Saturday May 10, 2014 7:30 PM - Saturday May 10, 2014 9:30 PM | $15.00 - $25.00
MICHAEL O'CONNOR & TAYLOR PIE
Come just for the Show, or begin your evening at the Rear Window with a delicious home-cooked meal, followed by Two 45 minute sets of pure musical awesomeness!
Tonight's Menu Grilled Chicken, Penne Noodles, Mixed Veggies, Tossed Salad, Roll, Dessert Served with Iced Tea or Water
About tonight's Show ... songswarm [sawng-swawrm ] noun: vocalists or musicians practicing the art or act of improvisational accompaniment on each others original songs.
Michael O'Connor spent his late teens through his twenties building his guitar chops playing blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll in the rough-and-tumble shrimper and biker bars of the Gulf Coast around his hometown of Corpus Christi. He finally found his way into the singer-songwriter and folk circles via studio and sideman gigs with friends like Terri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Adam Carroll, Cary Swinney and Ray Wylie Hubbard, who produced O'Connor's 2000 debut, Green and Blue. Hubbard notes that O'Connor "has the big four: tone, taste, groove and grit. He's cool."
Then came Giants From a Sleepy Town in 2007, and in 2010, the acclaimed Hard Times with Adam Carroll. Nevertheless, O'Connor happily spent most of the last decade devoting more time to sideman gigs than on his solo career. But with the 2011 release of Devil Stole the Moon, the songwriter is quietly taking his place on center stage. Across the somber, gritty noir-ish sweep of Devil Stole the Moon, his characters (some fictional, others directly inspired by friends, family, and associates) wrestle with addictions, broken dreams and mortality, while O'Connor himself confronts his own hardscrabble Corpus Christi roots. "I'm not trying to be famous or nothing...I just write these songs that I play on guitar, and I'm doing it because it's what I think I'm supposed to do. I don't need to be rich," Michael says simply, "I just want to make my living."
Michael O'Connor was given his own star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in 2010, a fitting tribute to a working musician after well over 20 years of plying his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe. His name is now part of the same Lone Star constellation as fellow inductees Terri Hendrix, Ponty Bone, Geronimo Trevino, Sam Neely, Pozo Seco Singers, Guy Clark, Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm and Kris Kristofferson.
Taylor Pie is a native East Texan, born in Jacksonville as Susan Taylor. After moving to Tulsa she began playing guitar and performing at the age of 9 and became a popular visitor on the "Sun Up" show performing hit songs of the day that ranged from what is now called country, pop, rock and folk, until the family moved to Corpus Christi when she was 14.
She helped form the Corpus Christi Folk Music Society and at a Del Mar College Hootenanny hooked up with Don Williams and Lofton Kline and the three quickly found their sound and name- The Pozo Seco Singers. The trio recorded a song called "Time," which became a national hit and secured them a contract with Columbia Records and Albert Grossman Mgt.. The group shared the stage with folk icons Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Odetta, Smothers Brothers and John Denver. After the Pozos, Taylor met Allen Reynolds, producer of her first solo album, "Finally Getting Home" on JMI Records, and recently re-released on PuffBunny Records out of Fredericksburg, TX, as: Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor, Finally Getting Home.
Taylor moved to NYC in 1972 playing clubs like the Bottom Line, O'Lunney's and Folk City, where Bette Midler came in one night to hear her song "Back in the Bars Again," and ended up using it in her "Clams on the Half Shell" review. In the early 80's, Taylor headed to the Berkshires honing her working musician /songwriter chops while playing local folk clubs like The Red Lion Inn, where Susan Taylor became Taylor Pie...looking for a handle that didn't feel like, "Jane Doe" as she remembers. Pie has had songs recorded by Tanya Tucker, Mickey Gilley, The Lewis Family, The Forester Sisters, John Conlee, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, and Terri Hendrix. Her solo albums include Long Ride Home, Jubal, So Little Has Changed, LIVE @ Hondo's, and Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home.
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107 East Menefee Ave
Ganado, TX 77962