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Hayes Carll

Thu, February 22 / 7 PM

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It's easy to lose Hayes Carll the performer in the midst of Hayes Carll the songwriter. 


Sometimes, as with the Grammy-nominated “Chances Are,” recorded by Lee Ann Womack last year, the song feels bigger than the man. That’s a beautiful thing — something that most songwriters cannot say — but it doesn’t always translate well to the stage. Despite that initial inkling, Carll undeniably delivered the emotional range of this unbelievable track. This lush performance last night was a real glimmer of super stardom amongst his otherwise quiet aura.


The wall-to-wall crowd is also indicative of a broader point: Carll’s undeniable appeal. Carll writes songs that we all wish we’d written ourselves, the kind of lyrics that punch you in the gut and make you tear up and laugh all at the same time. 


Somehow, he manages to press every emotional button — the fear you feel when red and blue lights are in the rearview and you’re holding weed; the wrenching sadness of a soldier killed at war — without being overwrought or dramatic. This lyrical potency makes the lighter moments, like “Bible on the Dash,” even better.


It doesn’t hurt that Carll has been able to seamlessly blend Americana, Texas country and honky tonk music into this unique sound that is universally appealing to anyone who likes a little bit of twang in their tunes. More to the point, it's a sound that is respected. It's a sound that can make a generally raucous Dallas crowd shut the hell up and sit in their seats and really listen. - Dallas Observer

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Giulia Millanta

Thu, February 22 / 930 PM

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with Gabriel Rhodes


“The best and scariest thing about Giulia Millanta is not just that she is truly a tightrope walker herself but that she continually pulls YOU out there with her… with melodies, singing, stories, imagery. No matter what language her lyrics may be in… and I’ve lost count of how many her lyrics use here… she’s always understandable because her music is, like any fine art, universally recognizable. I can’t wait for her next one!” - Dave Marsh


“Giulia’s words are refreshingly real, full of hip concepts and well turned phrases seated in interesting melodies. Listening to her songs for the first time is like finally finding that great book or being drawn into a movie where you can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.”  -  Kimmie Rhodes

 

"First of all I'm a fan of Giulia's! She appears as a rocker with the voice of a songbird and songs with the insight and edge of a truly gifted artist." - Michael Fracasso


"She is a deeply evocative singer with a dash of Piaf, a sprinkle of Lady Day, a pinch of Norah Jones and a teaspoon of Madeleine Peroux." - Michael Greenblatt The Aquarian Weekly

 

"these songs come from the heart and the mind, what takes place is seen through the singers eyes, what is felt is what she feels, and oh she is curious, feisty, humorous, yet introspective." - Next Best Thing Music

 

Singer-songwriter, Giulia (Julia) Millanta, is a native-born Italian from Florence who now calls Austin, Texas home. A creative and prolific artist, she has released four albums touring regionally, nationally throughout the USA and internationally. An accomplished guitarist, Giulia also plays ukulele and sings in four languages. She has been described by critics as being “deeply evocative with a dash of Piaf, a sprinkle of Lady Day, a pinch of Norah Jones and a teaspoon of Medeleine Peroux.” She has been called smart, pensive and cool and credited with psychedelic grooveability whilst “baring her clairvoyant soul” to “deliver musical mojo.” 

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Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Fri, February 23 / 7 PM

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"Musically, the group hearkens to Motown, Spector or the Brill Building: Charlie is emerging as a budding Carole King, and the songs are good enough to rate comparison to Goffin & King or Mann & Weil." - Huffington Post 

 

"In a world of new soul singers who actually get what they're talking about, enter the name of Charlie Faye and her unbeatable Fayettes to that list. They could go all the way." - Bill Bentley, The Morton Report 

 

"The album stretches beyond the coy boundaries of ‘60s girl groups with the opener 'Green Light,' and though 'Eastside' could usher dancers down a Soul Train line, its Stax-styled groove and horn chart service a serious look at social gentrification." - No Depression

 

"It’s impossible not to be enchanted by one of this year’s freshest, most delightful and all around grooviest releases." - American Songwriter

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South Austin Moonlighters

Fri, February 23 / 930 PM

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“A southside collective of songwriters modeled loosely on the template established by Saxon supergroup the Resentments a decade ago, the S.A.Moonlighters take a big step with “Burn & Shine,” their first studio album. 


Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band collaborate on an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, blues, country and more; whereas the previous live disc was highlighted by covers, they’re now bringing their own material to the fore. Highly Recommended.” 

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Fruit Bats (solo) & Vetiver (solo)

Sat, February 24 / 7 PM

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Andy Cabic (of Vetiver)

Have you been sitting at that computer all day? You’re overdue for a break. The new Vetiver album, The Errant Charm, is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll. Take a moment to load the record on your mp3 player. Hell, if you still have a Walkman, the whole thing fits neatly on one side of a C-90 cassette tape. Select your favorite pair of headphones, and go for a stroll.


