Brian Kalinec is an award-winning, Houston, Texas-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter. His East Texas roots have combined with his urban experience to form his own particular view of the world, which is reflected in his songs. A native of Beaumont, Brian picked up the guitar at an early age and began a life spent crafting songs and nurturing songwriters. His writing has drawn favorable comparisons to that of Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Rodney Crowell, and Jim Croce, and it resonates with audiences, fellow songwriters, and music lovers alike.
Over the years, Brian has received significant recognition across the US for both his songwriting and musicianship -- winning contests like the Songwriter Serenade in Texas and the Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, and taking second place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition. He most recently earned second place honors in the 2012 CT Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and was nominated for the 2013 Texas Music Awards for Singer/Songwriter of the Year for the second time (having previously been nominated for TMA Musician of the Year). He was recently named a finalist in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and a southwest regional finalist in the prestigious 2013 Mountain Stage New Song Contest. Brian also was selected as an Official Showcase artist at the 2013 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance and a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase artist at the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. He has performed at venerable festivals and venues -- including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Bugle Boy, and Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse in Texas, and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Massachusetts.
Brian's most recent CD, The Fence, charted on radio both in the US and Europe, while his writing and guitar skills have drawn praise from well-known artists and musicians such as Steve Gillette, Steve Weisberg, Tom Pacheco, and Merel Bregante.
A recipient of the “My Texan” Award at the 2012 Texas Music Awards for his support of the music and musicians of the state, Brian is a past president of the venerable Houston Songwriters Association and has produced a number of projects for other artists in addition to his own CDs. He and his wife Pam own Berkalin Records -- a label that also features such well-respected artists as Matt Harlan, Jeff Talmadge, the late Tim Henderson, Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus, Libby Koch, Daniel Boling, and Bernice Lewis.
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What Others are Saying About Brian Kalinec:
Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report (US)
Brian Kalinec is one of the most creative songwriters from the Texas music scene we have heard this year at Roots Music Report. All 12 tracks on his new album “The Fence” are simply wonderful to listen to.
There is something special about listening to songs by a singer of this caliber that seem to invite the listener into the private life and thoughts of the songs’ creator Brian Kalinec. You can actually become part of these songs if you close your eyes and let Brian lead you on a wonderful melodic trip of your own. Good music is something to be revered and this new album is one that is. Yes I must say “Revered” says it all.
Staffan Solding, Rootsy (Sweden)
Interesting lyrics, poetic touch and personal reflections combined with a supple musical setting. There is a combination of Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, James Taylor and Rodney Crowell in the stories he tells...Brian is a fine singer - songwriter... he sings with a soft and strong singing voice, a voice that captivates because it has such a strong ability to convey the words, tie them together with music to a functioning whole. He is a brilliant guitar player...the combination of fine thoughtful lyrics, strong melodies and a clever musical cast make "The Fence" a strong album..."The Fence" takes its well-deserved place on the Euro Americana Chart...
Tom Pacheco, liner notes from The Fence
In this 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, these songs resonate in our own times. I'm sure Woody would have loved them... (Brian) sings, writes, and plays so seamlessly that it feels these songs have always been there.