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Listen Up To Curtis McMurtry!
Curtis McMurtry's forthcoming Respectable Enemy plots (“Foxhole”) and prowls (“Eleanor's House”) with fierce focus. McMurtry’s vibrant vignettes effortlessly pull (“Isabel”) and punch (“Down to the Wire”) with raw emotion and keen insight. Folks notice.
“Wise beyond his years,” CMT recently labeled McMurtry. Celebrated songwriter Joe Pug agrees: “Like few songwriters his age, Curtis truly understands what a big tent American music actually is. While most modern Americana practitioners search for another rough edge to sand down, his debut is refreshingly unsymmetrical and beautiful.”
McMurtry's novelist's eye offers striking attention to detail throughout.“Curtis is frightfully observant and unflinching in his approach and he has a refined voice for story telling,” the album's producer Will Sexton says. “He's an absurd creature who you can't stop staring at and wanting to listen to.” Songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham eagerly doubles down: “Respectable Enemy’s an honest recording of good performances and well-written songs. I wish I could've played the guitar on ‘Wire.’ It’s wonderful. I would’ve loved to fuck some shit up there.”
Already among the Most Added Titles in Americana, CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy today!

CLICK HERE for more about Curtis McMurtry

Jenni Finlay Promotions Celebrates 8 Years!
Jenni Finlay effortlessly shapes iconic careers. For the past decade, she’s consistently shot Americana’s finest toward the top of the charts. Now she’s turning potential into platinum more than ever: Finlay recently expanded into artist management (Jon Dee Graham, James McMurtry) . “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 is now poised to take over the world.”
Several from her incomparable roster – including McMurtry, Shelley King, Jess Klein and others soon announced – will gather August 20 at the Gibson Showroom, 3601 S. Congress Ave., Suite 400, to celebrate Jenni Finlay Promotions entering into its second decade.“For the past 10 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the best of the best in Americana music, 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 with the recent expansion of Jenni Finlay Promotions.”
“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.”
Help us celebrate on AUGUST 20 at Austin's exclusive Gibson Showroom!

George Strait Writes Foreword for Kent Finlay: Dreamer
Jenni Finlay is currently co-writing Kent Finlay: Dreamer with Brian T. Atkinson, author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van ZandtBIG NEWS: George Strait recently turned in his foreword (Plus: He gave an incredible interview for the book highlighting his start at Cheatham Street Warehouse and his first trip to Nashville with Kent).  In the book, you’ll find the best of both worlds: Jenni’s intimate interviews with her father about his entire life. Brian T.’s detailed conversations with songwriters and aritsts (George Strait, Eric Johnson, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers, and dozens more) about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book soon, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history.  CLICK HERE for more.

Not Just Awesome...TEXAS Awesome!
Get your Texas Awesome Shirts HERE (all proceeds benefit the Kent Finlay Medical Fund). For a limited time, the songwriters interviewed for Kent Finlay: Dreamer have contributed an MP3 to benefit the Medical Fund. CLICK HERE to purchase yours today!

Radney Foster Video - "Whose Heart You Wreck"
CLICK HERE for the official video for "Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse)." 

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Radney Foster's new release, Everything I Should Have Said, today. Foster has continuously stretched the boundaries throughout his three-decade career as a chart-topping singer-songwriter. “I strive to challenge myself as a writer, a musician and a singer everyday.” As his voice has deepened and grown richer, so has his focus. The songs of Everything I Should Have Said showcase a fully confident man who long ago left fear by the side of the road.  

CLICK HERE for the incredible feature on CMT Edge.  CLICK HERE for the feature in Engine 145. CLICK HERE for the review in My Kind of Country.  CLICK HERE for the feature in mySSnews.com.  Radney continues his national tour this month.  CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you!!

CLICK HERE for more about Radney Foster

David Olney This Summer
View David Olney & The Drive Behind "When The Deal Goes Down" (Album EPK) HERE.

Look & Listen for David with his band on Music City Roots Live at The Factory in Franklin, TN on Wed., Aug. 6 – streaming live online and being filmed for their PBS series.

As mentioned in the New York Times, David Olney makes his Shakespearean acting debut as Lord Amiens in "As You Like It" at the annual Nashville Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare In The Park" month-long presentation in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN! David doubles-up with some original new music he composed for the theatrical production, running Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 14 through Sept. 14. Video preview and other dramatic reveals HERE.

If you’re in Nashville on a Wednesday from Aug. 20 through Sept. 10 – drop by The 5 Spot for Happy Hour with David Olney and his band, No Cover!

