SAT. MAR 24, 2018 – GABE WOOTTON SONGWRITER SERIES WITH – MEGAN BEE / MICHAEL MARTIN

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  • February 14, 2018
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GABE WOOTTON

From the piney woods of East Texas to the flat lands outside Lubbock, from the rolling prairies of Central Texas to the sandy shores of the Virgin Islands, Gabe Wootton has covered more than a few miles. With an eye on the horizon and an ear in the wind, he has found melody in the mundane and rhyme in the hum of life. A sketch of scenes in passing, character studies of the broken and the jubilant, triumphant tales of ruin to joyful lamentations of woe, Gabe’s songs run the gamut incorporating elements of all the music he has stumbled upon throughout his life.

 

MEGAN BEE

Singer-songwriter Megan Bee writes with an unquenchable wanderlust and a raw love for the land.  Her latest studio album Like a Canyon (2017) claims both The Ohio Music Awards 2017 Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.   With folk-Americana roots, she blends a distinctly homespun voice over an acoustic simplicity.  Her lyrics continue to carry that yearning soulfulness and winsome storytelling that filled her first release, A Sense of Place (2015)

Megan’s background as an environmental educator and traveling farmhand once took her into a desert wilderness where she first found her voice around a campfire.  That intimacy and sense of community around a campfire emerges through in her writing and performance as a unique perspective and slice of Americana for the wandering soul and nature-lover in us all.  Megan bases out of the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.

Previous to her solo career, Megan fronted the trio Wormz and the Decomposers whose album Grow (2014) won an Ohio Music Award for Americana Album of the year.  She continues to collaborate with other musicians such as the Mountain Stage Band who accompany her on her Like a Canyon album.  Singer-songwriter Joe Stevens from Coyote Grace is also featured on both solo albums, and they frequently share the stage as a duo.

MICHAEL MARTIN

There’s only one musician in San Antonio who musses his hair like Keith Richards, sings like Bob Dylan and plays guitar like kindred spirits Jerry Garcia, Mark Knopfler and Chuck Berry. 

That person is rock ‘n’ roller Michael Martin. 

Martin is best known around these parts as frontman for the folk-rock band the Infidels, which he formed in the mid-’80s and whose name was inspired by Dylan’s 1983 album “Infidels.” 

He’s also recorded and toured the world (and appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman”) with singer-songwriter Tom Russell. That gig lasted almost four years. 

Many admire him for his amazing talents as a pen and ink artist. 

Had he been born just a little bit earlier, perhaps it would have been Martin trading riffs with Keef in the Rolling Stones instead of Ron Wood. He’s that good – and he certainly has the swagger. 

It’s been several years since Martin’s only solo album, “Fatal Flower Garden.” That disc was recorded by Leonard Cohen producer LeeAnn Ungar. 

Martin is planning a new solo record,For this one, he’s decided to team up with Grammy-winning producer Joe Treviño at Blue Cat Studios, a crossroads of the Tex-Mex scene. 

Treviño produced the Infidels’ first indie effort, “Babel.” Both men are looking to capture something from deep within.For Martin, who taught himself to play guitar at age 13, it means going back to the source: the Grateful Dead and the Stones. 

At Edison High School, Martin started a cover band patterned after the Grateful Dead called Mickey Free. That morphed into the Infidels. 

“I’ve tried very hard just to focus on music. It hasn’t been the most lucrative thing to do, but I never wanted to do anything else,” he said. 

The struggle, he acknowledged, is to balance the rocker side with the singer-songwriter who loves Irish and English balladry.
He’s not sure what side will win out for his solo record. 

“I like playing loud and hard,” he said. “It’s hard to find the middle ground there”.

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