Jenni Finlay's Poetry Debut Table For One Out NOW
Jenni Finlay announces the release of her first chapbook of poetry, entitled Table For One (Mezcalita Press). Acclaimed author Brian T. Atkinson recently submitted the book's foreword. "Turn the page," he writes. "You'll learn life lessons in care and compassion and calling your own heart into action." Illustrations by the amazing Marc Harkness complement the poems, written during the months when Jenni was her father's caretaker during his cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant. The bittersweet vignettes are as humorous as they are heartwrenching. CLICK HERE to order your copy today!
"Beyond good." - James McMurtry
Kevin and Dustin Welch Down Under
Kevin and Dustin Welch head to Australia this month for a two-week down under tour! Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you:
March 14: Milton Theatre - Milton, NSW
March 19: Camelot Lounge - Sydney, NSW
March 20: Lizottes - Newcastle, NSW
March 21: Lizottes - Kincumber, NSW
March 22: The Heritage Hotel - Bulli, NSW
March 26: The Brass Monkey - Cronulla, NSW
March 28: Caravan Music Club - Oakleigh,VIC
March 29: Burke & Wills Winery - Glenhope, VIC
Jenni Finlay Promotions at SXSW!
Join us at the following events March 18 - 22 during SXSW:
Jenni Finlay Promotions Day Party Wednesday, March 18
Threadgill's World Headquarters (outdoor stage):
12:00pm: Bryan Hayes
12:30pm: Luke Pruitt
1:00pm: Shelley King
1:30pm: Gurf Morlix
2:00pm: Chip Taylor
2:30pm: Jon Dee Graham
3:00pm: James McMurtry
Jenni Finlay Promotions Presents Sun Radio Live (listen in at 100.1 FM or online at http://sunradio.com/) Friday, March 20
Maudies @ The Triangle (4600 West Guadalupe Street
7:00am: Owen Temple
8:00am: Shelley King
9:00am: Suzy Boguss
El Mercado (S. 1st Street)
Noon: James McMurtry
Saturday, March 21
El Mercado (S. 1st Street)
5:00pm: Gurf Morlix
Catfish Concerts 2nd Anniversary Sunday, March 22
2506 Lazy Oaks, Austin, TX 78745
Townes Van Zandt tribute concert featuring Gurf Morlix, James McMurtry, Ryan Culwell, Curtis McMurtry, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, Owen Temple, HalleyAnna and other Catfish alumni!
Gurf Morlix Buzz Check out what folks are saying about Gurf Morlix's phenomenal new release, Eatin' At Me:
GurfMorlix slowly turns the rhythm wheel as he checks his story in a hotel room with a shared bathroom at the end of the hall. Audio film noir soundtracks the war of life being fought on back streets and dive bars as the tale stops for a drink in the “Elephant’s Graveyard”. -The Alternate Root
"Populating his songs with a host of memorable misfits, from teenage criminals to haunted vets to deranged lovers, he evokes these lost souls through a winning combination of weary, regret-soaked vocals and dusty, stripped-down roots grooves. But Eatin' at Me is never merely glum: Thanks to generous portions of mordant wit and Morlix's genuine empathy for his characters, it's actually uplifting in a twisted way" - Mother Jones
Catch Gurf in Austin during SXSW:
Wednesday, Mar 18 - Threadgill's - 1:30 PM - Jenni Finlay Extravaganza Thursday, Mar 19 - G&S Lounge - 7 PM - John Conquest's Extravganza Friday, Mar 20 - Opa's - 9:45 PM - BigKev's Extravaganza Saturday, Mar 21 - El Mercado - 5 PM - Sun Radio KDRP's Extravaganga Sunday, Mar 22 - Catfish Concerts - 5 PM - Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Extravaganza
Gurf Morlix wants to come to your neck of the woods soon! If there's a new venue in your area that you think would be the perfect fit, CLICK HERE and let him know.