CLICK HERE for more about David Olney

Listen Up to Shelley King!
Some people enter a room and blend right in. Not Shelley King. No, she sweeps in, carrying herself with the strength and assurance of a woman who knows how to step up and get it done, whether “it” is leading her band, running her own record label or co-producing her new album, Building A Fire.
If there’s a little swagger to her strut, she’s earned it. Since quitting a sales job to pursue music full time in 1998, the singer-songwriter has served as the first female Texas state musician, performed with Levon Helm, toured the United States, Europe and Japan and cut seven albums — including this one, her seventh, her second album to co-produce with members of the subdudes.
King, Magnie and fellow co-producer Steve Amedee made plans for recording Building A Fire, though the emphasis was focused on having fun, not watching the clock.
On Building A Fire, the tension between spirituality and sexuality, gospel influences and rootsier renderings, is a theme permeating the album.  One thing is certain: Shelley King has learned how to build quite a fire — one so strong, it’s gonna burn for a long, long time.

CLICK HERE for more about Shelley King
Eight 30 Records 
Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson officially have launched their new Eight 30 Records! See below for more information about our first release. CLICK HERE for more about the record label. 

Jess Klein Nationwide Tour
Jess Klein has returned from a successful tour of the Southeast to promote her new album Learning Faith.
She has just a few more dates in the states before leaving on her European tour at the end of the month that will take her to Germany, Belgium, Denmark and the UK.CLICK HERE for ALL tour dates and don't miss a show near you!

CLICK HERE for more about Jess Klein

The Kinky Friedman Victory Tour
Kinky Friedman may have been returned to the private sector by his fellow Texas Democrats in the just completed Ag Commissioner primary, but he is proclaiming victory, nonetheless.  The Kinky Friedman Victory Tour starts on July 31 and continues through August 15, with stops in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas City, up and down the east coast and into Canada.  Kinky will continue to encourage folks to pass the peace pipe wherever he goes.  Whole cities will change forever, as Kinky passes through.  It is to be a victory lap like no other.  
There may never be a better time to see Kinky, the self-described Jewish Troubadour.  He is currently working on a new novel featuring the long awaited return of the eponymous detective who has so delighted mystery readers for decades, and an upcoming tour of Europe and Australia will keep Kinky’s shows sharp, focused and energized.  There may even be a bit of episodic TV in the near future.  Happy to be finished with politics, Kinky will once again concentrate on sharing his happiness with his fellow Americans.
Not content with positively impacting culture for his fellow man, Kinky continues to sponsor and fund the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, which he co-founded to help all his animal buddies.  Utopia has rescued and successfully placed thousands of dogs and other animals.  It now sits on Kinky’s Echo Hill Ranch property.  Check it out at http://utopiarescue.com.  Kinky will accept checks on their behalf at any and all stops on the tour.
Come to a Kinky show.  Hear the message.  Pass it on, or visit the website: www.kinkyfriedman.com.  

Stay Tuned for the Next Catfish Concert
Jenni Finlay Promotions and Brian T. Atkinson have been presenting the intimate Austin house concert series Catfish Concerts for more than a year now and we're going stronger than ever now! Catfish Concerts features solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including David Olney, Mando Saenz, J.T. Van Zandt, Randy Weeks, Owen Temple, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 
Join us Sunday, August 17  for an incredible performance by Nathan Brown.  Can't make it to Austin?  You can tune in LIVE HERE.
CLICK HERE for information, details and tickets. 
STAY TUNED: Catfish Concerts is moving! Details soon on our new, expanded location starting this fall!
“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

“The cool thing about Catfish Concerts is that it really has the feel of when I was a kid in South Austin, except you guys are way too calm and take it way to seriously.”  – John Townes Van Zandt II
Special thanks to Lagunitas Brewing CompanyCheatham Street WarehouseOmnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.

Jon Dee Graham - Do Not Forget

Pre-order an exclusive copy of Jon Dee Graham's Do Not Forget in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. Fans voted for their favorite tracks to create this unique bootleg.  THIS ALBUM WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN STORES OR SHOWS.  Available only to those who pre-order by AUGUST 31CLICK HERE to secure your copy today.  You'll get the album the moment it’s released this September. 
CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham

Jenni Finlay Co-Producing Tribute to Ted Hawkins 
Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson have teamed up with former Gourds leader and current Shinyribs front man Kevin Russell to co-produce the tentatively titled Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins. The collection marks the first tribute album dedicated to the soulful Venice Beach street performer, a legend overseas later in his lifetime but a songwriter largely overlooked in the United States. Hawkins simply sang songs like the lyrics had been stamped on his heart at birth. High watermarks such as “Sorry Your Sick,” “Cold and Bitter Tears,” “Watch Your Step,” “Whole Lotta Women,” “The Lost Ones” and other classics prove the point. Look for it in 2015 on Finlay and Atkinson's label, Eight 30 Records. More details coming soon.

