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Upcoming shows you won’t want to miss.

Monday, February 11:

John Egan | Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club | Feb 11th 2019

I saw John open for Samantha Fish last weekend at the Heights Theater. Bluesman who plays his National Resonator guitar seated over a stomp box. He blends traditional, blues slide guitar with a lot of percussive taps and harmonics. Puts on a solid show and definitely worth checking out

Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club | 5731 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77005


Tuesday, February 12th

★ Kym Warner | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Feb 12th 2019 | 7:30 PM ★

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kym Warner moved to the U.S in 2001. A founding member of the progressive acoustic band The Greencards, Kym toured the US, Europe and Australia extensively for thirteen years, recorded six studio albums that garnered three grammy nominations, a #1 Billboard Bluegrass Album, and an Americana Award for ‘Best New Artist’ and a national tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

In 2015 Kym was asked to play mandolin on Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Happy Prisoner” album and the following ‘Live Dinner Reunion’ album and has been a part of Robert’s touring band since 2015.

Kym released his debut solo album ‘Everything That Brought Me Here’ in 2015 and has been performing as a solo artist playing a variety of instruments (mandolin, bouzouki, ukulele, electric mandolin) playing both original and cover songs and telling the stories of the songs and his travels that have lead him to become an American Citizen and Texas resident.

TICKETS

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098-4113


Wednesday, February 13th

★ J Roddy Walston and The Business / Murder by Death / Johnny Fritz | White Oak Music Hall | Feb 13th 2019 ★

Any one of these acts would be worth making the trip for. Putting them all together is a no-brainer.

White Oak Music Hall | 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009


Thursday, February 14th

★ Marc Broussard | The Heights Theater | Feb 14th 2019 | 7:00 PM ★

Genres: Soul, Blues
Hometown: Carencro, LA

Marc’s been making some very good music for a very long time. Soulful, swamp rock. In his baby-faced twenties, he sounded like a 60 year old African-american man in the best possible way. I haven’t seen him live in a little while and am excited about the opportunity to do so.

TICKETS

The Heights Theater | 339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008


Kelly Willis | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Feb 14th 2019 | 7:00pm

Genres: Country, Americana
Hometown: Austin, TX

Valentine’s day dinner show.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098


Friday, February 15th

Asleep at the Wheel | The Heights Theater | Feb 15th 2019 | 8:00pm

Genres: Folk, Western Swing, Americana, Country
Hometown: Austin, TX

Western-swing staples with a classic act.

TICKETS

The Heights Theater | 339 W 19th St., Houston, TX 77008


G. Love & Special Sauce | White Oak Music Hall | Feb 15th 2019

Genres: Blues, Jazz, Jazz Blues, Rock, Country Blues
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

TICKETS

White Oak Music Hall | 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009


Dwight Yoakam | Arena Theatre | Feb 15th 2019

Genres: Rock, Country Rock, Country
Hometown: Pikeville, KY

Arena Theater | 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074


Asleep at the Wheel | The Heights Theater | Feb 15th 2019 | 8:00 PM

Genres: Folk, Country, Americana, Western Swing
Hometown: Austin, TX
Another chance to see these legends live.
TICKETS

The Heights Theater | 339 W 19th St., Houston, TX 77008


Saturday, February 16th

American Aquarium(ish solo BJ Barham show) | The Heights Theater | Feb 16th 2019

Genres: Rock And Roll

TICKETS

The Heights Theater | 339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008


Sunday, February 17

★ Bruce Robison | Karbach Brewing Co. – Rodeo Clown Roundup | February 17 | 1:30 ★

Genres: Country, Folk

One of my favorite songwriters and performers. Part of a great lineup. Did I mention it is at a brewery? Should be a good time.

