Monday, March 10, 2014
Brian Kremer is most noted for his smooth voice, which PopMatters calls "an evocative instrument in itself" and his original, often-melancholy folk/country tunes that Austin.com describes as "exquisitely pleasurable heartache." But he now also delivers his own guitar-centric takes on pop standards from the 1910s-1940s, making them audience favorites in Austin, as well as in Dallas, NYC, and his home state of Vermont. While building on a classical choral career that culminated in a 2003 Grammy nomination with the Dale Warland Singers, a debut solo album (2008's Climbing The Vine), and a steadily growing audience in Austin and beyond, Brian hit a wall in 2011 with tendon injuries in his hand, forcing a yearlong hiatus. The break was tough but fruitful as he refined and focused his direction - listening, writing, and honing in on this new, yet familiar sound. Brian staged his welcome-back show in July 2012 to a packed room at Austin's famed Cactus Café and is back to performing again. He's crooning, picking, whistling, and charming rooms with his signature sets of originals and classic interpretations.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tiffany Alana Dodgen
Aimee Bobruk, the artist behind the sultry, folk-rock album /ba.'brook/ is not your average songwriter. Most of her recent music is the result of games; she tries not to include emotion, and she is a proponent of quantity over quality when it comes to songwriting.
Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay
"Story' Americana Songwriters
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart ("Before the World Was Made") and humor ("Breaking Up And Making Up Again"). Evidence: Before the World Was Made. The Austin-based songwriters' debut collaboration spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form ("Before We Come to Our Senses"). "These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery," producer Gurf Morlix says, "but with very sophisticated songwriting."
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Country & Blues
Dancing along the string section between the heart and the gut, these shows are not just performances...they're rock-n-roll revivals in the style of Van Morrisson, Sam Cook, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Beatles, Paul Rodgers, John Fogerty, John Lee Hooker, The Who, Hank Williams, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Cole Porter, Gene Vincent,Chrissie Hynde, James Brown, Cream, Bobby'Blue'Bland, Jim Morrison, Mike Corte, The Kinks, Steve Miller,Neal Young, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Stones, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Eagles, Tom Waites, Black Sabbath, Buddy Holly, Butch Hancock, Kris Kristofferson...and Townes Van Zandt.
Bruce Smith continues the work praised by Eric Brace of the Washington Post as "powerful folk songs with a conscience" and what Neal Fagan of Performing Songwriter Magazine called "literate, descriptive lyrics with a unique point of view articulated in a way that's intelligent and accessible".
The Bruce Smith Band features two time Grammy Award Winner Randy Caballero (formerly of La Mafia and Xelencia) on keyboards, Jasper on lead guitar, Jamie Pender on bass, Bryan Austin on drums and Bruce Smith on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Charlie Pierce & Choctaw Wildfire
Often sounding like a band possessed, Charlie Pierce and Choctaw Wildfire is an intense, driving honky-tonk trio that consists of piano, upright bass, and drums. During a performance, they will rattle you to the core with a heartbreaking ballad and then unleash a New Orleans inspired boogie that leaves the listener longing for the days when juke joints ruled the American landscape. Their music is somehow familiar, yet can leave you feeling like an outsider who has just witnessed something very real, painfully beautiful, and ultimately redeeming. Regardless of how their music grabs you, a performance by Charlie Pierce and Choctaw Wildfire might be the most genuine thing you've heard in a very long time.
Next 2 the Tracks
Rising from the heart of the rugged southwest with looks to fit, Next 2 the Tracks is rock & roll at its roots! No gimmicks or need for hype, just groove, great songwriting and sexy guitar riffs. All three members met in El Paso TX, and Albuquerque, NM beginning in the fall of 2005, and have been making music and touring together ever since. Next 2 the Tracks is currently on their North American How the West is One Tour and working on songs for their third studio recording which like Caballo, will feature songs heavily influenced by the American Southwest. "Our goal is to take the beauty, and culture of the Southwest to the world. We love the mix of Mexican American, Native American, Cowboy and Spanish cultures that make up this region of the U.S. Our landscapes are like no other in the world. The beauty of the desert, mountains, forests and all of their amazing wildlife are a real inspiration to our music."
Friday, March 14, 2014
Michael Prysock is a singer-songwriter-fourth generation musician. Prysock was deeply affected by life in rural Arkansas, and through his music, he tells achingly true tales of the influences of his family and the brotherhood of friends that helped raise him. Prysock skips the clichéd heart songs of romance and moves purposefully to lyrics that convey real struggle and the authenticity of living.
Prysock attended college in Arkansas in the 90s and sang in the Angelic Voices of Christ choir. Shortly after college, Prysock was introduced to folk music by his uncle, Joe Campbell.
In this genre and with the encouragement of his Uncle Joe, Prysock found his first true loves in John Prine, Guy Clark, Fred Eaglesmith and Townes Van Zandt.
Prysock is a spirited one-man-band, providing vocals, guitar and harmonica to a raw soundtrack of small-town life.
The Show & Tellers
Old-Timey Home-Swung Jazz
The Show and Tellers were formed at the Austin Farmers' Market in December 2011, when Joe and Melissa were joined by Rebecca for a Saturday morning hoe-down. They play a variety of original and traditional music in a mash-up style blending western swing, bluegrass, dixieland jazz, ragtime, and good ole American fun. The Show and Tellers, a "side project" as it were, is comprised of Melissa Carper on bass, Joe Sundell on banjo, and Rebecca Patek on fiddle, and the group really gets going when they're joined on cornet and clarinet by jazz phenom and living legend David Jellema. Due to the rigorous playing schedule of the group's core members, opportunities for shows are scarce, making each one a rare must-see performance.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Electro-Acoustic Folk-Punk Trio from New Mexico
Floozy, an all-female acoustic trio from Albuquerque, New Mexico formed in the fall of 2011. Their first full-length album, Open Can of Super Days, was released in 2012. A review in the music section of the December 2012 ABQ Arts Magazine touted their music: "You are going to want to pop the top when your eardrums hear what I have already had the pleasure of soaking mine in." Floozy played a sold-out show for their CD release at Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space in February 2013, and they've been featured in the Albuquerque Journal, on Albuquerque's local morning show The Morning Brew, on KUNM radio in Albuquerque and KBAC in Santa Fe. Floozy opened recently for Eric McFadden (George Clinton), and previous shows include the Santa Fe Summer Bandstand Series, the Driskill Hotel in Austin, the New Mexico State Fair, Corrales Harvest Fest, Albuquerque Cultural Conference, Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta, Marigold Parade, and Wells Park Harvest Fest. The band is recording a new album and will go back to play in Austin in March during South by Southwest.