Austin Comes Together for Gary Clark Jr at ACL Live

The Live Music Capital’s most prominent native son, Gary Clark Jr., returned home this week for a sold-out, three-night residency at ACL Live. The mini Austin tour featured performances and collab sets with several of Austin’s best and brightest including The Peterson Brothers, Blackillac, Eric Tessmer, Eve & The Exiles and blues legend Jimmie Vaughan. The Grammy Award-winning, south Austin native recently completed recording his next studio album which will be released on  Warner Bros. Records in early 2019. You can view a sneak peak of the upcoming album here. In the meantime, enjoy a few shots from The Chosen One’s set Wednesday night at ACL Live.

Gary Clark Jr. 


Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Greensky Bluegrass at Stubb’s BBQ Photo Recap – 16/11/2018

The band Greensky Bluegrass, the innovative country-bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, ventured through to Stubb’s BBQ on November 16th. The band brought their unique sound to Austin ahead of their seventh studio album All For Money, out on January 18th.

A high-energy show, the group have fine-tuned their live efforts over the years – growing from small-stage roots to huge crowds and stages to boot with gigs like Austin City Limits.

Miss the show? Check out the photo recap below by Track Rambler’s own Anie Walsh!


Photographer: Anie Walsh

Chill Russell Goes Back To Class To Get Low

Hop on the school bus and prepare to get edumacated. You’re about to enter a learning zone of alternative rock delinquency with Chill Russell’s latest video, “Low”. The band takes us back to class with an outlandish lesson in youthful rebellion and role-reversals complete with fuzzy psych chords, a skunky “green” tinge and a shit-ton of uninhibited dance moves.

Directed by Wes Matkin, “Low” is the latest release from Chill Russell’s self-titled, debut full-length and showcases the band’s experimentation on alternative rock through a kaleidoscope of fuzzy psychedelia, harmonized vocal distortion (hmmm?) and fun-loving, pop sensibilities all brought together with an amusing, self-deprecating sense of humor.

The band cuts loose with “Low” and reverses the student/teacher dynamic by helping an out-of-touch instructor get down with some Basic Rock Beats. The song serves as a reminder that time waits for no one. So don’t spend your days wasting away in the mundane. Just let go and get low…whoa…ohoh…sooo low.


Mozart’s a Feminist – Meet The Pop Prodigy Making Waves

Mozart is known to be many things: prolific, revolutionary, ahead of his time, categorically talented – how about not alone? A teen has taken over the name, loaning the prowess but offering a femininity that’s entirely her own.

Mozart Dee has walked the world, and she’s hit her eighteenth birthday empowered by her journey. Releasing a stripped down, intimate rendition of her girl power anthem ‘Push You Harder’, the young but experienced girl unveils her rich, soulful vocals and underscores a reminder of her sheer level of skill – not that anybody had any doubts about it anyway.

So, who exactly is the face behind this second coming of Mozart?

In our words – a pop prodigy. In hers:

“Ideally, the first American trilingual pop star and singer/songwriter, so I can be a bridge and cultural ambassador through my creativity and music.

“Music has always been an integral part of my life. I knew very early that this was my path and I started writing songs when I was four. I started violin before two,  piano at three and I was obsessed with opera and Shakespeare as a toddler.

“I wasn’t even 2 years old when I did my first violin concert,  I danced in The Nutcracker Ballet at 3 and I was five when I did a violin concert in the Sahara desert in Morocco for Berber kids who had never seen a violin.


“By ten years old, when I was living in Asia and doing solos in a large choir at my local Chinese school and seriously writing pop songs almost every day. I knew without a doubt, that this was what I wanted to do with my future.”

Now growing up, and growing in reputation, she’s been compared to the likes of Lorde, Rihanna, Halsey, and Billie Eilish – she’s keeping good company.

“When I’m writing, I like to make art that makes me feel powerful, that makes me feel like a queen, and that’s what I really hope other people hear in my music.

“I want to evoke a sense of freedom and self-empowerment so that people walk away completely confident in their own self, and their own power.”

Now coming to the end of the year after a 10-day European tour and working with Grammy-winning producer Mikal Blue, on her debut EP, Mozart is reflective of the people she’s met and the steps they’ve helped her up.

“I am passionate about doing important work and I have been blessed to work with others that have the same goal,” she says. “So far, I’ve gotten to work with people who want to heal this patriarchal industry and world and value what I contribute as a young female artist.

“I have great hope for the future and learn from those who have started this before I came along. It is a very difficult business, but grinding hard every day and believing in yourself is the key.”

