Brian Posehn’s Guilty Pleasures

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Brian Posehn’s Guilty Pleasures

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Produced by Art Levy. Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX

This weekend, Moontower Comedy Fest takes place at venues all across Austin, and one of the comedians taking part is Brian Posehn. He’s a stand-up and actor known for roles on Just Shoot Me, Mr. Show, and The Sarah Silverman Program. He’s also a big metal fan, but in this feature, we wanted to hear about his musical guilty pleasures. Take a listen below and catch Posehn at Moontower.

Celebrate Willie’s Birthday With KUTX

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Celebrate Willie’s Birthday With KUTX

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

photo by Gabriel C. Perez

(Big thanks to KUT/KUTX superfan and frequent contributor Ann Leifeste for planting the seed)

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 a Willie Weekend. We’ll kick the party off Saturday morning April 29th at 6 a.m. with a weekend filled with classic and rare Willie tunes as well as the red headed stranger in his own words and our award winning documentary Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson. Also, be listening for your chance to win a copy of Willie’s new album God’s Problem Child. Start working on your braids!

 

Willie’s Birthday Weekend Schedule

 

Saturday, April 29

6 a.m.-6 p.m.: Wall to wall Willie songs, classics and deep album tracks

6 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Amazing Grace Documentary produced by David Brown & Texas Music Matters

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Willie Nelson Tribute with Rick Daddy

 

Sunday, April 30

6 a.m. -7 a.m.: Amazing Grace Documentary produced by David Brown & Texas Music Matters

8 p.m. – 10 a.m.: Gospel/Jazz Willie with Jay Trachtenberg

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Wall to wall Willie songs, classics and deep album tracks

 

5 Questions With Laurie Gallardo

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5 Questions With Laurie Gallardo

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Five Questions with KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo

After the Austin Chronicle Music Industry Awards named music host Laurie Gallardo “Best Radio Personality,” we decided it was high time to feature her in our Five Questions series.

Fans know and love that Laurie has immersed herself in and champions the local music scene. You can see her at any given night enjoying a show from an up-and-coming local band, which parlays into her role as producer and host of the Austin Music Minute.

What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio? 

My parents influenced me quite a bit in that department. They always had the radio on in the car, then they got me a radio when I was a kid, then eventually a stereo with a turntable. They liked a lot of the R&B, soul and pop that shaped my ear in the ‘70s, then as I began to develop my own tastes in music, rock ’n’ roll stepped in. I played the hell out of Blondie’s first album, which my aunt found for me one Christmas, and my favorite, Sgt. Pepper. An absolute headphone experience. I was obsessed. But growing up with radio as a kid, I learned the names of my favorite DJs and wondered what exactly it took to have a career like that. Little did I know, the paths are many, and have their own adventures.

What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

Oh my. Not a fair question at all! How much time have you got? May I write a novel in this section? I guess one that left me tremendously star-struck was seeing Patti Smith in Studio 1A, but seeing her before her performance, talking with Jody Denberg, was very special. It was surreal. Also seeing Sharon Jones perform in Studio 1A in our old location, and the warm way she greeted all of us and took the time to speak with fans afterward. But my favorite experiences are all the times I see people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, getting to know as friends, and whose music I’ve been sharing with listeners for quite some time on KUT and then KUTX, who get onstage and just knock people out with their incredible performances. I live that experience nearly every single day of my life here in Austin, and it never goes away. The excitement stays with me. And this is all kinds of music, many different styles. I’m a proud geek, and there I am at these shows with a goofy grin on my face, elated. It always humbles me. I’m like a proud parent.

Why public rather than commercial radio?

Commercial radio is really only truly about advertising dollars. I can’t speak on behalf of others when it comes to musical tastes, but there’s this homogenized quality about today’s commercial radio that doesn’t appeal to me. On the other hand, public radio has been a route of discovery, from the time my father introduced me to KTEP 88.5 in my hometown of El Paso, to the wonderful music I learned about through KUT and KUTX. And we’re in an extraordinary situation in our city, where radio stations like ours can flourish and continue to grow because of the quality of programming. We share incredible music every day. The live performances we host are electrifying.

