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An evening with Jeff Pankenhorn, Scrappy Jud Newcomb & Robert Cline Jr.

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Endorsed by Curators:
Jan 29 7:00PM - 9:00PM

A listing Room Concert at the Kennedy Douglas Center For The Arts, Featuring Jeff Plankenhorn & Scrappy Jud Newcomb, support by Robert Cline Jr.

Date: Wednesday, January 29Th, 202

Time: 7-9:00pm (cst)

Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts

Tickets $15.00 General Admission

About the performing artists:

Jeff Plankenhorns life in music has taken him from a childhood in Ohio as a boy soprano, to battling addiction, to two decades as a first-call session guitarist in Austin. Now a successful solo artist, the slide guitar virtuoso is collaborating with his musical heroes and rocking festival stages all over the country.
ts Rock and Americana radio charts (#5 and #44). The four-piece band that bears his name has become a favorite on the festival circuit, scoring spots at Old Settlers Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Telluride Americana Music Festival, and Austins annual New Years Eve blowout at Auditorium Shores.
Well before he started rocking festival stages as a solo artist, Plankenhorn was already in the musical DNA of his adopted home of Austin, Texas. His bluesy, slide-driven guitar style was born out of jam sessions, residencies and house shows played for local audiences eager for the electricity and edge-of-your-seat musicianship that makes Austin the live music capital of the world. In Austin, he says, few players rehearse. You show up and you play, for better or for worse.
That freewheeling philosophy, and the disciplined songwriting craft that underpins it, is the result of Plankenhorns almost ten-year run as a member of the Resentments, a supergroup of sorts that hosts one of the longest running residencies in Austin. Every Sunday for the last 20 years, a rotating cast of Austins best songwriters has brought their newest tunes to debut at the Saxon Pub, an Americana stronghold on the famous Lamar Street. The group walks a tightrope between improvisation and songcraft that is thrilling. This musical bootcamp sharpened Plankenorns writing process and gives his songs a lived-in ease.
Over five freewheeling solo albums, Plankenhorn has drawn on a wide range of styles, combining influences from electric blues, progressive bluegrass, sacred steel, and powerpop to create a musical identity all his own. A big part of it is his voice. Plankenhorn grew up in Ohio singing choral music as a boy soprano. The vocal clarity and power he developed in those early years is evident in the soulful baritone he employs now.
The biggest contributor to Plankenhorns sound is his virtuosic touch on anything with strings - ranging from electric and acoustic, guitar to dobro and lap steel. His most distinctive sonic paintbrush is the custom electric dobro he invented, appropriately called the Plank. If youve listened to roots music from Austin in the last couple decades, you may have heard it - a sharp, crunchy slide sound derived from the instrument's combination of a lap steel neck and electric guitar body. That distinctive burn is all over Plankenhorns 2016 album, SoulSlide, in addition to

recordings from Austin greats like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Joe Ely. (In between solo gigs, hes a first-call session guitarist.) Word of mouth at his shows has even resulted in a few one-off orders for the Plank, including from members of Wade Bowens band and Blue October.
Plankenhorns early musical upbringing was as eclectic as his career might suggest. In his 20s he was as likely to be found arranging horns in a 12 piece funk group as playing guitar in a progressive bluegrass band. But his biggest musical influence by far, he says, is Stevie Wonder, whose positivity is all over Plankenhorns songs. Stevies mastery of instrumental harmony can also be heard in the jazzy, descending chord progression of Further to Fall.
Plankenhorn is a magnet for diverse ideas and collaborators, and his genius is in bringing them together. Sleeping Dogs merges styles effortlessly, juxtaposing sweet-hearted anthems like Love is Love (a response to the Pulse nightclub shooting) against ominous, weathered tunes like Tooth & Nail, which he co-wrote with Ray Wilie Hubbard. Several of the albums standouts are the result of collabs with Americana royalty, including Holy Lighting, which features a duet with Patty Griffin. Tying it all together is a big-heartedness that speaks to a worldly approach to Americana music.
Plankenhorn came to Austin by way of Nashville. The way he tells it, he met outlaw-country great Ray Wilie Hubbard on a Nashville sidewalk, sat in with him that very night on dobro, and, before he knew it, had a long-term gig crashing on Hubbards couch in Texas hill country. From there, he launched a new chapter as a solo artist, and Hubbard is a mentor to this day.
The last few years have been a time of outstanding creativity and commercial breakthrough for Plankenhorn - success for which he credits his sobriety. Id toured the country and played the world, but it wasnt until I got clean and went to rehab that things really started to come together. Since getting clean seven years ago, Plankenhorn has channeled his addictive energy into songwriting. He lives half the year now living with his wife on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he spends idyllic days writing and playing with their dogs. The other half he spends in Austin, where he remains in demand as a session player, cowriter, and producer. The success of his last two albums have brought international interest in his music, and full tours of Europe and Canada are in the works.

