It was last summer, June 2019, a day your Austin Music Minute host will not soon forget. From the moment Bill Callahan walked into the KUTX studios, there was a visible crackling current of…well, a combination of excitement and awe. Maybe even intimidation. The fans knew Callahan was in the building, but, as always, he arrived without tremendous fuss or fanfare. Only quiet and unassuming. Ready to perform in Studio 1A.
Something about that deep baritone always tells an engaging story. From the days with his band SMOG through his solo work, Callahan’s extraordinary presence in music brings something thoughtful, striking, genuine in every world observation.
Expect a new album by Callahan, Gold Record, early next month. Give it a sneak peak and get ready: Bill Callahan does a livestream performance at 5 p.m. (Central) tomorrow, Tuesday August 25, on Seattle public radio station KEXP‘s YouTube channel.
-Photo courtesy of the artist. And bubbles.