Houston-native Teresa Kolo is returning to the Lone Star State from her new home in Seattle for the release of her album, “Brave Girl.”
Kolo is looking forward to sharing her album, as well as revealing the ways she has grown as an artist and person while she’s been away.
“I’m excited to share how I’ve evolved in what I do,” she said. “In my time in Seattle, my approach has changed. My guitar playing has gotten better, I’m more aggressive in my live shows and my confidence has increased.”
She’s eager to share the new-and-improved version of her music in her home town.
For her Houston record release, Kolo will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk in Houston.
“Houston is really where I began playing out regularly,” Kolo said. “Audiences there were just so receptive to the songwriting component, which is the part I love most about what I do.”
She said she is especially looking forward to taking the stage at the beloved “Duck.”
“The Mucky Duck is just a fantastic place,” she said. “It’s a great space for musicians, especially songwriters. They’ve always been super supportive, not only of me but of all the musicians that come through there.”
Kolo has been a fan of the venue since it first opened. “I’ve seen how they’ve made it such a premiere music venue and how hard they’ve worked,” she said. “The Mucky Duck is all about quality -- from the musicians they bring in to the food they serve. They take it all very seriously.”
As for the album, Kolo says the title is aspirational.
“It’s about the desire to be that brave girl,” she said. “I’m not claiming the title exactly, but I’m saying that’s the goal.”
There’s a lot of evidence that Kolo already exhibits the bravery she hopes to attain. She attributes her courage to both the process of making the album and moving away from her lifelong home.
“I moved away from home later in life, from where it felt warm and comfortable,” Kolo said. “Leaving home, moving away from family and people I grew up with, freed me to be more who I am -- as opposed to who I was always expected to be.”
The album provides a glimpse into her personal journey, and the years it took to pull the recording together was its own odyssey.
Kolo started playing music at a young age. She longed for a piano and was given a guitar as a gift from her brother. In her 20s, she completely dove into songwriting.
Kolo was well received by her early audiences. She played frequently at a number of popular venues in Houston and built a reputation for her unique, percussive approach to playing guitar and her strong focus on lyrics.
She released her first recording in the mid-2000s.
Kolo said one of her mantras is “blooming late” -- something she is embracing and hoping to inspire others to consider.
“I love that possibility of growth,” she said. “And I love stories of people who contribute their very best offerings a little later in life.”
Kolo hopes for her time back in Houston is will further that journey.
“You know, it’s not just one event that helps you grow,” she said. “It happens over the period of a lifetime. I want to continue to become more authentic, to bring all of the components of myself to every situation as best I can. I just want to be brave enough to share that with Houston.”