Some of you will remember Kirsten's first appearance here at MCC, in April 2018, when she shared a bill with Abbye West Pates of Memphis. Together, Kirsten and Abbye put on a great show, and we were so taken with Kirsten that we had a return date scheduled before she left the next morning. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Kirsten back for a solo appearance.
Born and raised in New York, Kirsten now lives in Nashville, TN. She has released three records. Kirsten was a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2016 (the same year as our friends Annalise Emerick and Kelley McRae). From Kirsten's bio on her website ...
... Kirsten Maxwell is a New York raised, Nashville based singer/songwriter. She started writing songs in High School and performing regularly at open mics and small gigs in College. Since then, Kirsten has committed to a life of music full-time. Without the help of label, agent, or manager, she has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas. Her grassroots following doubled in the past year and the release of her new self-titled EP garnered reviews from such notable publications as No Depression Magazine. In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. She has also shared stages with Karla Bonoff, Ferron, Sophie Hawkins, Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins....
We're excited to welcome Kirsten back for her second appearance at MCC.
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.