Carrie Rodriguez kicks of Conroe's free First Thursdays concert series tonight. After a long tenure as a duet with hall-of-fame-quality songwriter Chip Taylor, Rodriguez struck out on her own last year with She Ain't Me
. The album is very much in a Patty Griffin vein, but the title track would do Loretta Lynn proud back in her "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" days - Rodriguez warns her man, ""Whoever Ms. Whoever is, she ain't me."
Opening with new material from his soon-to-drop Last Free Place in America
is Jubal Lee Young, who has been working the region hard the past year with his manhandle-it-and-put-the-hurt-on acoustic guitar.
The rest of this summer's First Thursdays series shapes up like this:
Mark Germino, the Gougers
Johnny Bush, Jesse Dayton
Joe Ely, Sideshow Tramps
Mike Farris, I.J. Gosey
Wayne Toups, Zydeco Dots
6 p.m. tonight at Heritage Park, 500 Collins, downtown Conroe. Due to construction at I-45 and Hwy. 105, take the Frazier exit if traveling from Houston. There is alcohol for sale, but coolers are prohibited.