Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Hard Candy Christmas featuring Sunny Sweeney, Jamie Lin Wilson, Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton
Thu, December 21, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$15.00 - $45.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $15 Advance/ $20 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth
“I’ve grown up doing the bar scenes, and you have to have drinking and partying songs there-–you have to,” Sweeney says. “Now, my songs are still about the same things, but I feel like they’re more mature versions.”
Sweeney’s salty wisdom and Texas-hewn soprano have never sounded stronger than they do on Trophy, her anticipated new album. Trophy is a breakthrough––the album we all suspected she was capable of making. The wit and honesty that have always defined her stone-cold country have blossomed into confessional, complex songwriting for grown-ups, still whiskey-drenched and honk-tonk-ready. Drugs, death, the ex-wife, drinking, devotion, and longing for a child: it’s all here, raw and real.
“I have not felt this good about music in a really long time,” Sweeney says from her front porch in Texas. “I’m really excited.”
The success of artists including Margo Price, Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and others make it seem like the world is more open now than ever before to smart women singing smart country. It’s about time. Sweeney is a veteran of the trade, and has logged her miles the old-school way. A three-year residency at the Poodle Dog Lounge in Austin––“It was a dump,” she says. “They didn’t even have a credit card machine or liquor license.”––along with improv and stand-up comedy experience went a long way toward teaching her how to hold a room of cynical drunks in the palm of her hand.
An artist of singular talent and restless creativity, she broke into the Texas country/folk scene as one of the co-lead vocalists of the Gougers before the band gradually gave way to not only Wilson's solo work (the fine EP "Dirty Blonde Hair" was released in 2010) but also higher-profile musical adventures with The Trishas, an all-female singer-songwriter band that has toured through some of the state and nation's best venues. Scoring one of the best albums of 2012 with "High Wide & Handsome," the Trishas lit up the genre for a few years while always leaving Wilson room for solo gigs, guest spots on over a dozen albums by now, and song-swaps with like-minded artists all over Texas and beyond.
Both deeply personal and solidly collaborative, Holidays & Wedding Rings is an evident labor of love from the sort of songwriter who can delve into the sweetness of family life without hitting sap. Someone who can dig into heartache without wallowing in it, go slow and subtle and still leave a listener rapt. Someone who can share the spotlight with top-flight musicians: veteran Texas music hands John Ross Silva, Scott Davis, Cody Foote and Reckless Kelly's David Abeyta are all in the mix here, along with alt-country star Wade Bowen on a spine-tingling duet/co-write. Wilson's home life as a wife and mom come through often in her music (and are known to many of her fans through her humorous social media profiles) but creatively, she can portray lonesome and restless with the best of them.
Multiple approaches, countless gigs, several years and nearly a million miles into what promises to be a grand career, Jamie Wilson not only runs with a good crowd: she never fails to stand out.
-Mike Ethan Messick
All musical and performing prowess aside, the thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Sunny Sweeney, Austin's the Carper Family, Norway's Liv Marit Wedvik, and American country legend, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. She has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. She was two time Texas Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Award winner, 2016 Ameripolitan Award Nominee, appeared on USA Network's Nashville Star in 2003, and most impressively, was champion of the 1993 Vergas Loon Calling Contest in her home state of Minnesota.
Brennen is a member of country bluegrass band High Plains Jamboree, along with her frequent writing and touring partner, guitarist Noel McKay, bass player Simon Flory, and fiddler Beth Chrisman. Rolling Stone Country listed the band in "20 Best Things We Saw" at AmericanaFest 2016. The band is currently touring the United States and Europe.
Brennen is also a member of Nashville group Antique Persuasion, along with Jenee Fleenor (fiddler, harmony singer and guitarist for Blake Shelton, Martina McBride and Larry Cordle) and Brandon Rickman (singer, mandolin player and guitarist in bluegrass' popular Lonesome River Band), who released their debut album on Voxhall Records, Don't Forget Me Little Darling, Remembering the Carter Family, in Spring 2015.
When she is not on tour, Brennen can be heard singing gospel and original country music with her vintage arch top guitar (affectionately named "The Blonde") in many of the vibrant venues of Texas, often accompanied by Noel McKay on harmony vocals and telecaster, and world class rhythm section; bassist Brad Fordham and drummer Lisa Pankratz, delighting two-steppers and discerning listeners with a sound that is fresh, classic... and unapologetically country.
"I suppose realism is what I look for in new music. I want to believe a new song. That happens when I hear Courtney's music. Her voice is rich and unique and that's something that's been a dormant quality in the "woman's world" of country music for a long, long time!" - Adam Hood
"Over the years I've watched CP grow into a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with. Top shelf." - Mike McClure
“Courtney Patton is one of the most talented singers around. You can literally hang on to her words, almost … she knows how to hold that note until it blooms, sing one word and make it feel like ten. She’s got her own gravity and she uses it beautifully.” – Mike Ethan Messick
“When I hear Courtney I hear something absolutely unique that makes me think of the legendary voices of music … she makes you both forget and remember how many descriptive words you know.” – Drew Kennedy
“It’s Courtney’s turn, and I’m so proud that everyone’s getting to see what’s so special about her. She makes people feel what she’s feeling, and that’s a talent, not a skill.” – Jamie Lin Wilson
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215