The Chubby Knuckle Choir gleefully ignores the constraints of genre playing everything from bongos to banjos during their irresistible live shows.
Formed in 2009, the band is made up of Slim Bawb, Perry Lowe, Tres Womack, and Rory Smith, singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who all come from varying musical and geographical backgrounds; the result is a freewheeling live sound which blends country, bluegrass, R&B, and swamp blues. “It’s a marriage of all genres,” explains Lowe, who plays guitar, drums and keys, and contributes vocals, while Smith describes it as “folk music from a country that isn’t around … but should be.”
Although their live shows are an exhilarating, sweat-drenched blast, The Chubby Knuckles’ songwriting cannot be overlooked. While other musicians stay beholden to genre and specific song arrangements, their music changes with every performance. It’s this spontaneity and constant willingness to experiment musically that makes them one of the most unique and compelling bands in Texas today.
Whiskey Shivers September 12 9:00pm
A freewheelin', trashgrassin', folk tornado, The Whiskey shivers take traditional instrumentation, soak it in gas and send it into outer space. Breakneck speeds, killer grooves and impeccable musicianship that'd make Bill Monroe himself do a double take.
Folk Family Revival - September 19 9:00pm
A Liberty Bell guest favorite! 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.
Michael O'Connor & Jeff Plankenhorn November 6 9:00pm
Prepare yourself for a night of impeccable musicianship and some of the best songwriting in Texas.
You may have seen Michael O'Connor in Nacogdoches before, he has played The Liberty Bell, Pickin In Nac concert series, and at Pineknot Music Cooperative. O’Connor happily spent most of the last decade devoting more time to sideman gigs than on his solo career. But with the release of Devil Stole the Moon and the recent release of Bloodshot Vagabond, this seasoned songwriter has taken center stage. Don't miss this appearance with Austin-based musician Jeff Plankenhorn.
Plankenhorn, or “Plank” as he is known, has found a way to blend the soulful vocals of the church, Motown, and funk singers that dominated his speakers as a youth with the bluegrass he studied while living in Nashville and the lyrically driven feel of the songwriters he has performed with since moving to Austin into an intoxicating sound that spans them all. In Texas there is high demand for his talents, and he began adding to a resume that includes appearances on records by such luminaries as Joe Ely, Ray Wylie, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave and many more.
"...has the big four: tone, taste, groove and grit. He’s cool.” - Ray Wylie Hubbard on Michael O'Connor
“Like myself, JP cut his teeth playing with some world-class songwriters…now that he is stepping out on his own, all that work shows and shines; with a voice like a bearded angel and some of the best guitar playing in the Western Hemisphere, he performs songs of depth and weight that belies his age.” -Jon Dee Graham, Texas songwriting legend
MilkDrive - January 16, 2016 9:00PM
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.