Artist of the Month: Sweet Spirit

KUTX Artist of the Month

Every month we turn the spotlight on a new release from a Texas artist with a series of weekly features that give you a sneak peek at the new music and some insight into the artist behind it.


Our May Artist of the Month here at KUTX is Austin’s Sweet Spirit. The band’s first record will be released this summer, and they are no strangers to showmanship. Some of the band members are well known to long-time Austinites for their work with A Giant Dog and Bobby Jealousy. From their first performance as a cover band for a homecoming dance, Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen have strengthened their partnership. By 2014 they needed a new way to channel their musical inspiration restrained by A Giant Dog’s garage-rock. They got together a few like-minded souls to produce a “throwback country soul group”. Through their first year as a band, Sweet Spirit quickly gained recognition as they delivered catchy harmonies infused with a diversity of influences and as many guitars as possible.

The band is also made up of lifelong pianist Jake Knight, drummer Daniel Blanchard, bassist Jon Fitcher, guitarist Josh Merry, vocalist/percussionist Cara Tillman, Leslie Matthews on alto sax and trumpeter Samuel Rives.

Artist of the Month features:

*Listen to Sweet Spirit’s Studio 1A set here.

*Sabrina and Andrew are the guest DJs on My KUTX on May 16 at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

*Sweet Spirit’s “I’ve Made Up My Mind” is the Song of the Day on May 20.


Photo Collage: Marla / CC BY