An Evening with Ray Bonneville
Friday, April 13th 2018
Ray Bonneville didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.
Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.
He’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists, and shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.
An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.
An Evening with Eric Taylor
Saturday, August 5th 2017
Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you’re familiar with the Texas singer/songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Eric. If you’re not familiar with him by name, you’ve probably heard his songs performed by Joan Baez, Peter Cooper, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, June Tabor and others. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Mountain Stage” and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer, Taylor has also toured extensively in the United States and Europe.
An Evening with Grant Peeples
Saturday, June 17th 2017
A self-described “tree-hugger who watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.In 2014, he was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” He was a 2016 Finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriters Showcase, sponsored by the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Grant has made seven studio records, including a trilogy produced by Gurf Morlix. His newest record, “A Congress of Treasons,” was released last year. The seventh generation Floridian and former expatriate began his touring career on his 50th birthday. “It’s never too late to change your major,” he says.
An Evening with David Olney
Friday, June 24th 2016
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and his songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoy, Tim O’Brien, Steve Young and many others. You can catch up with David on his weekly You Never Know webcast, where he performs a song and shares the story behind it – every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube.
An Evening with Linda McRae
Saturday, April 30th 2016
Linda McRae is a Canadian, US-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has built a following through amazing albums and a tireless (international) tour schedule. Accompanying herself on banjo, guitar and accordion, with a voice that is equally warm and world-weary, Linda tells tales of the lost, the lovesick and the loner. Linda played songs from her recently released CD, Shadow Trails, as well as others from her catalog.
Three Evenings with Gurf Morlix
Friday, May 8th 2015
Friday, May 2nd 2014
Saturday, June 26th 2010