Austin Country Stars Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay to Perform at El Cid, 12/12
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the Austin country scene's power couple, journey to Los Angeles for a full show at the new regular Thursday night Honky Tonk Hacienda at El Cid in Silver Lake. The Austin-based songwriters' debut collaboration Before the World Was Madespotlights the celebrated troubadours in peak form.
The singular duo effortlessly balances wit ("Let's Don't Get Married") and whimsy ("Let's Go to Lubbock on Vacation") throughout live sets as well as on the record. "We kind of set out to make out a record of songs that we were singing together, even if it wasn't specifically duet songs," McKay says.
Legendary songwriter Guy Clark is among their many fans: "Noel and Brennen are great songwriters," says Clark, whose new album My Favorite Picture of You contains the McKay co-write "El Coyote." "And Brennen plays guitar like a motherfucker."
Leigh and McKay take the stage at the new Honky Tonk Hacienda night at El Cid - every Thursday, bands, songwriters and musical instigators tear it up in outlaw country, roots, old time and Americana territory. Roots rock powerhouse Dan Janisch opens.
There is no cover before 8:30 p.m.; $5 thereafter. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. El Cid is located at 4212 West Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90029. There is ample street parking and valet parking is available. For more information, visit www.ElCidLA.com, or www.facebook.com/honkytonkhacienda or call 323.668.0318.
Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to newfound cult status in Europe, across the US, South America and most notably in her native Austin, Texas. Only slightly less famous for her musicianship, she's caught the ear of greats like legendary Lubbock fiddler Tommy Hancock, widely regarded as the godfather of West Texas music. Brennen has become most famous for her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others.