To put it lightly, James Hunter has had one hell of a life leading up to this point. Over the course of three decades, Hunter went from working on the railroad, to busking on the streets of London, to providing backup guitar and vocals for Van Morrison. Now with a Grammy nomination under his belt for his solo work and at the helm of The James Hunter Six, this Daptone darling has become a British blue-eyed soul icon. His effortless vocals and intoxicating instrumentation instantly evoke the work of R&B legends like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye but delivered in a style that belongs to Hunter alone.
The James Hunter Six joined us in Studio 1A almost one year ago exactly around the release of Whatever It Takes and they play 5:35pm tonight on The Bluebonnet Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival. Can’t make it out there in the next couple hours? No worries. Listen back to the sanguine Studio 1A performance right now with (the astutely-titled) “MM-Hmm”!
If there’s one man who believes in the musical mythos of the Lone Star State, it’s Robert Ellis.
You can see Ellis coming from a mile away with his idiosyncratic white tux and bouquet of yellow roses but his knack for honky tonk-inspired songwriting and understanding of Texas culture will easily impress natives, transplants and Tex-pats alike. Around the same time he released Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis joined us in Studio 1A and he plays 7:15pm tomorrow night at The Bluebonnet Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival. And in case you’re still not convinced of Robert Ellis as a beacon of Texas music, take a sip from his Studio 1A performance, and his love letter to one of our home state’s favorite refreshments, “Topo Chico”!
While she’s been compared to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin, the musicianship behind Americana artist Jaimee Harris is entirely unique. Born in Waco, Harris moved to the Live Music Capital ten years ago and immediately fell in love with the vibrant music scene and late night energy. But after falling in with Austin’s hard-partying nature, Harris collected herself, reckoned with her demons and doubled down on her passion: songwriting. Harris’ 2018 debut LP Red Rescue chronicles her path to sobriety over the course of ten intensely personal tracks and her live shows are oozing with emotion.
Jaimee Harris joined us in Studio 1A back in February and plays 5:35pm tomorrow on the Campground Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival. For a taste of Harris’ stripped-down acoustic performance, listen back to the Studio 1A rendition of her first single, “Depressive State”!
Old Settler’s Music Festival is almost upon us so we’re dedicating the rest of this week’s songs to some must-see acts, starting off with this North Carolina two-piece. Songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have just entered year ten as Americana-folk duo Mandolin Orange with their highest-charting record to date. Their sixth full-length Tides of a Teardrop came out in February and solidified everything we love about Mandolin Orange: delicate but decisive arrangements, shared vocal responsibilities, emotional lyricism, and a soft sound that’ll make you wanna bundle up in your sleeping bag.
Mandolin Orange brings their acoustic citrus to Old Settler’s Music Fest, 9PM this Friday at the Bluebonnet Stage. And in case you can’t make it out or if you just need a little pick-me-up, let Mandolin Orange keep you company this Tuesday with “Lonely All the Time”!
Photo: Kendall Bailey
One of Seattle’s best kept secrets is out of the bag and coming to a dance floor near you. Although they’ve been around for half a decade, seven-piece act The Dip just put themselves on the map for soul lovers with their sophomore album The Dip Delivers. And true to its title, these ten tracks take you into a time machine of classic pop and vintage R&B, evoking the sounds of the sixties but with the clarity of modern production. The Dip’s tight live performances match the discipline of their concise studio recordings and you can expect to be left wanting more when they stop by 3Ten ACL Live tomorrow night.
The Dip Delivers is available now and here’s a little soulful somethin’ to get the ignition started, “She Gave Me The Keys”!
Photo: Lauren Stelling