Welcome to Day 12 of the Indiegogo Campaign for The Shopkeeper: A Documentary about Mark Hallman and the Congress House. Every day during the campaign I am featuring a few artists who have recorded at the Congress House.
Those who have followed RUTHIE FOSTER’S eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie’s list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Michael Fracasso is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. His music spans country and rock as he sings in a high tenor that evokes the “high lonesome” sound of early country.
He was a regular performer at the Cornelia Street Cafe’s Monday night songwriter workshops in the early 1980s. He has released six albums/CDs in the past four decades. A Pocketful of Rain, Retrospective, Back To Oklahoma, World in a Drop Of Water, When I Lived in the Wild and Love & Trust.
He toured with the Ribbon Of Highway, Endless Skyway Tribute to Woody Guthrie ensemble.
Dexter Freebish is a band based in Austin, Texas, consisting of lead singer Robert Kyle, guitars of Scott Romig, bass and vocals of Chris Lowe, guitars of Charles Martin, and the drums of Rob Schilz. They have released five albums and one extended play, with their most recent release being the October 19, 2010 LP Shine On.