“No matter what they say, no matter what they do, Sing True”

MJ’s Upcoming Shows

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Please join me when you can.  Fans are the super most important part of the gig.

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Friday, February 2nd – Beat Cafe – 5:30 – 8:30.  The party blast returns with more music and spoken word!

Saturday, November 18th – Beat Cafe – 5:30-8:30pm.  A house concert with special guests, Candace Bellamy, Sharon Bourbonais, and Beth Galliger, and MJ.  Lots of new music to share!!


And don’t forget to check out the link- Coffee Break with Candace – MJ’s interview by Candace Bellamy.          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vh1LvueyIE


Sunday, March 19th – Bookwoman  – 6-8:30pm.  A song circle with Steph Pappas, MJ and Nancy Scott, and Steph joining others for a second set.  5501 N. Lamar

Thursday, March 30th – Spider House Ballroom – 7:30pm.  “Testify!” An evening of storytelling with the theme being, “On the Road.”  I will be telling my story – “Getting to Wigstock.”

GitN  Reunion Shows – Know when the Girls are going to get together!!  Get details on the GitN fb page!

Thursday, February 23rd – Tequila Mockingbird Studio – Candace Bellamy and MJ (on a baby grand).  A charity event.  More details to come!

Friday, February 17th – Creative Mornings ATX – 8 am – https://creativemornings.com/cities/atx

Thursday, December 8th – Coffee Break with Candace – MJ’s interview with Candace Bellamy.  Check out the link.          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vh1LvueyIE

Saturday, September 17th – Comfort Cafe in Smithville  – MJ with the Therapy Sisters.  7pm – 9:30.  Celebrating the art installation of Stephanie Distefano at the cafe.

Tuesday, September 13th is HAAM Day – all day in Austin, get out and go someplace –catch MJ at the People’s Rx on Westbank in Westlake.  Noon

Friday, September 9th – Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe – a song circle hosted by Nancy Scott, with Steph Pappas, MJ and Alex Winter.  6:30-9:00pm


GIRLS IN THE NOSE 30th Anniversary Tour NYC June 2016

“Songs from the Middle Ages”

June 7 (Tuesday) 8pm at The Grand Victory Bar in Williamsburg at 245 Grand Street (btw Roebling and Driggs)– $10 at The Grand Victory the door on show night.

June 10 ( Friday) 7:30 at Dixon Place at 161A Chrystie St. in Manhattan
We’ll transform the theater into a one-night only Austin, TX dyke bar, circa 1990.
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Live from the Middle Ages

$15 advance; $18 at door; $12 for students/seniors
Special guests: New Jersey’s own Paula Schorr (played with GITN many times) and Viva DeConcini of VIVA and Otherwise fame.
Dancing accompaniment provided by Kegels for Hegel from Houston!

June 11 (Saturday) 8pm Celebrating Brooklyn Pride at Branded Saloon–Brooklyn’s gayest dive–603 Vanderbilt Ave btw Prospect Place and St Marks Ave [ opening at 7:30 with Austin’s own MJ Torrance]
$7 at the door

Watch out NYC  –  Girls in the Nose is coming in June!!!

Sunday May 15th – Indian Roller Bar.  Bar opens at 3pm, music starts at 5pm; MJ with a rockin’ rhythm section – Phil Bass on drums and Mark Epstein on bass.  Come hang out in deep south Austin with good friends, games, music and good food too!                                                                                                  www.indianrolleraustin.com  10006 Manchaca,  78748   (512) 761 3757

Sunday April 24th – Hyde park bar and grill, near Central market south  7-9pm.  I’m so happy to be Natalie Zoe’s special guest for the evening.

Saturday April 23rd – High Road on Dawson – a benefit concert for the Cameren Trust.  Patrice Pike, Malford Milligan and Arcani Mundi performing to raise money, along with a silent auction and  taco bar from Maudies.  700 Dawson rd

Sundays April 3rd, and May 15th – Indian Roller Bar.  Bar opens at 3pm, music from 4-5pm.  Come hang out in deep south Austin with good friends, games, music and good food too!

Saturday February 20th, WHEN GERTRUDE MET SUSAN
OUTsider Festival 2016, Austin, TX
Conceived and Directed by Kay Turner. Performers listed below.
Saturday (2/20), 5:30pm, Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Rd.)  I’ll be opening the show with my pink guitar!!

Friday, January 8th and Tuesday, December 29th – Cheer Up Charlie’s – Girls in the Nose reunion.  Details to come!

Sunday, December 20th – Indian Roller Bar – doors open at 3pm.  Music from 4-6pm.

