Artist Updates

In the Studio Producing Ted Hawkins Tribute Record
Production of the record begins this month.  Produced by Jenni Finlay, Brian T. Atkinson, and Shinyribs frontman, Kevin Russell, the album will feature Gurf Morlix and Peter Case, Danny Barnes and Bill Frisell, Randy Weeks, James McMurtry, Shinyribs, Tim Easton, Jon Dee Graham and many more! The collection marks the first tribute album dedicated to the soulful Venice Beach street performer, a legend overseas later in his lifetime but a songwriter largely overlooked in the United States. Hawkins simply sang songs like the lyrics had been stamped on his heart at birth. High watermarks such as “Sorry Your Sick,” “Cold and Bitter Tears,” “Watch Your Step,” “Whole Lotta Women,” “The Lost Ones” and other classics prove the point. Look for it in 2015 on Finlay and Atkinson's label, Eight 30 Records. More details coming soon.

Radney Foster "California" Contest
“Can’t you hear California calling your name / a siren song once you hear it, nothing is the same / made ancient Spaniards sail / made Guthrie ride the rails / Oh, California.” Radney Foster’s current single, “California,” from the new album Everything I Should Have Said, is an alluring refrain for millions of people who have been seduced by the California coast.

Now fans have the chance to win a trip to California’s beautiful wine country to see Radney Foster perform at the famed City Winery in Napa on Saturday November 22, 2014. The trip includes round trip airfare for the grand prize winner and one guest, two nights (November 21 and 22) at the River Terrace Inn, ground transportation to and from the City Winery, an exclusive meet and greet with Radney, and more.

Enter by visiting Radney Foster on Facebook, and following  links to the contest. No purchase necessary to win. A random drawing will take place on November 1 with one GRAND PRIZE WINNER. Complete rules at radneyfoster.com.

CLICK HERE for more about Radney Foster

Chip Taylor In Stores Now
CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today! The New York Times says it best about Chip Taylor:  "If you only know him as the guy who wrote 'Wild Thing' and 'Angel of the Morning' - you don't know him.  Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around these days." A country and rock trailblazer, Taylor returns with his largest and most unique collection of songs yet, the three-album set, The Little Prayers Trilogy.  These eclectic songs, written over several years, might have found themselves wandering and homeless, but have found a place to belong in Little Prayers.

The first disc, Behind An Iron Door, features a disparate, international cast of characters often facing injustice and turmoil. However, the prisoners, dissidents and traitorous heroes find not despair but hope and power of prayer in these emotional songs.  

Love and Pain, the second disc, is more fun and lighthearted but no less passionate.  Literally recorded in a garage, these raw and catchy songs feature Taylor's longtime band including guitarist extraordinaire John Platania (Van Morrison).  Several of these songs will keep Taylor's Americana chart success streak going.

The final disc, which gives the whole collection its name Little Prayers, is an intimate recording destined for late night listening.  Featuring mostly Taylor alone, with some help from co-producer Goran Grini, these songs pack a heavy punch and demand your attention.  

CLICK HERE for more about Chip Taylor

Shelley King Hits the Road
Shelley King hits the road this month, touring the Northeast.  CLICK HERE for tour dates below and be sure to catch Shelley's fiery show when she's in YOUR neck of the woods:

11/ 01  Johnson City, TX  290 Texas Concert Series  
11/02   Austin, TX  Threadgill's World Headquarters Restaurant  
11/04  Fort Worth, TX   Filthy McNasty's Saloon  
11/06  Watsonville, CA   KPIG Radio   
11/06  Berkeley, CA  Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse   (with Marcia Ball)
11/07  Winters, CA  The Palms Playhouse   (with Marcia Ball)
11/08  Napa, CA  City Winery  (with Marcia Ball)
11/13  Houston, TX  House of Blues Houston   (with the subdudes)
11/15  Dallas, TX  House of Blues   (with the subdudes)
11/29  Austin, TX   The Bear's Lair House Concert  

Shelley King's new record, Building A Fire, is available now!  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today!

Raves include this comment from the Alternate Root: “She creates a spiritual-like connection that speaks volumes about the ways in which people live, love and relate to their environments. Drawing on her rural Arkansas gospel, Americana and blues roots, King writes deeply felt song lyrics about relationships and personal experiences.” 

From AXS Examiner: “At once fiery and lyrical, Building a Fire is one of the best CDs to come out of Austin this year. ... Her latest offering showcases her voice and lyrical prowess at their finest. No shrinking violet, King has a sexy, yet empowered voice that makes her vulnerable and invincible at the same time.” 

