These two are like family - this will be their fifth appearance at MCC
In July, 2015, we were fortunate enough to host Nora Jane & Joe for our very first house concert, where two big events happened. We all wound up in our front yard learning the Tennessee Two-Step, and we toasted Nora Jane & Joe's freshly announced engagement.
Over the next several years, we got to celebrate with them the purchase of their first home, the birth of their first child Annabelle (not during the show, thankfully), and the release of the first record Nora Jane made with her dad, Alan, as the Red Dirt Sweethearts.
We haven't seen them since right before the pandemic shut the world down, and we're so happy to welcome them back to MCC.
Nora Jane has released eight records, her latest being Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words (around 2019). In addition to appearing on all of Nora Jane's records, Joe released his own record a few years back called Clear Blue Skies. They play a wide range of original music plus a bit of old (OLD!!!) traditional country and bluegrass tunes.
Check out Nora Jane's full bio here, and Joe's here.
Well, it's been awhile since we've had an all-ages concert - this seems like the perfect concert to start those back up.
Who is the best songwriter? Who are the great ones?
Don't ask me, because I don't have a clue what's involved in writing a great song. But, what I can tell you is who my favorite songwriters are.
Music is subjective - what I love, you might not, and vice-versa. But I will tell you this. When we stumbled on Walt Wilkins at the Saxon Pub in Austin 14 or so years ago, he quickly (very quickly!!!) became my favorite songwriter. And he still is.
For me, a great song begins with the lyrics. Do they tell a story? Do they conjure up powerful visual images when I hear them? More than any other artist, Walt's songs do that for me. Here's an example:
I've got a little house on Walnut Street. The nights are quiet & the morning's sweet. Got an old wood floor beneath my feet, That somebody's grandfather built. I bet he used to keep his Lucky Strikes on this window sill, While he planed and worked that wood until He made silk from the yellow pine. I've got a paper that says this house is mine, But it ain't...it belongs to time.
We're excited to welcome Walt back for his fourth appearance at MCC, this time hosted at Christ Church Kent Island. Won't you join us?