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Jeff Plankenhorn

Jeff Plankenhorn
The Denns

Thursday, April 15, 2004
7:30 PM

Wimberley, Texas

"One of the top ten coffeehouses in Texas."

Wimberley resident and founder of Susanna's Kitchen, Val Denn and her husband James will perform as The Denns at the coffeehouse after many requests! It has been several years since they played the series and decided to make it a local night and also celebrate the release of Jeff Plankenhorn's new CD, Plank. Plankenhorn is also a Wimberley resident. The evening will begin with The Denns bringing their blend of Texas music with a bit of jazz and a bit of Texas Swing. James and Val Denn

Residents in Wimberley for twenty years, they have four albums out and tour to the northeast and Canada in summers. This will be the last date they play in the area before they leave for their summer tour. James plays piano, Sax and Flute and sings. Val is on guitar and vocals. They are known for the interesting harmonies they bring to the music.

Jeff Plankenhorn is going to delight you with tunes that will slide right down into your soul. Irony, wit, humor, love, loss, and a little cynicism mix well with his unique delivery to provide you a pleasant look into the heart of the man with the beguiling smile.

As a talented sideman for many musicians including Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Gavin DeGraw, and Bruce Robison, Plankenhorn possesses qualities that make him fit in with any group with whom he shares a stage. He has a manner as comfortable as that pair of broken down jeans lost in the bottom drawer.

Now, as he embarks upon a solo career, Jeff Plankenhorn's love of multiple styles of music, and his talented ear to pick out the best qualities of these different genres is showcased in the way he uses bits and pieces of various traditions. Yet, he approaches life's same old dilemmas and joys with a voice filled with honey and smoke. It is difficult to determine which is better, his message or his performance; they both come from such informed candor.

Adept at sensing audience moods and tastes, Jeff has the ability to tailor his performances to a variety of formats. From bluegrass to rock, folk to bop, and country to funk, no matter what label you want to put on his songs, they all have this in common - craftsmanship, intelligence and enduring melodies.


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Susanna’s Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse located at Wimberley United Methodist Church that is smoke and alcohol free. Featuring coffee and teas from Hill Country Natural Foods, pies from Wimberley Pie Company. Tickets are $10.00.

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