There is no shortage of soul in Memphis ,TN. Especially when Josh Buckley is in town. As frontman for Buckley, Josh Buckley jumps headlong into the city’s heady musical history to play with the ghosts of the legendary Sun Studios and nearby Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Imagine the Allman Brothers and Neil Young jamming together in one of those legendary music studios and you’ll get a good idea at the spirits Buckley is trying to channel on his new album, Las Cruces. Buckley and band stopped by Studio 1A to play some music off the new album before they his Waterloo Records for a free in-store performance. Grab the session in the player at the bottom of the post and keep tabs on Buckley with the links below. Enjoy!
6/22 @ Waterloo Records (FREE)
6/23 @ Sam’s Town Point (Release Show)
Singer/songwriter Kris Gruen shakes the dust off folk music with a deeply soulful voice and melodic songwriting in the vein of The Avett Brothers or Ryan Adams. Those may seem like some pretty heady comparisons until you take a look at Gruen’s bona fides. With four studio albums, international tours with Jesse Malin and more recently Alejandro Escovedo, and a film score under his belt, Kris Gruen is quickly establishing himself as a standard bearer of the new folk scene. Those continent spanning adventures with other musicians played a big part in his newest LP Coast & Refuge and even includes some of the friends the picked up along the way, like Peter Morén of Peter, Bjorn, & John on the song “Every Day And Night Now”. Kris Guen stopped by Studio 1A to play us a couple songs from the new album on his way to The Cactus Cafe. Take a listen to the session in the player at the bottom of the post and be sure to follow Kris Gruen with the links below.
In a town overflowing with music, it takes something special to garner the kind of sustained enthusiasm Austin’s Middlespoon has seen over the past year. That kind of broad appeal isn’t too surprising considering Middlespoon takes inspiration from all kinds of people to make pop music for ALL people. That means songs like “Someone”, inspired by soul singer Sam Cooke and American drag queen RuPaul. That may not make a whole lot of sense on paper but one listen to their recent performance in Studio 1A and you’ll understand. For DJ/Producer Jinx McGee and vocalist Alexander Beatz, the dance floor is the quickest way to peace, love, and understanding. Middlespoon celebrates the release of their debut album, HouseWife, Saturday, June 30 at the Austin Motel on South Congress. More details and tickets in the links below!
The Austin Motel – Friday, June 30 (More Info)
Even among all the unique bands in Austin, the dozen or so members of the Golden Dawn Arkestra are standouts. Their name and flamboyant costumes evoke a continuation of the cosmic Sun Ra legacy. They’re that, but much more; part P-Funk, world beat, jam band, and not above the occasional psych rock freakout. Little wonder their fans blindly follow the band’s hypno-grooves from gig to gig. Their new release, Children of the Sun, produced by Austin’s Erik Wofford (Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky), delivers an expanding sonic palette but no hint of an increased focus. Rock, soul, jazz, funk… this is the sound of a band fleeing easy categorization. In other words, the perfect reflection of their hometown.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
KUTX invites you to step inside the Bullock Museum for three FREE themed nights celebrating culture, community, and Texas history. The first “Cool Summer Nights” is Friday (6/22) from 6 – 9 p.m. – “Rodeo! The Exhibition”: a salute to rodeos, stock shows and all things western. There’ll be a dancefloor with lessons for the untrained, leather craft, a chili spice making station, and other activities. More info at sotryoftexas.com.
Cool Summer Nights: Rodeo! – 6/22
Cool Summer Nights will kick off with a salute to rodeos, stock shows, and all things western in celebration of Rodeo! The Exhibition. The Museum’s lobby will become a dance floor complete with lessons for the untrained. Guests can also try their hand at leather craft or create the perfect spice blend to make chili.
Cool Summer Nights: Art – 7/13
Our second Cool Summer Nights highlights the amazing range of visual arts found in Texas in conjunction with the exhibition Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic. Guests can watch artists create paintings inspired by the Museum’s galleries before their eyes, or try out a variety of visual arts techniques for themselves.
Cool Summer Nights: Music – 8/10
The final Cool Summer Nights will take inspiration from Austin’s thriving music culture and the Museum’s exhibition celebrating the history of Austin City Limits. Guests can pick up a ukulele and experiment, experience contemporary opera or try their hand at song writing.