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John McDonough

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm

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John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas whose shows span five decades of hits combined with unique originals. John’s acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter/pop sound rarely heard. John has spent the last 20 years playing in and around Austin while co-producing and self-releasing five CDs of original music. He has played to the rowdy crowds of 6th street, the dinner crowds of Austin restaurants, and everything in-between. Four years ago he decided to retire from practicing psychotherapy and focus solely on music. In that time he has written and recorded two new CDs, played over 200 gigs, performed in six major music festivals as a solo artist, and three times appeared and performed on local radio. He has drawn comparisons to Elton John and Harry Chapin for his vocal style/abilities while Austin radio host Stephen Rice has compared John’s emotional storytelling to the songwriting styles of James Blunt and Damien Rice.

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Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

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Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse is what Americana Music has always striven to be. A group of outstanding musicians and modern day troubadours who weave tales of small southern towns and hell-fire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down home philosophers. The music of Chuck Johnson and Charlyhorse is firmly anchored in the Americana roots tradition. Influences from Rock, Country, Bluegrass, R&B and Soul, gives each tune its own unique feel. Onstage, the upshot is compelling, soulful performances. The Band’s performances are salted with wry humor, and the band camaraderie always invites the audience into the act. Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse is truly an American band tailored made for Americana Roots Music.


Sandy Carroll – Last Southern Belle

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm

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A late blooming coming of age record, Carroll stares down ghosts of the past that got shuffled off to the side when living life without having time to reflect on it. Coming of age in the old south as revolution was sweeping through the air, Carroll is questioning now what she might have then, except now she has the luxury of sympathetic all-stars backing her up in fine fashion. Proud of the successful miles she’s put under her belt, Carroll puts the last Lego of the mosaic into place with a mature statement that you don’t have to be a southerner to get. If you were to take this as nothing more than the kind of album Lucinda Williams has gotten away from making and should return to, it would be a win right there. Hot stuff throughout. –Chris Spector, Midwest Review, Jan 2016, Chicago, IL

Bianca De Leon

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm


Born in South Texas, Bianca DeLeon is combination of an American Gypsy, Texas Troubador and Singer-Songwriter. She has lived the life that she writes about, and has worn many hats in places in the World along her journey of musical discovery and poetry. In all of her CD’s, she features the best musicians that Austin, Texas has to offer and continues to grow in her craft. Her fourth album features a photo of her standing in front of a Dutch club’s chalkboard that reads de Texaanse Troubadour Bianca DeLeon. That’s because she’s much better known in Europe than in Texas. DeLeon is rooted in and lives in two different worlds, the Texas-Mexico borderlands in which she was born and raised, and which, in my experience, few Anglos seem to be able to write about convincingly, and the national and international singer-songwriter venue circuit. She’s a bit different from your average troubadour. How many of them could write “I Sang Patsy Cline (The Night Noriega Fell)”, or “Date Got Shot”?

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For The Sender – Love Letters from Vietnam

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

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A cardboard box with the words Love Letters from Vietnam etched on the lid holds the soldier’s scrawled thoughts, written on weathered Air Force stationery. These letters sent from the sergeant to his young wife in east Texas wait buried in a closet for years before a fateful, deadly winter night leads the soldier’s daughter, Jennifer, to open the box, read the letters, and answer her father back in time. She tucks her letters into a package with no address, because she no longer knows where to send them. Until she is sitting in a theater in Austin, Texas, at a performance by singer-songwriter Alex Woodard and hears him talk about writing songs inspired by letters. Her remarkable correspondence with her father takes Woodard on his first steps into the dichotomy between dark and light, as he imagines himself as Sergeant Fuller in Vietnam and begins to write songs sung from Fuller’s heart. Alex’s quest to learn more about the man and the war he fights both in Vietnam and back at home evolves into an extraordinary journey, propelled by an album included with the book that features Woodard as Sergeant Fuller and his friend Molly Jenson as Jennifer. Their voices carry the songs inspired by these beautiful, raw, revealing love letters not only sent from Vietnam, but as the story unfolds, beyond.