The Better Halves are an Austin, Texas-based husband-wife musical duo. Jimmy Joe and Chrissie Natoli write Texas swing, bluegrass and Brazilian flavored tunes, sing sweet vocal harmonies and tour from Alaska to Mexico. They play with four hands on one guitar while laughing and their music is energetic, inspiring and entertaining.

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After two Better Halves recordings, they’ve just released a CD called Playing in the Dirt under the name of their children’s performer alter egos, Mr. Bus Driver Man Sir and Her,

Chrissie has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Jimmy Joe has had a song on Car Talk and they’re playing live Sunday October 8 at Café Artichoke, 2001 SE Powell Blvd. at 7 pm. Get a preview at

Other Café Artichoke concerts this month: Anne Weiss, Saturday, October 14, 8 pm; Spook Handy, Sunday, October 15, 7 pm; Mary Flower, Saturday, October 21, 8 pm and Dick Weissman, Sunday, October 22, 7 pm. Get advance tickets for them all at