Austin singer-songwriter to perform on ‘The Plank’
PORT TOWNSEND — Singer-songwriter Jeff Plankenhorn will perform his invention “The Plank” and other string instruments in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The concert, which is organized by Rainshadow Recording, will take place at the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road. Tickets are $20 each at https://plank.brown papertickets.com or at the door.
Plankenhorn plays guitar, lap steel, mandolin, piano and double bass. His patented lap slide guitar, “the Plank”, with a distinctive sound derived from the instrument’s square neck and electric guitar body, won him the 2017 Austin Music Awards “Best Miscellaneous Instrument”.
He started his career as a boy soprano in Ohio. After studying music theory and composition at the University of Michigan, Texas beckoned when Ray Wylie Hubbard enticed Jeff to join his band. Plankenhorn spent his early career supporting Hubbard and Joe Ely.
Now he plays roots rock soul and sings baritone. He is a member of the Purgatory Players Gospel brunch, which provided 153,275 meals to the Texas Food Bank in 2019. He has also worked to raise funds for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. He has collaborated with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, Patty Griffin, Ruthie Foster, Bob Schneider, the Flatlanders and “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb.
“Over the past two decades, Jeff Plankenhorn has worked tirelessly to earn his reputation as one of the most dependable and hardworking musicians in Austin, Texas,” Lone Star Music said.
“As an exceptionally talented acoustic, electric, slide and lap-steel guitarist with a deep understanding of the importance of playing to and for a song rather than skimming through it, he has been called upon countless times to support a true who’s who from Texas, and top singers and songwriters in American music, including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, Eliza Gilkyson, Ruthie Foster and the late Jimmy LaFave.