Matt Harlan - Raven Hotel
Raven Hotel
, the third CD from Matt Harlan, hangs together like a mural illustrating the urban images of daily life with pastoral reverence. 
Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter and Billboard. As this collection shifts from jazzy torch songs, to roots-rock numbers and plaintive folksongs, it becomes clear why he was featured alongside such legendary figures as Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark in the documentary For the Sake of the Song, about Houston's iconic Anderson Fair. 
On Raven Hotel, Harlan’s voice has gained a smoothness that permeates these songs, easing listeners in to difficult topics like race relations (“Old Allen Road”) or comforting them through tumultuous personal relationships (“We Never Met”).
The music fits these stories like a glove, whether it buoys optimistic sentiments from the road with bluegrass elements (“Half Developed Song”) or illuminates the bright sides of dark places with bouncing electric guitars (“The Optimist”). A familial vibe is introduced as Harlan’s wife Rachel Jones lends crystalline harmonies to the mix (“Old Spanish Moss”) and commands attention with lead vocals (“Riding with the Wind”). The recordings are also filled with cameos from expert musicians like Mickey Raphael (“Slow Moving Train”) and Floyd Domino (“Burgundy and Blue”) that incorporate the signature textures of Texas.  CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.
CLICK HERE for more about Matt Harlan

James McMurtry's New Album Due in January 2015
James McMurtry's highly anticipated album - his first in six years - will hit the shelves in January 2015. There is no question this record will trump his already unparalleled efforts as McMurtry continues to prove himself as one of America's top songwriters.

Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile,Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named its Song of the Year.

Of course, the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) record will include the literate story songs longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Levelland,” “Out Here in the Middle,” “Peter Pan” only begin the list. Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorite live staples like “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” His finest deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).  Stay tuned for more info!

CLICK HERE for more about James McMurtry

Mary Gauthier On The Road
Mary Gauthier continues her worldwide tour, supporting her band new record, Trouble & Love, (CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now).. Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you!
08/06 Fort Collins, CO Avagadros Number
08/07 Colorado Springs, CO The Loft Music Venue
08/08 Denver, CO Swallow Hill: Tuft Theater
08/11-14 Lyons, CO Song School
08/15 Albuquerque, NM Outpost Performance Space
08/16 Taos, NM Old County Courthouse
08/19-21 Bluemont, VA Songwriting with Soldiers
08/23 Portsmouth, NH Prescott Park Arts Festival
08/28 Nashville, TN Bluebird Cafe
09/04 Salina, KS Blue Heaven Studios
CLICK HERE to read the 4 STAR REVIEW in MOJO.  CLICK HERE for the incredible feature in the Nashville Scene.  CLICK HERE for the review in No Depression. 
CLICK HERE for more about Mary Gauthier

Listen Up to Bill Wence!
Bill Wence’s fourth Americana album since 2001,Songs That Make Me Think About You, will be spinning on all your favorite radio stations worldwide beginning August 11. Check out what folks are saying about this stellar album:
"The musicians on the album did a terrific job and hats off to Bill for assembling such great talent" - Harold Bradley
"I have just listened to the new CD by Bill Wence. It's a collection of well-written, well-played and well-performed songs. He has also included a couple of "evergreens", "Beyond The Sea" and "There'll Never Be Anyone
Else But You For Me." Congrats Bill, another batch of Ear Candy." - Charlie McCoy
CLICK HERE for more about Bill Wence

Drive-By Truckers Buzz
Drive-By Truckers' latest release, English Oceans, marked the band's highest Billboard debut to date at #16!  Check out what folks are saying about this incredible album:
“Hood and Cooley are working at the peak of their powers.” – THE INDEPENDENT 
“Superb... masters of their art.” – THE GUARDIAN 
“A satisfying return.” – CLASSIC ROCK 
“Revitalized.” – MOJO
“The finest return recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock’n’roll.” – UNCUT 
“Smart set of rockers.” – ROLLING STONE 
“Came out firing hot, the batch of lean rock songs presented in their visceral, unadorned rawness” – PASTE 
“A true comeback. The south will never spawn a better songwriting band.” – ROBERT CHRISTGAU, NPR
“It’s a strong kick off to the rawest rocking Truckers album since their early days.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLICK HERE for more about Drive-By Truckers

Old 97's - Most Messed Up 
magazine said "there's a timelessness" to Most Messed Up and the album is also earning them some of their best reviews.  Old 97's  "brilliant" (New Yorker) new album Most Messed Up (ATO) debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200, in the Top 10 on Billboard's Independent Albums and in the Top 5 Vinyl Albums chart - the highest chart debut of their career, and continues to garner rave reviews.Old 97's are currently on an extensive national tour. Check out the full list of dates: http://old97s.com/shows/
"Blistered, blasted and brilliant" - New Yorker

CLICK HERE for more about Old 97's

JFP Spotify Playlist
Having a house warming? Hosting a poker night? Do you just need a playlist to make your workday go by faster? Be sure to subscribe to the JFP Spotify Playlist for your every musical need! CLICK HERE!

Thank you, everyone, for your support all these years - and particularly the past few months. This has been a wild ride these past eight years and I truly couldn't have done it without you.  Here's to bigger and better things!

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