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16 Feb 12 Texas Music by Texas Songwriters

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Some of Texas’ celebrated songwriters will gather at the Allen Public Library to present an evening of music sure to prove that our state has bragging rights to the best tunes in the country. Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse of McKinney and Bach to Books, this free program is offered 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23. The lineup for this special evening includes at number of local musical talents.

Austin Cunningham

Songs by Garland native Austin Cunningham have been recorded by Hank Williams, Jr., Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Wynonna Judd. His songs are featured on film soundtracks, including Ashley Judd’s Where the Heart Is, and the Richard Gere/Winona Ryder film, Autumn in New York. Austin has performed at the Sundance Film Festival for the Bluebird Café “On the Road” series. An award-winning Texas singer-songwriter, Zane Williams’s writing credits include the top 20 Billboard hit “Hurry Home” recorded by Jason Michael Carroll. After 7 years on the road as a solo act and 2 years as a staff songwriter in Nashville, Williams returned to North Texas in 2008 and has since released two successful independent albums. The nationwide documentary “Troubadour, TX” is currently following his adventures with a full band. Performing for over 20 years, Brad Allen began playing banjo at age 14 and progressed to fiddle, dobro, guitar, steel guitar and mandolin. An original member of the Skyriver Boys Bluegrass Band, Brad has performed at dozens of festivals and opened for Steven Curtis Chapman in Garland. Brad performs gospel, bluegrass, country and old time rock & roll. A principle character on the docu-reality show “Troubadour, TX”, 22-year-old Kylie Rae Harris was nominated for Best New Female Vocalist in the State of Texas in 2011. Harris has been performing across Texas for five years and has shared the stage with Chuck Cannon, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Eli Young Band. Harris has released one album entitled “All the Right Reasons.” Allen’s own Michael Ellis Empey has developed a unique style and his music is a sophisticated yet down home blend of Country, R&B and Jazz. He calls his sound “Country-Bluejazz.” In addition, for fifty years, Michael has written and performed comedy and worked with such notables as Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams. Michael joined Peter Schless to produce “My Father’s Song.” A singer-songwriter-fourth generation musician, Michael Prysock was deeply affected by life in rural Arkansas. Through his music, he tells achingly true tales

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of the influences of his family and the brotherhood of friends that helped raise him. Prysock skips the clichéd heart songs of romance and moves purposefully to lyrics that convey the struggles of real life. Call 214-509-4911 for more information.

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