Who is John Doe?
No, were not referring to that placeholder name you see on the news.
This is John Doe, most notably known for the formation of the acclaimed L.A. punk band, X. The rocker has appeared on over 50 film and television productions as well as numerous collaborations with artists such as Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz. The list goes on and on. During X’s temporary disintegration, Doe concentrated on acting and slowly began a quiet, but fertile solo career in a country-rock style. Punk was out of the picture.
Currently he continues to tour both as a solo artist and as a member of X. We had the pleasure of having him live on Friday, January 2015 here at KUTX’s Studio 1a, where he performed a beautiful rendition of Bob Dylan’s song “Pressing On”. You can stream his performance right here through KUTX.
–Marla A. Hernández
Every month we turn the spotlight on a new release from a Texas artist with a series of weekly features that give you a sneak peek at the new music and some insight into the artist behind it. To see the full rundown for the KUTX Artist of the Month, click here.
In case you’ve missed out on all the previous Walker Lukens publications, keep reading. Walker is not your everyday singer/songwriter. He was a big fan of folk music but because of the genre’s over-saturation with the recent success of bands like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, he decided to experiment. The result? A collage-like collection of music derived out of folk, electronic and rock.
He has gained local and nationwide attention, including NPR and yours truly. Not only has he held the title for Artist of the Month, he has also earned the Song of the Day at KUTX on four different occasions in the past two years. He is unstoppable. Just last night he captivated an audience with his live performance of his hit song “Every Night”, amongst six other mind blowing tracks here at KUTX’s Studio 1A. Dont miss your chance to live the Walker Lukens experience. Catch him at one of his upcoming performances during MapJam and The X Games 2015. You can also stream his live performance right here through KUTX.
–Marla A. Hernandez
Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn‘s music may be hard to categorize, but that is likely why she appeals to so many.
Born in Houston and based in Nashville, Lynn has avoided labeling her music as merely Americana, folk, and country, arguing that she is instead letting inspiration steer her and “just doing what moves [her] as it comes.” The understated presence and raw talent behind Lynn’s haunting voice, capable of conjuring country legends like Patsy Cline and Conway Twitty, has led some to label her music as “country noir” while she feels “real country” or “authentic country” would be better suited. Lynn’s 2011 debut album, Have You Met Lera Lynn? is an edgy collection of her songs with a convincing country sound that harkens back to the genre’s glory days and has received rave reviews and numerous awards. The song Bobby Baby was named winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest and was also voted Best Alternative Country Song in the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll. Following the album’s release, she received the “Best Americana Artist” honors at the Athens’ Flagpole Music Awards.
Lynn’s latest album, The Avenues, features a noteworthy group of players, including guitarist Ben Lewis, bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple, Soul Coughing), keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Meshell Ndegeocello), and drummer Quinn (Tracy Chapman, eastmountainsouth). Producer Joshua Grange also provided his distinctive touch on guitar, pedal steel, and other instruments. Melodic, atmospheric, and intensely introspective, the material on The Avenues is entirely self-penned and fearlessly personal. While much of the album is about love and death, several of the songs, including “Letters,” “Coming Down,” and “Leave It Up to Me,” are reflections on the musician’s difficult relationship with her alcoholic father, who died when she was in her early 20s. With The Avenues, Lynn has created a mature album that resolutely defies pigeonholing. There is respect and nostalgia for the past while still pushing towards the future as Lynn enjoys struggling to define her sound.
You can check out Lera Lynn’s next show on Thursday, January 22nd at the Cactus Cafe or you can stream her right here at KUTX!
- Jack Anderson
If you can hear your stomach rumbling for acoustic-electric jazz, it’s time for some Food.
The duo formed in 1998 after a chance meeting between saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer and electronics improviser Thomas Strønen in Trondheim, Norway. Between the two accomplished musicians, Ballamy and Strønen have made individual appearances on around 120 albums since the mid-80s. Food’s distinct sound can be atrributed to the delicate balance between Ballamy’s melodic and lyrical playing and Strønen’s electronic soundscapes and grooves. And while Food plays primarily as a duo, they often collaborate and record with musical guests and friends.
Between 2000 and 2007, Food released five albums across two record labels before signing to the legendary ECM jazz label. 2010′s Quiet Inlet and 2012′s Mercurial Balm garnered the duo unprecedented recognition and exposure, along with acclaim for their contemporary jazz style. Food is curently working on a new record for ECM Records together with Austrian ambient guitarist Christian Fennesz (Fennesz). This studio recording is expected to take Food to a new musical space, working with sound-master Ulf Holand (A- ha, Satyricon, David Bowie) and writing more stuctured-groove oriented compositions.
You can catch Food on Wednesday, January 21st at the North Door or you can stream them right here at KUTX!
- Jack Anderson
The two Texas legends are performing together for the first time in five years.
If you’re an Austinite or just a fan of the Texas country music scene, you’re probably already familiar with Terry Allen and Bob Schneider. With nearly 40 albums of recorded material between the two musicians, they’ve covered a lot of ground. While Allen’s career began in the ’70s and has centered around subgenres of country, Schneider got his start in the ’90s and has incorporated sounds ranging from folk, rock, pop, funk, and of course, country.
Allen and Schneider both released their latest albums in 2013 (Bottom of the World and Burden of Proof, respectively), and have recently reunited not only as singer-songwriters but also as visual artists. Flatbed Press and Gallery has presented the pairing’s artwork with Outside the Lines, an exhibition that contains etchings, lithographs, and collages shown in conjunction with PrintAustin 2015. The exhibition is a prelude to a public concert in commemoration of Flatbed Press’s 25th anniversary. When sharing a stage, Allen and Schneider enjoy trading songs between witty banter and back handed compliments, making for a guaranteed night of music and entertainment. The collaborative call-and-response type of improvisational performance grants viewers and listeners an intimate look into the personalities of the two musicians.
You can catch Terry Allen & Bob Schneider on Saturday, January 24th at the UT Texas Union Ballroom (presented by Cactus Cafe) or you can stream them right here at KUTX!
- Jack Anderson