Wednesday Writers Series: Chuck McDowell with Bianca De Leon, Terry Klein and Laura Monk
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 PM
Ticket sales ended May 23, 2018 5:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Hosted by Chuck McDowell and featuring national and local, touring songwriters! Will be streamed live at

General Admission $15 in advance ($20 day of show)
Wednesday Writers Series
Hosted by Chuck McDowell, a weekly series focused on original songwriters, from Georgia and beyond.

The series will stream live on
Louisiana born Georgia raised Chuck McDowell is an award-winning songwriter and
entertainer with a reputation as a remarkably prolific songwriter in songwriting circles around the country. Clever and driven in his pursuit to write better songs, his focus and energy has gained attention from, and garnered co-writes with, some of most lauded songwriters & lyricists of our day.

A romantic, an innovator and a wildly creative personality, Chuck put together the eclectic ESOEBO, a guitar/cello duo with Gail Burnett. Gwinnett Magazine named ESOEBO Best Entertainer of the Year.

Chuck is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Eddie Owen Presents Annual Songwriter Shootout. He has garnered attention for festival appearances including 30A Songwriter Festival and International Folk Alliance. You'll probably pick up his influences, though they are filtered through his unique and playful instincts and southern upbringing.

No Depression recently wrote "McDowell is a deft and crafty songwriter with an innate ability to write serious, emotionally deep-sounding songs born of rather innocuous incidents."

Humor and depth often intertwine letting the listener filter which they receive. His live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp. more >>>
Bianca De Leon is an Austin, TX based singer/songwriter dubbed “Queen of the border ballad” by John Nova Lomax, and “A voice from Texas that does it right,” by Guy Clark.

She has been touring Europe (Germany, Holland, Finland, Belgium, Scotland, England, Italy) since 2001. Bianca has had 4 EU releases and a worldwide release, “Love, Guns & Money.”

She was invited to perform at Berklee College of Music in 2015 in the round with Eliza Gilkyson, and Betty Soo. Upcoming tours of the Midwest and Europe are slated for 2017. She has a sultry and mysterious voice that complements her writing and she is an accomplished guitar player, utilizing both finger picking and flat picking. more >>>
"Terry Klein has the poet’s heart and it's very much in evidence on his brand new collection of songs."
--Rodney Crowell

"Terry Klein’s songs bring me into his world, they make the crossing from one heart to another with ease. 'Better Luck Next Time' could have been written by Springsteen, Van Zandt, or Earle. But, no, this amazing song came from the guitar of a wonderful new voice in songwriting -- Terry Klein. Close your eyes, give a listen, and let his songs take you on a ride. It’s a beautiful journey."
--Mary Gauthier

"When I heard the songs on Great Northern for the first time, I was floored. I knew I was hearing a true songwriter, and a true craftsman. These songs deal with real moments, elements, depths of the human spirit. The songs here still move me. Welcome a strong collection of songs and a new clear, bold voice.”
--Walt Wilkins

Terry Klein is a performing songwriter from Austin, Texas with an unshakable faith in the power of songs to heal, connect, and inspire. His debut record, Great Northern, was produced by Walt Wilkins and came out in April 2017. Songs from Great Northern have appeared on Folk and Americana radio stations across the United States and internationally. Terry was selected as a Regional New Folk Ballad Tree Performer at the 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival and awarded an official showcase at the 2017 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference. His song “Dull Women Keep Immaculate Homes” was a Publisher’s Pick at the 2017 Austin Songwriters Group Annual Symposium and the Nashville Songwriters Association International designated him as a "Writer on the Rise" in June 2017. In addition to his recent performance at Kerrville, Terry has played shows at renowned singer-songwriter venues like Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Cactus Cafe and the Saxon Pub in Austin, the Blue Door in Oklahoma City, Poor David's Pub in Dallas, and McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston. And during AmericanaFest 2017, master songwriter Mary Gauthier invited Terry to the stage at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to perform his song "Better Luck Next Time."

Terry's songs straddle the boundaries of Americana, folk, and country music and draw on the genius of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Mary Gauthier, and Hayes Carll. But he also looks to prose writers such as Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, David Foster Wallace, filmmakers like Wes Anderson, and painters like Edward Hopper for inspiration. "I want to explore the places where we all feel vulnerable," Terry says. "That shared vulnerability kindles connection, which in turn kindles something approaching actual happiness." more >>>
Laura Monk, a native of Atlanta, Ga. has been surrounded by music her
entire life. It all began when her Mother started taking piano lessons while
she was pregnant with her. The dye was cast.

Singing in school and church choirs, putting school work to music in order
to remember the facts and secretly spending Saturday, early evenings, with
Dolly Parton (Dolly on the TV); music was always a constant companion.

This led her to a career in Storytelling and Music Education for children as
well as performing and writing original music in a menagerie of musical
lineups in the southeast.

Laura’s creative process really seemed to fully bloom, though, upon
meeting her soulmate, (and now husband), John. They write songs that
skip over genres and embrace many sounds.

Together they have collaborated on songs found on five releases of original
music and are currently working on a project to be released in the Summer
of 2018. When performing they are accompanied by guitarist and harmony
singer, Michael Garvey in the Atlanta based ‘Pickxen’ band.

Providing a little something for everyone they have played festivals, corporate events, house concerts, breweries, wineries and intimate music halls through out
the Southeast.

“Raw Southern Country-Folk that Warms the Heart and Cools The Soul.
Some days I despair when I look at the pile of albums waiting to review and then other
days I stumble on ‘rough diamonds’ like this and can’t wait to scream it’s delights to the
world at large! Picks n Vittles has the ability to sound like I’ve known the songs all my
life; with none being any finer than Harmony which sounds like it was written to be the
last song you would ever hear; and if it was it would be a great way to go.” No
"Laura’s voice does remind me of a young Nanci Griffith at times, but at others Allison Krauss springs to mind and at least once I thought I could be listening to a young sibling of Emmylou Harris......but all along it was the smoky sultriness of Laura Monk. Funny that."
- Rocking Magpie more >>>
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