A Day Well Spent at the Bill Wence Promotions Showcase during SXSW

Twenty-Two Americana Artists in Eight Hours: A Day Well Spent at the Bill Wence Promotions Showcase during SXSW

Black's BBQ
Black’s BBQ, venue for the Bill Wence music showcase in Austin, Texas

Music promoter Bill Wence from Nashville, Tennessee hosted his music showcase yesterday during SXSW at Black’s BBQ in Austin, Texas, featuring twenty-two Americana and Country singer-songwriters. The top of each hour featured either singer-songwriters in the round, or a full band on an intimate patio stage canopied under a huge oak tree.

Bill Wence
Bill Wence of Bill Wence Promotions, Nashville TN

Music lovers who came to listen enjoyed a day filled with great artists (and really good BBQ), and thanks to Big John Mills, great-sounding music (not only did he perform, he even managed the sound system for everyone)… even the weather cooperated with cool temps and minimal lunchtime sprinkles to make for the perfect outdoors showcase.

Big John Mills
Singer-songwriter Big John Mills

I wanted to thank Mr. Wence for his kindness and for welcoming me to take photographs…it was a genuine pleasure to meet him and to hear all of the talented artists who made this event such a joy to attend.

Photographs and Showcase details

Carrington MacDuffie, Rick Droit, and Keegan McInroe started off the showcase with a singer-songwriter in the round…

singer songwriters Keegan McInroe, Carrington MacDuffie, Rick Droit

The 2pm time slot was filled with Chuck Johnson and his band Charly Horse from Charlotte, NC…

Chuck Johnson & Charly Horse
Chuck Johnson (center), Dennis Johnson (bass) and Tom Kuhn (mandolin)
Chuck Johnson & Charly Horse serenade
Chuck serenades a fan in the audience…

The next singer-songwriter in the round took place at 3pm with John McDonough, Mark Alan Stansberry, and Libby Koch.

Singer-songwriters Mark Alan Stansberry, Libby Koch, and John McDonough
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Stansberry taking the mic…

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Sarah Pierce and her band took over at 4pm…

Sarah Pierce Band
Sarah Pierce and her band Mike Dorrien (g), Merel Bregante (p), David Diers (g/banjo)

At 5pm four singer-songwriters, Dickie Lee Erwin, Dennis Jay, Chris Beall, and Michael Waid performed in the round…

Left Photo: Chris Beall & Michael Waid. Right Photo: Dennis Jay, Chris Beall, Michael Waid, Big John Mills, Dickie Lee Erwin.
Singer-songwriters Dennis Jay, Dickie Lee Erwin, Michael Waid.
Dickie Lee Erwin taking the mic…

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus sat in with Jim Chesnut and with the Flyin’ A’s members Hillary Claire Adamson & Stuart Adamson at 6pm….

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Jim Chesnut, Jim Patton, Flyin’ A’s members Stuart & Hillary Claire Adamson, and Sherry Brokus.
Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
Jim Chesnut takes the mic….
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The Flyin’ A’s getting into it…

Big John Mills, Doctor G and Bianca DeLeon performed in a singer-songwriter in the round at 7pm as the sun went down and the lights came on…

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Singer-songwriters Doctor G, Bianca DeLeon, and Big John Mills

And to wrap up the showcase, Bill Wence himself, along with Mark David Manders, Andrew Delaney and Mike Schikora played to the crowd cheering them on….

Left Photo: Bill Wence up front with Mike Schikora and Mark David Manders. Right Photo: Bill Wence, Mike Schikora, Andrew Delaney and Mark David Manders.

Looking forward to the next showcase in 2017!

Sherry Brokus, Hillary Claire Adamson, Stuart Adamson, Jim Patton, and Jim Chesnut…


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