ALL ATX Back to the Armadillo Benefit Concert Recap

Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin was packed Sunday for a day full of local music and giving back to several charities benefiting local musicians. One of Austin’s most noble nonprofits, All ATX put together an incredible lineup to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, and Austin Music Foundation that are all dedicated to healthcare and income assistance for musicians.

The lineup headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, featured several of Austin’s local favorites from Austin Music Awards ‘Best New Artist’ winner Jane Ellen Bryant to Texas Country star Jack Ingram. Each artist is featured on the 2017 edition of the ALL ATX compilation CD featuring covers of some of the greatest musicians to ever play the legendary former music venue, Armadillo World Headquarters.

Although sets were short, every artist came out and put on their best performance for the cause. Bastrop blues act The Peterson Brothers wowed the audience as they played one long jam session for the duration of their set. The guitar and bass duo’s sound was more like Austin in 1985 rather than 2017 with a guitar solos that would make Stevie Ray Vaughn proud. If you haven’t seen them live, you can catch them every Monday night at the Continental Club.

Later in the evening is when some of Texas’ most notorious acts came out to play with performances from 90’s rockers Fastball along with couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison. Followed by a set from Jack Ingram with Bruce Robison on guitar who came out to Willie Nelson and Leon Russell’s famous hit “A Song For You”. Seeing two Lonestar legends playing together in the capital city made you proud to be a Texan, and if you’re not, there seems to be plenty of people from all over rushing to sign up.

Austin’s patron saint, Shakey Graves took the stage for an intimate set with great comedic excerpts in between songs. A lone performance without any other band members, Shakey still managed to give the crowd an energetic performance showcasing his many talents.

The night concluded with a set from legend John Fogerty to cap off a day full of great music and local talent. The best part of the day was seeing that every musician was ecstatic to be playing before a hometown crowd in the heart of the city. This all shows you why Austin is such a special place and without a doubt the Live Music Capital of the world.

All ATX ‘Back to The Armadillo’ Benefit Concert

Photos by: Matthew Carlin

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Article and photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

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Chris Stapleton at Austin360 Amphitheater Recap

13,000 people were in attendance Thursday night to see country music’s latest hitmaker. Chris Stapleton brought his national fall tour to Austin360 Amphitheater for a night of drinking and sing alongs.

Opening for Stapleton was Honky Tonk legend Marty Stuart who brought his Hillbilly Rock and theatrics to the stage in some of the best uniforms since James Brown. The crowd was fired up and ready to bring the energy as the longtime country singer performed his classic hits.

Finally the man himself Chris Stapleton arrived on the stage opening with “Might As Well Get Stoned” from his 2015 Grammy Winning album “Traveller”. Along with his wife, singer Morgane Stapleton, and his fellow band mates, the intimate set carried through the night knowing very well everyone in the audience was sharing a moment with Chris.

Stapleton’s Fall Tour carries on through Houston and Dallas before hitting the rest of the country. You can find tickets on his website.

Christ Stapleton at Austin360 Amphitheater

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

East Riverside Spirits & Music Festival Recap

Over the past decade, East Riverside has blossomed into one of the most beautifully vibrant communities in Austin. Nestled along the banks of Town Lake extending east of Interstate 35, the area that was once considered less-than-desirable has undergone major redevelopment and is now home to glamorous strip malls, beloved ethnic restaurants, fantastic music venues and affordable luxury living. One of the greatest perks of living in the revitalized community is its proximity to the city’s downtown entertainment district, the University of Texas and eclectic South Austin.

Last Saturday, residents of the community’s South Shore District lifestyle center, along with friends and neighbors, celebrated the culmination of the community’s growth with the East Riverside Spirits & Music Festival.

The inaugural festival, organized by Austin’s sommelier community builder, Bwinedate and partners South Shore District, AT&T and Barbara Van Dyke of Sothesby, featured a delicious assortment of spirits, wines and cocktails from some of central Texas’ most tasteful distilleries. Several local brands represented at the East Riverside festival included Emerald Absinthe, Spirit of Texas, Austonian, Chaparral and Caffe Del Fuego premium coffee liqueur. The festival also featured the launch of Stillhouse Whiskey in Texas. Festival patrons were treated to a spirits panel discussion and provided the opportunity to engage with Master Distillers all-the-while enjoying the sounds of several favorite Austin musicians. The festival featured an amazing lineup of musicians including Ulrich Ellison & Tribe, Jake Andrews Band, Tje Austin, Ella Reid, James Junius and Jam Therapy. Check out some of the highlights below from the inaugural East Riverside Spirits and Music Festival.

