Austin Performers

JACKIE VENSON

“Jackie Venson is truly an Austin legend in the making.”
- FORBES

Obsessed with music from an early age, singer/songwriter Jackie Venson immersed herself in its study, attending the Berklee College of Music to practice classical piano. However, it wasn't until she switched to the electric guitar, that her long-simmering passion for emotive live performance was realized. Abandoning the strait-laced world of classical for the raw power of blues and soul, Venson has since been tirelessly honing her skills into an intoxicating amalgam of Blues, Rock, R&B and Soul with deeply heartfelt lyrics.

Multiple stints with Jon Batiste, as the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and 10 tour dates as the opening act for Grammy Winner, Gary Clark Jr., led to her trademark smile, shining all over the place.

Having just released her latest studio album "Joy", with a SOLD-OUT show at Austin's renowned Paramount Theater, Venson is in the midst of her global "Joy to the World" tour, which will see the 2019 Austin Music Award's "Guitarist of the Year" playing shows all the way from Alaska to Austria and back! www.jackievenson.com

DAWN & HAWKES

The first time Dawn & Hawkes sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. 

Golden Heart
, their initial effort as a duo, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums and kicked off a whirlwind of cross-country touring and co-writing. 

Dawn and Hawkes recorded their second album, Yours and Mine, in between tour dates with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen while performing at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest, TEDx and a successful audition for Season 6 of The Voice leading Adam Levine to proclaim, “That was my favorite performance I had ever seen – ever – on The Voice.” Dawn and Hawkes toured the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia. 

Upon returning to Austin, they finished self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock — instantly appealing tunes — rooted in the singer/songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.” www.dawnandhawkes.com

BARBARA NESBITT

“With a voice that is clear as a mountain meadow and emotive as Patsy Cline, Barbara Nesbitt sings songs of life's journeys with fire, grace and country soul.” 
- Ray Benson, Asleep At The Wheel


An Americana/Folk Singer-Songwriter out of Austin, TX, Barbara Nesbitt's beautiful, yet raw and real vocal delivery that compliments her engaging song crafting, have placed her in the “Best Female Singer” and “Best Songwriter” categories at the Austin Music Awards and her last release, Right As Rain, in rotation on SiriusXM Radio. 

She co-founded the breakout band, The Whiskey Sisters, to much buzz and acclaim, has opened for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Lisa Loeb, Hootie & The Blowfish, Meredith Brooks, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Williams, Widespread Panic,
recently sung background vocals for Willie Nelson, Bob Weir and was an Official Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2019.

Gearing up to make her 5th album titled, “Someday, Maybe Sooner”, she returns to her previous city of residence, San Diego, fresh off a tour of the UK.  www.barbaranesbitt.com

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CHRISTOPHER DALE & THE RABBIT HOLE

"Christopher Dale is infectious and virtuoso. He rocks, he croons, he blows bubbles, he opens a vein and lets it bleed!” - Mike Sager, Writer-at-Large, Esquire Magazine.

Spawning from San Diego’s premier singer/songwriter venue Java Joe’s with the likes of Jewel and Jason Mraz, traveling troubadour Christopher Dale draws from his many Americana/Pop/Rock influences, captures your attention with his honesty, heart and fun-loving energy as he mixes catchy songwriting, a remarkable vocal range and candid storytelling with an unparalleled devotion to entertain the audience.

With respect to such honors as singing the National Anthem for 4th of July at Dodger Stadium, performing at the American Music Awards after-party, numerous San Diego Music Award nominations and relentless U.S. cross-country tours, it is C. Dale's lasting connection with his fans that best defines him as an artist.

One such female from Ohio went as far as riding a unicycle two miles, in rush hour traffic, to the station of the #1 morning radio show and hijacked an hour of live airtime plugging the music of her favorite singer/songwriter. His annual Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday event at The Beachcomber, takes him back to his roots, kicks off his Spring tours, and places his mom and aunt on stage next to him, making free pancakes for a packed house. Get'em while they're HOT! www.christopherdalemusic.com