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What's Opera Duck?

Tue, September 18 / 7 PM

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Be here to launch the University of Houston Moores Opera Center's new season at the famed Mucky Duck with our popular cabaret evening of favorite arias and musical theatre songs, wryly hosted by director Buck Ross.


The University of Houston's Moores School of Music (MSM) is one of the premier comprehensive music schools in the nation. Its remarkable faculty - of internationally recognized performers, composers and scholars - outstanding student body, modern facilities and broad range of programs make MSM the natural choice for nearly 600 students annually. The school's commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has ensured its role as a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of Houston and beyond.


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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, September 19 / 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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Three Women and the Truth

Thu, September 20 / 7 PM930 PM

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Three Women and the Truth

Three women, three guitars and the words, music, and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song.

Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award winning female songwriters, whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities and bring clarity to many of the challenges we all long to make sense of. Writing from their life’s experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless.


Mary Gauthier 
Mary Gauthier is a singer songwriter who the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. She’s been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and has had her songs recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton. Her songs have been used in Film and Television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and has released 6 studio albums. Her third album, Filth and Fire was named  #1 Best Independent CD of the year by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. Her following 3 releases have been named in the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression Magazine. She’s often been called a writer’s writer, and that thrills her to no end.

 “With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.”  –Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times


Gretchen Peters 
Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song Of The Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25 year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her 2012 album, Hello Cruel World, landed in the top 5 on the US Americana chart, and maintained the #1 position for a record-breaking 2 months on the EuroAmericana chart. Described by NPR's All Things Considered as “the album of her career’, Hello Cruel World appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, AllMusic.com and Performing Songwriter. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame in 2014. Her next CD, Blackbirds, will be released in early 2015. 

 “This is not jukebox music–the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” –Associated Press


Eliza Gilkyson 
Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Roots, Folk and Americana circles. She has released 19 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, XM Radio, and on Air America Radio. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe. Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. Eliza’s new CD, The Nocturne Diaries, released in 2014 has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. 

“Eliza Gilkyson's signature as an artist is her courage. She lays it all bare, in song and on stage. Gilkyson will cry out boldly against war in Iraq, then come back with the most delicate song about longing and doubt.Through music, she shares all the hope and hurt in her heart, sensing that this personal expression validates the idea that we're not in this alone.”  –Austin American Statesman

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Dan Penn

Fri, September 21 / 7 PM

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Dan Penn (born Wallace Daniel Pennington, 16 November 1941) is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer who co-wrote many soul hits of the 1960s, including "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" with Chips Moman and "Cry Like a Baby" with Spooner Oldham. Penn also produced many hits, including "The Letter", by the Box Tops. Though considered to be one of the great white soul singers of his generation[citation needed], Penn has released relatively few records featuring his own vocals and musicianship, preferring the relative anonymity of songwriting and producing.

Penn grew up in VernonAlabama, and spent much of his teens and early twenties in the Quad Cities–Muscle Shoals area.

He was a regular at Rick Hall's FAME Studios as a performer, songwriter, and producer. It was during his time with FAME that Penn cut his first record, "Crazy Over You" in 1960, and wrote his first hit, "Is a Bluebird Blue?", which was recorded by Conway Twitty in the same year. The success of the #6 pop hit "I'm Your Puppet" by James & Bobby Purify in 1966 convinced him that songwriting was a lucrative and worthwhile career.

In early 1966, Penn moved to Memphis, began writing for Press Publishing Company, and worked with Chips Moman at his American Studios. Their intense and short-lived partnership produced some of the best known and most enduring songs of the genre. Their first collaboration, the enduring classic "The Dark End of the Street", was first a hit for James Carr and has since been recorded by many others. A few months later, during the legendary recording sessions in which Jerry Wexler introduced Aretha Franklin to FAME Studios and her first major success, the pair wrote "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" in the studio for her, which went to #37 in Billboard in 1967. In early 1967 Penn produced "The Letter" for the Box Tops. Along with long-time friend and collaborator Spooner Oldham, Penn also wrote a number of hits for the band, including "Cry Like a Baby," another song that has been covered many times.

