“We were going for timeless. We were going for righteous. Those were the two words that we focused on while we were recording,” Cauthen says. “That’s it.”
You may have heard of Paul Cauthen as the frontman of Sons of Fathers– a “raucous” Texicana group hailed by NPR and Rolling Stone, whose music landed them in the Top 10 of the Americana Music charts. After a defining performance with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cauthen recalls that he was inspired to shift focus somewhat. All artists all the time are looking for their next source of inspiration, like a drug, the next personal truth to express, and Cauthen does just that on “My Gospel”.
His latest solo album reveals him turning to his roots in Gospel music, and it suits his commanding, baritone voice quite well. He’s not a religious man, he says, but the timeless style and sensibility of Gospel music has a way of delivering emotions unlike other genres. The album is classic and, yes, “righteous”. It could have something to do with the fact that he recorded much of the album at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the world renowned studio where greats like Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, and Aretha Franklin had their first hits. This is the gospel according to Cauthen- hop on the train and spread it.
Paul dropped by Studio 1A to showcase the new material before heading on tour with Elle King. (Catch them at Stubb’s October, 25. Tickets here!) Listen to his performances and our interview with him below.
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Every once in awhile a band comes along with a name that genuinely describes their sound. Austin’s Jamestown Revival is one of those bands. Named after one of the earliest colonies in North America, Jamestown Revival breathes new life into traditional folk, bluegrass, and country music. Originally comprised of primary singers/songwriters Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay, high school friends from Magnolia, Texas, the duo added several members over the past couple of years to expand their sound. While the band may have gotten bigger, their songwriting still focuses on daily life, love, and loss, often with distinctly American motifs, like their songs “Company Man” and “American Dream”. This may sound like a recipe for some stale country rock, but in the hands of Jamestown Revival the familiar becomes fresh and their killer harmonies have you singing along after the very first listen.
Listen to Jamestown Revival caught live in Studio 1A in the player below and be sure to check them out at Emo’s on November, 4th.
There has never been a more appropriate band name than the one for Henry + The Invisibles. Although this may sound like a full ensemble, this Austin band consists solely of Henry Roland. This wizard of instruments takes the sounds of old school funk and blends it with a modern hip-hop twist. Although Henry uses multiple pieces of hardware at once to replicate the sounds of a full band, his soulful vocals are something that a machine simply cannot produce. His live shows are also a sight to behold, due to Henry’s playful nature and his ability to make any concert feel like a giant funked up party. Check out his Studio 1A session here and his first full-length album Musaic came out last month!
If you had to describe Tinnarose, it would be like meeting your the cool uncle who has managed to never lose their cool or seem unhip. The Austin folk rock group are old souls on the inside, but their music is still plenty young and refreshing. These songs could have come out 40 years ago, but luckily for us, Tinnarose is cranking out these tunes in the present. The melodies are infectious and the vocal harmonies are full of folky goodness with a soft rock edge. Their newest album, My Pleasure Has Returned, is a much needed blast from the past, and in these early days of autumn feels like a last hurrah for the sounds of summer. The album comes out this Friday, October 14th, and they are celebrating the release at Barracuda that same night with Sweet Spirit and Calliope Musicals! Check out our Studio 1A session with them below.
Ever since their first project in 2004, Band of Horses have continuously developed their sound. This is especially true for vocalist and guitarist Ben Bridwell, whose previous project Carissa’s Wierd featured a more stripped down emotional chamber rock sound. Band of Horses takes this core sound and evolves it to greater heights, creating an uplifting listening experience. The cynical remnants still remain, but the folk and traditional indie rock components that have been added to make this sound more dynamic and fluid. Their latest album Why Are You OK sounds like a folk soaked summer album, but one that still has just the right amount of edge. All this adds up to the perfect festival act, so it’s no surprise that they are playing the Austin City Limits Festival on Friday. Band of Horses stopped by Studio 1A and you can check out the whole session right now before the fest!