We've been fans of Jamie Lin WIlson for over ten years now, when we first discovered The Trishas. Indirectly, it was Jamie, (along with Kelley Mickwee and The Trishas) that reignited our love of music and got us out and about in Austin, discovering many of the artists we've featured so far at MCC. We've been lucky enough to host Jamie twice - in September 2015 and with Courtney Patton in October 2017. We're thrilled to welcome Jamie back.
Jamie's third solo record, Jumping Over Rocks, has spent virtually its entire five-month existence on the AMA's Top Albums Chart (peaking at around #12, if I remember correctly), and has received universally rave reviews from countless music reviewers.
Of that record, Jamie says "It’s unfair that the poets and songwriters are the ones who have the songs about their lives, when maybe that’s not what’s poetic. Maybe the moments are the ones happening in everyday farmers’ lives, or to a widow, or a son.” It’s her comfort in and commitment to two distinct worlds––that of the dream-chasing artists and the dirt-under-their-nails realists––that makes Jamie and her songs not just inviting, but cathartically important.
No one covers the spectrum of age and experience quite like Jamie: moving portraits of men, women, and children coping, striving, wondering, and celebrating. Interesting? Undoubtedly. Universal but specific and personal, too. “I studied people around me more for this record than I have in the past,” she says. “I wrote songs from my perspective, from the outside looking in.”
We're excited to welcome Jamie back to MCC for her third appearance.
Four-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist Angela Easterling comes to MCC on Saturday August 3 at 7PM.
We weren't familiar with Angela's music when she first contacted us in July, 2016, about doing a show at MCC. We listened to her music a little online and liked what we heard, so we agreed to stay in touch. But, it wasn't until last summer that we finally had a chance to see her live, performing in Cecil County with her partner - and lead guitarist - Brandon Turner; we were pretty impressed with Angela's songwriting and beautiful voice, along with Brandon's guitar chops, so we offered to host a show for them. Angela and Brandon are not quite country, not quite folk, but all together unique and engaging. Angela, Brandon, and their two young sons live on the South Carolina farm that has been in her family since 1791.
In addition to her Kerville recognition, Angela is a Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music.
Angela has released five solo records; her most recent release, 2015’s Common Law Wife, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press. Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her CD brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – tradition meets youthful exuberance.”
We're very happy to welcome Angela & Brandon for their first appearance at MCC.