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Whitney Rose

Fri, June 23 / 7 PM

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Whitney Rose may be a native Canadian, but the sound the young singer-songwriter has crafted for herself is entirely Texan twang. Her new EP South Texas Suite is a collection of six songs, the project is the follow-up to last year's Heartbreaker of the Year, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks.


On South Texas Suite, however, Rose goes it alone, producing the entire EP by herself. Songs like lead single "My Boots" – available today on iTunes – and the south-of-the-border tribute "Three Minute Love Affair," a paean to the Lone Star State's dance halls, bristle with local flavor. Now residing in Austin, Rose cut the record at Dale Watson's studio in town.

To promote South Texas Suite, Rose released a video love letter to Austin and her unexpected musical approach. 


The mini-docu captures Rose in the studio, on stage and on the dance floor, an arena with which she's become entirely fascinated.


"As soon as I moved here, I immediately fell in love with watching people dance," she says. "When you're on the floor with somebody … you're lovers for three minutes."


Other songs on the EP include the wistful "Lookin' Back on Luckenbach" and "Blue Bonnets," a soaring slice of Fifties ear candy that calls to mind the Skyliners and Dion and the Belmonts. The latter isn't a stretch: one of Rose's first recordings with Malo was a cover of the Ronettes' "Be My Baby."

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Sean Rowe

Fri, June 23 / 930 PM

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special guest Jimmy Lumpkin


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will be releasing a new album entitled New Lore care of Anti- on April 7th. The first song to debut from the album is entitled “Gas Station Rose” a bittersweet road song built around a simple guitar, some well placed piano chords and Rowe’s soulful and convincing singing. The emotional build reaches a heartrending crescendo with some strings and backing vocals.

“I wrote the melody while in Las Vegas,” Rowe explains, “I knew there was something to the song because I loved to play it. Lyrically it's about overcoming obstacles and looking for a place to hang your hat. The characters in the story are in it together. It’s not easy but it's worth it. The line, “we are the elders of our minds” means that we control our own destiny, that it's what we believe about ourselves that determines where we go.”


New Lore’s simple yet powerful sound focuses on Rowe’s renowned baritone and evocative songwriting, delivering a collection of affecting stories of desperation and resilience. His voice is beautifully augmented throughout by tasteful arrangements including flourishes of piano and a string section. The album was recorded in the city of Memphis at the historic Sam Phillips Recording studio and produced by Matt Ross-Spang who began working at the legendary studio when he was 16 and recently won a Grammy for his work with Jason Isbell.

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Darcy Malone & the Tangle

Sat, June 24 / 7 PM

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Darcy Malone & The Tangle began when the daughter of Dave Malone of The Radiators fame met skateboarder/guitar player Christopher Boye. The husband/wife duo wanted to create music that incorporated Darcy’s background of Soul and Pop with Chris’ love of Indie/Underground Rock n Roll. After adding band members Craig Toomey (vocals, bass),  Jagon Eldridge (Saxophone, Keyboards), Billy Schell (Drums), and JP Carmody (Lead Guitar, Vocals),  the two musicians got the exact fresh sound they were looking for. Incorporating a “Tangle” of genres, the band go from the Funky catchy grooves of their hit “Be A Man” to the Dynamic Rock n Roll hooks of songs like “Still Life”. Great songs combined with an intensely fun live performance make this band for everyone.


“Darcy Malone and the Tangle is the kind of band that not only makes you want to get up and dance, but they also do something even more important – they make you want to listen. Darcy’s unique vocals and interesting harmonies create a melodic tapestry over the rocking/driving/soulful drums, bass and guitars. This is one cool band.” -Vance DeGeneres-Actor, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter


“A powerful, soulful sound in the great New Orleans tradition of Lil Queenie, Darcy Malone is part of Crescent City music royalty, and her voice won’t ever let you forget it. A rising talent to watch, for sure.” -Peter Holsapple—Musician (The dB’s, Continental Drifters) and Songwriter

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Mike Stinson

Sat, June 24 / 930 PM

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Mike Stinson can write songs in his sleep....no really, check out Walking Home In The Rain from his fourth and most recent album Hell And Half Of Georgia. "Well that only happened once but yeah it's true. I woke up with that song fully formed playing in my head. No idea where it came from." General consensus is that Mike's blue collar songwriting ethic earned him that freebie. That kind of 'luck' comes from putting in the time. Here's a glimpse at what that time has looked like. Raised in Virginia, schooled in DC, Mike moved to Los Angeles where eighteen years made him a veteran of what he calls "the trenches of beer joint warfare." The last six years have found him based in Houston and barnstorming the roadhouses of Texas week in and week out.

 

Along the way he has written his very own version of the American songbook and developed an expansive live show that "has taken country and rock and boiled them down to their essence before injecting everything with the kind of ju-ju that Gram Parsons died for." (Bill Bentley, The Morton Report)  Critical acclaim has followed. Los Angeles Magazine named him Best Country Artist (2004), The Houston Press awarded him Song Of The Year (2010), Texas Music Magazine named him one of their Artists of The Year (2012) and one of their Records of The Year (2013), and The Houston Press named him Best Country Artist in each of the last two years (2014, 2015). But perhaps the more significant mark of Mike's creative success is the respect and admiration he's earned from a large songwriting community. His songs have been released on albums by Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Gilkyson, Jesse Dayton, Brian Whelan, Folk Uke (featuring Willie Nelson), Austin Hanks and Larry Bagby.

