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.

Oct
7
Sat
George McConnell & The Nonchalants at the Loblolly Festival in Laurel, Mississippi – October 7, 2017 @ Loblolly Festival
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
George McConnell & The Nonchalants at the Loblolly Festival in Laurel, Mississippi - October 7, 2017 @ Loblolly Festival

There are so many reason to look forward to fall in the south… a break from summer’s temperatures, football, pumpkin spice everything, and LOBLOLLY FESTIVAL!  This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, October 7th and will feature live music, craft demonstrations, vendors and food trucks from across the south.

Let Us Entertain You!

Our music lineup offers something for everyone!

From 9:00 -10:00 a.m., Pinebelt musician and artist, Thomas Jackson, will take the stage. At 10:20 a.m.Scott Chism & the Better Half will bring their traditional country style to the stage.  You’re sure to be entertained by their blend of traditional country and hillbilly bluegrass!  During the lunchtime hours (11:55-1:00 p.m.) you’ll enjoy the unique mix of originals plus covers styled by Galen Martin & the Crutches.  Be sure to stick around for the cutting edge sounds of award-winning bluesman, Lightnin Malcolm, beginning at 1:35 p.m.  This one-man-band has rocked juke joints across the south combining elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country.  Rounding out our performers this year is southern rock guitarist, George McConnell & The Nonchalants.  You might recognize McConnell from his time as lead guitarist in the bands BeanlandKudzu Kings and Widespread Panic.  McConnell’s style blurs the lines between classic rock, jazz, soul, blues, and country, and creates a sound all his own.  With two decades of stage experience, you’re sure to be entertained by this Mississippi native!

 

Official 2017 Loblolly Festival Music Lineup

9:00 a.m. – Thomas Jackson

10:20 a.m. – Scott Chism & the Better Half

11:55 a.m. – Galen Martin & the Crutches

1:35 p.m. – Lightnin Malcolm

3:30 p.m. – George McConnell & The Nonchalants

Nov
25
Sat
George McConnell solo acoustic Saturday, November 25 at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
George McConnell solo acoustic Saturday, November 25 at Smith's in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's

George is back this Saturday night at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi!

Sep
1
Sat
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi – Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9 pm @ Smith's
Sep 1 @ 9:31 pm – 11:30 pm
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith's in Corinth, Mississippi - Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9 pm @ Smith's | Corinth | Mississippi | United States

Saturday, September 1, 2018
George McConnell acoustic solo live at 
Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi
9:00 pm