Best Vocalist” at the annual Austin Music Awards (last awarded in 2015). In 1994, he helped form and fronted the Texas supergroup, Storyville, with guitarists David Holt and David Grissom and the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. The band released three albums together, all while Milligan remained an in-demand session singer, recording and touring with artists including Doyle Bramhall II, Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Sue Foley, Eric Johnson, and the Boneshakers. Milligan also recorded two gospel albums — The Gospel According to Austin and The Gospel According to Austin, Vol. 2 — and for decades was the lead vocalist for the weekly Blue Monday nights at the legendary Austin nightclub Antone’s. He’s toured extensively internationally, too, especially throughout the Netherlands in bands with Dutch musician and producer Jack Hustinx, with whom he has recorded several projects including 2021’s I Was a Witness. Meanwhile, he’s remained a vital presence back “home” on the Austin music scene, always bringing his A-game every time he steps onstage, be it as a solo artist, band member/frontman (Big Cat, the Milligan Vaughan Project, etc.), or MVP special guest.

Texas honky-tonk with a Bakersfield kick and rock 'n' roll beat!

The Derailers

Don't miss this long-running Texas band's Bugle Boy debut!

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The Derailers were founded in 1993 in Austin by Brian Hofeldt and Tony Villanueva. Over the ensuing 30-plus years, the band has released eight studio albums, two live records, and one retrospective collection, and also been a part of numerous compilations and other recording projects. The Derailers have been featured on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the US President’s Inaugural Ball. The band performed at their friend Buck Owens’ 70th birthday party at Owens’ personal request. A Derailers song was played back to Earth from the first iPod taken into outer space by astronaut Dr. Stephen K. Robinson. They also appear as characters in two Stephen King stories. The Derailers have toured many times across the United States, Europe, and Japan, but they are always happy to return to their home stomping grounds in Texas. And though frontman, guitarist, and co-founder Hofeldt and the rest of the current lineup — Bracken Hale on bass, Basil McJagger on piano and organ, and Bill Mansell on drums — are most accustomed to playing dancehalls, rocking barrooms, and festival stages, they are more than up to the task of bringing their irresistible brand of Bakersfield-style Texas honky-tonk and Beatlesque country into the intimate listening room setting of the Bugle Boy. As for whether or not Derailers fans in the audience will be up to the challenge of dancing while sitting, well … we’ll just have to see!

Two widely acclaimed singer-songwriters on one stage!

Grace Pettis & Robby Hecht

“Grace has a melodic way of writing that not only stays in your head but reads what's sitting in your soul. She writes what I always wanted to say.” – Ruthie Foster

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Grace Pettis is no stranger to the Bugle Boy stage, having performed at our listening room several times over the years, both solo and as part of the folk-pop trio Nobody’s Girl (with BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe). But this time around she comes bearing both a brand new album — Down to the Letter, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2021’s Working Woman — and an equally accomplished kindred spirit, fellow Nashville resident and touring troubadour Robby Hecht. With a remarkable blend of insightful lyricism, memorable melodies, and a voice that carries both strength and tenderness, Hecht has been captivating audiences for over two decades. His own latest album, Not a Number (released in April), is a powerful reflection on the evocative and turbulent journey of the past few years, weaving together themes of divorce, emotional recovery, nostalgia, the unity of humanity, and the profound significance of individual experiences.

Progressive country, folk & more from founding member of Austin's legendary Lost Gonzo Band!

Bob Livingston

"He’s cerebral and a little bit feral, evoking the kind of characters you’d spot shuffling through the Louvre in snakeskin boots or reciting lines from Kafka to a redbone coonhound.” — Cowboys and Indians Magazine

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Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life — even though he’s spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful and rambunctious musicians in Texas. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, Livingston toured and recorded with such legends as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more, playing an integral role in helping to create the music that first earned Austin the designation of “Live Music Capital of the World.” Traveling since the ’80s as a Music Ambassador for the US State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Africa, Vietnam and the Middle East, demonstrating  the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world. These tours earned him the honor of being appointed “Ambassador of Goodwill,” by the State of Texas and “Austin’s International Music Ambassador,” by the City of Austin. His 2004 album, Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull, was a spirited romp through juxtapositions of East and West, and subsequent releases Gypsy Alibi (2011) and Up the Flatland Stairs (2018) and musical adventures have found him continuing to chart new musical directions, proving that for true Cosmic Cowboys and restless Gonzos, progressive country has no limits.

