Six months. I have a theory that’s how long it takes to get fully acclimated after settling down in a new place. The weather, the food, the local nuances, you can hate them all with a fiery passion, but on day 182, they all seem a little more tolerable. Rinse, wash, repeat and after moving enough times, it becomes hard to stay still. Folk artist Will Courtney paints this turmoil beautifully in new album Planning Escapes. The new release captures the contrast of the optimism of a traveler’s fresh start and the struggle of finding the groove of a new place. It’s an album for the nostalgia of summers past and the road trips that are yet to come.
Former frontman of Brothers and Sisters, Will Courtney, is by no means a new face in Austin. After five cities and a few years, Courtney has returned home to Austin ready to release brand new album Planning Escapes, available on July 15th. You can see Will Courtney and The Wild Bunch this Friday June 24th at the North Door or at their official album release show on July 1st at Hotel Vegas.
Catch a sneak peek of the new tracks down below, courtesy of Studio1A.
– Roxanne Zech
Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
If you haven’t heard of Sunfower Bean yet NOW is the time. Described by Rolling Stone as “NYC’s Coolest Young Band”, this trio of 20-21 year olds show experience and creativity way beyond their age. Their music is a blend of brightly echoed guitars, metronomic rhythms, synthesizers and a balance of the celestial yet conversational vocals. It carries early elements of Sonic Youth-esque punk, pedal-oriented guitar dreaminess, 80’s pop, and heavy Black Sabbath riffing.Their latest album, Human Ceremony, was released in February from Fat Possum Records (Youth Lagoon, Adam Torres) and creates a wonderful trip through a heavenly space-driven world. Each song varies widely from the next, yet they group maintains their uniquely wonderful timbre. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear this young group bring their songs to life.
We were lucky over here at KUTX to have had Sunflower Bean drop by Studio 1A to play a few tracks and chat with our very own Trina Quinn. If you missed their sold out show at Stubb’s BBQ with Austin’s Tele Novella , then definitely be sure to check out their performance below!
Nothing but smiles and excitement in Studio1A yesterday as BOOHER unveiled their new record deal with Old Flame Records (Cloud Nothings, Potty Mouth, Rozwell Kid). One of Austin’s newest bands, BOOHER is the newest music project from former frontman of Zykos, Michael Booher. The band has traded in the early 2000s emo rock of Cursive for the Americana style and raspy voice of Bright Eyes.
Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Pattie Griffin), debut album Funny Tears is scheduled to be released in early 2017. Snag a sneak preview of the album this Friday, June 24th at Blackheart during the band’s free digital EP release party featuring Star Parks and Brother Superior.
New EP Autographin Bibles is released this Friday and features three songs from upcoming album. BOOHER hung out with Laurie Gallardo in Studio1A yesterday and played two exclusive just for KUTX. Listen to the live session down below.
– Roxanne Zech
Country music lives on. The young 32-year old, Margo Price, bears the soul of her music in a genuine and honest way that can only be compared to the greats: Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard & Emmylou Harris. This is definitely in part due to her gift in songwriting, but it seems that Price has already lived a life that puts her ahead of her years.
At the age of 20, Price abandoned the idea of college to move to Nashville. She began playing there and a lot of this tale is recounted on her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, as she sings “But the men they brought me problems/And the drinking caused me grief… But my first born died and I cried out to God/ Is there anybody out there looking down at me at all?”. This 11-song masterpiece carries a classic country twang & train, but delivers emotionally personal memoirs from Price. She recounts her night in prison, dives into classic 60’s influenced country, and breaks your heart with a sweet lullaby like, “World’s Greatest Loser”. It’s an album to keep in your collection forever.
After some of her trials have now past, it seems like the skies finally opened up for Price. Her debut album, recorded at the legendary Sun Studios, was picked up by Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records. It’s attracting quite the positive buzz in the music world and Margo is touring hard and being sure to make important stops along the way, like her recent performance on Saturday Night Live.
We were so lucky to have Margo drop by Studio 1A before her performance at Stubb’s BBQ alongside Old Crow Medicine Show. If you missed her, be sure to catch her in the links below!
The conviction of Joplin, the presence of Simone, and the fire of Winehouse, rising artist Andra Day is taking the nation by storm.
Nominated for not one, but two Grammy Awards (Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album), Day has worked alongside producers like Adrian Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq and collaborated with artists such as Questlove, James Poyser of The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeffand, and The Dap-Kings of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Her booming vocals and soulful style meets smooth sultry jazz in a sweet 13-track debut album Cheers to the Fall. The album is a testament to embracing failure and a rejecting of a life ruled by fear.
Day’s quick rise to fame is a direct product of her unforgettable live performances. After a video of her performing outside a strip mall surfaced on Youtube, Stevie Wonder’s ex wife, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris, connected the two musicians. Shortly after, Spike Lee saw Day perform at Sundance Film Festival and offered to direct the video for the first single from the album, “Forever Mine.” Talent recognizes talent. Her latest single “Rise Up,” resonated with director M. Night Shyamalan, and they quickly collaborated on her newest music video.
In the aftermath of June 12th’s Orlando shooting, Day dedicated her ACL Live taping last weekend to the victims and families affected. The next afternoon, our Studio1A audience members sat mouths agape and teary eyed in awe of Day’s talent and grace. See the performance down below.