Adler & Hearne
From Texas' upper east side, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne connect with audiences coast to coast. Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz and blues with deep Texas roots. With 12+ recordings and decades of touring between them, their repertoire is playful, poignant and poetic – including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, children’s music, quirky story songs, modern-day spirituals, and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by choirs through college, the two met in Nashville, and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals and community events to churches, libraries and schools. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children’s TV series "Wishbone." Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo's workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark’s backup group performing with Roy from Las Vegas to Hee Haw to Carnegie Hall. When you schedule Adler & Hearne to entertain for an upcoming event, think 'song circle' between Johnny and June Cash, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. Photo by Francesco Silvestri.
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX 75494
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $350
Comprised of two former rockers (guitar and drums) and three classical musicians (violin, cello, bass), Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience. Members can be found performing in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, directing school orchestras, leading studios, and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band's sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance, they selflessly let one another share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker "Start-Stopping" to the more introspective "Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song, and each member of the group, is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions, and stories through music. Photo by Mark Maryonavich.
800 W 38th St. #10302
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $2,000
school performance $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000
Acclaimed singer-songwriter BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, performance, harmony, and guitar. Since the release of her celebrated album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two albums of songs penned by friends and heroes. In the past decade, BettySoo has toured nine countries throughout Europe and North America, sharing stages with such luminaries as Nikki Giovanni, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave, Albert Lee, the McCoury Family Band, Kim Richey, and Michael Fracasso, among others. Awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year, and the Austin Asian Image Award, among others. BettySoo presents solo, duo, and band performances of original music and the music of singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond. Her duo and band performances feature top Austin musicians. BettySoo has taught workshops at Berklee College of Music, John Brown University, Folk Alliance International Music Camp, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting School, Sisters Folk Festival Song School, and University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Photo by Valerie Fremin.
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $750 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines
Terri Hendrix is a Texas singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) with three generations of loyal fans around the globe. Her performances are energetic and uplifting in any setting-- from listening rooms and theaters, to outdoor festivals and children's shows. She's also experienced in performing for those with disabilities. For the past twenty years, she's been performing and conducting workshops with Lloyd Maines in both a duo and band format. As a GRAMMY Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist (steel, guitar, dobro), Maines has played an instrumental role in some of the Lone Star State's most famous albums. Photo by Kathleen Hill.
415 N Guadalupe Street, Unit 288
San Marcos, TX 78666
public performance/concert $800 - $10,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $250
State Artist Sara Hickman
Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.
3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite D-109 #300
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert TBD
People ask Warren Hood a lot of questions at the end of a show – what was the name of that song you played – it sounded like Stephane Grappelli maybe, right after the Doug Sahm cover? How did you learn to play fiddle like that? Are you playing anywhere else this week? How old are you? Warren always obliges to answer all of the questions, that's just his character (the answers are usually something like, "Black Cat", hard work and listening to the right records, yes, definitely, and older than you think). He cares deeply about the experiences of the people who come to his shows and buy his records and works hard to create memorable live performances and albums. His band plays every week at ABGB, drawing a mix of "old Austin” and newcomers, musicians and music lovers, and dancers who stay on the floor from the first to last song. The Warren Hood Band plays a mix of their own songs, classic country, and blues, with a nod towards their Texas roots with a few Uncle Walt’s Band songs mixed in. Warren recorded "Warren Hood Band,” released by Red Parlor Records and produced by Charlie Sexton. Photo by Micael Marie Monroe.
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $250 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,000
Matt The Electrician
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. His music, however, remains rooted in his blue collar beginnings, with lyricism that embraces the day-to-day, the mundane, the beauty of the ordinary. Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician's most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. Photo by Stephanie Macias Gibson.
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
Referred to as "a Texas treasure" by the State Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children's music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 30 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His song writing has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 1998, he won first place in the Children’s Music category from the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to set ten of their books to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an "absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.” In addition to his lively concerts, Joe produces school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aide of Hollywood special effects programs, children ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! It’s an experiential workshop that showcases diverse types of student talent. In a more classical setting, thirteen of Joe’s compositions are scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along. Photo by Joe McDermott.
3413 Gable Drive
Austin, TX 78759
public performance/concert $350 - $1,200
school performance $200 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
Curtis McMurtry, born and raised in Austin, TX, strives to push the definition of Americana music in new and eclectic directions. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Django Reinhardt and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines polished, sinister lyrics with lush, unconventional arrangements. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. Beginning with his first album, Respectable Enemy, Curtis has forged a singular musical style that combines the lyrical craft of his Texas singer-songwriter heroes with the classical and jazz composition skills he acquired in college. Curtis has been touring relentlessly since the release Respectable Enemy in 2014, often opening shows for Sarah Jarosz, Hayes Carll, John Fullbright and many others. Curtis' sophomore album The Hornet's Nest was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi. Photo by Foreside Photography.
7513 Hart Ln.
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000