Max Stalling

Max Stalling

Mike Ethan Messick

Fri, February 1, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Indoors - Very Limited Seating. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $12 advance tickets/$15 day of show.

Max Stalling
Max Stalling
Texas based songwriter, Max Stalling, had no expectation of ever being in the music business. "I didn't even pick up a guitar until graduate school," notes Stalling. After attending high school in South Texas, Stalling studied at Texas A&M - College Station, where he earned a masters degree in Food Science. He followed the corporate road from there and eventually landed in Dallas working in product development for Frito-Lay.

During this time, Stalling discovered the Three Teardrops Tavern and Dallas community radio station KNON. These outlets exposed a musical heritage to which Stalling had been nearly oblivious. Inspired by artists like Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, and Jerry Jeff Walker, Stalling started writing songs, recording albums, and eventually touring with a full band to back him. In June 2008, Stalling joined musical greats Kris Kristofferson, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, Selena, Guy Clark and many others when he received a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi.

Stalling's style is modern with a vintage feel. With Jeff Howe on drums and percussion, Bryce Clarke on nylon-string guitar, electric guitar and mandolin, and Jason Steinsultz swapping between stand-up and electric bass, Stalling creates a dynamic live show that's smart, charming and as listenable as it is danceable. Stalling and troupe are equally at home on a huge concert stage in front of thousands or playing an acoustic set for a hundred. Attendance numbers at shows have continued to rise. "I chalk it up to the strength of the songs and the strength of my band", comments Max.

Despite playing the same circuit as many household names in Texas country, grouping Stalling with them would be premature. His unique voice and amusingly clever song lyrics pull him in a different direction - a direction most obviously evident in his newest record Home to You.

Stalling has put together an elite team for his newest project, including recording heavyweight and Grammy winner Lloyd Maines. Maines has been instrumental in developing the sounds of some of the best artists in music and has worked with industry giants including the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Bruce Robison. Band members Steinsultz, Howe and Clark are featured prominently on the recordings as well as Stalling's wife Heather. "I'm very proud of the life that everyone has given these songs," says Max. "They poured their hearts and souls into this project and I think people will be wowed by what they can do."

Home to You may be the best and most well rounded collection of songs that Stalling has released to date. The opening track is an unexpected tune borrowed from Austin music fixture Bob Schneider, which Stalling makes his own by staying true to his rootsy, Americana vibe which is evident throughout the entire album. Next, we hear fan favorite "I Aint Drinking Alone" and a surprising revisited version of a previous Stalling track. With songs about love, love lost, and the road, the album is a perfect candidate for the repeat button on any music player. The collection wraps up with, "The Fantasy Dinner," which is a light-hearted, story song that captures Stalling's creative mind in a way that will keep the listener intrigued and singing along by the second chorus. Matched with master musicianship and production, this album will keep your foot tapping, heart pounding, and dancing shoes worn.

Home to You will be available August 17, 2010, following four previous studio projects (Topaz City, 2008; Comfort In the Curves, 1997; Wide Afternoon, 2000; One of the Ways, 2002) and two live releases (Sell-Out, 2006; Live From The Granada CD/DVD 2009). Home to You is being self-released on the Blind Nello Records label.
Mike Ethan Messick
Mike Ethan Messick
Mike Ethan Messick hasn’t had a music career so much as an ongoing adventure, an up-and-down mix of high times and hard luck to leave him with a lifetime of stories while still (fairly) young. Occasionally playing for thousands and other times to much more intimate spaces, sometimes full-tilt with a band and sometimes alone with his guitar, the well-traveled Texan has made himself at home in the Austin-area Hill Country to create and release his sophomore album, The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.

With a natural, bone-deep twang that turns all of his songs into country songs (though he often sports a folkie’s knack for lyrical detail or a rock & roller’s intensity), Messick took his first shot at the Texas country-rock scene while still in college at Texas A&M University, making himself an open-mic mainstay before starting up a band best described as “country music for the hearing impaired”.

Texas headliner Roger Creager cut Messick’s early composition “The Everclear Song” – a catchy, college-friendly drinking song – and provided the foot in the door to numerous towns and venues. Messick’s reputation as a gifted songwriter and onstage live-wire grew; even as his band broke up and an early crack at recording an album fell through, his solo gigs and song-swap appearances made him an obscure favorite of many fans.

With the help of producers Stormy Cooper and Aaron Holt, Messick recorded and released his first CD, Bootlegger’s Turn, in early 2007. With limited promotion the album received significant airplay anyway, in and around several medium-to-large Texas radio markets as well as worldwide on internet and international stations. “American Steel”, “Kings of Juarez”, and other tracks from the album caught on with listeners, and other artists including the Gougers, Big John Mills, Ben Morris, and Larry Hooper included Messick’s songs in their own shows and projects.

With time Messick scored opening slots or song-swap gigs alongside the likes of Randy Rogers, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mike McClure, the John Evans Band, Adam Carroll, and Cory Morrow. He found new audiences in venues like Cheatham Street Warehouse, Momo’s, and Riley’s Tavern and a new community of musicians when he made the move to Austin in late 2007; within a couple of years the seed was planted for his newest project, The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. Recorded in Austin’s legendary Cedar Creek Studio with backup by an array of artists including producer Adam Odor, folk band The Trishas, steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines, songwriting buddy Mark Jungers, and pickers on loan from Reckless Kelly and Hayes Carll’s band, the album expands upon the promise of Messick’s debut with a mix of stone country twang, soulful singer/songwriter grit and hard-charging American rock. The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday … but Mike Ethan Messick’s tomorrow looks pretty promising.

"Mike Ethan Messick has thrown down the gauntlet and raised the bar so everybody else
down here had better go back to school. Just pretty damn great." - Ray Wylie Hubbard

“Messick’s singing voice falls somewhere between Steve Earle and Max Stalling … all of these [songs] are done with quality, conviction, and a personal artistic integrity that is not easily found.” - Brad Beheler,

“A soulful, challenging record that’s been a terrific surprise to hear.” – Alejandro Escovedo

"... with The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, Messick plants his flag firmly in an acre of [Americana music]'s finest soil ... the album showcases Messick's diversity as a seasoned songwriter at home in various genres, from rockers like "Leave The Rest Behind" to the roadhouse honky tonker "So Little Left To Lose" to love songs of longing such as "Whiskey Colored Eyes"" - Gleason Booth, Texas Music Magazine

“…draws from his influences growing up in a home that embraced the Outlaws of the ‘70s, but whips it to the present with a definite Red Dirt delivery. Add to it some Springsteen/Mellencamp flavor and a touch of Americana folk and you’ve got Mike Ethan Messick.” - Dave Wheaton, Coming Home Radio Show

“Kind of sounds like Buck Owens …” - Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of Austin
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023