Amarillo, TX native Chuck Hawthorne retired from the US Marine Corps after 21 years, a stint which included multiple tours in Iraq. While he’d always been a fan of music growing up, he learned to play guitar from a colleague on the USS Iwo Jima in ’92 and began writing songs. In ’95, he got accepted to a commissioning program at the University of Texas. He decided then to move to Austin when his time with the Marines was up.
Chuck relocated to Austin for good in 2012, where through a series of coincidences, her recorded his first record - produced by Ray Bonneville (MCC's second ever artist, in August 2015). Ray brought in a few of his friends -- Gurf Morlix (MCC October 2017) and Eliza Gilkyson to play and sing with Chuck.
So, you can think of Chuck as a true singer/songwriter who got his real start in in music his forties. But after 21-years in the Marines, he's also still connected to other soldiers. Chuck is one of songwriters who works with a program called Soldier Songs and Voices, helping wounded veterans work through their physical and emotional scars by writing songs. Read about that amazing program here. Here's a link to Chuck's bio on his website.
We're excited to host Chuck at his first appearance at MCC.
There is probably no artist we've seen more over the years than Walt Wilkins. There's just something spiritual about a WW concert - might have something to do with Walt's time in the seminary, might be his songwriting, might be his singing or playing ... or it just might be him. We saw Walt with the Mystiqueros on our last trip to Austin and had a chance to sit down and talk with him for awhile before the show, and when the band started playing - we were in church. If you google "extraordinary songs about ordinary life", you'll see a photo of Walt. Perfect example - Walt's song Watch It Shine, about a desert sunrise (check out the first link above.
A Texas Hill Country icon, Walt began his musical career mainly as a songwriter, moving to Nashville and writing songs that would be recorded by the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Kevin Welch, Pat Green, Brandon Rhyder, Ty Herndon, and Cory Morrow. He wound up moving back to Texas and writing for himself - here's how Walt describes his own music: " ... I hope my songs are “real.” To me, they come from a real place - my life and its challenges, fears, hopes. And we all have those, and we all have a bunch of those in common. Most of our lives are pretty similar, right? " Here's a link to Walt's bio on his website.
We are proud to welcome Walt back for his second appearance at MCC.