Vincent Neil Emerson Announces Concert at The Top Hat in Missoula

A torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition, Vincent Neil Emerson will headline the Top Hat in Missoula on October 18, 2023.

Hailing from the Lone Star State, Vincent Neil Emerson crafts melodies and lyrics that transport you to the soul of Americana music. He draws comparisons to esteemed artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle, while also carving out a distinct musical identity of his own.

Listen to some of his standout tracks “Road Runner,” “25 & Wastin’ Time,” and “Manhattan Island Serenade”  and you’ll hear a touch of nostalgic familiarity mixed with a fresh, innovative sound.

If you caught Charley Crockett in Montana last year, you might’ve witnessed Vincent’s mesmerizing opening sets. Now, by popular demand, he’s back for his own headlining show! Get your tickets ASAP and don’t miss out on this rising talent!

“If he grows on the public the way he’s grown on me, it’s possible young Vincent will plant the flag of his [songwriting] forebears firmly in the consciousness of a whole new generation.” – Rodney Crowell


PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets go on sale Friday, August 25th at 10:00AM at the Top Hatonline, or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. All tickets are general admission standing room only with limited bench seating. All ages are welcome.

About Vincent Neil Emerson

Vincent Neil Emerson is a torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition. He channels the straightforward truth-telling and resonance of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own. Where his 2019 debut Fried Chicken and Evil Women proved himself as one of the most reverent students of country and western musical traditions, his follow-up LP, the masterful Rodney Crowell-produced Vincent Neil Emerson, which is out June 25 via La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers, is a brave step forward that solidifies his place as one of music’s most compelling and emotionally clarifying storytellers. His songs are cathartic and bluntly honest, never mincing words or dancing around uncomfortable truths.

Raised in Van Zandt County in East Texas by a single mother of Choctaw-Apache descent, Emerson’s world changed when he first heard Townes Van Zandt’s music. “To hear a guy from Fort Worth say those kinds of things and make those songs was pretty eye opening,” the now 29-year-old songwriter says. “I had never heard songwriting like that before.” He’s spent the better part of the past decade honing his songwriting and performance chops playing bars, honky-tonks, and BBQs joint across the Fort Worth area. His first album Fried Chicken and Evil Women, which he wrote in his mid-twenties and came out on La Honda Records, the label he cofounded that now includes a roster of Colter Wall, Local Honeys, and Riddy Arman, is a snapshot of his growth as a songwriter and stage-tested charm with songs like “Willie Nelson’s Wall” and “25 and Wastin’ Time” expertly combining humor and tragedy. Continue reading…