Wordspace Dallas Presents Cottonmouth, Texas

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Cottonmouth, Texas: ECHOES AND REVERBERATIONS

Kessler Theater artistic director Jeffrey Liles has been a part of the Dallas music community for over thirty-five years now, as a promoter, musician, DJ, talent buyer, documentarian, critic and spoken word artist.

In 1996, he released a spoken word album called "white trash receptacle" under the name Cottonmouth, Texas on the local indie imprint One Ton Records. That album was released again the next year with a new title, "anti-social butterfly" (this time on Virgin Records), and Liles set out as a performer on the 1997 Lollapalooza Tour.

Many of the stories on that album were about his experiences in Deep Ellum during the reclamation of the neighborhood in the late 80s. The musicians involved represented an amazing cross-section of local talent: Kenny Withrow (guitarist for New Bohemians), Dave Monsey (bassist for MC 900 Ft Jesus and Sparrows, later Fiona Apple), Zac Baird (keyboardist for Billygoat and Whitey, later Korn and Everlast), and Mike Jerome (drummer for pop poppins and Course of Empire, later Richard Thompson and Better Than Ezra).

Zac is on tour right now, so Paul Slavens will be filling in on keyboards for this show.

On this particular evening, the entire Cm, Tex performance will attempt to trace the story of the entire Dallas popular music timeline; dating back to the days of 508 Park Ave, through the original Deep Ellum "chock house" Prohibition era, to the Big D Jamboree at the Sportatorium, to the days of Soul City and Longhorn Ballroom, to the Bronco Bowl and Forest Theater in Oak Cliff, the many concerts at the Cotton Bowl, the music scene on Lower Greenville Avenue during the 80s, the impact of Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School on the local talent pool and its impact the reclamation of Deep Ellum, and finally, to how so many of us ended up here at The Kessler Theater in 2017.

Local singer-songwriter (and fellow Kessler employee) Cameron Ray and his guest Bayleigh Cheek will open up the show at eight pm. Cameron is celebrating the release of his new EP "Love & Space".

WordSpace Dallas is pleased to present this one-of-a-kind celebration of Dallas literary arts and music on April 7 at The Kessler.
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By: The Kessler

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