Tish Hinojosa’s story is one of resilience and renewal. Her eagerness to be back making music in Austin is evident in glimpses of her Southwest-inspired return West, out June 15th. Her country/folk singer-songwriter sensibilities are backed by wandering guitar licks and a piano/accordion duo so in the pocket one would never guess she’d taken nearly a decade off from music. Fresh off a string of shows around town, Hinojosa and her band stopped by Studio 1A to remind us of the beauty in mission churches, Tuscon, Arizona, and breathe new life into a Mexican standard.
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its 2018 Summer Grand Production “Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse.” Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 14-24. “Ruddigore” will thrill Austin theatergoers of all ages who delight in spectacular music along with a frightful topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses, and menacing ghosts!
One of W. S. Gilbert’s three favorites, this show has the potential to become a favorite for everyone, including those to whom it is entirely new. The opera parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, which was popular in the mid-nineteenth-century. There is a shyly sweet-mannered and poor-but-virtuous heroine. There is a dastardly villain who carries off the maiden. There is a manly hero in disguise. There is a disheveled, mad girl who creates one of the most unforgettable scenes in the show. There is a deadly curse. To add a special element, there are frightful, menacing ghosts.
Listen to the cast’s recent visit to Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of the post!
Art DiBianca – Robin/Ruthven
Corinna Browning – Rose
Shelby Schisler – Margaret
Sam Johnson – Despard
Jeanne Saski – accompanist
Ralph MacPhail Jr. – Artistic Director
Jeffery Jones – Ragona/Music Director
Photo by Julia Reihs
With a Southern Californian spin, Chelsea Williams manages to tap into the traditional country themes of loneliness and independence with an admirable intensity. Her newest album, Boomerang, encompasses everything from sparse, melancholic ballads to swinging country pop songs, all of which are total earworms. Chelsea stopped by Studio 1A to discuss her songwriting and musical upbringing, plus treating us to her newest single “Honey, Honey”.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard a debut album that sounds as fully realized as Sun June’s, Years. For founding members Stephan Salisbury (vocals/guitar) and Laura Colwell (vocals/keys) that seemingly innate ability to create melancholy pop music grew out of their shared experiences working together in Austin’s film industry. Borrowed instruments quickly led to first songs and interest from other Austin musicians. The addition of Sarah Schultz’s delicate percussion, slow burn bass licks from Justin Harris, and bright guitars from Michael Bain give Colwell’s soft, earnest vocals the perfect landscape to unfold. Sun June stopped by Studio 1A to play a few tunes off the new album, share details of their upcoming release show and first tour.
For the past 20 years, brothers Kevin and Michael Bacon have squeezed a second life as rock ‘n’ rollers into their immensely successful careers in Hollywood. Kevin as an actor and Michael as a composer. Drawing on their shared childhood listening to the rock and soul of their native Philidelphia, The Bacon Brothers have recorded 8 studio albums including their latest The Bacon Brothers. Like their previous recordings, this new album falls squarely on the rock side of the Americana spectrum with songs like “Tom Petty T-Shirt” paying homage to that rock concert you just can’t forget. During their visit to Studio 1A Kevin Bacon shared their inspiration behind the album and how he and his brother first started making music.