All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2023. Hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy.
For years, Jane Ellen Bryant and Daniel Leopold had their own projects going in Austin—Jane under her own name, Daniel with his band Leopold And His Fiction. But the two teamed up by chance through a songwriting partnership, facilitated by Austin music advocacy group Black Fret (now Sonic Guild). Jane and Daniel loved the freedom to explore different musical interests: Daniel got to write songs from a female perspective, while Jane explored different characters as a singer and writer. Together, they’re now known as Jane Leo.
For its debut album, Jane Leo leans into a wide range of influences, including Nancy Sinatra, the Cars, and Iggy Pop. The pair mostly recorded the songs at home before bringing them to producer Danny Reisch, who’s worked with Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, Heartless Bastards, and more. Vintage synthesizers and drum machines add an electronic touch to Jane Leo’s rock and roll attitude.
Catch Jane Leo on Wednesday, March 15 live on KUTX at 7 am performing from Scholz Garten.