Sunday, November 22th – Indian Roller Bar – music from 4-6pm.  Outside if it’s sunny and inside if it’s not.  Join me for an authentic south Austin music experience.  For more details go to www.indianrolleraustin.com  10006 Manchaca,  78748   (512) 761 3757                                                        There’s a great food trailer out back – 2014bellyup.com

Sunday, November 15th – Unity Church, on hwy 290 at Monterey/Industrial Oaks.  Service starts at 10:25am.  Honored to be a special guest!

Thursday, October 1st – Fuel coffee and bakery in Llano – Joining in on a songwriter’s in the round.  7pm  Located right in the heart of historic downtown Llano.

Saturday, September 26th – Kickbutt Coffee is presenting a star studded cast, including Malford Milligan, John Gaar, and Timmothy Abbott’s Big Duets with Mark Epstein and MJ and more.

Tuesday, September 1st – HAAM Benefit day – happening all over town.  Have fun almost anywhere in Austin and you’ll be supporting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.  I’m playing at the People’s Rx on West Bank.

Thursday, September 17, 7-9pm – Sandstone’s Songwriter in the Round – details to come.

Saturday, September 5th – Texas Association of Magicians conference – at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin.  Performance time to be announced!

Sunday, August 16th, 4-6pm – Indian Roller Bar – an awesome new place to hang and enjoy yourself in deep south Austin.  And check out Belly Up! serving up things like gluten free fried chicken from the airstreem trailer out back.

indianrolleraustin.com  10006 Manchaca,  78748   (512) 761 3757                                                        2014bellyup.com

Saturday, July 25th – Austin Java – G-Fire’s Hot Pink Birthday from 3-6pm.  12th and Lamar  (wear pink please)

Friday, July 10th – Kickbutt Coffee Music and Booze – classical music starts @ 6:30 and then Relentless Jones plays a set.  MJ plays the late set starting at 10:30.

Come check out the newly remodeled venue complete with raised stage and upgraded sound system.

5775 Airport Blvd.  512 454 5425

Saturday, June 13th – Dozen Street – 7pm till…….  an evening of women piano players!  On the strip at 12th and Chicon

Friday, June 12th – Kickbutt Coffee Music and Booze – 9pm-11.  Come check out the newly remodeled venue complete with raised stage and upgraded sound system.

5775 Airport Blvd.  512 454 5425

BP-StrangeBrew3-15WEB2015  – Every Sunday in March and April – – The Blue Pearls featuring MJ and Mark Epstein, 4:00pm – 5:30.   All ages are welcome!  Beverages for any taste as well as sandwiches, pies, and pastries.

Sunday March 15th, special guest Mollie Fischer will add cello to new and vintage MJ songs, with Luiz on percussion.  Please join me for this very intimate afternoon of music.

Sunday March 1st and 8th with Luiz Coutinho on percussion – very groovy!

5326 Manchaca Rd,
Austin, TX 78745

Wednesday, April 29th – ABIA – 3:30-5:30pm, at Earl Campbell’s

Saturday April 18th – Dick’s Classic Car Museum – music from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  San Marcos, Tx.

2015 – Every Thursday in January, February, March and April – Dozen Street – Dozen Street is a very unique bar, decorated by Stefanie Distefano, and run by her sister Maydee, they have created a space with a funky family vibe.  They have an old German upright piano and you’ll find me tickling the keys every Thursday from 6pm ’till I stop. 1808 E 12th St 78702



MJ and ME

a new Ep from MJ and Mark Epstein

All three Ep’s are now available

Every Thursday in December – Dozen Street – I am excited to be a part of the Dozen Street community.  Come check out happy hour every Thursday starting December 4th from 6 to 8pm.   There will be sing a longs, storytelling, and contests.  Ashley Ewing will be adding her talents with a special holiday tale.  And Persimmon Splash will be making an appearance to judge a contest on who is the luckiest pet.  (recusing herself of course because she knows she’s the luckiest, most definitely) I hope you can join in the holiday fun.

1808 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 236-1770

Wednesday December 10th – Water Trough Bar in the Lone Star Court  – I play from 6-9pm.

Saturday, November 15th – Dick’s Classic Car museum – MJ will be joined by Kenny Valentine on bass and Eoghan McClosky on drums.  Always a treat to see all of the classic cars in beautiful San Marcos TX. – both in the museum and driving through the lot.  Music goes from 5-7pm

Monday, November 10th – Dozen Street – This is one of Austin’s newest and coolest places to hang out.  Beautiful, funky and cozy.  MJ Torrance, Ashley Ewing, Jason Joubert and Havilah Rand.  MJ starts it off at 7pm.

1808 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 236-1770

Wednesday November 5th – Mona Lisa bar in the Hotel Sorella, Houston Tx.  MJ will playing from 8-11pm.  Hope all you Houston peeps can come out and say hello.

