Brian Kalinec is an Houston-based singer-songwriter with East Texas roots who has performed in the Houston area since 1976. He been nominated for a number of songwriting awards across the U.S. and took top honors on several occasions. While he focuses primarily on original music, he enjoys performing a variety of classic folk and country songs as well, particularly with Jeff’s smooth melodic guitar style and powerful harmonies. He especially looks forward to harmonizing and picking when Jeff pulls out some fine legendary cowboy song that the two of them may or may not have ever performed together. “Jeff keeps me on my musical toes,” says Brian.
Also a native Texan, Jeff Chambers has played with country dance bands since the ‘70’s. He enjoys singing classic country, western and swing tunes along with Brian’s hot guitar solos, and doing close harmony and picking guitar on Brian’s classic and original vocals.
Playing together since 2001, Brian and Jeff do everything from the soft melodic love ballad, country rock, folk, swing and rhythm and blues, cowboy songs and originals both hot and cool. If one of these guys knows half the song, they’ll do it for you!
Awards and accomplishments:
Brian has been performing steadily for over a dozen years, and has been invited to perform at many famed venues in Texas and across the US, including numerous house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals, notably the Kerrville Folk Festival (2009). Brian’s significant awards and accomplishments include:
- Winner of the 1st Annual Texas Songwriter’s Serenade songwriting contest at Fiddler’s Frolics – 2007
- Music featured on ABC News’ World News Now
- Nominated in the category of “Musician of the Year,” Texas Music Awards – 2008
- Chosen as one of three finalists in the Rose Garden Songwriting Contest in Massachusetts – 2008
- Regional finalist, Kerrville New Folk Competition – 2008
- Finalist, Susanne Millsaps Songwriting Competition/Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Snowbird Resort, UT- 2008
- 2nd Place, Woody Guthrie Song Contest with his song “The Fence” – 2008
- Winner, Big Top Chautauqua Song Contest, WI – 2008
- “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” Nominee—Texas Music Awards – 2009
“Last Man Standing is certainly the album of a mature performer, a series of gentle but precisely observed stories. While Kalinec is undoubtedly a skilled and sympathetic guitarist, it is apparent that songwriting is his first love and he is one those natural storytellers who can fire the imagination…The acoustic blues of Last Man Standing is performed without fuss or unnecessary frivolity, Kalinec’s music is as unadorned as it is beautiful…One of the real appeals of Last Man Standing is its honest humility, the title song and ‘I Don’t Know’ are written from the heart of an intelligent man. Brian Kalinec is no disinterested bystander–he is an integral part of every note and lyric.”
–MICHAEL MEE, AmericanaUK
From the Houston Press by William Michael Smith
Published on November 11, 2004
Don’t look now, but original acoustic music has come to NoDo. Brian Kalinec and Jeff Chambers have played everywhere from nightclubs to supper clubs, and these two grizzled vets don’t have to do it for the money, so they do it simply because they love to. And after a few somewhat tentative trial runs at the beautifully outfitted Twelve Spot, they’ve managed to snag a regular crowd (Kalinec describes them in part as “downtown hotel captives”) for what has become a regular Tuesday-night gig. While Kalinec tends toward his own originals (several of which have been recorded by Melinda Mones, co-winner of the Press‘s 2004 Best Folk Act with Lisa Novak), he says Chambers can “play nearly any song ever written, from James Taylor to ZZ Top.” Together they range from the local version of Elton John to a salty Texicana duo, depending on what the crowd is in the mood for.