How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

Dear, oh dear. If it isn’t reading, Seeing a lot of classic film – most of my time would be spent watching Turner Classic Movies, if I had cable. And checking out a lot of comedy from the UK – The Mighty Boosh, Ross Noble, Dylan Moran, Alan Davies, Julia Davis, a lot of stuff by the late Victoria Wood, who was brilliant. A lot of people in the U.S. don’t know that Hugh Laurie isn’t American. He got his start with his partner in comedy crime, Stephen Fry. And Hugh’s also a fantastic musician. I met him once, filming part of a musical documentary in Luckenbach. I made an absolute idiot out of myself. It took two and a half beers to get the courage to go right up to him and say, “Hello, Hugh! I’m…Laurie.” So embarrassing. And he very sweetly leaned closer to answer, “I’m assuming it’s spelled the same.”

Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

“…always here for me.” So many different kinds of music going on here, and it’s collectively an empowering force lifting me up, even during my darkest hours. It always is here for me.

Laurie hosts music on KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, 2 to 5 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and produces the Austin Music Minute, which delivers a daily roundup of live music performances from local artists at local venues, along with artist sound clips. 

Read about Laurie’s SXSW 2017 picks in this “From the Desk Of” feature in “Austin Woman” magazine.

March 8: No Boys Allowed

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March 8: No Boys Allowed

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a worldwide day of recognition and action for women and girls. KUTX will participate the best way we know how: with music! From 6am until 11pm, we’ll shine the spotlight on women – from singer-songwriters, to kick-ass frontwomen, to rappers  – from here in Austin to all around the world. (We can’t promise you won’t hear some men singing – how else do we honor awesome lady drummers and guitarists?)

What’s more – we’re kicking the men out of the studio! The entire day will be hosted by the Women of KUTX:

6-9 A.M.Elizabeth McQueen (Saturday mid-morning and This Song host) gives John Aielli the morning off (which he’ll need, since it’s the day after his 50th Anniversary celebration.)

9 A.M. to 12 P.M.Susan Castle remains the queen of her mid-morning castle.

12-2 P.M. – Live Music Booker/Producer Deidre Gott gives Jay Trachtenberg the boot. (Will she play Dolly Parton? Our sources say yes!)

2-5 P.M. – Laurie Gallardo rocks her usual spot!

5-7 P.M. – For your afternoon drive home, KUTX’s Assistant Program Director Jacquie Fuller will take the wheel from Jody Denberg.

7-9 P.M. – Taylor Wallace (Thursday night and Saturday midday host), makes usual Wednesday night host Jack Anderson sleep on the couch.

9-11 P.M. – Late-night host Audrey Morton makes an earlier appearance.

Follow along on Instagram (@KUTX), too, where we’ll be sharing portraits from some of our favorite women artists who have come through KUTX.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

 

Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

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Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Live music producer Deidre Gott is the person responsible for booking the diverse array of live music you hear on KUTX every day – from our 300+ live Studio 1A broadcasts, to KUTX Winter Jam, to our KUTX Live events at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin and Mueller.

 Someone who likes to dive deep into her music passion, Deidre has worked nearly every angle of the music industry from radio and music television, to Waterloo Records and slinging merch with Shearwater. She has been singing in the same cover band for the last 12 years and might be Dolly Parton’s number one fan. Before joining KUTX in early 2016, Deidre spent 10 years championing Austin music for a commercial Alternative Rock station and spent time programming Triple A, Alternative and Indie Rock programs for retail and restaurants. Some of her favorite bands include Tame Impala, Beck, and Octopus Project – among an ever-growing list of favorites! 

 Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

 What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio? 

My whole family is musical and it’s always been a big part of my life. Piano, choir, band – I was a total music nerd. When I was old enough to listen to the radio and pick my own music I was obsessed with the oldies station. My friends and I would tape ourselves pretending to be DJ’s when I was a kid.

 It wasn’t until I moved to Austin in 2001 that I finally pursued radio. I stumbled onto a radio remote happening at a club on 6th street and asked the DJ how to get a job in radio. She gave me a card and that was that.

 What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

The Black Angels in 2006 at the very first Fun Fun Fun Fest. It had been an amazing festival, the sun had set and in the middle of “Black Grease” a helicopter flew over. It was such perfect timing. It sounded like it was part of the show. I just knew I had been a part of something really special and felt lucky to be having that experience.

 Why public rather than commercial radio?

I worked 15 years in commercial radio before moving over to public radio last year. When I first started working at KUTX, I kept marveling, “This is what I always hoped radio would be!” There’s a freedom afforded in public radio that commercial radio doesn’t have. We’re not bound by charts and singles. We know the hits, but we get to take chances. It opens us and our listeners up to so many different genres and artists that I’m constantly discovering new stuff I really dig.

 How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

Eating bean and cheese tacos. 

 Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

 Connect with Deidre on Twitter @DeidreGott