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Happy Holidays From Jenni Finlay Promotions!
Hope your holiday season is a bright one! Remember to give great music to your family and friends this year. CLICK HERE
to purchase albums by James McMurtry, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Dustin Welch, HalleyAnna, Shinyribs, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Brian Wright and many more!
For a limited time, CLICK HERE
to purchase the Jenni Finlay Promotions tote bag. Let us help carry the weight of your world (including your tunes) with this heavy-duty, multi-purpose bag. The perfect gift (or gift-wrap) for everyone on your list!
to buy your own JFP "Listen Up!" t-shirt.
to stream the JFP Holiday Jukebox (feauring James McMurtry, Gurf Morlix, Slaid Cleaves, Ben Kweller, Leo Rondeau, Danny Barnes and Radney Foster to name a few).
Gary and Francine Hartman Benefit Show Dec. 11 Presented by Antone's and Catfish Concerts
Catfish Concerts presents a benefit concert for noted Texas music historian Dr. Gary Hartman and his wife Francine on Dec. 11 at Antone's, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. Hartman, the executive director for the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, lost a lifetime of personal and professional history in recent floods. The Hartmans' house, which was submerged under six feet of water, will be unlivable for at least four months.
All profits from ticket sales at the Antone's benefit concert will go directly to the Gary Hartman Recovery Fund. Scheduled performers include Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Cody Canada, HalleyAnna and Hartman's own Lone Star Swing. "Gary's work with musical history here in Texas has been invaluable," Benson says. "This is our chance to pay him back." Hubbard echoes the sentiment: "Gary has been a big part of Texas music, promoting and preserving its history, and here's our chance to help get him back on his feet."
Silent Auction items include a private show with Terri Hendrix, a Robert Earl Keen autographed guitar, lunch with legendary songwriter Radney Foster and Kerrville Folk Festival 2014 passes.
Catfish Concerts will provide Central Texas Red Cross donation canisters at Antone's during the show for those wishing to contribute to flood recovery throughout the Central Texas region.
Direct donations toward the Gary Hartman Recovery Fund can be made here through Dec. 14 HERE
James McMurtry Signs with Complicated Game
James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.”
Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.”
Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named its Song of the Year.
Stay tuned for more about the upcoming release, and CLICK HERE to catch McMurtry LIVE.
CLICK HERE for more about James McMurtry
See You At The Next Catfish Concert
Jenni Finlay Promotions and Brian T. Atkinson have teamed up to present the Austin house concert series Catfish Concerts. Catfish Concerts features intimate solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including David Olney, Mando Saenz, Randy Weeks, Walt Wilkins, Kent Finlay, Will Sexton, Susan Gibson and more).
Join us Sunday, December 8 for an intimate performance by RANDY WEEKS
“Catfish Concert is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired & 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 & write 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 & listen to great songs. Thank you Jenni
and Brian, for creating such a space, and event.” – Walt Wilkins
Divided and United Garners Praise Around The World
Lee Ann Womack's "The Legend of the Rebel Soldier" (off the new compilation, Divided and United - The Songs of The Civil War
) was just featured in USA Today's Playlist
to check out the feature in Southern Living. Divided and United
made its debut on the Americana Chart at #38. CLICK HERE
for the feature on NPR.Check out what folks are saying about this stellar release:
"Unearths songs that have been in mothballs since Appomattox" – Wall Street Journal
“An important new collection of Civil War music” – NY Times
“Makes the case that while many years have passed since the war’s end, the songs of the era are as resonant as ever” – Garden & Gun
“In Greek mythology, the sirens had the power to siphon entire ships of sailors off plotted course with their alluring singing. And damned if Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters didn’t exert a similar power over me when I reached their track on ‘Divided & United’” – Nashville Scene
“Rather than a dusty museum piece, ‘Divided & United’ is alternately boisterous and melancholy, triumphant and sentimental” – CMT Edge
“Vital listening for anyone interested in the history of pop music or the United States, and it satisfies as both education and entertainment” – All Music Guide
“This wonderful collection has the added dimension of addressing past scars and bringing just a little humility, understanding and empathy” – Twang Nation
for more about United and Divided - The Songs of The Civil War
Owen Temple On The Run
Because the album Stories They Tell is dedicated to the memory and musical legacy of Joe Gracey, Owen Temple is raising money for folks battling cancer. In the next six months, in honor of his heroes and in honor of friends and family who are battling cancer, Temple will be running 7 marathons around the nation to raise funds for LIVESTRONG Foundation:
Dec 1 - Riverside Park Hot Chocolate 10K - New York, NY
Dec 8 - Dallas Marathon - Dallas, TX
Jan 11 - Bandera 50K Trail Run - Bandera, TX
Feb 16 - Austin Marathon - Austin, TX
March 22 - Grasslands 50 Mile Trail Run - Decatur, TX
April 19 - Lone Star Half Marathon - Luckenbach, TX
April 26 - St Jude Country Music Marathon - Nashville, TN
While running and preparing for the runs, Temple will be raising funds as part of Team LIVESTRONG to provide services to individuals and families in the fight against cancer. CLICK HERE
to learn more about the marathons.
