November 2017

Joel McColl and The Mismatch

This month’s music kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with Joel McColl, who has lived in the Austin/Dripping Springs area for over 30 years. A veteran of the music scene, Joel cut his musical teeth in the coffee houses and folk venues of Oklahoma before hitting the road in the 1970’s. After several years of playing in stage shows and touring with a show band, he joined forces with Jim Tracey to form the power duo McColl & Tracey. Over the span of a decade, they released two albums and appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Hoyt Axton, David Bromberg, Kenny Rankin, Ian Matthews, Rusty Wier and many other notable musicians. After the duo went their separate ways, a 15-year stint with “midlife crisis” followed, and Joel left a trail of humor, satire, cynicism and jocularity in his wake. Joel became quite well-known for his humor, serving for 20 years as producer, emcee, and judge of the O Henry World Championship Pun-Off Contest, held annually in Austin. He was even named the 2006 International Punster of the Year. Joel McColl’s solo recording, The Return of Bosco Martin, was released in 2013, inspired by the efforts of a close friend as he battled cancer. It is a diverse collection of originals that range from funny to touching, rocking to melodic, with a little bit of quirk thrown in. Dedicated to all those who battle cancer, all sales of the CD benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance. You can hear the music of Joel McColl online at http://joelmccoll.com. Music continues at 2:30 p.m. with the very talented band The Mismatch. Its members hail from across the Hill Country and Central Texas, and they will delight you with their unique sound. Their original songs are top-notch, and they surprise their audiences with clever and unique versions of popular tunes, in a way that makes them their own. The Mismatch smoothly combine folk and Americana music with a hometown groove and just the right amount of grit. Laden with sweet sounds all around, good vibes abound from this homegrown, folksome, Americana group with a knack for bringing people together to have a good time. They recently released their first recording, Better Off This Way. The current line-up of the band includes Billy Roy on guitar and lead vocals, Sammy Davis Peyton Jr. on bass, Rusty Truck on mandolin, Kody Wahlert on banjo, Andrew Noble on fiddle, and Chris Compton on drums. Hear selections from the new album by The Mismatch at www.mismatchmusic.com.

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