On April 20-23 2017, Driftwood, Texas will become a mecca for Roots & Americana music thanks to the Old Settler’s Music Festival. Single day tickets are now available along with the full lineup, and it’s better than ever. Shakey Graves, Los Lobos and The Del McCoury Band are just a few of the headliners, while festival mainstays such as Shinyribs and Sarah Jarosz are back once again. Keep it locked to KUTX as we get closer to the festival, but for now, check out the lineup and videos from some of the performers!
It might be 22 years since Austin singer-songwriter David Halley put out a record but you wouldn’t know it from listening to his new album, A Month of Somedays, released on December 2nd. The new work is a true return to form and a perfect example of what makes good Americana music so poignant. The songs are stripped down but brimming full of emotion thanks to David’s graceful guitar and formidable voice. A seasoned veteran of the Austin music scene, Halley appeared in Austin City Limits performances dating back to 1983 and shared the stage with legends like Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Hear the Austin legend return to the airwaves in the player at the bottom of this post!
Los Angeles’ Warbly Jets stay true to the spirit of good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. Warbly Jets’ single “Alive” has the perfect title because that is exactly how it makes you feel. Imagine driving through California with your best friends in an old school convertible and you can get a sense of what this song feels like. The music takes you back to a simpler time when bands weren’t worried about conveying a profound message or trying to incorporate other genres to be considered critical darlings. Warbly Jets played a show at The Sidewinder with The Mystery Lights and will be back in Austin for SXSW 2017. Check out their stripped down performance in Studio 1A below.
It’s difficult to make meaningful pop music these days, but Scenery manages to make it look easy. Scenery’s music is catchy and playful, with just the right amount of synths. The band hails from Austin, and you can hear some of the southern influences in their guitar riffs, but the rest of the instrumentation has sounds that will please listeners from around the world. The songs are upbeat enough to make you feel like you just drank a cup of coffee, but one that will make you productive and one that isn’t just empty calories and sweetener. Scenery’s debut LP “Two Stares” comes out on January 6th, 2017, but they are celebrating it at Cheer Up Charlie’s this Saturday! Listen to their Studio 1A session below!
The new generation of Blues music is here thanks to Austin’s The Peterson Brothers. 17 year old Alex and 20 year old Glenn have already accomplished things in their career that most Blues musicians only dream of. Besides having a weekly residency at the legendary Continental Club on Mondays, they have also opened for Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, and B.B. King just to name a few. They have even played alongside Buddy Guy, and are “mentored” by Bootsy Collins, according to their website. The Peterson Brothers have the talent to make you hear loud and clear the emotion and pain that goes into making Blues/Soul music, even though they aren’t old enough to partake in the hard liquor that can sometimes soothe that ache. Catch their Studio 1A session below!