Elizabeth McQueen: “Mind of Men”

The remix record is like aural decoupage, and when it’s done right, it can be pretty darn cool. Local singer and songwriter Elizabeth McQueen just did it right. She teamed up with St. Louis alt-folk outfit Brothers Lazaroff to re-work her 2010 album The Laziest Girl In Town.

Now, that record title’s a bit of a misnomer because, since she moved to Austin in the early aughts, McQueen’s been pretty busy. She kicked off the millennium with her band The Firebrands, before joining up with Texas swing revivalists Asleep At The Wheel in 2004 as the band’s female vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Over the years, she sang on a Grammy-nominated record (2009’s Willie and The Wheel) and travelled the nation and the world.

At the start of the new year, McQueen left The Wheel to strike out on her own once again. The remix record, aptly titled The Laziest Remix, is her fourth solo disc, and features a sound Texas swing fans may not be used to. McQueen and the Brothers Lazaroff incorporate funky bass lines, electronic wizardry, languid hip-hop beats to The Laziest Girl In Town‘s jazzy core. We here at KUTX got a taste when McQueen and The Brothers Lazaroff stopped by to perform a few tunes in Studio 1A, including the slow groovin’ “Mind of Men.”

You can see Elizabeth McQueen live on Sunday Jan. 26 at St. David’s

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