Kent Finlay

Talk about fun! Kent Finlay!

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Catfish Concerts was honored to welcome the legendary Texas songwriter, mentor and Cheatham Street Warehouse owner to our stage Sunday night. He won us over with heartbreak and humor at every turn.

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Kent packed in another capacity Catfish crowd – we’re noticing a welcome trend here! – and captivated our friends old and new. Kent and his daughter HalleyAnna and close family friend Owen Temple opened the show by swapping songs in Cheatham Street style for nearly an hour.

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We clearly saw Kent’s influence in razor-sharp songs like HalleyAnna’s “Peace Is Lonely, Love Is War” and Owen’s “Make Something.” Then the trio killed with an absolutely hilarious take on Townes Van Zandt’s “No Deal,” swapping verses and constantly cracking up the audience. What a thrill!

KENT3-1Even better: Sunset greeted Kent’s closing solo set. We all felt like we were sitting around a campfire listening as Kent offered longtime favorites (“I’ve Written Some Life”) and cautionary tales (“Be Nice to ’Em, Son”), rare gems (“Don’t judge My Songs By How they Sell”) and brand new keepers (“Gotta Stay Ahead of the Smell”) for more than an hour. Story songs simply do not come any better.

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As he closed, Kent invited all three kids – Jenni, Sterling and HalleyAnna – onstage. The fearsome foursome ended the show with stunning harmonies on Kent’s signature “Hill Country” as the whole crowd sang along. Unforgettable!

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As we look forward to our one-year anniversary next month, we’re grateful for Catfish regulars and newcomers alike who join us in the back yard. Thank you for continuing to grow with us. We hope you’ll swing by for a special early afternoon Catfish Concert on March 16: We’ll celebrate our anniversary as Gary Floater makes his South by Southwest debut! Gary will be supported by Catfish and Cheatham Street favorites Adam Carroll and Owen Temple.

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