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Jan
11
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: The Brandon McDermott Band @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 10 @ 11:30 pm

$10 at the door
https://brandonmcdermottband.com/

If you were to think of the most glorious sound that could ever be produced…As if Heaven itself were to part the clouds for the briefest of moments and all the Angels gathered to sing their most Angelic song, and it was so beautiful that it could only be heard for a single whisper of a moment or the gloriousness of the sound would overwhelm everyone on Earth….yep, that’s the Brandon McDermott Band.
    From Galveston to Houston to College Station and all the way up to Amarillo, the Brandon McDermott Band has been bringing their exciting brand of Texas country music to stages across the Lone Star State. The Brandon McDermott Band released their first studio album titled “Mile Marker Zero” and just like their live shows, which continue to leave the audience wanting more, the album is chock-full of fun, energetic songs that are guaranteed to make their listener have a good time. From good ol’ fashion party songs, to songs about relationships gone bad, this album has something for everyone and has been getting great reviews from country music publications and industry people alike. Now the band is about to head into the studio to record their follow up album with Producer Adam Odor. The Brandon McDermott Band has played shows with many of Texas Music’s top acts including Stoney LaRue, Kevin Fowler, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars, Josh Abbott Band, Aaron Watson, Dirty River Boys, Brandon Rhyder, Bri Bagwell, Honeybrowne and even 90’s megastars Poison, plus many more. So no matter whether you prefer mud on your boots or sand between your toes, if you like Texas Music then the Brandon McDermott Band has something for you.   

 The Brandon McDermott Band is – Brandon McDermott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nathan Taylor (lead guitar, vocals), Brent Topa (drums), Soloman Garcia (bass).

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Feb
20
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Gabe Wootton Songwriter Series featuring Jimmy Pizzitola @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

https://gabewootton.com/

From the piney woods of East Texas to the flat lands outside Lubbock, from the rolling prairies of Central Texas to the sandy shores of the Virgin Islands, Gabe Wootton has covered more than a few miles. With an eye on the horizon and an ear in the wind, he has found melody in the mundane and rhyme in the hum of life. A sketch of scenes in passing, character studies of the broken and the jubilant, triumphant tales of ruin to joyful lamentations of woe, Gabe’s songs run the gamut incorporating elements of all the music he has stumbled upon throughout his life.

immy Pizzitola is a Houston based singer/songwriter, night-time landscaper, and lover of all things jellicle (except Cats).  His early musical influences, driven into his three year old skull while being held captive in the back of a 1968 blue Malibu by his carpool-driving mother, were the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s.  Between dropping off and picking up siblings and assorted neighborhood ruffians, Jimmy was force-fed Jim Croce, Neil Young, James Taylor, Gerry Rafferty, and of course, Der Weinershnitzel corn dogs.  Come weekend, he would often head out to South Texas with his father and grandfather to shoot at things.  Sitting on the console of a Ford Bronco, squeezed in between stacks of 8-tracks and bottles of V.O., he would sing along with Waylon, Willie, Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr.) Don Williams, and other country-fried offerings of the time.

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Feb
27
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Feb
28
Fri
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Ben Balmer with Charles Bryant opening @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

TICKETS $10 ADV. – $15 AT THE DOOR
http://benbalmer.com/
https://charlesbryantmusic.com/home

BEN BALMER

Ben Balmer’s business cards read Ben Balmer. Musician. Performer. All-around nice guy. There are few better words to describe someone who lives to jam while brightening people’s days with honest and compassionate music.

Born in the Detroit area of Michigan, Ben Balmer grew up singing along to his Dad’s old Motown and Chicago blues records as early as age 4. He started playing harmonica by 13, and was performing on guitar by 17. During high school, Ben became the lead singer and harmonica player in Ann Arbor indie-rock band Comatose Collin. Despite being the band’s youngest member, Ben’s “soulfully sweet” voice (as described by Detroit Metro Times) touched audiences with his surprisingly reflective and exposing lyrics.

CHARLES BRYANT

In an article published by Texas Music Magazine last year, music journalist Trey Gutierrez wrote: Charles Bryant may the most prolific Texas songwriter you’ve never heard of. His 3rd, and latest CD, titled ‘Kiss The Sun’ was named one it’s best Texas album releases of 2017. In his review of the album, music journalist William Michael Smith concluded: “A vast, sweeping work of beauty, grace, compassion and heart, ‘Kiss The Sun’ gives hope to those who miss the bruising word constructions of Townes Van Zandt and other Houston singer-songwriters who set the bar so high to begin with. ‘Kiss The Sun’ is no less than a minor masterpiece from a true underdog an native son”. From Houston to Austin, look under ‘Shows’ to see where you can see Charles live.  

