2019 Hoot Performers
The Livingston Hoot has announced the 2019 performers –
Marcia Ball will headline with The Western Flyers opening the show.
With her new album, Shine Bright, Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make. “It is a ridiculously hopeful, cheerful record,” she says, in light of some of the album’s more serious subject matter. The secret, according to Ball “is to set the political songs to a good dance beat.”
Marcia Ball has appeared many times on national television over the years, including the PBS special In Performance At The White House along with B.B. King and Della Reese, Austin City Limits and HBO’s Treme. She performed in Piano Blues, the film directed by Clint Eastwood included in Martin Scorsese’s The Blues series which aired on PBS television nationwide in 2003. Marcia also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman with The New Orleans Social Club, where she not only reached millions of people, but also helped to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she had a role in the independent film Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. In 2017 she performed on NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas, live from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Western Flyers
Equally at home on a festival stage, performing arts hall, private event or a dance party, the Flyers take their unique brand of music coast to coast and around the world. Churning out true blue masterful Texas flavored music, internationally-renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train, reigning 3-time US National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman’s improvisation astounds, and world- class upright bassist Gavin Kelso adds fuel to the fire. Named ‘Best Western Swing Group’ at the Ameripolitan Awards, as well as their debut album ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ receiving the Best Western Swing Album Award from both the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association, the trio is a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art performed by three acoustic virtuosos.
“I love The Western Flyers. When I listen to them play I know that I am in the presence of modern masters in motion.” – Marty Stuart
“Together they perform with a brilliance and panache that will draw in any fans of traditional American string music.” – Bluegrass Today