The 10th Annual TeXchromosome – Women With Texas Spirit will be March 16th at Opal Divines Penn Field in Austin, Texas. Beginning at noon, the event features stand out female Artists (along with some male counterparts) performing until close to midnight. TeXchromosome takes place during the big SXSW festival, but is an unofficial showcase, which means admission is open and FREE to all.
TeXchromosome is the brainchild of Austin songstress Penny Jo Pullus. Pullus relocated to Austin from upstate New York fifteen years ago and has been a solid member of the local musical community ever since. With sultry and strong vocal appeal, her songs manage to be deep and reflective while engaging and catchy at the same time. Legendary roots rock band The Greezy Wheels took notice of her talent and welcomed her as a member several years ago, and she performs with them in addition to her solo engagements. After participating in several Women’s Songwriting events, Pullus decided, with the help of her husband (and partner in Ruby Dog Music) Jason Swedberg, to create TeXchromosome. Her dedication and hard work have brought forth some amazing showcases throughout the years. You can catch Pullus live in action at the event when she performs with The Greezy Wheels as well as her solo performance at 7 pm. Keep eyes and ears open for her brand new highly anticipated release due out this month entitled Through The Glass.
Kicking off the event at noon is the multi-talented songstress Bianca DeLeon, a singer/songwriter from South Texas who has traveled with her music world wide. She has four CDs to her credit, Outlaws & Lovers, Hell To Hellsinki, Long Slow Decline of Carmelita, and her new release, Love, Guns and Money. Celebrated by the likes of songwriter Guy Clark, she has a fan base that goes far beyond Texas, with a strong showing on the EuroAmericana Charts. Her music has appeared in the film Cut Off which starred Faye Dunaway and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the video game High Timin’ Girl. She was even interviewed for the book by Robert Earl Hardy, No Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt.
Acclaimed Brazilian American singer songwriter Mônica da Silva has captivated audiences worldwide with her multi-lingual music productions that have spanned five languages – English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French. Combining Brazilian beat with many world music influences (even folk and country) she has forged a sound that is unique and contemporary. Her music has been featured on national and international commercials, as well as Prime Time shows including those featured on MTV, CBS, NBC, HGTV, E!, and The Style Network. She is currently touring to promote her new album Brasilissima, which has already earned her a nomination in the International Brazillian Press Awards. She performs at 12:45 pm.
The “Highwaywoman” Brigitte London will take the stage at 1:30 pm. The powerhouse singer/songwriter from Austin, Tx that Saving Country Music called “one of the greatest voices of our time” has six album releases to her credit, including her latest which is a stripped down acoustic collection called Bare Bones. A bona fide gypsy, she travels across the country, following wherever her music leads. She’s a crusader for Independent music & artistic freedom and features many other Independent artists (along with Roots Country and Americana favorites) on her syndicated radio show, The Highwaywoman Radio Show.
Bonny Holmes, who has been compared to Lucinda Williams (due to her to gifted songwriting & wise and sardonic delivery), will perform at 2:15 pm. Homes has a full range of capabilities and experience, beginning as a teen age folk singer in Kentucky, then singing the rythym and blues in New York, and transitioning to the rootsy country rock sounds in her current home town of Austin, TX. Such a diverse background enables Holmes to project a beautifully unique quality in her work and she has drawn the attention and support of Austin’s best musicians, including Scrappy Judd Newcomb, who produced her stellar CD, Boxful of Trouble.
Carrie Ann Carroll performs at 3:00 pm. The blonde beauty originally hails from northern New Jersery where she blew on the scene hard and fast with her captivating songs and beautiful voice. Her sometimes edgy, sometimes heartbreaking sound was a combination of roots country and indie rock with flavorful pop-cathy hooks. She formed the band Fuzzy Dauper (with whom she completed 2 albums) and later, the Greylocks, and then released a 6-track, cross-genre solo EP entitled Another Sunday Morning. Carroll relocated to Austin, Texas three years ago and is well respected on the local scene for her vast range of talent in both singing and songwriting and is currently working on her first full solo CD release.
