Austin Music Foundation Artist of the Month and Berklee College of Music graduate Jackie Venson stopped by Studio 1A to showcase a few tracks off her new album Jackie Venson Live (sounds below). Austin has no shortage of music creatives, but few demonstrate such style and precision as Venson. With a voice that channels Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse, and a guitar tone that echoes legend Jeff Buckley, the Austin native will no doubt awaken the indie-blues muse in all of her listeners.
Venson is kicking off the release of her new album this Sunday the 18th with a performance at Antone’s, as well as a spot on the ALL ATX Benefit Show at the Moody Theater on September 28th (sold out). Do your ears a favor and listen now. Her album is out September 16th.
– Sam Harrell
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“Tomar & The FCs is a Soul band from Austin, TX” is all that’s written in the about section of the band’s official Facebook page. That right to the point description is what their style is all about. Pure soul, pure energy. You make up your own mind- Tomar & The FCs has made up theirs.
“Heart Attack“, the single from the band’s latest album of the same name, is an electric three minute ride of some of the purest blues/soul we’ve heard lately. Tomar Williams, a seasoned frontman, got his start playing in a family band in the 80’s, led backing groups for artists in the 90’s, produced hip hop tracks for Big Mo, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and helped lead the backing band for LaTasha Lee and the Black Ties. Now he’s shifting things back to what he does best, writing and fronting real deal soul music. We caught up with the group in Studio 1A, check it out below!
– Sam Harrell
On first listen, Austin quintet Dreamboat sounds awesomely similar to the funky country sounds of Little Feat. It’s the harmony-heavy, soul-oriented melodies propped up on funk-pop rhythms, with lead blues guitar tying it all to together that really give of those heady 70s vibes . BUT, then they write songs like Spent The Day Lying In Bed, and you realize how nimble their style really is. The young members gracefully achieve a nostalgic kind of musical color and movement and deliver it in a package of great pop production. Basically, it’s infectious and fun, like reliving the best day you ever had at summer camp.
Loose Tooth is the name of their new album and we love it. Musical critiquing aside- check ’em out. They play on all the coolest stages in Austin and took time to perform for us at Studio 1A, where we caught up with the group and heard their music first hand. Check out the interview and performances below!
– Sam Harrell
The Dandy Warhols, on tour for the release of their ninth studio album Distortland, dropped by Studio 1A to chat about the record, their changing (and not changing) sound, the rising population of their hometown Portland, the challenges they faced when trying to break through the British techno-pop scene in the 90s, and the movie Dig!. The groups wry songs about modern life still resonate on songs like “You Are Killing Me” and “STYGGO”. Listen to our conversation as well performances by the group below.