We were excited to welcome Kelly Willis back to the studio before she releases her new album, Back Being Blue. It’s her first solo work in over ten years and marks a return to the roots music she heard after moving to Austin in the late 80s. It’s a sound and style especially well suited to Willis’ crystal clear country soprano. Willis penned the majority of the songs on the new album herself but tapped friends like Rodney Crowell to lend their songwriting chops to a few. Catch Kelly Willis’ performance in Studio 1A at the bottom of the post before she hits the road for an international tour!
6/2 @ Stateside Theatre (Album Release Show)
Name Sayers definitely march to their own beat. Frontman and chief songwriter Devin James Fry readily admits to finding inspiration in some interesting places, like having sex during a new moon. The band’s new album, Mantles, follows in those eccentric footsteps with Fry’s unnervingly dark storytelling woven among brooding organs and guitar reverb. You get the sense Fry is constantly searching for the perfect sound to help convey the emotion in his stories. Grab the session from Studio 1A at the bottom of the post before the new album drops Friday, May 26.
Houstonian singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson is a Patsy Cline for the modern day. Her soft voice is clear and sweet, with each word perfectly enunciated so you know exactly what she is saying. While her music sounds like it came straight from 1955, her lyrics touch on modern-day themes like social media, virtual reality, femininity and relationships in the age of technology. Her most recent album, Old Fashioned Gal, allows listeners to feel like they are friends with Edmonson because of her personal, touching, and relatable lyrics. But make no mistake, Edmonson is a powerhouse musician who has headlined jazz festivals and toured with the likes of Lyle Lovett and Gary Clark Jr. Edmonson will be performing at ACL Live’s Moody Theater on Saturday, May 19th. Before performing a free show at Waterloo Records this evening, she stopped by Studio 1A to play selections from Old Fashioned Gal. Enjoy her session below!
When someone thinks of music from North Carolina, they might imagine Appalachian Americana or country. Rainbow Kitten Surprise, the 5-piece band that hails from the college town of Boone, is changing this perception. Their name is outlandish, and so is their music (in the best way possible). By fusing together a spectrum of sounds and influence, RKS create music like no other. On their latest album, How to: Friend, Love, Freefall, RKS dive deep into themes identity, love, family, and life. On songs like “Hide,” lead singer Sam Melo sings about sexuality and coming out, and songs like “Fever Pitch” are a testament to his vocal range and ability. RKS are genre-benders of the first degree. Their sound has elements of folk, indie, rock, R &B, and rap among so many other influences. Rainbow Kitten Surprise is playing a sold-out show at Stubb’s Amphitheater tonight, but you can get a taste of them by listening to their Studio 1A session below.
In a city full of rock bands it can be hard to distinguish yourself from the herd. Not so for Austin’s Lola Tried. Frontwoman Lauren Burton puts her band at the front of the pack with heaps of attitude and full force power pop vocals. Lola Tried stopped by the Studio to play us some new music before heading out on tour. Get the session at the bottom of the post!