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Jenni Finlay's Poetry Debut Table For One Readings
Finlay's poetry debut, Table For One (Mezcalita Press) is out now! CLICK HERE to purchase your autographed copy. Illustrations by the amazing Marc Harkness complement the poems, written during the months when Jenni was her father's caretaker during his cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant. The bittersweet vignettes are as humorous as they are heartwrenching.

Upcoming Readings/Signings:
9/26  Carborro, NC  The Barn (Reserve your spot by calling Beth Lavender at 
919-812-7480)

"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

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

VIP Tables Available

Danny Barnes Dominates World
Danny Barnes has two new records out and available NOW! CLICK HERE to check out Junior Sampled.  CLICK HERE to check out ambient works vol. 1.  Hankoring for a live show? CLICK HERE for his eclectic and eccentric performance of "Caveman." And be sure to catch Danny when he's in YOUR neck of the woods. Hot on the heels of recording with Dave Matthews, Danny hit the road with Jeff Austin. CLICK HERE for all tour dates.
"i have some good friends in bands of various sizes, some of them are these quite famous people, though i try to learn from anyone that has an 'idea.' My whole thing is music and trying to make my own sound. I have developed a specific technique i call barnyard electronics, which is an aesthetic combining various bits of bluegrass, noise, rock and electronic music. The live aspect involves a computer program i built in max/msp and a banjo." - Danny Barnes

CLICK HERE for more about Danny Barnes

Romi Mayes In Stores Now!
Romi Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today. AVAILABLE NOW, Devil On Both Shoulders  her sixth full-length album. The last five records have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards for Album of The Year, a Juno Award nomination for Album of the Year and various Canadian Music Award nominations. CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now.

Together with producer Grant Siemens (Corb Lund), Mayes approached the album from a very raw and real perspective. “His impeccable sentimentalities really brought the groove and the flow to the album,” Mayes says. “There was so much respect, trust and commitment to the end result that we worked together flawlessly. His confidence in me as a songwriter and a singer brought out my best and pushed me to a higher level of writing and performance.” Joined in studio by Damon Mitchell (The New Meanies, Nathan), Alexa Dirks (Chic Gamine), Bernie Thiessen (Big Dave McLean) and Marc Arnould, the result brings a new jolt to Mayes’ already powerful sound.

Known for her accessible, sweet yet edgy vocals, Mayes changed things up for Devil On Both Shoulders, sacrificing vice for voice. “I quit smoking six months before the album recording so I was able to sing in a different way and more melodically than I had expected I would,” Mayes says. “I think it’s my best one yet.”

CLICK HERE for more about Romi Mayes

Catfish Concerts Cookbook
Keep an eye out for our forthcoming book Catfish Concerts – Celebrating Americana's Finest Recipes (Mezcalita Press). We've wrangled tasty recipes by a "who's who" of Catfish alumni, including James McMurtry (James' Famous Venison), Greg Trooper (Rita's Apple Cake), Matt Harlan (Blue Lightnin' Fried Catfish), Dustin Welch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf), Brennen Leigh (Yesterday's Oatmeal), Mando Saenz (South Texas Calabaza Con Pollo) and dozens others. (We even have Gary Floater's infamous microwave popcorn recipe!).  Stay tuned!

 

Artist Updates


New Video for James McMurtry's 'Forgotten Coast'
James McMurtry recently returned from filming his video for "Forgotten Coast"! CLICK HERE to check it out! 

"The Forgotten Coast of the Florida panhandle and its people," McMurtry says, "are the stars of this video." 

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
Hey, Nashville! Join us as Eight 30 Records launches our forthcoming Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins (out October 23) at the Americana Music Association festival in Nashville on WEDNESDAY, September 16! Our Ted Hawkins Happy Hour – featuring performances by Tim Easton, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry and Ramsay Midwood – will be at 5 p.m. at the Green Room at the Tin Roof (1516 Demonbruen St.). Lagunitas Brewing Company will be onhand supplying tastey brews.  Can't wait to see you there!