The globe-trotter is making waves across the oceans she’s been in, and is redefining what it means to be Mozart. A collison of her modernism with her classic vocals, she offers a virtuosic perspective of the time we live in.

“It’s exciting to see this new political power women are claiming and how many women are now running for office, and winning, and using their power more boldly than ever before.

“Don’t ever put limits on yourself. You can always be the first. Be bold.”

Photography: Soul Travelers Blog 

Words: Megan Matthews

The Party Is Never Over With Billie Eilish – Photo Recap

Los Angeles artist, Billie Eilish, is the latest sensation, a name that’s spreading like wildfire, you’re bound to have heard of her – and if not, well that’s kind of embarrassing so quickly, keep reading.

The sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter is revolutionizing teenage life as well as the music industry. Already on Forbes 2019 list of 30 under 30 in the music category, Eilish is the second youngest name ever featured on the coveted list, her focus is pop – her vocals lending themselves to soft tracks, easy to listen to and heart-stoppingly relatable.

Releasing her latest single ‘When The Party’s Over’ in mid-October, it’s clear that Eilish’s sound is maturing along with her – growing into something more intimate, more personal. Still, her ever-sweet vocals, soft yet crystal clear, this track feels deeper – intimate, like a conversation on the brim of tears.

Granting us insight into her emotions, breaking down her privacy and sharing her heart with our city – Billie rocked everybody’s hearts at Emo’s on Wednesday (11/14). Kickstarting the night was Eilish’s older brother, Finneas O’Connell, who later joined her on stage for her break out hit “Ocean Eyes”, a song Finneas originally authored for his own band. A sweet girl with enough ambition to take over the world, it’s looking like Eilish certainly will. And we can’t wait to see her in a crown.

Check out the photo recap below!

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Photographer: Melodi Ramirez

Katrina Cain Prevails With Slow Tragedy

Katrina Cain‘s musical journey is not unique. Like so many artists, she’s loaded with talent and determination. But, everyday is a battle. Self-doubt is unfortunately a burden most musicians know all too well. And it’s certainly an issue that even Cain, the world’s most happiest girl, must endure on her personal road to success and stardom. But, she’s a fighter and won’t be defined by the misfortunes and setbacks encountered along the way.

Millions of viewers were introduced to Cain last month when Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson simultaneously spun their chairs to find the Denton gem belting a jaw-dropping rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” on Season 15 of The Voice. Cain was unfortunately eliminated in the third round of the competition. But, she promises that’s not the last we’ll hear from her.

On Friday, Cain released her latest video, “Slow Tragedy”, as sheer proof that she’s determined to remain focused and keep pushing forward. Of the single, she penned the personal testament below.

This song, I wrote it after returning home from falling flat on my face in front of a live audience, in front of musicians I deeply respect, and eventually in front of an audience of 10 million. And after getting stranded at the airport for 10 hours on 2 days without sleep (it’s a looooong story) I was pretty ready to give it all up. After all, I’m 29 living paycheck to paycheck. What’s the point?

But this song isn’t about giving up, it’s about trying again. I thought about all the bills I couldn’t pay, and all of the opportunities that were given to someone else. I thought about all the times my mom calls to ask me about a show, and I can’t bear to tell her that not a single person came. I always lie and tell her it was magical. I thought about all the times I’ve begged someone to review a song, all the times I would have given anything for a share or being added to a playlist. It’s a hard road and it’s lonely to feel like you’re just not good enough.

But I am not unique, this is all of us. And after talking to friends and reading the stories you sent me, I know that now more than ever. This song is not about me and a tv show. This song is about you and it’s about all the times you did NOT GIVE UP when someone told you you weren’t good enough, when you failed a class, when you ended a relationship, when you moved away. You started over and it was hard but it was POSSIBLE.

The last thing I remember from my performances on NBC’s The Voice was Adam Levine coming over to me and saying “promise me you’ll keep doing this, promise me you won’t give up.” So I’m going to keep going and I’m going to try just one more time….and one more time after that.

– Katrina Cain


Danny Golden Brought Austin Home With Old Love – Photo Recap

Danny Golden is a nomad that’s found a home. A traveler approaching his destination, a roamer that stopped roaming.

Somehow, someway, his maps led Danny to Austin and we have welcomed him as one of our own – he is home.

The Pennsylvanian brings a new spin to a folksy old tale, his voice idyllic yet soothingly approachable with a drawl that lingers and sends a cascade of shivers down your spine. This description is true for the crowd at Spider House last Saturday when Danny released his sophomore album, Old Love – his vocals are probably still reverberating, an echo of his journey whispering in their ears.

