Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.
Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97′s, has announced a new solo album coming on on June 5th called The Dreamer. The album was produced by Miller will be released on his own Maximum Sunshine Records. The album features guest appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). Below, download a new song, “Out Of Love.” Rhett will be at SXSW this week, followed by a tour. He’ll also be one of the guests this year at the WXPN Beggars Banquet on Saturday, March 31st along with Nicole Atkins, members of The Hooters, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Croce, Alejandro Escovedo, John Flynn, Diego Garcia, the Matt Santry Band, Mutlu, Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, Tommy Stinson (Soul Asylum, The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses), Zoe Strauss, Gary Knell (NPR President and CEO), and others. Rhett plays World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 5th.
This weekend WXPN is broadcasting all three World Cafe 20th anniversary shows. Friday night’s live broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with The Little Willies (featuring Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian and Dan Rieser), Indigo Girls and John Hiatt. Saturday evening’s broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with Dawes, a very special guest and Feist. Sunday’s Campaign for the Music Party broadcast with Amos Lee, Rhett Miller, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks begins broadcasting at 1:30 p.m. All the shows are being broadcast live from World Cafe Live. For tickets and more information click here.