An Evening of Texas Troubadours In Concert

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An Evening of Texas Troubadours
November 15, 2012
Showtimes (change daily)
Thursday, November 15 at 8:30pm (Open Mic@7:30pm)

The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents
Hard Luck Cafe at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room

Award-winning singer-songwriters Brian Kalinec and Jarrod Dickenson – both of whom hail from the Lone Star State – will share the bill and swap songs

Brian Kalinec is an award-winning, Houston, Texas-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter whose 2012 release, The Fence – a collection of descriptive and poignant (yet musically accessible) stories in song that relate to the value of work and or effort in one way or another – has charted on radio in the U.S. and Europe.

Kalinec’s East Texas roots have combined with his urban experiences in Houston to form his own particular view of the world, which is reflected in his songs. “While I feel a strong connection to each of the album’s 11 original songs, I have special empathy with the characters who find themselves in dire situations through no real fault of their own, as in “Stranger in this Line” and “Creosote,” says Kalinec. “It is also quite obvious that I value hard work,” he continues, noting that both “The Fence” and “Uncle Joe” celebrate the spirit of self-reliance. “However, we are each morally responsible to aid the less fortunate among us. I believe that is the true message here.”

Kalinec is past president of the venerable Houston Songwriters Association and co-produced its annual Sonny Throckmorton Songwriters Festival during the 1990s. He has been performing steadily for more than a dozen years. He was a winner in the Big Top Chautaqua Song Contest (2008) and took second place this summer in the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition. A recipient of the “My Texan” Award at the 2012 Texas Music Awards for his support of the music and musicians of the state, Kalinec has produced a number of projects for other artists in addition to his own CDs. (

Jarrod Dickenson is a Texas-born songwriter whose slightly spooky melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn’t yet kidnapped the country’s imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades…and nothing is better or worse right now than it’s ever been.

Dickenson’s 2012 release, The Lonesome Traveler, is a panoramic collection of songs penned and performed with uncommon spirit and invention. He chronicles romance and struggle, solitude and adventure in a rough-hewn voice that belies his relatively brief time on this earth.

Although he recently moved to Brooklyn, Dickenson spends most of his time on the road touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. No Depression described his songs as “simply breathtaking” and noted that his “world weary voice and phrasing… will win legions of admirers in the very near future.”  The grand prize-winner at the annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Competition a few years ago, he performed as part of the Emerging Artists Showcase at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. (

This concert begins at 7:30 pm with a one-hour “Open Mike”

(all are welcome to perform! — time permitting)
(Priority given to performers who could NOT mike at previous month’s Open Mike)
Random drawing if overflow of signers
Open mikers must sign up before 7:20 p.m.
Sign up does not start before 7:00 p.m.

The principal performers will begin at 8:30 pm.

Regular: $12.00
CAC Members: $8.00
FMSH Members: $8.00

All tickets at door ONLY