Ham Jam House Concert

Chris Towne & Austin Kennedy
06/09/2012, 02/22/2012

Chris Towne and Austin Kennedy will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Chris Towne has a been a performing singer and songwriter for over 15 years and his first album of original material “Harvard and Delaney” was completed in September of 2008. He recorded the album at Surreal Studios in Anchorage, Alaska over the winter of 2007/2008. The album is available online to listen to or purchase at CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon and iTunes currently. A lot of the songs from his first album are also available to listen to on Pandora Internet Radio. The genre of music that Chris plays is closest to Americana/Country and his sound is comparable to Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young even though he does cover a wide range of artists. Some of his major influences are John Prine, Neil Young and Johnny Cash. Chris was recently nominated after an unprecedented number of entries as a Southwest Regional Finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage New Song Contest for his original song “What Made You Stop Loving Me?”

Chris graduated from the University of Alaska in December of 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree of Music with an emphasis in Music Education. He majored in classical/Spanish guitar. He was a 5th and 6th grade band teacher and a 6th through 8th grade orchestra teacher in two different Alaska School districts from 2001 to 2008. After completing his first album of original material in 2008, Chris left his Alaska home and headed out to Key West, Florida where he made his living playing music in various bars, cafes and art galleries. After a couple of years of living and gigging on the road, he finally settled down in Austin, Texas on September 16th, 2010 and plans on making it his home base for a while. He has played music in many different venues ranging from weddings, art galleries, auditoriums, theaters, cafes and bars.

Alaskan singer/songwriter Chris Towne returns country music to the outlaw punch of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. On Harvard & Delaney, Towne unleashes hard-drinking confessions of heartache and regret spiked with old-school twang, no-nonsense honesty, and devilish wit. “This empty bottle had no answer for your lies,” Towne sings on “This Empty Bottle,” the record’s melancholic opener that traces its tears through Towne’s mood-spinning acoustic riffs. Towne’s version of the traditional folk classic “Frankie and Johnny” transforms it into a violent country tragedy, a tale of romantic betrayal and retribution that could have easily blended into the catalog of the Man in Black. ---Robert Michael Sutton / Sutton Music Group

Accompanying Chris as the other half of the duo is soul-oozing, finger-dancing, slide-happy guitarist Austin Kennedy. Austin adds an assortment of color and melody to the set. A Louisiana native, with over twenty years of experience, Austin has performed, recorded, and toured with an array of bands, including Slic Willito, Shaggtribe, and Slip. His ability to improvise and communicate fluently sets this group up nicely for a heel-clicking good time.


Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!