April ended up being a bit of a whirlwind between opening for my friends Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin and Ben de la Cour, a residency down in the cafe at Hotel Van Zandt, and joining a dozen other songwriters in paying tribute to the music of Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings. May is shaping up to be even crazier. I’ve got gigs all over the place, a BAND residency at Geraldine’s, and Nashville friends, I’m coming to your city soon. Let’s hang.
I’m also releasing a single from the record on May 18th. You can pre-save it to your Spotify and get it as soon as it comes out. In this new age of music, it would really help if you spread this link around. The full record is scheduled for July 13 (that’s also a pre-save link), and I’m cooking up a big ole party to go along with it. Stay tuned.
Full show list below and of course, your monthly cute baby animal.
May 2 – Cafe 605 @ Hotel Van Zandt
May 2 – Geraldine’s @ Hotel Van Zandt
May 9 – Geraldine’s @ Hotel Van Zandt
May 13 – The Local in NASHVILLE
w/ Ben De La Cour, Heather Styka, Chris Watts & Benjamin Jason Douglas
May 16 – Geraldine’s @ Hotel Van Zandt
May 19 – Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue @ Camp Mabry Park
May 20 – NeWorlDeli
w/ Terry Klein, Ben De La Cour, Winona Wilde
May 23 – Townsend
w/ Ben De La Cour & Jaimee Harris
May 24 – Uptown Art House in Marble Falls
w/ Ben De La Cour & Nick Nace
May 25 – Old Quarter Cafe Galveston
w/ Ben De La Cour & Rachel Laven
as always, more info at nicholewagnermusic.com
Shows with Friends
You’ll notice the above list of shows has a LOT of shows with a variety of artists. I’m so lucky to have such talented friends willing to share their songs and stages. I met them at the legendary “folk-hangs” of Folk Alliances, Kerrville, and Open Mic. For your convenience here’s a playlist with all of their records.
Ben de la Cour
His new record The High Cost of Living Strange is dark, the characters full of flaws, and it’s got a mean and twisted streak that will make you listen again. One show turned into many almost magically, and I can’t wait to hear his songs every night for almost a week. He also understands that pancakes are anytime food and that breakfast is best eaten after dark.
Sings with such sweet conviction it nearly makes me cry. I hardly ever cry (I swear that time involving Judy Collins was a fluke) so that in-and-of-itself is a feat. Check out her recent record The Bittersweet Tapes.
I’m gonna be honest, Winona is a friend I haven’t made yet, but I have heard her sing. And DAYUM – you should too. I’m going to spend that entire show picking my jaw up off the floor. Her record You Lose Some, You Lose Some has this song called “Pop & Chips for the Apocalypse” that you simply need to hear.
Y’all know I love Terry Klein. Not only do we have a not-so-secret handshake with a move for every song we’ve written together, he’s super, super talented and he’s working on a new record to follow up Great Northern. We collaborate regularly, and sometimes I wonder what the application for honorary-Klein-family-membership looks like. Is that weird?
Oh man, Jaimee’s a force-of-freaking nature. Her record Red Rescue isn’t out yet, but you’re going to want to get it. And a copy for everyone you know. And all the people you don’t know yet. Seriously. Go see her play. Just DO it.
I met Nick on-stage at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. He’s a solid dude (he’s Canadian!) and a great hang. According to his bio, his father made his first guitar out of an old pine tree that had been struck by lightning. I don’t even care if that’s true, and you can listen to his record, Candiana Americana.
Rachel is like a ray of sunshine after a week of rain. Seriously, her band is called “Sweet ‘Shine & Honey” (yes, I know that’s not referencing actual sunshine but whatever). Genuine and honest. And we’ve had multiple conversations about boots, which basically means we’re besties. Her album, Love & Luccheses is beautiful.
As always, if you have a venue idea, or you’d like to have me come play your event, house-concert, or otherwise, send me an email! I’d love to talk about it.