If it ain’t worth saying, it ain’t worth singin."
- Emily Herring
Emily Herring is a born and bred Texan, with a Marty Robbins yodel and an true Country sound as big and varied as the state from which she hails. She is equally a player and a lyricist, showcasing Traditional Country, Tejano, Western Swing, and Southern Blues influences. 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. Fresh off the heels of a recent Swedish tour and a residency at McMenamin’s Crystal Hotel in Portland, Oregon, Emily received a nomination for the 2015 Ameripolitan Award for Outlaw Female Artist of the Year (2015). Her 2014 Carl T. Sprague Award from the Texas Music Awards is an honor that she shares with only one other recipient, Michael Martin Murphey (2011). She has played three full US tours, including stops at The Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinatti, The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans, and Folk Alliance. She tours the NW this summer, including a performance at Willimina's Wildwood Music Festival. Emily lived in Portland, OR for ten years, playing with her band, Henpecked. In 2010, she returned to Texas to be closer to the heart of the country music she lives for. She currently lives in San Marcos, where she plays all over the Hill Country as a solo act, in trios and duets, and with her band, Emily Herring and Farm to Market. Her most recent album, "Your Mistake," was featured in No Depression and CMT's The Edge, among other national and international press. In turns dazzling and stark, “Your Mistake” is a love letter and a warning, a honkytonk when the lights come up, the ring of the last change in your pocket as you spend it on the only beautiful girl in town. Herring’s songs are poetry, wrought with pedal steel, dobro, telecaster, a careful reverence, and an honest eye. Stretching across Texas and the new West, the songs on this album recall the last fifty years of country music in a sound all their own.
Gerle Haggard Band brings the best of Merle Haggard’s timeless music to audiences who’ve been loving songs like Mama Tried, Misery and Gin and Working Man Blues for nearly five decades, as well as introducing these and many more of Haggard’s classics to a whole new audience. This eight-piece ensemble features a terrific line-up of musicians who weave beautiful instrumentation, tight harmonies and a big heap of showmanship into a full-throttled entertainment event.