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Feb
29
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Adam Hood @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TICKETS $15 ADV. – $20 AT THE DOOR.
https://www.adamhood.com/

Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his mark both onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes equal parts country, soul and American roots music.

It’s a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He’d perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Hank Williams Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in his home state, but across the entire country. Eventually even landing himself a three-year nationwide tour opening for Leon Russell.

These days, though, Hood is no longer just putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country stars. Instead, many of those acts — including Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack & Brent Cobb — are playing his songs.

In 2016, Hood signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville and GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb’s Low Country Sound. All while remaining adamantly focused on his own career, playing around 100 shows annually promoting third solo release, Welcome to the Big World, and now his newest release, Somewhere in Between.

A showcase for both his frontman abilities and songwriting chops, Somewhere in Between shines a light on Hood’s strength as a live performer. He recorded most of the album live at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios over two quick days. Teaming up with friend and producer Oran Thornton (Miranda Lambert’s Revolution, Angaleena Presley’s Wrangled) their goal was to create something that reflected the raw, real sound of his concerts, where overdubs and unlimited takes are never an option. The result is a record that reflects Hood’s working-class roots, mixing the upbeat thrill of his roadhouse roots-rock songs with the contemplative, stripped-down sway of his country ballads.

Joining him in the studio were guitarist Pat McLaughlin, bassist Lex Price, and drummer Jerry Roe. All of whom captured their parts in just a handful of live takes while Hood simultaneously tracked his vocals. Stripped free of studio trickery and lushly layered arrangements, Somewhere in Between is an honest, story-driven record. One that’s both relatable and deeply autobiographical, with Hood writing or co-writing ten of the record’s eleven tracks, alongside friends like McLaughlin, Brent Cobb — who also appears on the electrified ‘She Don’t Love Me’ — Josh Abbott, Jason Eady, and plenty of others.

Somewhere in Between is an album that finally finds Hood telling his own story. A dedicated family man, he wrote ‘Locomotive’ — a heartland anthem, full of Telecaster twang and sunny swagger — after watching his young daughter develop her motor skills while playing with a set of blocks. Balancing his life as a relentless road-warrior, Hood penned highway ballad ‘Downturn’ about a life filled with wanderlust and long drives from gig to gig.

As a blue-collar songwriter, Hood shines a light on everyday experiences — from family and friends to the thrill of Friday nights. Partly because he’s stuck to his roots. The native Alabaman still lives in the Yellowhammer State and celebrates America’s rural pockets with songs like ‘Keeping Me Here’ and ‘Real Small Town,’ two songs filled with images of main streets, open landscapes, hard times, and good people.

‘It’s southern music,’ he says, grouping Somewhere in Between’s wide range of music under an appropriate banner. ‘That’s what it represents: the soulful side of southern music, the country side of southern music, the genuineness of southern culture, and the way I grew up. One of the t-shirts I sell at every show simply says ‘Southern Songs,’ and It’s a good summary of what I do. It’s what I’ve always done.’

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Mar
5
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Mar
6
Fri
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Lynn Drury & Ted Hefko @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TICKETS $15 ADV – $20 AT THE DOOR
http://www.ted.hefko.net/
https://lynndrury.com/

LYNN DRURY

A performer since childhood, Lynn Drury’s first accolade was at the age of five. She won a 4-H pole-bending competition in her native Mississippi. Though her rodeo career didn’t follow her into adulthood, she was primed and ready for the spotlight by the time she first picked up a guitar nearly twenty years later. 

Born in Yazoo City, MS and raised in Carriere, MS, Drury relocated to New Orleans, LA in the mid-nineties and performed her unique style of roots rock on most of the stages in the city. Over the past two decades, that meticulously cultivated style – NOLAmericana® – has brought Drury’s original music to stages all over the world. At once personal with a voice distinct, this is definitive New Orleans Americana created in a city that moves to it’s own groove.

Drury’s impressive catalogue includes “Crossing Frequencies” (2001), “Blackberry Winter” (2002 with Bad Mayo), “Spun” (2003 with Bad Mayo), “All You Need” (2006), “Dal Vivo (2009), “Sugar on the Floor “ (2011), “Come to My House” (2014), and 2017’s critically acclaimed “Rise of the Fall.” She has earned multiple nominations and awards from New Orleans’ most prominent publications. 

