My KUTX: Jimmie Vaughan


My KUTX: Jimmie Vaughan

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015

Jimmie Vaughan has been a musician for over fifty years, performing alongside everyone from Jimi Hendrix and BB King to the Fabulous Thunderbirds and our own Paul Ray (of Twine Time fame). He’s hands-down one of the best guitarists to come out of Austin, or Texas for that matter. He’s had a busy year: in April he helped induct his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and he’s also the official Texas State Musician for 2015. This is a fun guest DJ set—Jimmie takes us on a tour of his roots growing up in Dallas and the artists that influenced him the most. Listen below his playlist.

–Art Levy

Jimmie Vaughan’s playlist:

1. Slim Harpo – “Baby Scratch My Back”

2. The Nightcaps – “Wine, Wine, Wine”

3. Freddie King – “Hide Away”

4. Bill Doggett – “Hold It”

5. Little Tommy Tucker – “High Heel Sneakers”

6. Jimmy Reed – “Big Boss Man”

7. Webb Pierce – “I Ain’t Never”

8. Stonewall Jackson – “That’s Why I’m Walking” (Live on The Porter Wagoner Show)

9. Gene Ammons – “Miss Lucy”

10. Ray Price – “Nightlife”

11. Muddy Waters & Buddy Guy – “Wee Wee Baby”

12. Lil’ Son Jackson – “Rockin’ & Rollin'”

13. B.B. King – “Rock Me Baby”

14. Little Richard – “Directly From My Heart To You”

15. Chuck Berry – “Too Much Monkey Business

My KUTX: Crooks


My KUTX: Crooks

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015

Like a lot of people, when I first moved to Austin, I got really into Doug Sahm. He’s still one of my personal favorites: there’s something about his music that just sounds like Austin. I think Crooks have that same vibe. They combine country, conjunto, and rock so that nobody is left without a dance partner. Crooks are the KUTX Artist of the Month: download a free song here and find out why they’re one of the best live bands here. Crooks’ Josh Mazour and Ryan Goebel are also the guest DJs this week on My KUTX. Listen below their playlist.

–Art Levy

Crooks’ playlist:

1. John Anderson – “Swingin’”

2. Bud Brewer – “Big Bertha, The Truck Driving Queen”

3. Eddy Arnold – “Cattle Call”

4. Jonny Fritz – “Trash Day”

5. Billy Joe Shaver – “Ragged Old Truck”

6. Bill Withers – “Grandma’s Hands”

7. Townes Van Zandt – “Flyin’ Shoes”

8. Gillian Welch – “The Way It Goes”

9. Mark Chesnutt – “Brother Jukebox”

10. The Felice Brothers – “Frankie’s Gun”

11. Houndmouth – “Hey Rose”

12. The Texas Tornados – “Wasted Days & Wasted Nights”

13. Waylon Jennings – “Good Ol’ Boys (Theme from The Dukes Of Hazzard)”

My KUTX: James Taylor of Holy Mountain & Harvest Thieves


My KUTX: James Taylor of Holy Mountain & Harvest Thieves

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

Photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder

Last month, Holy Mountain announced it was closing its doors in October due to a massive rent hike. Like a lot of Red River clubs, it almost fell victim to its own success. Property values and rents are skyrocketing in Austin as cover charges are falling or disappearing altogether. The recent Austin Music Census paints a gloomy picture for a lot of the creators of Austin’s music scene.

James Taylor is one such creator. For the past sixteen years, he’s lived in Austin, playing drums in bands like Harvest Thieves, East Cameron Folkcore, and Applied Pressure, and he also owns and operates Holy Mountain. Taylor is Minnesota-bound after the club shuts down, but not before lending his musical expertise as our guest DJ this week. Catch Harvest Thieves at the Cactus Cafe on July 18 and help Holy Mountain go out with a bang this summer and fall by taking in a show or two. In the meantime, Taylor has an hour-long mix of Austin and Minnesota songs. Listen anytime below his playlist.

–Art Levy

James Taylor’s playlist:

1. Hayes Carll – “Bad Liver And A Broken Heart”

2. Anonymous Choir – “Southern Man”

3. The Replacements – “Left Of The Dial”

4. Babes In Toyland – “Bruise Violet”

5. Doomtree – “Bangarang”

6. Polica – “Wandering Star”

7. Sam Cassidy – “Hard Road”

8. Blaze Foley – “Clay Pigeons”

9. Sir Doug & the Texas Tornados – “Give Back The Key To My Heart”

10. Alejandro Escovedo – “Always A Friend”

11. East Cameron Folkcore – “Our City”

12. The Harvest Thieves – “Scarlet Fever”

13. Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy”

My KUTX: Ray Wylie Hubbard


My KUTX: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015

Photo by Courtney Chavanell

It’s safe to say that Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas legend, but it’s not as if anyone handed him that title. He worked for it, constantly touring across the country and writing and recording new music. He’s played music professionally for nearly 50 years now, and has been at the forefront of several movements within country music, especially the progressive country music movement of the 1970s. Each of the more than fifteen albums he has put out throughout his career–including this year’s stellar The Ruffian’s Misfortune–have explored different facets of the country genre, all the while maintaining his gritty and bluesy playing style. He’s part of Willie’s 4th of July Picnic this year, so we thought it’d be good excuse to revisit Hubbard’s fun (and funny) guest DJ set. Tune in this Saturday at 6 p.m. or listen anytime below his playlist.

–Art Levy

Ray Wylie Hubbard’s playlist:

1. Sammy Hagar – “Bad On Fords”

2. Band Of Heathens – “Cornbread”

3. Hayes Carll – “Drunken Poet’s Dream”

4. Omar & The Howlers – “Bamboozled”

5. Shinyribs – “East Texas Rust”

6. Tony Joe White – “Polk Salad Annie”

7. Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Mojo Hand”

8. Pat Green – “Revenge”

9. B.W. Stephenson – “Highway 1″

10. The Black Crowes – “Remedy”

11. Delaney & Bonnie – “Poor Elijah”

12. Ringo Starr – “Coochy Coochy”

My KUTX: Gina Chavez


My KUTX: Gina Chavez

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015

Gina Chavez cleaned up at this year’s Austin Music Awards, winning musician, album, and song of the year. It’s on the strength of Up.Rooted, an album that blends bossa nova and cumbia rhythms with politically passionate lyrics. Chavez is a natural guest DJ too, taking us through the Latin American sounds and ideas that inform her own music while also leaving time for a little pop punk sing-along (always a necessity). Listen to Chavez’s hour-long mix below her playlist.

–Art Levy

Gina Chavez’s playlist:

1. Lyle Lovett – “She’s No Lady”

2. Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

3. Green Day – “Basket Case”

4. Patty Griffin – “Rain”

5. The Hudsons – “Bollingreen”

6. Mercedes Sosa – “Sólo Le Pido A Dios”

7. Chancha Via Circuito – “Quimey Neuquen”

8. Bebe – “Malo”

9. Calle 13 – “Latinoamérica”

10. Brandi Carlile – “The Things I Regret”

11. Stromae – “Papaoutai”