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For additional information, upcoming events and wine socials visit https://bwinedate.com/.

Photos by: Anie Walsh Photography

 

The Texas KGB Premier ‘Welcome Home’

Original Americana with a shot of blues, The Texas K.G.B. (Kelly Green Band) have debuted their newest single “Welcome Home” right here on Track Rambler. The tale describes the magic of revisiting childhood memories while looking towards the future with great optimism. The quartet will be releasing their upcoming album Welcome Home on Nov. 18.

The Austin-based Americana band’s mainlined weapons include enchanting harmonies, blues guitar solos and a powerful chemistry. Brother/sister duo Kelly Green (guitar/vocals) and Kody Lee (percussion) grew up together mountainside in a home of music.

“The song “Welcome Home” was inspired by land in the North Georgia Mountains where my brother and I grew up playing music and getting lost in the wilderness. The video, filmed by GGHK, features the beautiful landscapes of our childhood home,” states Kelly Green.

The video cruises down a curved, mountain road as Green’s Johnny Cash-style guitar chord sets the folk-rock tone. Beginning clips shows a unified front as a troupe of musicians blow bubbles and skip rocks in a forest. Green’s angelic voice rolls in like a cool breeze with legends of an extraordinary land. The poised band cuts in a groove, weaving blooming instrumentals around the unyielding layers of vocal chords.

From the vibrant green hillside erupts “Oh, oh / Welcome home” with all four members warmly entrenched in the vocal bed of roses. Cozily placed on a tree, Green’s Arabic-influenced blues riff rouses to a syncopated transition of power as another verse begins. Members of the band are featured disappearing through the forest, likely commenting on memories made rather than lost in the verdant environment.

Cultivation of the magnetized call-to-action “Welcome home” phrase is the highlight of the track. Staccato and floating, Green establishes the foundation. Guitarist/vocalist Jace Cadle’s boastful voice grabs the soundscape, supplementing the rise in tension. With further complementation, bassist/vocalist Violet Lea tops the mountain of sound.

Lee’s drumming landslides the tempo into an upbeat and more contemporary rock sound that catapults the finale. A banging reminiscence of melodies marks an ending that leaves the mouse lingering over the replay button. All four members appear as one in the memory-laden forest as the final overtones fade away.

 

The Texas KGB’s Welcome Home will be released on Saturday, Nov. 18 with an official album release party the same night at Mohawk. For additional information visit https://www.thetexaskgb.com/.

 

Written by: Sawyer Click

Patricia Vonne at The Continental Club Recap

International musician, actress, producer and animator, Patricia Vonne, shook and rattled Austin’s Continental Club Saturday night with her bilingual blend of Texas border rock and theatrical stage prowess. Through her vibrant musical style, the San Antonio bandolera honors her rich cultural heritage by fusing traditional Anglo rock with the centuries-old Latino flavor of Flamenco, Conjunto and Tejano culminating in a delicious, celebratory musical menudo.

The statuesque Tejana kicked off her set Saturday with speedy rocker “The Cat’s in the Doghouse” before leading into her inspirational “Top of The Mountain.” It wasn’t long before Vonne broke out her signature instrument, the castanets, for the romantic Spanish ballad and Once Upon A Time in Mexico favorite, “Traeme Paz.” Vonne cranked up the theatrics with the riff-rippin’ and high-kickin’ “City is Alive” before seducing the crowd with the Flamenco dance of “Fuente Vaqueros.” She celebrated the independent spirit of women with “Viva Bandolera,” the title track from her recent Spanish compilation album and hit fan-favorite classics “Rattle My Cage”, “Severina” and the Tarantino-esque, Stratocaster surfing “Mexicali de Chispa” before riding out with Hell on wheels in “Rebel Bride” from her highly acclaimed Guitars and Castanets.

Vonne’s entire set at the Continental Club was absolutely fantastico. She is currently hard at work recording her seventh studio album with producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos. The album is due out in Spring 2018 and will feature co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco & Willie Nile, among others.

