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Jeff Plankenhorn

Live at Society Hall!

Thursday, June 8th

Doors open at 6:30pm and show begins at 7:30pm

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Society Hall is thrilled to welcome Jeff Plankenhorn to the Society Hall stage! 

Jeff Plankenhorn is a world-class songwriter and had been an accompanist to the stars and first-call session musician in Texas (Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, etc.) for 16 years when he decided to go solo with his critically acclaimed SoulSlide album (featuring performances by Ruthie Foster, Malford Milligan, Rami Jaffe (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers), and The Resentments, with co-writes from Bret Dennen, Gary Nicholson, and Miles Zuniga (Fastball). He's a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who designed his own signature lap-steel "The Plank" that gained him an Austin Music Award in 2017. As a Black Fret major grant recipient in 2018 and with the release of his second full-length album as a solo artist, Sleeping Dogs (featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Patty Griffin, and co-produced by Scrappy Jud Newcomb). His hard work is paying off and he’s building his audience at festivals and venues all over Canada & the US, building lifelong friends and fans along the way.

His current releases are a pair of EP’s Covered/Uncovered Vols.I and II. In 2023, he’ll extend his reach into Europe for the first time since he was on the side of the stage.

“Jeff Plankenhorn has become an Austin institution, sought after by many artists to lend his musical talents to their albums and performances. Calling him a guitarist doesn’t do him justice, though. Sure, he’s designed his very own guitar – a custom lap steel guitar called, perhaps not surprisingly, “The Plank”. And you can give him just about any stringed instrument and he’ll no doubt get it singing. —Mayer Danzig, Twangville

“Plankenhorn made his name in Austin as a preeminent guitar slinger, especially as a slide specialist. Now he's put pen to paper and is increasingly known for his impressive songwriting and powerful voice. With the recent release of “SoulSlide” he has completed his bona fides as both a master instrumentalist and an important songwriter and singer.” —Austin Songwriter

"Over the course of the last two decades, Jeff Plankenhorn has worked tirelessly to earn his rep as one of the most reliably can-do, right-dude-for-the-job musicians in Austin, Texas. As an exceptionally talented acoustic, electric, slide, and lap-steel guitarist with a keen understanding of the importance of playing to and for a song rather than all over it, he’s been called on countless times to back a veritable who’s who of Texas and Americana music’s finest singers and songwriters, including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, Eliza Gilkyson, Ruthie Foster, and the late Jimmy LaFave.” —Lone Star Music

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Michael Hearne with Don Richmond

Live at Society Hall!

Friday, June 16th

Doors open at 6:30pm and show begins at 7:30pm

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Longtime regional favorite Michael Hearne is coming back to Society Hall! He will be joined by Alamosa multi-instrumentalist and producer Don Richmond.

Michael Hearne, currently splitting his time between San Marcos, Texas and Angel Fire, New Mexico, is one of the most beloved and influential singer-songwriter-guitarists playing in the Southwest today. He and his band South By Southwest have been delighting audiences both in their home region of New Mexico, Texas and Colorado as well as around the country, and even internationally, for more than 30 years.

Michael's "whiskey-velvet voice", as friend Eliza Gilkyson terms it, as well as his impressive command of the guitar make him one of the most memorable artists performing in the country and Americana arenas. Add in his compelling and evocative songwriting and you have a combination rarely seen anywhere.

Michael will be featuring songs from his many record releases, including his most recent album "Better Days", released in 2020. This tour de force collection features performances by such luminaries as Lloyd Maines, Eliza Gilkyson, Dave Perez (Tejas Brothers), Kelley Mickwee (Shinyribs) , Ben Jones (Beat Root Revival), and Terri Hendrix. Filled with Hearne's trademark beautiful songwriting, lively rhythms, and compelling messages, "Better Days" is a true masterwork.

Hearne also hosts the 3 day Big Barn Dance Music Festival, held every year the weekend after Labor Day in Taos, New Mexico, which has become one of the premier songwriter-oriented festivals in the country over its 20 years.

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Upcoming Shows

June 30 – Lilli Lewis

July 7  – Carin Mari

July 15 – Buddy Mondlock

July 20 – Walt Wilkins

August 4 – Acoustic Eidolon

August 11 – Adam and Chris Carroll

August 18 & 19 - San Luis Valley Theatre Company - POLES APART

August 25 – Gene Schilling retrospective art show

August 21 - 27  - San Luis Valley Theatre Company - Children's Theatre Camp

September 2 – Gabrielle Louise with Natalie Spears opening

September 16 – Society Hall Annual Celebration

October 14 – Trout Fishing in America

October 19 – Dan Navarro

November 4 – Cancer Relief Fund Concert with Josh Grider, Drew Kennedy and Don Richmond

November 10 & 11 – San Luis Valley Theatre Company - BREAKING AND ENTERING

November 18 – Bill Hearne Trio

January 6, 2024 – Rupert Wates

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