Pamela Hart is the voice many regard as “Austin’s [Texas] First Lady of Jazz” as expressed by Austin Woman Magazine. She is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any Jazz aficionado–no not just Jazz, but music, period. Her perfectly phrased renditions of classic Jazz standards, contemporary music and compositions composed just for her, win immediate acceptance by any audience as she consistently gives a stunning performance.
Karen, like Anita O’Day, considers herself a “song stylist,” meaning she uses her voice like an instrument, considering herself more of a jazz musician than a vocalist. Her sound is sweet, emotional, and will always leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. After the moment she bought her first Ella Fitzgerald CD at a used bookstore at the age of twelve, Karen has been hooked, finding herself always listening to jazz. Her passion only grew larger after attending The University of Northern Colorado for two years where she dove head first into the jazz scene, attending as many clinics, lectures, and performances that she could, and participating in the jazz choirs the university had to offer. Once moving back to Texas, Karen decided to attend Texas State University where she quickly became the leading vocalist in the top combo, directed by Butch Miles, and top big band, conducted by Dr. Russell Haight.
El Tule is pure sunshine; a product of latin dance rhythms and positive expression. The band blends all of the zeal and enthusiasm of cumbia, salsa, merengue, reggae, and psychedelic rock. The importance of dance and movement radiates throughout the group’s music both lyrically and rhythmically. As soon as the music hits the ears, the body is sure to follow suit. El Tule will have you strutting down the street, grooving at your best friend’s wedding, and dancing while you do the dishes. For fans of: Golden Dawn Arkestra.
We’re big fans of El Tule here at KUTX. In fact, we’ve had them in twice this week! Art Levy has singer and guitarist John Dell and conga player Matt “Matteo” Turner guest DJ during last week’s My KUTX and today we had the band visit Studio1A this week to play some tracks off their fourth studio album Cuatro. Listen to the live session down below. If you like what you hear, they’re playing Austin 3ten tonight.
Everyone over at KUTX thought it was just another normal day, when during a Studio 1A performance, our beloved John Aielli commented on Dave Madden’s outfit, “In his linen outfit, he’s wearing linen pants, linen vest, linen scarf — he’s Mr. Linen.” However, it was no ordinary day as it marked the origins of Mr. Linen. Dave Madden alongside musicians/producers David Messier & Andre Cantave proceeded to sample John’s quirky remark to create a charming tribute in their song, “Mr. Linen”.
Fortunately, the three masterminds behind Mr. Linen, stopped by Studio 1A to play “Mr. Linen” as well as play a few other originals. The full performance can be heard in the links below. However, come join us this Sunday, July 31st from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hotel Van Zandt for the official song & video release of “Mr. Linen”. Come dressed in your best and breeziest linen, and perhaps you could be crowned as the party’s “Mr. & Mrs. Linen”.
The event is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to purchase a ticket for a $5-$10 suggested donation. All ticket sales will go to Austin’s public radio music station, KUTX.
Find more information about the event HERE!
Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
The Dan Ryan is a wonderfully mystical musical experience that is currently Austin-based. Named after both the expressway and a nature preserve in Chicago (hometown of frontman, Nathan Dixey), the group balances this type of contrast and blend into their own untraditional lineup of guitar, bass, drums, synthesizers, and trombone. Their style definitely holds an Americana heart, but one that is perhaps touched by Middle Eastern influences and synthesized transformations, which creates a beautiful starry-skied sound. After relocating from Kansas, The Dan Ryan has recently released their first record, The Dan Ryan LP on Cosmic Dreamer Music. The album stitches together a dreamy and calming world, that is definitely worth a front-to-back listen.
The Dan Ryan head out soon on an August tour with Your Friend, but enjoy their Studio 1A session below.
Whitney is really really good. The group started when the core members Julien Ehrlich & Max Kakacek, who had briefly played in the Smith Westerns, became songwriting roommates. The beauty of these Chicago-based rockers really lies within this songwriting which is classic and seriously catchy. Their songs carry you from a classic and groovy Wilco-esque rock, to beautiful places that only records like All Things Must Pass are able to visit. After the initial grooviness of this band kicks in, it’s the enchanting melodies and emotional lyrics carried through Ehrlich’s voice that easily connect to the listener. It’s the real deal.
Their first record, Light Upon the Lake, was released by Secretly Canadian (War on Drugs, Damien Jurado). The album was recorded with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado out in California. From start to finish, this record resonates a timeless feel with amazing analog production. It’s got a sound like something out of Big Pink, with acoustic guitars jangling & shimmering, funky laid back drumming and a Wurlitzer floating in the air. However, Whitney is able to push their original songs even further through beautiful arrangements of horns, strings & choir vocals. This is definitely a record to add to the collection.
We were lucky enough to have Whitney drop by for a few songs that you can listen to below.