Sunday, June 11, 8 pm
2050 Main St
Tickets: $14 Members General Admission, $17 General Admission, $22 Reserved Front & Center
“A wry Texas troubadour with a knack for crooked grace and a clever turn of phrase” —New York Times
Singer-songwriter and Texas native, Hayes Carll, known for his roots-oriented style of songwriting, plainspoken poetry and sarcastic humor recently swept the 2016–17 Austin Music Awards for Austin Musician of The Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Folk Performer.
After releasing his debut album, Flowers & Liquor, Carll was voted the “Best New Act of 2002” by the Houston Press. Since then he’s been compared to other Texas songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt, who he said “ruined me and saved me at the same time,” and Jerry Jeff Walker. His single, the honky-tonk lament of a newly minted Jesus freak’s jealous husband, “She Left Me for Jesus” was one of the “Top Singles of 2008” for The Village Voice and the Americana Music Association Song of the Year 2008. His newly released album Lovers and Leavers features “The Love That We Need,” written with Jack Ingram and Allison Moorer takes on a more somber, reflective tone.
For the new album he enlisted Joe Henry, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and artist-friendly producer whose recent credits include Bonnie Raitt, Beck, John Doe and Emmylou Harris. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel said Carll, “I didn’t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. But I got what I wanted – a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life.”
with special guest Seth Glier
Wednesday, June 21, 8:00 pm
2050 Main St
Ticket: $62 Reserved front & center, $49 General admission, $39 Members general admission.
"The finest rock songwriter after Dylan…” — Los Angeles Times
“A folksinger who (shreds) like an arena-rock star… and still writes songs that sting and storm.” —NPR
Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson has been named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year”.
A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others.
Sunday, July 30, 8 pm
2050 Main St
Tickets: $29 Members General Admission, $38 General Admission, $46 Reserved Front & Center
The Steep Canyon Rangers are an American bluegrass band from Brevard, North Carolina. Formed in 2001, they have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet.
What does North Carolina sound like? In a state that has also produced Doc Watson, James Taylor and the Avett Brothers, there’s hardly a more well-rounded answer than the Steep Canyon Rangers.
A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.
It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the Steep Canyon Rangers the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2013 (Nobody Knows You), and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band.
The release of their ninth studio album, RADIO, further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance.
The Rangers have been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass.