Jeff Plankenhorn Returns to Lydia Street, Sun, Dec 16th, 3 pm

21 11 2018

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For many years Austin-based, acclaimed guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn has elevated the star of countless well-known performers. What a pleasure to watch him move from the side to center stage. Owing to his large talent and easy connection with audiences, his shows consistently sell out early. With a new release Sleeping Dogs, he continues to play a blend of blues, soul and rock on a stand-up lap steel guitar that he designed. Jeff has found a way to blend the soulful vocals of the church, Motown, and funk that dominated his speakers as a youth with the bluegrass he studied in Nashville, and the lyrical songwriting so prevalent in Austin.  And he’s so much fun! Get your tickets early.

The stories……are universal and in tune. The guitar riffs are wicked but true. This recording is relevant to the times and will be on people’s playlists for a long time.
– Joe Ely

…with a voice like a bearded angel and some of the best guitar playing in the Western Hemisphere, he performs songs of depth and weight that belies his age.
– Jon Dee Graham

‘Plank’ is simply one of the best players in a city full of them. ‘Plank’ – if I go first,will you play at my funeral?
– Jody Denberg, KUTX-FM  


Joe Martyn Ricke Coming to Lydia Street, Sat, Nov 17, 7 pm

28 10 2018

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Joe Martyn Ricke is a native Texan poet, singer, songwriter, actor, writer, director, and raconteur. Now residing and teaching Shakespeare in northeastern Indiana, he plays music in Austin as often as possible. Julia Meek, host of NE Indiana NPR’s “Meet the Music” calls Joe a ‘storyteller in the finest sense of the word, with a poetic flair….. He’s a wicked good multi-instrumentalist, and his easy style and witty intros give way to a compelling solo delivery that will hold a small room, or an entire concert hall.’ We’re excited to host Joe as he plays some old favorites along with some brand new tunes from his recently-released Eight from Austin CD. Listen to his music here.

Rich Brotherton at Lydia Street Oct 14 3pm

2 10 2018

Rich Brotherton is known far and wide for his musical prowess and has played with too many names to mention, though he may be best known for playing lead guitar in Robert Earl Keen’s band. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who can span the genres. The story goes that he got his chops with Celtic music by spending a summer in the town of Doolin in the County of Clare, Ireland where he lived in a tent in a field behind McGann’s Pub & Restaurant, working in the restaurant by day and playing music in the pub at night.

Recently, Rich has been heard here in Austin, sitting in with the Purgatory Players and the Resentments. He has so many songs in his repertoire, and it’s a lot of fun seeing what he’ll pull out.

Rich will be accompanied on accordion by the accomplished and well-known Kathy Brotherton.

Rich Brotherton sings like a star, plays a number of instruments like an ace studio musician (which he is) and has such a true, soulful connection to so many different kinds of music, it’s breathtaking.
—David Halley

Rich’s years in Austin have made him a major influence in the Austin music scene and community.
—Texas Music Times

Seela Brings Wit and Soulful Vocals to Lydia Street Sunday, Nov 5, 5:00 pm

20 10 2017

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Ontario-born, Austin-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Seela Misra is a singer’s singer—a musician whose voice lets her transmit life’s truths comfortably in a wide variety of genres. As a songwriter, she uses this voice to convey a unique perspective on everything from love and loss to her deep, unwavering faith—often exploring lofty themes with a light and playful touch. As one song from her new record “Track You Down,” makes perfectly clear, her voice is her primary instrument and she is committed to lifting it up in both praise and love, even while acknowledging her messy, imperfect humanity.

With a quick wit and undeniable talent, she’s a standout at the wildly successful Sunday Brunch at El Mercado. Come out to Lydia Street for the show. She’s a lot of fun!


What other people are saying:

“At this point, Seela is almost synonymous with Austin music. Her new album, Track You Down, (is) a tight collection of gospel-infused numbers highlighted by Seela’s undeniable vocal talent.” –KUTX 98.9, Studio 1A 

“…stark, ofttimes sexy,…Seela’s voice is her main calling card, soft and inviting, belaying the darkness in her songs….” –The Austin Chronicle

“Love Burn Me Down” is so beautiful and true that I wish it was mine.” –Jon Dee Graham, songwriter 

“What sets Seela apart is the way she infuses close-to-the-heart love songs with more lofty spiritual yearnings. But the music never becomes burdensome; instead it is filled with the inspiration that lives inside courage.” –Bill Bentley, The Morton Report


SOLD OUT!! Susan Gibson Plays Lydia Street, Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 pm

7 03 2017

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Susan Gibson is a known and respected, Wimberley-based singer/songwriter with a boat full of awards and one of the top selling country songs of all time.  Wide Open Spaces earned her the CMA and BMI Writer of the Year Awards, and more recently, she was named the West Texas Hall of Fame’s 2009 Entertainer of the Year. This past year she toured throughout the U.S. and Europe in support of her 6th album, an EP titled Remember Who You Are released in November. Join us for a special evening with Susan Gibson.

What other people are saying:

Gibson does masterful, soul infused performances.
—American Songwriter Magazine

Gibson, as she did with her smash “Wide Open Spaces,” strikes strong emotional chords without getting sappy, and celebrates life and love without resorting to platitudes.
—San Antonio Express News

She’s a Texas Panhandle stylist with a voice that’s both beautiful and unique. No one sounds like this woman.
—Norman, OK Transcript

SOLD OUT Carrie Elkin Returns to Lydia Street, Saturday, Feb 11th at 7:00 pm

16 01 2017

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With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year.  And she’s got a new one coming out in March called The Penny Collector.  The voice, the stories, the images, the grace and infectious enthusiasm, it’s a complete package.  But it’s the power of her live performances that really has been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist.  Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage Elkin was simply a force of nature.”

What other people are saying:
an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith.
Austin Chronicle

I’m thinking Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent….spellbinding from the opening track.
Bob Harris, BBC Radio

Very few people in this world can captivate an audience with just a voice and a guitar the way Carrie Elkin can.
Athens Music Network

Darden Smith and Roscoe Beck at Lydia Street, Saturday, Dec 10th at 7:00 pm

5 12 2016

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Darden Smith has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve. With a songwriting career spanning 28 years and over a dozen albums, he’s highly regarded as a songwriter and performer both nationally, as well as in Europe. His arts-in-education Be An Artist Program allows students to explore creativity through the song writing process, and his SongwritingWith:Soldiers workshops bring together veterans and songwriters to give voice to the military experience. Darden has found a way to meld his interests in music, education and community involvement, as he explores and expands his creative process.

What other people are saying

A singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion.

All Music Guide

Blessed with a seemingly effortless melodic gift and one of the warmest, most penetrating vocal deliveries in American music.

—Jim Musser, Waxed

Marathon, his (Smith’s) latest album, expands his stylistic and creative horizons.

—John T. Davis, Austin American-Statesman