**Everyone who contributes to the "7 Marathons for LIVESTRONG" fundraiser, will get a signed CD copy of Owen Temple's Stories They Tell as a special thank you gift.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CLICK HERE
for the amazing feature on CMT Edge.
Loves It On The Road
Check out this incredible feature about Loves It's brand new album, All We Are HERE
. Loves It is on tour this month, performing in the Northeast. Be sure to catch them when they are in your neck of the woods:
12/4 Staunton, VA Baja Bean
12/5 Frederick, MD Cafe Nola
12/6 Washington, DC Houst Show
12/7 Arundel, ME Flora's House Concerts
12/8 Portsmouth, NH The Press Room
12/10 Providence, RI AS220
12/11 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
12/12 Worcester, AM Nick's Bar
12/13 Brooklyn, NY Red Hook Bait & Tackle
12/14 Philmont, NY Main Street Public House
12/18 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
12/20 Pittsburgh, PA Howlers Coyote Cafe
12/21 Mogantown, WV Gene's Beer Garden
12/22 Thomas, WV Purple Fiddle Cafe, Brews and Stage
for more about Loves It!
Matt The Electrician with Over The Rhine
This month, Matt The Electrician hits the road with Over The Rhine, opening three extraordinary shows for the dynamic husband-and-wife folk duo. Check out the dates below, and don't miss a show near you:
12/5 Columbus, OH opening for Over the Rhine
12/6 Kent, OH opening for Over the Rhine
12/12 Austin, TX Strange Brew
12/13 Louisville, KY opening for Over the Rhine
12/19 Austin, TX Strange Brew
12/26 Austin, TX Strange Brew
Lincoln Durham Debuts on Billboard Blues Chart
Lincoln Durham's Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous
debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #6! Lincoln is currently in the middle of his Exodus tour, with shows from coast to coast. CLICK HERE
for tour dates!
“Lincoln plays guitar like a grown man." - James McMurtry
“Lincoln Durham's music is raw and real, the way it should be.” - Hayes Carll
Brennen Leigh And Noel McKay Ring In The Holidays
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay's handmade Christmas album, In The Bleak Midwinter, is hot off the presses! CLICK HERE to order your copy today, or pick one up at a show near you:
12/5 Austin, TX Central Market Westgate (evening show: 6-9pm)
12/12 Los Angeles, CA El Cid
12/14 San Diego, CA House Concert
12/20 Austin, TX White Horse (Noel McKay)
12/28 Luckenbach, TX Luckenbach Dancehall (afternoon show: 1-5pm)
And stay tuned for Noel's upcoming next solo project, Come Winter (available later next year), the follow up to last year's Sketches of South Central Texas.
for more about Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Brian Wright Buzz
CMT Edge is currently running the “We Don’t Live There”
in-studio video! CLICK HERE
to check it out. Check out the Brian Wright feature in Digital Journal HERE
Fresh off his tour with Americana chart-topper, Sarah Jarosz, Brian will soon share the Florida Theatre stage with Cheap Trick. CLICK HERE
for tickets and details!
With his 2011 label debut hailed by No Depression as "perfect" and by American Songwriter as "brilliant," acclaimed troubadour Brian Wright unveiled his new album, Rattle Their Chains, earlier this month. The Waco, Texas native and new Nashville resident released his diverse new collection of plaintive ballads and rootsy rockers on Sugar Hill Records, which also released his last project, the wildly acclaimed House on Fire.
