Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Jesse Dalton on double bass. But awards reveal nothing about the Austin string band’s exhilarating sound. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies, and generations.
Fingers flying at breathtaking speed, original tunes that feel familiar at first but go beyond extraordinary, songs with themes universal but unique, heart and brains behind dynamic performances: It’s an uncompromising musical journey the members of MilkDrive are on.
We are thrilled to feature Warren Hood! Award winning fiddle player and outstanding songwriter, his band produces world class instrumentation and vocal work. "The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience such as Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer." - Lyle Lovett
Guy Forsyth is an American Texas blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, harmonicist and songwriter.
Regularly touring both in the United States and Europe, he has opened for Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Dr. John, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, and Lucinda Williams.
Forsyth's repertoire, which is primarily blues in format, also incorporates traces of rock, R&B, folk, jazz and pop.
Forsyth has won several Austin Music Awards, including one for "best male vocalist", and brings an intense and powerful performance to the stage.
They're back!!!!! These guys have a driving acoustic sound and are one of the most respected string bands in Texas.
Anyone wondering about Wood & Wire’s sound need not look any further than the four-piece band’s name, which honors the purity of acoustic instruments and the gorgeous music a skilled artist can coax out of just simple wood and wire.
The Austin-based band’s self-titled debut album released this year is an engaging collection of music that is deeply rooted in bluegrass traditions, although the members themselves draw upon country and Americana and listen to everything from Doc Watson to Led Zeppelin.
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in
Texas. Writes songs. Travels around. Tries to be good.
“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.” — Stephen King
Folk Family Revival - April 18th 9:00pm
A warm, classic Texas tone and crunching, bluesy guitar solos bring this band beyond the standard pop country currently filling the airwaves.
Folk Family Revival is one of those bands that could open for a mainstream Nashville country act, an indie folk band or even bands like Beaumont’s country and folk-tinged Ruxpins or Ramblin’ Boys, which integrates punk rock into their particular brand of country.