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Curtis McMurtry


Continental Club Gallery

2024-06-19 8:30PM

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Continental Club Gallery
1313-A S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704

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Curtis McMurtry

Pop

Curtis McMurtry is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Austin, TX.  Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Tom Waits, Curtis' songs combine sinister lyrics with sophisticated orchestration. His most recent release, Toothless Messiah (February 2021) is a multifaceted indictment of authoritarianism, a dark and dystopian concept album that continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi.

Curtis...

Curtis McMurtry is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Austin, TX.  Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Tom Waits, Curtis' songs combine sinister lyrics with sophisticated orchestration. His most recent release, Toothless Messiah (February 2021) is a multifaceted indictment of authoritarianism, a dark and dystopian concept album that continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi.

Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up surrounded by local musicians. He studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber works for banjo and strings. After graduation, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including the legendary Guy Clark. He has since moved back to Austin where he performs as a trio with cellist Diana Burgess (of Mother Falcon) and upright bassist Taylor Turner. Curtis' goal in songwriting and composition has been to integrate the Classical and Jazz orchestration techniques he learned in college with the lyric-driven, Texas singer-songwriter style he absorbed growing up.


Genres

Pop

About the Venue

The Continental Gallery started out as Irving's Steakhouse in the mid 50's providing food for the Continental Club back in the day, and later became an architect's office (who in fact designed the long gone Terrace Motel that sat directly behind the Continental Club and belonged to Willie Nelson at one time and also the Villa Capri Hotel near UT campus). The space became the famous One World Guitars owned and operated by collector and music lover Steve Brown. After Steve passed away, we took over the space and moved a full sized Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker and a ping pong table up above the Continental Club, and began a revolving art show on the walls and named it the Continental Gallery. Over the last 7 years the gallery has been home to the organ stylings of Mr. Mike Flanigin as a host to everyone from Jimmie Vaughan to Derek O'Brien, Denny Freeman, Billy F Gibbons, Jake Langley, Dave Biller and more great guitar players with the incomparable Barry "Frosty" Smith on drums. The Continental Gallery is a little hidden upstairs speakeasy of sorts and an intimate room for enjoying jazz, soul, r&b and singer-songwriter music with the likes of Dr. James Polk and Elias Haslinger, Ephraim Owens, The Lost Counts and James McMurtry holding court. It is as close to having a house concert in your living room as you can get.


Features

21+
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Outdoor Stage
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