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Dirty River Boys

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: Red Shahan 9pm
Dirty River Boys: 10:30pm

Playing upwards of 200 dates a year, giving heartfelt, unrestrained performances, and winning over a loyal audience show-by-show, The Dirty River Boys have notched a number of significant milestones, opening for legend Willie Nelson several times and selling out the famed Gruene Hall. All four members of DRB have a hand in the songwriting, and all four sing as well, while members often switch off instruments during shows. This isn’t just a vehicle for a songwriting front man, with an interchangeable crew of instrumentalists bringing those ideas to life. And so, after a pair of EPs and an album, “Science of Flight,” that served as a tour calling card, the time couldn’t be better for an anthemic, hook-laden declaration of intent, served up to an audience beyond DRB’s Texas diehards. The record is both a cohesive statement and a dizzying testament to the band’s capabilities, as it shifts gears between genres with the skill of a long-haul trucker.

GEN ADM: $15

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Charlie Robison

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: Austin Meade 8pm
Charlie Robison: 9:30pm

A sixth-generation Texan, Charlie Robison hails from tiny Bandera, Texas. He and his brother, noted musician Bruce Robison, found an interest in music early on, and by the age of 15, Charlie and his brother began playing gigs around Bandera. Later, he made his way to the Austin scene, where he was a part of such bands as Chapparal, Two Hoots and a Holler and The Millionaire Playboys. In 1995, he released his debut album, Bandera, followed in 1998 by Life of the Party. In 2000, Charlie became part of history when the “Unleashed Live” Record was recorded at Gruene Hall. The album is a combined effort with Bruce and good friend Jack Ingram. A second studio effort, Step Right Up, was issued in 2001 followed by his album, Good Times, in 2004. Charlie’s self-produced album, Beautiful Day, was released in 2009 followed by his 2013 release, High Life.

GEN ADM: $25

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Radney Foster

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: Jamie Lin Wilson 9pm
Radney Foster: 10:30pm

Singer/songwriter/producer Foster has always been revered in the music community as a lyricist and a dry West Texas poet. One look at the folks who have covered his songs (everyone from Hootie and the Blowfish and the Pistoleros to the Dixie Chicks and Guy Clark) and you realize this guy is not easily categorized. As one half of the duo Foster and Lloyd, he recorded three groundbreaking albums for RCA, becoming one of the first acts to be played simultaneously on Country and College radio. The duo broke through in the late 80’s, a rare time in Nashville’s history when Country radio welcomed other innovative acts like Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam. Foster and Lloyd’s “Crazy Over You”, went straight to number one, making them the first duo in history to top the charts with their debut single. Meanwhile, their albums were appearing in the Top Ten on the College chart, sharing common musical ground and press accolades with Rank and File, Lone Justice and the Blasters. When the duo split up, Foster recorded two solo albums that yielded a handful of hits and a reputation as one of Nashville’s best kept secrets. His songs, like “Nobody Wins” and “A Fine Line” had a lyrical edge and pop sensibilities that often challenged mainstream Country conventions. Throughout his solo career, folks like Emmylou Harris, Hootie and the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley have jumped at the chance to work with him and lend vocal support to his projects—a further testament to Foster’s influence. Foster has served as host for the critically acclaimed CMT Crossroads, and has produced projects by Jack Ingram, The Randy Rogers Band, Brandon Rhyder and others.

GEN ADM: $25

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The Black Lillies

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: TBA 8pm
The Black Lillies: 9:30pm

The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” – combining strains of swampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style – while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras’ smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance. On October 2, 2015, the band released their fourth album Hard to Please (Attack Monkey/Thirty Tigers), which American Songwriter sums up as “a soulful mix of upbeat Americana and tender ballads,” while Vanity Fair notes that “their sound continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and add in a touch of the Dead, for good measure.”