This album was made for walking. Vetiver bandleader Andy Cabic spent hours wandering the streets around San Francisco’s Richmond District, listening to rough mixes, tinkering with lyrics and arrangements. You can hear his strides in the tempo of “Hard To Break,” which captures the brisk gait one might adopt while passing through a public green space: Not hurried, just excited to be heading somewhere.


Eric D. Johnson (of the Fruit Bats)

Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He’s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie…yet until now couldn’t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is “Tony the Tripper.” It’s the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself.


The story goes like this. Just after turning 20, Johnson boarded a train from Chicago to see his sister in Olympia, Washington. A grizzled vagabond—Tony—took the seat next to him for the ride to Fargo, North Dakota. Over the next 12 hours the two developed a strange relationship, the cantankerous oldster alternately bullying and befriending Johnson. A decade or so later, Johnson is still bemused by the encounter, wondering what he could have learned from this broken, frightening, but fascinating character. The song “Tony the Tripper” imagines the two of them heading out on a road trip, the idealist and the outlaw cutting a swath across America.


Artist Spotlight: Andy Cabic & Eric Johnson

Recently, the country music world has been abuzz about a pair of well-known solo artists that have teamed up for a tour of concerts in Houston and beyond, quickly rising to the top of music fans’ must-see lists. The rare opportunity to see two incredible musicians in a single showing is earning the attention of the music community, and for good reason.

The Andy Cabic and Eric Johnson Band is the no-frills name for the pairing of the two innovative musicians, a blending of their incredible talents and unique approach to country music. Together, they are an unstoppable force that has fans everywhere tapping their toes to a range of catchy, lyrical arrangements that tell the stories of both Cabic and Johnson.

Andy Cabic

Andy Cabic is a Virginia-born artist who has contributed his talent to a number of musical ventures, including singing, songwriting, producing, and guitar playing. This range of experience has led him to develop a unique, folk-country Americana style that has earned him a dedicated fanbase.

Cabic may be best known for his role as a lead member of the band Vetiver, a group with several very successful American folk albums to their name. However, he has also been a longtime collaborator with Devendra Banhart, both co-writing and producing the Cripple Crow album.

Cabic’s most recent work with Vetiver is their pinnacle album, The Errant Charm. Much of the work was composed by Cabic as he strolled the city streets of San Francisco, making it a spirited mix of nicely paced songs.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson was part of the Fruit Bats band when personal tragedy led him to make a change, turning the painful experience into a new musical direction. After some time spent composing film scores, Johnson focused on supporting other musicians by lending his producing talents, and also put time and energy into expanding his California-based Huichica Music Festival.

And then, after an emotionally-healing time as a solo artist, Johnson realized that it was time for Fruit Bats to make a return. Their sixth album, Absolute Loser, is made up of incredible lyrical works like “Baby Bluebird” and “My Sweet Midwest.” Johnson has professed that music was the path on which he rediscovered himself after tragedy, and that life experience can be heard in every rich note and verse.



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Mike Stinson

Sat, February 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, February 26 / 630 PM

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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 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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Mari Black

Tue, February 27 / 730 PM

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"Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified" “One of the brightest young fiddlers around today.” — Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

“Particularly impressive” — The Boston Globe

“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.” — Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Jazz Series, Yale University

“Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified.” — Dr. John Turner, 10-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion

"I felt lucky to be watching her performance" — Scott Richardson, music director of the Punkinfiddle festival

Artist Spotlight: Mari Black

A Rich Musical Education

For years, Mari Black has traveled the globe to share her musical talent with people from all corners of the world. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Mari Black is an award-winning composer, fiddler, and multi-style violinist that is changing the way that music fans think about string music.

She pursued a rich musical education, eagerly seeking out anything there was to be learned about music and dedicating years to honing her craft. First, she obtained a Master of Music Degree from Yale University, also earning an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. After that, she continued pursuing her passion for sharing music with others when she attended Columbia University’s Teachers College. There, Mari worked to graduate with a Doctorate degree in Education. At Columbia, she was also named the Geffen Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creativity.

Jumping Into Her Career

After that, Mari Black wasted no time in leaping into the world of music. In the last several years, she has performed and taught music in countless corners of the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Scotland, Hungary, Italy, France, and Zimbabwe. Her talents have not gone unrecognized, as she has been honored with many prestigious awards including the US National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2013 and 2015, the Maritime Fiddle Champion in 2012 and 2014, and more.

An Artist of Many Talents

One of the things that fans love most about Mari Black is that her talents are not limited to a single type of music. Not only can she play the best of American, Irish, Canadian, and Scottish fiddling, but she is also a talented musician of folk, jazz, klezmer, Western Classical, and Argentine Tango. It is difficult to imagine a more varied musical range than that, but Mari Black doesn’t stop there – she is also a talented novelty fiddler, entertaining audiences with clever tricks and fun techniques.

Her most recent album, Flight, is a collection of dance-inspired music, full of the joy and vivacious spirit that Mari Black embodies so well. Songs like “Hallucinations,” “To Paula,” and “The Star of Munster” are demonstrations of her incredible talent, with every single minute of the album worth repeat listens.
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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, February 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