Shelley has been gifted with one of the biggest, boldest, shake-you-to-your-soul blues & gospel voices you'll ever hear - and she writes some equally powerful songs.
She performs a mix of solo acoustic shows, full-band rock/blues shows, and recently has spent a bunch of time performing with Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar and Amy Helm as the Woodstock Lonestars (look 'em up, they're pretty amazing).
Shelley just released a "best of" compilation entitled Fan Faves - her eighth full-length CD - a pretty cool concept where her fans' requests determined what songs would be included on the record.
Shelley is a two-time winner of an Austin Music Award, and was named Official State Musician of Texas in 2008, an honor shared by Willie Nelson, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Ely, Ray Benson and others.
We've seen Shelley perform countless times - if you've never had the opportunity, here's your chance. You won't regret it. Here's a link to Shelley's bio on her website ...
We are thrilled to welcome Shelley back to MCC for her second appearance.
Kirsten Maxwell - is a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2016 and Most Wanted Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2017. Kirsten's rise in the music scene is one to watch, Based out of Long Island, NY, this singer/songwriter has been making a name for herself in the Northeast and beyond. Described as "making love to the audience", Kirsten's stage presence is undeniably endearing. She released her debut album in 2015, and her second album, Crimson, in 2016. Kirsten has opened for Melissa Ethridge, Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert and others. Read more in Kirsten’s bio here.
Abbye West Pates - is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. Born and raised in southern Mississippi and inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and authors like Wendell Berry, Abbye tells stories that locate you in a particular place with a particular people. She explores life's real struggles - addiction, grief, anxiety - reminding us of grace and faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all. Abbye’s released her debut album, Leaving the Shadows, in 2012. Her newest album, Miles of Green, was released in 2016. Read more in Abbye’s bio here.
We’re really excited to be able to host Kirsten and Abbye here at MCC.