With only two earnest SXSW Music nights left, and an overstuffed head of unforgettable memories and music, I set out with a now insatiable appetite for more. More venues, more music, more Austin, as much as possible, as much as I could live; the unfortunate end to the sheer dreamlike sequence I'd been savoring was looming.
Digging into the bedrock of alt-country, from the O'Kanes to Drive-By Truckers, Sons of Fathers come up with some true songwriting gems.
2:37 p.m. Finally arrived in Austin. Fourteen hours in the car is a long time, but such a trip can be made more palatable given some great company, fun conversation and stimulating tunes to wash it down. Such was my good fortune on the journey southwest down interstates 44 and 35.
Jazz meets swing meets pop meets country in the voice and songs of Austin native Elizabeth McQueen.
Just because Austin vocalist Elizabeth McQueen has been a part of Texas swing institution Asleep at the Wheel since 2005 doesn't mean she's just just a singing cowgirl.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears push the soul revival in the toughest and most bluesy of rock & roll directions. Follow them, but be prepared to sweat all the way.
With a voice that's weathered but still wide open, Alejandro Escovedo remains one of the true rock & roll poets of Austin -- and of America.
Influenced by the '60s avant-rock of the Velvet Underground, the Black Angels' sinister sound might have you picturing the Velvets collaborating with counterculture’s other favorite celestial beings, the Hell’s Angels.