For Paul McCartney’s 75th Birthday Jody Denberg and Rick McNulty went deep into his catalog. Beatles, Wings, solo Paul, B-sides, demos, covers, rarities, interview segments and more – all for a special one of a kind Father’s Day soundtrack! Listen to the full four hours below!
Not content to make another conventional record, Austin singer/songwriter David Ramirez took the studio on the road and recording every show on his Bootleg Tour. The “live” recordings suit Ramirez’s spartan arrangements and stunning voice and allow listeners to really focus on his captivating songwriting. David Ramirez stopped by Studio 1A before the “Bootleg Tour” rolled into The Cactus Cafe. Listen below!
Cactus Cafe and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, present the Cactus Summer Set featuring four of the most talented songwriters of our time performing Songwriters In The Round together on stage. John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin Welch and Dustin Welch will regale music fans with an evening of songs and stories on Friday, June 23.
Less than a decade ago, Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.”
Ramirez, whose early gigs included a 2011 residency at the Cactus Cafe, is a prolific singer and songwriter who has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances.
Kevin Welch has been referred to as a ‘songwriters songwriter’ an expressive singer and a great guitarist. His songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Solomon Burke, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy LaFave, The Highwaymen, Linda Ronstadt and more. His son, Dustin grew up in the music industry and, after relocating to Austin in 2009, released his first album, “Whisky Priest,” to solid reviews.
The Cactus Cafe Summer Set is an annual fundraiser to support the ongoing mission of the Cactus to provide an intimate venue for music fans to enjoy a variety of local and international artists, while ensuring the majority of ticket sales go to the artists themselves. Proceeds will also subsidize production of low-price shows, such as the UT Jazz Ensemble and the Austin Classical Guitar Society.
With the sheer multiplicity of artist collaborations in an already-saturated market, it’s incredibly refreshing to find a true and deep connection between two like-minded musicians. Two men faced separate crossroads at different times in their lives, but the paths they took led them to one another – now DJ brimLo and Bavu Blakes have fused their creative energy and personal progressions together into The Comeback Story.
In light being forced to find a balance between fatherhood, education and songwriting, longtime local hip hop veteran Bavu Blakes is still going strong eleven years after being named “Best Hip Hop Artist” by Austin Chronicle. More recently, the Mississippi-born, Austin-based DJ brimLo had become frustrated in late 2016 by a perceived lack of discography, despite his immense body of production and engineering work, and decided to relaunch his career as a solo artist. With both traveling further away from the fork in their respective roads, brimLo and Blakes’ The Comeback Story‘s five tracks takes the listener on a compelling, heartfelt journey – “a return to one’s better self”. The EP’s penultimate song, “Yesterday”, features singer-rapper Reggie Coby on the first hook and verse and TempestB on the subsequent, electrifying Eryka Badu-like counter choruses, with lyrics hearkening back to a simpler, happier, more family-centric time in life.
You can listen to DJ brimLo & Bavu Blakes right here on KUTX.org!
–Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday, 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)
Tuesday, June 20th
Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Rabbi Neil Blumofe and a live jazz quintet, for a night of great conversation and live music as we explore the legacy and influence of the Brothers Jones. Hank, Thad, and Elvin Jones were each supreme musicians – they were also brothers and represent an important legacy in the history of jazz. Views and Brews is free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 22nd
“His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside”
Friday, June 23rd
The Cactus Summer Set features four of the most talented songwriters of our time performing Songwriters In The Round together on stage. John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin Welch and Dustin Welch will regale music fans with an evening of songs and stories.
Saturday, June 24th
Hosted by Jack Anderson, Sean Rowe visits the Cactus after his Studio 1A session. Jimmy Lumpkin opens.