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Libby Koch w/ Joey McGee and Rachel Bloem
November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Read more about the artists below!
Texas Americana singer-songwriter Libby Koch (pronounced “coke”) is a “country meets soulful” (Free Press Houston), “feisty Texas songbird” (Country Music People) who “sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart” (Texas Monthly). Libby is working on the follow up album to her critically acclaimed 2016 LP Just Move On (Berkalin Records). Working in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Bil VornDick, she draws on legends from Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, among others, to craft “true cryin’ and leavin’ country songs.” Combining her country soul with a seventh-generation Texas troubadour’s storytelling skill, Koch fills her songs with intimacy and honesty. Like the most timeless country classics, they’re the kind that make you feel good about feelin’ bad.
When singer-songwriter Joey McGee categorizes his work as roots music, he’s not just referring to the blend of soul, country, blues and rock commonly called Americana. He’s talking about his own roots, cultivated in his native New Orleans, nurtured by a sojourn in San Antonio and a much longer one in Pittsburgh, and planted deeply in his current home of Bryan, Texas.
On his latest album, El Camino Real (Feb. 22, 2019) McGee draws on those roots for sustenance as he navigates the complex terrain of human emotions and experiences in nine original tracks and one cover (Guy Clark’s “The Cape”).
In songs such as “Sunday Blues” and “The Likes of You,” McGee’s warm baritone delivers lyrics that are incredibly personal and revealing. But in others, such as “Hurricane/Forty-Two Hundred and Cigarettes,” he inhabits the role of storyteller, weaving Springsteen-worthy narratives for characters who sound so real, they have to exist somewhere.
Regardless of whether he’s laying bare his own psyche or examining others’, his lyrics always come across as honest. Genuine. Maybe the word we want here is true. As in, they feel true. And speak truths.
A native of Bryan, Rachel Bloem has always been a songbird and started her career singing songs over a sink full of dirty dishes.
After receiving her degree in Music Therapy and vocal studies from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved back to her roots and has been establishing herself as an active artist in the Brazos Valley.