Americana Live! Showcase with Zack Walther Band, Doug Kent, Bret Graham, and Susan Gibson + Josh Grider

Americana Live! Presents:

Americana Live! Showcase with Zack Walther Band, Doug Kent, Bret Graham, and Susan Gibson + Josh Grider

Thu, September 6, 2018

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$5.00

This event is 18 and over

Zack Walther Band
Zack Walther Band
The Zack Walther Band is an Americana roots rock power trio from New Braunfels, Texas. As versatile is the Texas landscape, the Zack Walther Band can rock the house with high energy, or slow it down with story songs from their life experiences. Zack Walther on lead guitar, vocals and harmonica combined with Matthew Briggs on drums, glockenspiel, tambourine and vocals; and Corey Shelter on bass and vocals -- they make more music than many five-piece bands. Zack and Matthew have been friends since the third grade, and making music together since junior high -- they “finish each other”. They’ve recorded several studio and live records over the years, their music is currently being used on two cable television outdoor shows, and they tour around Texas where their fans never seem to get enough.
Doug Kent
Doug Kent
Texas native Doug Kent, is a music maker and story teller. He loves to share his smile with strangers, and gives everything he has to creating music that moves people both literally and figuratively.

Doug's music could be categorized as Americana with twists of straight-up country and turns of undeniable pop (albeit blue collar). At the end of the day, Doug Kent is in a category of his own and it's a damn good one. Touring the state with a genuine goal of connecting with others through music and creating an outlet for them to "let it all go" for awhile. Doug says, "There is a fine line between songs that convey genuine emotion and songs that make people feel better. I think people connect when they hear a story similar to their own heartache and tribulations, but I also feel that connection when I'm able to offer them a chance to not think about those things and just let go for awhile. George Jones said it best, 'When you're happy you enjoy the music, but when you're sad, you understand the lyrics.' That's something that I keep in mind with my writing, and I think my fans appreciate that."

Keep an eye out for Doug's new songs coming soon to a radio station or stage near you.

Want to learn more about Doug? Check out his full Q&A session on his life and journey in the world of music HERE or catch him at his next show near you!
Bret Graham
Bret Graham
Migrating south to Texas from Stroud, Oklahoma, Bret settled in Canyon Lake and started making the rounds with guitar in hand. Paying gigs were scarce but he hung in there and slowly began to build a fan base in the surrounding area. He sold copies of a homemade tape he recorded in 1997 and started writing songs for his next album.

Though a little rough around the edges, the tape had several gems that Bret would continue to polish in front of his new fans. "Honkin' Out Some Hank," an ode to classic country music, "She Caught Me Not Fishing," a hilarious tale about the lengths men will go to get out of the house and "He Found Me," easily the best gospel song I've ever heard. Another song on the tape, "Simple Life," tells a story that will take your breath away. It's about his grandfathers devotion to the family farm and his satisfaction of raising his family there. The song lyrics are simply spellbinding. Bret is a simple man with simple tastes. He sits on a wooden stool he built by hand, using no power tools or nails. It looks brand new, though Bret confesses that it's actually over ten years old. With a song repertoire in the hundreds, he's rarely stumped when fans call out requests. Though never captured on tape, his version of "Me And Bobby McGee" must be heard to be believed. Without giving away the secret, it's an experience you will never forget.

Bret soon decided it was time to make a CD after the popularity of his 1997 tape. He went on to record his next 4 CD's titled with the year, 1998,1999,2000, and 2001. He also recorded a gospel with his testimony song as the title, He Found Me. What followed next was,Soldier,then followed by his Christmas album,Merry Christmas from Bret Graham.
Susan Gibson
Susan Gibson
Anyone who meets singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will know immediately that her family is a core foundation in everything she does, from the songs she writes to the tour routes she takes.

Whether it’s hearing her stories from the stage at one of hundreds of live shows around the country each year, sitting in on a songwriting workshop or coaching session with her, or running into her on the street in your town while she’s walking her 5 dogs on a break from driving to the next show...you will hear Susan speak of her family.

It’s her mom, Nancy Gibson, who inspired the title track of Susan’s latest EP, “Remember Who You Are.” Susan says, “My mom said that her mom always used to tell her and her sisters, "Remember who you are" every time they left the house. I don't know if that was before or after they got caught drinking beer with a bunch of their friends and gave fake names to the Crofton, Nebraska police, but it's something that she always told me and my sister as soon as we were old enough to leave the house. I would find it in notes in my lunch and written halfway into journals that I hadn't written in yet. She would write notes to us on banana peels with a toothpick and the words would turn brown-- like reverse invisible ink. She was an awesome mom. We were lucky to have her as our constant.” Nancy is also the catalyst for another song on the EP, “The Best of You,” written about surviving cancer. While Nancy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, Susan wrote it in honor of those who have fought cancer, be it the survivors themselves or the ones left behind. “I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, my mom would have wanted me to write this.”

To continue the thread of family and career in Gibson’s life, a song that Susan penned at her parents’ kitchen table while in college has been a cornerstone of her career as a performing musician and songwriter. “Wide Open Spaces” was written as a college kid’s cry for independence, but after The Dixie Chicks made it the title track of their 1998 debut, Gibson’s song has been woven into the family stories of countless people setting off on their own, whether it’s going to college for the first time or adventuring into one of the many new roads life takes us on as we grow older.
Josh Grider
Josh Grider
“The hardest thing for people to admit about themselves is that they’re going to change,” says Josh Grider. The country stalwart knows, because he’s done it himself. When you release eight albums, tour the country and abroad, sign publishing deals, top the Texas radio charts, and start a family all in just over a decade, you’re going to come out different than when you went in.

On upcoming new record Good People, the New Mexico native turns the lessons he’s learned so far into an impressive collection of catchy, substantive country tunes — the kind that draw parallels between Grider and artists like Kacey Musgraves and Steve Earle. But Grider delivers them with a smooth Neo-traditional baritone to rival Joe Nichols and melodic hooks that, when they hit you just right, feel timeless on first listen.

Lead single “Good People” is the perfect example. Written with longtime collaborator Bobby Hamrick and James Slater (who has hits with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, among others), “Good People” is Grider’s reminder to himself that, no matter all the tragedy we see on our TV screens, there are so many good people outnumbering the bad.
Slated for a Spring 2018 release, Good People is beautifully understated, warm in delivery, and not afraid to embrace melancholy. It’s the kind of record that could, and should, redefine a career.
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/