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  • MARCH 03 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood. The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father, Pierce Pettis, is a critically acclaimed songwriter and performer who penned the Garth Brooks hit "You Move Me." Both Grace's brothers Rayvon and George (100 Watt Horse) are songwriters and musicians. In her short career, Grace has already lived up to her birthright, winning numerous songwriting awards (Kerrville New Folk Contest; NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, etc.) and garnering praise from critics, fans, and industry alike. What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described as a "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds" (Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy). Also, "...one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America." -- Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News
  • Bill has played and taught numerous styles of music from blues to jazz to bossa nova to classical. A move to Iowa in his mid-twenties gave Bill the opportunity to teach, play guitar in numerous bands, get to know many amazingly talented artists, and open his own music shop, The Guitar House. After 15 years in Iowa, Bill is now in Texas where he is focusing on songwriting.
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  • MARCH 10 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Nashville based singer songwriter Melissa Greener has that distinct equine quality of being able to magnify and reflect your senses back at you, forcing you to confront, and surrender to them. A seeker through song, she fixes her gaze inward only to discover the universality in us all; dancing the blurred line between the defects and the divine. Whether fronting her all girl folk-rock power-trio, duo, or solo-electric, she is at once magnetic, delicate, fierce and tender. Her voice lulls and soothes all the while soaring over the cinematic effects of a sometimes raucous electric hollow-body guitar. At the root of Greener's expansive sound are her songs which summon their truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Old Route 66, to the Golden Gate, to the Tappan Zee. Musically, Greener's influences are as vast as the high desert plains before there were borders, before the west was won. - "Greener paints superb portraits of the human condition" - Maverick Music Magazine
  • So, James Michael Taylor has been around a few blocks in his life, and his prolific writing of anything from poetry to prose to screenplays shows it ... not to mention a long acting career and into the lucrative life of a singer songwriter (oxymoron alert :) ). James is considered by most of his peers as an exceptional song writer, with an ear and eye for describing ordinary scenes in the most extraordinary ways. As Ken Gaines states: "JMT is Steinbeck in song form..."
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  • MARCH 17 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • The Selkie Girls have quickly and firmly established themselves as one of the premier folk music acts in the North Texas region. The band (Alli Johnson: guitar, vocals, Jaycie Skidmore: penny whistles/flutes/vocals, Dave Ervin: guitar/mandolin/vocals, Joel Black: upright and fretless acoustic bass, Martin McCall: percussion, and Linda Mudd: harp have performed at the most sought-after - events throughout the state, with featured performances at the North Texas Irish Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, Texas Scottish Festival, the Kimbell Art Museum, and some of the premier local pubs as well. With so much great music in the DFW area, it’s worth noting that the Selkie Girls offer a unique perspective on Celtic and folk music. Their take on the Celtic music tradition, built upon lush vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental arrangements, always captivates their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes ancient laments, contemporary ballads, traditional Irish tunes, Scottish Gaelic folk sung in the native tongue, and foot-stomping jigs and reels.
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  • MARCH 24 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • If the definitive history of the last three decades of Texas music were published today, Rex Foster would be mentioned with a handful of household names as having been part of the scene. Some might even acknowledge his having been an influence on their own music. He is one of those special regional songwriters whose work transcends geographic boundaries and his songs are about things that matter. He writes and sings about brittle ladies and fine-haired children, raising chickens in high rent ghettos, about freedom and its abuse, lives on the loose and even about a short ride with a dark-hearted Jesus! And that's just for starters. Some of his admirers have said about Rex: "Rex's songs are really refreshing; I feel like he and I are kindred spirits." -- Townes Van Zandt | "Where can I get Rex's CD?" -- Bob Dylan | "Rex Foster has the four winds in his voice and Mother Earth in his heart, and when he puts it to music, I believe it" -- Chuck Pyle | "Rex Foster sings from his gut, his heart, and his soul. Ain't that what music is all about?" -- Dana Cooper
  • Long time (23 years) Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse volunteer Bill Nash has been musical his entire life, starting very young as a singer, then later as a songwriter. He will bring some of his very best original songs and a couple well chosen covers to make you smile tonight!
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  • MARCH 31 2017 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Tracy Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, she is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Dave Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts -- and the stories behind them -- on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans. “One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” -- Boston Globe
  • After a career of working in a variety of scientific venues including high technology ceramics, analytical chemistry and zookeeping, Jen ran away to join the circus as a performing songwriter. Everyone is better off for it. She has competed in some contests and performed in some great listening rooms across the US and in Europe.
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Grace Pettis
[Opening] Bill Hook
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Melissa Greener
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Kipyn Martin
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The Malvinas
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Sam Baker*
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Brian Kalinec
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Emily Elbert
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[Opening] Janet Feld
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TBA
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Wheatfield
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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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"The intimate setting of Calvin's makes it easy to see and hear musicians....the gold standard of Dallas area coffeehouses, and for that matter, the nation...." --Michael Granberry, DMN

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