Karbach Brewing Co. – Rodeo Clown Roundup | 2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX

Band Members: Bruce Robison – Vocals Guitar, Geoff Queen- Steel Guitar Guitar, Will Dupuy – Bass, Joey Shuffield – Drums
Hometown: Austin, TX
Tickets:

James McMurtry | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | February 17 | 4:00 PM

Genres: Folk, Singer/songwriter, Alternative Country, Country

Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098-4113

HAYES CARLL is touring Houston Hard in support of his new album.

FEB 15 Houston, TX Continental Club | 7:00 PM | 3700 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 | TICKETS
FEB 16 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall | 7:00 PM | 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009 | SOLD OUT
FEB 17 Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 7:00 PM | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098 | TICKETS
FEB 18 Spring, TX Dosey Doe – The Big Barn | 7:00 PM | TICKETS

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FTNB Houston Week Ahead #50: December 10-16

posted by Jared A. Godar December 10, 2018 0 comments

Monday, December 10th


★ Matt Nathanson | House of Blues | 7:00 PM | $45+ ★

Genres: Folk, Acoustic, Horror, Singer/songwriter
You may recongnize the name from one of Matt’s Movember posts

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1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002


Tuesday, December 11th


★ JD McPherson (with JP Harris) | Continental Club | 7:00 PM | $20 

Genres: Rhythm, Blues, Rock N Roll
Band Members: JD McPherson – Vocals Guitar, Jimmy Sutton – Upright Bass, Jason Smay- Drums, Ray Jacildo – Keys, Doug Corcoran – Saxophone Guitar Keys
Hometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
As a visual artist, Broken Arrow, Okla., native JD McPherson is well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and he employs a similarly rigorous discipline with his music. On Signs & Signifiers , McPherson’s debut album, he meshes the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock ’n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting McPherson’s rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures.

3700 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002

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★ J.P. Harris (with JD McPherson)| The Continental Club | $20

Genres: Country
Hometown: Nashville, TN
J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not “Americana,” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him.

3700 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002

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Andrew Combs | White Oak Music Hall | 8:00 PM | All Ages | $12 Advance $14 Day Of

Genres: Alternative Country, Americana, Folk, Country Soul, Country

2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018


RaeLynn | House of Blues Houston | 7:00 PM | All Ages | $20

Genres: Country
Hometown: Baytown, TX
Singer/songwriter RaeLynn released her Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville debut single “Love Triangle” to radio on August 1 to rave reviews. Nice voice. Little Nashville pop country for my taste, but there are plenty of people out there that eat that up.

1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra | Jones Hall | 7:00 PM | $35-$75

Genres: Rockabilly, Big Band
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). You can’t tell me you’ve never rocked out to “Jump Jive an’ Wail!”

3910 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018


Hayes Carll | The Heights Theater | 7:00 PM | $26


Genres: Songwriter, Country, Singer, Alternative Country
A Texas native, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plain-spoken poetry and sarcastic humor. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for “Another Like You” in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards.
*This show is selling out fast.

339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

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Randy Rogers Band | A Very Merry Randy & Brady Christmas | Big Texas Dance Hall | Spring, TX |9:00 PM | $20

Genres: Country, Americana, Alt Country, Texas Country
When the Randy Rogers Band’s last project debuted as the most-downloaded country album on iTunes, plenty of the industry “insiders” on Music Row were left scratching their heads: Who are these guys? The Nashville elite may not have known about the five-piece band, but much of America already did. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them alongside such artists as U2 and the Stones in its list of Top 10 Must-See Artists in the summer of 2007. Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley all picked them as opening acts for their concerts.

19959 Holzwarth Rd, Spring, TX 77388

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Friday, December 14th, 2018


Jason Mraz | Smart Financial Centre | Sugar Land | 8:00 PM | $34+

Genres: Healing, Easylistening, Surf, Gospel, Pop, Singer, Songwriter, Acousic
Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a youthful, diverse, and vibrant fan-base throughout all parts of the globe. Since getting his start in coffeehouses in his adopted city of San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound to rapt audiences around the world through his recordings, vibrant live performances, and philanthropic efforts. Along the way, he has earned numerous diamond, multi-platinum or platinum certifications in numerous territories for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking classic single, “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up”, racked up 2 Grammy Awards among 6 nominations, won a prestigious Hal David Songwriter Hall of Fame Award, won Teen Choice and People’s Choice awards, sold out amphitheaters and arenas across the globe, including sell-outs at such iconic venues as The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and London’s O2 Arena.

