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  • JULY 28 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree. The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.
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  • AUGUST 04 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Helene Cronin is a singer/songwriter who splits her time between Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN. Her musical style crushes barriers between Americana/Folk and Country. She just calls her genre that of an "honest, acoustic, singer/songwriter". While her style has been compared to writer/artists such as Lori McKenna and Rodney Crowell, and songwriters such as Don Schlitz, her sound is uniquely her own. Helene hosts shows at the famous Bluebird Cafe and performs for coffeehouses, concerts and songwriter events in Texas and Tennessee. Audiences are drawn in by her intimate, personal performances, sly humor and subtle storytelling. She recently received a standing ovation for her opening performance for Kathy Mattea. Her most well-known work is the song Lucky Me which is based on a conversation with a soldier at the airport.
  • Scott Sean White is a Texas born and raised, award-winning singer/songwriter who engages the audience with his unique style and delivery of all acoustic original country songs. A former staff-songwriter, he travels back and forth to Nashville once or twice a month for the last 12+ years to write songs with some of Nashville’s most talented writers and artists. Gary Chapman recently recorded three of Scott’s songs for his latest album and a brand new artist on Big Machine Records just recorded another one of Scott’s songs. From fun songs to heartfelt songs to story songs - you are sure to be entertained by this Kerrville native and lifelong writer/singer/musician! Scott Sean White and Helene often perform "in the round" together as part of songwriter shows in the Dallas and in Nashville areas. They met in 2010 when Helene entered a songwriting contest that Scott organized. They have since become good friends and frequent co-writers. Individually, they are both pursuing songwriting careers in Nashville. Together on stage, their concerts are warm, intimate, fun gatherings where heartfelt, meaningful songs take the spotlight and where the audience is moved to laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time!
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  • AUGUST 11 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the wine-dark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you? Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.
  • Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood. The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father is Pierce Pettis, and both of her brothers Rayvon and George (100 Watt Horse) are songwriters and musicians.
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  • AUGUST 18 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Originally from South Carolina, Brian Ashley Jones is a versatile guitarist, actor, singer and songwriter whose music has found its way into film, television and radio along with haven been recorded by other performing artists. Brian is now a long time resident of East Nashville, Tennessee performing at internationally at festivals, concert series, clubs, music education programs and music conferences. Jones’ guitar chops and relentless touring earned him a nomination for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Root’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. Brian has accompanied a diverse batch of artists on stage and in the recording studio. As well, his music has reached the Top 40 Roots Music Report, in the Top 100 of the Americana Music album chart, featured in a PBS series and internationally for TV. As Brian sums it up, “"Music is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I can't imagine doing anything else. And most every other songwriter or musician I know who's done it this long pretty much has the same attitude... We just all feel compelled to do it, even when it defies logic.”
  • Award winning Austin singer/ songwriter Suzanna Choffel brings her new album, Hello Goodbye, to Uncle Calvins tonight. This award winning performer with her voice described as “resonant and warm—powerful even as it pleads” leaving you with the her bluesy with hints of reggae and pop influences as you listen to her music.
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  • AUGUST 25 2017 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Russell said that since Hearne moved back to Texas “about three or four years ago, we have been doing shows together, as a trio. It was a natural evolution. We were playing together (still) up there in New Mexico and we’d do the same thing in Texas." And that was before they made it official. And their co-writing became more frequent, since Russell is also a Texas Hill Country dweller now. “It makes it really nice. It’s harder to do long distance.” The one thing they have in common, music-wise, is that they are both old-school. Russell is old-school Texas Progressive Country, having played with the lines of John VanDiver and Steven Fromholz “and those boys. I’m kind of carrying the torch now. Russell commented, “We are from the same school of music, even though I am a little older than he is. We all know the same songwriters and are inspired by the same ones.” And it was Shake who spoke of the differences. “He has that Southwest influence, probably from Michael Martin Murphey and having been with Bill and Bonnie Hearne, a lot of unplugged New Mexico. And I have the Americana/Texas sound. So, when Michael and I get together, I can smooth out his edges and he smooths out my grit a little.” And they both just naturally like to write songs, and enjoy being on stage together.
  • A life full of human experience, reading, global travel, and the ‘on the road’ explorations of a performer have enhanced Jordi Baizan’s skill as an honest musical storyteller. Jordi was recently recognized by two prestigious Texas songwriting competitions, the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition (Regional Finalist) and the Songwriter Serenade Competition (Semifinalist).
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  • SEPTEMBER 15 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016). Fluke, FLA's psuedo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical.
  • Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours.
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  • SEPTEMBER 22 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Stephen Inglis is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann. Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slacking on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric; and a new one, Learning You By Heart, has just been released in the Spring of 2015. Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Stephen keeps expanding his musical range. And he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.
  • Michael Braunfeld is, first and foremost, a storyteller. His songs capture the everyday triumphs and struggles of ordinary people. His characters – though trapped in the particular circumstances of their own lives – appeal to a universal audience. From sold out listening rooms to festivals, Michael is delighting old fans and winning over new audiences at every stop.
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The Purple Hulls
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Helene Cronin
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Son of Town Hall
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Brian Ashley Jones
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David Roth
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Terri with Lloyd Maines Hendrix
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Ronny Cox
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Mike Aiken
[Opening] Isaac Hoskins*
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Jim Malcolm
[Opening] Allison Johnson & Jaycie Skidmore
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Pierce Pettis
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Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. In addition to the music, we offer fine coffees, teas, juices, desserts, and salty snacks. Find out more about us here.

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