The Cultural Activities Center is excited to announce its 2016 monthly Texas Music Series. All performances include Texas Singer songwriters who have toured nationally and internationally. Performances this season include everything from country, rock and roll, bluegrass, story-telling, and much more!
Kicking off the series, Jan. 23, is Hal Ketchum. Hal is known for greatest hits, like “Small Town Saturday night,” and Hearts are Gonna Roll” to date, he has sold over 5 million albums in his 20 + year career in country music. After living in Nashville for many years, and many tours and a playing with multiple sclerosis, Ketchum left Nashville for a while and went back to Texas. In Texas he began documenting and writing songs again, songs that had a whole different feel and meaning to them. Ketchum latest music is described as sounds of an artist “finding redemption in the strum of an acoustic guitar, the boom of a kick drum and the trill of an upright piano.” noted of Ketchum’s newest album, I’m the Troubadour. This album tackles a combination of folk, blues, and soul music, tying it altogether with a band, and same feel that made Ketchum part of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994.
Next up on the music series, on Feb. 27, is accomplished young singer-songwriter John Fullbright. Fullbright, whose recent album, “from the Ground Up” was nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards, is placed in a category with the likes of Bonnie Raitt. His “old-soul” voice belts out as much as he can in the 2 minutes and 50 seconds he gets in a song and captures his audience with his sounds and lyrics. Recently in the summer of 2015, John opened for Robert Earl Keen at eTown Hall in Boulder, not only getting to perform with a legend but being broadcast on radio across the country.
Rhett Miller will be in Temple on March 26, and Dan Dyer on April 30. Rhett Miller is known as the front man and solo artist of the Old 97s. Miller is a singer-songwriter originally from Dallas Texas who has recorded five solo albums. Miller songs have been used on the American comedy series Scrubs, and featured on an episode of Joan of Acadia during its CBS run. Miller is the grandson of one-time NFL owner Giles Miller, notable for bringing professional football to Dallas for the first time in 1952. Furthermore, April’s artist Dan Dyer is making a comeback on the music scene, touring and working on new songs. Dyer’s music is a blend of folk, soul, and country wrapped up in storytelling. Each month the artists bring their talents to the CAC in an environment that set them apart from the usual playing venue across the tours. The CAC’s intimate theater with remarkable acoustics, allows audiences to get up-close and personal each month as the artists perform and interact with audience
On May 21, Jack Ingram with take center stage at the CAC. This young- talented artist won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist”. Jack reached the U.S. Country Top 40s in 2005 with “Wherever You Are,” and later with a following hit, “Lips of an Angel”. Ingram also collaborated with Charlie Robinson and Bruce Robinson for a live album called Unleashed. Ingram also holds a Guinness World Record for the most radio interviews in a day with 215.
As the summer heats up on June 11, Hot Club of Cowtown will bring their high energy trio to the CAC. This trio plays toe-tapping tunes that incorporate a fiddle, guitar licks, and a double bass. Appealing to a diverse audience, Hot Club was voted Western Swing Group of the Year earlier this year in February. Continuing in the summertime, July 16, Shinyribs returns to the stage. Shinyribs is the continuation of the Gourds with Kevin Russell. This concert will be an exaltation of spirit, with hip shaking, belly laughing and soul-singing, a down right party for all show goers.
The following month, Aug 20, Band of Heathens will bring their alternative rock, folk tales “gutbucket” blues as a return band favorite to the CAC. Some of the “best stuff the heathens are known for is the quieter stuff” according to fans. One band member said, “the further you go along in life you realize life isn’t black and white, and that there are million shades of grey in between.” The group, as they have grown as musicians, is better able to explore the “grey” areas along the journey.
On September 17, Austin folk-southern rockers Uncle Lucius will be in Temple. This five piece band has been together for over 8 years touring the states. Their style mixes county rock, pop, bluegrass R&B, soul and funk. Recognize for their top hit, “Keep the Wolves Aways”.
Rounding out the last three shows in the fall of 2016, will be Terry Allen, Jon Dee Graham, and The Derailers. Terry Allen will perform Oct. 8. Allen is a talented singer-songwriter who has written song for Robert Earl Keen. He is a talented songwriter and Lubbock artist as well, still performing at the age of 72. The month of November also gives another reason to be thankful for Texas Music at the CAC, Nov. 12, John Dee Graham will perform his diverse style of music. Graham is a musician, guitarist and songwriter.
Rounding out the monthly concert series will be The Derailers. On December 10, this pure honky tonk group will continue to celebrate in their music the sounds of George Jones, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles.
Season tickets can be purchased by visiting the website at www.cacARTS.org and individual tickets are on sale. Save now by buying the gift of music for 12 months of fun; 12 shows only $216. If you can’t make each date, gift the ticket to a friend or family member and introduce a friend to the music scene.