A man new to Austin, he’s familiar – he’s your childhood friend from your hometown, the kid you used to play with in your street ’til your mom told you to come inside. He’s the one you were always kinda jealous of but took comfort in knowing, and he hasn’t changed.

A soul weary from his travels, but wise from the road, his music reflects his experiences and takes you along for the ride at his shows – youthful excitement with well-honed skills, his sound is nostalgia – the hazy memories of that sweet kid you once knew.

Why would anyone give that up? Austin is certainly not, anytime soon.


Photographer: Anie Walsh

Collin Russell Mullins Premiers All in Your Head Video

Spend enough time around Black Joe Lewis you’re bound to learn a thing or two. In Collin Russell Mullins’ case, it was discovering firsthand the power that a well-crafted song could have over an enthusiastic audience. After grinding it out for several years in the Austin music scene, Mullins earned the opportunity to tour with Lewis filling in for his regular guitarist. It was here where he learned the importance of creating music with a visceral purpose to be felt more than heard.

With that mindset, Mullins reintroduces himself today with the lyric video premiere of his brand new single “All In Your Head”. He’s graduated from riding shotgun for Lewis to Mission Commander of his own musical journey as he pilots a sci-fi, space adventure through the cosmos. But don’t be fooled by the low-budget, back lot production quality of the Cold War era video. “All In Your Head” is an intricately crafted track that soars into a mystical realm of indie-rock fantasy through celestial guitar chords, a catchy hook and Mullin’s omniscient narration.

I lost myself to the underground 
Searching for answers that can’t be found
Beneath the surface with all your dreams
You wanna know, well come follow me

It may just be all in your head, but Mullins’ latest video is certainly out-of-this world.

Give Collin Russell Mullins a follow and keep up with all of his new releases on Spotify.

Feature Image: Kate Blaising Photos

Don’t Leave Darja Alone With Her Latest Track

A rich voice, deep in velvet but dripping in femininity, Darja is making her mark on the music scene with her latest release.

Alone was released late October, on the 25th, and draws an image of fast, dirty romance. Closed shutters, and stolen kisses in shadowed corners. It’s gritty to keep you warm in the winter, but definitely the kind of thing your mom told you to stay away from.

I won’t tell if you don’t.

Hot off of the heels of Fallen just a few months earlier, the single envelopes Darja’s female prowess and splashes her name across Austin, and more.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Darja came to the US for college and studied jazz piano performance, and Lord, did she learn to perform. She’s now drawing forward a colossal fan base and they’re rising up.  Holding eye contact across the bar and hands under the table, they’re waiting with bated breath to see what comes next.

Check out Alone below.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede Roll Through Emo’s With a Psychedelic Storm

Nashville-based Liz Cooper & The Stampede twist timeless folk-rock into a swirling, psychedelic foray of unconventionalism with their debut album, Windows and Flowers. Recorded at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville with co-production from TJ Elias, Window Flowers is the culmination of a yearlong dedication in which Cooper pushed herself to spend every single day creating in at least one medium and saying “yes” to everything she was asked to do.

Of the recording, Cooper reflects, “Our first time working with an outside producer and our first time in a proper recording studio was when we recorded Window Flowers. TJ Elias’ mad scientist ideas, an abundance of hot dogs, and lack of sunlight pushed us outside of our comfort zones to work more cohesively as a unit than we ever had before.” Joined in the studio by bassist Grant Prettyman and special guests Leah Blevins, Will Brown, Steve Dawson, Emily Kohavi, Michael and Ben Ford and Gianni Gibso, the new album follows Cooper’s earlier self-released EPs—Monsters (2014) and Live at the Silent Planet (2016). Alongside Cooper, “The Stampede” consists of Prettyman and drummer Ryan Usher.

Already known in Nashville for their electric live shows, Liz Cooper & The Stampede experienced their first breakthrough in 2016 with the release of their Audiotree Live session, which has attracted over 220,000 views on YouTube, and over 1,000,000 streams on Spotify. Additionally, the band placed as one of NPR Music’s runners-up during their 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

In celebration of the release, the band has joined Phosphorescent on tour this fall. These shows follow the band’s busiest touring year to-date, which featured performances with Houndmouth, Lord Huron, Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter, Ron Gallo and Blitzen Trapper. See the band’s website for full tour details.

Liz Cooper and The Stampede at Emo’s


Photos by: Anie Walsh @aniewalshphotography