Yesterday was the debut of Chris Thile as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Thile, the Grammy winning mandolin player and singer in Nickel Creek, and member of the Punch Brothers, has taken on the role of the new host after long time host Garrison Keillor stepped down in July. Continue reading →
Nashville based singer-songwriter Margo Price, whose debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter is one of the best albums of 2016, and an XPN Artist To Watch in April is playing World Cafe Live on Thursday, November 10th. Breaking out of this year’s SXSW music conference in March, followed by a remarkable appearance on Saturday Night Live, Price and her band revive a variety of 60s and 70s twangisms with stories of heartbreak, emotional pain, and release. Continue reading →
This month’s Artist to Watch is Margo Price, a Nashville musician who’s getting attention for her no-frills classic country sound.
She’s been a mainstay of her town’s vibrant music scene for many years now, but the release of her debut LP Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (out last month on Jack White’s Third Man Records) is putting Price in front of a national audience. She highlighted the album at an NPR Music Showcase at SXSW (one of the best things Bruce Warren saw while he was down in Austin), and just last weekend appeared as the musical guest on SNL.
Watch Price perform “Since You Put Me Down” on the show below and tune in to XPN to hear more from this Artist to Watch.
As with the past twenty plus SXSW music festivals I’ve attended, coordinating seeing all the bands I’ve want to see each year I go is a function of timing and serendipity. And it’s nearly impossible to see everything I have on my wish list. At any time, there are both official and unofficial showcases all around the city, and there are literally hundreds of them. SXSW is a sprawling, crowded event where you can see a random band rocking out in a vacant parking lot, or see an emerging buzz band, or if you’re willing to wait in a long line to get into the Spotify house, or the Pandora stage or the Hype Hotel, you might be able to see some big name rock bands or rappers along with bands your industry friends have declared the next big thing. It can get very complex very quickly.
Going into SXSW this year I had a list of 23 artists I wanted to see, and given I was at the festival for less time than usual, I knew a list of that size was over reaching. I managed to see about a dozen shows over the three days I was in Austin. Here’s some of the best things I saw. Continue reading →