Discovery: T-Bird & the Breaks
First there was Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and now there’s T-Bird & the Breaks. As young Austin rhythm & blues bands go, both pack a big, horn-fueled sound, a smacking rock rhythm section and a one-two punch of West Side Chicago blues guitar and gritty Stax-influenced singing. Tim Crane started T-Bird & the Breaks a few years ago and the band has burgeoned to 11 members who (judging from the three tracks they’ve offered up on their web site) have a soulful feel that belies their years. They’re set to release their first album, Learn About It, on January 27.
They’ll be playing SXSW in March. I’m going; no way will I miss them.