Austin-based songwriter and founder of Side Show Paradise Records Scott Collins used to be front man for rock quartet Southbound Drive. Their 2012 album Agnes (produced by Frenchie Smith at The Bubble) was getting some international press when – of all things – NASCAR approached the band and asked to use the track “Marigold” for a weekly race show airing before each race that led up to the Cup Series finals. That alone was enough to blow some minds.
But the vibe shifted. Band members went their separate ways, and Collins was faced with a major decision: Was it time to give it a go as a solo artist? The answer was an adamant yes. Once again, Collins went back into the studio with Smith to produce a new EP, Sleeper, applying more pop to the rock this time, along with something apologetically genuine and living in the moment about it.
You can see Scott Collins and his band at a special EP release performance tonight at Stubb’s, 801 Red River, on the indoor stage. The Rocketboys headline the evening, and songwriter Stoney (recently featured on the Austin Music Minute) starts the show. Loads of triple-bill awesomeness. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.