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  • JUNE 12 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man” luckily found his rightful calling — narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.
  • While being Cajun will always be at the core of his being, Ganey Arsement views it as a positive that his life has been influenced by many different types of music. Born in Lake Charles, LA, Ganey grew up 80 miles from the heart of Cajun land, Lafayette, LA.
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  • JUNE 19 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • A Combo Plate three-course special!
    Tonight we feature three terrific artists from Laura Thomas' Combo Plate Booking agency. Laura is one of our favorite people to work with, and we're honored to showcase her artists.
  • Upon arriving in Austin, TX in 1990 from New York City, Michael Fracasso was promptly voted Best New Artist in Music City Texas ‘Insiders’ poll and was able to record his first CD, Love & Trust which features a duet with Lucinda Williams. He has made two albums with producer/ guitarist Charlie Sexton (World in a Drop of Water and Back to Oklahoma) and also collaborated with Charlie to write and record the music for the movie Monster Hunter. He was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement in 2011 and was on the “Best of 2011” list for several publications including Third Coast Music, San Antonio Express News and Austin Chronicle.
  • This summer marks the release of Austin songwriter Beaver Nelson's 7th and most adventurous recording yet, Macro/Micro. Macro/Micro is a flowing –jarring album with one song melting into the next, yet with each song holding its own distinctive tone. Macro/Micro is the first album self-produced by Beaver. Working with known commodities Scrappy Jud Newcomb (guitar), Mark Patterson (drums and percussion), Stephen Belans (drums and percussion), Matt Eskey (bass), Nick Connolly (keys), and John Harvey and Mary Podio (Top Hat Studio), helped Nelson take things in this new direction.
  • Though Curtis McMurtry is only 24 years of age, many of the characters in his songs seem to have given up on life decades ago. His debut solo album Respectable Enemy chronicles the narrations of unapologetically bitter individuals still haunted by the ghosts of lovers and friends they have long since driven away. Few other songwriters inhabit such lonely, spiteful people with such conviction. From the doomed narrator of "Foxhole" to the resigned nostalgia of "Eleanor's House" Curtis writes to break your heart into sharp, jagged pieces.
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  • JUNE 26 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. Mostly, she toured. Every other minute, she was flying to visit best friends in rehab, driving for days with friends whose family lives were crumbling, visiting mental hospitals, going to houses and cleaning kitchens and bathrooms when friends had no will left to do it themselves. And perhaps she did exactly what she needed to do: she wrote dozens of songs – capturing those seemingly endless moments of grief, loneliness, and loss, and those fleeting moments of joy and love – and she recorded twelve of those songs on her new album When We’re Gone.
  • When she turned 18, Amelia White left home. From that moment on, White began a journey that redefined what home and family meant to her, and this journey deeply infuses her tough, thoughtful new album Old Postcard. There’s grit to the record, not just in some of the louder guitars or the world-weariness of lyrics, but also in the way the East Nashville-based singer and songwriter finds hope despite life’s travails and shortcomings.
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  • JULY 10 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • For more than four decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P Nunn. Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award.
  • How do you say "Acoustic Southwestern Americana Musical Guitar Genius" in just two words? Michael Hearne, that's how. Since the 1970s, this native Dallas Texan has strolled down a musical path inspired by the great folk and country singer-songwriters who typify and have characterized the Americana "roots" scene. Even minus the undeniable influence of the musical giants he admires and respects to this day, Michael simply had no choice when it came to deciding to be who he is. Michael continues to leave an indelible mark on his audiences not only with his signature guitar sound, but also with songs and stories that are rich in lyrical prose, imagery and humor.
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  • JULY 17 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jimmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn’t long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and the switch to singer–songwriter was in progress. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Although he has lived in Austin for over 20 years, many people think of him as being from Oklahoma, because of his strong musical ties to the state and what he often refers to as its “red dirt music.” It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie.
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Ray Bonneville
[Opening] Ganey Arsement
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A Combo Plate three-course special!
Michael Fracasso | Beaver Nelson | Curtis McMurtry
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BettySoo
[Opening] Amelia White
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Shake Russell | Michael Hearne
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Jimmy LaFave
[Opening] TBA
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George Ensle
Tom Faulkner
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New Discovery Showcase
Chet O'Keefe
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Emily Elbert
[Opening] Roland Elbert
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Jed Marum
Frank Martin Gilligan
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Julie Bonk
Robert & Sarah Aberg
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Lisa Markley
[Opening] Alan Gann
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Amy Speace
[Opening] Connor Garvey
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Trout Fishing In America
[Opening] Dana & the Glorious Birds
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A Muscle Shoals Music Review
Amy Black
Wendy Colonna
Tickets on sale 7/29
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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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