The last day of a festival is always bittersweet. You get excited for the festival headliner but also deep down you wish you could replay the weekend over and over again and perhaps catch some of those bands, that due to scheduling conflicts, you painstakingly missed in the days before.
Austin City Limits
Saturday started out with the residual natural high that one could only experience from live music that had lifted spirits the night before. Walking into Zilker park you could hear different sounds floating around from all different directions. The Very Best was belting out reggae tunes while
Having arrived in Austin on Thursday night with a belly full of kolaches from The Little Czech Stop in West, TX and a car full of gear, I was as well prepared as one might be to tackle the music and sun in the days ahead. As I approached the festival gates on Friday never having been to Austin City Limits before, I felt a sense
After a long run on their hugely successful and critically acclaimed Cauzin' Vapors... Legalize It 2010 US amphitheater tour with Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, and Collie Buddz (where the band performed to anywhere from 5,000 - 20,000 of their most loyal fans), San Diego-based dub/rock/psychedelic-jam phenoms Slightly Stoopid are gearing up to perform at this year's renowned Austin City Limits festival in Austin, TX.
In 2001, Carolyn Wonderland lost her apartment lease when her landlord fell ill, and she decided to live out of her van. For two years, the internationally heralded blues artist that had already won the respect of Buddy Guy, the admiration of Bob Dylan and had been awarded Best Female Vocalist by the Houston Press Music Awards, lived in her vehicle. She was what many consider homeless. To Wonderland, she was “van full.”
T Bone Burnett went on record to say 22-year-old "Sahara [Smith] is the best young artist I have heard in many years." Of her last show in Hollywood, the LA Times raved, "her voice hits angelic highs reminiscent of Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris."
Her debut 'Myth of the Heart,' overseen by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman, features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch. It's earned a mass of rave reviews (see below) and available now via Playing in Traffic Records.
One of the most distinguished guitarists and songwriters of our time, Richard Thompson remains incredibly inspiring and relevant today. With two box sets to his name, and heaps of critical praise and awards, Thompson was most recently awarded MOJO’s Les Paul Award, and had the distinction of being named the 2010 Artistic Director of the 17th Meltdown fes