For this year’s South by Southwest, KUTX has put together a pretty fantastic lineup of artists for our daily early-morning concerts at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, “KUTX Live at the Four Seasons.” We’ve got four great acts set for Wednesday morning, starting right at 7AM. The shows at the Four Seasons will be open to the public, no badge or wristband required. Admission is $10 each day, which includes a breakfast taco, granola, and unlimited free coffee. All proceeds benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center.
Here’s the schedule for Wednesday morning:
7AM – Amy Cook
Austin based Amy Cook is a singer-songwriter, yes. But she’s also a born rocker. And when one is left with a choice between these two sensibilities, what else is there to do but mash them together? Her music takes the introspective emotional aspects traditionally associated with singer-songwriters and marries them with the driving force of rock and roll, creating a wholly original sound that has become Cook’s signature.
8AM – Little Green Cars
Little Green Cars isn’t your typical country-rock outfit. For one thing, they’re from Ireland, which isn’t exactly a hotbed for the genre. That being said, the band makes some great music. With fantastic male/female vocals (which both sing in harmony, in unison and individually depending on what each song calls for), Little Green Cars has become yet another UK band that has effortlessly captured a distinctly Americana sound. The band has been placed on several lists of artists to watch out for in 2013, including BBC Radio’s Sound of 2013 list.
9AM – Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Portland, Oregon based band Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside ride the crest of the line dividing vintage and modern. Their sound simultaneously showcases rockabilly/roots rock and modern rock sensibilities, while frontwoman Sallie Ford’s voice elicits comparisons to jazz and blues legends. The band’s puts their vocal and instrumental skills to good use, playing songs with old-school sound but decidedly youthful attitudes of rebellion.
10AM – James Hunter
Every note that comes from James Hunter‘s mouth packs a powerful, soulful punch. His brand of rhythm and blues takes a modern approach to the classic genre, creating an entirely captivating sound. His last two albums, 2006’s Grammy-nominated People Gonna Talk and 2008’s The Hard Way, both hit the top of the Billboard Blues chart, and earned him slots on tours with artists like Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Hunter’s latest album, Minute by Minute, marks the first recorded under the name The James Hunter Six, a change made to recognize the instrumentalists that have backed him for so much of his great career.
Photos from the day
Be sure to join us tomorrow through Saturday starting at 7AM every morning at the Four Seasons!