Week II: The Second 12

Singer_Songwriter2014Fallby: Thomas D. Mooney

Week II in the Fall Singer-Songwriter Competition is tonight. After an incredible Week I–where artists Jim Dixon, Cleto Cordero, Hayden Huse, and Kody West moved on to the Finals on Oct 27–Week II is stacking up to be just as competitive and entertaining. 

The 12 tonight are, in alphabetical order: Maggie Burt, Zoe Carter, Edward Esler, Levi Fowler, Jacob Furr, Dylan Jones, Trent Langford, Lou Lewis, Austin McManus, Parris Pittman, Mitchell Rambo, and Brandon Word. Performance order will be determined at random prior to the starting. 

Like last week, we’ve had introduction interviews with each of them. 

Keep tabs on who advances and who’s performing each week by checking back here at New Slang. All things related to the Blue Light Fall Singer-Songwriter Competition can be found in the sub category BLFSSC here.

Doors open at 9pm. Music starts at around 10pm. Admission is free. 

Note: Trent Langford will unfortunately be performing due to illness. Eddie Glenn will be filling in as he is the first alternative on our wait list. 

Maggie Burt

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Facebook: Maggie Burt Music
Desert Island Albums: Carole King’s Tapestry, Led Zeppelin III, and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Relevator. 
Dream Cowrites: J.D. Souther, Gillian Welch, and Willie Nelson.
First Started Writing: The last 10 years or so.
First Instrument: Piano at four. 
Last Album Bought: Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams.

Zoe Carter

Hometown: Helotes, Texas
Facebook: Zoe Carter
Desert Island Albums: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins, and Harvest by Neil Young.
Dream Cowrites: Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Hayes Carll.
First Started Writing: Since July, 2004.
First Instrument: Guitar at eight.
Last Album Bought: England, Half English by Billy Bragg.

Edward Esler

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Facebook: Turbine Toolshed
Desert Island Albums: Workingman’s Dead by Grateful Dead, Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams, and Carnival ’99 by String Cheese Incident.
Dream Cowrites: Todd Snider, Robert Hunter, and Ryan Adams.
First Started Writing: Around five or six years.
First Instrument: Guitar at eight and mandolin at 21.
Last Album Bought: Down the Hatch by The Damn Quails.

Levi Fowler

Hometown: Southeast Kansas
Facebook: Dalton Domino & The Front Porch Family Band
Desert Island Albums: Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, any Townes Van Zandt album, and The Highwaymen’s Highwayman.
Dream Cowrites: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Ralph Stanley.
First Started Writing: About 10 years.
First Instrument: Guitar.
Last Album Bought: A Son House album.

Jacob Furr

Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas.
Facebook: Jacob Furr
Desert Island Albums: Wildflowers by Tom Petty, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning by Bright Eyes, and Rich Mullins’ Liturgy, Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band.
Dream Cowrites: Jackson Browne, Darrell Scott, and Anais Mitchell.
First Started Writing: Around five years.
First Instrument: Guitar at around 11.
Last Album Bought: Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris.

Dylan Jones

Hometown: Dumas/Lubbock, Texas
Facebook: Nothing Else
Desert Island Albums: Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Say Anthing, and Blink-182.
Dream Cowrites: Tom DeLonge, Jesse Lacey, and Max Bemis.
First Started Writing: Around eight years.
First Instrument: Guitar around nine-years-old.
Last Album Bought: A Day to Remember’s Common Courtesy.

Trent Langford

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Facebook: No Dry County
Desert Island Albums: Walking Distance by Robert Earl Keen, Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams, and Because of the Times by Kings of Leon.
Dream Cowrites: Jason Isbell, Simon Dawes, and Josiah Johnson.
First Started Writing: 12 years.
First Instrument: Piano at 5.
Last Album Bought: Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams.

Lou Lewis

Hometown: Plainview, Texas
Facebook: Rattlesnake Milk
Desert Island Albums: Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse, Sea Change by Beck, and Be Here To Love Me Soundtrack by Townes Van Zandt.
Dream Cowrites: Michael Hurley, Vincent Gallo, and Hank Williams III.
First Started Writing: Roughly 15 years.
First Instrument: Piano around 10.
Last Album Bought: Denny and the Jets’ Mexican Coke.

Austin McManus

Hometown: Wylie, Texas
Facebook: Austin McManus
Desert Island Albums: Homemade Tamales by Randy Rogers Band, Goodbye Normal Street by Turnpike Troubadours, and The Cowboy Rides Away by George Strait.
Dream Cowrites: Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry, Randy Rogers, and Sean McConnell.
First Started Writing: March 2014.
First Instrument: Tuba at around 13.
Last Album Bought: Burning The Day by Randy Rogers Band.

Parris Pittman

Hometown: Haskell, Texas
Facebook: Parris and the Pride
Desert Island Albums: Rose Queen by William Clark Green, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams, and Diamonds & Gasoline by Turnpike Troubadours.
Dream Cowrites: Mike McClure, Kacey Musgraves, and Lucinda Williams.
First Started Writing: A long time.
First Instrument: Piano at around five.
Last Album Bought: Wicked Spell by Chad Sullins & The Last Call Coalition.

Mitchell Rambo

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Facebook: The Watery Graves
Desert Island Albums: This Empty Northern Hemisphere by Gregory Alan Isakov, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan (Yeah, I know it’s a compilation, either Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams or Deja Entendu by Brand New.
Dream Cowrites: Ryan Adams, Jesse Lacey of Brand New, and B.B. King.
First Started Writing: 11 to 13 years.
First Instrument: Guitar at 11.
Last Album Bought: Crime by The Blood Brothers.

Brandon Word

Hometown: Abernathy, Texas
Facebook: Brandon Word
Desert Island Albums: American Idiot by Green Day, Sing the Sorrow by AFI, and Of Men and Angels by The Rocket Summer.
Dream Cowrites: Bryce Avery, Patrick Stump, and Stephen Lynch.
First Started Writing: Summer of 2006.
First Instrument: French horn since junior high.
Last Album Bought: Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy.


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