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Archive for April, 2010

Ruby James CD Release

Ruby James just released her new album, Happy Now, (produced by Charlie Sexton and co-produced by Will Sexton) at the Continental Club last night.

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Ruby James w/ Will & Charlie Sexton from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

ZZ Top at the new Backyard

ZZ Top live at The Backyard, Austin TX, April 2010

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The iconic Texas blues rock trio, ZZ Top, rock out the very first show at Austin’s new Backyard.

The Backyard, intersection of Stevie Ray and Willie Way

We are so glad The Backyard is back!  This iconic outdoor venue is the stuff of legends.  Now about a quarter mile from the original location, the new Backyard sits on 38 acres of beautiful hill country adjacent to Bee Cave Park.  While we didn’t see any 400 year old live oak trees for which the old location was so well known, we also didn’t see any oppressive strip malls encroaching on the pristine hill country landscape.  The new location is much more open, too, with views of the surrounding land and open to the big Texas sky.  The stage is placed in a natural amphitheater location, giving good views from just about anywhere you care to throw your picnic blanket.  The sound and lighting is fantastic, as you’d expect, and there’s a great lineup this season including the First Look Festival this coming weekend with tons of local favorites (like Carolyn Wonderland, Gary Clark Jr., Suzanna Choffel, Dan Dyer, and many more), the Gipsy Kings, Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic, and Sheryl Crow (we hear Doyle Bramhall II, one of our all time favorites and co-producer of her upcoming album, will be on tour with her).

We are looking forward to many sunny afternoons and breezy nights under the stars listening to great music at The Backyard.  See you there!

You can see Laura Lea’s full gallery of ZZ Top photos here.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

Sister 7 rocks Antone’s

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Sister 7 rocked Antone’s this past Saturday night.  This old Austin favorite (Patrice Pike, Wayne Sutton, Darrell Phillips, and Rob Hooper) reunites every now and then to packed venues full of very enthusiastic fans.

I caught up with Patrice before the show to get the lowdown on rumors of more consistent Sister 7 shows.  She says the band is having an ongoing open dialogue about it being a more consistent thing, that it’s important for it to be sustainable and fun, and that feedback from fans is a big guiding force.  There were very quiet murmurs of maybe even a new Sister 7 record that could potentially get going after Patrice, guitarist Wayne Sutton, and bassist Darrell Phillips wrap up work on their own solo projects.  Keep your ears to the ground later this year for their new releases.

And be sure to come out to Antone’s in July for the next Sister 7 reunion show.

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Check out these videos from the show!

Sister 7, Meantime from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

Sister 7, Bottle Rocket from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

See Laura Lea’s full gallery of Sister 7 photos here.

Written, photographed, and filmed by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

George Clinton Funks up Austin

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic funk up Austin.

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic live at Stubb’s, Bounce to This from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic live at Stubb’s from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

See more of Laura Lea’s photos from the show here.

Written and photographed by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

Old Settler’s Music Festival

Papa Mali of 7 Walkers, Joe Ely and David Grissom, Alejandro Escovedo, Ruthie Foster, Patti Griffin and Buddy Miller perform at Old Settler’s Music Fest.

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You can see more awesome photos by Steve Hopson here.

Photos by Steve Hopson, all rights reserved.