The Black Box Songwriter Series features singer-songwriters in an intimate, listening-room setting. Since its inception in 2015, the series has attracted a variety of celebrated songwriters, such as Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day”), Susan Gibson (“Wide Open Spaces”), Walt Wilkins (“Trains I Missed”), and numerous award-winning troubadours. Both newcomers and veteran songwriters have played the series and given fans a chance to hear incredible songs as well as the stories behind them.
Tickets are $15 general admission. Sales tax included in ticket price.
Buy All Five Concerts and Save
Purchase all five concerts of the 2019-20 Black Box Songwriter Series and receive a 20% discount on your tickets. Discount will automatically be applied on the payment page once you add tickets to your cart from all five concerts. The songwriting workshop is not included in this offer. Not valid on past purchases. Offer expires Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Colin Gilmore and Nicolette Good, Ladder to the Moon
Colin Gilmore and Nicolette Good are the creative forces behind Ladder to the Moon: a tight-harmony weirdo-folk-pop duo with a playful streak. Their songs star winsome loners on cosmic journeys, and heartsick dreamers caught in bizarro romances. Writing in spiral notebooks together since 2013, Gilmore and Good found common ground in influences like Duran Duran, The Kinks, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, Beck, and Neko Case. Ladder to the Moon’s sound captures the bracing beauty of their native Texas landscape, told through the lens of poetic imagination.
Jan. 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m.*
Traveling Red River Songwriters
*this performance takes place in the Performance Hall, $15 tickets but with reserved seating
An annual favorite, the Red River Songwriters return to MCL Grand for another intimate Black Box Songwriter Series concert featuring Susan Gibson, Josh Grider, Drew Kennedy, and Walt Wilkins. After several years of sell-out performances, this year’s song swap moves into the Performance Hall. Don’t miss these four longtime friends and musical storytellers as they prepare for the Red River Songwriter’s Festival later that month.
Feb. 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Mary Gauthier is a regular on Grand Ole Opry, and has had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Bare Sr., Bettye Lavette, Amy Helm, Mike Farris and many others. Eight albums into her career, she was named, “One of Americana’s most admired artists across the US and around the world,” by The Wall Street Journal, noting her “razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection.”
March 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Kelly Willis and Jamie Lin Wilson
Kelly Willis, an Austin-based singer/songwriter, is Back Being Blue, to take a color-coded cue from the title of her seventh album. This is an album of songs about lonesomeness that also happens to be a cracklingly good time.
Jamie Lin Wilson is easy to love. With her warm, strong vocals, sly sense of humor, and lyrics that highlight the details that most of us miss, she creates stark vignettes: footsteps in the hall outside a motel room; the way a lover lays their head down at night; a humble but inviting front porch.
May 31, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Beat Root Revival and Pat Byrne
Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Ben Jones from Kent, England and Belfast, Ireland native Andrea Magee, Beat Root Revival has been taking American audiences by storm with their utterly original sonic amalgam of folk, rock, country, and traditional Irish sounds. After landing in America five years ago, the duo has stolen the hearts of captive audiences, most recently as support for the Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds" tour; they have also toured as the opening act for Brian Setzer, The Fixx and ABC’s Nashville TV star Jonathan Jackson.
Pat Byrne is an Irish singer songwriter, living between Austin, Texas, and County Carlow, Ireland. Pat's voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock 'n' roll growl the next. His latest work reflects both his Irish roots and the rich influence of the musicians he’s recently worked with in Texas.