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January 1, 2016

Club Congress @ Hotel Congress
Awarded Austin’s Best Bluegrass Band


“Austin’s Whiskey Shivers are bluegrass-fueled Americana for a generation that grew up listening to punk rock. This group of 20somethings plays banjos, fiddles and washboards at breakneck speeds while singing high, lonesome harmonies about love and video games.” – Washington Post

“Chops away at traditional bluegrass constraints with a mischievous cleaver, mixing in shadows of Delta swamps and New Orleans basements….” – Rolling Stone

“They’ve been killing it in Austin for a few years now. They have that spirit of busking, that punk spirit of ‘let’s lay it on the line, let’s play our instruments hard and messy and just have a great   time.'” – Ann Powers, NPR World Café

Mix up bluegrass, Johnny Cash and hell-on-wheels high energy and you get an idea of a Whiskey Shivers show. Between their 2013 Austin Music Award win for Best Bluegrass Band and their twenty show SXSW marathon, Whiskey Shivers hasn’t had much time to breathe. In the their short history Austin, TX trash-grass outfit has had a viral hit with their video for “Gimmie All Your Lovin”, scored a national television commercial, made appearances on NBC’s Revolution and Travel Channel’s No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, played a string of sold-out shows up and down both coasts, and tracked a brand new record with producer Robert Ellis.The Shivers show no signs of slowing down.

January 10
Club Congress @ Hotel Congress



In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear. “LA WEEKLY

Outside Lands Music Fest: “…it offered great bands like the Dustbowl Revival, whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.” – Rollling Stone

Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.

January 20

Copper Hall @ Hotel Congress

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What makes their performances is not only their mesmerizing talent, but also the fact that you can see that they’re genuinely having fun. This is the kind of music that has to be watched as much as heard, you couldn’t look away even if you wanted to. They’re that good.

Members from Run Boy Run, Ryanhood and Calexico/Sweet Ghost form an acoustic trio that celebrates  progressive acoustic music at it’s best. Two-time Arizona State Fiddling Champion Matt Rolland teams up with guitarist Ryan David Green (twice named ‘Best Guitarist’ in the Tucson Music Awards) and renowned bassist
Ryan Alfred (international touring bassist for Calexico) for an exhilarating evening of acoustic music. Expect the unexpected as this talented trio crisscrosses the progressive acoustic world, touching on rock, bluegrass, a bit of jazz and Celtic music.

February 13
DeDe Wyland & The McLaughlin Brothers, Peter and David McLaughlin
featuring members from The Sonoran Dogs
Club Congress @ Hotel Congress

dede wylandAward-winning singer and guitarist Dede Wyland honed her bluegrass skills early in life playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging’. She later moved to New York where she became a founding member of ‘Tony Trischka and Skyline’. She toured internationally with Skyline for over a decade; her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA).

As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede remains a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come.

Dede continues performing and also concentrates on her work as a vocal coach. Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).

PeterDavidLive2Featured in her band will be the McLaughlin Brothers, Peter and David McLaughlin, along with members of The Sonoran Dogs. Peter’s “Bluegrass Festival” band includes Mark Miracle-mandolin/vocals, Rockygrass Banjo Champion Tyler James (Walls), Brian Davies on upright bass/vocals, and Nick Coventry on fiddle/vocals).

Peter McLaughlin is a former Winfield National Flatpicking Champion, singer and songwriter. Pete’s brother David, from Winchester, VA, is a superb mandolin player, singer, and music producer. David was a member of the Johnson Mountain Boys, and performed on DeDe’s last CD.


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