Adam Carroll is often described as a songwriter's songwriter; that's not my definition, it's how he's described by Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, the Austin Chronicle, and by songwriters like James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves & Hayes Carll. So much so, that these three artists, plus Walt Wilkins, Jamie Lin Wilson, the Band of Heathens, Jason Eady & others got together to perform sixteen of Adam's songs on a tribute record. The result, Highway Prayer, was released in October 2016. We actually got to meet Adam at a live performance of this record by some of these artists in Austin, and we decided then & there that we wanted to host a concert for Adam.
Influenced by (and often compared to) songwriting legends Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Guy Clark and others, Adam was born in east Texas (Tyler), and now lives in the Austin area (San Marcos). He's been writing, performing and touring for 20+ years, recently with his wife Chris, who will be performing with him here at MCC.
Adam has released eight independent records, the newest being Let it Choose You in 2014. Read more in Adam's bio here.
We are proud to welcome Adam and Chris to their first appearance at MCC.
Amarillo, TX native Chuck Hawthorne retired from the US Marine Corps after 21 years, a stint which included multiple tours in Iraq. While he’d always been a fan of music growing up, he learned to play guitar from a colleague on the USS Iwo Jima in ’92 and began writing songs. In ’95, he got accepted to a commissioning program at the University of Texas. He decided then to move to Austin when his time with the Marines was up.
Chuck relocated to Austin for good in 2012, where through a series of coincidences, her recorded his first record - produced by Ray Bonneville (MCC's second ever artist, in August 2015). Ray brought in a few of his friends -- Gurf Morlix (MCC October 2017) and Eliza Gilkyson to play and sing with Chuck.
So, you can think of Chuck as a true singer/songwriter who got his real start in in music his mid-forties. But after 21-years in the Marines, he's also still connected to other soldiers. Chuck is one of songwriters who works with a program called Soldier Songs and Voices, helping wounded veterans work through their physical and emotional scars by writing songs. Read about that amazing program here. Here's a link to Chuck's bio on his website.
We're excited to host Chuck at his first appearance at MCC.