The letter for Salesman arrived in the mail earlier this year. “Congratulations! April 17, 2014 will be proclaimed Salesman Day in Austin, Texas by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell…” Front man Devin James Fry was left speechless. For his band, it means much more than just a day in honor of their music.
“The past six years, on and offstage, we’ve met some of the truest, hardest working souls to be found anywhere,” Fry said. “Playing music in this city is an honor every day. To become part of Austin’s musical history in this humbling way is nothing short of a dream come true.”
Fry began writing music as Salesman in his home state of Colorado in 2006. When he moved to Austin, he met drummer Clayton Lillard and violinist Patrick Patterson, and began collaborating with Lord Buffalo‘s Daniel Pruitt and Garrett Hellman. They were joined by friend and Little Radar bassist Grant Himmler.
This resulted in some extraordinary musical bonds, which in turn produces such intensely passionate compositions Fry builds from the most primitive emotions. To see a Salesman show is not only to listen to the music, but to experience where it comes from. Fry, not really interested in adhering to genres for go-to descriptions, has called his work “desert” music. That hits the nail right on the head. Expansive, all-encompassing, full of life that one wouldn’t have dreamed existed…
A new Salesman album will be coming out this summer. Meanwhile, you can celebrate Salesman Day with the band at their performance tonight at their rehearsal space/recording studio, The Castle, located at 5816 Berkman Dr. The show features performances by Digital Antique, complete with string ensemble, and songwriter Adam Torres. Doors open at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Recommended.
Ray Garza of folk-rock outfit MARYANN admitted to being a little anxious about his band going on the road for the first time, but it’s mixed with excitement, and no doubt plenty of adrenaline. Quite a few major cities await on the map for the “Just Married” tour, including Memphis, Cincinnati, New York, and Philadelphia. It’s all good, because the band will have plenty of new music to share with their new album, Wylie., and they’ll be joined by friend and fellow songwriter Greg Mullen on the road.
MARYANN is kicking off the tour in style with a big album release party tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River, with performances by Mullen, Brother Bear and Mon Freres Amigos. Get there after 9 p.m. Excellent new tunes, and the perfect bon voyage. So recommended.
Who: Country artist Emily Herring
What: Real-deal, tried and true country and western. A solid mix of traditional country, Southern blues, western swing, and a bit of Tejano in there. Marty Robbins would be proud.
Where: The White Horse, 500 Comal St.
Why: Give your late night the perfect touch of twang. Bring your boots. Recommended.
Who: Kalu James
What: A fantastic acoustic set to send away the Monday blahs.
When: Tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave.
Why: High praises for this extraordinary performer, who blends everything from soul to the blues, rock to African folk. A definite must-see.
Who: Dub pop masters Holiday Mountain.
What: A sparkly, otherworldly dance party extravaganza, leaving stars in your eyes.
When: Tonight, doors at 9 p.m.
Where: Lambert’s, 401 E. 2nd St., upstairs.
Why: Who can resist a dazzling double bill with electronic artist Corduroi? This is all manner of fabulous. It’s a dance party times ten, really. DO IT.