Artist Updates

David Olney - In Stores July 8
Check out David Olney’s excellent new album When the Deal Goes Down – in stores July 8! CLICK HERE to preorder today!  “David Olney is to American songwriting as John the Baptist is to the Gospels,” raves legendary songwriter Jon Dee Graham. When the Deal Goes Down deftly backs the point. The master craftsman’s latest collection offers all the sharp storytelling and colorful narratives longtime fans expect. Consider the bold faced names who have interpreted Olney’s best: Linda Ronstadt (“Women Across the River”), Del McCoury (“Queen Anne’s Lace”) and Emmylou Harris (“Deeper Well") barely begin the list. “Whenever I think I’m some genius songwriter, I just need look across the street at David Olney’s house,” ace East Nashville tunesmith Will Kimbrough says. “There’s a genius songwriter.” Look up When the Deal Goes Down for evidence. Guarantee: You will not be disappointed!

CLICK HERE for David's weekly "You Never Know" video streamcast (featuring a new song each week and Olney's story behind it). 

CLICK HERE for more about David Olney

The Kinky Friedman Victory Tour
Kinky Friedman may have been returned to the private sector by his fellow Texas Democrats in the just completed Ag Commissioner primary, but he is proclaiming victory, nonetheless.  The Kinky Friedman Victory Tour starts on July 31st and continues through to August 15th, with stops in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas City, up and down the east coast, and into Canada.  Kinky will continue to encourage folks to pass the peace pipe wherever he goes.  Whole cities will change forever, as Kinky passes through.  It is to be a victory lap like no other.  
There may never be a better time to see Kinky, the self-described Jewish Troubadour.  He is currently working on a new novel featuring the long awaited return of the eponymous detective who has so delighted mystery readers for decades, and an upcoming tour of Europe and Australia will keep Kinky’s shows sharp, focused and energized.  There may even be a bit of episodic TV in the near future.  Happy to be finished with politics, Kinky will once again concentrate on sharing his happiness with his fellow Americans.
Not content with positively effecting culture for his fellow man, Kinky continues to sponsor and fund the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, which he co-founded to help all his animal buddies.  Utopia has rescued and successfully placed thousands of dogs and other animals.  It now sits on Kinky’s Echo Hill Ranch property.  Check it out at http://utopiarescue.com.  Kinky will accept checks on their behalf at any and all stops on the tour.
Come to a Kinky show.  Hear the message.  Pass it on, or visit the website: www.kinkyfriedman.com.  Pass it on anyway.

Jess Klein On The Road
Jess Klein hits the road nationwide this month, supporting her highly anticipated new album Learning Faith. CLICK HERE to purchase now.  CLICK HERE for tour dates and be sure to catch her when she's in your neck of the woods. 

On Learning Faith, Jess explores her roots in the blues and the music she grew up with. In Jess’ words, it’s her most “edgy and brutal” album to date. The album is a fiery meditation on the roots of belief - religious, political and personal. Learning Faith also features a tougher sound than Klein’s previous work with a full band adding a gritty edge to much of the album.

Produced by Professor Feathers and featuring the guitar work of wunderkind Billy Masters along with Rob Hooper and J.P. Keenon on drums, the album digs deeper and deeper, showcasing Klein’s ability to get to the bottom of things and compelling you to accompany her on the journey.

In case you missed it:  CLICK HERE for the American Songwriter preview.

CLICK HERE for more about Jess Klein

Stay Tuned for the Next Catfish
Jenni Finlay Promotions and Brian T. Atkinson have been presenting the intimate Austin house concert series Catfish Concerts for more than a year now and we're going stronger than ever now! Catfish Concerts features solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including David Olney, Mando Saenz, J.T. Van Zandt, Randy Weeks, Owen Temple, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 

Join us Sunday, July 13 for an incredible performance by Robyn Ludwick and Bill Chambers.  Can't make it to Austin?  You can tune in LIVE HERE.

CLICK HERE for information, details and tickets. 

