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The Life & Friends of Tarka Cordell

Several weeks ago, Life: Tarka & Friends came out in the UK via Room 609 Records. It features songs written by Tarka Cordell as sung by his friends: Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Imani Coppola, Alex Elana, Evan Dando, Alice Smith, Scoundrels & Dirty Gentlemen, and Ruby Friedman, to name a few. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Tue. Jun. 3, William Harries Graham

Continental Love Songs by Liv Mueller

Liv Mueller was raised in Milwaukee on what she terms “schmaltz music: Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis – very emotive, orchestral, cinematic, over-the-top love songs.” As a result, her Thursday, 8:30pm, shows in the Continental Gallery approximate Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Joan Jett banding together. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Thu. May. 29, William Harries Graham

New York, New York

Last week, I began a love affair with New York, from the high rises of Manhattan to the historic brown stones of Brooklyn. It’s an exhilarating thing to see the city for the first time out of an airplane window. Flying into JFK, my first sight was the Jamaica Bay shoreline. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Tue. May. 27, William Harries Graham

Margaret Moser Exit Interview

Last Thursday, after the city dedicated Margaret Moser Plaza to her, its namesake remarked, “I got in through the back door, so whenever I get invited in through the front door, I always run to the back door to see who I can let in.” That’s me, the youngest musician she ever invited to play the Austin Music Awards in 2007. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Thu. May. 22, William Harries Graham

Summer Fun: Into the Mystic of High Road Pool

In the winter when I miss swimming at High Road Pool, Dave Alvin rings in my ears: “Kids are shootin’ fireworks below/ Hey baby, it’s the Fourth of July.” I never thought I could love a pool more than Barton Springs until a few years ago when my family joined what was then called the Elks Lodge. As of last fall, it’s now known as the High Road Lodge. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Tue. May. 13, William Harries Graham

Margaret Moser’s Retirement Party

Margaret Moser’s retirement party, which I put together at the Continental Club on Sunday, began at 2:15pm with the rock & roll thrill ride of the Hickoids. No slow build, the show rocked all day long and closed with a surprise performance from Christopher Cross some seven hours later. Moser gasped and held her hand over her mouth when Cross arrived. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Tue. May. 6, William Harries Graham

Warren Hood Settles Into Strange Brew

Warren Hood, Emily Gimble, and Willie Pipkin are the Brewbirds, who play every Sunday at Strange Brew, 8pm. When the bandleader, son of late Austin fiddler Champ Hood, attended the Berklee School of Music, he took home the String Achievement Award. Later, he played with San Fransisco’s Waybacks before settling back locally. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Wed. Apr. 30, William Harries Graham

The Funambulist: Giulia Millanta

Giulia Millanta plays a CD release for her new album The Funambulist this Saturday at Strange Brew with her band – husband/guitarist David Pulkingham, drummer Michael Longoria, and Glenn Fukunaga on bass. She and Pulkingham just returned from touring Italy, where she was born and raised in Florence. Read More | Comment »

4:25PM Wed. Apr. 23, William Harries Graham

The Lovesong of Dawn & Hawkes

Thursday, Austin indie folk duo Dawn & Hawkes, fresh from winning over fans on The Voice with a rendition of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” appear at Lamberts. Ali Holder opens. The show folds into all the local performances that benefit SXSW Cares. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. Apr. 16, William Harries Graham

Welch Jam: Kevin & Dustin

I first saw Dustin Welch play several years ago during a day party at the former Momo’s for South by Southwest. I sat on the steps of the rooftop deck, captivated. I’ve seen him since, but the first time I saw him perform with his father, Kevin Welch, was at Strange Brew for the “Legacies and Legends” show last month. Read More | Comment »

3:50PM Thu. Apr. 10, William Harries Graham

Introducing Amy Sue Berlin

When Amy Sue Berlin was 10, she attended her first Kerrrville Folk Festival. That was 1990 and Berlin’s mom, Anne Feeney, won the New Folk Competition that year. Tonight at the Cactus Cafe, Berlin debuts her Matt the Electrician-produced bow, Fragile Bones, roping in Grace Park, Mike Meadows, and B Sterling Archer for the CD release. Read More | Comment »

2:20PM Fri. Apr. 4, William Harries Graham

Gary Floater: A Hero Never Learns

I first met Gary Floater at February’s International Folk Alliance in Kansas City. He performed “The River Flows,” out today on his new album Who Cares, a release party for which happens Sunday, April 6, at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. Read More | Comment »

1:27PM Tue. Apr. 1, William Harries Graham

Meet Christiane Swenson

Saturday, Christiane Swenson hosts a party at Maria’s Taco Xpress for debut EP Sleeping Aid, available now on Bandcamp. She and Nicole Bennett perform as the Tiny Bees, the forming revealing, “It was recorded at the Khabele school in a small room on an 8-track.” Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Thu. Mar. 20, William Harries Graham

SXSW Interview: Colin Gilmore

Colin Gilmore is a second generation Austin musician, son of Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The scion grew up in Lubbock and moved here when he was 14 to live with his father. Gilmore’s been gaining traction with his songwriting to the point that even his dad’s band the Flatlanders have recorded some of his songs. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Sat. Mar. 15, William Harries Graham

SXSW Interview: Raina Rose

Raina Rose: even her name reads like a poem. As it turns out, that’s because she’s the daughter of poet Leana McClellan and folk singer Morris McClellan. She’s showcasing Wednesday at South by Southwest, but look for her tonight at the Continental Club Gallery guitar pull with Owen Temple and Danny Malone. Read More | Comment »

2:47PM Sun. Mar. 9, William Harries Graham

Folk Traumatic Stress Disorder

Last Friday, I packed my Taylor guitar into Brent Grulke’s old, mint-green Carlton case, given to my dad, Jon Dee Graham, a few days before by Grulke’s widow Kristen. I rubbed my tired eyes, and boarded the 7am flight to Dallas, which Darden Smith was on. On the connecting flight from Dallas to Kansas City, we picked up Patrice Pike and Andrew Pressman. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Tue. Feb. 25, William Harries Graham

Maria’s Taco Xpress Tries to Save a Life

Last June, a staff member at Maria’s Taco Xpress on South Lamar, Vincente Pedroza, 21, starting feeling weak and noticed unusual bruises on his legs. He was diagnosed with Leukemia. Aggressive chemotherapy didn’t work. The only thing that can save his life now is a bone marrow transplant. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Fri. Feb. 14, William Harries Graham

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Dinners with Jon Dee Graham

While we don’t eat chicken very often, the co-chef around the house, my dad Jon Dee Graham, has been whipping up “Reckless Chicken” since I can remember. It’s an Italian pasta recipe he got from drummer Jay Nazz of Reckless Kelly, thus duly renamed in our kitchen. Read More | Comment »

3:55PM Tue. Feb. 11, William Harries Graham

Thanks Barbara Lynn

Barbara Lynn’s debut single, 1962’s “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” soared to the top of the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Skip forward almost half a century to 2009 and the American Folklife Center in Washington, D.C., honored her at both the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress. Her home of Beaumont named a street after her. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. Feb. 7, William Harries Graham

Alejandro Escovedo Hosts Matt McCormack Benefit

On Thursday at Strange Brew, Alejandro Escovedo hosts a benefit for his daughter ShaShai and her bandleader husband Matt McCormack, who lost everything last Halloween in the torrential rain that devastated the Onion Creek area and many Central Texans. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Wed. Feb. 5, William Harries Graham

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