Foundation Songwriter Series

The Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series:

On November 13th, the Cheatham Street Music Foundation Songwriter Series presents a special performance by Jeff Plankenhorn & Michael O’Connor. 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!

November 13–Jeff Plankenhorn & Michael O’Connor

Jeff Plankenhorn
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
“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.”

Michael O’Connor is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Colorado. For decades he has played and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Shelley King. A lifetime of hard-won experience on- and off-stage has allowed Michael a rare insight into the world of the rough, the faithless, the romantic, and the unlucky, all of whom find refuge in his songs. Michael has toured throughout the United States and overseas. He has released five albums, and a sixth is on the way this year.

About:

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 18–Terri Hendrix & Susan Gibson

Terri Hendrix

Susan Gibson

January 22, 2020—–Neal Ford & Frank Iarossi

March 11, 2020——-Brigitte London & Mick Byrd.

Past Shows Have Included:

The Weeping Willows with HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch

Grant Ewing & Pake Rossi

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