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Adam Carroll & Chris Carroll

Thu, August 22 / 7 PM

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“Influences? Adam Carroll. I used to skip my own gigs to go watch him...by far my favorite, somebody whose writing style I emulated in some ways.” - Hayes Carll, No Depression 2011


Adam Carroll’s musical biography is as winding as the stories in his songs, full of far-away places and close-to-home meditations that encompass a career built on countless shows in Texas clubs, thousands of miles on the road with his partner in life and music, Chris Carroll, accolades of all kinds, and still the burning desire to simply...write the next song.

 

Thank goodness for that, because Carroll’s songs tap into a vein of the human condition that make them deeply moving but often humorous. As No Depression notes, “Carroll slips easily between observed detail and poetic flight, framing everyday images as literary moments. He’s particularly adept at portraiture, whether it’s a colorful hustler, a rural taxi driver or a karaoke singer, he sees what you might feel, but couldn’t verbalize, capturing a person’s essence in the details of their physical being and actions.”

 

“The core of what I do is songwriting; it’s the one thing I’m passionate about. It’s the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine.” explains Adam. In fact, the scope of Carroll’s songwriting influence was recognized in 2016 when “Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll” was released, featuring esteemed writers/performers like Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, and Terri Hendrix covering Carroll-penned tunes. It has garnered attention from publications like Texas Monthly and Rolling Stone, the latter which noted that Carroll “is talented beyond his years.”

 

With tours crisscrossing the USA, Canada and Europe, Carroll is currently focusing on performances as a duo with Chris Carroll, Canadian singer-songwriter and Texas transplant. Their distinct energies and personalities play off each other onstage, and the effect is a both moving and entertaining show that delights crowds from coast to coast.

 

Carroll’s body of work is expansive with eight independently produced albums to his name. From studio records produced by Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines (South of Town, Lookin’ Out the Screen Door, Live at Cheatham Street, Far Away Blues) through to his latest releases (Old Town Rock N Roll, Hard Times with Michael O’Connor, and 2014's Let It Choose You), Carroll’s song credits also include co-writes and covers by Slaid Cleaves (“Race Car Joe”, “Hard to Believe”), Hayes Carll (“Take Me Away”, featured in the film Country Strong) and Band of Heathens (“Medicine Man”, “Maple Tears”).


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Tommy TuTone - Special Solo Show

Thu, August 22 / 930 PM

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TOMMY TUTONE REINVENTS HIMSELF WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST ALBUM IN OVER A DECADE


Beautiful Ending opens a new chapter for Tommy Tutone. Defined by what he calls, ‘Nu-­-Wave Americana,’ Tutone is a passionate storyteller, songwriter, and poet whose creative energy has evolved beyond his rock star status. Capturing the reality of living in the moment, his songs are individual collages of his perception of his surroundings. Merging elements of rock and roll, country, rockabilly, and soul, Tutone offers a memorable album of what could very well be his finest work. The album features the single “Beautiful Ending”, as well as Tutone’s interpretation of the classic Jim Croce song, “Operator”.


“I feel in this album I have captured more of the real me and my alternate view of the world. I can't wait to see what people think of them.” Tommy Tutone


One of the most unique voices in music, Tutone rose to international prominence with the release of his 1982 album Tutone-­2. Featuring the timeless classic Top Ten hit, “8675309 (Jenny)” Tutone solidified his standing as one of decade’s most recognizable artist’s. Tutone has gone onto sell millions of records worldwide while enjoying a career that continues to thrive.


I don't sing like anybody else; I sure don't think like most people I know, and I hide out a lot, but at this point, I'm (finally) ready to go out and sing my stories to the whole world, and show them the real Tommy Tutone.

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Joe Ely

Fri, August 23 / 7 PM

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“This Lubbock luminary ranks among the greatest songwriters of his generation.” — Julie Wenger Watson / No Depression


“Ely’s at his best when he’s playing the defining sounds of his home in the vast upper square.  Panhandle Rambler will thrill Ely’s faithful, and damn, it ought to gain him plenty of of new converts.” — Tom Clarke / Elmore Magazine

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John Baumann

Fri, August 23 / 930 PM

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Hailed as a "Texas Troubadour on the Rise," John Baumann released his fourth studio album PROVING GROUNDS  to an eager fanbase in June 2017.  


The project includes the buzz-worthy track "Old Stone Church" in which Baumann digs deep into his experience of losing his father to cancer, rightfully earning its spot onto Saving Country Music's "Best Songs of 2017" list. 


Lonestar Magazine raves, “Too soon for accolades? Nah. More like right on time. And so long as he keeps gunning for the horizon... there oughta be a lot more of ’em coming down the line." Baumann also wrote "Gulf Moon," recorded by Kenny Chesney and featured on Chesney's Songs For The Saints (2018) .

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Joe Ely

Sat, August 24 / 7 PM

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“With an expressive voice and a way with words, Ely stands among the finest musical storytellers.  You’ll be glad you embarked on musical travels with this rambler!” — Paul Freeman / Pop Culture Classics


“Ely’s at his best when he’s playing the defining sounds of his home in the vast upper square.  Panhandle Rambler will thrill Ely’s faithful, and damn, it ought to gain him plenty of of new converts.” — Tom Clarke / Elmore Magazine

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Guy Forsyth & Jezka Bailey

Sat, August 24 / 930 PM

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“Best Male Vocals slam dunk Guy Forsyth…” - Raoul Hernandez  Austin Chronicle 2018


“Guy Forsyth is a simply one of the best performing musicians around. “- TRACIE FERGUSON  Lone Star Music Magazine 2010


The insanely talented multi-instrumentalist can put on one hell of a show, alternately dazzling and amusing audiences on a musical journey that ventures from ragtime jazz and Delta blues to socially conscious folk and rollicking modern rock.’ - Texas Music Magazine 


“More than a white bluesman, Forsyth mines the deep seams of American music traditions, emerging with fuel to feed the soul. The range of sound is amazing.” - Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat


“The Texan Guy Forsyth and his band…offered late Saturday evening one of the best concerts of this Cognac Blues Passions festival. It is utterly rare that the festival asked the same artist to come backfire a second time in a row, but since he made such an impression in 2011, Guy  Forsyth had received “Carte Blanche” to set the stage of the Blues Paradise on fire, which he did with enormous power, energy and intensity.” - Philippe Ménard Sud Ouest


“Forsyth’s Skills as a bandleader, singer, harmonica player and entertainer remind you exactly why live music rules in Austin.” - Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman

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Open Mic

Mon, August 26 / 630 PM

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This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place. McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 7 p.m. (sign up by 6:30 p.m.) 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. - CBS HOUSTON


Comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes also welcome.


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

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Shake Russell

Tue, August 27 / 730 PM

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For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Through the years, Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Ricky Skagg’s hit recording of “You’ve Got a Lover” has appeared on three of Ricky’s albums. 

Weaving sophisticated harmonies through his songs and drawing from various genres, Shake created a style of folk-rock that is uniquely his own. His repertoire consists of a blend of love songs, ballads, and waltzes, skillfully balanced with lively rockabilly tunes and soulful rhythm and blues pieces. His lyrics are imbued with beautiful imagery, catchy phrases, and inventive similes and metaphors. But it is the rich, melodious voice of Shake Russell that breathes life and spirit into the lyrics.