“Catfish Concerts is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired and inspirational house concerts in the country and most likely the world. It's like hanging out with your favorite folks in a treehouse, built by your favorite uncle, the one who paints and writes poems all day. I’ll tell you what I think Catfish is: a genuine piece of heaven that you can touch with your hands, while you drink good local beer and listen to great songs. Thank you, Jenni and Brian, for creating such a space and event.” – Walt Wilkins

“The cool thing about Catfish Concerts is that it really has the feel of when I was a kid in South Austin, except you guys are way too calm and take it way to seriously.”  – John Townes Van Zandt II

Special thanks to Lagunitas Brewing CompanyCheatham Street WarehouseOmnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.

Mary Gauthier Worldwide Tour 
Mary Gauthier continues her worldwide tour, supporting her band new record, Trouble & Love, (CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now). She'll appear in Canada and the UK this month. Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you!

07/05 Easton Woodbridge, Suffolk Maverick Festival

07/13-17 British Columbia, BC REO Songwriters Retreat

07/18 Edmonton, AB Blue Chair Cafe

07/19 Edmonton, AB Blue Chair Cafe

07/22-27 Calgary, AB Calgary Folk Festival

08/06 Fort Collins, CO Avagadros Number

CLICK HERE to read the 4 STAR REVIEW in MOJO.  CLICK HERE for the incredible feature in the Nashville Scene.  CLICK HERE for the review in No Depression. 

CLICK HERE for more about Mary Gauthier

Matt Harlan In Stores Now
Matt Harlan's Raven Hotel is available now!  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.
Raven Hotel, the third CD from Matt Harlan, hangs together like a mural illustrating the urban images of daily life with pastoral reverence. 
Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter and Billboard. As this collection shifts from jazzy torch songs, to roots-rock numbers and plaintive folksongs, it becomes clear why he was featured alongside such legendary figures as Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark in the documentary For the Sake of the Song, about Houston's iconic Anderson Fair. 
On Raven Hotel, Harlan’s voice has gained a smoothness that permeates these songs, easing listeners in to difficult topics like race relations (“Old Allen Road”) or comforting them through tumultuous personal relationships (“We Never Met”).
The music fits these stories like a glove, whether it buoys optimistic sentiments from the road with bluegrass elements (“Half Developed Song”) or illuminates the bright sides of dark places with bouncing electric guitars (“The Optimist”). A familial vibe is introduced as Harlan’s wife Rachel Jones lends crystalline harmonies to the mix (“Old Spanish Moss”) and commands attention with lead vocals (“Riding with the Wind”). The recordings are also filled with cameos from expert musicians like Mickey Raphael (“Slow Moving Train”) and Floyd Domino (“Burgundy and Blue”) that incorporate the signature textures of Texas.
CLICK HERE for more about Matt Harlan

Jon Dee Graham - Do Not Forget
Pre-order an exclusive copy of Jon Dee Graham's Do Not Forget in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. Fans voted for their favorite tracks to create this unique bootleg.  THIS ALBUM WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN STORES OR SHOWS.  Available only to those who pre-order by August 31, CLICK HERE to secure your copy today.  You'll get the album the moment it’s released this September. 
CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham

8th Annual Frio River Song Festival in Concan, Texas
Adam Carroll and Owen Temple will be hosting the 8th year of the Frio River Song Festival in Concan, Texas from August 7-9. For information: www.frioriversongfestival.com
Eleven songwriters including Hal Ketchum, Jon Dee Graham, Michael Hearne, Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Travis Linville, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, Adam Carroll, Chris Carroll and Owen Temple will be playing shows on the second weekend of August in the Texas hill country.
To give you an idea of what it's like, here are pictures from years' past: http://www.frioriversongfestival.com/photos.html

Radney Foster Video - "Whose Heart You Wreck"
CLICK HERE for the official video for "Whose Heart You Wreck.(Ode to the Muse)." 
CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Radney Foster's new release, Everything I Should Have Said, today.Foster has continuously stretched the boundaries throughout his 30-year career,. “I strive to challenge myself as a writer, a musician and a singer everyday.” As his voice has deepened and grown richer, so has his focus. The songs of Everything I Should Have Said showcase a fully confident man who long ago left fear by the side of the road.  
CLICK HERE for the incredible feature on CMT Edge.  CLICK HERE or the feature in Engine 145. CLICK HERE for the review in My Kind of Country.  CLICK HERE for the feature in mySSnews.com.  Radney continues his national tour this month.  CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you!!

