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Jenni Finlay's Poetry Debut Table For One Readings
Finlay's poetry debut, Table For One (Mezcalita Press) is out now! CLICK HERE to purchase your autographed copy. 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.

Upcoming Readings/Signings:
7/7 Albuquerque, NM The Draft Station (Zach Kluckman's Poetry Slam Reading)
7/8 Bernallilo, NM Range Cafe (Reading)
7/9 Albuquerque, NM Bookworks (Signing)
Stay tuned for updates on a Carboro, NC reading in September! CLICK HERE if you'd like to schedule a reading in YOUR neck of the woods.

"Beyond good." - James McMurtry

"This is a thought-piece written by the daughter of a songwriter who was undergoing bone-marrow treatment for cancer. It is funny, poignant, sad, serious at various times. For a first chapbook, this is a great effort, well worth the small price." - SciMed Reviewer, College Station, TX

"When her late dad, Kent Finlay, was being treated for cancer in San Antonio, Jenni was the person who kept watch, doing what family members so often do--staying in mediocre motels, eating lots of meals in so-so cafes, memorizing daily therapeutic regimens, commiserating with others keeping a similar vigil. In the process, she also spent her down time--such as it was--in restaurants at a "table for one," recording the experience in what would become a collection of poems that are poignant, wickedly funny at times, and above all, exquisitely real. Their power lies not just in their brevity and their honesty, but also in the telling details that enable us to recognize one of our own. It's a keeper." - Susan Hanson ( What Wilderness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest; Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World)

 


Jenni Finlay Promotions Celebrates 9 Years! Full Lineup Announced!

Jenni Finlay effortlessly shapes iconic careers. For nearly a decade, she's consistently shot Americana's finest toward the top of the charts. Now, she's turning potential into platinum more than ever: Last year Finlay expanded her business from radio promotion into artist management (James McMurtry, Kevin Welch) . “At this point, there wouldn’t be much of a James McMurtry business were it not for Jenni Finlay Promotions,” says McMurtry, her longest running client. “Jenni's now poised to take over the world.”

Several all-stars from her stellar roster – including James McMurtry, Rod Picott, Adam Carroll and others – will gather on August 1 at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX, to celebrate Jenni Finlay Promotions' ninth anniversary. “I've been fortunate enough to work with the best of the best in Americana music since starting Jenni Finlay Promotions, truly the cream of the crop of the world's singer-songwriters,” Finlay says. “I hope to further shine the light on all we can be.”

“Jenni's used her natural intelligence and charm and titanium work ethic to reach a coveted level of success while retaining her integrity,” longtime client Noel McKay says. “I was lucky to work with her when she was first starting out and I'm exponentially luckier to work with her now. Jenni continues to work her ass off and the success of her artists is the proof."

Finlay humbly accepts the praise. “I'm honored to have the opportunity to promote the amazing artists and music I love,” she says. “I love this family of devout music business folks, dedicated radio personalities and supportive music-loving fans. They all inspire me each and every day. I'm so grateful to everything and everyone who has gotten me to where I am today and I can't wait to see what's next.”

WHAT: Jenni Finlay Promotions' 9th Anniversary Party

WHERE: Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX

WHEN: 7 p.m. August 1

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

VIP Tables Available

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse Continues Legacy Supporting Texas Songwriters
Cheatham Street Warehouse has launched legendary careers for more than four decades. You know the names: George Strait. Eric Johnson. Randy Rogers. The list goes on. Now, the iconic venue announces its continued commitment following owner Kent Finlay's recent death. “We're proud to kick off the next stage of Cheatham Street Warehouse, which not only will honor Dad's legacy but will be ever-grooving and growing to make his every dream come true,” Cheatham Street Music Foundation President Jenni Finlay says. “We're continuing to do bigger and brighter things for the songwriters and artists who sing for the sake of the song. Come on out. You'll see.”

The Cheatham Street Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will serve as the venue's backbone. The Foundation, which focuses on the art, craft and business of songwriting through classes, workshops and concerts, will allow Cheatham Street Warehouse to move forward with renewed dedication to its songwriting community. Legendary singer Marcia Ball understands the mission's importance. “There just aren’t that many clubs like Cheatham Street Warehouse anymore,” Ball says. “It’s harder for young acts to find a place like that to play today. The audiences are less and less available and the focus is less on live music than it has been in two or three generations. Cheatham Street is as important as it ever was.”

