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Archive for May, 2010

porterdavis at Anderson Fair

I was on the road with porterdavis again for their show at the legendary Anderson Fair in Houston.  Check out these videos from the show including the Townes van Zandt tune White Freightliner Blues.  The guys also debuted a brand new arrangement of the Bill Davis song Waxahachie featuring percussionist Mike Meadows on the Garrahand (an Argentinian steel slit drum).  Very cool sound, so be sure and check it out.

porterdavis, White Freightliner Blues from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

porterdavis, Waxahachie from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

 

Ray Bonneville & Gurf Morlix

We caught up with two of our favorite musicians last night, Ray Bonneville and Gurf Morlix.  Ray just got back from touring in Europe and is playing a couple of Wednesdays this month down at Flipnotics on Barton Springs Rd.  He has several different friends sitting in with him at these shows including Michael Fracasso and Sam Baker.  The fact we live in a town where you can see musicians of this caliber in such an intimate setting is one reason we love to call Austin home.  We are so hooked on Ray’s groove, we can’t get enough!  Check out these videos to see for yourself.  There are even more videos of Ray on our Vimeo channel.

Ray Bonneville w/ Gurf Morlix, Blonde of Mine from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

Ray Bonneville w/ Gurf Morlix, Crow John from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

 

Norah Jones at Stubb’s

Norah Jones live at Stubb's, May 2010Norah Jones live at Stubb's, May 2010

Norah Jones played two sold out nights at Stubb’s this past weekend.  She is backed by an entirely new five piece band including Joey Waronker on drums (previously drummer for Beck and R.E.M.), Smokey Hormel on lead guitar, James Poyser on keyboard, Gus Seyffert on electric and upright bass, and her longtime friend and talented musician in her own right, Sasha Dobson on supporting vocals, guitar, and accent drums.  Norah switched between electric and acoustic guitars and her Rhodes and upright pianos throughout the set.

Norah’s latest album, The Fall, marks a departure from her jazzy pop sensibilities that are so evident in her earlier work.  The Fall is darker and more heavily grounded in rock influences than her previous albums.  Her set on Sunday night consisted of mostly new material for the first half of the show and then moved into some of her old favorites like Come Away with Me, Don’t Know Why, Sunrise, and Lonestar.  She encored out on the landing of a stairwell above the crowd with Dobson on acoustic guitar, Seyffert on upright bass, and Hormel on resonator guitar.

Norah is an elegant, graceful, and sophisticated performer; the warmth and richness of her voice comes through brilliantly in her live performance.  Her band sounds terrific, too, and I particularly like the relative edginess of her new material.  It suits her well, and it seems like it has empowered her not just as a musician but as an independent woman regaining her footing after the end of a long relationship.  I love hearing the varying influences of rock, blues, jazz, and pop in her music and seeing how she navigates all of these so well in her live performance.  I really look forward to seeing how her music continues to evolve over the coming years.

Norah Jones live at Stubb's, May 2010Norah Jones live at Stubb's, May 2010

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

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

 

The Backyard First Look Festival

There are few better ways to spend a beautiful spring day than out at the new Backyard listening to great local live music.  On the lineup, Gary Clark Jr., Carolyn Wonderland, Malford Milligan, Dan Dyer, Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue, WC Clark, and many others.

The Backyard First Look FestivalThe Backyard First Look FestivalThe Backyard First Look FestivalThe Backyard First Look FestivalThe Backyard First Look FestivalThe Backyard First Look Festival

Videos coming soon!

See more of Laura Lea’s photos here.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

Lone Star State of Mind

Every Friday, KGSR hosts Lone Star State of Mind from 10pm to midnight.  They do a live music broadcast, and this Friday featured two local favorites, Wendy Colonna and Guy Forsyth at the Saxon Pub.

Guy is releasing a new album, Live at Gruene Hall this Sunday at Gruene Hall.  He is about to be on a joint tour with Carolyn Wonderland, so be sure and check their websites for tour dates and go get your groove on when they pass through your town.

Wendy also has a new album (produced by Papa Mali) which is available digitally on CD Baby.  The official hard copy release will be in Houston at the Mucky Duck on May 20, so be sure and check that out if you’re in the area.

Check out these videos from the show.

Guy Forsyth, Lone Star State of Mind, May 2010 from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

Guy Forsyth, Things that Matter, April 2010 from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.

Wendy Colonna, Nothin Gonna Take My Love from AustinLiveMusic.Org on Vimeo.