 

Few, if any walk, away from a Mike Stinson show unaffected by his particular slant. His songs are the thrills, chills and spills of life, filled with razor sharp word play, charm, depth, poignance and musical muscle. “Mike Stinson is dangerous, the kind of songwriter who can upend the way you see the world with a single line, and whose lean, mean rock and roll machine of a band usually starts at a Chuck Berry gallop and goes from there. They can crank it so hard, in fact, it’s entirely possible to miss all the diamond-tipped rejoinders, double entendres, aphorisms and the occasional outright burn that litter Stinson’s songs, and make him one of the wickedest lyricists around today.” HOUSTON PRESS

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Open Mic

Mon, June 26 / 630 PM

You’ll hear plenty of folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office. Not only does the pub feature an impressive array of live music almost every night, but the Mucky Duck has been listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the 20 best acoustic venues in the country. Each performer gets three songs or 15 minutes on stage. -- houston.cbslocal.com


The Duck stage is open for you to present your original compositions or a favorite song made famous by someone else. 


Comedians, poets, jugglers, storytellers and mimes also welcome. 


Don't be shy. Come on out ~ It's your turn to be a Mucky Duck Open Mic Star.


Each performer has 3 songs or 15 minutes for their performance.

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Teresa Kolo

Tue, June 27 / 730 PM

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Seattle-based Teresa Kolo is a performing songwriter who embraces her art with wit and optimism. Her strong and percussive guitar style lays a foundation for her primary offering -- honest and intelligent songwriting. Kolo grew up in Houston and devoured all the music played in her home -- Jimmy Reed, Joan Armatrading, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Dana Cooper and Randy Newman. The list goes on. 


What she culled from her exposure to these diverse artists was the ability to use lyrics to surprise and affect her growing audience. Performing live is where her talent shines most. She is emotive and comfortable on stage, delivering her songs in a way that can only be described as original and authentic.

 

“…I can't overemphasize how excited we are that Teresa has returned to performing. Her warm and fuzzie but in your face quirkiness is heart-tugging and jaw dropping. -- Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary


“In a cookie cutter world of formulated music, Teresa Kolo is an inspiration and a standout. Her songs are tough, vulnerable, funny and poignant…sung in that voice truly unlike any I’ve heard before, young and old at once and haunting in its’ beauty”. --  Dana Cooper

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, June 28 / 730 PM

Board games are hot right now — whether it’s the new Euro-style games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders or Power Grid, or you’re kickin’ it old school with traditional games like the Trumpesque, land-grabbing Monopoly. For a great midweek diversion, head on over to the Mucky Duck for a pint and a little tabletop competition; they’ve been at it for almost 25 years. We checked in with Stevie Hazlewood, day manager for McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and she says the club stocks a nice selection of titles for the Wednesday night Game Night and Irish Session. 


“It runs the gamut from Connect Four, to Scrabble, Yahtzee, Risk, three different versions of Monopoly, Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity,” says Hazlewood. Play one of those games or bring your own, and scarf down pub snacks like fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and the club’s famous shepherd’s pie. 


Best of all, there’s no cover. 7:30 p.m. 


- Susie Tommaney - Houston Press

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Wheatfield

Thu, June 29 / 7 PM

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Wheatfield's new album, "Big Texas Sky” is out of the same pocket of all your fave Texas troubadours that care more about the music than the trappings, this ain’t no sippy cup country or faux genre work. 


This is a band that knows how to put what they want out front and have it reach you. More musical proof that Texas is a whole ‘nother country. Well done.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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Amy Black: A Memphis Music Revue

Thu, June 29 / 930 PM

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A Memphis Music Revue with Amy Black


Join The Amy Black Band for a soulful evening of music originally recorded in Memphis by artists including Ann Peebles, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Bobby Blue Bland, O.V. Wright, Al Green, Otis Clay and others.


Take a musical journey through time with songs recorded on the Hi Records, Stax Records and Sun Records labels, along with new original songs that capture the soul and grit of Memphis music.


Amy Black’s fourth solo release, “Memphis” (June 2017) was recorded in Memphis, TN with Scott Bomar, a grammy-nominated producer and leader of the band The Bo-Keys, at the helm. This powerful 10-song album includes seven originals and three classic covers, featuring three members of the Hi Rhythm section who played on Al Green's classics -- The Rev. Charles Hodges on the Hammond and piano, his brother Leroy “Flick” Hodges on bass, and Howard Grimes on drums, along with former Stax guitarist Bobby Manuel - all architects of the Memphis sound.


Devising and creating the “Memphis” album was an obvious next step for Black on the heels of her third release, “The Muscle Shoals Sessions" (June 20015), a project of mostly Muscle Shoals classics, featuring the legendary keyboardist and “Swamper” Spooner Oldham. The album was recorded at the historic FAME Studios in Black's family homeland of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.


With the “Muscle Shoals Sessions,” Black established her “true potential as a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter” according to Elmore Magazine. Blues in Britain wrote, “Black Is blessed with a deeply soulful voice that melds elements of Dusty Springfield, Mavis Staples and Alberta Hunter.” And Relix Magazine described her sound as, "a blend of sultry desire and ardent passion...that’s both tough and tender.”


According to Black, “Recording in Muscle Shoals and doing 100+ shows where I sang some of the most soulful music that exists, brought something out in me I definitely didn't know was there. It developed me as an artist, helped me find my true sound and prepared me for the Memphis project. I've never been happier with the music I'm making and performing than I am right now.”


With the album, “Memphis,” Black has made a powerful connection with her musical passion, a passion she and her band joyfully share with audiences in her live performance of A Memphis Music Revue.