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  • DECEMBER 01 2017 FRI 8:00PM $20/$25
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  • The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rooted in country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to have held interest in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early '90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released on Rounder's Philo subsidiary in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Not surprisingly, the album rode high into the charts at Americana-formatted radio stations around the U.S. and Canada in 1997. The release set the tone for the rest of his career. After many years in Portland, Maine, he sought new mountains to climb, and found some of them after moving to Austin, Texas, in 1992. During the following decade, Cleaves released Broke Down (2000) and Wishbones (2004) prior to switching to Rounder proper for Unsung (2006). After signing with Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren's Music Road label, he issued Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009, featuring liner notes from fan Stephen King), the two-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011), and Still Fighting the War (2013). The title song of the latter album was inspired by Craig F. Walker's Pulitzer-winning photo essay regarding a soldier's postwar civilian life. 2017's Ghost on the Car Radio found Cleaves exploring the traditions of American small town life.
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  • DECEMBER 08 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. If you've ever seen a Freddy & Francine show, you already know how dynamic their shows are... we've seen them at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival. No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list. There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.” Freddy & Francine have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008. Their latest, “Gung Ho” was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands. National audiences continue to be drawn to the duo as they “bring it all out on stage from a lullaby so sweet you’d swear a choir of angels were harmonizing just for you; to gut-busting, foot stomping tunes befitting a New Orleans gospel choir.“ - Flagstaff AZ Daily Sun
  • Keith brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. Keith is a singer-songwriter based in Longview, Texas. He travels throughout the United States and just finished recording his second project for national release "Life's an Open Road".
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  • JANUARY 05 2018 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • In Austin, Texas—a town overflowing with gifted singer/songwriters and guitar players—Christine Albert & Chris Gage have a long track record of making beautiful music together, although both musicians' individual pedigrees are far more extensive. Over the course of six duet albums, the duo has demonstrated that disparate backgrounds do not preclude musical soul mates from finding one another. The Houston Press noted, “From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most delightful permutations. And the Austin-based duo of Christine Albert and Chris Gage easily slot right in with the best.” Onstage, Albert's slender, dark beauty contrasts strikingly with Gage's craggy good looks and how gracefully they complement each other is easily apparent. In 2003 Albert and Gage released their first live recording, Albert and Gage at Anderson Fair. Dirty Linen commented that the set, which is reflective of their typical live performances, had “energy, humor, really fine duet singing, strong leads, original harmonies, a strong sense of partnership, personality, and musicality” and Sing Out! called it “a cohesive and exciting exploration of the roots of popular, mostly American, music”. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are well respected, seasoned music business veterans, but the joy they experience making music together is fresh and infectious. “They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles. Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm.” (Houston Press) You can’t ask for more than that. We caught them last November doing a show in Arlington (Open Door) with long time friend Tom Peterson, who's songs feature prominently in their set.
  • Raquel is a modern singer-songwriter with tie-dyed roots. Affectionately known as "hippie Songbird," Her music blends folk-rock sensibilities with blues harmonies and soulful storytelling. Couple that with a voice described by Scene in Town's Mary Jane Farmer as “rich, full & powerful,” and you can expect to see a performance bursting with light, color and emotion.
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  • JANUARY 19 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Caroline is a several time veteran of the BW Stevenson songwriting contest at Poor David's Pub, and her songs are highly accessible pieces of work. Great songs and a extremely fun sense of humor... pure joy!
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  • JANUARY 26 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C. Her influences include Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eva Cassidy, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack among several other DC native artists. She is well known for her powerful voice, to the point executives from Sennheiser were so impressed with the quality of her voice that they requested permission to use her songs to demonstrate the quality of Neumann recording microphones. Karyn has been a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. Richard Cucarro of Acoustic Live, describes Oliver's voice as "Janis Joplin without the rasp or perhaps Lucinda Williams on steroids…with that powerful instrument, she could be a star in the rock arena. Her voice has a swagger."
  • The first thing you will notice is a voice that is effortlessly powerful and immediately intimate. Rob’s voice has been compared favorably to artists such as Jackson Browne, Jonathan Edwards, and James Taylor for its unique clarity and seemingly effortless ability to navigate interesting melodies. When combined with songs that move from humor, to wry observation, and to satisfying moments of recognition, Rob has been described as “an irresistible artist, the kind whose vocal tenderness and lyrical honesty compel you to listen.” After a nearly 14 year break from performing, the past seven years have been a whirlwind musical rebirth with a busy touring schedule (including an appearance at the 2015 Kerrville Folk Festival) and the global release of two critically acclaimed CDs ("You. Must Stop" (2011) and "a hypocrite of heart and hope" (2015). Rob is currently working on his new CD (tentatively titled as “Rules About Love”) to be released in spring 2018. This show will also be considered a Camp NashBill reunion night, since Karyn and Rob both live with us there down in Kerrville! :)
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Bill Staines
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Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. In addition to the music, we offer fine coffees, teas, juices, desserts, and salty snacks. Find out more about us here.

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