Little Village Sessions Presents Twilight on the Trail

Little Village Sessions is a collaborative concert between established Australian contemporary musicians, USQ Music staff and students.
17 Apr 2018

In previous years, Little Village Sessions has presented concerts featuring Wendy Matthews, Rick Price, and Sara Storer – rearranging their classic recordings for a one-off concert event.

The Little Village Sessions Concert for 2018 will showcase multi award-winning recording artists Jen Mize and Mark Sholtez as they lead you on a journey through the dusty canyons, in an evening of iconic cowboy songs from the golden era of American popular music.

The concert will be held at the USQ Toowoomba Arts Theatre on Friday May 4 at 7.30pm.

Twilight on the Trail explores the music of the great cowboy crooners, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers.

From the playful to-and-fro of Lights of Old Santa Fe, and My Rifle, My Pony, and Me, to the understated Wand’rin’ Star, and unapologetically heartbreaking Black Hills of Dakota, Mize and Sholtez are genuinely charming, honest, and personal.

Drawing from their rich and diverse musical backgrounds, they bring new life and new meaning to this timeless material.

Little Village Sessions focuses on creating both a unique experience for visiting artists, and an opportunity for USQ Music students to experience working with a professional artist, helping their transition into the modern music industry.

About Mark Sholtez and Jen Mize:

Mark Sholtez is an ARIA nominate and APRA award winning songwriter and recording artist. His career to date has included collaborations with multiple Grammy winning producers Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis), and Larry Klein (Joni Mitchel), as well as internationally renowned artists and songwriters including Don Walker (Cold Chisel), The Veronicas, Iain Archer (Snow Patrol), Troy Cassar-Daley, and Wendy Mathews. Mark also teaches Songwriting and Music Production at the University of Southern Queensland.

As a descendant of the Lumbee Tribe of Native Americans, Jen Mize hails from a family of Georgia cotton and North Carolina tobacco farmers, and Appalachian moonshiners. Since the 2014 release of her stellar debut album Fear, Pride & a few Stubborn Angels, Jen has been busy touring, recording, and earning the accolades that come with the hard work of being an Alt Country troubadour.

For more information please call Artsworx Box Office on 07 46311111 or visit

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Mark Sholtez and Jen Mize