Kevin Higgins & Barbara Malteze
Come to the Rear Window for a great evening of excellent food, friends and music.
The menu for this show is ...
Fiesta Chicken - Wild Rice - Green Beans - Tossed Salad - Roll - Dessert Served with Iced Tea or Water
Kevin Higgins' newest CD, Find Your Shine, was funded solely by investors from his fan base. Higgins and his wife/bandmate Barbara Malteze have recently returned from a month-long 8,500+ mile national tour of house concerts and listening rooms.
Liner notes from the CD:
"Welcome to a wonderful as well as wondrous listening experience. On this CD, Kevin Higgins ascends to the pantheon of eloquent and evocative American singer-songwriters with that rare gift for articulating the fullness of human experience within splendid and alluring melodies. Listening to Find Your Shine is an almost cinematic experience, while at the same time the characters depicted in its songs are like painted portraits and its storytelling fulfills the observation by the album's producer, Stephen Doster, "If William Faulkner was from West Texas, played guitar and wrote songs, they might sound like this." This is timeless and endlessly fulfilling music in which you can Find Your Shine and so much more."
Rob Patterson, Austin, Texas, July 2009
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The critics are saying:
Texas does it again...all the best singer songwriters come from Texas everyone knows that. Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Willie Nelson...the names go on, and now there's one more to add to the list...Kevin Higgins. (americana-uk.com, March 2010)
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Drawing comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Patterson Hood, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and John Prine, (which he quietly dismisses), Kevin Higgins has gone from being one of the "best kept secrets" amongst Texas songwriters to "quite possibly the next great Texas songwriter"
Dave Pilot, (Rockzilla.com).
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"...beautiful..." (Maverick Magazine)
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" ...(Higgins) demonstrates a poet's eye for the events in life that have real significance...warmth, honesty, empathy, and a sense of drama..." (NoDepression.com)
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"...Higgins sings from the soul and his songs speak the truth." (Barry Beckett)
"Early on, I had dreams of becoming a recording star, but I got distracted by life. I came from working class roots, smack dab in the middle of a cultural wasteland called El Paso. I was told that we had no business dabbling in pipe dreams. Even so, I bought my first guitar with money I earned from running carnival rides and grooming horses. I got good enough to play in country and rock cover bands in high school. After graduation I was handed the harsh reality that I could either go to work, join the military or take on a student loan and go to college. My only true interest then, (as now), was writing and performing music, but since I lacked any formal training and had no desire to teach, I opted out of Music 101. I tried making a living playing in cover bands, but that just left me feeling cheap and intoxicated. So, I begrudgingly entered the working class and thus began my saga...
I have lived on the streets and I have worked in luxury hotels. I have run drugs across the border and I've chauffeured dignitaries. I have battled my addictions and managed nightclubs. I have faded to black and watched as my name rolled by on the credits. I have been beaten down by the status quo and hammered nails in the hot Texas sun. I have had my heart ravaged and I have lavished in love. I have left my footprints across America and barely scratched the surface. I have paid my dues and chalked it all up as experience. All told, I have probably held over 30 different job descriptions from Texas to California.
But, at the end of every working day, I saved a little of myself for my music.
I never quit writing, vowing that someday, when my debts had all been whittled away and my soul was once again my own, I would go after that dream of mine. It just so happens it took longer than I expected. Kind of like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" or Mac Sledge in "Tender Mercies." It's the same story. Once it's in you, it never dies. Once we come to realize exactly what it is we were put here to do, there can be no denying the source of the inspiration.
I hope my music reflects that spirit. It ain't always pretty, but you can't hide anything from the truth."
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Kevin Higgins, along with his wife and bandmate, Barbara Malteze, reside in Austin, Texas. Performing together for over 9 years, theirs is a love story written on the backroads of Texas. The couple are the founding members of The Cosmic Dust Devils, a popular Texas band that performs well over 100 dates a year.
2010 Texas Music Awards:
"Song of the Year" (Find Your Shine)
2009: SongwriterUniverse "Best Song of the Month", April '09 (Amazing Sense of Calm)
2006 & 2007 Texas Music Awards:
(Barbara Malteze) "Female Vocalist of the Year"; 18th Annual Janis Joplin B'day Bash, Port Arthur Civic Center, (headliner).
2006 Texas Music Awards:
"Song of the Year" (Walk On), "Album of the Year" (Gathering Dust), "Vocal Duo of the Year" (Higgins/Malteze)
2000 Kerrvile Folk Fest (New Folk Finalist)
2001 Kerrville Folk Fest (Main Stage performer)
Rear Window Listening Room
107 East Menefee Avenue
Ganado, TX 77962