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McMurtry's "Up the East Slope, Down the Left Coast" Tour
James McMurtry’s forthcoming full-band "Up the East Slope, Down the Left Coast" summer tour launches at Duling Hall in Jackson, Miss. on June 14 and routes throughout the region before concluding at Big Sky PBR Rodeo in Big Sky, Mont. on July 28. Major markets on this run include shows at legendary listening rooms 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Ga. and the Vanguard in Tulsa, Okla. “We’re looking forward to playing some rooms we haven’t seen in a while,” says McMurtry, who’s been touring abroad recently. “I sure missed the States.”  CLICK HERE for all tour dates and don't miss a show near you!
New Highway Prayer Bonus Track Available Starting TODAY
Matt Harlan and Jamie Lin Wilson's 'Rice Birds' Available HERE
Eight 30 Records is releasing four digital-only bonus singles from the highly acclaimed Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll (one a month starting in May). This month: Matt Harlan and Jamie Lin Wilson's "Rice Birds"!
Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, produced by Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson and released last fall on their Austin-based record label, celebrates a true songwriter’s songwriter, a Texas tunesmith who has inspired both younger and older artists for nearly two decades. Accolades poured in immediately. “It speaks volumes that James McMurtry and Hayes Carll and many more all contribute to a new homage to Adam Carroll,” raved Rolling Stone magazine. “It's a diverse group united by a shared appreciation of a writer who may be only 42 but is talented beyond his years.”
Release Schedule:
“Cane River Blues” • Greg Trooper * Now available HERE
“Rice Birds” • Matt Harlan and Jamie Lin Wilson • Now available HERE
“Sno Cone Man” • Steve Poltz (July 1)
“Blondie and Dagwood” • Owen Temple with Brennen Leigh (August 1)
Kinky Friedman Teams Up with Jenni Finlay
Listen up: Jenni Finlay has added legendary singer-songwriter, novelist, humorist and political firebrand Kinky Friedman as a new management client! Friedman has shaped a truly singular and multi-faceted career from his work with the Texas Jewboys in the 1970s through his wildly popular run for governor of Texas a decade ago. “Jenni is a rootin', tootin', six-gun-shootin' winner,” Friedman says. “I'd recommend her to the devil himself, should he decide to take his show on the road.” Friedman joins James McMurtry on Finlay's select roster of management clients. “It's such a priviledge to work with Kinky,” Finlay says. “There's simply no one like him.” Stay tuned for a full-length album of ALL ORIGINAL SONGS from The Kinkster.
Stay Tuned for FULL CD From The Robert Kraft Trio
The Robert Kraft Trio is finishing up its highly anticipated full-length album, North Bishop Ave - available THIS MONTH!
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.” 

So, it was no surprise that when he started writing music again after a long break what came out 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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Stove Up featuring Danny Barnes with All-Star Cast
Now, with the recently released Stove Up, Danny Barnes is showing us that it was always a choice, that he’s always had the chops to play straight ahead bluegrass banjo with the best of them. With a top-flight band including Nick Forster, Jason Carter and Mike Bub backing him up, Danny turns in an amazing set of tunes that demonstrate his respect for tradition and his commitment to his own musical voice.
“Happily, with Stove Up, our five-string hero steps out of the lab and into the sunlight where his pre-war Gibson can really shine,” says iconic instrumentalist Tim O'Brien. Producer and guitarist Nick Forster wisely loosens the reins and lets his pack of thoroughbreds set a fast pace around the bluegrass track. Mandolinist Chris Henry, with his bone-dry tone and expanded traditional approach, is a particularly inspired foil to Barnes. Along with Forster, much decorated fiddler Jason Carter and everyone’s favorite bassist, Mike Bub, they cut through some beautiful territory, including two Don Stover’s compositions—”Black Diamond” and “Rockwood Deer Chase.” 

CLICK HERE for more about Danny Barnes

Eight 30 Records Signs Chris Fullerton
Eight 30 Records has signed Chris Fullerton! The Austin-based record label will be re-issuing Fullerton's stunning debut Epilepsy Blues later this summer. “We're so happy to welcome Chris to the Eight 30 Records family,” says Jenni Finlay, who co-owns the label with Brian T. Atkinson. “His songwriting is so genuinely unique and we're really excited to help spread the word about Chris to a much broader audience.” Keep an eye out for updates!www.eight30records.com