GEN ADM: $12

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Jonathan Tyler

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: Paul Cauthen 9pm
Jonathan Tyler: 10:30pm

Jonathan Tyler did the rock star thing. He played Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest and the Voodoo Experience. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and toured alongside AC/DC, ZZ Top, Grace Potter and Kid Rock. His 2010 LP, Pardon Me, with backing band The Northern Lights reached No. 8 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. His songs were featured in TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Friday Night Lights. It was everything he thought he’d wanted. It was everything he’d signed up for. But it wasn’t really him. These days, Tyler really does come off as a changed man – in person and on record alike. He’s more introspective, more focused. Holy Smokes, his forthcoming third proper LP to be released August 7th, finds Tyler shed of major-label constraints, bearing his soul as songwriter who’s seen the top of the mountain and now seeks a different kind of climb, one filled less with flash and more with substance.

GEN ADM: $12

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Gospel Brunch w/a Texas Twist

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas


“A New Orleans style gospel brunch with a Texas twist”

Buffet includes oven roasted turkey breast, seasoned roast beef, smoked Polish wedding sausage, Falls City pepper bacon, garlic mashed potatoes, migas, fresh hot sauce, tomatillo verde sauce, scrambled eggs, Texas French toast, buttermilk biscuits, cream gravy, fried apples, fresh seasonal fruits, fresh juices, iced tea, coffee and soft drinks. Adults also receive one free champagne drink, otherwise beer, wine, champagne, and mimosas are charged separately. The buffet is open beginning at 10:30am to completion of brunch and is catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar.The Gospel Brunch is led by Bret Graham, one of Gruene Hall’s favorite country musicians. Bret sings his cowboy style Gospel tunes and accompanies The Gospel Silvertones, one of Austin’s newest and uplifting Gospel groups, perform all over central Texas and their latest CD release, “On The Battlefield”, can be purchased at the show.

Click here for a sneak peek.

ADULT: $30.00
CHILD: $15.00

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Bob Schneider

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: TBA 9pm
Bob Schneider: 10:30pm

Bob Schneider’s fellow Texans as well as his rabid U.S. fanbase will testify to his abilities, as he has become the most awarded singer songwriter in Austin’s history, winning over thirty Austin Music Awards. His scruffy good looks and strong, husky voice provide a good complement to his semi-confessional songwriting. The real beauty of Schneider’s artistic career is about the freedom to constantly write, record and stockpile songs. While he’s already released hundreds of songs with his bands, Schneider estimates there were at least a thousand songs that didn’t fit his band’s concepts.

GEN ADM: $25

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Uncle Lucius

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: TBA 8pm
Uncle Lucius: 9:30pm

South Austin’s Uncle Lucius is a dream, conjured in the minds of five sonic mercenaries, a clarion call to arms for true believers. It is the voice that shakes you from complacency, grabs you with both hands and implores: Get in the van!!! Like the city that brought them together, UL is a gumbo, with hints of Americana and folk juxtaposed with a slow-cooked roux that is steeped in classic rock n roll and the blues. The resulting flavor is familiar and unique, roots at its most refined, albeit with a gutbucket foundation. After eight years of touring across Texas and to both coasts and back, UL was named 2014’s Best New Band by the Texas Regional Radio Report. The band’s latest album, The Light, was released June 2015.

GEN ADM: $15.00

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: TBA 9pm
Ray Wylie Hubbard: 10:30pm

Ray Wylie Hubbard is a well-respected Texas Country singer-songwriter who is most known for his songs “Snake Farm” and “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” and made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker’s 1973 recording. The renowned Americana hero returns with a lean ’n’ mean follow-up to 2012’s triumphant The Grifter’s Hymnal with his new album, The Ruffian’s Misfortune. Soon to be followed by his uproarious, hair-raising autobiography, A Life…Well, Lived, The Ruffian’s Misfortune was co-produced by Hubbard and bassist George Reiff and showcases Hubbard’s bluesy slide alongside the twin guitar leads of Gabe Rhodes and Hubbard’s son, Lucas.

