Joshua Ray Walker, Quaker City Night Hawks, Elaina Kay and Ottoman Turks at AmericanaFest 2019

Here’s what Joshua Ray Walker, Quaker City Night Hawks, Elaina Kay and Ottoman Turks have going on at AmericanaFest this week.

Also, I’ll be doing a panel with World Café/WXPN’s Bruce Warren, Rounder Records Regina Joskow, Colonel Management’s Adam Barnes (Shooter Jennings, Jaime Wyatt, Quaker City Night Hawks) and Marissa Moss. 1pm on Friday at the Westin. Should be a doozy!

And if you see a husky, heavily bearded guy with great socks, 99% chance it’s me, come say hi!

Best,

Rob

 

Joshua Ray Walker

Joshua had a breakout year in 2019 with his stunning debut album Wish You Were Here. The album spent 12-straight weeks on the Americana radio albums chart and received wave after wave of critical praise. NPR Music says he's "a truth-teller, in the mode of Guy Clark or Rodney Crowell," and Rolling Stone Country says Joshua is "a gifted singer-songwriter who can devastate with details or wring offbeat humor out of his work like one of his heroes, Guy Clark." No Depression says his debut "feels less like a shaky first album and more like a portfolio of greatest hits."

Watch the video for the stunning single "Canyon" here . 

Joshua Ray Walker – 2019 AmericanaFest schedule

Weds, Sept 11 – T for Texas, T for Tennessee (State Fair Records/Torrez Music Group party) – Douglas Corner – set time: 5:30pm

Weds, Sept 11 – Paul Cauthen’s Big Velvet Revue – Basement East – event time: 10pm-2am

Thurs, Sept 12 – A Lone Star Shindig- White Avenue Studio – event time: 5pm-8pm

 

Quaker City Night Hawks

Rolling Stone says “Quaker City Night Hawks mix the boogie of ZZ Top with the dread of Black Sabbath on their latest album QCNH. Onstage, they’re even more ominous.” They’re one of the best rock & roll bands out there right now. New album QCNH is a monstrous album, and NPR Music says “may the power of high-octane boogie rock compel and deliver you.”

Watch the video for “Suit in the Back” – “a thrilling three-minute mini-movie” (Rolling Stone) -  here.

Quaker City Night Hawks – 2019 AmericanaFest schedule

Weds, Sept 11 – Paul Cauthen Big Velvet Revue – Basement East – event time: 10pm-2am

Thu Sept 12 - Imogene+Willie Party – event time: 1pm-7pm

Thu, Sept 12 -Cannery Ballroom (official showcase) – set time: 8:30pm

Fri Sept 13 - 1969 Tribute – Basement East – event time: 8pm-Midnight

 

Elaina Kay

Elaina's swaggering debut Issues (produced by Paul Cauthen, and featuring the Texas Gnetlemen as the backing band) has been getting a lot of praise, and the album was one of the most added at Americana radio in recent weeks (35 stations already spinning it!). Wide Open Country says "fearless, honest and bitingly funny, Issues is one of the most promising debut albums of the year." No Depression says the album "canters from song to song, balancing humor and pain on a knife’s edge," and D Magazine says she is "in the latest in a crop of immensely talented local artists–think Charley Crockett, Vandoliers, and Joshua Ray Walker–who are redefining the city’s music scene into a newfound hub for musicians whose tunes don’t fit into today’s warped definition of country music." Elaina just confirmed an October East Coast tour opening for Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s as well.

Listen to “Daddy Issues” here.

 Elaina Kay – 2019 AmericanaFest schedule

Thurs, Sept 12 – Performing on WSMV Today in Nashville – show airs 11am-Noon

Thurs, Sept 12 – Performing on Acme Radio Live – on-air: 2pm

Thurs, Sept 12 – A Lone Star Shindig- White Avenue Studio – event time: 5pm-8pm

Thurs, Sept 12 – Whiskey Jam - Winner’s – set time: 10:10pm

Sat, Sept 14 - Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge - set time: 4pm-4:20pm

 

Ottoman Turks

Ottoman Turks, the wild-eyed Dallas, TX rock & roll outfit, have created a debut album that “captures the wild, raw energy the Turks bring to the live stage, while showcasing their knack for hook-laden, cleverly arranged rock songwriting” (American Songwriter). Produced by John Pedigo (Old 97’s, Vandoliers, Joshua Ray Walker), the album lunges, leaps, claws and crawls. Sharp chords and riotous riffs are backed by artillery percussion. Wry lyrics meld with memorable choruses sung loud, often with close harmony. It's the type of band that would make Swami John Reis grin.

Watch raucous and just plain old fun video for first single “Glass Bottles” here.

Ottoman Turks – 2019 AmericanaFest schedule

Weds, Sept 11 – T for Texas, T for Tennessee (State Fair Records/Torrez Music Group party) – Douglas Corner – set time: 6:15pm