From the Austin Chronicle: “Building a Fire assembles an audio dictionary of Texan roots music. King's powerful, twanged alto takes care of the rest. The kickoff cut blends Louisiana zydeco with blues sensibility, the singer's no-holds-barred vocal mastery front and center.”

Later this month, Shelley will be finishing up a new video for Building A Fire.  Join here mailing list HERE and be the VERY FIRST to see it!

CLICK HERE for more about Shelley King

Luke Pruitt's debut EP, Songs of Home, Pt. 1, is available now!  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.  
Luke Pruitt left Nashville in 2009 and moved back to his home of Fort Smith, Arkansas, thinking that his days in the music business were over. “I was burned out,” Pruitt says. “I had lost perspective on why I started playing music, which is to add to the story of the human condition. I had to come home to find that. I had to come back to my roots.” The result is a debut EP, Songs of Home, Pt. 1, in which Luke’s roots in timeless American art shine.
In “County Fair," Luke sings of a teenage kid playing his guitar for tips in hopes of saving enough money to leave home and make the great American record. There is an autobiographical bent to the song that is a reflection of a Hemingway story as much as Townes Van Zandt or Paul Simon. Luke’s resonant baritone vocals combine seamlessly with the “music first” production of Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) that leave the listener wondering if the record was made in the heyday of the 1970’s L.A. folk scene or modern day Nashville.

CLICK HERE for more about Luke Pruitt

Mary Gauthier Takes Over the World
Mary Gauthier is on a roll! She's on six-week tour of the UK and Europe with her new release Trouble & Love at #1 on the Euro Americanan Chart. This tour has been an amazing success, with sold out dates in Scotland, Holland, Norway, Italy and England( including Kings Place Theatre in London on November 5th, which sold out a month in advance).  She'll be back on this side of the pond at the end of the month with dates in Texas and Louisiana (CLICK HERE for details).  
Rolling Stone Magazine recently listed their 40 saddest country songs of all time, and MERCY NOW , by Mary Gauthier, was named as #30.
CLICK HERE to purchase Trouble & Love.

CLICK HERE for more about Mary Gauthier.

Jenni Finlay Tries Her Hand at Poetry
Jenni Finlay will soon release her first chapbook of poetry, entitled Table For One (Mezcalita Press). Acclaimed author Brian T. Atkinson recently wrote the book's foreword.  Illustrations by the amazing Marc Harkness complement the profound poems, written during the months when Jenni was her father's caretaker during his cancer treatment and ultimate transplant.  The bittersweet poems are as humorous as they are heartwrenching. Available in early 2015, stay tuned for more details of Jenni's poetry debut!  

"Beyond good."  - James McMurtry

Hal Ketchum - A Phoenix on the Rise
Hal Ketchum's brand new release, I'm The Troubadour, is available NOW.  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today. 
Hal Ketchum's bouyant new release continues to receive praise and plaudits worldwide. Check out what folks are buzzing about:
CLICK HERE for more about Hal Ketchum

Curtis McMurtry Continues Nationwide Tour
Curtis McMurtry's Respectable Enemy is available NOW!  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.  Check out the tour dates below and don't miss a show near you:
11/4   Austin, TX   Continental Club Gallery
11/16  Seattle, WA  Tractor Tavern
11/19 Eureka, CA  Palm Lounge @ The Eureka Inn
11/20 San Francisco, CA  The Hotel Utah
11/23 Los Angeles, CA  Hotel Cafe
11/25 Phoenix, AZ  Rhythm Room
11/28  Austin, TX  Lone Star Court
CLICK HERE for the review in No Depression. CLICK HERE for the feature in The New York Times.  

CLICK HERE for more about Curtis McMurtry

Stay Tuned for the Next Catfish Concert
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, Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Greg Trooper, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 
Join us Wednesday November 12th for an incredible performance by Tim Easton!  Can't make it to Austin?  You can tune in LIVE HERE.
Then Sunday, November 16th, join us for the incomparable Richard Dobson.  (Live link 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 CompanyOmnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.
Sid Griffin Receives High Praise for Solo Release
The Trick Is To Breathe 
(Prima Records) is the first solo album by Sid Griffin (the Coal Porters, the Long Ryders) in a decade. Recorded in Nashville, Tenn. at the home studio of Thomm Jutz in February 2014 over four days, the album is available now!  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.
Griffin recently authored liner notes for Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete, part of Sony Legacy’s Bootlegs series (available November 4).

CLICK HERE for more about Sid Griffin

Bryan Hayes Available Now
Bryan Hayes recently re-recorded his debut album as the newly titled Still Just A Man…10 Years Later. “Ten years is a big milestone for me, an independent songwriter and traveling musician,” Hayes explains. “We felt like going back in and revisiting some of those songs was a way to say thanks to the folks who have been with us this entire time."  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now!  