“Bob Livingston helped define Austin’s progressive country sound in the Seventies, but the Lost Gonzo Band co-founder has done his best work this century.” — Austin Chronicle

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

Rocking Americana with three dynamic singer-songwriters!

Madam Radar

Two-time two-time Sonic Guild (formerly Black Fret) Grant winners!

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Madam Radar is an Americana rock band that punches hard with their explosive harmonies, soaring guitar solos, and eclectic original tunes. Based in Austin, the group is a tangled web of family and friends: Jace Cadle (rhythm guitar/vocals) is married to Kelly Green (lead guitar/vocals), who is the sister of Kody Lee (drums/vocals), who is engaged to Violet Lea (bass/vocals). Fronted by the trio of Kelly, Violet, and Jace, Madam Radar is a revolving door of high-energy singer-songwriters, each with their own perspective and style that magically overlap like the layers of a kaleidoscope. With all four members providing harmonies, the result is a wall of colorful sound that changes shape, demanding your undivided attention. The band released their first two albums, 2016’s Songs in the Key of Pain and 2017’s Welcome Home, under their original name, the Texas KGB, but officially announced their new Madam Radar handle after being awarded their second Black Fret grant in December 2019. Their third album, Madam Radar, was released in 2020, followed two years later by SPEAKS — featuring the single “Hands,” which Kevin Connor of Sun Radio called “The best song to come out of Austin in 2022.” Their latest single, the new wave-inspired pop-rocker “Hole in My Head,” was released last August. 

Beloved Texas-Canadian Songwriting Couple

Adam & Chris Carroll

"Adam Carroll may be the best songwriter that Texas ever produced." — Jon Dee Graham

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Want to hear a good story? Listen to any Adam Carroll song. His Texas peers sure have, over and over again, and are quick to heap superlatives on a stoic artist whose compositions provide a solitary glimpse into a verdant imagination. “His lyrics are like a good book,” says Terri Hendrix. “They take you somewhere and leave you better than they found you.” Slaid Cleaves calls Carroll “the quintessential small-town songwriter,” and Jon Dee Graham says Carroll “may be the best songwriter that Texas ever produced.” That’s some heady praise for a humble guy from Tyler to live up to — even a guy who’s already been honored with his own tribute album; but if any of that’s ever gone to his head, you sure wouldn’t know it from his down-to-earth, self-effacing stage presence and the way he just keeps on writing the kind of brilliantly crafted songs that leave audiences smiling and even the best of his fellow troubadours stumped as to how he does it. You’ll find no bigger Adam fan though than the one who leaves him smiling in awe, night after night: his Canadian-born wife, Chris Carroll, a gifted singer and songwriter in her own right that he met a decade ago when playing a festival in her hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. In 2019, the same year that Adam released his most recent solo album, I Walked in Them Shoes, the couple released their first duo album, the excellent Good Farmer. It’s the perfect snapshot of how well they complement each other, both in life and onstage. “As a vocalist, she has the capacity to add just the right mixture of dark and light shades to whatever the canvas of words and music call for in any given song,” Adam says of Chris. “As a writer, she’s sensitive to the story in a song, and she’s not afraid to follow the poetry wherever it is meant to go. I can say that I’m a better musician and writer for having shared the stage with her, and a better person for having married her. She’s a treasure.”

Americana from the Badlands of West Texas!

