A musical Rip Van Winkle tale from Denton: the unexpected return of the Baptist Generals. Also—remembering the place with a coffin shaped door and a constant parade of young musicians who’d one day become among Austin’s most celebrated artists. The One Knite Dive and Tavern. And what can a 27 year old audio tape tell us about the state of Austin music today? You might be surprised. NPR’s John Burnett joins us to talk about it…Plus a real life story from the road: musician David Ramirez with an intimate coming of age tale — the weeks music news and more. Hope you can join us for Texas Music Matters–Friday at noon and Friday night at 11 on KUTX 98-9, and Saturday morning at 11 on KUT 90.5.
Latasha Lee draws inspiration from the music she listened to growing up in Corpus Christi — Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and others. After starting in hip hop, Lee teamed up with Texas producer Salih Williams to shape a new sound that pulls from the music of her childhood and transforms it into a classic soul sound reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse.
Fresh off the announcement that Lee will be performing at the upcoming ACL Fest with her band The Black Ties, Texas Music Matters’ David Brown caught up with her for a conversation.
Walk into a suburban home improvement store and you’ll hear what Stereogum is talking about when they complain about ‘the Mumfordization of pop music’: acoustic guitars, soaring choruses with tight harmonies, massive kick drum, and an earnest, trembling folksy lead vocal. It works. Imitators abound. No need to mention them by name. What *is* worth noting, however, is an Austinite who’s winning national acclaim from NPR Music and others–not just because he’s consciously running against the trend, but because he takes such care to lose none of the authenticity and attention to songcraft that has made the neo-folk phenomenon such a success in the first place. Join Texas Music Matters host David Brown for a conversation with Walker Lukens.
This year’s ACL festival lineup is out, and at least one major national music blog is calling it the best major festival of the year. We’ll explore this year’s rundown with Peter Mongillo of the Austin American-Statesman. Also: the national spotlight falls on Austin’s Walker Lukens–we’ll meet him. Plus, in celebration of Pachanga Fest, we visit a hidden venue where conjunto music thrives year round. Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell on a favorite Austin music moment, new tracks by Dallas’ Polyphonic Spree, former Austinite Eleanor Friedberger, and lots more. Hope you can join us for Texas Music Matters–Friday at noon and Friday night at 11 on KUTX 98-9, and Saturday morning at 11 on KUT 90.5.