Even during an extended hiatus to be with family, while enjoying multiple successes working as both producer and collaborator in numerous other projects, the songs just kept coming for Brendan Benson.
Well, of course they did. There’s no stopping the creative mind. In 2017, he penned what would become one of eleven badass tracks to grace the album he didn’t even know was on the way at the time, “Half A Boy (And Half A Man),”on his seventh solo studio release, Dear Life. And what spectacular pop perfection it is, with an expanse across a wider spectrum beyond the pop realm, immersed in different aesthetics and influences from all directions.
Join KUTX’s Third Man Records freak Laurie Gallardo as she chats with Benson about Dear Life‘s instinctive flow; the creative process and “running around like a mad scientist”; and remembering how to actually enjoy oneself when it comes to making music. All that, and the ultimate realization that nerds shall inherit the earth. Tuesday, June 2 at 1pm on KUTX’s Facebook and Youtube.
photo by Gabriel C. Pérez for KUTX
Part of the Austin Music Experience and beyond, Sweet Spirit came about in 2014 when Andrew Cashen and Sabrina Ellis needed an outlet to explore their more pop influenced side. For Sweet Spirit’s third release, the band has signed to Merge Records and Trinidad is out now.
KUTX host Laurie Gallardo checks in with Andrew and Sabrina for KUTX at Home. Watch the full interview below.
Photo by Danny Clinch
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana and now residing in Nashville, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams has a storied history with the Austin music scene, first moving to Austin in 1974 and busking on the drag.
KUTX host Laurie Gallardo spends some time with Lucinda, chatting about the old days of Austin, the importance of independent music venues, and her latest album Good Souls Better Angels. Catch the premiere Wednesday May 27 at 1p (central).
photo by Karla Bruciaga/KUTX
This past December, former KUTX Artist of the Month Molly Burch graced Studio 1A to celebrate the release of The Molly Burch Christmas Album. In early February she went out on tour opening for Tennis, stopping back to Austin for a show at Stubb’s February 28 (one of the last big shows I went to “pre-this”). That tour would have just wrapped up earlier this month. With the new downtime, Molly has been binging The Goodwife and using this opportunity to focus on self-care.
To connect with friends and fans as she shelters at home, every Monday in May she’s be doling out love advice while inviting special guests like Caroline Rose and Christelle Bofale to share their love insight. The final “Love Line” will be live Monday, May 25 at 5p (central) on Instagram.
Join KUTX host Taylor Wallace as she checks in with Molly Burch for KUTX at Home. Watch below.
photo by Jorge Sanhueza-lyon/KUTX
While some of us are becoming one with our couch and Netflix accounts (and that’s OK!) some musicians are working up all kinds of ways to keep their skills sharp. Walker Lukens has stayed busy creating for his new “ADULTs Only” record subscription club where fans can sign up and get exclusive content created during this downtime. This month’s creation is an instrumental video album with loops and beats by Walker and visuals by friend and photographer Derek Beck. Aptly named Corona Don’t Touch My Baby, Walker will host a live stream event and benefit for Red River venue Cheer Up Charlies Sunday, May 24 to premiere the video album.