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Butch Hancock is the main act Saturday at Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse.

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse presents a strong evening of music Saturday

By Walker County News Today Staff

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse will feature a pair of well-known acoustical artists Saturday, Sept. 15 when Butch Hancock and Mandy Rowden take the stage.

Mandy Rowden

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse, the creation of local guitar player and instruction James Johnson and his wife Pam, is a part of a state-wide effort to keep Texas and regional music alive through local coffeehouses and house concerts at homes.

Opener Mandy Rowden, who takes the stage at 7 p.m., is an Austin-based singer/songwriter who plays multiple instruments. She has released three albums and been nominated for Album of the Year in Nashville’s Josie Music Awards. She was part of the album “These Bad Habits” that placed second in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. She is the founder of “Girl Guitar,” a guitar school for women in Austin.

Butch Hancock, the evening’s main act, is an artist in his own right but is best known as a member of the critically-acclaimed “Flatlanders” with Jimmiiee Dale Gilmore,and Joe Ely.

The Los Angeles Times has said of him “With a dry, world-weary voice similar to Bob Dylan’s, and a songwriting style filled with puns and humorous word play, his songs are wry and tender, wistful and wise.

The coffeehouse is located at Thoreau Woods Unitarian Universalist Church at 1400 East Mosley Lane, off Highway 75 South. Coffee, water and desserts are offered for a modest price. TWUUC is family friendly, however wine and beer are BYOB. TWUUC reserves the right to ask for proof of age. Suggested donations are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students.

All proceeds go to the artists. For information email Pam Johnson at pammoon41@aim.comor call (936) 661-6332.

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

One comment

  1. Great to know! Thanks, Rich.

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