Her latest release, “Rise of the Fall” showcases Drury’s “exponential growth as a songwriter” and was hailed as “another breakthrough” by Offbeat’s John Swenson. She is currently in the studio working on a new project and will release new material in early 2020.

TED HEFKO

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Ted Hefko moved to New Orleans on a Greyhound Bus when he was 18 and fresh out of high school. He chose to travel by bus to buy himself a little time to make the adjustment and also so he could pack more. His luggage totaled two guitars, a saxophone, cooking utensils, books, cassettes, and a pin-striped suit. He dreamed of a city on the water, full of music, and the sweet safety and serenity of the thick New Orleans air about him. He rode next to a Memphis call-girl, nearly twice his age, who entertained him with stories of the ins and outs of the business as they rode. Ted began writing song lyrics when he was in second grade and picked up the guitar a couple years later along with any instrument he could get his hands on. Wanting to dig a little deeper into modern jazz at The University of New Orleans, he chose saxophone over guitar as his primary instrument. That choice led to ten years of working as a freelance horn player in New Orleans and New York, before song writing and the guitar called him back.

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Mar
7
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Wrecks Bell & Janet Bell @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

TICKETS $10 ADV. – $15 AT THE DOOR
https://www.heroincave.com/

Wrecks has been a musician for many years. He studied steel guitar and played with Utah Carl. After being distend by his brother he stopped his lessons. His current musical career began in the Navy where another soldier and he were going to compete is a talent show. Their guitar player backed out at the last moment. Wrecks has played with Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lucinda Williams to name a few. His comedic antics create a very enjoyable performance. Heroin Cave reflects on his life, the highs and lows.

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Mar
12
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Mar
14
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Sheila Marshall @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

TICKETS $10 ADV. – $15 AT THE DOOR
https://www.sheilamarshall.com/home

‘Sheila Marshall has compelling songs, a delicious cool voice, and fire and soul,’ affirms the renowned Americana artist and songwriter’s songwriter, sealing his approval with two little words that tell you all you really need to know about Marshall’s credentials as Hubbard-certified, grade A Real Deal: ‘I dig.’

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Mar
19
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Mar
21
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: An Evening with Tish Hinojosa @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TICKETS $20 ADV. – $25 AT THE DOOR
http://www.mundotish.com/

Hinojosa’s new originals are at the heart of the collection, from the romantic tribute to the missions in her hometown (“Church of the Mission Bell”) to channeling Patsy Cline in a bittersweet country shuffle (“Can’t Say It Matters Anymore”) and even a co-write with son Adam Hinojosa-Barker (“I Can Be the Wind”), one of two children from her 20-year marriage to entertainment lawyer Craig Barker.

There are also covers of songs by some of her favorite southwestern musicians. Her version of the late Tim Henderson’s “Maria Consuelo Arroyo” takes on the song’s single immigrant mother raising a family of “dreamers,” and makes it immediately relevant to today’s headlines.  She originally performed Jimmy LaFave’s “Only One Angel,” for a memorial concert at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, turning this recorded take into a remembrance of a dear friend. Tish turns the Mexican standard “Perfidia,” covered by everyone from Desi Arnaz, Nat King Cole and Charlie Parker to Linda Ronstadt, Freddy Fender and Andrea Bocelli, into a country number, thanks to the plaintive pedal steel, fiddle and accordion.  She joins her self-described “mentor” Michael Martin Murphey for his “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” a hit for the Monkees when he offered it to fellow Screen Gems songwriter – and San Antonio/Austin pal — Michael Nesmith.  Hinojosa originally started out in New Mexico as a back-up singer in Murphey’s band, where he took her under his wing and encouraged the young performer to pursue her singer/songwriter muse.

Tish’s personal style means West has plenty of blood – and raw emotion — on its tracks, and a number of wounds, too, but Tish Hinojosa prefers to dwell on the positive. On the album’s final track, “Color It Blue,” for which she wrote lyrics over music by co-producers Dykhuis and Dolan, she ends on a typical note of uplift. “Lose yourself to the moon,” she declares, still the wanderlust spirit, ready to move forward to the next stage of an already-impressive career.

“This album happened in such an organic, beautiful way,” she declares.

