Foundation Songwriter Series

The Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series:

On February 27th, the Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series presents a special performance by Jamie Lynn Wilson and Bill Whitbeck. The performance, which is free to the public, will run from 7:30 to 9:00pm, right before the weekly Kent Finlay‘s Songwriters Circle at Cheatham Street Warehouse.


Jamie Lynn Wilson

Photo by: Eryn Brooke

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.”

No one covers the spectrum of age and experience quite like Jamie: moving portraits of men, women, and children coping, striving, wondering, and celebrating. Interesting? Undoubtedly. Universal but specific and personal, too. “I studied people around me more for this record than I have in the past,” she says. “I wrote songs from my perspective, from the outside looking in.”

Bill Whitbeck

Bill was born in Washington D.C. His family soon moved to La Porte, Texas when the space center was built in nearby Clear Lake. The family chose to take Bill with them. An early interest in music became a permanent aspect of his life. He began playing around Houston while in high school and then moved to San Marcos in ’76. In ’95 Bill got the job as bass player with Robert Earl Keen. Whitbeck has performed on stage with Steve Marriott, John Lee Hooker, Flaco Jimenez, and George Strait. He has co-written songs with Robert Keen, Rodney Hayden, The Greencards, Fred Eaglesmith and others. Bill has put together a collection of his tunes in a cd called Radio Caroline produced and performed by David Beck. He hopes people like it.

The Songwriter Series features public performances by singer-songwriters who were mentored, inspired, or influenced by Kent Finlay at Cheatham Street Warehouse. These special scheduled performances, free to the public and sponsored by the Cheatham Street Music Foundation, are part of the Foundation’s commitment to preserving and promoting Kent’s legacy. They will be scheduled and held in cooperation with Cheatham Street Warehouse, which supports the Foundation’s efforts to host Songwriter’s Circle each Wednesday night as well as other special events from time to time.

This will be a “listening” night full of stories, songs, and reflections on Kent’s legacy. We hope to see a lot of you there!

Future Events:

May 8, 2019 — Mike Ethan Messik & Jordan Minor


Past Shows Have Included:

George Ensle & Shad Blair

Shelley King and John Arrthur Martinez

Adam and Chris Carroll

Tish Hinojosa and Mark Jungers