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Sings Like Hell Series #34


The Devil Is Back at the Historic Lobero Theatre!… It’s great to be home! Subscribe to all six shows for $150. Single shows $30.00 (includes all fees!) All shows start at 8:00 p.m. Reception with artists following the show! Returning subscribers from Series #33 receive HALF OFF the subscription price, due to the injury cancellations. Subscription form PDFs can be downloaded below. Tickets are available at the Lobero Theatre Box Office. Call 805-963-0761 or visit

If you have questions, call Peggie Jones at 512-751-1170 or send me an email at

It’s great to be back at the newly restored historic Lobero Theatre!

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in American lives. He would have changed his mind if he knew the story of Jimmer Podrasky. Jimmer, a former punk and closeted John Prine fan, emerged from Carnegie Mellon and promptly formed The Rave-Ups with his old college pals. A natural lyricist armed with a literary sense of irony, The Rave-Ups made quick work of Pittsburgh and blasted their way onto the national scene…where the music industry (Epic) promptly released two of the best albums of that decade. Then Jimmer vanished. Well, sort of. He raised his beautiful son Chance as a single father.  His first album in 23 years, The Would-Be Plans is Podrasky’s strongest work to date. Flanked by a powerhouse band and showcasing his sardonic, dangerously sharp wit, this is a staggering return to form.

Jude Johnstone had her career launched by Clarence Clemons, furthered by T-Bone Burnett and Leonard Cohen, and has had her songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood and Jennifer Warnes (list not complete!) But there is nothing like hearing her slink around her own lyrics herself, with a soulful, melodic grace and artful simplicity that is uniquely her very own. “If Jude Johnstone is not yet a household name, she sure as Hell should be.” Harry Carrigan, No Depression

Jack Shit is the ultimate in-crowd event. This band is so full of shit, it spills out into the audience. Seriously, go the website and follow the links…it stinks so good!  Davey Faragher, Val McCallum and Pete Thomas form the backbone…but you can expect a bunch of shitty friends (there’s free beer for the band.)

Sings Like Hell favorites Sean & Sara Watkins have been at the Lobero many times: T-Bone Burnett brought them for Down From The Mountain, they are part of Works Progress Administration, and of course we loved them with Nickel Creek. The Watkins Family Hour is a regular feature at Largo and McCabes in Los Angeles and now they are coming back in all their low-key, artistically superb glory to charm the Hell out of, well, Hell.

Dave Marsh, who has written more than 25 books on rock’n'roll admits to being Ariana Gillis’s biggest fan. He played the track “John and the Monster” on his Sirius XM radio show and the first caller was Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist and songwriting partner. Later on his own show, Taupin had this to say, “I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days…but I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a long time.”Not bad for a 21 year old from Niagara, Ontario!

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. He helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk rock style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90′s.

His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters – his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks – he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.


Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. That changed when Click’s latest CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he’s built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 200 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth and JJ Cale.

Click’s live shows; an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected “Blue Skies”, you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious “Wait My Turn,” there’s not one person who can stay seated.  Already in 2014, Danny has become a regular guest with Phil Lesh & Friends at the Grateful Dead legend’s club, Terrapin Crossroads and has released a ripping live CD, ‘Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!’

A hidden gem…a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound.
Andrew Gilbert – SF Chronicle!

People may say that Sings Like Hell is a showcase for every new thing that Chuck Prophet does, but there’s a reason for that. Chuck Prophet is singularly creative, deafeningly original and helms one of the very best bands in American rock’n'roll today. We would be stupid not to present him as often as possible…so let’s NOT do something stupid! This is an entire evening of Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, recreating the Great American Music Hall drop-dead sold-out concerts, with a string section. Brace yourself, Hellion!