Carson McHone

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Carson McHone

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018

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photo by Sam Kossler

Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone’s rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced. In 2015, McHone released Goodluck Man which earned her a cover story in The Austin Chronicle as well as the support of local icons like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who said she “writes songs like her life depends on it.” Then she hit the road, touring the U.S. (and beyond) with acts like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark, Jr., and Joe Pug. Her writing style widened and her music evolved.

Dark, driving and evocative, 2018’s Carousel captures this period of remarkable growth, shining a light not only on McHone’s honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. It features newly written songs and updated versions of tracks that first appeared on Goodluck Man, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context.

 

***UPCOMING FEATURES***

10/13 @ 6 p.m. – Guest DJ on MY KUTX 

10/19 @ 1 p.m. – Live in Studio 1A

11/1 @ Cactus Cafe – CD Release Show 

11/4 @ 5 p.m. Waterloo Records


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My KUTX: Carson McHone

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My KUTX: Carson McHone

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018

Carson McHone is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.

Austin’s Carson McHone started out playing both the Hole In The Wall and the White Horse, a pairing that perfectly captures her old school roots as well as her younger appeal. Her new album, Carousel, is just her second, but McHone’s youthful outlook is refreshing. So is her guest DJ set, which reckons with the “ramblin’ man” myth in country music; the brilliance of hometown heroes like Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin; and the danger of listening to Steve Earle while driving (warning: he might make you want to speed). Hear Carson McHone’s My KUTX on Saturday, October 13 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page, and be sure to see McHone at the Cactus Cafe on November 1.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Carson McHone – “Good Time Daddy Blues”]

1. Townes Van Zandt – “Rake”

2. Roger Miller – “Leaving’s Not The Only Way To Go”

3. Steve Earle – “Fearless Heart”

4. Willis Alan Ramsey – “Painted Lady”

5. Uncle Walt’s Band – “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too”

6. Lucinda Williams – “I Lost It”

7. James McMurtry – “Childish Things”

8. Patty Griffin – “Driving”

9. Alex Cameron – “Candy May”

10. Tristen – “Glass Jar”

11. Molly Burch – “To The Boys”

12. Blake Mills – “Cheers”

My KUTX: Risky Motion

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My KUTX: Risky Motion

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018

Risky Motion is the September Artist of the Month. Photo by Julia Riehs/KUTX

When recording his debut album under the name Risky Motion, Austin’s David Roseboom downloaded all of Prince’s music, cut off his internet access, and got to work. Wide Open is obviously purple-hued as a result, and it’s also jolted by Roseboom’s love of electronic music and prog rock. All those ingredients sound unwieldy written out, but he stitches them all together with a lot of joy.

This week on My KUTX, Roseboom’s joy is obvious and contagious: he was so excited to be our guest DJ, he stood and danced the entire time we recorded his set. And that might be the best way to enjoy this episode, so get on your feet and listen to My KUTX on Saturday, September 15th at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Crystal Method – “Trip Like I Do”

2. Prince – “Do It All Night”

3. Black Sabbath – “Planet Caravan”

4. Yes – “We Have Heaven”

5. Primus – “Over The Electric Grapevine”

6. The Mars Volta – “Drunkship of Lanterns”

7. Dan Deacon – “Of The Mountains”

8. Pink Floyd – “Any Colour You Like”

9. The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”

Risky Motion

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Risky Motion

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018

The first thing you notice is the sense of abandon, the ways disparate genres fall into each other with grace. It may have taken a personal crisis to drive David Roseboom, creator of Austin’s Risky Motion, to commit to making music, but commit he did. Moving to Austin’s infamous Pearl Street Coop, Roseboom went to work, spending untold hours in the studio finding his musical voice. The result, the soon to be released Wide Open album is part pop, funk, techno, psychedelia, rock – in other words, Risky Motion. 

– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director


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***UPCOMING SHOWS***

10/6 @ Empire Control Room (Record Release Show)

My KUTX: Mamahawk

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My KUTX: Mamahawk

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018

Mamahawk is the KUTX Artist of the Month for August. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Mamahawk’s music is fun and packed with pop precision. Listen to a few moments of “Brain Invaderz,” and you’ll recognize how much the Austin band revels in sonic details: a harmony here, a synth melody there, just when you’re least expecting it.

But Mamahawk’s members also understand how music can serve as an emotion-filled benchmark. “We haven’t known each other for a long, long time,” says Brennan Howell, Mamahawk’s drummer. “But when we were picking these songs [for the band’s My KUTX], we realized we have a lot of similar taste in music. It was really fun for us to go back and kinda talk about when this music first came out and we were listening to it, kinda comparing where we were and what we were doing in our lives.”

This week on My KUTX, Brennan joins singer/guitarist James Reed and keyboardist/singer Adam Littman for an influence-filled guest DJ set. Get to know Mamahawk on Saturday, August 25, 6 to 7 p.m., or listen anytime at the bottom of the page. You can also catch the band at the Swan Dive for its September residency.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Mamahawk – “Brain Invaderz”]

1. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Ain’t That Easy”

2. Hiatus Kaiyote – “By Fire”

3. Nick Hakim – “Needy Bees”

4. Frank Ocean – “Ivy”

5. Little Dragon – “Constant Surprises”

6. Kendrick Lamar – “untitled 03 l 05.28.2013.”

7. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”

8. Bon Iver – “Woods”

9. Wonderbitch – “Day After Day”

10. Sade – “Lovers Rock”

11. James Blake – “Measurements”