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October 9, 2012 > Songwriter triple bill at The Mudpuddle Shop

Songwriter triple bill at The Mudpuddle Shop

Submitted By Michael McNevin

The Mudpuddle Shop in downtown Niles is offering a concert with three "Songwriters in the Round," featuring Britta Lee Shain, Severin Browne, and Michael McNevin. Shain and Browne are both from Southern California, two solo songwriters on tour. McNevin is a Niles local who performs and hosts concerts at The Mudpuddle Shop, his art and music space. The three songwriters will swap songs and stories.

Severin Browne has been performing in and around the Southwest for many years. In the 1970s Berry Gordy offered Browne a staff songwriting deal just as Motown was moving to Hollywood, and in the next few years released two albums on that label. In the eighties the "Severin Browne Band" packed the Troubadour and many other area clubs. In the nineties, his third album was released, along with his fourth in 2001 and his fifth CD "Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook" in 2012. Browne now teaches guitar and songwriting out of his home in Los Angeles and at SummerSongs, the summer camp for songwriters in Cambria, California. He also travels for various performances in the Western United States. (

Novelist/screenwriter turned songwriter Britta Lee Shain entertains fans with a cool combination of edgy lyrics and a unique vocal style. Produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, K.D. Lang), Shain's first solo CD - "Between the River and the Road" - was released in October 2010 and has enjoyed airplay across the country and around the world. (

Songwriter Michael McNevin is known for vivid story telling lyrics, clean guitar chops, and a seasoned voice. He's toured the U.S. for many years as a solo act, capturing the people and places of his travels, and his Huck Finn upbringing in the train town of Niles, California. He's played some of the bigger festival main stages around, including the Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, and Philadelphia music festivals, and he's shared the bill with the likes of Johnny Cash and hundreds of others on the songwriter circuit. McNevin is the winner of the "Kerrville New-folk Award" in Texas, and a six-time winner of the West Coast Songwriter Association "Song of the Year." Niles neighbor Patrick McClellan joins him on upright bass. (

A "Mudpuddle Jam" often follows concerts, with local musicians and listeners who'd like to stay a bit longer to visit, listen, and play informally. It's a relaxed and intimate atmosphere in the downtown historic Niles district, directly next door to the Edison Silent Film Theater.

RSVPs are strongly recommended as seating is limited. RSVP at (510) 794-9935 or visit for more info.

Songwriters in the Round
Friday, Oct 12
8 p.m.
The Mudpuddle Shop
37433 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-9935

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