Southern Gothic

Dustin Welch & the House Band, in the house

Last Friday was my first time seeing Dustin Welch & the House Band. It won’t be my last. With seven members, they crowded the Continental Club stage and, more importantly, the sound they made was gigantic, big enough to fill a space several times larger.

Dustin is the son of Kevin Welch, the Okie songwriter who, following his son's lead, recently left Nashville for Central Texas. Where Kevin’s sound is spare and acoustic, Dustin’s is a forceful amalgam of Southern Gothic and back porch twang delivered with enthusiasm and a cloud of feedback fuzz.

The twentysomething singer-songwriter moved to Austin in early 2007 because he claims he was playing more in Texas than in Tennessee. Catch his regular Monday night gig at Momo’s (check out the video below) before he starts playing on stages more appropriate to his colossal vision.

Since he grew up in Nashville, I thought Welch would be an excellent choice to tell us why Austin was better. Here’s what he came up with, in no particular order:

1) The license plates in Texas denote whether or not you drive a truck.

2) Gaylord and Clear Channel still haven't taken over.

3) Enchiladas at Maudie's are better than anywhere on Nolensville Rd.

4) These are the most beautiful women on the planet.

5) The Mayor is Will Wynn.

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