All ages welcome. Reserved tables must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. The Granbury native grew up a rabid fan of the regional Red Dirt country sound. Going to shows at venues like the aforementioned MML and the old Live Oak was a revelation for him. Seeing bands like Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights somehow brought professional musicians closer to him and other “mere mortals” from his previous concept of the rock star selling out stadiums.
“There was something really cool about getting out to Fort Worth and seeing live music that made it somehow seem not so out of reach,” he said. “Something about seeing these badass musicians didn’t seem otherworldly. You’re never gonna be John Mayer, but in the back of my mind — not that I ever told anyone — I thought, ‘Maybe I could do this.’ ”... See MoreSee Less
An intimate acoustic performance at The Post at River East.
Tables must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. All ages welcome. True artists know that music, like horizons and imaginations, has no limits. Just ask Rich O’Toole, a country songwriter with a passion for arena-rock performances who burst onto the Texas music scene a little over a decade ago. O’Toole has since forged a solid regional touring career bringing his high-energy shows to an increasingly large and dedicated fan base. Now, after years of touring and with the release of seven albums, O’Toole is garnering some national attention.
The broad appeal of O’Toole’s music, including early acclaim from his debut album Seventeen, fuels his ambition to reach an ever-wider audience. Having grown up in Houston, his strong Texas roots nourished that first album, earning praise from Americana Music Times (then called Texas Music Times) as the year’s “Best Album That No One Told You About.” O’Toole has since issued several additional albums including Kiss of a Liar, which features cameos from fellow Texas stars Josh Abbott and Pat Green, peaking at 73 on Billboard’s country chart, Jaded which hit #10 on the Country Music iTunes Chart and topped the Texas Music Chart three times, and American Kid, which debuted at #5 on the Country Music iTunes Chart and #43 on the National Billboard Chart.
New York, O’Toole’s latest album, is filled with stories pulled from O’Toole’s recent travels across the country, set to music that defies easy categorization. It’s as American as music can be, more universal than regional, and marks the peak of O’Toole’s achievement to date. Songs include “California,” which looks back on time spent in L.A. and asks, “Does the wine taste different in California? Do the stars shine a little too bright? Did you lose your faith in G od on Sunset and Vine?” From the track titled “New York City,” O’Toole reflects on his time in the Big Apple: “late nights, city sounds, back-alley bars” and “high-class women on eastbound trains.” The song “American Steel,” penned by O’Toole’s college friend Mike Ethan Messick, is wildly exhilarating. It’s an 18-wheeler thrill ride “through the dust bowls and the ghost towns” of the USA. “I know I’m gonna reach this place I’m going because I’m rolling American steel.”
Of all the songs on New York, “Peter And Paul” may resonate the most in these troubled times. “My mom would say it all the time: “You’re robbing Peter to pay Paul,’” O’Toole says. “Our country has been robbing Peter to pay Paul for years, consistently going in debt. The song’s not for or against any particular political party. It talks more about the state of our government in general.” The song concludes with “stand tall and spread the love around,” which sums up the moral of New York: even the darkest highways lead inevitably toward the light. “Between my last record, American Kid, and this one, I’ve done a lot of growing up,” he reflects. “When you go from your twenties to your thirties, you’re not in party mode anymore. You’re taking life seriously and trying to represent yourself honestly as a songwriter as well.”
At age 37, O’Toole has compiled 23 top ten songs and three #1’s on the Texas Music Chart, over 125,000 albums sold, and over 15,000,000 Spotify steams over a thirteen-year career. “My songs are true stories about my life. I can’t just write about what might happen tomorrow,” he insists. “More than anything, I want to do as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Steve Earle have done: create great American songwriter rock.” We think you’ll agree Rich O’Toole continues to deliver, in his records and in his live performances.... See MoreSee Less
The great Seth Walker returns to The Post at River East.
All ages welcome. Reserved tables must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.
Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His most recent studio album, Are You Open, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, and a string of singles, including “We Got This,” “Spirits Moving” and a cover of Van Morrison’s classic “Warm Love” further build upon this reputation.
Most recently, Walker added published author to his oeuvre with his first memoir, ‘Your Van Is On Fire.’ A riotous and charming melange of a touring musician’s life, the book is comprised of many short essays, poems and paintings he'd accumulated over a near 30-year career. Written during the 2020 lockdown, Walker offers a first hand account of an artist in perpetual motion who’s dedicated his life to chasing the muse wherever it may lead.
Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played cello long before discovering the guitar in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle Landon Walker, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed. Instantaneously, Seth was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. The rest is history. He's released ten albums, broken into the Top 20 of the Americana Radio Charts, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Relix, among others.
In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and performing at venues and festivals around the world. Along with headline shows, he's been invited to open for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Seth Walker is currently based in Asheville, NC after previously residing in Austin, New Orleans and Nashville. He’s used those experiences wisely, soaking up the sounds and absorbing the musical lineage of these varied places. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace. Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”
Press Quotes: "...an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice." - The Vinyl District
"Walker's brilliantly nuanced vocals are as natural, clear, sharp, and as effortlessly elegant as his guitar playing..." - All Music
"It’s a welcome thing that Seth Walker’s chosen to pitch his tent in Americana...Walker has a way with smooth and swinging phrasing and makes classically accessible up-front pleas." - Nashville Scene
“If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.” - Country Standard Time... See MoreSee Less