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  • Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Songwriter's Studio

    on the air at KPFT, 90.1 Houston and online at www.kpft.org

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    Driving today from Buda, TX to Kerrville I got a call from Tom Tranchilla at KPFT 90.1 in Houston.

     

    Tom's going play cuts from One Layer Down and interview me live on air tomorrow starting at 7PM Central!

     

    If you're not in the Houston area, point your browser to www.kpft.org at 7PM Central time to listen live.





  • Friday, May 27, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Kerrville Festival Preview Show

    The Broken Oak
    4919 Strass Dr
    Austin, TX 78731



    Oh man I love playing with these people.

    I've seen pictures of Tom playing at The Broken Oak, and it looks fantastical. I'm going to find out for myself on Friday, May 27.

    This will be our last show as reigning New Folk Winners before the 2016 Winners are announced on Sunday (and we'll be there cheering them on).

    If you're in Austin, come by. I'd love to see you.

    Here's some info about The Broken Oak:

    Dress for the outdoors as we plan to be under the "Broken Oak" trees. Please bring a chair, potluck dish if you desire, and cash money to tip the musicians. We'll have water, mixers, and a cooler. There are some seats available on the rock wall if you don't bring a chair. The musicians will have CDs and merchandise for sale. Your guests are welcome to attend as long as we are not at capacity. We will post an update if we are out of space.

     

    Location: 4919 Strass Drive Austin, Texas, 78731. Come in through the gate under the carport.

     

    Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016

     

    Doors Open: 6:30 PM Concert: 7:00 PM

     

    Please read the FAQs below. Any other questions may be directed to your hosts: Paula & Wes

     

    FAQ

    What is a house concert?

    - House concerts are an alternative to going to a commercial music venue like a restaurant or bar. Held in a private home and attended mostly by friends, neighbors, and invited guests, a house concert presents an intimate setting ideal for listening and, importantly, devoid of loud and rowdy drunks.

     

    How much is it?

    -Donations go to the artists. No money goes to the house. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP early. Sometimes there are suggested donations.

     

    Kids?

    -Well behaved TEENS aged 13 and older are welcome to the concert if seated and quiet. Please do not bring children under 13 without permission from the hosts.

     

    Parking?

    -Please respect neighbors first and foremost. You may park legally along the residential streets being careful not to block any driveways. Carpool is highly encouraged. We are not far from the Shoal Creek Trail on a bike.

     

    Hope to see y'all soon at The Broken Oak.







  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Songwriter's Orgy!

    Blue Note Grill
    709 Washington Street
    Durham, NC 27701




    NC’s most celebrated songwriters gather for a fun evening of shared tunes and stories.  Who knows what you’ll hear, but you can bet it will include blues, country, rock, and gypsy folk.


    Kirk Ridge!

    Rebecca Newton!

    Nancy Middleton!

    Barry Gray!

    Me!





  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM through Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM
    SERFA!



    Montreat, NC



    Next Thursday I'm headed straight from work to Montreat. I'll see my Folk Family there. Hope you're one of them.




  • Friday, May 06, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Wyatt Easterling and Friends with Wes Collins

    The Cary Theater
    122 E Chatham Street
    Cary, NC




    Danny and I will play a 30-minute set opening for Wyatt Easterling at the Fabulous Cary Theater on May 6 at 8:00PM.

    I've see a show or five here, and the sound and vibe will be all that.




  • Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM through Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM
    New Folk New England



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    Established in 1972 at the urging of Peter Yarrow, the Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Concerts have become a highlight of the annual festival, geared towards singer-songwriters of various musical styles and the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America. Being named as a New Folk Winner is regarded as a very prestigious honor. From a pool of approximately 800 applicants, 32 finalists are selected to compete at the festival, with six songwriters named New Folk Winners. The 2015 winners were David Berkeley (Santa Fe, NM), Wes Collins (Chapel Hill, NC), Amy Kucharik (Somerville, MA), Tom Meny (Buda, TX), Anna Tivel (Portland, OR), and Becky Warren (Nashville, TN). The winners completed a tour of central Texas in November 2015, and based on its success, Amy, Becky, Tom and Wes are excited to bring the tour to New England this April, playing 5 shows in the round.

