Catfish Concerts welcomes Texas songwriters Drew Kennedy and Matt Harlan on July 9!

Over the past decade, Kennedy has devoted his life to writing and performing his songs his way for anyone who cares. The 35-year-old has a catalog seven-albums deep, including 2013’s high watermark Wide Listener (check out the Lori McKenna co-write “Rose of Jericho”). Meanwhile, Kennedy has written a novel, created a music festival and an established an ever-growing group of admirers comprising elite peers and everyday listeners. He’s simply reimagined what it means to be a contemporary songwriter, both artistically and entrepreneurially. “I don’t want to ever stop approaching this,” Kennedy says, “as a student of popular song or the craft of writing.”

Catfish favorite Harlan returns for his second full show in the yard. (In addition to being one of our very first performers in 2013, Harlan has played our Townes tribute several times.) Fans call the longtime Houston resident a troubadour of the first degree, one who brings his handcrafted songs to stages across the Lone Star State as well as the entire United States and Europe. Harlan, who has recorded four albums, including the new In the Dark with Rachel Jones, contributed the previously unrecorded original “The Time Is Now” to The Polished Steel Sessions, which raises funds for the Cheatham Street Woodshed studio in San Marcos, Texas. ” Support The Music ($15 advance donation or $20 at the door).

(PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accommodate children under 16 at Catfish Concerts. Thank you for understanding!)

Meet our new security guard: Banjo the Wonderdog!


(Mary Gauthier on May 18 at Catfish Concerts)

We had a blast in Nashville in September as Catfish Concerts proudly presented our first show in Nashville on September 21 with James McMurtry and Steve Poltz during the annual Americana Music Association festival! The two incredible singer-songwriters performed as a part of Jenni and Brian’s event to celebrate their new book Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Legacy behind Cheatham Street Warehouse at City Winery. Big thanks for everyone who came out to our sold out event!

Now, check out a few videos from our impromptu Merle Haggard tribute on April 9 featuring Kevin Russell, Randy Weeks, Noel McKay, Jenni and Sterling Finlay and Graham Weber (many more videos on You Tube – search ‘Catfish Concerts Merle’):


July 9
Drew Kennedy and Matt Harlan

September 13
Kim Richey and Mando Saenz (at City Winery in Nashville)
• Catfish’s 2nd annual AMA official happy hour! •

October 22
Robby Hecht and BettySoo

Check the Calendar for our full listings.

As always, big thanks to all our sponsors: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Dripping Springs Vodka, Enoteca Vespaio, Omnivore Recordings, Kipling’s Creations and Beeyond Honey!

“The cool thing about Catfish Concerts is that it really has the feel of when I was a kid in South Austin, except you guys are way too calm and take it way to seriously.”                             – John Townes Van Zandt II

“Catfish Concerts is among the most intimate, friendly, inspired and inspirational house concerts in the country and most likely the world. It’s like hanging out with your favorite folks in a treehouse built by your favorite uncle, the one who paints and write poems all day. I’ll tell you what I think Catfish is: a genuine piece of heaven that you can touch with your hands while you drink good local beer and listen to great songs.  Thank you, Jenni and Brian, for creating such a space and event.” – Walt Wilkins

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