Jenni Finlay's Poetry Debut Table For One Readings
"Beyond good." - James McMurtry
"This is a thought-piece written by the daughter of a songwriter who was undergoing bone-marrow treatment for cancer. It is funny, poignant, sad, serious at various times. For a first chapbook, this is a great effort, well worth the small price." - SciMed Reviewer, College Station, TX
"When her late dad, Kent Finlay, was being treated for cancer in San Antonio, Jenni was the person who kept watch, doing what family members so often do--staying in mediocre motels, eating lots of meals in so-so cafes, memorizing daily therapeutic regimens, commiserating with others keeping a similar vigil. In the process, she also spent her down time--such as it was--in restaurants at a "table for one," recording the experience in what would become a collection of poems that are poignant, wickedly funny at times, and above all, exquisitely real. Their power lies not just in their brevity and their honesty, but also in the telling details that enable us to recognize one of our own. It's a keeper." - Susan Hanson ( What Wilderness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest; Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World)
Jenni Finlay Promotions Celebrates 9 Years! Full Lineup Announced!
Jenni Finlay effortlessly shapes iconic careers. For nearly a decade, she's consistently shot Americana's finest toward the top of the charts. Now, she's turning potential into platinum more than ever: Last year Finlay expanded her business from radio promotion into artist management (James McMurtry, Kevin Welch) . “At this point, there wouldn’t be much of a James McMurtry business were it not for Jenni Finlay Promotions,” says McMurtry, her longest running client. “Jenni's now poised to take over the world.”
Several all-stars from her stellar roster – including James McMurtry, Rod Picott, Adam Carroll and others – will gather on August 1 at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX, to celebrate Jenni Finlay Promotions' ninth anniversary. “I've been fortunate enough to work with the best of the best in Americana music since starting Jenni Finlay Promotions, truly the cream of the crop of the world's singer-songwriters,” Finlay says. “I hope to further shine the light on all we can be.”
“Jenni's used her natural intelligence and charm and titanium work ethic to reach a coveted level of success while retaining her integrity,” longtime client Noel McKay says. “I was lucky to work with her when she was first starting out and I'm exponentially luckier to work with her now. Jenni continues to work her ass off and the success of her artists is the proof."
Finlay humbly accepts the praise. “I'm honored to have the opportunity to promote the amazing artists and music I love,” she says. “I love this family of devout music business folks, dedicated radio personalities and supportive music-loving fans. They all inspire me each and every day. I'm so grateful to everything and everyone who has gotten me to where I am today and I can't wait to see what's next.”
WHAT: Jenni Finlay Promotions' 9th Anniversary Party
WHERE: Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX
WHEN: 8 p.m. August 1
VIP Tables Available
Danny Barnes Dominates World
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Catfish Concerts Cookbook
New Video for James McMurtry's 'Forgotten Coast'
When he's not on the road, you can catch the longtime Austin resident at his regular hometown solo/acoustic show at the Continental Club Gallery every Tuesday and the James McMurtry Band performs each Wednesday at their renowned regular midnight set at The Continental Club in Austin, Texas.
Ted Hawkins Happy Hour at AMA festival on September 16
AMA Festival Call Day Etiquette Panel on September 17
Brent Best's Highly Anticipated Your Dog, Champ Available THIS MONTH
Your Dog, Champ, which was completely crowd-funded, features 11 original songs. While some of these songs were written years ago, most have never been performed in the live setting. Best is recognized as a literary-influenced, Southern Gothic songwriter, shaped more by Southern authors such as Larry Brown, Harry Crews, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor than his music contemporaries.
Best is simply revered by his peers in the world of Americana music. Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers comments, “The very long awaited solo album from Slobberbone front man Brent Best is an excellent collection of songs. His eye for great narrative puts him in the exalted company of storytellers (both songwriting and literary) like Larry Brown and the McMurtry clan. A true Texas treasure.”
Impassioned, clever and sonically sound, Your Dog, Champ will surely please Slobberbone’s die-hard fans and music critics alike. Best will launch a solo tour in the late summer and fall in support of the new release.
Coming Soon: Luke Pruitt
“I wanted to write a record that told a complete story” Pruitt says of his second studio album, recorded over four days at The Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN with Producer Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard). “I guess, thematically, you could compare it to some of the concept albums that Willie Nelson made in the 70’s, but I approached it more like I was writing a Novella. It takes place before and after 9/11 and has two main storylines, the first one about a Millennial kid who is graduating high school and leaving for college the summer after 9/11, and the second is about some friends of mine who are immigrants from Mexico. I did some personal interviews with them, and they took great pride in telling me about their journey to America and setting roots down in a new home.” - Luke Pruitt
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Kevin and Dustin Welch Join Forces
In addition to his next three solo records, Life Down Here On Earth, Beneath My Wheels, and Millionaire, he and his fellow Dead Reckoners toured the world together, leading to four more recordings with his partners Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin, two of which were nominated for Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association. In 2008, Welch left his Nashville life and moved to the Texas Hill Country, releasing A Patch of Blue Sky, and continued to tour extensively both abroad and throughout the US.
Building on his sharp 2009 debut, Whisky Priest, which Lone Star Music magazine called "one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas in the past year," Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Welch doubled down with his stunning sophomore effort Tijuana Bible (via his own Super Rooster Records). Like Whisky Priest before it, Tijuana Bible finds the Nashville-born Welch playing the part of a wickedly mysterious carnival barker, bouncing strains of Americana, rock and folk music off of each other like a hall of funhouse mirrors.
Now the Welch boys have joined forces and this collaboration, the result of years of hard work and dreams, is on the road. "I have a feeling, in a lot of ways, I became a musician so I could hang out with my dad more," Dustin says. "When I was growing up, he made sure he wasn't on the road for longer than two weeks at a time, but still those were a couple weeks we were missing out on each other's lives. What's really interesting, is that I became a fairly different artist in my own right than he always was. That's what's so cool about the opportunity to collaborate together so much these days. One picks up where the other leaves off. Nowadays, man, we go months around each other, never leaving earshot from one another." CLICK HERE to see their amazing live show.
Bryan Hayes Hits the Road
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See You At The Next Catfish Concert
“Catfish Concerts is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired and inspirational house concerts in the country and most likely the world. It's like hanging out with your favorite folks in a treehouse, built by your favorite uncle, the one who paints and writes poems all day. I’ll tell you what I think Catfish is: a genuine piece of heaven that you can touch with your hands, while you drink good local beer and listen to great songs. Thank you, Jenni and Brian, for creating such a space and event.” – Walt Wilkins
Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins Underway
Kent Finlay, Dreamer Sent Off to Texas A&M University Press
THIS JUST IN: The star-packed Kent Finlay, Dreamer companion CD will be included in the book's first 200 copies (featuring James McMurtry, Randy Rogers and Sunny Sweeney, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, William Clark Green, Terri Hendrix, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Walt Wilkins and more!) CLICK HERE for more!
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