     

    April 21 - The Burren Somerville, MA (tickets on sale now!)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1702077123373747/

     

    April 22 - No Place Special - Mashpee, MA

     

    April 23 - Front Street Concerts, Hopkinton, MA - RSVP required

    http://www.frontstreetconcerts.com/

     

     

    April 24 - Kind of Blue House Concert, Barrington, RI

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1576878352635458/






  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Singer/Songwriter Spotlight with Wes Collins/Sam Frazier/Jay Aymar and Barry Gray

    Muddy Creek Music Hall
    5455 Bethania Rd
    Winston Salem, NC


    Sam and Barry are monsters. That is all.

    Well, not all. I wouldn't want you to take that the wrong way.

    Musical monsters, I mean.

    Gentleman musical monsters.

    Come see them, you'll see.








  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    New Folk Round at The Peddler

    The Peddler
    464 E Main St
    Spartanburg, SC



    We met in Texas and we're playing for you here.

    It's such a privilege to play with these three songwriters.




  • Saturday, April 02, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Andrew Delaney, Amy Kucharik and Wes Collins at The Kraken!

    The Kraken
    2823 NC Highway 54 W
    Chapel Hill, NC



    Three award-winning songwriters (and good friends) play in the round together for the first time in Chapel Hill. Join us for an early show and a good time! Hang around late for the Rowdy Square Dance!


    ABOUT:
    AMY KUCHARIK: The 2015 Kerrville New Folk-winning songwriter explores the full range of her ukulele, both exploiting and defying its reputation as a novelty instrument. Her catchy, sexy, sometimes haunting lyrics recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit. Whether performing as a one-woman-band with foot percussion and mouth trumpet, or with Boston-based ensemble Friends With Benefits (upright bass, backing vocals, and horns) Amy's Vaudevillian charm and infectious, danceable swing transport her audience to a place both timeless and familiar. Drawing from blues and Dixieland traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy’s "modern vintage" grooves have earned her comparisons to Lake Street Dive, Maria Muldaur and the Asylum Street Spankers.
    http://www.amykucharik.com/


    ANDREW DELANEY is a touring Americana/folk singer-songwriter out of Dallas, TX. His most recent album, "Stricken, Smitten, & Afflicted," features the Roots Music Report #1 single, "There's A Light On." A classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape with cinematic style, Delaney has been dubbed “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters" by Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago. Delaney has toured throughout the Southeast and up the east coast, been featured on radio stations nationally, has opened for Hayes Carll, Junior Brown, and Corb Lund, and worked with Grammy winning producer Steve Christensen. Andrew was also a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition Finalist in 2015, 2013, & 2010, a Songwriter Serenade Finalist in 2015, and Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference Official Showcase Artist in 2015 & 2010.
    http://www.andrewdelaneymusic.com/


    WES COLLINS, not to be confused with the Red Time Force Power Ranger, is a singer-songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC and a 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner. Wes calls his music “guitar driven folk-pop with teeth.” He released his debut album, One Layer Down, in 2013. Live, Wes often plays solo, accompanied only by intricate, masterful fingerpicking on his acoustic guitar. Since appearing at Kerrville, Wes has been making waves and in demand among his peers for shows throughout the Southwest, from performing a formal showcase at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Austin the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville alongside Heather Styka and Clint Alphin. In March, he will share a stage with Raleigh-based alt-country super-trio Tres Chicas.
    http://wescollins.com/


    This event is sponsored by the fine folks at Drop-D Ranch. For more info about the ranch, drop by here: 

    http://dropdranch.com/about-the-drop-d-ranch/


    Thanks Drop-D!




  • Friday, March 04, 2016 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Tres Chicas (with special guest Wes Collins)

    Community Church of Chapel Hill
    106 Purefoy Rd.
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514


    Y'all. I get to open for TRES CHICAS.

    Yep. That Tres Chicas.



