Landing in Austin little more than a year ago Holiday Mountain quickly earned an eager local fan base with high energy live shows and fun danceable music. Songwriter, vocalist, and keyboardist Laura Patiño formed the group with drummer Zander Kagle and fellow alumnus bassist/synth player Bradley Will while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. The band is named after Billie Holiday and the Rocky Mountains, two sources of infinite inspiration for Patiño. They will be taking part in our weekly music series at Uncle Billy’s this Sunday, April 20th. Take a listen to their session in KUTX Studio 1A and them come join us for some great BBQ and fun music.
KUTX is proud to present exclusive live recordings, captured in the scenic Hill Country at Old Settler’s Music Festival 2014! We’ll post the songs below as we get them in–keep checking back! If the below songs aren’t quite enough for you, check out our YouTube page. There are some great “backstage” performances too.
While the Gourds are on hiatus, frontman Kevin Russell has donned the Shinyribs persona. Cajun, blues, rock, folk, country–nothing is off-limits for Shinyribs. As Russell himself calls his sound: “Salvador Dolly Parton.” Check out “Heard It On The X” in the player below!
Three Grammy nominations. A degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory of music. Worldwide acclaim, both from critics and her folk peers. Not bad for a twenty-two year old. Sarah Jarosz rocketed out of nearby Wimberley in 2009, and since she’s become a folk sensation. Her music does the impossible–it draws together both folk purists and a new generation of listeners. Check out “Build Me Up From Bones” and “Gone Too Soon” in the player below!
Growing up just down the road of Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma birthplace, John Fullbright has soaked up folk tradition while adding his own irreverent spin to the genre. His 2012 debut From The Ground Up earned him a Grammy nomination, and it’s his originals–like the spiritually ambiguous “Gawd Above”–that are drawing fans around the world to his songwriting. Check out “Happy” and “Until You Were Gone” in the player below!
Lake Street Dive
Boston’s Lake Street Dive first gained attention as street musicians, performing raucous covers for lookers-on. Videos of these performances went viral, but the band hit a bigger spotlight recently with a buzzed-about slot on The Colbert Report. The “Colbert Bump” has certainly increased their profile, as has the release of Bad Self Portaits, a record that blends roots, jazz, and soul into a unique whole. Check out “Stop Your Cryin’” and “Bad Self Portraits” in the player below!
When Boston’s Della Mae formed in 2009, there weren’t many all-female bluegrass bands out there. The members came together from all over the country–Vermont, South Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington–and united in musical harmony. The U.S. State Department even named Della Mae as America’s cultural ambassadors in 2011. The group toured Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and now they’re back in Austin for Old Settler’s. Check out “Empire” in the player below!
Devil Makes Three
Santa Cruz’s Devil Makes Three blends acoustic roots music with the energy of garage rock. Since forming in 2002, the band has crisscrossed the country, touring with Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. Their latest album, I’m A Stranger Here, was produced by Buddy Miller (Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Patty Griffin). Check out “Hallelu” and “40 Days” in the player below!
From San Francisco comes Front Country, a band that calls itself “progressive bluegrass.” They’re winning fans all over the country, nabbing top honors at festivals like RockyGrass and Telluride. Check out “One Kind Word” in the player below!
Columbus, Ohio band, Saintseneca classify themselves as folk, but as is the case with many bands, one genre doesn’t really sum them up. There’s certainly folk elements there, but there’s also traces of post-punk, grunge, and psychedelic-rock. In addition, little touches of Turkish Baglama, balalaika, dulcimer, flute, mandolin, etc. intermixed among electric guitar and synth help make the band’s thumbprint what it is, all their own. Freshly out with their sophomore album, Dark Arc (April 1, 2014), the group’s been praised by many smaller indie publications for their dark, poetic lyrics imbued with themes of loneliness and solitude and set to interesting pop musical arrangements. Check out their performance with us in Studio 1A right HERE!
Austin’s ZACH Theater is out with a new production not to be missed! Gospel of Colonus is a musical that tells a story based on Sophocles’ Greek myth “Oedipus.” The story follows “Oedipus’ return home seeking forgiveness, redemption and transformation in the context of a gospel church service.“ The soulful and moving tale will thrill viewers and so will the super-charged vocals of some of Austin’s finest singers and performers, including Eugene Lee, Timothy Curry, Janis Stinson, Judy Arnold, Felicia Dinwiddie, Vincent J. Hooper, Christa Oliver, Roderick Sanford, Kenny Williams and a full gospel choir. Some of the cast’s members will be joining us live on air at 10:00 a.m. Monday April 7 to give us a taste of what the show has to offer!
Lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars and former lead guitarist for The Black Crowes, Luther Dickinson is out with a solo acoustic record, Rock ‘n Roll Blues (March 18, 2014). Although known for his electric guitar virtuoso, Luther’s true love happens to be the acoustic guitar. In fact, Dickinson’s said that, “playing electric guitar is my life’s work, but acoustic guitar is the love of my life. My house is filled with acoustic guitars; I don’t have any amps in the house.” As with any solo album, the record is more reflective of Luther’s personal tastes as an artist. There isn’t any need to adapt his vision to realize that of a group’s, such as is the case when crafting an album as part of a band. While he’s known for blues and rock, the album is also punk-rock in spirit and in its stripped down, DIY approach–an aspect reflective of Luther’s earlier taste in music. Check out Luther Dickinson’s performance caught live in Studio 1A right HERE!