Berkalin Records recording artist, Chuck Hawthorne, is a singer/songwriter whose songs are influenced by growing up around cowboys and ranchers on a cattle ranch in Amarillo, spending 21 years in the Marines (including multiple tours in Iraq), and listening to the recordings of Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle. His musical compositions -- heavily influenced by the culture of the west and drawing from the same well as his Panhandle music forebears Terry Allen, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore -- strike universal heartstrings from a singularly vast and barren landscape. He has been writing and performing for over 20 years, amassing a catalog of unique, well-crafted and starkly honest songs. He writes about train lines, coal mines, love, death and misfortune. His songs are sometimes deadly serious; sometimes raucous, and always passionately written and delivered. Chuck released his first CD, Silver Line, in 2015.
Seventh generation Texan and Berkalin Records recording artist Libby Koch is an Americana singer-songwriter based in Houston. Libby's music draws from a classic Americana blend of country, folk, and rock, with influences from great artists such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Janis Joplin, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and Dolly Parton. Her goal is to make real, honest music that resonates with people. She was a Wildflower! Festival finalist and Songwriter Serenade semifinalist and has played the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase. In 2013 Libby was named Songwriter of the Year by the Houston Press. She has 4 solo CDs and a CD with The Grievous Angels, a side project with songwriters Lainey Balagia and Debbie Forrest that earned the trio a Houston Press Music Award and a Texas Music Award.