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

 

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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





Danny Schmidt plays Lydia Street Saturday, Nov 19th at 7:00 pm

18 10 2016

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Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

What other people are saying …

“Danny Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise.”

—Matt Watroba, Sing Out! Magazine

There’s a quality — an easygoing, lyrical storytelling manner that eschews stridency or pretension — that all folksingers strive for and few attain. But Danny Schmidt has it in abundance. With seductive simplicity, his music demands your attention.

—Jeff McCord, Texas Monthly

In today’s underground folk world, Danny Schmidt is spoken of in reverent tones, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, with a poetry that breathes naturally and without pretension, with results that are both attractive and intense.

—Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle





Jeff Plankenhorn Plays at Lydia Street on Saturday, Sept 17th, 7:00 pm SOLD OUT!

14 08 2016

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Acclaimed guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn is a stand-out whether he’s working with high-profile artists like Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Eliza Gilkyson, or playing a regular gig with one of his collaborative Austin bands–The Apostles of Manchaca, The Purgatory Players, or the Resentments. 2016 brings Jeff into the solo spotlight with the release of his new CD SoulSlide where he plays 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. Known as a go-to guitarist for both recording and live touring by a host of Texas music stars, Jeff has won accolades from both players and the media alike.

 

The stories (on SoulSlide) 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  

 

 

 





Darden Smith Plays with Roscoe Beck on Saturday, Dec 12th, 7:00 pm

21 11 2015

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($20 suggested donation)

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.

Outstanding bass player Roscoe Beck has performed alongside countless big names including Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Dixie Chicks, and Eric Johnson, though it’s hard to top being bassist and musical director for Mr. Leonard Cohen.

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