AMA Festival Call Day Etiquette Panel on September 17
A radio programmer receives hundreds of CDs each week and has limited time to listen. How do you get your music heard, and subsequently, PLAYED on his or her station? Join us on THURSDAY, September 17 at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville for the annual favorite, The Call Day Etiquette Panel which will show you the ins and outs, dos and don'ts of Radio Call Days. Featuring the Best of the Best of Americana radio promoters and programmers, you will hear actual calls and learn the secrets of success to get YOUR record on the TOP of the listening pile. CLICK HERE for more info.  Only official registrants will be able to attend, so CLICK HERE to register for the Americana MusicFest and Conference.

Brent Best's Highly Anticipated Your Dog, Champ Available THIS MONTH
Last Chance Records is pleased to announce the release of Your Dog, Champ, the highly anticipated solo album from the Denton, Texas-based singer/songwriter Brent Best, who is most recognized as the engaging front man for New West Records’ recording artists Slobberbone and The Drams. In stores August 7, CLICK HERE to preorder your copy today!

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.

CLICK HERE for more about Brent Best 

Coming Soon: Luke Pruitt
Luke Pruitt will release Songs of Home, Pt. 2 onOctober 9, the full-length follow up to his 2014 debut EP Songs of Home, Pt. 1. This edition is a concept record with two main storylines, one from the point of view of the character Pruitt created in his song “County Fair” from the debut EP, and the other from the point of view of the Mexican immigrant in true stories gathered from personal interviews conducted by Pruitt.  The record works as a narrative that Pruitt describes as “a sort of op-ed on the American dream in a pre- and post-9/11 America.” 

“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  

CLICK HERE for more about Luke Pruitt


Kevin and Dustin Welch Join Forces
Kevin Welch began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, writing songs for Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, the great Solomon Burke and dozens of others. After ten years of staying behind the scenes he finally decided to throw his hat in the ring and began recording for Warner Bros, making two critically acclaimed records for them, before leaving to co-found the renegade Americana flagship label Dead Reckoning Records in the mid-90s.

In addition to his next three solo records, Life Down Here On EarthBeneath 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
In case you missed it, check out the incredible feature on Bryan Hayes HERE.  Stay tuned as we unleash the second single, "Farther Down the Line" on August 3.  Bryan Hayes' Farther Down the Line is in stores NOW!  CLICK HERE to order today!

Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you!
8/1  San Marcos, TX  Cheatham Street Warehouse (Jenni Finlay Promotions Ninth Anniversary)
8/2  Counce, TN  Pickwick Landing State Park
8/3  Dallas, TX  Opening Bell Coffee
8/4  Dallas, TX  Adair's Saloon
8/7  Houston, TX  Firehouse Saloon
8/8  Rockport, TX  Alexander House Concerts
8/9  Corpus Christi, TX  Vernon's
8/10  San Antonio, TX  Sancho's
8/11 Austin, TX  Saxon Pub
8/18  Memphis, TN  Lafayette's Music Room
8/24  Crossville, TN  Mirror Lake Blast
8/27  Oxford, MS  Ole Miss Student Union
8/29  Meridian, MS  Weidmann's
8/30  Birmingham, AL  Moonlight on the Mountain


CLICK HERE for more about Bryan Hayes

 


 

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See You At 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, Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Greg Trooper, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 

CLICK HERE for information, details and tickets. 
Can't make it to Austin?  You can tune in LIVE HERE.

“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 CompanyOmnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.

 

Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins Underway
We're putting the final touches on Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins!  Produced by Jenni Finlay, Brian T. Atkinson and Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell, the album will feature Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Sunny Sweeney, Danny Barnes and Bill Frisell, Randy Weeks, James McMurtry, Bill and Kasey Chambers, Shinyribs, Tim Easton, Evan Felker, Jon Dee Graham and many more! 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.

Kent Finlay, Dreamer Sent Off to Texas A&M University Press
The book has been turned in! Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson's Kent Finlay, Dreamer is now in the hands of our publisher, Texas A&M University Press. In the book, you'll find the best of both worlds: Jenni's intimate interviews with her father about his entire life and Brian T.'s detailed conversations with songwriters and aritsts (George Strait, Eric Johnson, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers and nearly four dozen more) about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history, by spring 2016.

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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