West Texas Exiles

Featuring the Dirty River Boys' Marco Gutierrez + Colin Gilmore and Daniel Davis

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There’s Texas, and then there’s West Texas. You can leave it behind, but you can’t let it go — and nobody knows that better than the five young artists united under the banner of Austin’s West Texas Exiles. Although the band didn’t officially form until early 2022, its members are hardly newbies. Lubbock native Colin Gilmore and Amarillo’s Daniel Davis are both veteran solo artists, while Marco Gutierrez hails from El Paso’s Dirty River Boys. Together with bassist/producer Eric Harrison and drummer Trinidad Leal (Dirty River Boys, Dixie Witch, Grady, and Honky), they pool their shared influences (from fellow West Texans like Buddy Holly and the Flatlanders to Jason Isbell) to reinvigorate the the Texas music scene with a modern interpretation of the Lone Star vernacular. Grounded in rhythmic and lyrical honesty, the Exile sound is the vastness of the West Texas sky and the energy of a world where nothing stands still for long. Their debut EP, simply titled Volume 1 and released in February, evokes the ghosts of southwestern Americana at its snake-bit best while pointing the way to brand new horizons.

Award-winning Americana/folk rock legend!

Shake Russell

"Shake’s music walks right up to you, says howdy and gives you a big hug. His tunes make you happy or sad or thoughtful, but above all - they make you feel." — Bruce Bryant, Anderson Fair

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For more than 50 years, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region and all over the United States with his unique Americana style of folk rock. Weaving sophisticated harmonies through his songs and drawing from various genres, he’s created a style of folk-rock that is uniquely his own. His songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with artists as varied as Ricky Skaggs, Waylon Jennings, Clint Black, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Miranda Lambert all having recorded his songs. Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI Millionaire Award and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writers Award, and has also been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Music Association and been inducted into the Austin Songwriters Association’s “Music Legends Hall of Fame.”

CLOSED INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND
July 5th & 6th

Empowering and deeply emotional songwriting rooted in folk, rock, country and traditional Mexican music

Lisa Morales

Duo performance

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Lisa Morales’ credentials on the Texas songwriter scene were established long before the release of her debut solo album, My Beautiful Mistake, in 2011. In addition to performing and recording for nearly two decades part of the acclaimed San Antonio-based sibling duo Sisters Morales (with her beloved sister, Roberta, who passed away from cancer in August 2021), Lisa also produced Flowers & Liquor, the 2002 debut album by Americana music favorite Hayes Carll. But it was My Beautiful Mistake (hailed by Lone Star Music Magazine as “an absolutely flat-out devastating and stunning work of art”) and it’s equally luminous follow-up, 2018’s Luna Negra & the Daughter of the Sun, that marked the Tucson, Arizona-native’s true arrival as a creative force to be reckoned with and, according to Rolling Stone, “one of the most multifaceted artists to watch in 2018.” On her third album, 2022’s She Ought to Be King, Morales once again affirmed her world-class stature with a distinctive perspective and a remarkable capacity for looking both inward and outward. “I’ve been looking at how strong we women are,” she says “We keep evolving and gaining more confidence with time. We don’t sink into our own shoes — we stand taller in them.” Morales recently finished recording a brand new album; whether or not she’ll decide to break out any of those new songs when she returns to the Bugle Boy for this show remains to be seen, but rest assured she’ll be packing beautiful melodies in spades.

Gritty and poetic blue collar Americana

Rod Picott

“Songs like Raymond Carver short stories ...” – Houston Chronicle  

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Born in New Hampshire, raised in Maine and now based in Nashville, Rod Picott is a former construction worker who traded his hammer for a guitar and never looked back. He has released more than a dozen albums over the last 20 years, and has also written two poetry collections, God In His Slippers and Murmuration, and a book of short stories, Out Past the Wires. Picott’s songs have been placed in television and film projects including the FX series Justified, the Michael Douglas film Solitary Man, and the PBS documentary Circus. He has toured as the opening act for Alison Krauss & Union Station and shared a win for Song of the Year at the Austin Music Awards for “Broke Down,” co-written with fellow Maine transplant Slaid Cleaves. The two songwriters have been friends since their teens, when they played together in their first band, the Magic Rats. Picott’s most recent projects include a limited edition double CD titled Wood, Steal Dust & Dreams, featuring newly recorded versions of 23 songs he and Cleaves co-wrote together over the last 30 years, 2022’s Paper Hearts & Broken Arrows, and this year’s Starlight Tour. In a review for No Depression, writer Lyndon Bolton hailed Starlight Tour as “raw and totally absorbing,” adding, “Rod Picott has bared his soul to such an extent he rates this one of the best albums he’s ever made. It’s hard to disagree.”