The incredibly powerful and soulful Robin Wiley will perform at 3:45 pm. Wiley is a native Texan who established herself as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles as well as an actress (Jimmy Kimmel Live,Sarah Silverman,Ghost Whisperer, First Daughter). She was a featured Artist in the PBS Special, “Woody“, and is known for her interpretations of Woodie Guthrie and Bob Dylan music, as well as her own writing. Her debut CD, Something About Love, garnered her music much respect in the industry, and her songs have been featured in both film and tv. Wiley is currently living in Austin, TX and has an anticipated new release coming this year featuring the single “Hot Rod Money.” She will be performing with special guest and longtime friend and collaborator, artist Ted Russell Kamp. Kamp (who also tours as bassist for Shooter Jennings) released his latest CD, Get Back To The Land , last year and it debuted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Charts.
From Syracuse, New York comes young R and B Soul and pop singer/songwriter, Kim Monroe. Monroe burst onto the NY scene as a teenager, impressing audiences and critics alike with vocal styling beyond her years. Since then, she has delivered an EP and and two full length disks each garnering critical acclaim, and she’s collected two SAMMY awards. In collaboration with Chris Eves, she’ll be releasing a new full length project sometime this year and has just released her new single, “Burning Bridges.” Her strong vocal prowess and mesmerizing stage presence makes for a powerful performance. Monroe will take the stage at 4:30 pm.
Roots Rock singer/songwriter Janine Wilson blew out of the WAMMYS (Washington DC Area Music Awards) last year with a total of four awards, including Album and Song of The Year for her latest release, Wakin’ Up. The album was recorded with Blake Morgan of Engine Company Records’s studio in NYC and at Philadelphia’s Studio 4 with Grammy Award-winner Phil “Butcher Bros” and was her third release since her debut album in 2000. Wilson’s immense range has her mixing many vocal flavors to create an engaging sound. Think Sheryl Crow with stronger vocals and deeper emotion. She hits the stage at 5:15 pm.
The legendary Austin rock band The Greezy Wheels are still kickin’ it strong. As the unofficial Armadillo World Headquarters House Band in the 70’s, Greezy Wheels opened or headlined first Austin gigs for the Flying Burrito Brothers, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willis Alan Ramsey (headlined), Alvin Crow (headlined); and dozens of others. The strong musicianship, tight harmonies and beautiful vocal collaborations set the band apart as one of the best ever out of Austin, and one of the first to ever sign with a major label. They haven’t slowed down, as their new release on their own Indie label, Gone Greezy, is an outstanding recording featuring strong song content, impeccable vocals, and kickass music chops. Don’t miss your chance to see them in action at 6:00pm. Greezy Wheel original member and songstress extraordinaire Lissa Hattersley (with Trip Trio) will take the stage at 8pm after hostess Penny Jo Pullus peforms at 7pm. Hattersley shines as a solo artist and will bring some of her GW friends for the ride.
Twilight Hotel is the mesmerizing musical partnership of Brandy Zdan and Dave Quanbury. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the duo now makes their home in Austin, Texas. Their unique blend of soft, compelling sounds takes the listener on a journey with them through mysterious paths and soulful reflection. Their new album When the Wolves go Blind has been nominated for a 2012 JUNO award in the category of Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and has also received two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. See what everyone has been talking about when they perform at 9pm.
Shelley King and Floramay Holliday, solo artists who perform together as SASS (South Austin Soul Sisters) and are both members of the rockin’ all girl band Sis Deville , will go on at 10:00 pm. King,who was named Texas State Musician in 2008, has toured the world with her music, wowing audiences with her soulful bluesy vocals and amazing songwriting. Holliday, who has been a staple in the Texas music scene for fifteen years, has shown her strength and versatility as a songwriter,singer, and guitarist on her latest album, Dreams. Longtime friends and songwriting partners, King and Holliday know how to shine separately as well as together. Performing each other’s songs as well as songs they have written together, their chemistry and talent make for pure musical magic.
A Nashville transplant from Canada, the rootsy folk multi-instrumentalist and singer/ songwriter Linda McRae will round up the event beginning at 11:00pm. And what an ending it is, as McRae is a two-time platinum and three-time gold record recording artist. She is a stunning performer and engaging storyteller with a haunting voice and soul-reaching lyrics that at times seem to project the ghost of Hank Williams from a modern woman’s body. In her performances, she plays the guitar, banjo and accordion in masterful renditions of her own musical works as well as unique interpretations of others.
TeXchromosome is an eXcellent way to spend this Friday. Don’t miss it!
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