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Donald Braswell II: The Week Ahead, May 26-June 1, 2014

Adrienne Braswell performing at Donald Braswell II concert for SAMM.
Adrienne Braswell performing at Donald Braswell II concert for SAMM.
Photo from Serena Vignola. Used with permission.

Donald Braswell II's sister, Adrienne, has a concert on May, 29, 2014 in Wimberly, Texas from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The Americana-style duo show will also feature a fine guitarist, Bill Middleton. Like Donald, his sister has been in entertainment all her life, performing, composing, acting and coaching. Their parents Don Braswell I and Jane House were Broadway performers. Lately, his daughter, Aria, has joined this musical dynasty.

Adrienne Braswell on her CD "Blue Door".
Photo from Adrienne Braswell. Used with permission.

Adrienne Braswell chose a jazz route. Her voice is very unique and, like all the Braswells, spectacular. She describes her style as folksy, R&Bluesy, and gypsy jazz. She began her long career years ago in New York City, singing pop and jazz at the Copa Cabana and then, in the same night, performing her original songs at Folk City in Greenich Village. In the 1990s she toured three years with CK McFarland, Joy Cunningham, and Donna Stevens performing “The Cow Pattys” musical revue she co-wrote. The smash hit was in demand nationally, including opening for the Smother Brothers road show.

Her song “Scrawny Little White Girl” on Adrienne's first album Blue Door won Best Original Song at the New Mexico Music Awards in 2004. She was also a guest in Donald Braswell's Debut concert (2008), his premiere SAMM concert (2009), and his Kerrville Symphony concert (2010). She spent a lot of her career in New Mexico and is still in demand there. When not performing around Texas and New Mexico, she shares her gift with her many vocal students.

Similarly, Bill Middleton grew up with music. He played with bands all over Texas, before landing an enviable job playing guitar at the Grand Ole Opry, with the likes of Jean Shepherd, Porter Wagoner, Stonewall Jackson. His original songs can be heard on his own albums The Crossroad (Gospel/Christian) and The Door (Country/Blues).

Some of his songs were on Live at the Jolly Fox and Eli Young Band performed by the Eli Young Band and Johnny Bush recorded some on his Honky Tonic C.D. Thirteen years later he moved back to his hometown, West Columbia, Texas to open his own Bill's Guitar Shop, where he sells, repairs, and teaches guitars. An estimated 3000 people attended his grand opening to see his longtime friend, Trace Adkins, perform. He still performs county/blues most weekends with his own band “Billy Bob and the String Slingers”.

The concert venue, Linda's Find Foods, is a quaint eatery in laid-back Wimberly, Texas. Patrons enjoy wonderful food under the oak trees and the stars at picnic tables outside the old stone house. They provide musical entertainment for their visitors, believing “in the magic of food, place, and people”. This will be an evening you don't want to miss.

What: Adrienne Braswell Live Performance

May 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
- 9 p.m.
Location: Linda's Fine Foods, 500 FM 2325, Wimberly, Texas, 512.847.5464
Tickets: Free!

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