If you’re gonna have a real, down-home, country music showcase, you’d be pretty damn hard-pressed to find a more ideal venue than a place with the words “yard,” “beer,” and “garden” all in its name. And, as it turns out, this cozy yet rather expansive spot, with tons of great outdoor space (and play space for the little ones), lives up to its name.
Gracing the Burleson stage for the SA Music Showcase will be Vanessa Lynn Bird, Southtown, Bret Mullins Band, and Claudine Mienhardt.
Bird is a pop-country singer-songwriter on the verge of a breakout. Having wrapped up recording, here and in Nashville, for her debut EP, she has dropped her first single, the upbeat and sassy ode to personal freedom “Break Away.” You can dig that single over at vanessalynnbird.com.
Southtown, as you can appreciate for yourself at musicsouthtown.com, makes new-school country with an old school twang (con banjo y todo). The four-piece is currently at work on its debut album and was selected as a semi-finalist, for its song “Blue,” in 2016’s International Songwriting Competition.
Bret Mullins Band’s music is, comparatively speaking, rooted in a much more traditional, Texas country sound. If you like Willie and Waylon and the boys, we’re betting you’ll like his rollin’ and ramblin’ songs of drinking, traveling, and heartache. Check out some of Mullins and company’s work at bretmullins.com.
A veteran singer-songwriter, Meinhardt makes a brand of country that mixes in equal doses of roots rock and folk. From song to song, you can hear all the life she’s lived and styles she’s picked up along the way. Sometimes poignant, sometimes irreverent, always multi-faceted, Meinhardt’s tunes bear all the marks of a consummate songwriter who has earnestly struggled after her craft in that great, time-honored tradition of folkies and musical wanderers of yesteryear. Get a taste Menhardt’s music at claudinemeinhardt.com.
$5.-$10, 7pm, Saturday, September 30, Burleson Yard Beer Garden, 430 Austin St., (210) 354-3001, facebook.com/burlesonuard. For more information and to purchase wrist bands, visit sanantoniomusicshowcase.com.