Calendar

Feb
18
Sat
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's
Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith's in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's

Saturday, February 18, 2017
George McConnell acoustic solo live at 
Smith’s in Corinith, Mississippi
with Cary Hudson

Mar
25
Sat
George McConnell opening up for Robert Earl Keen Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ The Lyric Theater
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
George McConnell opening up for Robert Earl Keen Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ The Lyric Theater

Robert Earl Keen

It’s not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life’s ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

“I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time.”

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he’s done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he’s long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters. He was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his second studio album, West Textures, was released — especially on the triple bill he shared at the time touring with legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark — but once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Whenever Kindness Fails” on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. By the end of the decade, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas, headlining a millennial New Year’s Eve celebration in Austin that drew an estimated 200,000 people. Keen has continued to write, record, and tour across the nation. In 2001 he released Gravitational Forces, followed by Farm Fresh Onions (2003), What I Really Mean (2005) The Rose Hotel (2009) and 2011’s Ready for Confetti . In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with the late, great Van Zandt and his old college buddy, Lyle Lovett.

George McConnell opens up the show at 8 pm.

Apr
22
Sat
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell) at Benny’s Boom Boom Room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi @ Benny's Boom Boom Room
Apr 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell) at Benny's Boom Boom Room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi @ Benny's Boom Boom Room

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell)
Benny’s Boom Boom Room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Jun
15
Thu
George McConnell & The Nonchalants 6/15 at The Lyric in Oxford, Mississippi @ The Lyric Theater
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Thursday, June 15, 2017
George McConnell & The Nonchalants
The Lyric Theater in Oxford, Mississippi
Oxford Magazine Party

Jun
16
Fri
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell) 6/16 at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, Louisiana @ Chickie Wah Wah
Jun 16 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Friday, June 16, 2017
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell) plus special guest: Cary Hudson
Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jun
17
Sat
George McConnell and Cary Hudson (co-bill) 6/17 at Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi @ Government Street Grocery
Jun 17 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017
George McConnell and Cary Hudson (co-bill)
Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Jun
23
Fri
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell) 6/23 at North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Waterford, Mississippi @ Bette Davis
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, June 23, 2017
Kudzu Kings (with George McConnell)
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Waterford, Mississippi

Jun
24
Sat
George McConnell solo acoustic 6/24 at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, Louisiana @ Chickie Wah Wah
Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, June 24, 2017
George McConnell solo acoustic opening up for Joe Ely
Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, Louisiana