Other songs written or co-written by Penn include:

Penn continued writing and producing hits for numerous artists during the 1960s and finally released a record of his own, the 1972 single entitled "Nobody's Fool." He was coaxed into the studio again in 1993 to record the acclaimed "Do Right Man," for which he reunited with many of his friends and colleagues from Memphis and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. He also has recently written and produced for the Hacienda Brothers.[He now lives in Nashville and continues to write with Oldham and other contemporaries, such as Donnie Fritts, Gary Nicholson, and Norbert PutnamCarson Whitsett and Penn have had their collaborations recorded by Irma Thomas and Johnny Adams and often teamed with writers Jonnie Barmett and, later, Hoy Lindsey. The team of Penn, Whitsett, and Lindsey are responsible for the title track of Solomon Burke's album Don't Give Up on Me (also recorded by Joe Cocker), and Penn produced 2005'sBetter to Have It by Bobby Purify, which featured twelve songs from the team. Oldham and he also tour together as their schedules permit.

In November 2012 the collection The Fame Recordings was released. It included 24 numbers (23 unreleased) Penn had recorded at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, between 1964 and 1966. In the fall of 2013, he was inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

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Sugarcane Jane

Fri, September 21 / 930 PM

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>Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based husband and wife duo has amassed an extremely loyal following. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock. Listeners can expect mostly acoustic sounds, and some of the freshest-sounding vocal harmonies they will ever hear.  Both virtuosos in their own right, Anthony is a songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, and a bass drum (which he plays while strumming his six-string) and Savana Lee deftly dances between ukelele bass, rhythm guitar, and snare drum.


"It's like they're carriers of an old-soul strain of tent-revival folk, come to show the Americana kids how to really kick up some dust." — al.com 

Multi-instrumentalist Anthony Crawford is known in most circles as a sideman to the stars. Over the course of the last 25 years, he has performed with Neil Young, Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell, and has written / co-written songs recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Pegi Young, Lee Greenwood, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a few. Yet, even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford feels Sugarcane Jane – his musical venture with multi-instrumentalist wife Savana Lee Crawford, is his life’s calling.


"Bottom line: One of the best Nashville duos since Johnny and June." — The Washington Times

Sugarcane Jane newest studio album, All Time High – is a collection of some of their favorite covers (Mrs. Robinson, California Dreamin', Young Love) as well as originals deep from their well that highlight the couple's natural ability to harmonize as one.  The album is being released via Crawford's Admiral Bean Records on April 5, 2018. Recorded at Anthony Crawford's own Admiral Bean Studio,  in Loxley, Alabama, this album is available at live shows and digitally through iTunes, Amazon, and their website. 


Anthony Crawford -

Anthony Crawford, born in Birmingham, Alabama, has thrived in the music business working alongside


 Neil YoungSteve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam as well as carving out his own solo career, a duo with wife Savana Lee in Sugarcane Jane, and in Americana supergroup Willie Sugarcapps.  He currently juggles a multitude of creative outlets including his own recording studio in Loxley, Alabama, Admiral Bean Studio, producing many national acts.


"Anthony Crawford is a very talented guitar player, which, when combined with his soaring vocals, makes him someone to watch.  He has the ability to turn his hand to almost any instrument and make it sound good." ~ Steve Winwood


He's had the kind of career that most artists only


 dream about.  The Forrest Gump of the music business is what is often joked about in the Crawford house.  From the age of 18 after graduating high school in Birmingham, Alabama Anthony went from Opryland to the Grand Ole Opry w/Roy Acuff, to being on tour with Sonny James, Neil Young, then Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, and Dwight Yoakam.  He's had appearances on Hee Haw, Austin City Limits, Live Aid, Farm Aid, Showtime, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Today Show, Grammy Awards Show, made music videos (Wonderin-Neil Young, Gone-Dwight Yoakam as well as his solo videos), been in movies (Heart of Gold-Neil Young, Neil Young Trunk Show-Neil Young, Blackhawk DVD).  He's played on stage with Paul McCartney with Neil Young at Hyde Park.  He's taken cover photos on albums like Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II and Pegi Young's Foul Deeds.


