Confirmed Artists
Charlie Bishop
Roger Dale Cowan
JD Wellfed
Joe Pat Hennen
Texas Crossing
Kathleen O'Keefe
Saints Eleven
Pepper's Blues
Jason Beckett and the Lane Drifters
Young Songwriter's Workshop Showcase
Joel Hofmann
Josh Field and Brother Nothing
Scott Southworth
Russell Tanner
NPD Showcase-John Arthur Martinez and Walt Wilkins
Big John Mills and Redd Volkaert
The Reed Brothers
Jason Marbach
Frank Iarossi
Doug MorelandDoug Moreland, Texas fiddler, songwriter, entertainer, and chainsaw artist currently resides near Austin, grew up in the Davis Mountains. He briefly pursued a musical degree, then had short stint as a fiddler/ funny man for dinner theater entertainment, toured with various acts, and finally came back in Texas to write his own songs and front his own band. His most recent CD’s are “Barnstormer” and “Doug Moreland”. Doug is also a noted chainsaw artist, a pursuit he started following 12 years ago.
Ben Morris & The Great American Boxcar ChorusThe Boxcars’ music is easy to enjoy but difficult to define, drawing on countless influences and touching on many genres. They have won live band of the year twice from the TMAs, and are a continual nominee. The Boxcars CDs are "The Other Side of Broken", “Underground Railroad", and their latest, "There is no fun in Funeral" which was released in May last year.
Adam CarrollTexas born singer-songwriter, Adam Carroll regularly regular tours the USA, Canada, and Europe. His first studio records, produced by Lloyd Maines, included “South of Town”, and “Lookin' Out the Screen Door”. More recently, he recorded “Old Town Rock N Roll”, “Hard Times” and “Live At Flipnotics”. Adam Carroll is a songwriter with a rare command of the English language as well as an amazing sense of melody, and has drawn comparisons to performer such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine.
Woody RussellCritically acclaimed, award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, Woody Russell, has released a body of recorded work that spans from the folk-rock infused songwriter fare of his first album, …as simple as that (1996), to his IMA nomination (Album Of The Year) for Salt (2005), to the critically praised blues and soul release, Up Against It (2010). Most recently, he released Big Sky (2012); an ever expanding compilation of instrumentals focused on his jazz and film music recordings.
Chubby Knuckle Choir
BIGfest Gospel Church
Doctor G. & The MudcatsDr.G(Gregg Andrews)was born along the banks of the Mississippi River in the Mark Twain land of Hannibal,MO.He grew up in a cement company town, where nearby sounds of river traffic, train whistles, and smokestacks resonated throughout the dark hollows and steep limestone bluffs. The ups and downs in this setting provided the vivid imagery and themes that characterize Doctor G's hard-edged songs today. He's created his own style of "Swampytonk"-a mixture of blues, country and swing.
HalleyAnnaHalleyAnna Finlay has been playing music for about 10 years. Music has always been the center of HalleyAnna's life, "I remember pickin' flowers in the yard while my dad (Kent Finlay) was writing songs with Slaid Cleaves and Todd Snider," she recalls. She was playing local coffee shops and song circle at the age of 12. HalleyAnna has toured Texas with Todd Snider and Rodney Hayden and appeared with Sunny Sweeney and Hayes Carll. She'll be appearing with The Wildflowers and her own band.
Jordan MinorJordan Minor stands as an imposing figure on the central Texas music scene. In his live performances he routinely demonstrates his unique ability to alternate between thoughtful interpretations of country standards that make the old songs sound new and well-crafted original tunes that often contain elements found in traditional music.Kent Finlay says “Jordan Minor may be the most exciting and original new songwriter I have heard since I first heard Adam Carroll.”
Mark JungersNow a Martindale, Texas, resident, Mark Jungers is no stranger to the Americana roots music scene. He's been playing it for years- since well before the term "Americana" was coined Mark was born and raised in the farming community of Bird Island, Minnesota. Mark was in a number of bands before graduating with a degree in electronics and sound engineering. He moved to Austin in the late 90's and became a major player in the mid 80's music scene, playing with such bands as Straight Up, Hell's Café, a
Shad Blair Texas singer/songwriter Shad Blair was born and raised on a cattle ranch southeast of Post, Texas, learning to play guitar and sing from his dad and older brothers. At age 14, Shad's father taught him to play "Fraulein" and soon after he began playing gigs, later working in the oilfields to put himself through college. Over the years, Shad has created a sound hardened by life experience and steeped in his influences such as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle.
