Jeff Plankenhorn and Michael O'Connor have been performing solo, and as "side men" for folks like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, Shelley King, Joe Ely, Eliza Gilkyson, Ruthie Foster, and the late Jimmy LaFave, for more than two decades. They have also been touring together off and on with each other for 20 years.
Plank and Michael are known by their peers as consummate guitarists, but also great singer/songwriters and solid people who are always there to lend support to their fellow musicians and to their communities.
Plank, known especially for his prodigious skills on slide guitar (he even designed his own, called "The Plank"), has released eight albums, his latest Sleeping Dogs, in 2018. Plank was also recognized by Austin's Black Fret Society (check them out here) with a major award in December, 2018. Read more about Plank on his website.
MOC, who we first saw in Red River two years ago accompanying ... well, EVERYONE, has released five solo albums, plus one with Adam Carroll. Michael has played on countless records from folks you know and love. Michael is working on his next record, to be released in 2019 (four songs have already been recorded, and you can listen to them (and purchase them) on Bandcamp, to help Michael fund the rest of the album. Read more about Michael on his website.
We've been wanting to host these guys for awhile, and we're excited to welcome them both for their first appearance at MCC.
A Georgia native, Barbara moved to the Virginia Beach area as a teenager to try her hand at a music career. She then lived in San Diego for a number of years before moving to Austin in 2010 because she “wanted to live in a city that gives a shit about music” (Austin Chronicle 2013).
Once in Austin, Barb partnered up with Teal Collins (Mother Truckers) in 2012 and formed The Whiskey Sisters, who became REALLY popular in Austin and won multiple Austin Music Awards.
Barbara is gearing up to make her 5th album titled, Someday, Maybe Sooner. Her voice and songwriting have placed her in the top 5 Best Female Singer and in the top 3 Best Songwriter categories in the Austin Music Awards and her last release, Right As Rain, is in rotation on SiriusXM Radio. She co-founded the breakout band, The Whiskey Sisters, to much buzz and acclaim, has recently sung background vocals for Willie Nelson and Bob Weir and will be an Official Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2019.
Barbara has shared the stage or opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Lisa Loeb, Hootie & The Blowfish, Meredith Brooks, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Williams, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Willie Nelson and more.
We have often described Barbara's performances by saying that she sings like an angel and swears like a sailor. We love Barbara and we think you will too.
We're excited to welcome Barbara back for her second appearance at MCC.