Foundation Songwriter Series

The Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series:

On September 26th, the Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series presents a special performance by The Weeping Willows/Dustin Welch & HalleyAnna. 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.


The Weeping Willows
There’s an inherent truthfulness, perhaps even a righteousness, in every recording and performance by The Weeping Willows. They themselves can’t help it – for when music is born of love it is unflinchingly honest – even if the words are entirely fictional. This integrity is the reason The Willows can play almost every week of the year, often three or four times, winning over new fans and loyal friends wherever they go.

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Austin-based singer/songwriter Dustin Welch was raised in Nashville, Tennessee in a community made up of people involved with various aspects of the music business. Welch was playing music and writing songs from an early age, starting bands as a youth with other children of musicians, including Steve Earle’s kid and talented young vocalist Cary Ann Hearst. Inspired by listening to Béla Fleck, he taught himself banjo and worked on his own experimental approaches to the instrument, and at the same young age began writing his own songs in droves. In 2006 Welch joined on as a touring member of the Celtic-fused rock group the Scotch Greens, playing shows across the U.S. and Europe and even embarking on a leg of the Warped Tour. Following his time in Scotch Greens he relocated to Austin, Texas and began work on what would be his debut solo album, 2009’s Whisky Priest. The album was an amalgam of musical and literary influences, with Welch drawing on the influence of both his large musical background and the writings of authors like John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy for his sometimes dark, storytelling songs. He followed up in 2012 with sophomore album Tijuana Bible. Apart from his solo career, Welch worked actively as a session musician in the Austin scene and also volunteered his time at Soldier Songs & Voices, a weekly songwriting and guitar workshop for veterans of the Armed Forces.

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HalleyAnna is a Texas singer-songwriter who has been writing and performing since she was 12 years old. She has toured with and opened shows for Todd Snider, Randy Rogers, Hayes Carll, Sisters Morales, Monte Montgomery, Steve Poltz, Robyn Ludwick, Walt Wilkins, Shelley King, and many more of her songwriting heroes. Inspired by Townes Van Zandt and Loretta Lynn, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Emmy Lou Harris, Doug Sahm and Sippie Wallace, and and a host of others, she brings a fresh, yet familiar sound to her music.

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:

December 5, 2018–George Ensle/Shad Blair

Past Shows Have Included:

Shelley King and John Arrthur Martinez

Adam and Chris Carroll

Tish Hinojosa and Mark Jungers