Kent Finlay's legendary Wednesday songwriter night (hosted now by his son Sterling) backs the point. Clearest evidence: The Class of 1987. “That was the most exciting year,” said Kent Finlay, who opened the venue in October 1974. “The regulars at songwriters night were me and a bunch of nobodies: Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, Hal Ketchum and john Arthur martinez. Those were the basic regulars and nobody had every heard of them.” However, those young writers understood the gig’s value. “Cheatham Street would let me play my songs,” McMurtry said during Finlay's memorial concert on May 10. “You can be kinda naked playing new material, but when I came to Cheatham Street I felt like it was okay. That's what everybody else was doing.”

CLICK HERE to donate to the Cheatham Street Music Foundation

Ted Hawkins Happy Hour at AMA festival
Hey, Nashville! Join us as Eight 30 Records launches our forthcoming Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins (out October 27) at the Americana Music Association festival in Nashville on Wednesday, September 16! Our Ted Hawkins Happy Hour – featuring performances by Tim Easton, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry and Ramsay Midwood – will be at 5 p.m. at the Green Room at the Tin Roof (1516 Demonbruen St.) Can't wait to see you there!

Romi Mayes In Stores Now!
Romi Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today. AVAILABLE NOW, Devil On Both Shoulders  her sixth full-length album. The last five records have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards for Album of The Year, a Juno Award nomination for Album of the Year and various Canadian Music Award nominations. CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now.

Together with producer Grant Siemens (Corb Lund), Mayes approached the album from a very raw and real perspective. “His impeccable sentimentalities really brought the groove and the flow to the album,” Mayes says. “There was so much respect, trust and commitment to the end result that we worked together flawlessly. His confidence in me as a songwriter and a singer brought out my best and pushed me to a higher level of writing and performance.” Joined in studio by Damon Mitchell (The New Meanies, Nathan), Alexa Dirks (Chic Gamine), Bernie Thiessen (Big Dave McLean) and Marc Arnould, the result brings a new jolt to Mayes’ already powerful sound.

Known for her accessible, sweet yet edgy vocals, Mayes changed things up for Devil On Both Shoulders, sacrificing vice for voice. “I quit smoking six months before the album recording so I was able to sing in a different way and more melodically than I had expected I would,” Mayes says. “I think it’s my best one yet.”

CLICK HERE for more about Romi Mayes

Catfish Concerts Cookbook
Keep an eye out for our forthcoming book Catfish Concerts – Celebrating Americana's Finest Recipes (Mezcalita Press). We've wrangled tasty recipes by a "who's who" of Catfish alumni, including James McMurtry (James' Famous Venison), Greg Trooper (Rita's Apple Cake), Matt Harlan (Blue Lightnin' Fried Catfish), Dustin Welch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf), Brennen Leigh (Yesterday's Oatmeal), Mando Saenz (South Texas Calabaza Con Pollo) and dozens others. (We even have Gary Floater's infamous microwave popcorn recipe!).  Stay tuned!

Frio River Song Festival
The ninth annual Frio River Song Festival will be held August 6, 7 and 8, 2015 near Concan, Texas in northern Uvalde County (about 80 miles west of San Antonio) near the Frio River. Book your cabins and campsites now!

On Friday, August 7, a group of seven songwriters will perform at an acoustic house concert at a cabin on the Frio River, and on Saturday, August 8 an open-to-the-public, multi-artist, band show will be held at House Pasture Cattle Company.

This year's songwriters are Adam Carroll, Chris Carroll, Chuck Hawthorne, Michael Hearne, Kelley Mickwee, Owen Temple and Jamie Lin Wilson.

Tickets and passes at http://www.frioriversongfestival.com/

Artist Updates


James McMurtry Around The World
CLICK HERE to read the glowing Polished Steel review of McMurtry's recent sold-out performance at LA's iconic Troubadour. NPR just named McMurtry's "Copper Canteen" one of their favorite songs of 2015, saying it's "the best song about marriage you'll hear this year."

Also, big news: James recently returned from filming his upcoming video for "Forgotten Coast"! CLICK HERE to check out behind the scene photos from the shoot.  

ATTENZIONE ITALY:  James McMurtry will perform on July 11 at  BUSCADERO DAY 2015.  

When he is not on the road, you can catch James McMurtry in Austin for his regular solo/acoustic show at the Continental Club Gallery every Tuesday and the James McMurtry Band performs each Wednesday for their renowned regular midnight set at The Continental Club in Austin, Texas. 

