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Rebels and Renegades at Threadgill's During SXSW
Mark your calendar! Jenni Finlay Promotions and Conqueroo are pleased to announce the second annual Rebels and Renegades showcase in Austin from Noon – 6:30 p.m. on March 18 at legendary Austin landmark Threadgill's World Headquarters (301 W. Riverside Dr.). The all-star lineup will include performances by singular songwriters James McMurtry, Shinyribs, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Olney, Whitney Rose, High Plains Jamboree, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes and many, many more. Rebels and Renegades will feature nonstop music for nearly seven hours on both inside and outside stages. This will be unforgettable!

4th Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute at Catfish Concerts
Join us on Sunday, March 19 for our fourth annual Townes Van Zandt tribute at Catfish Concerts! This show's always our biggest every year and this one will be no exception, featuring James McMurtry, Walt Wilkins, Mando Saenz, Noel McKay, HalleyAnna, Colin Gilmore, Jaimee Harris, and many more . Even better: Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the SIMS Foundation this year! Visit for our full lineup announcement soon and, as always, you can like us on Facebook for all the latest news. For more on the SIMS Foundation, which offers reduced cost mental health services to Austin's creative community:
James McMurtry Stateside Solo Tour Starts in Late March
James McMurtry’s forthcoming solo East Coast Stateside Solo Tour launches at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. on March 24 and routes throughout the region before concluding at Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass. on April 6. Major markets on this run include shows at legendary listening rooms the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia; World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New York City’s City Winery. “Nothing makes you miss Waffle House like a couple of weeks in Europe,” says McMurtry, who has been touring abroad recently. “The term ‘Continental Breakfast’ is an oxymoron. And I haven't heard Spanish in nearly a month. I sure miss the States.” 
The famously political songwriter has been keeping a close eye on the troubled Trump administration from across the pond while touring overseas. “A few years back, I put out a song called ‘Cheney’s Toy,’” McMurtry explains. “It was often misinterpreted due to a reference to an unknown soldier. People thought I was calling the soldier ‘Cheney’s Toy’ when I actually was referring to then-President George W. Bush. It seemed to me that Cheney was the puppeteer in that administration, while Bush was the puppet, the toy. At several shows during my current tour of the U.K .and Europe, people have called out for me to sing ‘Bannon's Toy.’”
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Eight 30 Records Signs Emily Herring
News: Eight 30 Records has signed honkytonk heroine Emily Herring! The label will release the San Marcos, Texas-based singer-songwriter's forthcoming collection Gliding this fall. “We're really excited to add Emily to our roster,” says Brian T. Atkinson, who co-owns Eight 30 Records with Jenni Finlay. “She's been one of our favorites for a long, long time and is definitely one of Central Texas' best kept secrets.”
Gliding, produced by legendary Grammy-winning instrumentalist Steve Fishell (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris), follows Herring's 2013 high watermarkYour Mistake, which received an Ameripolitan awards nomination and features the regional hit “Austin (Ain't Got No) City Limits.” “Jenni and Brian know what makes Texas music a world of its own,” Herring says. “To have the opportunity to work with them as an artist on Eight 30 Records is uniquely thrilling.” 
Rave Reviews for Scott Nolan!
 for the stellar review in No Depression
CLICK HERE for the feature in Nine Bullets
CLICK HERE for the review in Elmore magazine

Scott Nolan crafts personal narratives with an artist's eye (“When You're Gone”) and a poet's elegance (“Forever Is a Long Time”). Evidence: Silverhill. The seamless new collection spotlights a rapidly rising songwriter growing exponentially with each track (“Fire Up”). Real life experience maps the landscape. “I spend most of my time thinking about words, music and language,” Nolan explains. “I found myself writing short poems based on people and places in my neighborhood, trying to capture a bit of what was happening around me.”
Nolan, a singular songwriter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, has had his songs have been recorded by A-list Americana all-stars including Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier and Watermelon Slim. Additionally, he has recently produced albums for William Prince, Lynne Hanson and Watermelon Slim. “Scott's a brilliant songwriter, an amazing player and a damn good co-writer,” says Americana icon Gauthier, who has co-written and toured extensively with Nolan. “I recommend giving this new work a listen. I'm proud to have a co-write on it.” Legendary instrumentalist Gurf Morlix echoes: “He can pull a really good song out of a vein the rest of us missed.”  

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Pickers and Poets Book Release Event on March 2
Join us from 7-8:45 pm on Thursday, March 2 for a panel discussion (with performances!) and book signing to celebrate the release of Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Songwriters of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2017)! The panel will feature the book's editors Craig Clifford and Craig D. Hillis as well as contributors Brian T. Atkinson, Jenni Finlay, Diana Finlay Hendricks and Jason Mellard. Both Craigs will perform songs written by the legendary songwriters covered in the book throughout the evening. The event, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, will be held at the Wittliff Collections at San Marcos' Texas State University, which is located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Information: 512-245-6465.
Hanks receives standing ovation on tour with ZZ Top

Austin Hanks On Tour with ZZ Top
"Austin Hanks may set his music in country, rock and blues settings, but at root, he’s a soul singer." - No Depression
Austin Hanks will tour with ZZ Top in February and March. CLICK HERE for tour dates.

