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Sunglasses, beards, denim & flannels. The Quaker City Night Hawks bring a full dose of overdriven Southern Rock out of Fort Worth, TX. Their name appropriately originates from the Mark Twain travel novel, The Innocents Abroad or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress, referencing a group of travelers brought together for late nights of drinking, smoking & cards. These Texas boys blend blues-driven riffs and highway-cruising harmonies to bring you timeless Texas rock & roll.
While their sound is reminiscent of Texas legends ZZ Top & The Eagles, QCNH are equally influenced from science-fiction. This theme is rather evident in the tracks and artwork on their upcoming release, El Astronauta, making references to flying cars and interplanetary immigration. Perhaps a strange combination, but their music rocks and is catching on, as it was recently featured on the FX television show Sons of Anarchy.
QCNH are in town this weekend to release El Astronauta. For now, start your weekend early, turn up your stereo and enjoy a few of these rock & roll gems from their Studio 1A performance.
– Will Maxwell
KUTX is proud to announce another KUTX Live concert series at the beautiful Paramount Theatre. The series runs from September through December with 6 amazing shows. For more information on the upcoming KUTX Live At Stateside and Paramount series and for a look at the complete calendar for the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, visit austintheatre.org.
KUTX Live at The Paramount Theatre
In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music. Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains. It includes Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Guy Clark, Delbert McClinton, Don Walser, Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines, his daughter Natalie Maines, and Joe’s enduring musical partners, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
It is a land where you can see for miles and miles and miles. Only those who don’t know it find it barren. For it’s full of stories if you know where to seek them. And it has customs and amusements all its own. Even the forever dipping oil wells have their role. “In high school, we used to get somebody to buy us a six pack and go out there to the fields and ride the front part of those oil pumps all night long,” Joe remembers.
Now, Ely lives in Austin and spends much of his life on the road. But when he’s accumulated enough song ideas, Lubbock is where Joe heads. “Somehow, just driving for hours down those country roads is still the best place for me finish my songs.”
Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Valerie June has announced a North American headline tour in support of her forthcoming new album, ‘The Order of Time,’ slated for release on January 27th, 2017 (Concord Records). The announcement comes as June wraps up a series of performances this fall with Norah Jones and Sturgill Simpson. Tour dates below with more to be announced in the following weeks.
‘The Order of Time’ follows June’s 2013 breakout LP, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone,’ which established her as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” according to the New York Times. For this album, the Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter weaves electric blues, African rhythms, cosmic atmospherics and delicate soul into an inventive and wholly original rumination on love, family, struggle and the passing of time. More on the album here.
NPR posted the first track ‘Astral Plane,’ on Thursday, calling the track “wondrous.” NPR’s Ann Powers compares June’s writing to Alice Walker or bell hooks. Read NPR’s coverage here.
June has made memorable appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Saturday Morning, Rachael Ray, and Austin City Limits. She has toured with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Norah Jones and Sturgill Simpson, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, and much more.
Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo just released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers.
Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).
In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.
From Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gary Clark Jr., Austin has had its fair share of Blues rock legends. What else better exemplifies Austin’s musical spirit than the melding of soulful blues and gritty rock? Blues rock leaves its musical imprint on our hearts and our city, and it’s time to celebrate it with a slew of Austin talent.
KUTX presents the annual ALL ATX concert on Thursday, September 29 at ACL LIVE. This year’s event will coincide with the release of the ALL ATX “Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks The Blues” CD. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 12th, at 10 am through acl-live.com. The event will be hosted by KUTX’s Jody Denberg.
The costs for this year’s event have been generously underwritten, ensuring every dollar raised will go directly to the support of Austin’s musicians. Among the recipients are HAAM, SIMS Foundation, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation.
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The impact of Buena Vista Social Club was unexpected and unprecedented. The project was originally birthed out of Ry Cooder’s trip to Havana, Cuba when he was sent to make a collaboration record of African and Cuban musicians. Unfortunately the African musician’s visas had not arrived, and so the plans changed to create a Cuban Son album. After getting together a large group of musicians (20 musicians are featured on the album in total), the whole album was recorded in only 6 days and the rest is history. The album’s success grew steadily by word of mouth, won a Grammy and was even turned into a documentary by German film directer, Wim Wenders. The album had an international impact and a re-introduced the significance of Cuban music.
That being said, it is truly an honor to have Portuondo y Ochoa, two of Buena Vista Social Club’s original members, back in Austin. The two will be performing at the Moody Theater for ACL Live tonight, August 19th. This is one of those rare shows that should not be missed. Fortunately, Portuondo y Ochoa stopped by Studio 1A to perform a few songs with us. You can listen to their performance in the links below.
This morning on Eklektikos, we had some of City Theatre Austin’s members of Little Shop of Horrors at City Theater stop by and tell us about their show. The show is running August 19th – September 11th on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. If you want a sneak peak to some of the tunes, catch it in the links below!
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“Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, and one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. There’s only one teeny, but growing, problem: This plant has an unquenchable thirst for the red stuff (type O, A, or B… he’s not picky) and Seymour ultimately discovers what this foul mouthed, soul-singing, otherworldly carnivore is up to. Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop is a Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical.” – From City Theatre’s Austin website