Rick Hornyak / Shannon McNallyFri. Oct 21, 2011 at 9:00pm EDT (-04:00)
21 and Over
Until recently, RICK HORNYAK's music has been somewhat limited to live performances. He has a long & proven track record of engaging a broad audience through soulful, upbeat sounds and intimate lyrics that compel people to dance & sing along - and inspire the occasional air guitar.
This July, Rick expands his career from live musician to professional recording artist.
Rick's first album, "Marigold," remains true to his Americana sound, but reflects the influence and inspiration of legendary Austin, Texas. Each song weaves Hornyak's warm, folk-like voice through a foundation of classic country sounds. Recordings feature nationally-acclaimed, GRAMMY award-winning musicians such as Cindy Cashdollar, Lloyd Maines, Casper Rawls, and band members of Robert Earl Keen and Asleep at the Wheel.
Despite it's rough-edged, rural sound, Rick's music is romantic, just as his story is. Rick left a very content life in small town, PA, to find something that was missing. For the last several years, Rick has journeyed, growing musically and personally. He performs regularly in his new home base of Austin, TX and around the country.
SHANNON MCNALLY got her first guitar and JJ Cale album at the age of 12 and never looked back. Combined with the classic rock she grew up listening to â€“ The Allman Brothers, Dr. John and Hendrix â€“ it's the musical center of gravity she brought to her 2002 Capitol Records debut "Jukebox Sparrow," gaining notice from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Leno and Letterman. This decidedly rare approach for a woman drew the same accolades for indie-based Geronimo, helmed by Charlie Sexton. Now, on the self-produced Coldwater, McNally leads her Mississippi-based band, Hot Sauce through the juncture where country and soul music meet â€“ made all the more powerful by the keys of the late, great Jim Dickinson (his last recording.)
McNally sings her sly, sultry originals with a voice that combines the ache and silver of Emmylou Harris with the delivery of realists like Townes Van Zandt or Gillian Welch, especially on a raw take of Waylon Jennings' "Lonesome Ornery and Mean"â€” underscored by the guitar tones of Eric Eaton, a disciple of RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The New York Times says she's "irresistible," and American Songwriter praises Coldwater with, "Willfully loose, swampy country-soul tracks, her sensual, humid singing smack-dab in the middle."