Rockin' Gulf Coast funky blues!

Hamilton Loomis

"One of the most highly engaging performers you are ever likely to hear, meet or see.” — FabricationsHQ, Scotland

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Born and raised in Galveston, Hamilton Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar, and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group. “My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life,” he says. “I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.” At age 16, he met one of his biggest musical heroes, Bo Diddley, backstage at Houston’s famed Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays. Loomis has paid that mentorship forward throughout his own career, perhaps most notably on his 2017 album, Basics, which featured several of his own protégées and closed with a jam session by some of his favorite Houston-area youngsters, ranging in age from 12 to 16. He’s long been just as generous with his live audiences, too: Described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power,” Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with-the-crowd antics are as unforgettable as his musicianship. “I feel joy when I play music and it literally moves me,” he says. “It moves my body. I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know what’s going on inside of themselves. I enjoy engaging the crowd and feel a show should be an interactive experience.” 

"Classify him as a blues guitarist with an appetite for rock or a rock and roll maestro with a sweet tooth for the blues ... Loomis lives in both worlds comfortably, crossing stylistic boundaries with effortless precision." — No Depression

Americana "Soul & Roll"

Taylor Rae

"A singer fully in command of her vocal gifts and a songwriter who enfolds her lyric sensibility in haunting musical sketches." — No Depression

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Although now based in Austin, singer-songwriter Taylor Rae was born in Santa Cruz, California and raised in the quaint town of Ben Lomond, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains. She sang her first song at the age of 2, a cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” and began to write her own music at 8. By the time she was 10, she had filled countless notebooks with her original lyrics. Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown, as well as the music of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Simon & Garfunkel and Steely Dan, she taught herself guitar at 12 and by the time she was 15, she was playing her first paid gig. The next decade of her life saw her wandering around the U.S., exploring the many forms of Americana, folk, jazz and blues and the changing attitudes of the world. Her debut album, 2021’s Mad Twenties, features a dozen originals spanning acoustic folk to Led Zeppelin-tinged rock and roadhouse blues, with some Jazz and psychedelic influences thrown in for good measure. “Taylor Rae’s edgy vocals slide easily from tender to tough, from a gentle whisper on folk ballads to soaring shouts on the blues and blues-rock striders,” enthused No Depression. The single “Home on the Road” remained in the Top 10 of the Americana Music Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks and the album remained in the Top 50 for 31 consecutive weeks. Since the album’s released she has toured heavily nationwide, making a slew of podcast, radio, and television appearances, playing festivals such as MerleFest, AmericanaFest, DelFest, and Rochester Jazz Festival, and sharing the stage with artists like Sierra Hull, the Head and the Heart, and Brandy Clark.

Texas troubadour with the heart of a Honky-Tonk Hero

Dallas Burrow

"One of Texas' most compelling young artists." — Doug Freeman, Austin Chronicle

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If acting had been his calling rather than music, it’s not hard to imagine Dallas Burrow being a lead on Yellowstone or even landing a plumb gig as the big screen’s next Superman. But to hear the native Texan sing in that gravelly baritone voice of his that could have held its own in a round with Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash — and what’s more, to hear him singing the kind of quality originals that reveal both a keen study of his home state’s greatest songwriting heroes and the kind of honest integrity that only comes from hard-earned, first-hand experience — and it’s clear that this man was born to be a honky-tonk poet troubadour. But after spending his twenties touring relentlessly, building a career on both sides of the Atlantic supporting his 2019 debut, Southern Wind, Burrow began missing the stability of life back in his native New Braunfels. Rather than pack away his guitar for good, though, he just refocused his muse and craft on matters closer to hearth, home, and heart. His second album, 2021’s Dallas Burrow — produced by modern-day Texas legend Bruce Robison — marked both a symbolic and literal homecoming, with songs about embracing maturity, newfound sobriety, and the responsibilities of family life. Those themes carry over onto his third album, Blood Brothers, which he recorded with Jonathan Tyler. “On this record, I wanted to tell the story of my musical roots, starting with my dad and his influence as a songwriter and the artists he raised me on: Townes, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Willis Alan Ramsey,” he explains. “I also wanted to tell the story of my own personal journey and reframe for myself what it means to be a singer-songwriter.”

