The Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series:
On August 7th, the Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series presents a special performance by Grant Ewing and Pake Rossi. 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.
THIS SHOW IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Grant Ewing draws strong influence from blues and soul music spanning back to the 1950’s. While continuing to grow and challenge the genre with modern elements the band stays true to the style while bringing something new with every performance. The energy and power of his show is hard to experience from listening to his albums alone. Though the recordings hold up to any other contemporary releases seeing it is a different deal. The dynamic nature of this music translates to audiences of all backgrounds and interests, and becomes more refined with every new attempt.
“Pake Rossi is a natural born songwriting son-of-a-gun. When he walks on stage and strums a few chords on his guitar, and you hear him sing one of his great songs for the first time, you will probably be a fan by the time he gets done with his set. If you are not, you might need to get your heart checked.”
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!
September 18–The Weeping Willows w/Dustin Welch & HalleyAnna Finlay Welch
The Weeping Willows
Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery. That kind of description might make them sound like some carefully contrived concept-act but there’s something truly different about The Weeping Willows: they really mean it.
Just like their old-timey forefathers, Laura and Andrew see themselves as simply contributors. They are cogs in the wheel; part of a long music tradition that emerged years before their own existence and will survive them by hook or by crook. The old songs they sing are plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the book. The origin of each track is almost irrelevant, as all are performed with an authenticity and vibrancy befitting this most dignified and welcoming genre. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on location or caught on tape will always delight.
Dustin Welch & HalleyAnna Finlay
A Nashville native, Dustin grew up surrounded by writers, singers, pickers, and artists of all kinds. At an early age, he was exposed to the literary value of song form, and formed his own unique style of storytelling. Appalachian grooves and melodies coupled with lyrics, strange and beautiful. He encountered solid recognition for his talent and hard driving music and lyrical style for his first two solo records Whisky Priest and Tijuana Bible, putting him into the upper realm of Austin rockers. His long awaited third installment, Amateur Theater, is due out in the summer of 2018.
“It’s a little bit strong, a little bit unhinged, a little bit scary at times. He seems to be weaving together elements of various mythological traditions, pulling good old-fashioned Texas songwriting with some underworld imagery.
…this guy seems to be a very fully realized songwriter. He’s not working anything out here. It sounds like he showed up knowing just what to do, and you better get out of the way so he can do it.”
-Kim Ruehl, No Depression
HalleyAnna has been studying the art of songwriting and performance for nearly three decades. Her father, Kent Finlay, opened the legendary listening room, Cheatham Street Warehouse, where she received her musical education from songwriters like Terri Hendrix, Slaid Cleaves, and Todd Snider. HalleyAnna carries forward the spirit that has been embodied at Cheatham Street for decades: She writes, in the Townes Van Zandt tradition, simply “for the sake of the song.
November 13–Jeff Plankenhorn & Michael O’Connor
When Jeff Plankenhorn, arguably one of the busiest and most highly regarded guitar players on the Austin music scene, tells you that he “hardly ever takes sideman gigs anymore,” take it with a grain of salt.
Yes, it’s true he’s made a concerted effort to carve out more time for his own solo career ever since issuing his breakout second studio set, 2016’s SoulSlide — and he aims to find even more of that “me time” come the May 4, 2018 release of his new album, Sleeping Dogs on Spike Steel Records.But as far as scaling back on the whole sideman thing goes … bear in mind that there’s a big difference between “hardly ever” and never. Namely, the former still leaves the guy just enough wiggle room to happily say “yes” when legends (and friends) on the level of Ray Wylie Hubbard or the Flatlanders need a can-do guitar man for a sold-out theater engagement. Or, say, when fellow A-list Austin sideman “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb — the MVP co-producer of Sleeping Dogs — finds out he can’t make it to a very special Johnny Nicholas gig in Hawaii, and asks “Plank” if he’d be up for subbing for him. Who in their right mind is going to say no to that?
“Michael O’Connor is well-acknowledged as a great guitarist, but you should listen to his songs as well. He writes beautifully, authentically and comes by that gritty gravel road of a voice honestly. You’ll not find a forced moment in his work.”
Past Shows Have Included:
Mike Ethan Messik & Jordan Minor
Jamie Lynn Wilson & Bill Whitbeck
George Ensle & Shad Blair
Shelley King and John Arrthur Martinez
Adam and Chris Carroll
Tish Hinojosa and Mark Jungers