Ham Jam House -Concert
George Macias will play a fine acoustic concert Saturday, August
8th, 2015, at 7:00 PM.
Playing all original songs, Singer-Songwriter/Americana/Folk/Country; George Palmer Macias is a prolific songwriter who waited 53 year before releasing his first solo CD, Firefly, in 2009. Every song from the CD received airplay on radio somewhere, mostly on Americana and Country format stations, even though the independently released CD was promoted on a shoestring. Macias is promoting his second solo CD, Water on Tin, which was financed through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Two songs from the CD have received local airplay, Drunk at the Driskill (KOKE and KGSR), and You Turn My Light On (KOKE). According to local music icon Stephen Doster (who produced both of Macias’ solo CDs and who teaches a songwriting course at the University of Texas): “It's an honor to work with a singer and songwriter as gifted as George Macias. When he sings, I believe. Drunk at the Driskill is meticulous and as haunting as the ghosts that drift through its refrain. A Texas songwriter who can stands with the best.” Macias started writing songs in his teens, and he was a Kerrville Newfolk semifinalist in 1989. But a serious case of stage fright kept his name off any marquees until he joined the 56 Babies at the age of 47. That gig morphed into a stint with The Regulars, who played Sunday afternoons for a year at the Old Alligator Grill in South Austin. The Regulars then held down the Friday night happy hour slot at the Saxon Pub for five years (The Regulars released Austicana in 2005). Macias's song, You Turn My Light On, which was dubbed "the South Austin National Anthem," usually closed the show and was called "a country-tinged tune" that "sounds like an instant classic" by the Austin American-Statesman.
In 2008, Macias quit his day job as the executive director of a national marketing firm, and started the Fyreflys with singer/songwriter Juliann Banks. He wrote the song "Break This Bottle" about his excitement over the formation of that band, which lasted about six months. In 2009, Macias began playing gigs around Central Texas and beyond as a duo with guitarist/songwriter Bill Starrett as well as with a four-piece band. He released Water on Tin on November 2, 2013, where a packed house at the Saxon Pub gave him a standing ovation.
ABIA Airport, the Driskill Hotel, House Wine, Threadgill's North, and Whole Foods (the Domain, Downtown, and Gateway stores), and George also hosts a monthly songwriter circle on first Saturdays at the Saxon Pub.
Guitar and Vocals...
"Macias’ voice has a very soothing Roy Orbison
feel to it ... the lyrics are inspired.
- Sean Claes, Notes From the Cubicle
"With Firefly, singer-songwriter George Palmer
Macias has managed to move himself to the head
of the pack, in the very fertile music ground that’s
found in Austin, Texas."
- C.W. Ross, The CD Reviewer
“Macias’s lyrics are interesting enough in
themselves...gravy on top of an already enjoyable
sonic experience, full of smooth, swaying
ballads ... and old-school rockers ... a promising
- C.M. Wilcox, Country California
“George Palmer Macias, as a songwriter, may be
the best kept secret in Austin, maybe the world. It
won't be a secret too much longer.
- Joe Ables, Saxon Pub owner
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!