Award-winning country songwriter turned soulful roots music troubadour

Chuck Cannon

Writer/co-writer of No. 1 hits including "I Love the Way You Love Me," "How Do You Like Me Now?," and "American Soldier"

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Greenville, South Carolina native Chuck Cannon moved to Nashville in 1984, signed his first publishing deal four years later, and five years after that had his first No. 1 chart topper under his belt — and an Academy of Country Music “Song of the Year” award, to boot. The song was “I Love the Way You Love Me,” co-written with Victoria Shaw and fortuitously recorded by John Michael Montgomery on his 1992 debut album. After that, the Cannon-penned hits kept coming, including several of country superstar Toby Keith’s best-known anthems (“Me Too,” “How Do You Like Me Now?,” and “American Soldier”) and other songs recorded by Wynonna Judd, Lonestar, and Cannon’s own beloved wife, singer-songwriter Lari White (who passed away from cancer in 2018). But although his songs as recorded by other artists racked up more than 25 million plays at radio, by Cannon’s own admission it wasn’t until he “started making up songs for myself” that he really started to hit his true artistic stride, eschewing the mainstream in favor of the more roots-music path of an independent troubadour raised on classic country, rhythm ’n’ blues, rock ’n’ roll, and gospel. He released his first album, Mailbox Money, in 1999, followed by God Shaped Hole in 2006, Love and Money in 2008, Symphony of Scars in 2012, and most recently, Machine in 2018.  

A joyous mix of Latin, rock, and world music!

Del Castillo Trio

"Infectious Latin rhythms with mind-boggling solos." — Guitar Player Magazine

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Del Castillo is a cross-cultural power uniting music lovers of all ages, creeds and colors. Their original music blends rock, Latin, blues, and world music into a cinematic celebration of sound that lifts your soul. It started with the Del Castillo brothers collaborating with friends on a recording that was initially intended as a gift to their family members for the holiday season — but the magic was so undeniable that what was originally intended to be a one-off affair ended up launching one of the most exciting bands to come out of Texas in decades. They’ve since amassed 18 awards including two Austin Music Awards wins for “Album of the Year,” SXSW’s “Band of the Year” (2003) and ASCAP’s “Best Independent Group of the Year” (2005), and had their music featured in such films as Robert Rodriguez’ Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill II. As a full band, they can whip a packed club or festival crowd into a joyous frenzy — and that energy comes across just as powerfully when the group is pared down to a lean-and-mean trio of the two Del Castillo brothers and Ruiz, an ultra-charismatic frontman who could give the dynamic likes of Bono or Mick Jagger a run for their rock superstar money even when seated in front of a listening room crowd. The Del Castillo Trio made such an amazing first impression with their Bugle Boy debut in the summer of 2022 that we couldn’t wait to bring them back just three months later. Now coming back for their fourth time, Mark and Rick Del Castillo and Alex Ruiz are pretty much officially part of the Bugle Boy family!

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

Indie rock, pop, and folk with classical influences

Amy Atchley

"Her songs rumbles with emotion." — New York Times

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Austin-based singer-songwriter Amy Atchley was born and raised in the Houston/Galveston, area but spent years honing her skills in the Big Apple at legendary venues like CBGB’s Gallery, the Bitter End, and the Living Room. A graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Music, Atchley draws upon a number of influences ranging from classical musings of Elly Ameling to the raw-edged provocation of PJ Harvey. Her fifth album, last year’s Sometimes a Woman is King, was recorded in the Hill Country with producer Robert Harrison of Austin’s Cotton Mather. The songs were written on piano and/or guitar, which serve as the record’s backbone to support Atchley’s signature ethereal and incandescent vocals, giving the music a moody, yet irresistible vibe.