18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

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Honey Island Swamp Band | Last Concert Cafe | 9:00 PM | $20-25

Genres: Rock, Bayou Americana, Roots Rock
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together when Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. After a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals), and with no prospects of getting home any time soon, they figured they’d better cook up something new, and quick! A few days later they had put together a song list, landed a weekly gig at San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, and settled in to share a little taste of Southern culture with their new West coast neighbors.

1403 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002

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Saturday, December 15th, 2018


Guy Forsyth| Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe | Galveston, TX | 7:00 PM | $20

Genres: Singer/songwriter, Blues, Folk

413 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550

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★ James McMurtry | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 7:00 PM

Genres: Folk, Singer/songwriter, Alternative Country, Country
Hoping to make this show as he’s pretty high on my list of artists I enjoy listening to, but have yet to see perform live.

2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098-4113


 The Texas Gentlemen | The Heights Theater | 7:00 PM | $22-$44

Genres: Rock, Rock N Roll, Country
Sometimes, authenticity can sneak up on you. Habbie Doobie, the first track on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut studio album, TX Jelly,, is a low-slung piece of vintage country-funk that slams out of the speakers and announces the Texas Gentlemen as a force to be reckoned with.

339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

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Sunday, December 16th, 2018


Stabbing Westward | Scout Bar | 8:00 PM | $10-$25

Rising from the industrial mecca of Chicago in the early 90s, Stabbing Westward has become one of the most successful industrial-rock bands of all time. Stabbing Westward is no stranger to Alternative and Rock radio. Since their first album Ungod was released in 1994, Stabbing Westward has produced several hit singles including “Save Yourself,” “What Do I Have To Do,” “Shame,” and “So Far Away.”

18307 Egret Bay Blvd, Houston, TX 77058

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Okay, FTNB Houston, here are some recommendations for the week.

 ★ Indicates shows I plan to attend. ★

Comment below if you are going to one of the shows I am or if you know of any great upcoming gigs I missed.


Wednesday, December 5th


Chris Isaak | House of Blues Houston | 7:00 PM | $35-$79

Genres: Rock, Rockabilly, Acoustic
He has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, and acted in several motion pictures

1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002


Todd Snider | Main Street Crossing | Tomball, TX | 8:00 pm | $40

Genres: Alternative Country, Rock, Folk
East Nashville bulldog playing agnostic hymns & stoner fables.

1111 W Main St, Tomball, TX 77375


Thursday, December 6th


Anderson East | The Rustic | 7:00 PM | Love Street Live – Free with RSVP

Genres: Southern Soul, Americana, Roots Rock, R&b/soul, Rnb-soul, Rock, Folk
Anderson East is now a Nashville guy by way of Athens, Alabama. Pre-order the new album “Encore” now. Out 1.12.18.
Side note: this is a gorgeous, relatively new venue that is definitely worth checking out.

1836 Polk St, Houston, TX 77010


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis’ Annual Holiday Shindig | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Thursday and Friday | 7:00 pm (Dinner Show)

Genres: Country, Folk
One of the Lone Star State’s finest tunesmiths you’ve heard the Dixie Chicks play his songs. If you haven’t heard him, you’re doing it wrong!

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX 77098


Friday, December 7th


★ Maggie Rose | The Greenroom at Warehouse Live | 7:00 PM  | $10 Advance, $12 Door★

Genres: Rock, Americana, Soul, R&b, Country
Exceptionally versatile singer-songwriter Maggie Rose will release her highly anticipated album, Change The Whole Thing, September 21, 2018. Read the preview here.

