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James Hand (Photo By Todd V. Wolfson)


Roots and Branches


THE OLD GUARD

Home to graybeards, most of whom are now stumping for peer and independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman.

Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rusty Wier, Ian McLagan, Roky Erickson, Pinetop Perkins

GRAND DAMES

Women of a certain age, who make all the younger gals jealous of their licks (and looks).

Eliza Gilkyson, Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, Miss Lavelle White, Toni Price, Jo Carol Pierce, Lou Ann Barton

HONKY-TONK HEAVEN

Fiddles and steel guitars say it all. Don't mind all the sawdust.

Asleep at the Wheel, Derailers, Heybale!, James Hand, Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers, Doug Moreland, Alvin Crow, Gary P. Nunn, Geezinslaws, the Texas Sapphires

NO ELECTRICITY, NO PROBLEM

Smokin' blue and punk grass.

Meat Purveyors, South Austin Jug Band, Grassy Knoll Boys, Two High String Band, and Warren Hood & the Hoodlums. Plus swingin' gin-joint jazz from the White Ghost Shivers and Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, and naughty novelties from the redoubtable Asylum Street Spankers.

JAZZ HANDS

A little-known Austin ordinance confines the practice of jazz to the Elephant Room on Congress.

Blaze, Gnappy, Ephraim Owens, Tomas Ramirez, Elias Haslanger, and the Jazz Pharaohs reign (a love) supreme.

KIND OF BLUE

The 12-bar sound that made Austin famous (post-Willie) and drives hipsters crazy lives on in:

W.C. Clark, Gary Clark Jr., Eve Monsees, Black Joe Lewis, Chili Cold Blood, Eric Tessmer, and Carolyn Wonderland

RAP SHEET

Austin hip-hop is continuously overshadowed by our syrup-sipping neighbors to the east, but this local posse keeps it trill enough.

Bavu Blakes, Tee Double, D-Madness, Zeale, Poetic Asylum, DJs Mel and Rapid Ric

WORLD IN YOUR EYES

A catch-all, to be sure, but these acts ensure the only thing domestic at their shows is the beer.

Grupo Fantasma, Maneja Beto, Mau Mau Chaplains, Rajamani, Cluan, Afrofreque

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