Fans of Americana, country music and Texas folk-rock will havelots to celebrate when the Texas Troubadours take over the house at the me&thee. Terry Klein has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, and Townes Van Zandt. His songs are cinematic and run the gamut frombitterness to optimism with a focus on love, work, family, getting old, and getting in trouble. Rodney Crowell describes him as a songwriter with ‘a poet’s heart.’ Mary Gauthier says his songs ‘make the crossing from one heart to another with ease.’ Terry’s 2017 debut album, Great Northern, and his 2019 follow-up, Tex, draw inspiration from hismusical heroes John Prine and Bruce Springsteen and also from literature,film, and painting, covering physical and emotional ground from West Texas to Central Asia, from anger and depression to hope and near-exultation. Terry describes himself as a repentant lawyer and he lives with his family in Austin, Texas. Chuck Hawthorne sings about bikers and soldiers,lovers and fighters in a gritty voice one critic heard as a cross betweenEddie Vedder and Gordon Lightfoot. His own back story as a combat soldierinforms the lyrics of what Chuck calls songs about ‘survival, transition, and moving on — crucible songs in the mode of his heroes Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.’ Chuck’s music on his critically acclaimed albumsis steeped in Texas’s sharp, honest and doleful songwriting tradition.He puts his personal spin on that tradition, bringing it up to the minute. The songwriting has been compared to Nebraska-era Springsteen and to James McMurtry. Texas Americana singer-songwriter Libby Koch (pronounced ‘coke’) is a country meets soulful (Free Press Houston), feisty Texas songbird (Country Music People) who sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart (Texas Monthly). Libby is developing the follow up album to her 2016 LP Just Move On, drawing on legendsfrom Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, among others, to craft true ‘cryin and leavin’ country songs. Libby fills her songs with intimacy and honesty. Like the most timeless country classics, they’re the kind that makes you feel good about feelin’ bad.
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