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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 12 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says Lloyd Maines. Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, but their 2017 sophomore release ‘Before I Go’ established them nationally and internationally. The album reached No. 2 on the Folk DJ Chart for January, and its songs secured them slots as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. After calling Texas home, the two become nomads in 2014, and now live on the road full-time with their dogs, while creating and sharing the conversation of their music.
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  • JANUARY 19 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. “If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can - with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! ” - MarySue Twohy – The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio
  • 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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  • FEBRUARY 02 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • “Love, Death and Resurrection” is a collection of haunting, soulful, and enchanting songs and stories. Niki Leeman has long had a reputation for thought provoking lyrical poetry and metaphor – these songs will capture you, heart and soul, and remain with you long after your first listen. Jim Kloss from Whole Wheat Radio wrote: "One of the finest CDs in our music library If I had only 5 CDs to take with me, out of the thousands of independent music CDs we've aired, this would be one of them. The lyrics, the arrangements, the performances ... everything about this CD makes one stop, listen and revel in discovering such a superb CD/artist that few know about." Niki has been a mainstay at the Kerrville Folk Festival campground for at least 25 years... an institution.
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  • FEBRUARY 09 2018 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He'll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Come to a show. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Short 4 minute films... visual, artful and human. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. Whether he's picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.... it happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. Joe says: "I'm learning to trust my voice as a songwriter. Be who I am. trust the stories and follow no trends. More and more I find that when I tell my true story, it has wider breadth, deeper impact, and resonates more clearly. I do feel as though I’ve honed a way of writing and performing that has identifiable themes and expresses my quirky uniqueness. I see my job as an artist to have the confidence to sing, play and perform from this deep/true place inside of myself despite what is hip and cool at the moment.” Joe is a master storyteller & he is seeking the creative edge. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.
  • With a naturalist's eye, an artist's pen, and a lion's attack, Raina lays everything she has on the line; she makes you feel as if she's your best friend whispering a honeysuckle-sweet secret in your ear, warmly inviting you into a joyfully intimate and darkly candid conversation. It's that ability to forge her own path in the world of music that sets Raina apart from her contemporaries,
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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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