Wherever You Are: Local boy made good Jack Ingram doesn't play many stages as small as the Mucky Duck these days.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999 or www.mcgonigels.com.
One of the first of the Texas Music crowd to come to Nashville's attention, Woodlands boy Jack Ingram is the most successful country singer out of Houston since Clint Black. Named the Academy of Country Music's 2008 Best New Vocalist — after being in the business 16 years! — Ingram launched his career with his Beat Up Ford Band by building a rabid following at the venerable Dallas honky-tonk Adair's with popular songs like "Mary Go 'Round'" while studying psychology at SMU in the early '90s. A tireless worker, Ingram has released eight studio and six live albums in his career, working his way up the indie ladder to Warner Brothers, Epic imprint Lucky Dog and even mighty Columbia before settling in with his current label, Big Machine, where he promptly raced up the Billboard country charts to No. 1 with "Wherever You Are." Ingram comes home for a holiday show every year, but this will be his first solo show at the Duck.