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Jenni Finlay's Poetry Debut Table For One Out in February
Jenni Finlay will soon release 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. Stay tuned for more details of Jenni's poetry debut set for release in early March 2015!  CLICK HERE to pre-order today!

"Beyond good."  - James McMurtry


 

 

Artist Updates

Radney Foster to be honored at The MusicFest's "Artists' Tribute to a Legend"
Radney Foster will be honored at the "Artists' Tribute to a Legend" event at the landmark 30th Annual MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Jan 5-10) . The premiere event, presented by Dickson Productions, brings together a vibrant community of artists and fans to celebrate legendary songwriters, established artists and promising up and comers in the Texas Country and Americana scenes. 

The MusicFest Artists' Tribute to a Legend is one of MusicFest's most anticipated shows where artists pay homage to the honoree for his accomplishments, the standard he has set in his genre and the influence he has had on the current music scene. Past honorees include Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Ann Womack, Guy Clark, Kevin Welch, Rodney Crowell, the Lost Gonzo Band and several other Texas music icons.  For more about MusicFest, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for Best In Texas' story about Foster's honor.

 

My Favorite Records of 2014…and the Songs I Couldn't Get Out of my Head
CLICK HERE for my album picks for 2014 (and the songs I just couldn't get out of my head).  Here's to an amazing new year of incredible music!!  Be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter so we can stay connected in 2015!

 

2015 Will Be A VERY Good Year!
Stay tuned for upcoming releases in 2015:
 
>> James McMurtry Complicated Game
 
>> Gurf Morlix   Eatin' At Me
 
>> Jon Dee Graham Do Not Forget


>> Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins  (feat. James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Sunny Sweeney, Evan Felker and more)
 
Also coming in 2015:  Bryan Hayes, Luke Pruitt, Table For One, and many more!!

 

Join Jenni Finlay Promotions at the International Folk Alliance Conference
Come to Kansas City for the 27th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference (February 18-22) and enjoy intimate performances by some of your favorite artists in the Jenni Finlay Promotions' Performance Suite including Rod Picott, Greg Trooper, Tim Easton, Owen Temple, BettySoo, Jon Dee Graham and William Graham, Hal Ketchum, Bryan Hayes, Matt The Electrician, Luke Pruitt, and many more!  Don't miss it!  CLICK HERE to register now.

Stay Tuned For Gurf Morlix!
"Infamous Integrity..."
Gurf Morlix's highly anticipated album, Eatin' At Me, hits the shelves February 3.  You can pre-order your autographed copy HERE!

"Gurf Morlix's new release Eatin At Me is a big-hearted collection of beautiful songs that are driven by his trademark gut-bucket, meaty guitar playing and down-to-the-bone production style. Gurf's always been one of my musical heroes, and this record will deepen his legacy as a writer, singer, player and producer whose work reaches into the depths of what is true, what is real and what is important in American roots music." - Mary Gauthier

“Eatin’ at Me” is very evocative. Layered with dust and desperation. Deep stuff... like a letter from an old lost friend. Gurf puts every ounce of his being into every album he makes." - Buddy Miller

Bryan Hayes Rave Reviews
Still Just A Man...10 Years Later continues to receive praise and acclaim!  CLICK HERE for the review in Digital Rodeo. CLICK HERE for the feature in FAME. CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of the album, an incredible new musical and emotional take on his very first album. Bryan hits the road this month with his amazing live set.  CLICK HERE for shows and catch Bryan when he's in your neck of the woods!

 

Chip Taylor's Little Prayers Trilogy Available 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. 

 

 

Shelley King Video Debut!

The new video for "Building a Fire" is almost done! They will roll it out in the next few weeks. Shelley promises lots of action, suspense & zany plot twists in the video directed by John Magnie of the subdudes. Come see it at the all-star video release party at One2One Coffee Shop in Austin, TX January 18th.  Tickets HERE.

Come aboard with Shelley King!  Shelley King joins the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise which sets sail January 10.  Other artists include Paul Thorn, Marcia Ball, Mingo Fishtrap, Fred Eaglesmith and more! As a special treat, Shelley will be previewing her brand new video on the boat! CLICK HERE for more details.

Heard on radio stations around the world, CLICK HERE to purchase her fabulous new release, Building A Fire.

Luke Pruitt Finishes Off Songs of Home, Pt. 2
Luke Pruitt has put the finishing touches on Songs of Home, Pt. 2, the stellar follow-up to his elegant debut.  

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 bend to the song that is a reflection of a Hemingway story as much as a Townes Van Zandt or Paul Simon song. 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.

Hal Ketchum Hits the Road
After topping a slew of "Best of" lists for 2014 with I'm The Troubadour, Hal Ketchum is taking his show on the road (including a return to the Grand Ole Opry Stage January 9th).  Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you:

1/2  Sellersville, PA  Sellersville Theater   

1/3  Arlington, VA  The Birchmere   

1/9  Nashville, TN  The Grand Ole Opry   

1/10  Franklin, TN  The Franklin Theater

1/13  Austin, TX  One World Theater  

CLICK HERE for more about Hal Ketchum

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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). 

Join us Sunday, December 7  for an incredible performance by Dustin and Kevin Welch!  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 CompanyOmnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.

 

 

Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins Underway
We went into the studio for two weeks last month to begin production 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, 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.



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