Every year at this time, one of Houston’s most venerable music places, the Mucky Duck, hosts a fundraiser for the US Marine Corp’ Toys for Tots Program. It’s an evening of music by various artists, the admission for which is an unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of 1 and 12.
The Duck’s subdued, Irish pub-like interior is extra-cozy when done-up for Christmas, and a great way to kick-off the season. Music begins at 6pm. Order a shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, and a fine wine or stout draft and enjoy performances by local/Texas musicians at this great casual venue.
Purist Country Songwriting, Brilliant Voice … Houston songwriter Kimberly M’Carver has a voice that will very gently knock you out. It’s sort of a cross between Emmylou Harris and vintage Dolly Parton, with all the nuance of the former and the sweetness of the latter. M’Carver can sing clear and pure as a country spring, or turn up the vibrato at the end of a phrase for an especially heartbroken edge … (full article)
– New York Music Daily, New York NY
Texas-Born Musician John Evans has the mission of telling the journey he’s led ever since he first began writing songs. His decorated career has earned him a variety of different awards and accolades, including eight straight years of Houston Press awards, starting with six-time Best Male Vocalist, four-time Best Songwriter, two-time Musician of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band.
The new album from Johnny Falstaff is perhaps more of a confessional memoir than a classic country record. With many a mile on his boots, Falstaff has a deep well to draw from. “Every album I make seems to bring it closer to home” Falstaff maintains, “sometimes home is where the heart is, sometimes not”.
The album is Lost in the City Lights, an assemblage that runs the gauntlet between passion and regret. Fashioned around the title track, the songs reverberate with carousing, and resolve with the inevitable consequence. “The city lights have a strong pull, like a moth to the flame”, he adds with an experienced nod, “sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you are just gonna burn”.
Life as a devoted songwriter and musician, dove-tailed harmoniously with his pursuit of Mother Nature’s mysteries. His cinematic voodoo rock-n-roll and surfy western twang echo the lonely roads he travels.
“The results — Irish Americana, by turns rollicking and resonating, that’s driven by his gruff growl of a voice — suggest that he’s one to keep an eye on.” – Stuart Munro — The Boston Globe