Joel Thetford Acoustic Duo

Thursday - August, 12 @ 6:00pm

Joel Thetford Acoustic Duo
Accompanied by Renée Coolbrith
Debuting material from their latest collaborative record
“January Heartbreak”

Joel Thetford

Raised in the shadow of Billy Bob's, one of Texas's legendary honky tonks, Joel Thetford grew up in Fort Worth listening to the sounds of classic country radio and the wide variety of rock and roll, blues, and folk music that the Texas scene provided. His career as a bull-rider landed him eventually in Stephenville, where the Texas Country scene was booming. With acts like Gary Stewart, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Robert Earl Keen, making regular stops in town, those were Joel's earliest and strongest influences as he began writing songs.

Joel Thetford has become a fixture in the songwriting community and has been featured as supporting act for national headliners such as Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Shooter Jennings, Asleep At The Wheel, James McMurtry, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Hayley Thompson-King, The Alternate Roots, Barns Courtney, and many more. Joel has also appeared at the Heart Soul & Substance Festival, Sunaana Winter Music Festival, and AllRoads Music Festival.

Joel's debut album "Here I Go" was released in the summer of 2015. Joel's 2nd album "The Outer Bank" was recorded and produced by 2017 New England Music award winning producer of the year Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, and mastered by Grammy award winning Dave Collins in Los Angeles. Joel's 3rd album "Broken Things" recorded and produced by Jonathan Wyman and mastered by Grammy award winning Adam Ayan was released spring of 2018. Joel’s 4th album was released spring of 2020 and features the full band live from their show with Sarah Shook and the Disarmer at Port City Music Hall. Joel’s 5th album “Jacksboro Highway” was released November 24th 2020, and 6th album “January Heartbreak” was released April 19th 2021.

Renée Coolbrith

Genre-defying songwriter, live performer, studio recording artist, and creative producer, Renée is a soulful rock vocalist who has collaborated with a variety of projects and artists and is set to release her solo album "A Killer Named Sugar" on August 24, 2021.

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