CLICK HERE for more about Radney Foster

James McMurtry Cassettes for Collectors
From deep within the James McMurtry archives, a rare treasure has been found: 15 Cassettes of It Had To Happen (1998's Indie Award winner for Americana Album of the Year). Factory sealed, this rare cassette recording includes a card of authenticity (numbered and autographed) that reveals - in McMurtry's own words - the story behind the making of this award-winning album.  CLICK HERE to purchase yours today. 
CLICK HERE for more about James McMurtry

Hurray For the Riff Raff Takes Over the World
Hurray for the Riff Raff was recently nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year.  Check out their latest release, Small Town HeroesHERE
Watch "I Know It's Wrong" on Conan: http://shorefi.re/HurrayConan1
Watch "End of the Line" (web extra) on Conan:  http://shorefi.re/HurrayConan2
Watch "The Body Electric" on Letterman:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PURNz-8U_Ko

CLICK HERE for all tour dates.
CLICK HERE for more about Hurray for the Riff Raff

Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Old 97's  "brilliant" (New Yorker) new album Most Messed Up (ATO) debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200, in the Top 10 on Billboard's Independent Albums and in the Top 5 Vinyl Albums chart - the highest chart debut of their career, and continues to garner rave reviews. 
People magazine said "there's a timelessness" to Most Messed Up and the album is also earning them some of their best reviews (see below). Old 97's are currently on an extensive national tour. Check out the full list of dates: http://old97s.com/shows/

"Blistered, blasted and brilliant" - New Yorker

CLICK HERE for more about Old 97's

Drive-By Truckers Buzz
Drive-By Truckers' latest release, English Oceans, marked the band's highest Billboard debut to date at #16!  Check out what folks are saying about this incredible album:
“Hood and Cooley are working at the peak of their powers.” – THE INDEPENDENT 
“Superb... masters of their art.” – THE GUARDIAN 
“A satisfying return.” – CLASSIC ROCK 
“Revitalized.” – MOJO
“The finest return recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock’n’roll.” – UNCUT 
“Smart set of rockers.” – ROLLING STONE 
“Came out firing hot, the batch of lean rock songs presented in their visceral, unadorned rawness” – PASTE 
“A true comeback. The south will never spawn a better songwriting band.” – ROBERT CHRISTGAU, NPR
“It’s a strong kick off to the rawest rocking Truckers album since their early days.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLICK HERE for more about Drive-By Truckers

Stay tuned for Curtis McMurtry
Curtis was recently picked as one of the five sharpest young songwriters in Texas.  Check out what CMT Edge had to say:
"Curtis McMurtry’s forthcoming Respectable Enemy plots (“Foxhole”) and prowls (“Eleanor’s House”) like a wounded lover. Narrators hide knives behind their back. “I wanted to make an album about people treating people they loved as opponents and the really mean and competitive aspects of love,” the Austin native and recent Nashville transplant says. “It’s about conflict, really. I play out the nastiest parts of people.” The results spotlight a young songwriter wise beyond his years." "Like few songwriters his age, he truly understands what a big tent Americana music actually is," acclaimed songwriter Joe Pug says.
CLICK HERE to read more.
Curtis McMurtry's upcoming debut, Respectable Enemy, will be available August 12.  CLICK HERE to pre-order TODAY!



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Jenni Currently Co-Writing Kent Finlay Book, Co-Producing Ted Hawkins Tribute Album
Jenni Finlay is currently co-writing a book called Kent Finlay: Dreamer with Brian T. Atkinson, author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt. You’ll find the best of both worlds: Jenni Finlay’s intimate interviews with her father about his entire life. Brian T. Atkinson’s detailed conversations with songwriters about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book next year, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history.  CLICK HERE for more.

Finlay and Atkinson also have teamed up with former Gourds leader and current Shinyribs front man Kevin Russell to co-produce the tentatively titled Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins. More details coming soon. Look for both in 2015!


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