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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:
7/7 Albuquerque, NM The Draft Station (Zach Kluckman's Poetry Slam Reading)
7/8 Bernallilo, NM Range Cafe (Reading)
7/9 Albuquerque, NM Bookworks (Signing)
Stay tuned for updates on a Carboro, NC reading in September! CLICK HERE if you'd like to schedule a reading in YOUR neck of the woods.

"Beyond good." - James McMurtry

 


 

 


Polished Steel Launches Today
Count on writer Brian T. Atkinson's brand new website as the latest, greatest resource for feature stories and interviews about our favorite roots music from across the board! An exclusive look at the Haynes Boys – Americana hero Tim Easton's youthful garage cowpunk band from twenty years ago – leads the charge! Also, check out new features on Jimmy LaFave's The Night Tribe and Tamara Saviano's upcoming Guy Clark film Without Getting Killed or Caught and be sure to explore the website for archives from Atkinson, author of I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt and a longtime writer for CMTEdge.
CLICK HERE to check out Americana's latest resource

Without Getting Killed or Caught - The Definitive Guy Clark Documentary
Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark traces the life of music pioneer Guy Clark, who, with his wife Susanna, shaped the contemporary folk and American roots music scene much like F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald fashioned the jazz age in Paris. The film follows Guy's journey as he moves from Texas to Los Angeles to Nashville to become one of the most revered songwriters in American music and an influential folk hero of the 20th century.
The documentary opens as Guy and Susanna pull into Nashville on a rainy November night in 1971. Their white Volkswagen bus is loaded with everything they own, including a scrap from a burger sack with a partial lyric from what would become one of Guy's most enduring songs: "If I could just get off of this L.A. Freeway without getting killed or caught." There is a new Music City brewing underground. Outlaw songwriters are bubbling up into the mainstream and Guy is about to become a lion in this modern breed of Nashville Cat. The film reveals Clark's role in the rise of songwriters in Nashville and how that influence stretches back to his home state of Texas.
Kickstarter campaign ends on May 20
Your pledge will help Without Getting Killed or Caught get further down the road with licensing, equipment rental, crew, insurance, accounting, legal fees and everything else that comes along with a project of this magnitude. CLICK HERE to contribute and be a part of it all!
CLICK HERE for more info

Artist Updates


Pick up the latest edition of Rolling Stone for the feature about James McMurtry...

or CLICK HERE...and don't miss a show near you!
James McMurtry Tour Dates:
Tues., May 26  BOULDER, CO  eTown

Wed., May 27  DENVER, CO  Oriental Theater

Thurs., May 28  GRAND JUNCTION, CO  Edgewater Brewery

Fri., May 29  OGDEN, UT  Ogden Music Festival

Sat., May 30  VICTOR, ID  Knotty Pine

Sun., May 31  VIRGINIA CITY, MT Wells Fargo House

Tues., June 2  WHITEFISH, MT Great Northern

Wed., June 3  MISSOULA, MT Top Hat

Thurs., June 4  SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett

Fri., June 5  VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore Cabaret

Sat., June 6  SEATTLE, WA Tractor Tavern

Sun., June 7  PORTLAND, OR Aladdin

Wed., June 10  CHICO, CA The Butcher Shop

Thurs., June 11  RENO, NV Cargo @ Whitney Peak Hotel

Fri., June 12  FELTON, CA Don Quixote's

Sat., June 13  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Chapel

Tues., June 16  LOS ANGELES CA, The Troubadour

Wed., June 17 SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up

Thurs., June 18  PIONEERTOWN, CA Pappy & Harriet’s

Fri., June 19  PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom

Sat., June 20  SANTA FE, NM The Skylight


 


Kent Finlay Commemorative Gibson J-45
Coming this month: The Kent Finlay Gibson guitar! Yes, our friends at Gibson have offered to produce a limited-edition run of the Kent Finlay commemorative J-45 to honor a singular legacy in Texas music! This very special guitar will come with a red bandanna pick guard (of course!) and the word DREAMER engraved on the truss rod cover on the headstock. "Most people would hang theirs on the wall," William Clark Green said recently while recording a song for the forthcoming Kent Finlay, Dreamer album. "I'm gonna play mine all the fucking time." Huge thanks to Codey Allen and all the folks at Gibson and Scott Friedeck at The Graphic Guitar Guys. For information about ordering your Kent Finlay commemorative guitar: scott@thegraphicguitarguys.com.

Kent Finlay Memorial Concert May 10
Please join us: We're celebrating Kent Finlay's life exactly how he would have loved! On May 10, songwriters spanning the Cheatham Street Warehouse generations – from Marcia Ball and James McMurtry to Kevin and Dustin Welch and Owen Temple – will gather at Evans Auditorium in San Marcos for a huge memorial show. After the official memorial, the gang will head over to Cheatham Street and keep swapping songs all night long. You never know who will show up! "There's no better way to honor Dad than an entire day and night of songwriters playing their songs for him," Jenni Finlay says. "He would have been so proud." Both events are open to the public. CLICK HERE for more info


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!). "We're so excited about this book," Catfish presenter Jenni Finlay says, "and it's been so much fun to put together. Greg Trooper's mom's apple cake alone will change your life for the better!"
Stay tuned for details!

