The Black Box Songwriter Concert Series features performing singer/songwriters in an intimate, listening room setting. The series has attracted a variety of celebrated songwriters, such as Susan Gibson (“Wide Open Spaces” - Dixie Chicks), Walt Wilkins (“Trains I Missed,” “Seven Hillsides” - Ricky Skaggs), Ronny Cox, and numerous Kerrville Folk Festival Finalists. If you want to hear the stories behind some great songs sung by those who wrote them, the Black Box Songwriter Series is for you. This series is produced by the City of Lewisville.
Tickets are $15 general admission.
AS OF 1/15/19 SHOW IS SOLD OUT
Traveling Red River Songwriters
Thursday, Jan. 17
An annual favorite, the Red River Songwriters return to the MCL Grand for another intimate Black Box Songwriter Series performance featuring Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, and Josh Grider. Hear these celebrated musicians share the stage in a special concert as they prepare for the Red River Songwriter’s Festival later that month. If you haven’t had a chance to see these five artists play together, you’ve been missing out: Walt, Susan, and the gang will song swap the night away. Get your tickets early – this show often sells out!
“The songwriters shape their distinctive songwriting voices around an Americana core — country for Grider, storytelling and emotion for Wilkins, pop with literate lyrics for Kennedy, rhythm-and-blues for Mickwee and country folk for Gibson — that allows them to mix and mingle.” – Waco Tribute-Herald
Sunday, Feb. 17
Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song Of The Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25-year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her 2012 album, Hello Cruel World, landed in the top 5 on the US Americana chart, and maintained the No. 1 position for a record-breaking two months on the EuroAmericana chart. Described by NPR's All Things Considered as “the album of her career,” Hello Cruel World appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, AllMusic.com, and Performing Songwriter. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame in 2014.
"This is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation." – Associated Press
Sunday, March 31
BettySoo’s vocal prowess is a thing of wonder. A world-class instrument of deft phrasing and purity, a voice that knows when to hold back and when to dive in. At her own live shows, taking a verse onstage with friends or singing harmonies in sessions with Austin’s finest, BettySoo sings with consummate loveliness and self-assurance. A voice that knows the roots of American music inside and out; coming from a most unexpected place – a diminutive Korean-American with a deceptively girl-next-door demeanor. She has garnered multiple songwriting awards, including the New Folk at Kerrville, Songwriter of the Year at Big Top Chautauqua, The Dave Carter Songwriting Award at Sisters Folk Festival, and the Mountain Stage New Song Competition. Most recently, she wrote, recorded, and toured with Rebecca Loebe and Grace Pettis for the new buzz-heavy trio Nobody’s Girl.
BettySoo will also teach a songwriting workshop on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the MCL Grand’s Black Box Theater. Tickets to the workshop are $50 and include two tickets for each participant to attend Sunday’s Black Box Songwriting Series performance.
"In the over-crowded, somewhat stale field of Americana, BettySoo is the very real deal…" – Houston Press
Sunday, June 2
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.
“Notching Eliza Gilkyson’s 20th album, Secularia offers the steadfast patience that permeates the veteran folk artist’s tunes like a lighthouse to stormy seas. The singer exudes a poetic wisdom few songwriters achieve, and a timeless quality to the album’s secular hymns hearkens Leonard Cohen.” – Austin Chronicle
Tom Faulkner and Beth Wood
Two longtime friends and talented songwriters share the stage for an intimate Black Box Songwriter Series performance. Tom Faulkner’s songs arose, in part, from the memories of his travels over the backroads of the Southwest and Mexico. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun, and Tejano music is an inspired heartfelt expression of his life experiences, coupled with some of those memories. New listeners around the world continue to discover the timeless music found in Faulkner albums, Lost In The Land Of Texico, and Raise The Roof.
Beth Wood is an award-winning songwriter, a modern-day troubadour, and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, powerhouse voice, and commanding stage presence have won her accolades from the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and more. She will release her 11th independent album in the fall of 2018.