My KUTX: Abram Shook


My KUTX: Abram Shook

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

Artist of the Month Abram Shook came out of nowhere last year with Sun Marquee, his solo debut and a tour de force for the longtime Austin sideman. His time spent with Shearwater, the Low Lows, and the Great Nostalgic prepared him well for the spotlight. On May 12 comes Landscape Dream, which expands Shook’s psychedelic sound by emphasizing his love of African and Brazilian rhythms as well as his jazz background. It’s a complex record, but part of the fun comes from the new details that pop out with repeated listens.

This week on My KUTX, Shook is our guest DJ, offering an eclectic mix of songs that inspired his new record. Catch his set this Saturday at 6 p.m., or listen anytime in the player below his playlist.

–Art Levy

Abram Shook’s playlist

1. Shuggie Otis – “Inspiration Information”

2. Joni Mitchell – “Help Me”

3. Rokia Traore – “Lalla”

4. Sandro Perri – “How Will I?”

5. Clube Da Esquinha – “Ao Que Vai Nascer”

6. Chico Buarque – “Desalento”

7. David Bowie – “Sound & Vision”

8. Paul Simon – “Gumboots”

9. Dirty Projectors – “Imagine It”

10. Nick Drake – “Time Has Told Me”

11. Ornette Coleman – “Lonely Woman”

12. Dungen – “Ett Skal Att Trivas”

My KUTX: Old Settler’s 2015 Preview


My KUTX: Old Settler’s 2015 Preview

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015

Old Settler’s Music Festival started as a Round Rock-based roots festival in 1987, but as Jean Spivey says, it’s grown a few more branches over the years. She’s the executive director of Old Settler’s, and this week on My KUTX, Spivey previews the 2015 edition, which runs April 16-19 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch. Bluegrass and folk are still the main featured genres of this year’s lineup, but it also includes country, rock, gospel, R&B, and whatever the heck you’d call Shinyribs. Take a listen below the playlist!

–Art Levy

Jean Spivey’s playlist

1. JD McPherson – “Let The Good Times Roll”

2. Sam Bush – “Ridin’ That Bluegrass Train”

3. The Mavericks – “All Night Long”

4. Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Wild Soul”

5. Johnnyswim – “Diamonds”

6. Ray Wylie Hubbard – “The Messenger”

7. Jeff Austin – “Shake Me Up”

8. Darlingside – “The Ancestor”

9. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – “Cheater’s Game”

10. Chuck Prophet – “Countrified Inner City Technological Man”

11. Robert Earl Keen – “Old Home Place”

12. The McCrary Sisters – “Train”

13. Shinyribs – “Bolshevik Sugarcane”

My KUTX: John Fullbright


My KUTX: John Fullbright

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015

Photo by Kate Burns

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright grew up in Okemah, Oklahoma, the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. He picked up the piano at age five and later turned to the guitar, but his real musical education came at the Blue Door, the legendary Oklahoma City club that’s been home to songwriters like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and many more.

In 2012–when he was just 24–Fullbright earned a Grammy nomination for his first album, From The Ground Up. His latest, last year’s Songs, drew comparisons to Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, but Fullbright is a pretty down-to-earth guy: as our guest DJ this week, he picked a lot of songs that his mother introduced to him. You can see his full playlist and listen to his episode below.

–Art Levy

John Fullbright’s playlist:

1. Bobby Bare – “The Winner”

2. Shel Silverstein – “25 Minutes To Go”

3. Bob Dylan – “Mr. Tambourine Man”

4. Bob Dylan – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

5. Merle Haggard – “Mama Tried”

6. Frank Zappa – “Peaches En Regalia”

7. Willie Nelson – “I’d Have To Be Crazy”

8. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Something”

9. Carole King – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

10. Jim Croce – “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”

11. James Barton & the ‘Paint Your Wagon’ Ensemble – “Wand’rin’ Star”

12. Jerry Lee Lewis – “Mean Woman Blues” (Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany, 1964)

My KUTX: Magna Carda


My KUTX: Magna Carda

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

Photo by Hakeem Adewumi

This week on My KUTX, we’re featuring Magna Carda, one of Austin’s best up-and-coming bands. MC Megz Kelli and producer Dougie Do formed as a duo a few years ago, but in the live setting they have a full band that’s able to incorporate smooth soul, R&B, and blues influences into their songs. Magna Carda’s latest, Like It Is, wears its touchstones well–you can hear everything from A Tribe Called Quest to Erykah Badu–but the band has its own vibe: mellow production matched with Kelli’s rapid-fire rhymes. Dougie and bassist Derek Van Wagner guest DJ this week–take a listen below!

–Art Levy

Magna Carda’s playlist:

1. A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”

2. The Pharcyde – “She Said” (Jay Dee Remix)

3. Bahamadia – “Unknowhowwedo”

4. OutKast – “Prototype”

5. Erykah Badu – “Other Side Of The Game”

6. Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”

7. Funkadelic – “Hit It And Quit It”

8. Curtis Mayfield – “Can’t Say Nuthin’”

9. Stevie Wonder – “I Was Made To Love Her”

10. The Roots – “You Got Me”

11. Hiatus Kaiyote – “Breathing Underwater”

My KUTX: Ryan Bingham


My KUTX: Ryan Bingham

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015

Ryan Bingham is a folk singer who’s actually lived the kinds of songs he sings. He started out as a bullrider on the rodeo circuit, and he’d entertain his fellow bullriders between gigs with an acoustic guitar. Bingham’s 2007 debut, Mescalito, earned him a ton of critical acclaim, as did “The Weary Kind.” He wrote that song for the film Crazy Heart and Bingham ended up winning an Oscar and a Grammy in 2010. Fear & Saturday Night, his fifth album, came out earlier this year.

Throughout his career, Bingham has shown a love for American music—blues, country, folk, and rock-and-roll–and his My KUTX playlist is a perfect blend of his styles. Listen below!

–Art Levy

Ryan Bingham’s playlist:

1. The Marshall Tucker Band – “Can’t You See”

2. Waylon Jennings – “Rainy Day Woman”

3. Muddy Waters – “Got My Mojo Working”

4. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – “Armadillo Stomp”

5. The Rolling Stones – “Loving Cup”

6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Manic Depression”

7. Freddie King – “Going Down”

8. Van Morrison – “Sweet Thing”

9. Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Shaggy Dog”

10. The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

11. Jerry Jeff Walker – “London Homesick Blues”

12. Bob Dylan – “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”