Brian Wright doesn't so much sing his songs as he leans into them, rides them bareback … telegraphs them with the intensity of Steve Earle and the go-get-'em spirit of a locomotive driver. Inspired by Dylan and the Band, Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, Wright's weaves together a beautiful tapestry of timeless lyrics and dynamic rock grooves. Together, the record is more than its individual parts, and enhances Wright's reputation as an amazing songwriter and performer.
“With his 4th release ‘Rattle Their Chains’, American singer-songwriter Brian Wright just continues to build on his bright career that was already solidly based on the foundations of his three previous records. A few songs on this album can become instant classics in their genre, especially country ballad ‘Haunted’ is impressive and deserves to be covered by country’s greatest.“ - Rootstime
Willy Mason on World Cafe
Willy Mason recently recorded a session on the nationally syndicated NPR World Cafe. CLICK HERE to check it out! IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CLICK HERE to check out Willy Mason's recent Daytrotter session (recorded at Troy High School). CLICK HERE to watch a phenomenal 6-song set that Willy performed solo for Audiotree Chicago. Check out the new video for "Talk Me Down" HERE.
"Yes, you read right: Willy Mason's Carry On is a perfect record. Perfect - we wouldn't change a note!" - American Songwriter
"Equal parts hobo and Holden Caulfield...Willy Mason blends precocious lyricism, spare, jangly guitar, and a world-weary voice that sounds older than his years." - Rolling Stone
"Mason’s lo-fi blues/folk blend is refreshingly humble and unostentatious. Instead of using these standards as a springboard for modern adventures in composition, he sticks to their rawboned essence. Unlike some of his peers, Mason doesn't play up that rawness; instead he allows those old Progressions to work their magic…" -Pitchfork
"We need more music like this, all the time. Three albums in and it's safe to say that this young man is a musical marvel." - Huffington Post
"...the lyrics reflect a level of wisdom and understanding far beyond his tender years.” - SPIN
Slaid Cleaves Home For The Holidays
Slaid Cleaves is staying close to home for the next few months, with a variety of shows in the Lone Star State. We start this week with some classic Texas venues – with Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar. And next week it’s a rare and special co-bill with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. Details HERE
Wild Child On Tour
Catch Wild Child LIVE at a show near you:
12/10 Nashville, TN The High Watt
12/11 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
12/12 Washington, DC The Black Cat
12/13 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
12/14 Fairfield, CT Fairfield Theatre
12/15 Boston, MA Great Scott
12/28 Houston, TX The Studio at Warehouse Live
Wild Child is an eclectic, six-piece band fueled by the songwriting chemistry between co-founders Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins. The band rose up out of the Austin music scene with their self-released debut, Pillow Talk (2010). Since then, Wild Child has made waves by scoring three #1’s on Hype Machine, and has earned a reputation for having explosive live shows all without the use of electric guitars, or any guitar for that matter. After winning two Austin Music Awards, Wild Child reemerged in 2013 with a sparkly new album entitled The Runaround, plus a record deal with the boutique Austin label, The Noise Company. For the making of The Runaround, Wild Child enlisted indie rock nobleman, Ben Kweller, to sit in the producer’s chair. Kweller was instrumental in harnessing the band’s youthful energy and combining it with their natural sense of nostalgia. All of this makes for a timeless set that slams you in the arm with a pop injection one minute and caresses your heart the next. The Runaround sees six friends swagger happily through life, swaying to drunken horns and whistling addictive hooks in your face. Together they march along to crisp, insistent beats - hearts broken and chins up. Wild Child have proven they are a band of uncommon character, placing art above all. It’s nice to finally see a band like this gain the adoration of a fan base growing faster than the click of a “Like” button.
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Make your New Year's plans TODAY, and ring in 2014 with these great Jenni Finlay Promotions artists:
Dustin Welch & Javi Garcia New Braunfels, TX The Phoenix Saloon
Two Tons of Steel San Antonio, TX Sam's Burger Joint
Wanda Jackson Washington, DC The Hamilton LIVE
Sons of Bill Richmond, VA The National
2014 Will Be A VERY Good Year!
Stay tuned for stellar upcoming releases in 2014:
>> Rod Picott Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
>> Hooray For The Riff Raff Small Town Heroes
>> A Tribute to Jackson Browne (feat. Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls, Don Henley and more!)
Also coming in 2014: James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, Jess Klein, Radney Foster and many more!!
...I'm just so proud to be here. Thank you for all of your support!! Happy holidays... xo, jenni
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