813 St. Emanuel Street, Houston, TX 77003

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Saturday, December 8th


Ryan Bingham | The Heights Theater | 7:00 PM | SOLD OUT

Genres: Rock, Americana
Hope you already have your tickets. Grammy and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham was born in New Mexico and raised all
across Texas and the southwestern United States.

339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008


★ Nick Nace | Old Quarter | Galveston, TX | $10 Door ★

Genres: Folk, Country, Americana
Canadian contributing to everyone having a Nace day in Nashville, Tennessee. Playing in the round with Gabe Wootton and Michael Martin.

413 20th St, Galveston, Texas 77550


John Butler Trio | House of Blues | 7:00 PM

Genres: Rock
Hometown: Fremantle, Australia
New album “HOME” OUT NOW! smarturl.it/JBTHome

1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002


Sunday, December 9th


★ Joy Williams | The Heights Theater | 7:00 PM | $26 ★

Genres: Folk
Joy Williams is a singer-songwriter from Santa Cruz, CA who now lovingly calls Nashville, TN home. Formerly of four-time Grammy Award-winning Folk, Country and Americana duo The Civil Wars, Joy has toured with Adele and The Lumineers and collaborated with Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Paramore, St. Vincent, Matt Berninger of The National, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Rick Rubin, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Cameron Crowe, The Chieftainsand Birdtalker. Joy recently recorded her forthcoming solo album, Front Porch, produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. 

339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

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The Weeks | Continental Club | 7:00 PM | $12

Genres: Rock And Roll, Indie Alternative, Indie Rock, Southern Rock
Hometown: Jackson, MS
The sound of wind through the pines, bare feet brushing through leaves, snapping sticks like the spines of the weak.

3700 S Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Maggie Rose

You may recall when I invited Nashville to the album release for Change the Whole Thing. Well Houston, It is your turn. Please join Maggie and the whole damn band at Warehouse Live this Friday. I assure you, you won’t regret it.

Forget “little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.” Maggie is an incredibly talented vocalist with no boundaries, blending the best of of American music including rock, soul, country, rhythm and blues and gospel. As we learned in the last article, Larry and Alex from Them Vibes co-wrote about half of the new record with her. Even better, both of their bands joined forces to create the thirteen-piece ensemble that appears on the album. It’s not often you get to see a group of that size so in synch on stage.

This will be my first time to the venue. Share your thoughts on the place in the comments below. In the meantime, here is a preview of what you can expect Friday night. 

If you’d like to buy the new record before the show, you can get it on CD or vinyl here. Find out more about Maggie and the band on her website. And, of course, all the socials:

Facebook |  Instagram Twitter YouTube

Jim is a multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award-winning musician. He’s had his songs cut by Patty Loveless, George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, and George Strait; and played with Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Hot Tuna & Charlie Musselwhite, and Elvis Costello.

To say he is prolific is an understatement. Since 1986, he has released 27 studio albums.

Jim Lauderdale NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Jim has pave the way of the current Americana Movement recording records and writing songs that cross genres from country, pop, roots, rock, folk, and bluegrass.

He co-hosts a weekly SiriusXM radio show on with Buddy Miller called “The Buddy & Jim Show,” and hosts Music City Roots each week in Nashville.

Highly entertaining and a genuinely nice man. He played my American Legion post regularly and was always generous with his time and stories. Music City Roots had a show featuring Austrailian artists after the Americana Festival a couple years ago. Jim met the musicians after the show for drinks and gave them his personal number telling them to call him directly if there was ever anything he could do for them. That really struck me.

5308 Buffalo Speedway 77005 Houston, TX, US
Free show. Donations accepted.

I was fortunate enough to capture the first acoustic performance of this new tune. One of two potential title tracks for the upcoming album due next year.

