Frequenters on our airwaves already know local duo Flora & Fawna, whose balance of classic folk and soul seeps from a modern electronic surface. Their rising talent earned them the title of our September 2019 KUTX Artist of the Month ahead of their self-titled debut release show, next Thursday at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
We’ve been getting snippets of their new material over the past few weeks, and got a live sneak preview when they joined us yesterday in Studio 1A…enjoy the lush harmonies and sweeping sounds of “Tempted by the Timing”!
Photo: Gabriel C. Pérez
The music of new Austin duo Flora & Fawna summons a deep city groove – rhythmically incessant, icy cool and modern. You can almost hear it echoing through nighttime concrete canyons. Yet there’s also something warm and soulful about the way songwriters and multi-instrumentalist songwriters Lili Hickman and Mason Ables blend their voices into one. Both native Austinites, the two met by chance at the Spider House. Ables was playing in a soul band, Hickman, daughter of Austin songwriter Sara Hickman, was playing folk music and looking for other musicians to round out her sound. Flora & Fawna’s eponymous debut EP will be released on September 26th, with a record release party at Cheer Up Charlies.
– Jeff McCord
RF Shannon is the KUTX Artist of the Month for August. Photo by Jess Williamson.
A Texas-transplant friend of mine, on RF Shannon’s music: “I thought all Texas bands would sound like this.” The Austin group’s use of space and spaciness certainly brings to mind long, Lone Star drives. It’s country music for dreamers. Rain On Dust, RF Shannon’s new album, tightens the focus a bit, but not at the expense of the expanse.
This week on My KUTX, the band’s singer and songwriter Shane Renfro is our guest DJ and sonic tour guide. Dr. John, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Molly Burch, and more are riding shotgun. Hear RF Shannon’s My KUTX on Saturday, August 24 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time in the player below.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: RF Shannon – “Don’t Be Shy”]
1. Dr. John – “Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya”
2. Roberta Flack – “Compared To What”
3. Ted Lucas – “Plain & Sane & Simple Melody”
4. Fleetwood Mac – “Albatross”
5. Harry Nilsson – “Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga”
6. Jess Williamson – “Awakening Baby”
7. Jerry Jeff Walker – “Sangria Wine”
8. The Flying Burrito Brothers – “Sin City”
9. Alfonso Cruz Jimenz – “La Zandunga”
10. Elvis Presley – “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears”
11. Jesse Woods – “U.F.O.”
12. Molly Burch – “Only One”
There’s a lot of wide open spaces in the east/west extremes of our state, which explains why so many of Texas musicians leave their music with a lot of breathing room. Shane Renfro, the songwriter and vocalist behind Austin’s RF Shannon, grew up in the small piney woods town of Grapeland, and he’s never left its insular ambiance behind. He calls his music ‘not country enough for Americana, too country for indie, too mellow for psych’, yet all these elements come into play on the band’s expansive new album, Rain On Dust.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
8/16 @ Cactus Cafe (Album Release Show)
Black Pumas are the KUTX Artist of the Month for July. This week on My KUTX, we’re revisiting a guest DJ set from guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.
A few years ago, producer Adrian Quesada had a psychedelic-soul instrumental laying around, but it needed a singer, someone who could bring the song to life. Enter Eric Burton, who had moved to Austin from Los Angeles, busking along the way with some musician friends. Together, Quesada and Burton turned that sketch into “Black Moon Rising,” and Black Pumas rose up in its midst. The band’s self-titled debut follows the thread of that origin, offering up songs that are perfectly realized while still retaining a beginner’s energy.
This year, Black Pumas take their sound on a big North American and European tour, with a midway stop for two nights at the Mohawk, August 23 and 24. So as the band chews up the miles, we’re revisiting Quesada’s guest DJ set from 2016. Here, he offers up psych-soul influences from the Temptations, talks about the mind-blowing sound of Public Enemy, and digs into what artists like the Beastie Boys and Marc Ribot have meant to him over the years. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, July 20 at 6 p.m. or at any time in the player below.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. The Temptations – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
2. Serge Gainsbourg – “Requiem Pour Un Con”
3. Public Enemy – “By The Time I Get To Arizona”
4. Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos – “Postizo”
5. Goat – “Run To Your Mama”
6. Daniel Johnston – “American Dream”
7. Croy & The Boys – “Good Enough”
8. Liam Bailey – “When Will They Learn”
9. Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”
10. George Harrison – “Apple Scruffs”
11. The J.B.’s – “The Grunt”
12. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
13. The Lijadu Sisters – “Life’s Gone Down Low”