Sunday November 2nd – CD release for friends the trilogy is finished.  Friends are invited to celebrate – Sing True, Released, and Liberation.  Zafer Hamza is going to warm things up.  And Mark Epstein will be joining MJ for some pared down versions of their latest tunes.  If you know where Denise lives then you are invited.  And a friend of yours is a friend of ours.  4-7pm

Saturday September 20th – Kickbutt Coffee – Timothy Abbott’s Orphan Train will be doing it again – Please come join us.  7pm

Sunday, September 14th – House Concert – Celebrating “Released,” my newest EP.  Look for your invitation coming soon!

Wednesday September 3rd – One to One bar Timothy Abbott and the orphan Train are celebrating the release of Big Duets featuring the talents of many local artists including MJ, Malford Milligan, Kit Holmes, Jessica Sheppard and many more.  Come on out from 7-8:30.  1509 S. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday August 16th – Kickbutt Coffee – along with backing up Joseph Macry and Timothy Abbott on a few tunes, I’ll also playing a set of my own at 7:30pm.  Joseph starts it off at 6:30.

Every Sunday through March 2014 – Thai Fresh – Please join me for some delicious foods, beverages, desserts, and music.  6-8pm.  909 W. Mary, Austin Tx., 78704.  512 494 6436  http://thai-fresh.com

Mondays, January 13th and 27th – el Sol y la Luna – Ok “downtowners,” come join us for happy hour food and drink specials and some smooth and groovy tunes by yours truly.  On the corner of Red River and 6th Street.  Music starts at 5pm.  http://elsolylalunaaustin.com/

Friday, January 17th – The Pinetree Show at Kickbutt Coffe Music and Booze.  Joe Macry is doing his “homegrown” music thing again and it’s all getting pretty sentimental.  Show starts at 7pm.  Airport Blvd just north of 2222.

Saturday, December 21st – Dick’s Classic Car Museum – celebrate the winter solstice down in San Marcos, Tx. with me.  Dick’s cruise-in  – music starts at 5pm sharp.  Come check out some classic cars and tunes.

Me and my Valentine


Saturday, November 23rd – Flipnotics Coffeespace Cafe – Come out to one of Austin’s hippest spots to see a live music show.  10p.m. – 11:45.  1601 Barton Springs, 78704.  http://flipnotics.com/ 512 480 8646

Saturday, September 14th – The Pinetree Show –  Jo Macry has put together a fine line up of locals @Kickbutt Coffee Music and  Booze.  7pm till midnight.  I’ll be backing him on keys through out the night and taking the 11pm slot to throw a solo set down myself.  5775 Airport Blvd.  512 454 5425

Wednesday, September, 18thPatsy’s Cowgirl Cafe – A song circle with Nancy Scott and Kit Holmes.  Good home cooking.  Give yourself a break and come join us for dinner and some music. 6:30-9pm.  5001 E Ben White Blvd.  512 444 2020

Friday October 4th – Opa Coffee and Wine Bar – First Friday with Jessica Shephard.  7pm.  Nice selection of wine and beer, pizzas and gyros under a spectacular Oak canopy.  2050 S Lamar Blvd.  512 326 8742

And many thanks to Nancy Coplin, ABIA and Earl Campbell’s for having me out on Wednesday October 9th.  3:30-5:30pm.

The spoonbill is just for your enjoyment!



Blue Pearls


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For immediate release: new EP’s from MJ Torance and Mark Epstein – aka The Blue Pearls


In the eye of the hurricane:

It’s chaos out there.  If we take the bait, we can get carried away.  But there’s an eye in the hurricane.  A place where it’s calm, still and safe.  This batch of songs from MJ and Mark explore that safe place.  That place we can all turn to.

The song Sleepwalker beckons us to wake up from our mindless habitual state.  We don’t have to sleep thru life.  We can choose to wake up.  So wake up!   Love Said is a conversation with love.  Have you ever actually spoken to love??  Get Out of My Head is just that. Get out of my head.  Get into my heart – where it matters.  Stop f*^king around.  And Drunken Flower is what we can become.   Sounds like fun, right


‘Sing True’

Songs from the heart

In a world that loves to focus on negativity, MJ and Mark point us to the positive – the light inside. Without being preachy, themes of redemption, love and light weave through infectious pop tunes.  Light and breezy ‘Sweet Spot’ sings to us that we can sidestep disaster by remaining in the eye of our own hurricane.  ‘Sing True‘ is sung to a newborn reminding us to stay true to our hearts.  MJ’s evocative vocals welcome these songs into your ears and hearts.  Sharing a common thread, each is it’s own sonic animal: no chasing trends here.


The Blue Pearls

MJ is an Austin veteran recording artist w/8 published CDs.  She has lent her talents to many projects with her work featured in documentaries and numerous artist CDs.  She has also worked as a musical director and radio DJ.   Her lullaby, Rock me ‘till the Dawn, is archived in the Brooklyn 911 memorial.  No matter what life is dishing out, MJ keeps getting better at finding the bliss even in pain, always aiming for the “Sweet Spot.”

