Sunday, December 15, 2013

AMA Showcase, The Rutledge, Nashville

I am very excited to be part of Mary Leland Wehner's Coco Paco's showcase
at the Rutledge here in Nashville Sept. 17th. (Just in time to kick off
the Americana Music Conference!) The gathering of some of Americana's
most gifted singer/songwriters in part echoes the genre-shaping
'Americana Tonight' performances produced by Mary Leland and her late
husband, Mark Wehner.
His passing was a tragic loss not only to his loved ones but to the
genre and I know my fellow performers join me in striving to honor his
amazing spirit during this special night.

  Mary Leland and Mark Wehner, photo by Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
The Artists...

Michael O'Neill

Southern Crossroads artist and former band mate of Bob Weir Michael O'Neill
is not only a talented artist but also also an Americana producer and
radio host. After cutting his musical teeth opening on U2's first tour,
he signed with legendary manager Don Arden, (father of Joan Osbourne).
Michael's weekly 'Who's Bad Now Radio Hour' broadcasts live from Seattle, Washington.

Brigitte DeMeyer

Nashville singer-songwriter has collaborated with giants of the
Americana world like drummer/producer Bradley Blade, (who she met when
he was performing with Emmylou Harris' band, Spyboy). She co-produced
her fifth album, 'Rose of Jerhico' which features Grammy-Award winning
Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush. Her performances and albums have included
Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Ivan Neville, the Indigo Girls' Emily Sailers
and many other noted artists. More about Brigitte here.

Will Kimbrough

Another great Nashville singer-songwriter, Will Kimbrough, will be performing with Brigitte. With
songs recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider
and others, Kimbrough has additionally collaborated in the studio and
on-stage with Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Mark
Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Mavis Staples and


Lonesome Liz:

photo by Lonesome Liz

I'm a multi-disciplinary artist who's productions and performances have included the work and music of Drive-by Truckers artist Wes Freed and others.  Also a writer and blog host for 'Outlaw Magazine' and '', I was the last person to interview Americana giant Mike Seeger before his death, (you can read it here.)  I also wrote a Levon Helm retrospective soon after his passing which received praise from Bob Dylan himself, (featured here).
This special performance will spotlight songs written during talks
with, (and sometimes with feedback from), both Mr. Seeeger and members
of Mr. Helm's remarkable band in honor of their enormous impact on not
only my own music but their tremendous, genre-defining contributions to
Americana from the 60s to the present day. You'll find my music here.

Lonesome Liz's Band of Lost Souls ...

Kara Clark

grand-daughter of a guitarist for Hank Sr., Kara has been praised by
not only Edwin McCain, (who called her style and talent, "...just what
Country Music needs.") but also Shooter Jennings, Metallica/Alice in
Chains producer Toby Wright and others. This Rusty Knuckles artist is most often seen playing guitar and singing her soulful originals with The Kara Clark Band, this showcase provides the unique opportunity to see her play both dobro and piano.

Cameron Bentley

photo by Lonesome Liz

artist Cameron Bentley performs routinely with both Liz and fellow
showcase artist Jon Taul. Both his music and visual art have been
inspired by both his grand-mother, Marilyn Mellencamp and his cousin,
John Cougar Mellencamp. Also a talented singer/songwriter, you'll find
his  songs here: and his
visual art here:

Mike Cullison

  photo by Gregg Roth

Nashville singer/songwrite Mike Cullison has honed his songwriting skills with
honed his songwriting
skills with Johnny Neel, (the Allman
Brothers) and Mike Stergis, (Crosby, Stills & Nash),
and other leaders of the craft.  A story teller first and foremost, he
describes his new cd, The Barstool Monologues as a 'Honky Tonk Canturbury Tales'.


Band members Snap Dragon Calico, Juniper Calico and Perry Rose Calico are bringing their brand of California Country to Nashville. Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Grammy's, calls them "Just dropping." Join us to see why! More about their music at their website.

and Americana's rising star ...

Jon Taul

Jon Taul isn't performing, you're likely to find him watching his corn
grown, building a swing out of barn wood ... or you might not find him
at all 'cause he's gone fishin'. Read more about the man and his music
in The Hardin County News Enterprise.

Presented by Mary Leland Wehner, widow of Americana Tonight producer Mark Wehner. It was a true delight not only to perform with amazing artists like Brigitte DeMeyer, Will Kimbrough, Randy Kohrs with Mike O'Neill, (and a surprise visit from Hellbound Glory) but to have Sen. Douglas Henry among the guests.

Photos by Mary Leland Wehner

With Kara Clark

Listen to Lonesome Liz Music

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