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Shake Russell

Tue, May 28 / 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. 


In 1986, Shake was asked by longtime friend Bruce Bryant, creative producer at KPRC Channel 2, to compose a theme song commemorating the Texas sesquicentennial. He obliged and wrote the regional favorite, "Traveling Texas", which became the theme song for KPRC's award winning TV series "The Eyes of Texas".

Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award. The Texas Music Association nominated Shake's song, “Cowboy Coffee,” for the “2007 Texas Music Awards Best New Song.” Shake made history by being named Entertainer of the Year for the third time (2004, 2008, 2011) in the Texas Music Awards!


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.


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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, May 29 / 730 PM

Irish Jam Session at 7:30pm. Games are available all evening.

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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Mary Gauthier

Thu, May 30 / 7 PM930 PM

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with special guest Jaimee Harris

“Few singer-songwriters have mined their own autobiographies with a  stronger belief in the unifying potential of human affliction than Mary  Gauthier, but she arrived at her most compelling expressions of empathy  to date by fixating intently on others' stories. Rifles & Rosary Beads,  her eighth proper studio album, was the fruit of songwriting retreats  with American military veterans and their spouses and partners; with the  participants' permission, what began as a therapeutic exercise led to a  riveting collection of testimonies, recollections and vignettes.  

Gauthier is a tough, almost surly singer who makes her emotional  commitment to the material felt, and her choice of producers, and  multi-instrumentalist Neilson Hubbard, framed it with bristly folk-rock gravity.  …. — Jewly Hight 

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Lisa Morales

Fri, May 31 / 7 PM

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Like many singer-songwriters, Lisa Morales started penning tunes as a way to express her emotions addressing the complex landscape of relationships through music and verse. 


Her perspective now is that of a woman who’s gone through many storms and witnessed their sometimes-beautiful aftermaths as well.


The Latin instrumentation and English, Spanish and "Spanglish" lyrics on Lisa Morales' thoroughly entertaining sophomore album Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun emphasize the impact of her upbringing, yet it's impossible not to hear the Americana and country-music influence that has made Morales one of the most multifaceted artists to watch in 2018.  - Rolling Stone

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South Austin Moonlighters

Fri, May 31 / 930 PM

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Houston Hall - “Ghost of a Small Town is made up of 13 different tracks that pull together all of the bands strengths into one tightly-orchestrated package of excellence. The South Austin Moonlighters are creating a passion in the music scene that is a part of what I’d like to call another revolution in music, where there are Read the full article...


John Gjaltema of Alt-Country-NL - “Blue Eyed Soul with hints of Country Rock is all over the new album “Ghost Of A Small Town” by The South Austin Moonlighters (Blue Rose Records / Sonic Rendezvous). Other hints can be pretty funky, as can be heard on I’ll Be Coming Home. The Band scrape the bottom of the muddy Mississippi in Read the full article...


Peter Blackstock of Austin360 - “South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost of a Small Town.” Following their 2014 studio debut “Burn & Shine,” this local supergroup of sorts, whose members marked many miles with the likes of Monte Montgomery, Stonehoney and the DEADMAN, ups the ante on this 13-song set of all-original material. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Beall’s memorable “A Year of Decembers” plants Read the full article...


bol.com - “Imagine: Little Feat merged with Los Lobos and then join the Flying Burrito Brothers. That best describes the music The South Austin Moonlighters. Their new album Ghost Of A Small Town is another example of inventive music that swings from the first to the last second and in which the fun never ends. Folk, blues, Read the full article...


keysandchords.com - “When words like “Moonlighters’ and ‘ghost’ in the title of a CD, DVD or the title of a book appear, my interest is always peaked. Coincidence or not, but when my wife and I a decade ago while visiting Austin Texas this interest was hatched, we discovered in one of the streets of Austin a Read the full article...


Blue Rose Records - “Ghost Of A Small Town is a step forward for S.A.M. with its great sequence, natural and clear sound and a great balance of mature songs and rocking arrangements on 13 tracks. Fans of Little Feat, Los Lobos, Beat Farmers, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Flying Burrito Brothers and Arc Angels will enjoy the album very Read the full article...


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Joe Ely

Sat, June 1 / 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


“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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Adam Carroll & Chris Carroll

Sat, June 1 / 930 PM

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Among singer-songwriters, Adam Carroll is probably Austin’s best-kept secret. His tunes are marvels of economy; ...constantly inventive and decidedly offbeat...Live at Flipnotics offers a typically low-key yet inviting overview of his career." - Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle


“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”).