Borris, County Carlow native, Pat Byrne, won Ireland’s “The Voice” in 2012. He subsequently landed a deal with Universal Ireland and released his debut album, “All or Nothing”, the same year. After taking a recent liking to Austin, he decided to plant himself here with a 3-year visa and try his luck in the capital of Texas, and we are excited to embrace him. Byrne’s influences early on were the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash, something that you might be able to see coming through his music. With the way he blends genres and influences, it seems as if Byrne was meant to land in Texas all along. His latest album, “Rituals”, was released in November of last year, and we can’t get enough of it. Oh, and did we mention, he’s Austin 360’s April Artist of the Month? Needless to say, we were lucky to get to host him in Studio 1A. Scroll down for the full set and interview!
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KUTX Artist of the Month, The Well, dropped by Studio 1A to give us an inside look at their forthcoming album, “Death and Consolation”. The band cites influences of post-punk on this record, specifically bands like Joy Division and The Cure. The album might be their darkest yet, having tuned their guitars down to C-standard to give it that loud, dark edge. Guitarist and vocalist Ian Graham says that “this one is a little more personal”, citing the “strange, dark year” that 2018 was. Once again, they recruited producer Chico Jones from Estuary Studio to engineer the album. Needless to say, it’s raw, and it rocks. Scroll down to hear the exclusive session in Studio 1A!
4/25 @ Barracuda (Record Release Show)
4/27 @ Independence Brewing (Record & Beer Release Show)
4/28 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)
4/29 @ Paper Tiger (San Antonio)
Hailing from Philadelphia, Devon Gilfillian grew up on a steady diet of artists like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, influenced by his father’s taste. He moved to Nashville in 2013 in hopes of finding success with his music and subsequently signed to Capitol Records in 2017. Leading up to the release of his first full-length album, Devon released the first single, “Get Out And Get It” earlier this year. The single was produced by renowned engineer, Shawn Everett (who has recently worked with the likes of Houndmouth, Foxygen, and Hozier), and it earned instant acclaim. Gilfillian is quickly gaining traction, having been noticed by NPR, as well as being named a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise”. He is currently on tour across North America, opening for Brothers Osborne and playing a few festivals here and there. Scroll down to hear the full session, played in Studio 1A!
– Wes Simms, KUTX Intern
Oliver Rajamani has combined his influences from India and Texas, among many other regions, to create his own sound that he calls “Flamenco India”. He has spent a large portion of his life immersing himself in different communities to master a certain style of music, whether it was by living in Romani communities or playing in a jazz or rock band. A documentary called Flamenco India was recently developed to tell Rajamani’s story. He is joined by Spanish guitarist, Jeronimo Maya, who has flamenco roots and comes from a lineage of guitarists and vocalists. You can also access online guitar classes with from Jeronimo here. On Saturday, April 6th, they will be performing in KLRU’s Studio 6A, the original home of Austin City Limits. Scroll down to hear what went down in Studio 1A!
The Texas K.G.B. (Kelly Green Band) is a collective of individuals who are clearly tightly knit. This group dynamic results in the well balanced sound of a band plays with heart and synchronicity. Several of the band members are from Georgia, but found a home while performing in Austin, and decided to stay and start fresh with a new name and a few new faces as “The Texas K.G.B.” They were quickly embraced by their new community, playing shows at places like the 512 Studios Live and Texas Music Café. The quartet has been working on new music and will be performing at the Blanton Block Party on Saturday, March 30th. Scroll down for their sweet session in Studio 1A!