Listen Up To Brent Best!
Last Chance Records is pleased to announce the release of Your Dog, Champ, the highly anticipated solo album from the Denton, Texas-based singer/songwriter Brent Best, who is most recognized as the engaging front man for New West Records’ recording artists Slobberbone and The Drams.

Your Dog, Champ, which was completely crowd-funded, features 11 original songs. While some of these songs were written years ago, most have never been performed in the live setting. Best is recognized as a literary-influenced, Southern Gothic songwriter, shaped more by Southern authors such as Larry Brown, Harry Crews, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor than his music contemporaries.

Best recorded and mixed at Transient Camp Recordings in Denton, with additional recording by Matt Pence at The Echo Lab. It was mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. For the recording, Best recruited some of the most highly respected players in the area including: Grady Don Sandlin, drums; Ralph White, fiddle and kalimba; Drew Phelps, bass guitar; Burton Lee, pedal steel; Petra Kelly, violins; Scott Danbom, piano and melodica; Andy Rogers, banjo; and Claude Bernand, accordion.

Best is revered by his peers in the world of Americana music. Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers comments, “The very long awaited solo album from Slobberbone front man Brent Best is an excellent collection of songs. His eye for great narrative puts him in the exalted company of storytellers (both songwriting and literary) like Larry Brown and the McMurtry clan. A true Texas treasure.”

Impassioned, clever and sonically sound, Your Dog, Champ will surely please Slobberbone’s die-hard fans and music critics alike. Best will launch a solo tour in the late summer and fall in support of the new release.

Last Chance Records is an independent record label based in Little Rock, Arkansas, whose roster/catalogue includes American Aquarium, John Moreland, Two Cow Garage, Austin Lucas and more.

CLICK HERE for more about Brent Best

Anyone Else Ready for 2016? 
This year has been a doozy for the Finlay family! Dad passed away on Texas Independence Day, huge Texas floods hit our childhood home (we rescued all the treasures!) and now the third strike: My brother Sterling has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. (Doctors say it's likely from a viral infection caused by escaping through floodwaters.) As you know, hospital bills add up fast and Sterling's facing a mountain. Please help! CLICK HERE for more information on his Go Fund Me campaign.


The Cheatham Street Woodshed Studio Announces New Ownership and Revitalized Focus on Songwriters
The Cheatham Street Woodshed Studio, founded by iconic singer, songwriter and mentor Kent Finlay, announces its new owners: Finlay's daughter Jenni Finlay and longtime engineer Russell Tanner. Recent clients include a veritable who's who of Americana artists including Randy Rogers, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, William Clark Green, Sunny Sweeney, Adam Carroll and Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. “The Woodshed is exactly how Kent Finlay would have it,” says Green, who recently re-recorded his Kent Finlay co-write “Still Think About You” for a tribute compilation at the studio. “No B.S. Just press record.”
The Cheatham Street Woodshed Studio offers its community of musicians a comfortable, simple and effective recording space while keeping the recording process affordable. The studio works with all musical genres but distinctly focuses on Americana artists and singer-songwriters. As Finlay would have it, emphasis on “songwriters.” “I remember writing with Kent in the Woodshed. I looked and saw a Ray Wylie quote on the wall: 'live to write, write to live,'” Carroll remembers. “I think that says it all.” Echoes Jenni Finlay: “I'm thrilled about all the good works that have come out of the Woodshed studio and excited about continuing my father's tradition. There's so much more to come. Here we go!”


For information, visit www.cheathamstreetwoodshed.com.

Kevin and Dustin Welch Join Forces
Kevin Welch began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, writing songs for Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, the great Solomon Burke and dozens of others. After ten years of staying behind the scenes he finally decided to throw his hat in the ring and began recording for Warner Bros, making two critically acclaimed records for them, before leaving to co-found the renegade Americana flagship label Dead Reckoning Records in the mid-90s.

In addition to his next three solo records, Life Down Here On EarthBeneath My Wheels, and Millionaire, he and his fellow Dead Reckoners toured the world together, leading to four more recordings with his partners Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin, two of which were nominated for Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association. In 2008, Welch left his Nashville life and moved to the Texas Hill Country, releasing A Patch of Blue Sky, and continued to tour extensively both abroad and throughout the US.

