Texas music at Mendelssohn Oct. 7

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115999627512513.jpg’, ‘Photo by Bill Pete courtesy of www.denicefranke.com‘, ‘Denice Franke takes the Mendelssohn stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7.’);

Come on in for a taste of Texas music from a somewhat unknown artist who’s been doing it right for more than 20 years. Denice Franke comes to Charlotte’s Web at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

With two solo albums to her credit, 1997’s You Don’t Know Me and 2001’s exemplary Comfort, Franke should be more familiar to country music fans. In 1981, she recorded with the Beacon City Band–compadres Doug Hudson, David Wright and Roland Denney. They played Austin, San Marcos, Gruene and charted a course for what is now called Americana Music.

Later on, she sang on some Eric Taylor albums that rank with the best singer-songwriter stuff anyone has ever heard. So say Giffith, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and others. Taylor ended up producing both of her solo albums.

Frank first made waves through her musical affiliation with the Beacon City Band. She and fellow band member Doug Hudson later formed the popular duo Hudson and Franke. She has shared the stage with other artists including Tom Rush, John Gorka, Tom Russell, Chris Smither and Patty Larkin.

Her appearances with Nanci Griffith include Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman and the TNN production, One Fair Summer Evening. She also appeared with former partner Doug Hudson on Texas Connection. In 1989, the duo toured extensively with Griffith throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1314 N. Main St., 962-5458; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Oct. 4-10, 2006, issue

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