IRELAND | AUSTIN TEXAS
An Irish singer-songwriter, Pat Byrne has come a long way since his first deal with Universal. In late 2017, Byrne migrated to Austin, Texas. Immersed in the Texas music scene, Pat penned several new songs and released the "Rituals" LP in October 2018. In 2019, Pat took the US by storm, with breakout performances at the 30A Festival, SXSW, Kerrville Folk Festival and the Americana Festival.
“The raspy melodic soul of Byrne’s voice recalls the emotional spells the late Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave used to cast, though Byrne’s songwriting bears a distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary than strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom.” - Peter Blackstock, The Austin American Statesman
A sophomore LP out in mid-2020, has an edgier feel underscoring emotional depth and greater confidence.
Jeff Plankenhorn, singer-songwriter and all things strings multi-instrumentalist, began his career as a boy soprano in Ohio. After studying music theory and composition at University of Michigan, Texas beckoned when Ray Wylie Hubbard enticed Jeff to join his band. Slide guitar virtuoso, Jeff spent his early career backing the likes of Hubbard and Joe Ely. His patented lap slide guitar, “The Plank”, netted him Austin Music Awards 2017 “Best Miscellaneous Instrument”.
Jeff’s larger-than-life presence on stage fuses his host of talents into a powerful whole. His latest release, Sleeping Dogs, merges styles effortlessly, juxtaposing sweet-hearted anthems like “Love is Love” against ominous, weathered tunes like “Tooth & Nail”. Collaborations with Americana royalty, including “Holy Lighting” featuring a duet with Patty Griffin, are also standouts. Tying it all together is a big-heartedness that speaks to a worldly approach to Americana music.
From the rich traditions of Tejano Music of South Texas to the 70’s folk and harmony rich rock and roll in his parent’s collection, music was the heartbeat of Coba’s family life early on. One of his earliest musical memories is being in the studio while his mom worked on her own recordings and church choir every Sunday morning. She was, as he describes, the “Spanish Carole King,” and her example and encouragement coupled with his Dad’s James Taylor, Townes Van Zandt and Santana cassettes he’d borrow left a mark. “It would be weird NOT to be a musician,” Coba says.
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