Mike Beck

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00 PM at the Martin Hotel

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In these parts of the United States, it’s not at all unusual to encounter singer songwriters performing odes to cowboy life. It’s a bit more unusual to come across those who sing from experience, as Mike Beck does.

A regular at the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Beck is renowned internationally for both his horsemanship and musical ability. Western Cowboy magazine has even placed two of his compositions on a list it titled “The 13 Best Cowboy Songs of All Time,” putting him in the company of heroes such as Ian Tyson, Lucinda Williams, Tom Russell and Gene Autry, the original singing cowboy.

Beck’s sixth album, TRIBUTE, was created as a celebration of horses and their unique bond with humans. Its 11 cowboy themed Americana tracks range from folk balladry (“20 Bucks a Gallon”) to bluesier tunes and honky tonkers, each imbued with the trail dust and vast vistas of his beloved American West. Beck’s signature Fender Bender shows up on the tracks “Don’t Hurt My Heart” and “Amanda Come Home,” the latter one of two songs paying homage to military veterans. The other is a cover of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together,” made famous by Canned Heat and Bryan Ferry.

Beck’s guitar playing has earned him comparisons to Stephen Stills, and praise from no less a legend than Woody Guthrie contemporary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, who says of Beck’s picking skills, “Mike Beck plays the guitar like a Byrd. His strings do things that mine could never do. They obey the slightest finger touch commands like a fine reining horse.”

Born and raised in Monterey, Calif., Beck attended the Monterey Pop Festival at 13 and liked what he heard, so he picked up a guitar and never looked back. He honed his songwriting skills and warm, engaging stage presence while riding the ranges of California, Nevada and Montana as a working cowboy. Today, he splits his non touring time between Monterey and Austin, Texas, sometimes performing with the Bohemian Saints, his Byrds /Burrito Brothers/ Stones influenced guitar band. While on the road, he also conducts horsemanship clinics, using techniques he learned from Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and others.

Beck recently helped develop a groundbreaking horsemanship program for the Joyful Horse Project, an Austin based non profit equine rescue group. Pairing combat veterans with horses undergoing rehabilitation from abuse or neglect, the program helps both to heal. Beck is donating all proceeds from sales of TRIBUTE to this new program.

Visit Mike online http://www.mikebeck.com

Ray Bonneville

Slow Burning Blues with Roaming Bluesman and Poet
Ray Bonneville
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Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.  Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.

2015RayBonneville_270pxHe’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists, and shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

Easy Gone, Ray’s fourth album for Red House Records,  takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels. An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.