A spine-tingling, North Georgia breeze blew in and it was a “Lil’ Cold” at One-2-One Bar on Monday night. But, inside the South Austin venue, the whisky was good and the soothing harmonies of the The Texas KGB were soul warming.
Austin’s very own ‘Original Americana’ band has been putting in work since the release of their third studio album, Welcome Home, throwing down one jaw-dropping performance after another. Monday at One-2-One was absolutely no exception for the Kelly Green-led quartet.
Although the band wears the ‘Kelly Green Band’ moniker, the charismatic and captivating frontwoman is hardly the KGB’s lone star. Every member contributed to the songwriting of Welcome Home with each one stealing the spotlight at One-2-One as lead duties continuously swapped from song-to-song.
Rhythm guitarist/vocalist Jace Cadle opened-up with “Where The Wind Blows“, a heartfelt country song that showcases the singer’s vulnerable ruggedness while Green warmed up the amps with her first of many elaborate, string-strangling solos. Green then kicked the doors wide open with an electrifying, blues-drenched rendition of “Frangela” that had the entire band bouncing around the stage before setting flight with the soaring harmonies of bassist Violet Lea’s passionate “Where Does Love Go”. I was completely caught off guard by this seemingly stoic and reserved minx behind the bass as she transformed into a vocal lioness with a ferocious 30-mile roar.
The band’s set voyaged from outlaw country and southern blues to blazing classic rock and deep roots Americana with Green receiving ample space to stretch out each track with head-whipping, hair-flipping guitar solos. I barley noticed an hour had passed before the band went deep in those nostalgic Georgia woods to find “Welcome Home”, a personal favorite that builds and cascades with even taller peaks and deeper valleys when performed live. The Texas KGB shut it down with Green channeling a righteous inner-Joplin on the bluesy, vocal screeching “Funk 69”. The entire set sent chills down the body and right back up the spine.
Speaking of Joplin, for fans of Port Arthur’s legendary rockstar, might I suggest checking out Cari Hutson. The vocalist and her backing band Good Company opened for the KGB at One-2-One delivering a groovy performance blending blues and rock with a little bit of country and pop splashed with a few Joplin covers. I was only fortunate enough to catch the last half of Cari Hutson and Good Company’s opening set. But, this is absolutely a band now circled on my calendar. Check out the show photos below and be sure to catch The Texas KGB during their reoccurring monthly residency all year at One-2-One Bar.
The Texas KGB
Cari Hutson and Good Company
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun