Admittedly, for your humble Austin Music Minute host, the names on the Western Youth roster read like a who’s-who in badass local talent.
Vocalist/guitarist Taylor Williams had been writing with his musical counterpart Matthew Gregg since 2012, and soon drummer Brian Bowe (from another longtime AMM fave These Mad Dogs of Glory) would become part of the winning mix. The recent addition of songwriter Graham Weber, along with Sam Powell on keys and bassist Sean Spiller, solidified the deal even further.
With Williams, Gregg and Weber at the songwriting helm, they put their collective talents to work on new music that would get a test run at various shows, and eventually morph into a new album. One track, “Hangin’ On,” released this summer, is a full-on rock scorcher with country coursing through its melodic veins, and just a taste of the high-powered Americana marking the current line-up’s striking self-titled debut.
Western Youth celebrate the new album with a huge show tonight at Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St., with a performance by Mike Schoenfeld on the bill, along with special guests Jaimee Harris, Cory Reinisch, Ali Holder, and Randy Reynolds.
Another ATX all-star line-up right here. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Very recommended.
To say the past several days have been a whirlwind for Jaimee Harris would be a gross understatement. There were enough times that the Austin-based songwriter was left utterly and gleefully baffled at some incredible things falling into place, leading up to the release of her new album, Red Rescue, officially out tomorrow in a blaze of crimson glory.
It’s also no exaggeration to say that Harris took AmericanaFest in Nashville by storm. From performances with the incomparable Mary Gauthier and fellow Austin phenoms Eliza Gilkyson, Bonnie Whitmore and Western Youth, to an interview with LA Times music writer Randy Lewis, to an undoubtedly surreal and monumental moment sharing a stage with Gauthier, John Hiatt, Will Hoge and (holy hell) Rodney Crowell, Harris was floored by all the connections made and the outpouring of support. “I AM TRYING TO REMAIN CALM,” Harris recently wrote, shouting from the rooftops in an all-caps heart-burst, “…CAN EVERY WEEK BE AMERICANAFEST?” Hashtag: Dying.
Following her return to the Live Music Capital, and singing with the Western Youth crew on their recent Studio 1A performance, Harris has a show tonight at One-2-One, 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. Harris and Friends will include sets by The Watters, The Traveling Ones, and The Flying A’s. It’s an early start for the show. Doors open at 6 p.m., and The Flying A’s play at 6:30 p.m.
Welcome home, Jaimee. Time to take over the world.
-Photography by Brandon Aguilar.
This week, the Sittin’ In music series at Native Hostel doubles the awesomeness with the badass improvisational talents of blues/soul/funk duo The Peterson Brothers, and a glorious time with fabulous soul, jazz and funk artist Akina Adderley.
It’s the real deal at tonight’s Sittin’ In at Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St. Doors open early at 7 p.m., and Adderley starts the evening at 7:30 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photo of The Peterson Brothers courtesy of the artist.
It doesn’t take long for the distinctive vocal harmonies of sisters Johanna & Klara Söderberg to captivate. The dynamic duo from Stockholm, First Aid Kit, is currently on tour in support of their album Ruins, and a brand new EP, Tender Offerings. The former is an overall exquisite portrait of paralyzing heartache, while the latter is in tune to embracing life’s imperfections (“All That We Get”), shedding ridiculous societal expectations (“Ugly”), and the beauty of a plain and simple true love (the title track, “Tender Offerings”).
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
This is the way to make your Mondays extraordinary. The Me Mer Mo Monday music series, sponsored by Self Sabotage Records, features a specially curated eclectic set of regional and touring artists that may not be on your radar just yet, but are definitely worth checking out.
Tonight’s line-up at The Volstead, 1500 E. 6th St., includes performances by Andrew Weathers’ and Connor Sorensen‘s project, Satin Spar; a set by Toto Miranda and More Eaze; rock trio Suspirians (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute); Northampton, MA experimental artist Bill Nace; and T Putnam Hill. Vision System provides this evening’s projections, and DJ’s Part Hologram and Death in Midwinter maintain the mood and ambience between performances.
Me Mer Mo kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Recommended.
-Photo of Suspirians by Michael Reust.