A Georgia native, Barbara moved to the Virginia Beach area as a teenager to try her hand at a music career. She then lived in San Diego for a number of years before moving to Austin in 2010 because she “wanted to live in a city that gives a shit about music” (Austin Chronicle 2013).
Once in Austin, Barb partnered up with Teal Collins (Mother Truckers) in 2012 and formed The Whiskey Sisters, who became REALLY popular in Austin and won multiple Austin Music Awards.
Barbara is gearing up to make her 5th album titled, Someday, Maybe Sooner. Her voice and songwriting have placed her in the top 5 Best Female Singer and in the top 3 Best Songwriter categories in the Austin Music Awards and her last release, Right As Rain, is in rotation on SiriusXM Radio. She co-founded the breakout band, The Whiskey Sisters, to much buzz and acclaim, has recently sung background vocals for Willie Nelson and Bob Weir and will be an Official Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2019.
Barbara has shared the stage or opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Lisa Loeb, Hootie & The Blowfish, Meredith Brooks, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Williams, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Willie Nelson and more.
We have often described Barbara's performances by saying that she sings like an angel and swears like a sailor. We love Barbara and we think you will too.
We're excited to welcome Barbara back for her second appearance at MCC.
If you're fans of Nora Jane Struthers & Joe Overton, we think you'll really enjoy Ordinary Elephant, who were named Artists of the year at the International Folk Music Awards for 2017.
Funny story. About six months ago we got an email from Crystal & Pete Damore, aka Ordinary Elephant, asking about doing a show at MCC. We knew of Ordinary Elephant, but we do have a rule we try to follow about seeing an artist perform live before hosting them. But before we could even think about a response, two more emails showed up; one from our buddy Jaimee Harris, another from Chuck Hawthorne. Both said something like "you gotta host a show for Crystal and Pete - they're amazing."
Well, we think alot of both these folks, so we pondered it for a bit and said yes. And now, as their show approaches, we're glad we did.
The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines.
Crystal and Pete have been performing together since 2011, when they called Texas home. The two took to full-time nomadic life with their dogs in 2014, and are still finding home and music wherever they go. The duo was both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2017, and their release ‘Before I Go’ was No. 7 on the Folk DJ Chart for that year.
We're excited to welcome Ordinary Elephant to MCC for their first appearance.