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  • JULY 27 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Looking at the career and achievements of Gary Nicholson, it’s a wonder the man has ever gotten a full night’s sleep. The word “prolific” seems paltry when considering his talents and scope. Nicholson’s songwriting and co-writing credits alone include more than 600 compositions recorded by greats across a wealth of genres, and a short list of recent cuts includes: “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a heartbreaking tribute to Merle Haggard that closes Willie Nelson’s new LP God’s Problem Child; the title track of the new Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’ collaborative album Don’t Leave Me Here; and the title cut on Give More Love by Ringo Starr, with whom Nicholson has been collaborating periodically since 2003. Nicholson’s all-encompassing lifelong love for and pursuit of music has taken many forms and led him many places. But if you ask him what he enjoys most among the host of things he does, his response is a quick one. “Bottom line: I’m a songwriter,” he says. “That’s what is sometimes so surreal for me, working with people I have idolized or listened to much of my life. And now you’re working or writing with them and exchanging ideas, and they turn out to be just wonderful, and so willing to listen to what you have to say. Songwriting is really a cooperative venture, anyhow. The worst mistake you can ever make is to think that you’ve got everything perfectly written, and that there’s nothing that can improve it. There have been so many times when I have a song and then someone will get it and just tweak a line, or change a phrase, or approach the melody a little differently, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I didn’t even think of that.’ ” That modesty might belie Nicholson’s prodigious talent, but the formula is clearly working.
  • Chip Roop is an acoustic pop/rock musician who recently relocated from South Florida to Keller, TX. With his passion for stripped arrangements that focus on vocals, acoustic guitars, a well crafted song, as well high energy acoustic live performances
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  • AUGUST 03 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Beat Root Revival are a multi-instrumentalist roots duo, combining elements of Folk, Blues, Country and Rock n Roll to create a foot stomping, melodic sound, made up of power house harmonic vocalists Andrea Magee and Ben Jones. Originally from England and Ireland, Ben Jones and Andrea Magee came to the USA 3 years ago like their ancestors before them, looking for a new life and to share their music far and wide. With just a Guitar, a Bodhran and a hunger in their harmonies and songs, Austin, Texas became their adopted home and they have developed an ever growing fan base gigging regularly while writing prolifically. In 3 years they have recorded 3 albums, been on national tours with Jonathan Jackson from ABC’s Nashville and the Grammy award winning Brian Wilson and the Grammy award winning Brian Setzer for his most recent Christmas Rocks tour. They are currently working on their fourth album and they are very excited for what the next year has in store!
  • Emily Herring simply sings purest country music. Gliding, her fourth record, produced by legendary instrumentalist Steve Fishell and released Oct. 2017 by Austin-based Eight 30 Records, delivers all raw emotion with a voice branded at birth for honkytonks. As Emily says, “Gliding's a movement with a certain stillness attached,” the You're at the mercy of the wind along with the extreme force of gravity. The title track leads you off the ledge and into a moment where time stands still, your thoughts slowly moving through what could have been with only the implication of the inevitable.” She loves floating through Western swing, gypsy jazz and traditional country influences to combine into her own signature sound. Her soaring vocals set her apart from the rest. She pulls no punches. Her hard-hitting-no-frills crooning is sung with a distinctive twang that pays dividends: Fresh off the heels of her Swedish tour and a residency at McMenamin's Crystal Hotel in Portland, Emily received a 2015 Ameripolitan Award Nomination for her CD Your Mistake. The album also won her the Carl T. Sprague Award from the Texas Music Awards, an honor she shares with only one other recipient, Michael Martin Murphey.
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  • AUGUST 10 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • The husband-and- wife duo of Hilary Claire and Stuart Adamson—better known as The Flyin’ A’s—are on the cusp of releasing their third independent album, You Drive Me Crazy. As a top-shelf complement to the pair’s engaging, fun, contagiously enjoyable live shows, You Drive Me Crazy is right on the money. The album has received critical acclaim and play around the world, making it on the first round Grammy ballot for "Best Americana Album". Their latest recording project, You Drive Me Crazy, is a collection of diverse, heartfelt songs that borrows from Americana, folk, country and Texas music influences. As their profile has grown following their 2011 album ’Til They Shut It Down, The Oakland A’s baseball team attempted to dispute the spirited duo over the “A’s” in their band name . In true Flyin’ A’s style, refusing to give up a name based on their family roots, The Flyin’ A’s stayed strong through the legal battle. Against all odds, winning the right to stay true to their convictions, they are proud to say they fought the good fight against “the big dogs” and won. It all began after their meeting in 2003 at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Stuart enlisted Hilary to serve as a backup singer for his own band. But as her vocal prowess sharpened and grew, she found herself being pressed more and more towards center stage until a true collaboration emerged.
  • Emmeline think that music is meant to be shared, and the fact that she gets to share hers with you is one of the coolest things in the world. Dallas area native songwriter opens the show tonight.