Ronny CorbinWelcome home, Ronny Corbin! Ronny is a Country Americana singer/songwriter who until recently lived California. For over 10 years, Ronny played the So Cal music scene, performing as a solo artist and as a band leader on stages such as Humphrey's by the Bay, The Dream Catcher Theatre, the Balboa Starlight Bowl, and the San Diego County Fair. BIGFest marks Ronny’s official homecoming to his native Texas. Besides being a fine performing artist, Ronny is also a pilot with a major U.S. airline.
Cody KoubaThe last three years has been basically a breaking period of rediscovery for me. I have taken this time to reconnect with Love, Family, Spirituality and all of the things that are of real meaning and substance in this world. And through this introspect and lessons learned I decided to write, "In Stages." I with Brian and a close knit group of friends revisited the styles of music that got me to this point, and refined its direction.
Big John MillsBig John MillsTexas legend and guitar virtuoso, began playing guitar at age 6. By age 16, Mills was earning a living as a highly sought-after guitarist and session musician. Mills was raised in Texas, living in most every part of the state and ultimately growing up in Deer Park. Mills has three CDs to date: “Big John Mills” (1998), “Honky Tonks and Neon Lights” (2003), which was the first self-released CD by an independent artist to hit the Americana Top 10, and “THAT: Tributes Heartaches and Texas.” (2007)
Marshall Anderson​"Marshall Anderson is dead set on making his mark in this life as a no-holds-barred, tell- it-like-it-is songwriter. He already has had songs published and several songs recorded by respected artists. I have no doubt that his name will be well known in the business within a few short years. His guitar style and his vocal presentation go together perfectly when he performs his heartfelt songs."​​ - Kent Finlay ​​
Chris Carroll
The Shady Rest BandThe Shady Rest Band is bringing their notorious Cheatham Street Friday Happy Hour to BIGfest 2014! Get to BIGfest early to find out what makes Shady Rest at Cheatham the best Friday Happy Hour around. And, it wouldn't be a CSW Happy Hour without some great discounts on Shiner Drafts!
Jay White and the Blues Commanders
Art and Lisa
Soldier Songs & Voices
Missoula SlimJohn ”Missoula Slim” Gilliam has been writing and performing for 20 years.He writes in a variety of styles, ranging from folk and country to jazz and alternative rock. Many of his songs contain his offbeat wit and wisdom. He is past president of the Austin Songwriters Group, and serves on the Cheatham Street Music Foundation board. Missoula performs every Wednesday at Cheatham Street Warehouse from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Missoula released "Friends You Haven't Met"
Aaron AllanAaron Allan’s songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Charlie Walker, Claude Gray, and Stoney Edwards among others, and have found their way onto the pop charts in Europe and South Africa. In 2000, Aaron was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He has released two CD’s, “Time Is…” (200) and “ Retropsecs” in 2007. In his 80's, Aaron is still a prolific songwriter and continues to perform at concerts and festivals in the South Texas area.
George EnsleVeteran Texas singer-songwriter George Ensle, began performing in the late sixties in Houston, appearing with Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billie Joe Shaver. George has won songwriting awards from The American Song Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Music Umbrella, and the Austin Songwriters Group. In 2008 he was nominated for Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the Texas Music Academy. He has released five albums in America and Europe.
Tony WilsonDespite public protests and special city council meetings, Tony Wilson is still in San Marcos and still performing some of the most odious songs to find their way to the Cheatham Street stage. He has no shame...and no talent. Thus BIGFest is once more encumbered with a performer about whom Willie Nelson once said, “I rather eat a bag of spinach than listen to him sing.” When Wilson is on stage, Kent Finlay drives to Seguin – you might consider doing the same.
Mike Ethan MessickMike Ethan Messick hasn’t had a music career so much as an ongoing adventure, an up-and-down mix of high times and hard luck to leave him with a lifetime of stories. This well-traveled Texan has made himself at home in the Austin-area Hill Country. His most recent album, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, was recorded in Austin’s Cedar Creek Studio, and features The Trishas, Lloyd Maines, Mark Jungers, and members of Reckless Kelly and Hayes Carll’s band. His first album was “Bootlegger’s Turn”.
