One of the bands that we caught up with at this year’s SXSW was The Rocketboys. After reflecting on their career and discussing the new album they are currently working on, we thought we’d share some of our conversation with lead singer Brandon Kinder.
In our fast-paced, consumer-centric world, more and more people are looking for reasons to slow down – to actually experience something, instead of indiscriminant consumption. In the realm of music culture, nothing epitomizes that desire more than vinyl – appealing to those who take the time to listen, whether playing a record alone in the still of the evening or letting the turntable warmly exude its sounds over the communal clanking of forks and exuberant laughter.
Since its origins in 1987, Old Settler’s Music Festival has gained nationwide recognition for its prominent line-up of Americana music, including bluegrass, blues and folk. But despite no longer being a hidden gem, this annual celebration has never lost touch with its down-home origins and fully embraces community building, the gathering of old friends and the making of new ones.
We vividly remember the first time we heard Wild Cub – the Nashville-based band formed in 2012 by Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock. We had just listened to Alabama Shakes bring down the house at Billy Reid’s annual Shindig, and what followed at the after party was supposed to be just the bonus part of the night. As guests sipped bourbon drinks in the small warehouse lit only with mason-jar candles, a kinetic burst of audible energy erupted from the stage and captured the attention and the esteem of the crowd.
Making your way to the back of Austin’s Deep Eddy Cabaret, the fixtures feel timeless. From the jukebox in the back, to the people sitting at the bar, everything looks like it has stayed the same since its inception in 1951.
Bent over the pool table in the back of the bar is musician Jesse Woods. His cowboy boots and pearl snap shirt seem to make him another fixture that’s been in this place for decades. Taking his whiskey outside and lighting a cigarette, it’s hard to take him for a product of the eighties and nineties. Instead, he seems to be channeling the spirit of Townes and Waylon.