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  • AUGUST 24 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • In her short career, Alabama songwriter Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including Kerrville New Folk Contest and NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where she also took “best song” honors. Grace’s songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including former State Musician of Texas Sara Hickman and three-time Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster. Ruthie Foster covered two of Grace’s songs on her spring 2017 release, "Joy Comes Back." Pettis is currently planning the release of her third studio album, "A Little Noise," produced by Dan Barrett. She plays regularly with her band in Austin (Calloway Ritch on lead guitar, Kurt Rivett on bass, and Ryan Neubauer on drums) when she's not on the road. She may also tell you a little about her two brother's and her father's prowess in this same world of song writing.
  • Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician and blogger from Dallas, Texas. He's been a finalist at the South Florida Folk Festival Competition, and the 5th Street Festival. He was a semi-finalist at the Wildflower Festival competition.
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  • SEPTEMBER 07 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of “the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred”. His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn "the most quintessential folk singer in my life". Over three and a half decades, John Flynn’s music has carried him from Jersey shore bars to Nashville’s Music Row; from home plate performances in major league ballparks to concerts in maximum-security prisons; from star-studded benefit shows at Tipitina’s in New Orleans to awareness-building appearances at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and the Dover Air Force Base. Along the way Flynn has continued to make new friends and fans as he has given of his defiantly unguarded heart and optimistic spirit from large and small stages, living rooms, pulpits and schools across this country. The father of four spurned touring when his kids were young, but, as the children grew older, superlatives began to welcome their dad's arrival to the national stage. -- Photo by Jane Twohey
  • Josh White, Jr., became, a 'hit' literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father JOSH WHITE one night at New York's famed "Café Society" night club (America's first integrated nightclub). For the next five years, Josh, Jr. performed with his father from New York to Boston to Philadelphia. In 1949, Josh, Jr. landed his first role on Broadway, and as Josh says, "It was type casting..." he played his father's son in How Long Til Summer? with Dorothy Gish and Don Hanmer. While continuing a solo acting career, Josh went on to perform and record with his father for the next seventeen years on radio, television, Broadway, concert halls and nightclubs around the world. As a concert artist, Josh, Jr. has performed on the world's greatest stages of four continents, including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Odeon Hammersmith Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Madison Square Garden to name a few.
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  • SEPTEMBER 14 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • In Austin, Texas—a town overflowing with gifted singer/songwriters and guitar players—Christine Albert & Chris Gage have a long track record of making beautiful music together, although both musicians' individual pedigrees are far more extensive. Over the course of six duet albums, the duo has demonstrated that disparate backgrounds do not preclude musical soul mates from finding one another. Chris maintains a busy studio schedule and over the years they have expanded MoonHouse Records with Gage productions by Cowboy Johnson, Michael Austin and Abi Tapia. Christine's latest release, "Everything's Beautiful Now" is an exploration into the richness of loss, and has been well received by critics and fans alike. Everything's Beautiful Now were the last words spoken to Christine by her mother-in-law Darleen as she was making the final move towards the other side. Christine Albert's French grandmother lived in Paris and her mother was born in Switzerland, so perhaps it's inevitable that the occasional Edith Piaf song migrates into her sets of original material and carefully chosen covers. The duo’s most recent CD, Dakota Lullaby (2009), features twelve songs by an unheralded songwriter from South Dakota – Tom Peterson. FAME described it as “a pure, unadulterated labor of love…Albert & Gage, obviously on the same page at all times, blend voices effortlessly, fluctuating between smooth country and western swing like they were born to it. Beneath those voices Gage placed a bang-up group of sidemen most musicians would kill for and handled production like the pro he has become.”
  • Denton, Texas' singer songwriter Isaac Hoskins has been a Kerrville New Folk finalist, and we have enjoyed all the songs we have heard in his other appearances on our stage.
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  • SEPTEMBER 21 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. Their Americana-roots sound has been winning them fans across the Midwest. Recent highlights: they sang the National Anthem at Target Field before a Minnesota Twins game, Opened for Bill Staines, Flatt Lonesome (IBMA 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year), Layla McCalla, David Grier, and John Hiatt, played New York Mills Cultural Center, Harmony for Mayo Music Series in Rochester, MN, Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and the Big Top Chautauqua, among many other great venues. Boyd, former frontman for the national touring band, the Gooneybirds, is an award-winning songwriter (2012 Big Top Chautauqua – second place; 2014 River Falls Roots & Bluegrass – first place, Upper Midwest Songwriter of the Year.)
  • This will be Annie Benjamin's seventh solo appearance on our stage, with her music being described as a lot like the weather in Texas…. unpredictable and constantly changing. She started off playing flute and was one of those nerdy kids who loved to practice her etudes, and to make up new parts for music... short step to songwriting.
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Vance Gilbert
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