She’s been compared to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but Kat Edmonson is her own artist. For over a decade, the former Austinite has brought jazz to a new generation. She’s collaborated with Lyle Lovett and breathes new life into old standards, but she’s also an accomplished songwriter, self-described as “vintage pop.” With the release of her third album, The Big Picture, Edmonson returned to Austin earlier this year for a homecoming gig, and we were there to capture it. This week on the Austin Music Experience, Kat Edmonson in concert, live from the historic soundstage of Austin City Limits. Join us Sunday at 6pm on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org.
This week on the Austin Music Experience, artists getting back to their roots. Kathy Valentine is known for her pioneering work in the Go-Gos, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her band the Bluebonnets, who stop by Studio 1A. Valentine also talks about moving back to Austin and reconnecting with her influences. Plus, Ryan Bingham might be known for his rowdy live shows, but he’s back in our Studio 1A with his acoustic, talking about his one-of-a-kind career and showing us a new song. Also, A. Sinclair’s rock-and-roll reinvention, Joseph Arthur on the ‘Wild Side,’ and more. Join us Sunday at 6pm on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org.
Dave Grohl is one of the biggest rock stars on the planet, but he’s also something of a music historian. Sonic Highways is the Foo Fighters’ eighth album and also the name of a documentary series where Grohl explores eight different American music scenes, including Austin. This week on the Austin Music Experience, we chat with Grohl about Sonic Highways, Roky Erickson, and his lifelong love of Austin City Limits. Plus, we’ve got exclusive live recordings from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, captured backstage at the fest and in our Studio 1A. Hear from Courtney Barnett, J Mascis, Angel Olsen, and more. Listen below!
A lot of artists mellow with age, but don’t tell the Old 97’s. Most Messed Up is a very appropriate title for their tenth album. This week on the Austin Music Experience, the Old 97’s are live in our Studio 1A, and we talk with them about twenty years as a band, working with Waylon Jennings, and where the fire comes from on Most Messed Up. The Afghan Whigs roots stretch back even further, and the recently-reunited group also stops by our Studio 1A for live music and conversation. Plus, back and forth with the Decemberists–one from the live archives and one from their upcoming new album–and more. Listen below!
Fun Fun Fun—it could be the alternate motto for Austin. But it’s also the name for one of the most diverse music festivals in town. Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Auditorium Shores and Butler Park next weekend, and this week on the Austin Music Experience, we’ll hear exclusive live recordings from performers like Alt-J, Dana Falconberry, First Aid Kit, Angel Olsen, and more. Plus, festival co-organizer Graham Williams gives us his top picks and gives Judas Priest a briefcase of rattlesnake skin…Also, Mike Doughty is in our Studio 1A, playing songs from his new solo album and telling us about his favorite poets. Listen below!