    The Lynn Blakey (of Glory Fountain and Let's Active and Oh-OK), Caitlin Cary (of Whiskeytown) and Tonya Lamm (of Hazeldine) Tres Chicas.

    If that doesn't ring a bell, read more here.

    And if you haven't seen a show at the Community Church you need to fix that. It's a great room.

    Tickets are on sale here. They are $15 (plus $2 service charge) online in advance, or you can pay $20 at the door on the day of the show. 




  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Clint Alphin, Wes Collins & Heather Styka In the Round at Bird Song Studio: Kerrville New Folk Finalists

    Bird Song Studio
    213 W High St
    Woodbury, TN 37190


    Clint Alphin, Heather Styka and I will swap songs in the round at Bird Song Studio in Woodbury. TN on Saturday, January 16.

    This will be our second show inside a week, and we plan to play some choice covers to round out our originals. I've heard both Clint and Heather many times and I can tell you right now they will not disappoint you.

    Tickets (a suggested donation) are $10. You can get them here or pay at the door. 

    Hope we see you.




  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    In the Round with Clint Alphin, Wes Collins and Heather Styka

    The Bluebird Cafe
    4104 Hillsboro Pike
    Nashville, TN 37215



    I get to play another round at the ah-MAZ-ing Bluebird Cafe with my good friends Clint Alphin and Heather Styka.

    Come see us! We will be having the time of our lives.

    Reservations open Thursday morning at 8:00am here. Hope to see you there.




  • Friday, November 13, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Kerrville Folk Festival Grassy Hill New Folk Winners

    Fischer Fest
    Fischer Hall
    Fischer, TX


    Fischer Fest is a 3-day event, with room for only 300 people. Tickets for inside the music hall run $130 but that covers all three days (looks worth it - check their website for the lineup). "Yard Bird" tickets are more affordable, I hear.

    Inquire here: http://fischerfest.org/tickets/




  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Kerrville Folk Festival Grassy Hill New Folk Winners

    Open Ears Concerts
    14311 Wells Port Drive
    Austin, TX


    The next to last stop on the New Folk Tour.


     Contact:  Matt Hiland@mhiland@live.com for more information.  Go to: www.staopen.org to buy tickets or just show up and pay at the door. We'd love to see you.





  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Kerrville Folk Festival Grassy Hill New Folk Winners

    Barker House Concerts

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    And as A.A. Milne would say, now we are six.

    Anna Tivel and David Berkeley join us for the whole rest of the tour! 

    Contact:  Paul Barker.  Email paul@BarkerHouseConcerts.com for reservations and/or information or you can go to Paul’s website to request reservations www.BarkerHouseConcerts.com





  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

    Concert Window

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    WATCH LIVE ONLINE

    GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING AWARD WINNERS

    November 10th, 7:30pm CDT - Webcast from beautiful Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX

    Best of all, it’s “pay what you want.” And it works on mobile devices, too.

    Tune in for the LIVE webcast here!





  • Monday, November 09, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

    Milagro Springs House Concerts

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    Becky Warren, Tom Meny, Amy Kucharik and Wes Collins play in the round.

    Hee4

    Contact: Candy Spitzer & Rosie VonZurmeuhlen. 
    Email: Candy @candy@spitzerassociates.com for reservations or more information.





  • Sunday, November 08, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

    New Braunfels House Concerts

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    Amy Kucharik, Becky Warren, Tom Meny and Wes Collins will play in the round.

    Hee3.

    Contact:  Elaine Hayden.  Email: Elaine @nbhouseconcerts@gmail.com for reservations.





  • Saturday, November 07, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

    Sycamore Creek House Concerts

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    Tom Meny, Amy Kucharik, Becky Warren and Wes Collins will play in the round.

    Again, hee.

    Send an email to SycamoreCreekConcerts@gmail.com for reservations (very few seats left, will probably sell out by 10/25/15)





  • Friday, November 06, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners concert at Uncle Calvin's

    Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse
    9555 N Central Expy
    Dallas, TX 75231


    First stop of the New Folk Tour 2015!

    "Kerrville New Folk winners Amy Kucharik, Becky Warren, Tom Meny and Wes Collins will play in the round."