Still Just a Man....10 Years Later celebrates his journey. “Ten years ago I was a singer-songwriter in Memphis doing the open mic thing,” Hayes explains. “That was the kick-off for my musical career. The fact that we're still growing and reaching out farther and selling more CDs than we ever have is big. Some of these songs have evolved and some have stayed about the same but all are still a vital part of our live shows today. I've been exposed to a lot more music in the past 10 years and I've gotten to open for some of the icons who were the reasons I started playing music in the first place. That's made me work harder.”

So did a side trip Hayes downplays in conversation: Fighting in the war in Iraq. Naturally, that mission pushed his songwriting toward the back burner. “There was a two-year window in 2009 and 2010 when I was deployed to Iraq and I had to put the guitar in the closet,” he says. “I was either at Fort Benning Georgia training or in Iraq. As the military tour started winding down, I picked up the guitar again in Mosul, Iraq and started writing again and reconnecting with music and how much I love and missed songwriting.”

You'll notice exponential growth. “When I came back, we were even more committed to writing and recording,” Hayes says. “That was something that helped me grow as a songwriter. I've been exposed to whole other cultures and life outside small town Tennessee. You don't go into a war zone in another country and not come back seeing with different eyes. I think my songwriting's more mature and I touch on political topics that I might not have as a young songwriter. I think the lyrics are deeper.”

Still Just a Man...10 Years Later marks a reflective moment in a career built from the ground up. Hayes' debut Just a Man (2004) earned a loyal following in the mid-South and boosted his touring schedule as well as earning two “Best Of” Memphis Songwriter Awards. His second album Long Hard Road (2006) took Hayes and his band The Retrievers to the regional level with independent Internet radio play over the Southeast. His Tangle Me Up In You EP (2013) grew his audience even farther and earned opening slots for Randy Houser, Turnpike Troubadours, Billy Joe Shaver and several others.

He recently finished recording his forthcoming fourth studio album, a collection engineered and produced by Nashville-based Grammy winner Andy Hunt. The record, tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2015 release, will feature a dozen new songs.

CLICK HERE for more about Bryan Hayes


Jon Dee Graham's (ONLINE ONLY!) album 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 AT SHOWS.  Available only to those who pre-order.CLICK HERE to secure your copy today.  You'll get the album the moment it’s released. 
Jon Dee is currently on the road, touring the better part of the US.  CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you!
CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham

Jess Klein Nationwide Tour
 Jess Klein departs this month for a tour of the East Coast and Midwest US:
11/4  THE BLUE DOOR, Oklahoma City  OK
11/6 THE WASHINGTON, Burlington  IA
11/7  ASTER CAFE, Minneapolis  MN
11/8  AMAZING GRACE, Duluth  MNMon Nov 10 SCHUBAS, Chicago  IL
11/11 SOUTHGATE HOUSE, Newport  KY
11/14 SIMON HOUSE CONCERT, East Sandwich  MA
11/19 WORLD CAFE LIVE UPSTAIRS, Philadelphia  PA
11/20 BURLAP AND BEAN, Newtown Square  PA
11/22 THE VILLAGE, Providence  RI
11/25 ATWOOD'S TAVERN, Cambridge  MA
11/29 PIN DROP CONCERTS, Spring Lake  MI
11/30 NATALIE'S, Columbus  OH
CLICK HERE for the fabulous feature in The Austin Chronicle. CLICK HERE for the review in Folk Radio.
CLICK HERE for more about Jess Klein

David Olney Incredible Feature in No Depression
Had he been the coffee-table-orating type, however, whose name would Van Zandt have declared as the all-time best songwriters?
“Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney,” Van Zandt once wrote. “Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.”
Read the full store in No Depression
Click the links below for other top reviews:
CLICK HERE for more about David Olney

Jenni Finlay Hosts Free Music Seminar Series This Fall
Central Texas Listen Up:  Jenni Finlay will host a series of FREE music seminars this fall, once a month at Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX), all at 6:30pm. The series is sponsored by the Cheatham Street Music Foundation.  If you can't make it in person, be sure to tune in via Concert Window (all donations benefit The Cheatham Street Music Foundation) Check out the schedule below:
November 5:  "How SIMS Can Help Heal the Hurt" (featuring speaker Heather Alden, managing director of the SIMS Foundation) (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
December 3: "How to Write Your Own Press Release" - featuring panelists Richard Skanse (Editor, Lone Star Music magazine); Brian T. Atkinson (Austin American-Statesman, CMT-Edge); Lynne Margolis (Grammy.com, American Songwriter).  (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  CLICK HERE for pictures of the 8th Anniversary Party of Jenni Finlay Promotions (photos by Brian T. Atkinson)

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