Patricia Vonne at the Continental Club

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Photos by: Mindi Westhoff of Time and Place Photography

Steady Legend Premier Their “Soundcheck Sessions”

Austin’s soul-funk troupe Steady Legend have released live sessions of their tracks “Don’t Want You”, “Can’t Shake You”, and “I Love the Way You Love (Cover).” The eight-piece’s fiery and modern twist of Motown sounds sparks instant nostalgia. Whether it be the delicate horns, bombastic singing or the bluesy guitar, there’s something here to catch the ear of audience members.

Tempos vary with each track, ranging from the pure grit in “Don’t Want You” to the seduction in “Can’t Shake You.” The ground covered in each session is tastefully done as the instrumental arrangement of the group creates an atmosphere ready for direction.

The big-band horns in “Don’t Want You” power vocalist Analysa Gonzales’ sultry voice to sky-high altitudes. The rhythm section creates a powerful foundation with a steady repetition of the same riff driving much of the song. Guitarist and bandleader Michael Mancuso throws down a phasing solo during the bridge. The energy of the track is exemplified in the group’s stage presence, which varies from Gonzales’ outpour of coarseness to the laid-back vibes of the bassist and keyboardist.

Alternatively, the piano and saxophone of “Can’t Shake You” create a Motown-ballad. Smooth background vocals induce involuntary toe tapping and head bobbing. “I can’t shake you from my mind,” Gonzales confesses. Background vocalists supporting the confession deepen the effect of irrefutable attraction. A wildly-poetic saxophone solo grips the soundscape soon thereafter, allowing a look into the eye of the storm before Steady Legend come hailing down with a full-force ending.

A dangerously smooth guitar lick opens “I Love the Way You Love,” soon giving way to a caring band of horns and Gonzales’ omniscient voice. The band alternates between blues and rock as silky horns, soaring bass lines and a screaming solo dominate the screen for the three-and-a-half-minute session. Members can be found mouthing along, dancing and smiling from ear-to-ear throughout the whole track.

The chemistry of the group erupts in each session, giving life to every note. The stage presence of the group is powerful and developed, adding immensely to each session. The infectious tunes create nostalgia at just the click of a button Steady Legend is announcing to the world that soul and funk music is forever with the “Soundcheck Sessions.”

For additional band info and upcoming show dates visit https://steadylegend.com/.

 

Written by: Sawyer Click

Tortuga Shades Video Premier for ‘Sycamore Tree’

What began in late 2015 as a simple, acoustic blues project has blossomed into a genuine indie-rock contender in the Live Music Capital. Local three-piece, Tortuga Shades is a relative newcomer in the Austin music scene. However, with their latest single, ‘Sycamore Tree’, the eclectic trio proves to be a promising addition to the city’s thriving indie culture.

Shot by Coyote Beard Productions at The Homestead at Potato Road, ‘Sycamore Tree’ comes to us from Tortuga Shades’ forthcoming debut EP, Migrations, out Nov 3rd. Lead Tortuga and rhythm guitarist, Nadia Lopez, anchors the video with a steady acoustic heartbeat, transfixing vocals, and a happy-go-lucky charm.

The dreamy intro delicately tip-toes through the chirping wilderness with gentle acoustic strokes from Lopez and auspicious plucks of electricity from lead guitarist Gian Diliberto. The warmth of a distant, translucent memory resurfaces through the conscious as everything comes into focus at the ‘Sycamore Tree’. Simmering emotions begin to boil and goosebumps instantly spike at the 30 second mark where each instrument falls into place around Lopez’ blissful vocals. The track instantly opens up and the hazy morning dew of the intro evaporates into a radiant, energy-bearing sunshine.

“Sycamore Tree” is a song about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how we feel that shift of life within us” states Lopez. “In my mind, the tree represents my first home and all the morals and values I learned there. No matter where I end up in life, I’ll stand by the positive morals and values I gained as a child.”

‘Sycamore Tree’ spans an array of genres fusing organic, singer-songwriter acoustic with sharp electric riffs and a barrage of jazzy rock percussion from drummer Wylie Sanchez all bursting in harmony at the crescendo. This sunny alt-rock video is a perfect fit for any Summer playlist.

 

“Sycamore Tree” is available now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Tortuga Shades Official EP Release Party will be Nov. 3 at Dozen Street Bar located at 1808 E. 12th St. Austin, TX 78702.

https://www.facebook.com/tortugashades/

 

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