Celebrate Willie’s Birthday With KUTX


Celebrate Willie’s Birthday With KUTX

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019

Photo: Gabriel C. Perez/KUTX

Austin is the music town that it is mostly because of one man: Willie Nelson. We wouldn’t be able to bring you the Austin music experience without Willie.

Join KUTX as we celebrate his birthday with Willie Weekend, now in its third year. We’ll kick the party off Saturday morning April 27th at 6 a.m. with a weekend filled with classic and rare Willie tunes. Also, be listening for your chance, hourly, to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.


Willie’s Birthday Weekend Schedule


Saturday, April 27

6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic

6 p.m. My KUTX with Freddy Fletcher

 7 p.m. – 10 pm. More wall-to-wall Willie with Rick McNulty

Sunday, April 28

7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic


Big thanks to KUT/KUTX superfan and frequent contributor Ann Leifeste for planting the seed for Willie Weekend back in 2017.


Best Songs Ever…This Week


Best Songs Ever…This Week

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019

Jenny Lewis – “Wasted Youth”

Let’s begin with a songwriter who knows how to hurt my heart in the most melodic way possible – Jenny Lewis. Her fourth solo album, On The Line, is arguably her best work yet, and the track I’ve selected is “Wasted Youth.” For reasons too complicated for me to even explain, it brings me so much joy to experience an artist as superb as Lewis singing so gorgeously about…regret, and other tangled emotions.

Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Turn The Light”

Over to a dynamic duo that I certainly was not expecting, but certainly makes so much sense when I hear it – Karen O and Danger Mouse. Both artists are known for their own work, and both have also made excellent collaborators with many other artists. So it’s about time these great minds teamed up, and they certainly did to create the album Lux Prima. Overall, it’s an outstanding interaction where it feels like the worlds of ‘60s pop, Motown soul, funk and ‘90s trip-hop collide. It’s brilliant. Karen O’s voice is perfection. I dig the groove on “Turn The Light” in particular.

Lizzo – “Juice”

My final selection on the list comes from a multi-talented artist who can easily rock a classic sound with a modern sensibility, Lizzo. This singer, rapper, flautist and dancer has an album titled Cuz I Love You, and the euphoric track I’ve selected is “Juice.” I’m totally feeling an ‘80s vibe, in terms of…you know, like UK artist Junior doing “Mama Used To Say,” remember that track? There’s similar vibrancy to “Juice.” And Lizzo knows that she rules the school.

KUTX Pop-Up Sessions at Old settler’s Music Fest


KUTX Pop-Up Sessions at Old settler’s Music Fest

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019

Pop-Up Sessions From Old Settler’s Music Fest 2019


Best Songs Ever 4.5.19


Best Songs Ever 4.5.19

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019

Photos (L/R): Grupo Fantasma, Tame Impala, Mavis Staples

KUTX’s Matt Reilly shares this week’s Best Songs Ever!


Grupo Fantasma- “Cuidado” 

First up, music from Austin’s Grupo Fantasma. Their new album American Music Vol. VII is a continuation of the process that makes them both wholly unique and beloved: mixing various musical influences to create songs that are infectious, relatable and danceable. This song is the perfect example: it’s called “Cuidado.”

Tame Impala-“Patience”

Next, we take it down under for the Australian outfit Tame Impala. Kevin Parker and company made their name as a psych rock band but have since transitioned into a, dare I say it, smoother band. This song makes us want to go roller skating. It’s called “Patience.”

Mavis Staples-“Change”

Finally, American icon Mavis Staples. Lyrically, it’s a song that would have worked in the civil rights era just as easily as today, giving it a timeless quality. Add to that the gut- bucket blues production and you have a song rooted in both past and present, which shows us that not that much has changed since we were first introduced to Mavis over 60 years ago. It’s called “Change.”

Best Songs Ever 03.29.19


Best Songs Ever 03.29.19

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019

Photos (L/R): Night Glitter, Tom Petty, Adia Victoria

Jody Denberg shares the best songs ever…this week. 

Night Glitter-“Transparency”
Austin’s Night Glitter is essentially singer LouLou Ghelichkhani from Thievery Corporation and bassist John Michael Schepf, who just finished about a dozen gigs with Ben Dickey at SXSW. Together as Night Glitter, they’ve put out an EP, and their new single is “Transparency,” sung in French by Ghelichkhani.

Tom Petty- “For Real”
Tom Petty has been gone for a couple of years, but there’s been a couple of archival releases already. The first, American Treasure, was almost all previously-unreleased material. The new one, The Best Of Everything, has two previously-unreleased songs. Check out “For Real,” recorded in 2000–it almost sounds like Tom is talking to us from the great beyond.

Adia Victoria- “A Different Kind Of Love”

Recently, Tennessee-based poet and songwriter Adia Victoria visited KUTX’s Studio 1A. Her second album, Silences, is amazing, punctuated by the rocker “Different Kind Of Love.”