Hanks' long-anticipated Alabastard will hit streets in 2017 featuring producer ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and players such as Grammy winner David Bianco (Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Johnny Cash), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) and Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Synnyrd). Alabastard follows the Alabama native's celebrated 2005 debut Salt of the Earth. “A common theme with Alabastard is a man on a journey, reflecting on a struggling past,” Hanks says. “I created the word to describe a man who left his homeland, an Alabama bastard in search of a new life.”
Hanks has worked steadily since Salt of the Earth: The current Los Angeles resident co-wrote the buoyant hit “Flyin' High” with old pal Gibbons, the first single off ZZ Top's energetic 2012 album La Futura. Additionally, he's opened for and shared stages with several iconic rockers including The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers and Bad Company, as well as country stars Gary Allen, Jack Ingram and Trace Adkins. Better still, Hanks has opened more than forty shows for classic rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd and penned six songs for the hit television show Sons of Anarchy.

Lawrence Morrill Glass Full-Length Album is Almost HERE!
Lawrence Morrill Glass spins yarns with an alchemist's precision (“The Habit of You”) and a prose writer's soul (“No Christmas This Year”). Evidence: Neanderthal. Sideways winks occasionally emerge (“Tina Fey”). “I wanted to share love songs,” says the Austin resident, a longtime movie set designer and special effects assistant. “Some with a smile, some with a tear. Some caught between the two. Maybe find a way to describe the heart’s needs – without forgetting to be happy sometimes.”
 “Lawrence is a deluxe standard,” red-hot instrumentalist Lew Card says. “His songs play like classic films with Glass in the lead roll professing new visions of love, loss, and the in between. Plus, he has a voice that is smooth as Elvis on the velvet.” Legendary guitarist Will Sexton echoes: “Such precision, a powerful collection of musicians complimenting Glass's intimate grace.” Indeed, the players – including A-list players Card, Johnny Dango, Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), Marty Muse (Robert Earl Keen) and more – back Glass with equal measures of grit and grace throughout. 

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Stay Tuned for More From The Robert Kraft Trio
The Robert Kraft Trio is finishing up its highly anticipated full-length album!  Stay tuned for more details!
No matter what genre of music he has explored professionally, Robert Kraft always has felt the influence and spirit of that music at work. Sometimes in subtle shades of phrasing and chord voicings and sometimes quite overtly, as when his alternative rock band The Ken would tear up an Aretha-inspired version of “Natural Woman" or a straight up knock off of Rufus and Chaka Khan's “Tell Me Something Good.” “When I had run as far into Argentine tango as my talent would allow, I cleansed my pallet with a few guitar arrangements of songs by the Temptations and Red Bone for solo performance,” Kraft says. “When I was a toiling through the voice program at North Texas State's School of Music, I would blow off steam singing with a Soul Review Band in Deep Ellum.”

So, it was no surprise that when he started writing music again after a long break – and a dark period – what came out of him was what had gone into him and sustained him through an earlier dark time. “In these new songs, I try to recapture my own memories of a perfect summer day in the park with a girl who might actually like me, of hearing blues harmonica wafting from the alley behind the barber shop on Bishop Avenue in Oak Cliff, or just the feeling of trudging home under a cold winter sun towards chaos and the unknown,” he says, “and knowing that at least there are some things that make perfect sense.”

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Listen Up to David Messier!
 Check out the song premiere of "Franklin's Key" on BLUEGRASS SITUATION HERE
Multi-talented artist, songwriter and producer David Messier is set to release two music videos from his recent release Waiting For Eldridge, out now everywhere on Fable Records. This is Messier’s debut solo album (as the former front man of the Boston band Papermoon he has three previous released albums). Waiting For Eldridge marks a culmination of years of playing, guitar, drums, piano, songwriting and producing music. 
Waiting for Eldridge was inspired by Eldridge Goins, an Austin-based producer (Carolyn Wonderland, Colin Brooks). The album was produced on a friendly dare between the producers Messier of Same Sky Productions and Goins of Mixorama Records. The challenge was simple - each produce a track using music the other wrote. The 10-track album was called an “expanse of talent and ideas” by the Austin Chronicle and KUTX said, “Messier is a hurricane force of music.”
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Woodshed Brings Back Iconic Engineer Fred Remmert
Fred Remmert, the award-winning recording studio engineer responsible for recording and mixing several landmark Americana records, recently joined the Cheatham Street Woodshed recording studio as a first-call engineer. The addition marks the soundboard wizard's return to the public after several years away. “I've spent the better part of my adult life as an audio engineer and recently took a break to work with one particular client,” Remmert explains. “I thank the good folks at the Woodshed for welcoming me and allowing me to expand my horizons to again work with a more diverse range of artists.” Remmert made his debut at the studio in late January when he recorded James McMurtry covering “Whiskey Bottle” for a forthcoming pAt mAcdonald tribute album.
The longtime owner and engineer at Austin's legendary Cedar Creek Recording studio stands among the most desired engineers in Americana and Texas music. Evidence: Remmert has worked with artists including The Dixie Chicks (Top of the World Tour Live), Shawn Colvin (A Few Small Repairs), Robert Earl Keen (No. 2 Live Dinner), Ray Wylie Hubbard (Crusades of the Restless Knights) and James McMurtry (It Had to Happen). Not to mention overseeing undeniable peaks from Terry Allen (Salivation) to Terri Hendrix (The Art of Removing Wallpaper) and Uncle Tupelo's alt-country high watermark (Anodyne). “We're so honored to have Fred join us at the Woodshed,” studio co-owner Jenni Finlay says. “He's simply the best in the business and a great guy to boot.”

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