Michael Fracasso: Upon arriving in Austin, TX in 1990 from New York City, Michael Fracasso was promptly voted Best New Artist in Music City Texas ‘Insiders’ poll and was able to record his first CD, Love & Trust which features a duet with Lucinda Williams. He has made two albums with producer/ guitarist Charlie Sexton (World in a Drop of Water and Back to Oklahoma) and also collaborated with Charlie to write and record the music for the movie Monster Hunter. His 2004 album, Pocketful of Rain featured a duet with Grammy winner Patty Griffin for whom Michael opened her Spring 2006 tour. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan. His 2007 release, Red Dog Blues went to #1 on the Americana Chart in Europe. For his seventh CD, Saint Monday (April 26, 2011) Fracasso returned to a harder-hitting sound of a full rock band and “…remains one of Austin’s most distinctive voices.” – Jim Caligiuri – Austin Chronicle. He was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement in 2011 and was on the “Best of 2011” list for several publications including Third Coast Music, San Antonio Express News and Austin Chronicle.
“Kierston White, a Shawnee, Oklahoma native, has a brand new CD. ‘Don’t Write Love Songs’ is a collection of self-penned tunes. There is no cookie cutter approach here.
A graphic artist by day, this aspiring singer/songwriter is onto something.
This is a very good first work.
She performs solo and with the group known collectively as the Tequila Songbirds. ( Kierston White, Ali Harter, Camille Harp, Kaitlin Butts, Elizabeth Forsythe, and others). These women make fervent music that generate momentous energy everywhere they perform. Each of these women are solo performers in their own right, together they pack a powerful punch.
She wields her guitar like a woodsman’s axe, and in softer moments like a carving knife. Her dynamics are well-placed. The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom.
She is part of this new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft.”
-Rick Reiley, The Corridor Magazine