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Santa Is Real: Seasonal Platters

Instead of recording whole Christmas albums, many artists now release a song digitally and offer it as a free download – like Austin’s Erin Ivey. On the other hand, the Largehearted Boy blog offers legal downloads daily, and there’s ample holiday mp3s. Even so, plenty of Xmas discs abound this year, so let’s jingle some bells. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Thu. Dec. 18, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with David Bromberg

In the Seventies, I lived in New York and the artist I saw perform more than any other was David Bromberg at such legendary and now defunct venues as the Bottom Line and My Father’s Place. Back then, he’d have a large band with horns, fiddles, and all kinds of stringed instruments. They played American folk music, some of it loud as hell. Read More | Comment »

11:59AM Thu. Dec. 11, Jim Caligiuri

The Merle, Marty & Willie Party

The hottest movement in country music has been dubbed bro-country, a testosterone-fueled brand of pop mostly built on trucks, girls in tight shorts, and drinking. Last night’s show at the Moody Theater starred a different brotherhood and brand of country music that’s both traditional and feisty. An appearance by Willie Nelson made it even more special. Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Wed. Nov. 12, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Graham Nash

Graham Nash made for the easiest rock star interview I’ve ever had the pleasure of conducting. The English light tenor is in town Thursday. First at BookPeople – signing copies of last year’s terrific autobiography Wild Tales (12:30pm) – then in concert with David Crosby and Stephen Stills at the Long Center, celebrating new box set CSNY 1974. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Wed. Aug. 27, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with the Alvin Brothers

In 2012, while touring with the Blasters in Spain, Phil Alvin died and was brought back to life. Dave Alvin co-fronted said L.A. roots-rock powerhouse with his brother until 1986 when he quit, their relationship having always been on the rocky side. That near-death incident led them to finally bury the hatchet. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Thu. Aug. 7, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Nick Waterhouse

Twenty-eight-year-old L.A. soul blaster Nick Waterhouse arrives at the Parish on Friday with his second disc, Holly. His band features dueling guitars and keys, backup singers, horns, and a three-man rhythm section, all taking cues from Van Morrison and the mid-20th Century. We spoke while he was stuck in traffic between Milwaukee and Chicago. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Wed. Jul. 30, Jim Caligiuri

Best of 2014 (So Far)

It’s been a surprisingly good year for my kind of music. I always complain about how much bad music there is out there. Then, I never have enough room to fit all the tracks I want on an 80-minute CD every six months. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Tue. Jul. 8, Jim Caligiuri

Sweet Blues: A Film About Michael Bloomfield

After watching Sweet Blues: A Film About Michael Bloomfield from the new box set on the guitarist, From His Head to His Heart to His Handsreviewed in this week’s issue – I had questions about it. Legacy Records then put me in touch with the film’s producer/director, Bob Sarles. His response was so illuminating it’s worth sharing: Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Thu. Jul. 3, Jim Caligiuri

Austin City Limits: This is 40

For its 40th anniversary party at ACL Live at the Moody Theater last night, Austin City Limits returned to its roots. No Coldplay. No Nine Inch Nails. Simply two long sets of high-powered roots and blues from superstar and rising star musicians playing from deep in the heart. Read More | Comment »

11:47AM Fri. Jun. 27, Jim Caligiuri

Make My Head Sing

In April Jessica Lea Mayfield released the most surprising album of the year: Make My Head Sing…. The Ohio native’s third effort mixes guitar wail and plaintive, angelic vocals for an effect that’s darkly attractive, making Mayfield’s appearance on Stubb’s indoor stage tonight one not to be missed. We caught up with the Mayfield before her show. Read More | Comment »

11:27AM Tue. Jun. 24, Jim Caligiuri

The Phoebe Hunt Show

Big week for Phoebe Hunt. Tuesday, she turned 30. Saturday, the Austin-born fiddler and singer-songwriter debuts her live interview and music show at Austin Live Showcase. Her first guests, piano man Connor Forsyth and flamenco guitarist Luis Banuelos, will surely turn up with something special. Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Wed. Jun. 4, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Bobby Bare Jr.

When I spoke with Bobby Bare Jr. last week, he was preparing his Nashville CD release show. The one where his father, a country music legend, was the opening act. Junior celebrates Undefeated, his eighth LP, at the Continental Club on Friday with Ramsey Midwood in that slot. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Thu. May. 8, Jim Caligiuri

Austin City Limits’ Hall of Fame Fireworks

Saturday night, Austin City Limits went old school. The program, celebrating 40 years on TV, returned to KLRU’s Studio 6A to induct its inaugural Hall of Fame class. That the choices were obvious – Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, UT football coach Darrell Royal, and ACL creator Bill Arhos – in no way diminished the proceedings. Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Mon. Apr. 28, Jim Caligiuri

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

Sam Green’s “live documentary” Thursday at the Stateside Theater on 20th Century architect, theorist, inventor, and all around visionary R. Buckminster Fuller proved more of a multimedia presentation with Yo La Tengo providing a live soundtrack than an actual film for this co-presentation by The Contemporary Austin and Fusebox Festival. Read More | Comment »

1:35PM Fri. Apr. 18, Jim Caligiuri

A Chorus for Rod Kennedy

Kerrville Folk Festival founder Rod Kennedy, 84, died of natural causes on Monday. We approached local singer-songwriters that knew him and were affected by his vision for thoughts on a man who brought a piece of Texas to the world. Read More | Comment »

2:45PM Thu. Apr. 17, Jim Caligiuri

Old Settler’s Music Festival: Saturday

After 27 years, Old Settler’s Music Festival knows that Saturday’s the day to shine. This year they outdid themselves with a focus on American music in all its forms and glory that delighted roots lovers far and wide. Add in an overflow crowd, two stages on a picturesque site in Dripping Springs, and the year’s best weather, and a good time was had by all. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Sun. Apr. 13, Jim Caligiuri

Southern Soul Assembly Storms In

The air outside rumbled, filled with varying sizes of hail. Inside, another storm seemed imminent. JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson, and Marc Broussard filled the Texas Union Ballroom Monday night and kept the assembled enthralled for more than two hours. Writers-in-the-round shows tend to bring out an artist’s muse. Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Tue. Apr. 8, Jim Caligiuri

Out Among the Stars: Cash to the Clash

Since his death more than a decade ago, there’s been no shortage of Johnny Cash releases. None match Out Among the Stars. Son John Carter Cash discovered the tapes that became this disc while cleaning out the Sony vaults two years ago, its 12 tracks recorded in 1981 and 1984 with Nashville great Billy Sherrill in the producer’s seat. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Wed. Apr. 2, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Eliza Gilkyson

Further evidence of Eliza Gilkyson being amongst the most revered contemporary folksingers arrives on her new album, The Nocturne Diaries. The longtime local celebrates with two shows Saturday at the Cactus Cafe. Our recent talk centered around songs that appear in the night. Read More | Comment »

11:17AM Wed. Mar. 26, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Panel: The Bartholomew Family – Three Generations of New Orleans Hitmaking

You may not recognize the name Dave Bartholomew, but you surely know his music. The song “Blueberry Hill,” which he produced for Fats Domino in 1956, continues to sell today. And sell, and sell, and sell. “Fifty million copies and counting,” his son Don B pointed out. Read More | Comment »

8:59PM Sat. Mar. 15, Jim Caligiuri

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