Stay Tuned For Bryan Hayes
Bryan Hayes crafts personal narratives with a novelist's eye (“Let's Ride”) and an poet's elegance (“Small Town Amazing Grace”). Clear evidence: The Memphis area resident’s seamless Farther Down the Line. Hayes' excellent new collection spotlights a rapidly rising songwriter growing exponentially (see the title track). “This record was definitely written with more confidence,” Hayes explains. “I was not afraid to touch on subject matter that I might have shied away from a few years ago. I now know what a gift this career is, so I feel like I owe it to my folks to be honest and open. I want songs to come from my heart.”
Hayes' songs have appeared on several compilation albums including the Memphis Songwriters Association's 2010 Members Only album (“Soldier's Prayer”) and Retriever Records 2012 compilation B-Sides, Demos & Lies ("Woman (You're Amazing To Me)" and "Small Town Amazing Grace"). Additionally, Hayes appeared on Retriever Records' 2012 live album Live At Farmhouse Studio (“Long Hard Road,” “Texas in a Bottle”). In addition to writing and performing, Bryan is a producer and engineer at Farmhouse Recording Studio (www.farmhouserecordingstudio.com) in Moscow, TN.
James McMurtry In Stores Now!
James McMurtry's highly anticipated Complicated Game is in stores now! CLICK HERE to purchase NOW.
James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“SheLoves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”
Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth another new masterpiece.
The record’s lead single, "How'm I Gonna Find You Now" boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums endlessly energetic. Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. Fans know McMurtry's vibrant vignettes consistently have turned heads for a quarter century. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of making a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” Listen up to Complicated Game: You’ll hear.
New Video by Shelley King CLICK HERE to check out the amazing new video of "Building a Fire" by Shelley King! Subscribe to her You Tube channel to be the first to see new videos and get in on all the news first! Shelley will hit the road soon, traveling around delighting crowds all over Texas. CLICK HERE for tour dates. Her new record, Building A Fire, continues to receive critical acclaim around the world! On Building A Fire, the tension between spirituality and sexuality, gospel influences and rootsier renderings, is a theme permeating the album. One thing is certain: Shelley King has learned how to build quite a fire — one so strong, it’s gonna burn for a long, long time. CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today!
Heard on radio stations around the world, CLICK HERE to purchase her fabulous new release, Building A Fire.
Catch Jon Dee Graham LIVE in Austin:
Every Sunday,Jon Dee Graham and special guest present an intimate night of song and story featuring the best of the best in Americana music at the Continental Gallery (upstairs from the legendary club). If you've not experienced this regular Sunday show, don't delay. It will be a magical musical night you will remember always.
Upcoming Jon Dee and Friends shows at the Continental Gallery:
3/1 – Tertulia!
3/8 – James McMurtry
3/15 – Gurf Morlix
3/22 – Orphans of SXSW
3/29 – Matt Harlan
4/5 - Erin Ivey
4/12 - Bruce Salmon
4/19 - Walt Wilkins
4/26 - Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Every Wednesday, Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks rock an 18-year tenure at his 10:30pm Continental Club residency. Catch one of the best shows in town (James McMurtry follows at midnight)!
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See You At 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).
CLICK HERE for information, details and tickets.
Can't make it to Austin? You can tune in LIVE HERE.
“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
Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins Underway We're putting the final touches on Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins! Produced by Jenni Finlay, Brian T. Atkinson and Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell, the album will feature Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Sunny Sweeney, Danny Barnes and Bill Frisell, Randy Weeks, James McMurtry, Bill and Kasey Chambers, Shinyribs, Tim Easton, Evan Felker, 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.
Kent Finlay, Dreamer Sent Off to Texas A&M University Press The book has been turned in! Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson's Kent Finlay, Dreamer is now in the hands of our publisher, Texas A&M University Press. In the book, you’ll find the best of both worlds: Jenni’s intimate interviews with her father about his entire life and Brian T.’s detailed conversations with songwriters and aritsts (George Strait, Eric Johnson, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers and dozens more) about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book down the road, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history. CLICK HERE for more.