West is a welcome addition to a resume which features releases on A&M, Warner Bros., Rounder, Watermelon and Lone Star, a command performance for President Bill Clinton and Hillary at the White House with Robert Redford, and numerous prestigious honors, including the NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year for 1992’s Culture Swing.  Tish Hinojosa’s trip continues its long and winding road.

“The journey hasn’t always been easy,” she says. “These are our life’s adventures. Sometimes we hit it good; sometimes we hit it bad.

On West, Tish Hinojosa has turned that pain to pleasure with music which allows those scars to gradually fade away.

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Mar
26
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Mar
27
Fri
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Kelly Willis & Jamie Lin Wilson Song Swap @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

TICKETS $30 ADV. – $35 AT THE DOOR
DOORS 6 PM – SHOW 7 PM

JAMIE LIN WILSON

Jamie’s anticipated new record Jumping Over Rocks marks her second full-length solo album, but she’s not the new kid. She cut her teeth fronting and co-fronting beloved bands including the Gougers and the Trishas, winning over listeners and peers across the country. Now, her place as an acclaimed singer-songwriter on her own seems fated, imbued with a singular blend of freshness and road-earned wisdom. “I consider ‘Jumping Over Rocks’ to be a definitive record on myself and my style,” Jamie says. “I hope it’s something people connect with, that it’s familiar to them but also new. I hope that people find it interesting.

Kelly Willis

is Back Being Blue, to take a color-coded cue from the title of her seventh album. It’s a shade she wears well, though long-patient fans might just say: You had us at back. They’ll take a new Willis record in whatever hue it comes, now that it’s been 11 years since her last solo release, 2007’s Translated from Love. The Austin-based singer/songwriter has hardly been MIA in the intervening years, having recorded and toured as part of a duo with Bruce Robison. But she’s setting the duet Mm.Oo. aside for do-it-alone mode, at least as far as the spotlight is concerned.  (Robison hovers just outside it this time, as producer.). Hers is a solo voice again, but it’s not necessarily sotto voce: This is an album of songs about lonesomeness that also happens to be a cracklingly good time.

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Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Tremolocos @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

TICKETS $10 ADV. – $15 AT THE DOOR
DOORS FOR THIS SHOW WILL BE AT 9:30 – SHOW 10PM
http://tremolocos.com/news/

Tex-Mexican-Americana, Sonoran Gothic Folk, Gulf Coast Roots, California Country Cantina Music

For more events in #galvestontx, go to https://galvestonislandguide.com/calendar/

Mar
28
Sat
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: James Steinle Record Release Show (full band) @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TICKETS $15 ADV. – $20 AT THE DOOR
SPECIAL GUEST OPENERS DALE & WAYLON
http://www.jamessteinle.com/
https://www.daleandwaylon.com/

James’ music is often filled with characters who live near borders and on open plains, who work cattle on hot days and visit honky tonks at night, who experience hardships and cause of a bit of a raucous from time to time. His songs are filled with perspective — sometimes his own, sometimes that of others — but together, shine a light on a larger picture of what life looks like for people in a place that’s often forgotten.

HIS upbringing is part of the reason he can see things from so many different angles. Born in South Texas, he spent his childhood in Saudi Arabia and Germany and had the privilege of traveling all over the world at a young age. He’s now based in Austin, where his unique worldview, the people he’s met and the places he’s seen inform the songs he writes.

James was one of the winners of the 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival’s University Singer/Songwriter Contest. Following the release of his debut studio LP, “South Texas Homecoming”, in August of 2018 he garnered high praise and the record itself found its way onto numerous “Best Album’s of the Year” lists (see ‘PRESS’ tab above). Since then he has released a live record, “Live at hole In the Wall”, and is currently in the process of releasing his sophomore studio effort, “what I came Here For”, produced by the great Texas singer/songwriter Bruce Robison. The record will be available February 7th, 2020 on Shotgun House Records.

He has shared the bill and opened for fellow Americana acts such as Joe Ely, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Charley Crockett, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Jamie Lin Wilson, Robert Ellis, Jonny Burke, Michael Martin Murphey, Mike & The Moonpies, And Many More.

For more events in #galvestontx, go to https://galvestonislandguide.com/calendar/

Apr
2
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Apr
9
Thu
Queen of Hearts @ The Oaks Bar
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queen of Hears Drawing. This game has big pots and weekly drawings. Come join the fun!https://www.facebook.com/events/2292432317715647/

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe: Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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