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 Friday 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 what we’ve got going on Friday morning.
7AM – Dana Falconberry
Austin singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry has always been inspired by dreams, memories and landscapes. Her stripped down pop-folk aesthetic has brought her quite the following, with the Austin Chronicle calling her one of the city’s “most arresting female vocalists.” Last fall, Falconberry released her newest album: Leelanau. On the beautifully orchestrated album, she focused more on her songwriting craft, writing about more complex and subtle emotions, as opposed to the sweeping ones present on her earlier releases.
8AM – Frightened Rabbit
Scott Hutchison started the Glasgow, Scotland-based band Frightened Rabbit in 2003. Of course, at the beginning it was less of a band and more of just him playing on solo under the name Frightened Rabbit. Slowly, though, the band gained members and became an actual five-piece band. The group’s alt rock sound was popular enough in their home country of Scotland, but it wasn’t until they hit the American roadways on a US tour until they truly caught on, for whatever bizarre reason. They recently released a new album, Pedestrian Verse, which is full of their American-appealing Scottish alt/rock sounds.
9AM – Josh Ritter
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter released his first album shortly after he graduated from Oberlin College with the self-created major “American History through Narrative Folk Music.” Just that little fact almost tells the whole story of Josh Ritter. In 2006, Paste magazine named him one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters,” a bold claim for sure, but still hard to argue with. Ritter’s work is deep and layered, drawing comparisons to people like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. His latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks, just came out on March 5th.
10AM – The Relatives
Gospel group The Relatives are sort of a relic of a bygone era. Not in the sense that they play old school music, but in the sense that the band was founded in 1970. Gean and Tommy West first brought the group together in Dallas, and unfortunately they never made much of a splash outside of the city: their gospel-R&B hybrid tunes were too raunchy for church and too tame for rhythm and blues radio. But they found a niche audience and performed around the area for a decade. Recently, The Relatives reformed with all the charm and ability that made them great back in the 70s.