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  • APRIL 28 2017 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Sam Baker's music has been compared to that of John Prine. Baker's 2013 album, "Say Grace", was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 country music albums of 2013. In his review of the album, Jim Fusilli wrote "In Mr. Baker's tales, the personal becomes universal through his keen-eyed writing, supported by well-chosen instrumentation and what might be called spoken-word melodies." Sam Baker was born in 1954 in Itasca, Texas. In 1986, Baker was traveling by train to Machu Picchu in Peru when a bomb placed on a luggage rack above his head by the Shining Path guerrilla group exploded, killing seven other passengers including the three people who had been sitting with him. Baker was left with numerous injuries, including brain damage, a cut artery, and blown-in eardrums. His injuries required 17 reconstructive surgeries, and left him with a constant case of tinnitus, and the fingers of his left hand were left gnarled. He did retain enough dexterity to grasp a guitar pick and over time, re-taught himself to play his guitar left-handed. Among Baker's influences for his songwriting are Ken Kesey, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Bob Dylan, and fellow Texans Lightnin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt.
  • Instead of pigeonholing his music into Americana, folk or alternative categories, Chase Gassaway prefers to pursue diversity and eclecticism. “I’ve written full symphonic works, choral pieces, chamber music and folk songs, and they’re all the same for me,” he explains. “I like to think of my style as ‘honest.’”
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  • MAY 05 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Brian Kalinec is an award-winning, Houston, Texas-based Hailing from the southeast Texas town of Beaumont, Brian picked up the guitar at an early age and began a life spent crafting songs and nurturing songwriters. He draws upon true-to-life working class experiences for the inspiration in his writing. Songs like "The Fence", "Uncle Joe", and "Stranger in this Line" examine many aspects of work over a lifetime, from satisfaction to longevity to even the loss of a job. But he also reflects on relationships in his songs as well including "The Book I Can't Put Down", "Lone Star Lonely" and the darker "Carla Moore". Brian's more philosophical fare includes "I Don't Know", "Blessings of this Day", and "Nowhere at All". Kalinec has a long list of awards to his credit, including 1st place in both the Songwriter Serenade Competition and the Big Top Chautauqua Song Contest, and 2nd place in the prestigious Woody Guthrie Song Contest. His song "Nowhere at All" garnered him recognition as a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. And Brian is not only known for his songwriting but as a guitarist as well, having received nominations for both Songwriter of the Year and Musician of the Year in the Texas Music Awards in the recent past.
  • Amy Goloby is an up-and-coming folk singer from Tomball who grew up with a passion for music. With vocals that compliment the folk genre and candid lyrics that are endearing, each song will inspire a reflective and sentimental feeling among listeners.
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  • MAY 12 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend of introspection and celebration. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. Anchored by intricate guitar work and an old-soul voice, Emily’s songs offer progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and two new singles, “Letting Go / Here & Now”, in November 2016. Her music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, and won awards in the U.S. and U.K.. Through authentic song sharing, she strives for a deepening sense of human and spiritual connection that is accessible to all.
  • Bill Sibley is pretty new to this singer/songwriter world, but what we've seen so far is pretty impressive! He was one of the finalists from one of our songwriter discovery shows... we are glad to have him.
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  • JUNE 16 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Randy Brown bought a $10 guitar on credit at the tender age of 12 and started writing songs at the age of 14. In high school and college he fell in with a band of godless heathen hippie musicians and the rest is history. After moving from the big city of Dallas to the sleepy town of Mineola,TX in 1974 he took whatever musical jobs he could get playing in various country bar bands for 15 years or so. Upon meeting finger style guitar wizard John DeFoore and cellist extraordinaire Dirje Childs in 1994 they formed a band called "Jealousy Motel" who during their 8 year career produced 2 CDs in their time. After that, BrownRandy decided that a solo career fit him better and spent 11 years as a solo singer/songwriter winning a number of songwriting awards as well as recordin 2 solo CDs (Dream Big in 2007 and "But Wait, There's More"... In 2013). Tiring of the solo world slightly, he began looking for like minded and talented musicians to shear up his cause, and the The Pine Curtain came to life, with Kurt Bittner (B-bender wizard) and multiethnic percussionist JB Smith.
  • Best summed up by: "Janet Feld is a funny, literate and thoughtful country folkie in the mold of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Somerville resident has a gift for a lilting melody and a thoughtful turn of phrase." -- Sarah Rodman
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  • JUNE 23 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • After critically acclaimed commercial releases on label homes, fan favorite independent releases on his own Lotos Nile Music imprint, song placement on numerous independent films, thirty plus years of celebrated live performing and songs covered by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Blackhawk, Jerry Douglas, and Dierks Bentley, Jeff continues to solidify his reputation as a creative force in the roots genres. Continuing to evolve as a writer, performer and recording artist, Black has never before expressed so much of the creative process on his own terms, deepening his work and leaving the listener with some of Black’s most fully formed and resonant music of his career. This is a show not to be missed. Jedd Beaudoin of Pop Matters proclaims, "The tradition of an artist delivering songs that are damn near perfectly crafted and filled with the wisdom of the ages."
  • Dave Sherman sings about real life experiences – family, faith, work, winning the Publisher’s Clearing House and Duct Tape! Dave walks his audiences through a lifetime of creative writing. He escorts his audiences from Mayberry to see Andy and Barney, to Alaska to witness the Gold Rush and to a hospital corridor to hear a baby girl being born.
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Scott Sean White
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[Opening] Grace Pettis
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Brian Ashley Jones
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Shake Russell | Michael Hearne
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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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