Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram’s prior work has won him a fiercely devoted fan base as well as reams of critical acclaim, and now his latest album Midnight Motel marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, his sound ever evolving while showcasing some of his most expressive, emotionally raw songwriting to date. His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features an organic late-night vibe that is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram’s deeply felt vocals.
The road to Midnight Motel has been a long and sometimes rocky one for Ingram, who was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he’d already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then. He began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and quickly earned a rabidly devoted audience while performing high-energy live shows in bars and roadhouses throughout his home state. Today, Ingram is not only busy touring, but helped found the joint fundraising effort, Mack, Jack & McConaughey, along with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown. The nonprofit has given over $5 million dollars to charitable organizations including CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift and The Rise School of Austin. Ingram celebrates 15 years at the MusicFest this January and his iconic Outdoor Stage shows are not to be missed!
Concerts begin at 1:00pm on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.