GEN ADM: $20

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Chris Isaak

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: TBA 8pm
Chris Isaak: 9pm

From the beginning, Chris Isaak has consistently delivered excellent work, both onstage and in the studio on a series of accomplished albums from Heart Shaped World (1989), San Francisco Days (1993), Forever Blue (1995), Baja Sessions (1996), Speak of the Devil (1998), Always Got Tonight (2002) and Mr. Lucky (2009). Some of Isaak’s hits include “Wicked Game”, “Can’t Do a Thing (To Stop Me)”, “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”, “Somebody’s Crying” and “Breaking Apart” (duet with Trisha Yearwood). In between all those albums and tours, Isaak has appeared in numerous films including Married To The Mob (1988), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1988), the Academy Award-winning Silence Of The Lambs (1991) and Tom Hanks’ rock & roll movie That Thing You Do! (1996). In 2009, Isaak hosted The Chris Isaak Hour, a music interview series on the Biography Channel where Isaak interviewed and made music with a wide range of distinguished artists including Stevie Nicks, Michael Bublé, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Trisha Yearwood. In 2011, Isaak paid tribute to the classic ‘50s rockabilly and country music produced by the legendary Sam Phillips at Memphis’ Sun Records with his album Beyond the Sun. Recorded at Sun Studios, Isaak delivered cuts originally recorded by such artists as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and others.

GEN ADM: $65.00

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Shinyribs

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: TBA 8pm
Shinyribs: 9:30pm

Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily, he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes was a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit, truly something not to be missed. It’s a unique musical experience and an original expression of colorful musical heritage.

GEN ADM: $15

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Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: TBA 8pm
Jason Boland & The Stragglers: 9:30pm

Jason Boland has a reputation of being a modern day country music outlaw. Both he and his band have been leaders in the Texas and Oklahoma music scene for many years. Though Jason is the primary songwriter and singer, this is no one-man show. Jason Boland & The Stragglers have always been true: that of self-reliance, determined professionalism and bringing the best music possible to fans. While at first glance Jason Boland & The Stragglers’ music may seem easy to stereotype as Texas or Country, intent listening makes it harder to categorize their music easily, revealing the influence of the land and life that got them to where they are. Boland knows he can’t shy away from questions about how to classify his music but simply states, “The Chinese don’t call it Chinese food, it’s just food. I’m just making music.” Released in October 2015, their eighth album, Squelch, is angry, subversive, pointed and powerful.

GEN ADM: $25

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American Aquarium

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 8pm
Opener: Red Shahan 9pm
American Aquarium: 10:30pm

For nearly a decade, American Aquarium has spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it’s a blessing. American Aquarium’s songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. It’s that kind of honesty – that sort of balance – that makes the band’s newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.

GEN ADM: $15

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Gospel Brunch w/a Texas Twist

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Tickets going on sale Sunday, June 12th at 1PM!

ADULT: $30.00
CHILD: $15.00

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Sean McConnell

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Doors: 7pm
Opener: Troy Cartwright 8pm
Sean McConnell: 9:30pm

Growing up in the coffee houses of the Boston folk scene, Sean watched his parents playing songs written by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor and others of the like. Now an artist in his own right, Sean travels the states performing his own style of music that he describes as “Lyric Driven Roots Rock with Soul.” A live show is truly a dynamic experience. One moment reckless rock, and the next an intimate acoustic pin drop moment. As well as being an artist, Sean also boasts a successful songwriting career. His songs have been recorded by Plain White T’s, Jason Castro, Phil Stacey, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Eli Young Band, David Nail and many others. Whether in his Nashville home, in a hotel room, or in the back of his van, Sean is always writing.

GEN ADM: $15.00

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Chris Knight

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Tickets going on sale Thursday, June 2nd at 1 PM!

GEN ADM: $15.00

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Gospel Brunch w/a Texas Twist

Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, Texas

Tickets going on sale Sunday, July 10th at 1PM!

ADULT: $30.00
CHILD: $15.00