PRESENTING THE DUSTJACKETS
Saturday, Dec 10th from 2:30 till 4 PM No Charge for admission Donations appreciated!
Based in the windswept Texas Panhandle, The DustJackets are a fluid combo of multi-instrumentalist Americana songwriters who blend elements of multiple genres into song-stories about change, magic, neon, high-mileage truck engines, dogs, pie, and more. Founding members Amy Coffman & Larry Martin, formerly bassist & lead guitarist of one of the Dallas area’s very first Americana bands, The Tone Deaf Cowboys, have played stages as iconic as Poor David’s Pub and Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, and opened for folks like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kevin Welch, and Chuck Pyle.
Singer-songwriters in their own right, they decided that a move to the Texas High Plains called for a new project, and in 2010 began performing as the folk duo Everything That Rises. ETR eventually played over 150 shows and completed four successful tours of the southwest, performing an eclectic mix of their own songs, and some covers by writers they admire. Celeste Krenz had this to say about the duo: “The music Amy & Larry make is akin to a locomotive grooving down the track. The songs are moody and compelling while at the same time staying upbeat–bringing to mind Dire Straits. Nothing frantic in this music, just melodic and satisfying forward motion and great lyrics.”
In 2014, Amy & Larry were joined by two highly-accomplished, longtime fixtures of the Amarillo music scene, Joe Quattlebaum (The Average Joes) on percussion/drums & mandolin, and Rick Faucett (Sadie’s Rangers, The Groobees) on dobro and lap & pedal steel. These two great musicians also sing and write, making the newly renamed combo The DustJackets one of Amarillo’s most promising original folk rock bands. They enjoy few things more than sharing their brand of quirky, literate Americana with new listeners.
Chad Elliott will be here with Tommy C Lewis October 27th @ 6:30pm Free Admission! What a TREAT!
Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children’s book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales).
Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.
On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin”, Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana.
The title track of “Wreck and Ruin” was conceived after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of 2013. Elliott didn’t think too much of the song at the time he wrote it and put it aside. Its lyrics spell out a hopeless situation of a family expecting twins (Elliott being a twin himself). As the mother goes into labor the family finds itself in the back of a broken-down Chevy as a tornado bears down on the land. Nothing is left standing, except the family, now with two babies named “Wreck” and “Ruin.”
One year after writing the song, on Mother’s Day, 2014, Elliott and his family were celebrating at his mother’s home in Iowa. His hard-working, single mother raised four children alone. No one minded when festivities closed early so his mother could attend a Lyle Lovett concert. Two hours after Elliott and his wife and children left, a tornado leveled his mother’s house. Thankfully, no one was home. It could have been worse – the whole family would likely have been home, kids and all, if not for that Lyle Lovett concert. Elliott dusted off the “Wreck and Ruin” song to feature on this album, adopting the motto “Lyle Lovett Saves Lives.”
Chad Elliott has learned not to ignore the machinations of fate, but to pay homage to them. He writes them into songs and carries their lessons with him on tour across the country.
“Chad Elliott has assembled not only a great group of songs, but some of Nashville’s finest roots music practitioners and producer drummer Ken Coomer to make a soulful and beautiful album. Townes would be proud.” – Will Kimbrough
“Chad Elliott is a veteran singer/songwriter who writes smooth, feel good songs ranging from soulful drinking songs to upbeat road-tunes to down and dirty tunes worthy of Ray Wylie Hubbard.” – Calvin Powers, The Americana Music Show
“…Chad Elliott stands out as a timeless and genuine musical poet with supple-strong roots like the bluestem and buffalo grass of Iowa prairie.” – Todd Partridge, NoDepression.com
“In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time,” – Sam Burrish, Sioux City Journal
Awards and Honors
2015 LEAF Newsong Finalist
2015 Unsigned Only Competition- Semi-Finalist – Americana
2014 Newsong Contest – Midwest Finalist
2014 Int. Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
2013 Top 25 Albums on brokenjukebox.com – So Sang the Crow
2013 Iowa Blues Challenge – Winner Solo/Duo
2013 Rising Star – Finalist
2012 Show Me the Music Song Contest – Finalist – Americana
2012 Int. Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
2011 Iowa Motion Picture Awards – Best Original Music Score
2011 Mixies Award – “Most Creative Tour” – One Horse Town Tour
2009 International Songwriting Contest – 3rd Place Winner – Americana
2009 Woody Guthrie Song Contest – 1st Place Winner
2008 Kerrville New Folk – Finalist
2006 Folkalley.com’s – Open Mic Winner
2006 Just Plain Folks – Top 20 New Folk Songs
2015 – “Wreck and Ruin”
2013 – “So Sang the Crow”
2010 – The Den Sessions – 10 Volume Set
2009 – “Redemption Man”
2008 – “Swiftsure”
2006 – “Humbled At My Door”
2004 – “Bowl of Stars”
2004 – “Starling Songs”
2003 – (homemade) “Bowl of Stars”