Ambassadors Of The Hill Country

Patricia Lim / KUTX

Briscoe’s ‘West Of It All’ Celebrates the Texas Outdoors

West Of It All album art. Out now via ATO

Every artist is a product of their surroundings. Yet it’s hard to overestimate how important the Texas Hill Country is to bandmates Truett Heintzelman and Philip Lupton. On their debut album, West Of It All, the duo Briscoe captures the wide-eyed romance of young adulthood on songs pulled from campfire jams and lazy summer days swimming in Austin watering holes. Their sound lands somewhere between the hard-core picking of the South Austin Jug Band and the Avett Brothers’ gorgeous harmonies.

“We have an appreciation and awe for that place. To us, the Hill Country is one of the most beautiful places on this earth, and it became an inspiration when we were writing these songs.” 

-Truett Heintzelman

The duo first met as music-obsessed teenagers attending the same summer camp in Kerrville, where they teamed up for a cover of John Prine’s “Paradise” at the weekly talent show. This paved the way for future collaborations when the two reconnected as freshmen at the University of Texas at Austin. As college students, Heintzelman and Lupton dove headfirst into UT Austin’s thriving backyard concert scene, quickly earning a loyal following that led to sold-out shows at iconic local venues like the Continental Club and Antone’s. Before they even graduated, they had a record deal with ATO Records and were recording sessions in North Carolina with Grammy nominee Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats).

Now with a new album and a full band in tow, Briscoe is out on the road spreading the sounds of the Texas Hill Country to fans around the country. Follow along and dig into Briscoe’s recent visit to Studio 1A.


Set List:
“The Well”

Musicians: Philip Lupton – vocals, guitar, banjo; Eric Loop – bass, vocals; Truett Heintzelman – vocals, guitar; Jon Clover-Brown – keys; Andrew Read – drums, vocals

Producer: Deidre Gott; Production Assistant: Confucius Jones; Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman; Audio Mix: Jake Perlman, Rene Chavez; Cameras: Deborah Cannon, Patricia Lim, Renee Dominguez; Edit: Deborah Cannon; Host: Laurie Gallardo

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