Bryan Hayes In Stores This Month
Bryan Hayes' Farther Down the Line will hit the shelves May 26! CLICK HERE to pre-order today!
Bryan Hayes crafts personal narratives with a novelist's eye ("Let's Ride") and a poet's elegance ("Small Town Amazing Grace"). Clear evidence: The Memphis area resident's seamless Farther Down the Line. Hayes' excellent new collection spotlights a rapidly rising songwriter growing exponentially (the title track). "This record was definitely written with more confidence," Hayes explains. "I was not afraid to touch on subject matter that I might have shied away from a few years ago. I now know what a gift this career is, so I feel like I owe it to my folks to be honest and open. I want the songs to come from my heart."
Folks notice. "Not only does Bryan craft a great song with melody and music, but more importantly he crafts a great story with his lyrics and he sings them the only way he knows how – from his heart," says Andy Hunt, the celebrated Grammy-winning, Nashville-based producer. Frequent Guy Clark collaborator Noel McKay echoes: "Bryan Hayes' songs always come from that sincere place that seems to effortlessly draw the listener in. He is among the rare songwriters truly capable of channeling life experience into great, listenable songs."
The excellent new album doubles down on past high watermarks (Still Just a Man...10 Years Later) with vivid vignettes throughout ("Southern Rain," "I Wanna Run"). Admittedly, Hayes' canvas for subject matter has expanded with greater breadth and depth. "I touch on God and politics a bit in this record," he says. "Sometimes that's a tough row to hoe when you're playing a lot of the smaller clubs like I do, but my songwriting heroes did the same thing. They were always open and honest, and I loved that about them. I have always admired the fact that Billy Joe Shaver has the courage to sing about Christ in bars and clubs. I actually got to open for him in late 2014 and I thanked him for that."
In addition to writing and performing, Bryan is a producer and engineer at Farmhouse Recording Studio (www.farmhouserecordingstudio.com) in Moscow, TN. CLICK HERE for Hayes' video debut!

CLICK HERE for more about Bryan Hayes

 

Big Buzz for Gurf Morlix's Eatin' At Me
Check out what folks are saying about Gurf Morlix's phenomenal new release, Eatin' At Me:
"Gurf Morlix's Eatin' At Me: tone..5 stars, groove..5 stars, lyrics..5 stars, art..5 stars, coolness..5 stars, somewhat jaded badass attitude..5 stars, sonic quality..5 stars..everything..5 stars. You get the picture..Buy it, dig it, improve your life" - Ray Wylie Hubbard
"Gurf Morlix's new release Eatin' At Me is a big-hearted collection of beautiful songs that are driven by his trademark gut bucket meaty guitar playing and down-to-the-bone production style. Gurf's always been one of my musical heroes, and this record will deepen his legacy as a writer, singer, player and producer whose work reaches into the depths of what is true, what is real and what is important in American roots music. Bravo, well done, hurray!" - Mary Gauthier
"Eatin' At Me is very evocative. Layered with dust and desperation. Deep stuff... like a letter from an old lost friend. Gurf puts every ounce of his being into every album he makes." - Buddy Miller
"Gurf Morlix' new CD is Eatin' At Me (in a good way). Gurf is a poet of despair and his poetry is made of sound, wit, and fury. He takes the worst of human nature and brings it alive through the best of human nature. He'll also make you laugh. And the last line of the album will break your heart." - Sybil Rosen, author
Gurf Morlix slowly turns the rhythm wheel as he checks his story in a hotel room with a shared bathroom at the end of the hall. Audio film noir soundtracks the war of life being fought on back streets and dive bars as the tale stops for a drink in the "Elephant's Graveyard" -The Alternate Root
"Populating his songs with a host of memorable misfits, from teenage criminals to haunted vets to deranged lovers, he evokes these lost souls through a winning combination of weary, regret-soaked vocals and dusty, stripped-down roots grooves. But Eatin' At Me is never merely glum: Thanks to generous portions of mordant wit and Morlix's genuine empathy for his characters, it's actually uplifting in a twisted way." - Mother Jones

 CLICK HERE for more about Gurf Morlix


Catch Jon Dee Graham LIVE in Austin:
Every Sunday, Jon Dee Graham and a special guest present an intimate night of songs and stories featuring the best of the best in Americana music at the Continental Gallery (upstairs from the legendary club). If you've not experienced this regular Sunday show, don't delay. It will be a magical musical night you will remember always.

Upcoming Jon Dee and Friends shows at the Continental Gallery:

May 3 - Jesse Sublett
May 10 - Suzanna Choffel
May 17 - Jody Denberg
May 24 - Mike Hall/ Randy Franklin
May 31 - Tertulia


Every Wednesday, Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks rock an 18-year tenure at his 10:30pm Continental Club residency. Catch one of the best shows in town!

CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham

 

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 two years 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, Curtis McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, BettySoo, Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, James McMurtry, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Greg Trooper, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more). 

Join us Sunday, May 26 for an incredible performance by High Plains Jamboree with Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay!  Can't make it to Austin?  You can tune in LIVE HERE.

CLICK HERE for information, details and tickets. 

“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 CompanyLone Star Music,  Omnivore RecordingsTito's Vodka and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued supportt

Luke Pruitt Coming Soon
Luke Pruitt will releas Songs of Home, Pt. 2 this fall, 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 continuous narrative that Pruitt describes as "a sort of op-ed on the American dream in a pre and post 9/11 America."
CLICK HERE for more about Luke Pruitt


Listen Up! Jenni Finlay Promotions Expands
Meet Mandy Brown, the newest member of the JFP team! I'm so proud to have her onboard and know you're going to love her too! Say hello at mandy@jennifinlaypromotions.com!

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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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