FRI. OCT 12, 2018 – GABE WOOTTON SONWRITER SERIES – BILL BLOOMER / MIKE ETHAN MESSICK

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  • August 6, 2018
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BILL BLOOMER

 

If you’ve been wondering, “Where are all the good lion-wrestling, Buddhist monk, Americana singer-songwriters?” It’s time you meet Bill Bloomer. The singer, guitarist and songwriter is keeping the troubadour tradition alive, performing on two or three continents a year. He may be playing at a festival in Terlingua one month, and then busking in France on the way to festivals in the United Kingdom and house concerts in Scandinavia.  So what does he sound like? Sinewy guitar lines played on a vintage 1930 “The Gibson,” melodies that stick to your ribs, lyrics that can evoke a laugh or a tear (sometimes in the same song) and a voice like bourbon; strong, bracing and with a sweet tinge of honey in songs telling a story like the whisper of a friend.

 

MIKE ETHAN MESSICK

Mike Ethan Messick hasn’t had a music career so much as an ongoing adventure, an up-and-down mix of high times and hard luck to leave him with a lifetime of stories while still (fairly) young. Occasionally playing for thousands and other times to much more intimate spaces, sometimes full-tilt with a band and sometimes alone with his guitar, the well-traveled Texan has made himself at home in the Austin-area Hill Country to create and release his sophomore album,The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.

With a natural, bone-deep twang that turns all of his songs into country songs (though he often sports a folkie’s knack for lyrical detail or a rock & roller’s intensity), Messick took his first shot at the Texas country-rock scene while still in college at Texas A&M University, making himself an open-mic mainstay before starting up a band best described as “country music for the hearing impaired”.

Texas headliner Roger Creager cut Messick’s early composition “The Everclear Song” – a catchy, college-friendly drinking song – and provided the foot in the door to numerous towns and venues.  Messick’s reputation as a gifted songwriter and onstage live-wire grew; even as his band broke up and an early crack at recording an album fell through, his solo gigs and song-swap appearances made him an obscure favorite of many fans.

 

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.

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