We've learned that when you host artists you love at your home, the artists you host tend to have similar tastes in music. Earlier this year, Crystal & Pete Damore (Ordinary Elephant) and Jaimee Harris all told stories about writing with Wes Collins, and raved about how talented he is. So, naturally, we offered Wes a show at MCC. And we're pretty pumped that he said 'yes'.
At age 44, Wes Collins and his wife Anita made a pact to become writers: she started writing fiction and Wes penned his first song. A few years later, they were both multi-award-winners in their fields.
Winner of the 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk competition (along with recognition at the Telluride Troubadour competition, Falcon Ridge and others), Wes is a songwriter's songwriter.
Wes' third album Jabberwockies has special contributions by Ordinary Elephant and Jaimee Harris. His two previous albums contain songs influenced by OE, Jaimee, Neil Finn, Gillian Welch, Bruce Cockburn and Patty Griffin.
You can read Shelley's bio here, and Carolyn's here, to learn more about their music, and you can check out the videos posted here for a small sample of what this night's likely to bring (HINT: the best blues show you're likely to ever witness this up-close and personal.)
Very briefly, Shelley is one of our favorite artists ever. Killer voice, and a great love of the blues that shows through in her songwriting. Oh, and folks like Delbert McClinton, and The Subdudes wrote and sang with her on her latest record, Kick up Your Heels (2021).
And Carolyn - well, she spent most of the last couple years playing lead guitar for 88-year old blues legend John Mayall 's tour (Eric Clapton had had that gig when he was younger). I've found myself describing Carolyn's musical style as "Stevie Ray & Janis Joplin's imaginary love child." Oh, and Carolyn was named Best Blues Artist and Best Guitarist at the 2022 Austin Music Awards.
Shelley and Carolyn are best buds, and have been touring together a bunch, so don't expect a quiet singer/songwriter song-swap. This power duo will light up our living room, and we're already pricing replacement windows.