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Monday, March 30, 2015

Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern

6:00 PM

Pianist, Composer & Arranger

Peggy Stern is as well-known as a composer as she is known for her fine piano playing. She arrived at jazz via classical music, R&B, and salsa. Her music has a particularly broad ethnic base - in addition to European and American classical music, Peggy's music draws from Brazilian, African, Jewish, Irish, Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Steven Stubblefield

Steven Stubblefield

6:00 PM

Front man for Starlings, TN

"Being a country boy is engrained in my memory," says Steven Stubblefield of Austin-based foursome Starlings, TN (pronounced Starlings, Tennessee.) "The history and lore surrounding traditional music made an early impression, and it has stuck with me all my life."

It doesn't get much more traditional than the music on the new Starlings, TN album Preachin' To The Choir, arriving via Chicken Ranch Records on January 27th, 2015. The record is comprised of covers of gospel songs that Stubblefield grew up with, along with a handful of like-minded originals written from his unique perspective. 

Ultimately, the new record is not only a tribute to Stubblefield's childhood, but also a return to his roots. Where the most recent Starlings, TN record (2013's All The Good Times) was on a mission to "inject Spiritualized's space rock into traditional bluegrass," according to the Austin Chronicle, Preachin' To The Choir really takes Stubblefield back.

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

8:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter

Jamie Thomas had his musical epiphany not at the proverbial crossroads but a schoolyard in Astoria, Queens, where the music of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and others touched his soul and inspired him to play music as well as write songs. He honed his skills as a performer playing New York clubs in a band before striking out on his own, making his bones as a solo act in the ground zero of the American folk movement, Greenwich Village's the Bitter End.  He later headed south of Mason-Dixon line spending time in Nashville before landing in Austin, TX in 2002. Recently Jamie has been playing shows and recording in Woodstock, NY as well as Austin, TX. He continues to perform his own steeped-in-the-tradition originals with his reinterpretations of other numbers from the great real American music songbook that span from its origins to today. Jamie Thomas' song "Wild as the Fire" is heard on the webseries "Doing Good" where it appears at the end of episode 1. Jamie has performed with Austin musicians Will Sexton, Stephen Doster, Bill Carter, and Randy Weeks in addition to his own bands.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Steven Stubblefield

Steven Stubblefield

6:00 PM

Front man for Starlings, TN

"Being a country boy is engrained in my memory," says Steven Stubblefield of Austin-based foursome Starlings, TN (pronounced Starlings, Tennessee.) "The history and lore surrounding traditional music made an early impression, and it has stuck with me all my life."

It doesn't get much more traditional than the music on the new Starlings, TN album Preachin' To The Choir, arriving via Chicken Ranch Records on January 27th, 2015. The record is comprised of covers of gospel songs that Stubblefield grew up with, along with a handful of like-minded originals written from his unique perspective.

Ultimately, the new record is not only a tribute to Stubblefield's childhood, but also a return to his roots. Where the most recent Starlings, TN record (2013's All The Good Times) was on a mission to "inject Spiritualized's space rock into traditional bluegrass," according to the Austin Chronicle, Preachin' To The Choir really takes Stubblefield back.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

8:00 PM

Springsteen-esque Singer/Songwriter

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, April 2, 2015

Steven Stubblefield

Steven Stubblefield

6:00 PM

Front man for Starlings, TN

"Being a country boy is engrained in my memory," says Steven Stubblefield of Austin-based foursome Starlings, TN (pronounced Starlings, Tennessee.) "The history and lore surrounding traditional music made an early impression, and it has stuck with me all my life."

It doesn't get much more traditional than the music on the new Starlings, TN album Preachin' To The Choir, arriving via Chicken Ranch Records on January 27th, 2015. The record is comprised of covers of gospel songs that Stubblefield grew up with, along with a handful of like-minded originals written from his unique perspective.

Ultimately, the new record is not only a tribute to Stubblefield's childhood, but also a return to his roots. Where the most recent Starlings, TN record (2013's All The Good Times) was on a mission to "inject Spiritualized's space rock into traditional bluegrass," according to the Austin Chronicle, Preachin' To The Choir really takes Stubblefield back.

Open Range

Open Range

8:00 PM

Montana Acoustic Duo

"Music that captures the spirit of the West"...that's how the music of Open Range has been described. Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation. They perform music from the old western standards, to swing tunes of the 40's, to western music being written today, including their own original compositions. Ric & Linda get their musical inspiration from the wide open spaces of Montana where they live in the Shields River Valley near Livingston, MT.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Open Range

Open Range

6:00 PM

Montana Acoustic Duo

"Music that captures the spirit of the West"...that's how the music of Open Range has been described. Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation. They perform music from the old western standards, to swing tunes of the 40's, to western music being written today, including their own original compositions. Ric & Linda get their musical inspiration from the wide open spaces of Montana where they live in the Shields River Valley near Livingston, MT.

Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers

Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers

9:00 PM

Rockabilly

More and more music lovers are learning the answer: a band that's earned a nationwide following and international fans with its honest, original music fused with synergy, sugar, sweat and soul.

The 8-year-old four-piece combo plays a high octane Americana that encompasses Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.

Since moving to Austin 2008, the city's music scene is a-buzz over the band's arrival. Currently providing the rock-solid honky-tonk groove backing Ruby and Jorge are Jody Suarez on drums and Kevin Fox on upright bass. Together, they have played six successful European tours, as well as a variety of tours across the United States.

"Risky - and perhaps just a bit risqué - Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers conjure forth all sorts of visions of another time," said Metro Santa Cruz after a California show. "Rooted firmly in the classic country and rockabilly tradition, the band is an authentic backdrop for lead singer Ruby Dee's blend of Wanda Jackson sass and Patsy Cline pathos. The band holds it down with the insistence of a chugging train while Dee, a pinup heartbreaker of yesteryear with thoroughly modern attitude, commands the stage."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tiger Alley

Tiger Alley

9:00 PM

Americana/Western Swing/Jazz Trio

 Tiger Alley is an Americana/Western Swing/Jazz trio composed of musicians Katy Rose Cox (Shotgun Party, Maybelles, Biscuit Grabbers) on fiddle, Janie Cowan (Luke Hill & the Hot Pursuits) on bass, and UK native Sophia Johnson (Toy Hearts) on guitar.



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