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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


 

 

Artist Updates

James McMurtry Hits The Road
James McMurtry will continue an extensive U.S. tour supporting his elegant new Complicated Game in May and June with a West Coast run including stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major markets. “Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales,” McMurtry says. “Now we make records to promote tour dates.” Clearly, the sea change has only inspired the singular songwriter. “[McMurtry] might be our finest narrative storyteller working today,” CMT Edge raves of the new record. “Cue the single ‘How'm I Gonna Find You Now’ for evidence.”

Indeed, 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,” the longtime Austin resident says. “It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman.” Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”) throughout.

Longtime fans know McMurtry’s vibrant vignettes have turned heads for a quarter century now. “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 being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don't think anybody writes better lyrics.” Yes. Spin “South Dakota.” You'll hear. “McMurtry is arguably the quintessential Americana artist,” RollingStone.com proclaims.

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player... serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band."

Tues., May 26  BOULDER, CO  eTown

Wed., May 27  DENVER, CO  Oriental Theater

Thurs., May 28  GRAND JUNCTION, CO  Edgewater Brewery

Fri., May 29  OGDEN, UT  Ogden Music Festival

Sat., May 30  VICTOR, ID  Knotty Pine

Sun., May 31  VIRGINIA CITY, MT Wells Fargo House

Tues., June 2  WHITEFISH, MT Great Northern

Wed., June 3  MISSOULA, MT Top Hat

Thurs., June 4  SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett

Fri., June 5  VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore Cabaret

Sat., June 6  SEATTLE, WA Tractor Tavern

Sun., June 7  PORTLAND, OR Aladdin

Wed., June 10  CHICO, CA The Butcher Shop

Thurs., June 11  RENO, NV Cargo @ Whitney Peak Hotel

Fri., June 12  FELTON, CA Don Quixote's

Sat., June 13  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Chapel

Tues., June 16  LOS ANGELES CA, The Troubadour

Wed., June 17 SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up

Thurs., June 18  PIONEERTOWN, CA Pappy & Harriet’s

Fri., June 19  PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom

Sat., June 20  SANTA FE, NM The Skylight


 

For Your AMA Nomination Consideration:

Please consider nominating the following stellar JFP artists and projects for the 2015 Americana Music Awards:

 Looking Into You - A Tribute to Jackson Browne

Curtis McMurtry - Respectable Enemy

Old 97’s - Most Messed Up

Radney Foster - Everything I Should Have Said

Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love

Matt Harlan - Raven Hotel

David Olney - When The Deal Goes Down

Bill Wence - Songs That Make Me Think About You

Sid Griffin - The Trick Is To Breathe

Shelley King - Building A Fire

Luke Pruitt - Songs of Home, Pt. 1

Hal Ketchum - I'm The Troubadour

Bryan Hayes - Still Just A Man...10 Years Later

Chip Taylor - Little Prayers Trilogy

James McMurtry - Complicated Game

Gurf Morlix - Eatin' At Me

Nominations Due Monday, April 6, 2015, at 5:00 PM CT

Nominations are only accepted from current Americana Music Association Members, so be sure your membership is in good standing!  CLICK HERE for membership information!


Kevin Welch Songwriting Workshop
Join Kevin Welch at his Master Class Writers Workshop, the weekend of May 1.  
This is the workshop for you if you’ve been writing a while and feel like you need a tune-up, some new ideas, fresh perspectives and a damn nice getaway. "May in the Hill Country is unspeakably sweet," Welch says, "and our place is a great retreat, a place to give yourself permission to turn off the phone and dive in to your creative side."  To register and for more information, CLICK HERE.


CLICK HERE for more about Kevin Welch

Listen Up to Bryan Hayes!
Bryan Hayes crafts personal narratives with a novelist's eye (“Let's Ride”) and a 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 (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 the songs to come from my heart.” 

Folks notice. “Not only does Bryan craft a great song with melody and music, but more importantly he crafts a great story with his lyrics and he sings them the only way he knows how – from his heart,” says Andy Hunt, the celebrated Grammy-winning, Nashville-based producer. Frequent Guy Clark collaborator Noel McKay echoes: “Bryan Hayes' songs always come from that sincere place that seems to effortlessly draw the listener in. He is among the rare songwriters truly capable of channeling life experience into great, listenable songs.” 

The excellent new album doubles down on past high watermarks (Still Just a Man...10 Years Later) with vivid vignettes throughout (“Southern Rain,” “I Wanna Run”). Admittedly, Hayes' canvas for subject matter has expanded with greater breadth and depth. “I touch on God and politics a bit in this record,” he says. “Sometimes that's a tough row to hoe when you're playing a lot of the smaller clubs like I do, but my songwriting heroes did the same thing. They were always open and honest, and I loved that about them. I have always admired the fact that Billy Joe Shaver has the courage to sing about Christ in bars and clubs. I actually got to open for him in late 2014 and I thanked him for that.”

Hayes' straightforward approach has paid off handsomely. 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. CLICK HERE for video debut!

CLICK HERE for more about Bryan Hayes

 

Catch Gurf on the Road

4/17 Gurf Morlix CD release celebration - Eatin' At Me @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

4/18 Gurf Morlix CD release celebration - Eatin' At Me @ Vines On The Marycrest

4/19 Gurf Morlix in concert - with Blackie Farrell opening @ San Francisco House Concert

4/23 Gurf Morlix CD release celebration - Eatin' At Me @ Corralitos Cultural Center

4/25 Gurf Morlix in concert - with Blackie Farrell opening @ Cool Acoustic Music in Cool CA

5/8 Gurf Morlix CD release celebration - Eatin' At Me @ Cleveland House Concert


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.

Check out what folks are saying about Gurf Morlix's phenomenal new release, Eatin' At Me:

Gurf Morlix 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


 CLICK HERE for more about Gurf Morlix


Catch Jon Dee Graham LIVE in Austin:
Every Sunday, Jon Dee Graham and a special guest present an intimate night of songs and stories 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: 

4/5 - Erin Ivey

4/12 - Bruce Salmon

4/19 - TBA

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!

CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham

 

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 two years 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, Curtis McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, BettySoo, Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, James McMurtry, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Greg Trooper, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 

Join us Sunday, April 15  for an incredible performance by Anne McCue!  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 CompanyLone Star Music,  Omnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.

Jenni Finlay Promotions in Austin During SXSW
In case you missed it, CLICK HERE for pictures of the incredible performances at the Jenni Finlay PromotionsDay Party and Catfish Concerts 2nd Anniversary Townes Van Zandt Tribute!  (photos by Brian T. Atkinson)

 

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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 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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