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The producers of Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse wanted a more intimate and flexible venue for off-season concerts. Johnson Studio House Concerts is a member of Folk Alliance International, and is listed in Concerts in Your Home.

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December 17, 2017: Ordinary Elephant

It won’t take you long to hear that the Texas Music Journal was right— “the part that becomes magic for Ordinary Elephant is the blend, the sound that becomes more than the sum of the individual parts.”
After growing up a state apart, the husband and wife duo found each other in a small Texas town, watching each other perform at a weekly songwriter night in late 2009. Over many late-night games of Bananagrams® and weekly jam nights, the two would never have imagined where they are today—traveling the country with 4 dogs in a 200 square foot box on wheels—but they did find in each other someone they didn’t know they were searching for, and their music took a new direction.
From an early age Pete has been a guitarist, but once Gillian Welch’s “Hard Times” came across his car stereo speakers, the banjo beckoned. The realization of how well the clawhammer style he was unearthing complemented Crystal’s lyrically rooted singer-songwriter approach was a happy accident at the kitchen table one night, which led to many more nights of collaboration. 
Performing together turned into writing together, and Ordinary Elephant’s sound took shape. They are “firmly situated in a time-honored folk/bluegrass milieu. Their songs sound new and old at the same time,” says Stephen Carradini of Independent Clauses. Listening toOrdinary Elephant,you will hear thoughtful melodies, comfortable arrangements, understated banjo, and honest songwriting performed with purpose; all entwined with ripe vocal harmonies, “…like their voices were made to go together and we’d all feel deprived if for some reason they chose not to sing together,” says Bill Aspinwall of Texas Music Journal.
With a move in late 2011, Crystal and Pete brought their music to Houston, where they discovered the city’s supportive folk/roots community. By 2013, they found producer Jack Saunders and recorded their debut album, dusty words & cardboard boxes, at White Cat Studios. The track “The Great Migration” was named the winner of a songwriting contest held by the non-profit organization Music Doing Good in late 2013, and the couple’s performance on this album garnered a nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2014 Texas Music Awards.
Later in 2014 Ordinary Elephant took on a big change, shedding most of their material possessions and sticks-and-bricks home to become full-time nomads. They have been traveling the country with their dogs in their motorhome, Millie, continuing to hone their songwriting. The duo is crafting songs that are gaining accolades; songs that have afforded them the opportunity to participate in the 2015 and 2016 Songwriter Serenade competition in Moravia, TX, and to attain an Official Alternate Showcase performance at the 2015 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance.
You can find Ordinary Elephant traveling the U.S., finding adventure, performing, writing, and preparing to release their new album. 
Achievements
2016 Songwriter Serenade Finalist - 6th Place
2015 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Official Alternates Showcase artist
2015 Songwriter Serenade Semi-finalist
2014 Texas Music Awards Nominee - Vocal Duo of the Year
2013 Music Doing Good with Lyrics songwriting contest winners

Coming in January 2018: Mystery Loves Company

Coming in June 2018: Hans York

Past Shows:

July 9, 2017: Tom Meny & Jaimee Harris

June 4, 2017: Kenny White

March 5, 2017: Vellamo

January 22, 2017: Rob Lytle

December 4, 2016: George Ensle

August 6, 2016: Ken Gaines

July 17, 2016: Roy Zimmerman

June 19, 2016: Daniel Boling

January 17, 2016: Byrd & Street

July 5, 2015 Ganey Arsement

June 21, 2015 Dan Weber

February 22, 2015 J. R. Byrd

January 18, 2015 Roy Schneider

August 17, 2014 Laura Marie

July 12, 2014 Flagship Romance

June 21, 2014: Steve Brooks

Political Satire Night at the Coffeehouse

January 12, 2014 Andrew McKnight

August 25, 2013: Byrd & Street

June 30, 2013: Mitch Marcoulier

February 17, 2013: Vellamo (from Finland)

February 10, 2013: Mary Flower

January 20, 2013: All Wood and Stones:

James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf

January 13, 2013: J. R. Byrd

November 11, 2012: Tim Grimm

August 12, 2012: Connie Mims & Brian Kalinec

June 24, 2012: Susan Herndon

April 1, 2012: Kevin Higgins & Barbara Malteze

February 4, 2012: Rebecca Loebe

past contestant on The Voice

October 9, 2011: M.J. Bishop & Paula Held