Drivin’ N Cryin’ – Lift the Love Beautiful

The guys performed this at Cactus Records this afternoon in Houston in anticipation of their show at Under the Volcano tonight. Come on down.

Some great other shows in the coming days as well.

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Nashville Invades Houston: November

posted by Jared A. Godar November 14, 2018 0 comments

Here is a quick note to alert you to some Houston shows that just hit my radar.

Drivin’ N Cryin |Wednesday, November 14th 8:00 |  Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet St, 77005)

Drivin’ N Cryin

The boys are doing a free, acoustic in-store performance at Cactus Music at 3:00. Then they will be plugging in Under the Volcano taking the stage at 8:30.


Jim Lauderdale  |Thursday, November 15th,7:00 | St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (5308 Buffalo Speedway, 77005)

Jim Lauderdale

Free show. Donations accepted and encouraged to defray costs for artist, refreshments, and the facility.

Friday, November 16th: Margo Price @ 7:00  The Rustic 1836 Polk St, Houston, TX 77010, USA

Margo Price

I’m planning to attend all three and hope to see some of y’all there. Please let me know if you can make it.

Cordovas

Georgians, unite. Nashvillians, gas up your cars. If you’ve seen a Cordovas show, this is probably already on your calendar if you live within a four-hour radius. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, do yourself a favor and make it a point to be there and you will become a life-long fan. No exaggeration. For my money, this is the best live act touring these days.

Their latest album, That Santa Fe Channel, was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of Milk Carton Kids and I have been listening to it daily since before it was released. The first single, “This Town’s a Drag,” has been getting love from terrestrial radio stations as well as those emanating from outer space.

Just noticed the boys will be at the Georgia Theater tomorrow, so I wanted to get this quick announcement out into the ether. Stay tuned for a more in-depth article about the band and their sound in the coming weeks. Joe doesn’t know it yet, but I’m scheming away on a sort of then-and-now follow-up to the story behind a song or two on his first album.



Cordovas 2018 Fall Tour Dates

Oct 3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 4 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre#
Oct 10 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 15 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 19 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom
Oct 29 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
Oct 30 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
Nov 2 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Hall*
Nov 3 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall*
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA*
Nov 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw*
Nov 8 – Toronto, ON – Opera House*
Nov 9 – Columbus, OH – Newport*
Nov 10 – Chicago, IL – The Vic*
Nov 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre*
# with Blackberry Smoke  * with Elle King


Cordovas are: bassist/vocalist Joe Firstman, drummer Graham Spillman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and guitarist/vocalist Toby Weaver.


Get That Santa Fe Channel here.


Volk Party Tonight

Doors for the show were at noon. Music starts at 9:00 Laurel and the Love-In kick things off. Then a little burlesque followed by the main event VOLK show. After that, the Flying Buffaloes will be closing out the evening.

You may recall, VOLK was my favorite duo I saw at Americana

Chris and Eleot met at an open mic in Europe while living abroad and teaching English. They started jamming, and experimenting, and playing out a bit across the pond. 

After the extended Eurotrip, they resettled in Nashville and this little project continued to grow. Eleot actually learned to play drums specifically for the execution of this vision. 

The obvious comparisons include the White Stripes, Shovels & Rope, and Hymn for Her. They are a high-energy, technically-proficient duo with solid tunes. Go to the Springwater tonight for the EP release of Average American Band. Four fun and engaging tracks. I won’t let the cat out of the bag quite yet about the tunes, but once the album drops, expect to hear more about these guys and their great songs. Until then, just go check them out in person yourselves!


Tim Carroll
Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll is playing a few songs live on WMOT Roots Radio today at 12:30pm. So, tune in or, even better, go to The Nashville Palace to watch and listen live!

Stream the performance live, online from anywhere in the world.

UPDATE: Looks like they went live closer to 1:00 pm. Additional artist on the live show include:  Lillie MaeBen Danaher, and Carey Ott & The Hard Ways with Whit Hubner hosting & broadcasting live.