Dennis JaySinger/songwriter and guitarist Dennis Jay’s songs are rooted in country, Western, folk, blues, and Mexican ballads. When he is not overseeing his horse ranch in La Vernia, Texas, Dennis plays cowboy music festivals, house concerts, and radio stations throughout the West and Southwest. One critic decribed his songs as “cowboy folk . . . minimalism . . .unlike anything else around.” He has recorded two CD’s “Primicia” and “What You See”. Dennis is a regular at CSW’s Songwriters Circle.
Chris Edwards With his current album "The Winter Garden" making some waves in Texas music markets and on Americana radio outlets for songs like "Finish Your Sentences" and the European Americana radio hit "Fences", Chris Edwards is just aiming to write the best songs he can and his love of playing music for people comes across in his energetic, amiable and often humorous stage presence.
Trey Stapleton It's been two years since their debut album - "Have a Drink on Me" - was released with the contributions of Grammy Award winning musicians Redd Volkaert and Cindy Cashdollar, as well as Haydn Vitera, AJ Vallejo, and Omar Vallejo. The band is now back in the studio working on new music and a new single will be released sometime in the possibly-near future!
Frank Martin GilliganFormer lead singer of Capitol Records artist Mason Dixon, Frank amassed 13 Billboard singles in a career that spanned almost 20 years and took him all across the United States and Canada. After an absence from the music scene, Frank's return resulted in a collection of new original songs and a win in the 7th Annual Songwriter Serenade Competition that showcases excellent singer/songwriters from across the country.
Emily Herring"If it ain’t worth saying, it ain’t worth singin." Emily Herring is a born and bred Texan, with a Marty Robbins yodel and an outlaw sound as big and varied as the state from which she hails. She is equally a player and a lyricist, with influences of traditional country, Tejano, western swing, and southern blues. It is her voice, however, that sets her apart from the rest. Emily pulls no punches. Hers is hard-hitting-no-frills country, sung with a distinctive twang.
April HallFrom singing the old gospel standards in church as a child to her own life telling songs today, April’s passionate soulful vocals are clearly a gift she is noted for. Making her way from hometown Victoria, Texas, to Austin after high school, she soon realized that is where she needed to be. Listening and experiencing the sounds that Austin had to offer from jazz, blues, rock, and country, April began writing and experimenting with these styles.
Troy Stone
Robert Cannon
Jon NapierWest Virginia native,Jon Napier is a singer/songwriter and musician who has forged his own personal style after being immersed in the traditions of gospel and mountain music. It was his grandmother to give Jon his first guitar at age 8, preparing him to carry on the music by sitting him down to teach him the Carter family classic Wildwood Flower. Jon covers the song "What Kind of Game Are You Playin", written by his Grandmother on his latest release "Tin Can Poet". Married with two young children, Jon lives in Spicew
Dan CrumpTexan from the dirt up. "TRUTH IS" - His first CD on Audio 11 Records, contains everything from a song about a lost love with a fondness for footwear (She Likes Shoes) to the true story of his parents marriage (40 Years). The project was a year in the making and worth every moment.Raised in Lubbock , TX , Dan was exposed to the music of many local favorites. The Maines Brothers Band, Terry Allen, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Joe Ely, and Waylon Jennings to name a few.
Bart WoytekBart has a great love and passion for Traditional Country Music. Country music greats such as Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, George Jones and Keith Whitley are major influences that have shaped Bart's country vocal style. While constantly striving to improve himself, he has also realized his growing passion and talent for song-writing as well.
Don VickersDon Vickers was born in Houston, TX and grew up with music as a staple in his life; from his mother singing in the Houston Symphony Choir to honky tonkin' down the road with his dad listening to Don Williams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Jim Reeves. When DV was a teenager, he convinced his mother to buy him a guitar - so off to the pawn shop they went, where they bought a yellow Arbor guitar and a Gorilla amp. That was the beginning of his musical career. It is worth mentioning that he has also upgraded his equipment
Victoria Pennock