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December 2, 2017

PETE KARTSOUNES

An award winning singer·songwriter and a cutting-edge musician’s musician, Pete Kartsounes is fulfilling a vision of writing music in the key of truth. This heavily seasoned singer/songwriter has spent most of his life traveling the globe and creating original music that entertains and enlightens any room. Pete is on a quest to enrapture you with his soul filled music, to be celebrated by music lovers, and to make a difference one note, one word and one show at a time. Originality is a cornerstone as Pete continues to write a plethora of great songs and music in many different genres. Already with a handful of highly acclaimed CD’s under his belt, and enough songs to record several others; Pete continues to push the envelope of his craft. Having recorded and performed for years with his own bands, along with members of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Pearl Jam, Blues Traveler, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and many more, Pete is on a lifelong quest to share his muse with the world.

2018 Concerts

March 18, 2018

BETH WOOD AND TOM FAULKNER

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty song­writing, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for twenty years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy, communication of joy. Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair … and you’ve got Beth Wood. Torn Faulkner knew by age 5 that music would be the fascination of his life. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of his upbringing. Tom’s reputation as an accomplished composer caught the attention of advertising executives coast-to-coast. Consequently, while en route to a successful singer/songwriter career, Tom created hundreds of mem­orable national commercial pieces of music for television and radio. “Hopefully each song I create will paint a picture for someone, somewhere … and they can go back to it again and again.” Beth & Tom together = MAGIC!

April 20, 2018

BERKLEY HART

Berkley Hart have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing from both Jeff Berkley (guitar) and Calman Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites. As a duo for more than ten years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues including The Birchmere and The Bluebird Café.

May 12, 2018

LINDSAY WHITE

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll call your therapist. Lindsay White is an award-winning songwriter based in San Diego, CA. With influences ranging from Dylan to Difranco, her songwriting has earned recognition from Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Guitar World, and American Songwriter Magazine. Her latest solo album Lights Out is a lyric-driven analysis on love and loss that will move you to tears and tear you to shreds. “I didn’t initially set out to create an album focused almost entirely on grief, but the recording timeline paralleled my mom’s illness and death, so it naturally morphed into a labor of love and loss,” says White. “By the time we were nearly finished recording, I thought to myself, ‘These songs are too personal; there’s no way people will relate to them.’ I’m discovering, though, that we can all connect to each other by sharing our own stories of grief. People say love is a great unifier, but I think grief should get that title. I hope Lights Out helps listeners acknowledge their own experiences with loss. Think of it as a 10-song shoulder to cry on!”

June 23, 2018

TRAVIS BUSTER

Travis Buster is a poet like a Leonard Cohen, with a smooth, easy voice and romantic charm of a Tony Bennett, vivid, memorable songwriting craft of a Bob Dylan, sprinkle in some Guy Clark and layer all that on piano chops in a league of their own.  He is an original. Travis has been writing and playing piano for a lifetime. The songs meet you where you are. By eight years old, Travis could play ragtime boogies, Beethoven’s Sonatas and his own creations. “I first played boogies, Bob Wills & Floyd Cramer like my Grandma. I practiced for years to play Bach and other classical pieces. I listened to the likes of Milt Buckner and Liz Story and learned to make those beautiful jazz and new age sounds. I played Towns Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Now when something in life happens, good or bad, these are in my mind as I play and try to reflect the beauty and pain that’s there.” Travis was pursued by the finest music schools but became a tech entrepreneur while still playing piano and writing what he was experiencing. Expect powerful, beautiful ballads sung in a hautingly, calm manner and skillfully played on guitar and piano.

July 14, 2018

GABRIELLE LOUISE

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. She is also a poet, painter, prose writer and orator who was chosen to speak at a regional TEDx event. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song. Gabrielle Louise’s music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse. Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle’s performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Her story-telling and banter envelopes and enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. In the original songwriting realm, Louise has released a handful of records, the most recent being If the Static Clears (2016). She is at once… a young artist, but one with an old soul.

