Matt Drenik spent ten years in Austin, both with the band LIONS and under his own solo moniker Battleme. After moving to Portland, Oregon, Battleme took off, expanding into a full-fledged outfit while beaming its songs around the world through placement on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy. In May of 2014, Drenik made a pilgrimage back to Austin and returned to his solo roots with an acoustic show at our very own Cactus Cafe. The set is finally getting a release later this month as a stripped-down EP. His Sons Of Anarchy hit, “Burn This Town,” is already stark in its studio version. It’s only fitting the live version of the song is played on a stage once haunted by Townes Van Zandt.
“Burn This Town” appears on Live At Cactus Cafe EP, out January 20.
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