The last decade has been an intricate part of Anthony's ultimate direction.  After marrying musical partner Savana Lee and settling down in the rural southern Alabama town of Loxley, and having three children,  Anthony is well planted in fertile soil.  His focus now lies in his family which led him to create Admiral Bean Studio.  It is what now drives him as well as enables him to spend more time at home while continuing to explore all creative avenues.  


Savana Lee -

Savana was raised along Alabama's Gulf Coast and although she's ventured off at times (New Orleans, Nashville), the coast is her home.

In Music City Savana began her Nashville recordings; six songs titled Untamed produced by Loretta Lynn's sound engineer, Tim Townsend.  The songs were never officially released but Townsend was so impressed that he made sure everyone in his circle knew who she was, the girl with the golden tone.

While living in Nashville, she spent time writing and performing at the world renowned Bluebird Cafe, Broken Spoke, and Douglas Corner.  Savana's dreams of being an artist were temporarily sidetracked while co-owning and managing a well-respected vintage analog studio in Nashville, TN: Deepfield Studio.

Deepfield Studio recorded many major label artists, including Lucinda Williams whose work there was nominated for a Grammy (Hank Williams Tribute Album ‘Cold Cold Heart’), Rodney CrowellBruce Cockburn You’ve Never Seen Everything, Emmylou Harris, Terri Clark, Lee Anne Womack, Jack Ingram, Keb Mo, Colin 

Linden Big Mouth, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and most importantly, Anthony Crawford.


Savana met Anthony while he was recording his own tracks at Deepfield Studio. He recruited her to sing a few demos for him and they began an everlasting friendship and brotherhood.  "I was an immediate fan of Anthony's writing and musicianship.  I fell in love with him as an artist and then as a human being.  He is an amazing person and my soul mate."  Creating harmonies typically heard only from siblings the two decided to record their first album together, Redbird.


The music, as well as family and a budding romance led them back home to the Gulf Coast forming the popular band, Sugarcane Jane.  While making frequent stops at Cathe Steele's Blue Moon Farm (The Frog Pond), the couple was placed in a round that would once again change their direction.  Will KimbroughGrayson Capps, Corky Hughes, and Sugarcane Jane.  It has molded into what is now known as Willie Sugarcapps, a band who's debut album won Americana Album of the Year (IMA's-2013).  Willie Sugarcapps' sophmore effort, Paradise Right Here was released in April 2016.


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Terri Hendrix

Sat, September 22 / 7 PM

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“Terri Hendrix is a woman of wit, wisdom and conviction: a poet with a wide smile and a deep heart. She leaves you feeling lighter, even though you can sense your exposure to something philosophically profound.” — Melissa Grimes, Rockin’ Box 33 Concert Series, Lubbock, TX
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Mike Stinson

Sat, September 22 / 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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Jeff Joe

Sat, September 22 /

Showtime 11:30

Advance tickets are not available for this show. Admission is $5 at the door.


Jeff Joe is a towering figure in Houston's standup comedy scene, figuratively and literally.


At 6 feet 4 inches tall, he is a regular and a Mucky Duck favorite. Originally from Port Arthur, he is also one of Houston's hardest working comedians. Since the start of his career he has been relentlessly hitting the stage with only one thing in mind, becoming one of the greats! 


And the greats are starting to ask for him: Jeff has opened for many nationally known comics such as Pauly Shore, Tony Roberts and Kountry Wayne, to name a few.


Don't miss this show, as Jeff Joe spreads his wings and takes the center stage.


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Open Mic

Mon, September 24 / 630 PM

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No cover charge.


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


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.