George McConnell live at the Hill Country Records’ “Writers in the Round” Showcase @ Duling Hall
Sep 6 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 7 @ 1:00 am

George McConnell will be live at Hill Country Records‘ Showcase at Duling Hall in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Other featured artists include Jim Ellis, Tate Moore, Cary Hudson, Ron Etheridge, Tyler Keith, Carl Massengale, Holy Ghost Electric Show, and Sleeping Bulls.

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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.

George McConnell & The Nonchalants live at Martin’s in Jackson, Mississippi Friday, August 11, 2017 @ Martin's
Aug 11 all-day



FRI · AUGUST 11, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)


George McConnell solo acoustic show at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans – September 15, 2017 – opening for Joe Ely and Tomi Lunsford @ Chickie Wah Wah
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
George McConnell solo acoustic show at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans - September 15, 2017 - opening for Joe Ely and Tomi Lunsford @ Chickie Wah Wah

 In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music.

Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains.

George McConnell is an American guitarist from Vicksburg, Mississippi who played for Widespread Panic, Kudzu Kings, and Beanland. McConnell co-founded Beanland in Oxford, Mississippi in 1985 with guitarist Bill McCrory and toured extensively, mainly around the south and southwest, playing blues-oriented rock as part of the nascent early-90’s jamband renaissance. In 2002, following Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, McConnell and saxophone player Randall Bramblett were asked to accompany Widespread Panic on the band’s summer tour. McConnell was named as the new lead guitarist in the band following Houser’s death…

Tomi Lunsford is a country-jazz singer from Nashville, Tennessee who has performed and recorded with David Olney, David Ball, Tom House, the late Steve Runkle, and the late Walter Hyatt, among others. Her career began with a band called “The Lunsfords,” headed by her father, Jim Lunsford, and two of her sisters, Nancy and Teresa Lunsford. Born in Asheville, NC.