Dearest music lover, what you have before you is a most a special occasion. It’s not every night that not only one but two phenomenal musical artists share a bill in such an intimate avenue. Take heed of what the Austin Music Minute trumpets from the rooftops: This is one not to miss.
Ralph White, former fiddler for cow-punk/bluegrass/mostly genre-defying legends The Bad Livers, is a standout solo artist who also defies categorization with his mind-blowing music, influenced by everything from country and blues to Appalachian and West African folk. These are exquisite compositions made even richer with a myriad of instruments, covering a vast expanse of styles.
Aaron Blount (pronounced “Blunt” – not the way your AMM host pronounced it today, many apologies) is vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for the greatly-revered singular and cerebral Knife In the Water. Since their 1998 debut Plays One Sound and Others, to their latest release Reproduction, Knife In the Water’s compelling storytelling resonates with listeners drawn to the elegant, at times piercing melancholy of their artistry.
White and Blount share a bill tonight at the Cactus Cafe, 24th and Guadalupe, in the Texas Union. Doors at 8 p.m., and the music begins at 8:30 p.m.
Get there early. This one comes highly recommended.
-Photo of Ralph White courtesy of the artist.