Rock the Finger-Pickin’

I’ve done quite a bit of bragging about local quartet The Austin Steamers, and rightly so. As I’ve said before, it’s cool to see them work up the two-stepping crowds, and if ever there was a band to really rock – of all things – an acoustic show, this band is a heavy contender. There are two key ingredients that are essential their live shows:  1.) Crazy-good finger-picking, sometimes reeling into lightning speeds, and 2.) Plenty of good vocal harmonies bouncing round.

This local four-piece delivers some of the best performances of original and traditional music done right with guitar, banjo, mandolin and stand-up bass. And while each member brings more than enough talent to launch into a bunch of solo sets to blow your mind, it’s the solid collaboration of these individuals that brings extraordinary magic to the performance. Plus (they’re quick to remind you) they all sing. Awesomeness all around.

Here’s a great way to wind down your Monday: See The Austin Steamers play tonight at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. Help yourself to some psychedelic country by Ramsay Midwood as he opens the show, and rounding out the bill is folk/country blues trio Mother Merey and The Black Dirt. Get there around 8 p.m. Recommended.

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