• By mrsmusic40
  • August 29, 2018

$10 @ THE DOOR


Fifth generation Montana musician and songwriter Sean Devine has traveled widely, performing and recording across the U.S. and in the U.K. His third studio album ‘Austin Blues’ was recorded live to tape in three days at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas, and released on CD and vinyl as well as for download and streaming. Sean still calls Montana home, and he can be found there from time to time with his three kids, two cats and one dog in Paradise Valley.


Jimmy Pizzitola is a Houston based singer/songwriter, night-time landscaper, and lover of all things jellicle (except Cats).  His early musical influences, driven into his three year old skull while being held captive in the back of a 1968 blue Malibu by his carpool-driving mother, were the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s.  Between dropping off and picking up siblings and assorted neighborhood ruffians, Jimmy was force-fed Jim Croce, Neil Young, James Taylor, Gerry Rafferty, and of course, Der Weinershnitzel corn dogs.  Come weekend, he would often head out to South Texas with his father and grandfather to shoot at things.  Sitting on the console of a Ford Bronco, squeezed in between stacks of 8-tracks and bottles of V.O., he would sing along with Waylon, Willie, Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr.) Don Williams, and other country-fried offerings of the time.

Fast forward ten years.

Strictly in the name of research, his father would often venture out into various ice-houses and beer joints in order to update his blog (, which focused on the relative temperatures of Miller Lite in different sections of the city.   Jimmy would often accompany him on these outings and it was there that he observed first-hand the so-called “Texas Singer-Songwriter” in his original habitat.  Needless to say, it had a lasting effect.  He quickly blackmailed his father into buying him a pawn-shop guitar and started learning Townes Van Zandt songs.

After returning to Texas from Colorado in 1998, Jimmy began writing songs and fronting a Houston-based Alt-Country band, Jimmy James and The Enablers.  Songs like the honky-tonking “Where the Hell’s The Johnny Cash in Your Jukebox?”  and the quirky “Sweet Marie” were instant fan favorites.  After a failed attempt to cut a record the old-fashioned way – with an investor, producer, hired guns, etc…, and the birth of a child, Jimmy took a performing hiatus and tried having a real job, with an income and everything.  It didn’t take and it didn’t take too long before Jimmy had a fresh batch of songs and began hitting the clubs again.  He also started devoting more time in his home studio and began working on the record that would eventually be Poet On The Run. 

In 2007, Jimmy was included in Steve Harris’ book “Texas Troubadours” alongside the likes of Billie Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and others.  He joked at the time that he was the only one in the book without a record.  With the 2010 release of Poet On The Run, all joking aside, Jimmy is sure to carve out a place all his own in the long line and deep-seeded tradition of the mythical Texas Singer-Songwriter.



Mike Stinson can write songs in his sleep….no really, check out Walking Home In The Rain from his fourth and most recent album Hell And Half Of Georgia. “Well that only happened once but yeah it’s true. I woke up with that song fully formed playing in my head. No idea where it came from.” General consensus is that Mike’s blue collar songwriting ethic earned him that freebie. That kind of ‘luck’ comes from putting in the time. Here’s a glimpse at what that time has looked like. Raised in Virginia, schooled in DC, Mike moved to Los Angeles where eighteen years made him a veteran of what he calls “the trenches of beer joint warfare.” The last six years have found him based in Houston and barnstorming the roadhouses of Texas week in and week out.

Along the way he has written his very own version of the American songbook and developed an expansive live show that “has taken country and rock and boiled them down to their essence before injecting everything with the kind of ju-ju that Gram Parsons died for.” (Bill Bentley, The Morton Report)  Critical acclaim has followed. Los Angeles Magazine named him Best Country Artist (2004), The Houston Press awarded him Song Of The Year (2010), Texas Music Magazine named him one of their Artists of The Year (2012) and one of their Records of The Year (2013), and The Houston Press named him Best Country Artist in each of the last two years (2014, 2015). But perhaps the more significant mark of Mike’s creative success is the respect and admiration he’s earned from a large songwriting community. His songs have been released on albums by Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Gilkyson, Jesse Dayton, Brian Whelan, Folk Uke (featuring Willie Nelson), Austin Hanks and Larry Bagby.

Few, if any walk, away from a Mike Stinson show unaffected by his particular slant. His songs are the thrills, chills and spills of life, filled with razor sharp word play, charm, depth, poignance and musical muscle. “Mike Stinson is dangerous, the kind of songwriter who can upend the way you see the world with a single line, and whose lean, mean rock and roll machine of a band usually starts at a Chuck Berry gallop and goes from there. They can crank it so hard, in fact, it’s entirely possible to miss all the diamond-tipped rejoinders, double entendres, aphorisms and the occasional outright burn that litter Stinson’s songs, and make him one of the wickedest lyricists around today.” HOUSTON PRESS

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