Mark has based his operations in NY, LA, Hawaii and now Austin, TX., writing, producing, performing and educating.  As a bassist he has a long list of credits – touring the world with Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa and many others.  His writing and producing credits have been featured on motion pictures, television, multimedia programs, and numerous artist’s CD’s.  He is also a published author.

For more information visit
www.mjtorrance.com / mj@mjtorrance.com / 512 291 4683
www.markepstein.com / u2markster@gmail.com / 808 357 7742



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Tall Tales from a Small Texan

A Bison Tale

An Awakening

I woke up to a morning on the edge of freezing in the Black Hills with a bison just on the other side of my tent, grazing and breathing heavily.  His head was bigger than me, which seemed to wipe out any urgency about anything.  He munched grass while I lay in reverence, surrounded in crystallized bison breath and tickled by him as he brushed up against the tent every now and then.

I had met him the night before.  On the Needles highway.

The Meeting

I was making my way across the US on a motorcycle.  I had met a fellow rider in the Badlands of South Dakota and was now sharing a campsite with him in the Black Hills.  My fellow cyclist asked me if I wanted to ride with him to see the lighting of the Mount Rushmore memorial one evening and I said yes.  To quite a memorable ride.

As I mounted the back of the bike, I was asked, “Don’t you want your helmet?”  I’m thinking it’s too hard to see the wildlife with a helmet and we’re in a National park – I hadn’t gone over 15mph yet.  Why would I need a helmet?

Why?  Because he was on a racing bike, not a touring bike.

We proceeded going up the Needles highway as fast as he could possibly handle the inclines and switchbacks.  Exhilarating!

And he came down the highway as fast as he possibly could –  frightening!  Ultimately, I just shut my eyes and gave myself over to the experience.

All of a sudden we were turned perpendicular to the road and in full skid mode for way too many seconds counting. We came to a screeching halt still on the bike and standing upright.  Milagro!  It took a bit of time for me to open my eyes.  When I did, there was an ominous dark void in front of me.

Slowly, the night time light began to outline the visage of a huge bison.  Within feet of us.  And there was absolutely no going around him.  He took up the entire two lane road.  He had halted us.  I was in complete awe and began praying –  to the bison.

I am not sure how long it took, but the bison finally began moving.  We were quite close to the entrance of our campground and followed the bison in, passed him up, and then he followed us to our campsite. He hung with us by the fire.   And he stayed all night.

The Awakening

I am an adrenaline junkie.  I loved the ride.  I cannot lie.  But they have so little territory left to roam.  ‘Nuf said.  I would go on to encounter many animals with the same plea while living in the northwest.

My friend Evy summed it up well.   “We should let bisons be bisons.”






More Flower Power

Happy 2014 and a big thank you to the neighborhood folks and all my sweet “peeps” who come to eat the very delicious fare at Thai Fresh on Sundays.  The food is always fresh, and it’s organic and local if at all possible.  Norm and I have a blast – especially when the wee ones can’t help but dance – and we can feel the love being heaped upon us. Please be sure to thank Jam and the kitchen and wait staff for letting us be a part of the atmosphere.

Come on down every Sunday, 6pm, and bloom with us – even in winter.



Love We Become

Love We Become has gotten the most hits on reverbnation so here’s the lyrics.

Dedicated to the memory of Jane Ellen Jacob.


Love We Become


Told that her path would be shorter

Told no reason for hope

She wore the scars of disease with consummate ease

Laughed and smiled and passed another joint


It was always real around her

Everyone wanted her ’round

Saying, life’s a jumble, a jigsaw puzzle

Dream a dream, live it loud , live it strong


Worn and tired from fighting too long

Even so, we all shine on

Seems to me we’re sitting here surrounded in love

When we go it’s the love we become


Long past all expectation

She knew her time here was done

With a lion to her left, a tiger to her right

They walked into the light, became love







Sing True

I teamed up with Mark Epstein to write and produce a 5 song EP of lyrically charged rock and groove. Sing True features the musical talents of Red Young, Rob Hooper, Jake Langley, Aaron Lack, Mark and myself, and was recorded with Stuart Sullivan at Wire.  Additional vocals were recorded at Lava, with big thanks to Bryan Anderton and LZ Love for helping me get “Over the Edge.”

“No matter what they say, no matter what they do, sing true”

CLICK HERE to listen at Reverbnation! >>


MJ’s April update

Hey folks,

The Texas Community Music Festival is happening this weekend, April 27th and 28th.  There is so much good music.  If you are there on Sunday, I’ll be playing a quick set on my acoustic guitar at noon.



Welcome to my new blog.

I am reveling in “Flower Power,” evident in all things right now.  Even my music.

Bloom on!