Scrappy Jud Newcomb

Lucky for us, natural musicians are drawn to Austin like honeybees to a sunflower. For every writer with a dream and a beat up Martin guitar, there is a slinger with a Stratocaster, a Berklee grad with a fiddle or a cowboy with a pedal steel. An embarrassment of riches, we suppose.

Scrappy Jud Newcombis a Mississippi boy who hit Austin in the late eighties as a young guitar virtuoso, and has since evolved into a pillar of the local scene, as well as an all around good citizen. His first steady gig was with Troy Campbell and the legendary Loose Diamonds, and as his reputation got around he became a go to guitarist for a host of artists, both on stage and in the recording booth.

Newcomb is the Austin version of the big hair guitar god. He can play anything with anybody at any time, and when it comes his turn youll want to hear every phrase, every nuance, every lick. Hell close his eyes and slip somewhere far away, and the beauty will just pour from his fingers like praise from a mothers lips.

Early on the greatStephen Brutonbecame Newcombs good friend and important mentor. Jud followed a path remarkably similar path to Brutons, session guitarists that grew into singers, songwriters, producers and prominent arbiters of style and taste for the larger creative community. They played and traveled together until Brutons death in 2009.

Newcomb also played regularly withIan McLaganand his Bump Band at the Lucky Lounge until Ians recent death, and he had a long run backingToni Priceat her weekly Hippie Hour. As a producer Scrappy has crafted albums forBeaver Nelson,Slaid CleavesandWalter Tragert.

But Newcomb really shines as a solo artist, having released three albums of captivating original work, includingTurbinado(2003),Byzantine(2005), andRide the High Country(2008). He is also a key creative force behind a number of great albums by The Resentments.

These days you can catch Scrappy on Sunday mornings at the El Mercadowith the Purgatory Players (withJeff Plankenhorn,Seela Misrah,Jon Dee Graham, Jon Greene and whoever else might decide to show up and sit it). Then, on Sunday evenings, at theSaxon Pub, dont miss Scrappy with The Resentments (withMiles Zuniga,Bruce Hughes, Plankenhorn and John Chipman). Maybe the best show in town, week in and week out.

Scrappy Jud Newcomb, tallest Texan ever to step out of Mississippi.

Three things you should know about Scrappy: (1) he got his nickname from the Loose Diamondsit started as a joke, scrappy referring to a little tough guy (Jud is more reminiscent of a tall Texan), and the name stuck, (2) he travels light, and (3) he dreams of hiking in Slovenia.

Robert began his music career collaborating with members ofthe Subdudes,while living in Colorado. Clines debut album, All The Right Reasonscaptured the sounds and songwriting foundation of American music. Havinggrownup in Texas, his musical roots were in the Church and in choirs yetembraced the Austin flavors. By blending rich harmonies and grooves, Clinespassion for the songs came alive in heartfelt country waltzes andballads.

Following his first studio album, Robert began earning his chops touring as atroubadour and performing with members ofthe Subdudesand later withbacking bands such as The Austin A-Team and The Boys from Muscle Shoals.

Clines sophomore release, "American Mojo, is an homage to Muscle Shoals, oozing with spirit and feel through various musical styles that reflect Roberts journey across America Americana UK.

The feels are just as real, according to Cline. The 13 Track EP was recordedwith the legends themselves! Featuring members of "The Swampers and studiomusicians suchSpooner Oldham,David Hood, and The Muscle Shoals Horns,(who recorded Hit Songs with artists such asOtis Redding,Aretha Franklin,Etta James, Wicked Wilson Picket, evenBob Dylan). The B side of the album
reflects the country heritage of the Shoals, with songs co-written with EarlPeanutt Montgomery, songwriter of 73 songs recorded by George Jones and original member of the FAME Gang.

Roots Music Report awarded American Mojo a four out of four stars
review (4/4 STARS), with both single and album charting in the TOP 5! The album reached #35 on the American Chart with radio air play on over 190 Americana and country stations.

Since the release of American Mojo,Robert has logged three successfulEuropean tours and thousands of miles across the US, gaining national andinternational reviews.

Robert has written toured and performed with many of his heroes, including:
Robert Earl Keen,Buzz Cason, Shelley King, James LeBlanc, Shiny Ribs,Carolyn Wonderland, Delta Moon,Willis Alan Ramseyand many other talented artists.

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