    Hee.

    For More information: info@unclecalvins.org
    Tickets can be purchased at: www.UncleCalvins.org
    $15 in advance/$18 at the door





  • Friday, October 09, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Wes Collins at The Roost!

    The Roost
    2000 Fearrington Village Ctr
    Pittsboro, NC 27312


    I'll dash from the library next Friday and play a couple of sets at The Roost in Fearrington Village.




  • Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Official Showcase at the Southwestern Regional Folk Alliance

    Southwestern Regional Folk Alliance / Holiday Inn - Midtown
    6000 Middle Fiskville Road
    Austin, TX 78752


    I get to play three songs for the folds at SWRFA this year (and see some of my Texas and West Coast musical buddies) this weekend. Come out for the showcases if you're in town!



  • Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Chris Titchner, Tracy Feldman and Wes Collins Return to Caffe Driade!

    Caffe Driade
    1215 E. Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514


    We had so much fun back in June we couldn't wait to come back. We're all Driade fans!

    The music starts at 8pm and goes until 11pm. Come on out. We'd love to see you!




  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Wes Collins and Julie Elkins at The Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville, NC.

    The Cameo Art House Theatre
    225 Hay Street
    Fayetteville, NC 28301


    Julie Elkins and I are teaming up to play First Thursday at the The Cameo Art House Theater in Fayetteville. That's Thursday, September 3.

    Julie and I met at the Songs From the Circle show back in April, and we’ve been looking for an excuse to play together ever since.

    Julie is a multi-instrumentalist and a great, great singer. I have only seen her play banjo and guitar and heard her sing, but I can tell you she does these things very, very well. I can't wait to play these sets with Julie.





  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Clint Alphin, Mary Bragg, Anne Buckle and Wes Collins at The Bluebird Café!

    The Bluebird Cafe
    4104 Hillsboro Pike
    Nashville, TN 37215


    Wow. The Bluebird.

    I met Clint and Mary at Kerrville, and they can both carry a show on their own. I am so pumped to play a show with these three, and especially here.

    This should be amazing!





  • Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Clint Alphin, Mary Bragg and Wes Collins Merridee’s Bread Basket

    Merridee's Bread Basket
    110 4th Street
    Franklin, TN 37064


    “2015 Kerrville New Folk/ 2015 Telluride Troubadour finalists Mary Bragg and Clint Alphin; 2015 Kerrville New Folk Winner Wes Collins bring some Texas and Colorado festival goodness to Franklin, TN. Don't miss it!”

    Clint, Mary and I will run down some of the songs we plan to play at The Bluebird (we may also play some of our favorite covers and b-sides).





  • Friday, July 10, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Triad Meets the Triangle at Music at Big Purple

    Music at Big Purple - Outdoor House Concert
    812 Olive Street - Fisher Park
    Greensboro, NC


    I’m honored and excited to join Molly McGinn, Sam Frazier and Jon Shain in Greensboro at a great venue: Music at Big Purple. I got to hear these three at the John Prine Tribute, and they all BRING IT.

    From the event’s advertisement:
    Four great songwriters from the Triad and the Triangle will be swapping songs, stories, and guitar licks.

    Music at Big Purple - Outdoor House Concert
    812 Olive Street - Fisher Park
    Gates at 7:30 pm
    Music at 8 pm
    $10
    BYOB, bring a lawn chair and snacks
    In case of rain, the show will be moved indoors around the corner.

    What's "In the Round?"

    It's a tradition lifted from the infamous "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville.

    "The story goes that Fred and Don had been out drinking, came up with the idea and said, 'let's put four chairs in the middle of the room, facing each other, turn around the lights, and see what happens,' (Kurland, 2002). So they did. And it worked." (Source: Wiki)

    On March 29, 1985 the first 'In The Round' show was held with Thom Schuyler (16th Avenue and Old Yellow Car), Fred Knobloch (Used to Blue and Meanwhile), Don Schlitz (he would collect his second Grammy a few years later for Forever and Ever, Amen), and Paul Overstreet (future co-writer of Forever and Ever, Amen as well as a slew of other hit songs).





