We hosted BettySoo and Curtis McMurtry last night for our sixth amazing Catfish Concert. Both put on unforgettable and one-of-a-kind shows for our captivated crowd.
Folks sat cool as cucumbers in the Catfish living room as Curtis sang his highly literate originals with wit and depth far beyond his years. We were honored to have Curtis perform his last show as an Austinite at Catfish Concerts before moving north to Nashville to dedicate himself full-time to songwriting. Curtis’ set was filled with old songs and new, a scrapbook of musical memories. “I only have two kind of songs…the mean ones and the sad ones,” he noted with grin worthy of Townes himself before offering a spot-on cover of “No Place to Fall.”
We’ve been BettySoo fans for several years and the ever-entertaining local songwriter regaled us with her witty sense of humor, stories from the road, and quirky observations about the world around her. Fresh off her Canadian tour, BettySoo was in top form, her beautiful voice charming and enchanting the entire crowd. Surprise guest Will Sexton joined on guitar and his lush notes perfectly paired with her lonesome trill. The witty banter between BettySoo, Will and the crowd made it seem like we were all one big family sitting around the dinner table trading tales and swapping songs.
Better still, the duo treated us to not only two Townes songs (“Tecumseh Valley” and “When She Don’t Need Me”) but a singular cover of Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues.”
We hope you can join us on August 18 when Lily Hiatt and Kelsey Waldon come down from Nashville to make their co-headlining Catfish Concerts debut.
(All photos by Brian T. Atkinson except group shot by Jenni Finlay. All rights reserved.)