Emily Herring's New Album Gliding on the Way
Emily Herring simply sings purest country music. Witness Gliding. Herring's forthcoming fourth album, produced by legendary instrumentalist Steve Fishell (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris) and releasing this fall on Austin-based Eight 30 Records, delivers all raw emotion with a voice branded at birth for honkytonks. Listen. You'll hear. The daytime auto mechanic and nighttime singer-songwriter effortlessly infuses her new collection with equal measures swagger (“Millers in Milwaukee”) and sway (“Best Thing”). “I found an immediate connection with Emily,” Fishell says. “Her voice rings like Rosie Flores did in the 1980s when I played with her during the Los Angeles cowpunk movement. She has that energy and fire.”
Listen Up to Hymn River Suite!
Country duo Hymn River Suite hails from the banks of the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois and is made up of siblings Justin Mathenia and Amy Snyder. The pair seamlessly trade off the lead vocal while meeting in the middle to create a beautiful, honest harmony. Hymn River Suite’s sound blends elements of traditional country and southern rock in a new and fresh way.
Hymn River Suite draws inspiration from their vast life experiences. The pain and doubt is evident as Justin Mathenia sings of his time spent in Iraq as a 50 cal gunner. The heart break and longing is tangible as Amy Snyder paints a beautiful picture of her time spent waiting for her Husband to return from war in Afghanistan. Hymn River Suite’s brand new album “100 Proof” will be available in the Summer of 2017. 

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Austin Hanks Making Waves As Opener for ZZ Top
"Austin Hanks may set his music in country, rock and blues settings, but at root, he’s a soul singer." - No Depression
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Austin Hanks continues to make a splash on tour as the opener for ZZ Top. Originally, Austin Hanks was scheduled on the ZZ Top tour through June but several nights of standing ovations, fine song crafting and sizzling hot performances have sealed the deal as ZZ Top just extended the tour to go through November. Additionally, Hanks' CD Alabastard is receiving new weekly adds on Americana Radio Stations throughout the nation.

Hanks continues to co-write with Billy F Gibbons (more details on this joint endeavor will be available soon!). 

Magdalene Catering Co. Launches in Austin, Texas
ATTN CENTRAL TEXAS:  Eat up: Magdalene Catering makes food service easier for events small to large! The Austin-based company, recently launched by owners Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson, specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes for wedding receptions and all social gatherings (but will prepare any favorite cuisines for your event!). “We're excited to serve the Central Texas community,” Finlay says, “and make your special events as relaxing – and tasty! – as possible.” In addition to Magdalene Catering, Finlay and Atkinson co-own Eight 30 Records, Catfish Concerts, Cheatham Street Woodshed recording studio (with engineer Russell Tanner) and their umbrella company Squeaky String Productions. 
If you came with me, it'd be ilke a dream - Guy Clark, "Magdalene"
 

Jenni Finlay Promotions Celebrates 11 Years!
Join us at Threadgill's World Headquarters on August 18 to celebrate Jenni Finlay Promotions' 11th year! Yes, that's right: Eleven years! The Best of the Best of Jenni's roster will perform at this exciting event. Stay tuned for details.CLICK HERE for what folks are saying about JFP.
Terry Klein's Great Northern Climbs Charts
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Great Northern
 is singer-songwriter Terry Klein’s debut record, a rich collection of eight great-sounding songs about love, work, family, getting old and getting in trouble. Beloved Texas songwriter Walt Wilkins produced  Great Northern and it features a murderers’ row of Austin’s best musicians. "When I heard the songs on Great Northern for the first time," Wilkins says, "I was floored. Welcome a new clear, bold voice."
Great Northern has one indelible line after another. In “Everywhere but Here,” Terry sings of a couple that can only manage the stay in love when they’re apart: “Like a picture painted by Seurat/Perfect from a distance but a tempest the closer we got.” In “Dull Women Keep Immaculate Homes,” it’s everyone’s favorite grandmother who says “Oh, I’ve been so blessed/There’s joy in this life if you’re willing to make a mess.” And in “Wasted on the Living,” Terry sings the story of a convict doomed to a life sentence based on the testimony of a waitress who served him “a burnt-up cup of bitter midnight coffee.” Wrought with care, recorded with compassion, the songs on Great Northern will stick with you. “Making this record was a joyous experience for me,” Terry says. “I can’t wait to get these songs out into the world.”
"Terry Klein has the poet’s heart and it's very much in evidence on his brand new collection of songs." -- Rodney Crowell
Cheatham Street Woodshed Studio Limited Package Deal
SIGN UP TODAY: 
For $500, get a day in the studio and amazing valuable tools and resources to further your career! 
Package includes:
• 1-song solo acoustic session where you will be walked through the recording process (and you keep  your track!!)
• 30-minute business consultation with Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson
• 75 + page Listen Up! guidebook for the music industry
• 1 hour writing reservation in our cozy writer's lounge (lunch provided)

We are offering only 4 sessions a month on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up HERE before they're all gone!  

RIP George Reiff and Jimmy LaFave
Our music community lost two amazing talents last month. George Reiff  and Jimmy LaFave. George was always such a great hang, a calming presence, a truly soulful person. But FUNNY as hell. 

I could go on and on and on about ol' Jimmy, as I'm sure you all could. I've known him since the 80's when we both played on 6th Street (he at Chicago House, me at Headliner's East...maybe we both played Raven's). He was ALWAYS a fierce champion of songwriters, a fierce champion of a lot of things.

I will miss them both terribly. - Jenni


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