Weekend music picks: Jack Ingram, Patty Griffin and more swap songs at ACL Live

Patty Griffin performs at ACL Live on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But we’ve been to this closing-night guitar-pull-styled event before, and it’s something special. The marquee names alone warrant the price of admission, yet there’s a camaraderie that happens when everybody’s onstage swapping tunes that often pushes the music into another realm. And this might be the best lineup that host Jack Ingram has ever assembled, with Austin’s Patty Griffin, Oklahoma’s John Fullbright and Nashville’s Radney Foster joining frequent participants Butch Walker, Bruce Robison, Jon Randall, and others. $49-$105. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Friday: Greyhounds record release at Continental Club. Keyboardist Anthony Farrell, guitarist Andrew Trube and drummer Ed Miles have just released “Cheyenne Valley Drive,” their latest album of soulful roots-based original tunes. Stay after the Greyhounds’ 10 p.m. performance for a closing set by genre-defying keyboardist and singer Emily Gimble (included in the $14 ticket price), or arrive early for a separate 7:30 p.m. show with songwriter extraordinaire Whitey Johnson, a.k.a. Gary Nicholson ($10). 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Clay Walker at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. It’s been eight years since native Texan country star Clay Walker released a new album, but it’s worth remembering that he remains one of the most commercially successful artists the state has ever produced, racking up a half-dozen country chart-topping singles in the 1990s. His albums continued to do well in this century, with his last three reaching the top-5 of the country charts. The long wait goes on for his next one, but here’s a chance to catch him live, as he kicks off a busy spring season at Nutty Brown that includes shows by Clint Black (April 27), Huey Lewis & the News (May 12) and Bob Schneider with fast-rising band Black Puma (May 26). Matt Stell opens. $39.50-$175. 7 p.m. 12225 Highway 290 West. nuttybrown.com. — P.B.



  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s


  • Shooter Jennings, Jaime Wyatt at Antone’s
  • Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda
  • Kevin Morby at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.)
  • Soccer Mommy, Madeline Kenney at Stubb’s indoor
  • Tomar & the FCs, Reputations, Tje Austin at Hotel Vegas
  • Will Taylor & Strings Attached plays Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at Townsend
  • Arthur Yoria at Cactus Cafe
  • Dylan Bishop at ABGB
  • Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Eminence Ensemble, Matters, Mojo at Empire
  • Shy Beast at Geraldine’s


  • Missio, Morgan Saint at Parish (sold out)
  • Blue October at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
  • Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi the Prynce, Childish Major at Emo’s
  • Lulufest with Leeann Atherton, Allison Miller, Sara Caswell, more at St. Edward’s University
  • Fair City Fire album release, Torino Black at Stubb’s indoor
  • Andy Macintyre EP release, New Orleans Suspects at Antone’s
  • Cole Escola at North Door
  • Barbara Nesbitt, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Big State at Saxon Pub
  • Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Peterson Brothers at Cactus Cafe
  • Hey Loretta Hillbilly Hoedown at Continental Club
  • Crescent Soul Revue, Chansons Et Soulards at ABGB
  • El Tule, Organizacion Kumbiambera, DJ Albert at Hotel Vegas
  • Water & Rust at One-2-One Bar


  • Marco Antonio Solis, Jesse & Joy at HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • Wishbone Ash at One World Theatre
  • Soul of a Musician series with Don Harvey & A Is Red at Threadgill’s North
  • Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub
  • Jabo & the Old Dogs, Lavelle White, Miss Mack at Antone’s

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