Building on his sharp 2009 debut, Whisky Priest, which Lone Star Music magazine called "one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas in the past year," Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Welch doubled down with his stunning sophomore effort Tijuana Bible (via his own Super Rooster Records). Like Whisky Priest before it, Tijuana Bible finds the Nashville-born Welch playing the part of a wickedly mysterious carnival barker, bouncing strains of Americana, rock and folk music off of each other like a hall of funhouse mirrors. 

Now the Welch boys have joined forces and this collaboration, the result of years of hard work and dreams, is on the road. "I have a feeling, in a lot of ways, I became a musician so I could hang out with my dad more," Dustin says. "When I was growing up, he made sure he wasn't on the road for longer than two weeks at a time, but still those were a couple weeks we were missing out on each other's lives. What's really interesting, is that I became a fairly different artist in my own right than he always was. That's what's so cool about the opportunity to collaborate together so much these days. One picks up where the other leaves off. Nowadays, man, we go months around each other, never leaving earshot from one another."  CLICK HERE to see their amazing live show.

Bryan Hayes Hits the Road
Bryan Hayes' Farther Down the Line is in stores NOW!  CLICK HERE to order today!

Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you!
7/3   Nashville, TN  Grimey's
7/3   White Bluff, TN  Firecracker 5K@ Montgomery Bell State Park
7/4  Tupelo, MS  All-America City Family Picnic in The Park
7/5  Nashville, TN  Bluebird Cafe
7/6  Knoxville, TN  Disc Exchange 
7/7  Greeneville, TN  Catalyst Coffee Co
7/11  New York, NY  Sidewalk Cafe
7/13  Litle Falls, NJ  The Fine Grind
7/15  Norfolk, VA  Borjo Coffeehouse
7/16  Raleigh, NC  Schoolkids Records
7/20  Knoxville, TN  WDVX's Blue Plate Special
7/20  Crossville, TN  Mirror Lake Blast
7/23  Meridian, MS  Brickhouse
7/25  Fairhope, AL  The Windmill Market
7/25 Spanish Fort, AL  Ed's Seafood Shed
7/31  Boliivar, TN  Music on the Square



CLICK HERE for more about Bryan Hayes

 


Cheatham Street Warehouse Continues Legacy Supporting Texas Songwriters
Cheatham Street Warehouse has launched legendary careers for more than four decades. You know the names: George Strait. Eric Johnson. Randy Rogers. The list goes on. Now, the iconic venue announces its continued commitment following owner Kent Finlay's recent death. “We're proud to kick off the next stage of Cheatham Street Warehouse, which not only will honor Dad's legacy but will be ever-grooving and growing to make his every dream come true,” Cheatham Street Music Foundation President Jenni Finlay says. “We're continuing to do bigger and brighter things for the songwriters and artists who sing for the sake of the song. Come on out. You'll see.”
The Cheatham Street Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will serve as the venue's backbone. The Foundation, which focuses on the art, craft and business of songwriting through classes, workshops and concerts, will allow Cheatham Street Warehouse to move forward with renewed dedication to its songwriting community. Legendary singer Marcia Ball understands the mission's importance. “There just aren’t that many clubs like Cheatham Street Warehouse anymore,” Ball says. “It’s harder for young acts to find a place like that to play today. The audiences are less and less available and the focus is less on live music than it has been in two or three generations. Cheatham Street is as important as it ever was.”
Kent Finlay's legendary Wednesday songwriter night (hosted now by his son Sterling) backs the point. Clearest evidence: The Class of 1987. “That was the most exciting year,” said Kent Finlay, who opened the venue in October 1974. “The regulars at songwriters night were me and a bunch of nobodies: Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, Hal Ketchum and john Arthur martinez. Those were the basic regulars and nobody had every heard of them.” However, those young writers understood the gig’s value. “Cheatham Street would let me play my songs,” McMurtry said during Finlay's memorial concert on May 10. “You can be kinda naked playing new material, but when I came to Cheatham Street I felt like it was okay. That's what everybody else was doing.”

CLICK HERE
 to donate to the Cheatham Street Music Foundation

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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

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

 

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 nearly four dozen more) about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history, by spring 2016.

THIS JUST IN: The star-packed Kent Finlay, Dreamer companion CD will be included in the book's first 200 copies (featuring James McMurtry, Randy Rogers and Sunny Sweeney, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, William Clark Green, Terri Hendrix, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Walt Wilkins and more!) CLICK HERE for more!

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