  • Friday, June 12, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Chris Titchner, Tracy Feldman and Wes Collins at Caffe Driade!

    Caffe Driade
    1215 E. Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514


    Chris, Tracy and I will meet up to swap songs and harmonize at Caffe Driade on Saturday the 12th. Come down and load up on weird coffee, pastry and music.





  • Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM through Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 12:00 AM
    New Folk Competition

    Kerrville Folk Festival

    Kerrville, TX


    I’m headed down to Kerrville to represent Cackalacky in the New Folk Song Competition. Win or lose, I get to hang with amazing songwriters for over a week.

    Wish me luck anyway.





  • Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    A Tribute to John Prine to benefit Voices Together

    Doodad Farm
    4701 Land Rd
    Greensboro, NC 27406



    I will be there with bells on to play two of my favorite John Prine tunes. So proud to be a part of this event.


    With the help of some of North Carolina’s best musicians, Doodad Farm is dedicating a Spring Sunday afternoon to John Prine, one of our favorite songwriters. This is a benefit concert, with all the musicians and on-site staff volunteering their time, and all proceeds going to Voices Together. This Durham-based non-profit uses music as a tool to help individuals with developmental disabilities increase critical communication and social/emotional skills that support independence and self-advocacy. We celebrate their mission to help others as we celebrate Mr. Prine and our own rich music community.

     

    We currently have over twenty hand-picked musicians lined up to perform their renditions of John Prine’s songs. We asked them to bring their own styles and personalities into these songs, so don’t expect just copies of what you’ve heard on the albums. We’ll also have other Prine-related stuff going on involving YOU. Voices Together will be here and will present a sampling of the kind of music-based work they do. It will be a beautiful day!

     

    This event is also a book release for local journalist Eddie Huffman, who has just published his biography, John Prine – In Spite of Himself. Eddie will also serve as sort of a narrator of the event, giving us insight into the origins of the songs being performed. The book will be available for sale at the event, with portion of the sales going to Voices Together.

     

    This event – like all events at Doodad Farm – is free, though we hope you’ll make a generous contribution to Voices Together to support their good work. Every dollar donated goes straight to this non-profit group.

     

    For those not familiar with the work of John Prine, this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in his unique music. You may be surprised how many of the songs you recognize. Prine is widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, and is known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life. And yes, we have invited Mr. Prine to join us, just in case he’s in the mood that day. More on John Prine at www.johnprine.net.

     

    If you’d like to VOLUNTEER for this event, please let us know, and we’ll welcome you with open arms.

     

    More information on Voices Together at www.voicestogether.net

     

    More details:

    • Our rain date will be the following Sunday, May 24.

    • Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves. Bring leashes, and use them if necessary.

    • We will have a food vendor on site, but of course you’re welcome to bring your own grub.

    • Bring your own beverages if you want. Bring a chair, also.

    • Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping.

    • Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!).

    • Toilets and drinking water will be available.

    • Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet

    • CAMPERS WELCOME! Let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you to the primitive camping area.

    • We do not permit weapons of any sort, nor is there ever a need for them.





  • Sunday, May 03, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Southern Village Music Series On the Green

    Southern Village

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516, NC


    David Dyer and I will play the fabulous Green at Southern Village on Sunday, May 3, from 6 to 8PM!

    If I'm lucky Danny Gotham will be there as well.

    Be there!




  • Sunday, September 07, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Southern Village Music Series On the Green

    Southern Village

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516


    Danny Gotham and I will play the Southern Village Stage on the Green from 6:00 PM until oh, around 8 I guess.

    Danny Gotham is one the most intuitive, pocket-friendly musicians you'll hear. Bring your deck chairs, a blanket, or what have you, but come down to the Green on the 7th.




  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Whodat Festival 2014

    Doodad Farm
    4701 Land Road
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27406


    I get to play a half-hour set as part of the Whodat Festival at the fabulous Doodad Farm in Greensboro on Saturday, August 30. I go on at 8:00 PM on the Satellite stage, but you should come earlier and stay later - there will be music all day long, starting around noon. See you there?