August 18, 2018

AMY OBENSKI

Amy Obenski’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two. First and foremost you’ll be struck by Amy’s crystalline voice which “will hook even the most hardened cynic.” (Performing Songwriter Magazine) She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, you can hear the sound of the wind and ocean in her music. She’s toured the U.S. and France and her song “Carousel” was featured in the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy. Amy’s newest project uses a looper. She layers upon her own solo performance with up to ten part harmonies, nurse beat boxing, bass lines, guitar and piano. Taking you through verse, chorus, bridge and the grand finale: her looping is seamless. This exploration is captured in her sixth album, AN EMPTINESS TO FILL. Amy is a talented and fascinating artist.

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DON HENRY with special guests

Don Henry is a well respected songwriter in a town of songwriters… Nashville, TN. He and co-writer Jon Vezner were the first writers to capture Song of the Year awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International , the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Recording Academy (Grammy), in the same year. His songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, BJ Thomas, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Matteaand many others. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Joey Ramone, Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Janis Ian, etc. Don is a veteran of 35 years in the music business. His experience in writing, publishing, producing and engineering has evolved him into the singer / songwriter / guitarist and entertainer he’s become today. Don’s unique perspective is expressed in instantly memorable melodies and equally smart arrangements that appeal to listeners across musical borders, and across the nation. And on top of that he is just a good, humble person.

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RONNY COX

Ronny Cox is a well known American actor, with notable roles in Deliverance, Star Trek, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Robo Cop, etc., and in the recently released Pure Country: Pure Heart with Willie Nelson. Not as many people know of his life-long love and dedication to music. These days, Ronny spends less time acting and more time as a singer/songwriter performing at festivals, concert venues and small intimate theaters all over the U.S. Music is his first love, and allows him a really special connection to audiences – a connection that works both ways. He turns down about 90% of the acting jobs he is offered, in order to play his music. Ronny is a superb singer-songwriter and storyteller. He brings his extraordinary view of life into a magnetic, likable, onstage persona. Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells something about “the human condition”. He’s released eight CDs, including the audio version of his book… The Deliverance of Drew. Come meet, see and hear this American treasure. You will be thoroughly entertained.

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BILLY CROCKETT

Billy Crockett is a performing songwriter, music producer, recording artist, and the creative director of Blue Rock Studio in the Texas hill country.  He has recorded eleven solo albums and toured internationally. Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, RJ Cowdery, Darryl Purpose, and others.  He has been featured on the BMI songwriter panel at SXSW, the TV series Troubadour Texas, the Academy of Gospel Music Arts, and as guitar clinician for Yamaha. Billy’s most recent past releases are Wishing Sky (folk/pop) and Passages (instrumental guitar). He has recorded and toured across four decades.  He recently tracked 13 songs with a handful of renowned musicians – Roscoe Beck, Eric Darken and Daran DeShazo with Patrick Conway as Engineer. The result was Rabbitt Hole. Billy wanted to channel his creativity into more intimate, confessional songs, and there’s no question he’s succeeded. Billy is touring in support of his newest project.

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ANNA TIVEL

A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna Tivel was recently chosen a winner of both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Contest, placed second at the Rocky Mountain songwriting contest, and has shared the stage with heroes and friends alike. Anna was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland, OR home. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Her newest album, Heroes Waking UP, was produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell, Kris Delmhorst), and released on Portland’s well-loved Fluff and Gravy Records. Folk Radio UK called it, “a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.” Her previous album, Before Machines, was hailed by No Depression as “raw, yet superbly composed and executed, intelligent, personal and deeply expressive.”

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ROSE COUSINS

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine.  Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy. She asked Grammy Award winning producer, Joe Henry, whom she had befriended in 2012, to help her make her forthcoming CD Natural Conclusion. “My goal was to be wide open emotionally. This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable, and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.”

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THE SEA, THE SEA

THE SEA THE SEA (Mira Stanley Costa and Chuck E. Costa) is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering nearly 10 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter. They perform songs built around their vocals, guitar, banjo and percussion to the extent that their songs sound sonically full and engaging. Harmony-rich… lyric-driven songs… simple and true.

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SETH GLIER

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and IS known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album “The Next Right Thing”, Glier’s subsequent record “Things I Should Let You Know” was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”. On his fourth album for MPress Records, “If I Could Change One Thing” (April 2015), Glier embraces a genuine modern-pop direction, marking a bold departure from his previous, more acoustic recordings.