The month of March means one thing above all for The Southland Music Line – “South By Southwest” in Austin, TX. Each year we travel to the annual festival to enjoy some of the very best music, often discovering new and exciting musicians as they break onto the scene. In addition, seeing a number of acclaimed musicians throughout the music industry is always a pleasure.
2016 was no different from past years as we had the privilege of seeing an array of top notch music.
In 2015, we discovered the Sun Radio Live Broadcast at El Mercado’s Backstage. During the music week of SXSW, Sun Radio schedules an impressive non-stop daily lineup of music. As we anxiously awaited 2016’s festival, we contacted Sun Radio’s Jessie Scott to find out if El Mercado would be hosting the event again. Thankfully, the answer was a big yes.
Photographer Stephen “Andy” Anderson and I arrived at this year’s SXSW on Tues. March 15, but didn’t officially start seeing shows until the following day.
Along with seeing live music at El Mercado, we enjoyed music at The Broken Spoke (the famous Austin venue and subject of the newly released documentary “Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke”), Sonesta at Bee Cave (west of Austin), and more.
Highlights from SXSW 2016:
Tyler James and Jessica Maros of Escondido at Broken Spoke in Austin, TX.
We had the honor of seeing one of our favorites, Escondido (Nashville, TN), at The Broken Spoke. Their latest album, “Walking with a Stranger” was The Line’s Spotlight Music of the Month in February and the 2012 album “Ghost of Escondido” was The Line’s 2012 Album of the Year.
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Mo Pitney at El Mercado in Austin, TX.
Country music’s Mo Pitney (Nashville, TN) was, for us, truly one of the nice discoveries at this year’s SXSW. His Friday afternoon performance at El Mercado showcased his incredible talent, impressive songwriting, and gifted showmanship.
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Wynonna Judd at El Mercado in Austin, TX.
How often does one get the chance to see an artist of Wynonna Judd‘s status in a small music venue? That is what happened Friday afternoon at El Mercado during Sun Radio’s Live Broadcast. Wynonna and The Big Noise performed to the packed room featuring some material from their latest album, “Wynonna & The Big Noise”.
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Jack Ingram at The Broken Spoke in Austin, TX.
Jack Ingram (Austin, TX) has long been a favorite of The Line and it was nice to speak with him briefly at The Broken Spoke. We saw Ingram again at El Mercado the very next morning.
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The Waco Brothers at The Broken Spoke in Austin, TX.
The Waco Brothers (Chicago, IL) are one of the best bands around and their performance at The Broken Spoke was a standout at SXSW. Briefly speaking with Jon Langford (co-founder of The Waco Brothers and the classic punk rockers The Mekons) was a cool experience. Seeing him and The Mekons at CBGB in New York City (back in the day) in the 1980s is a fond memory.
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Dylan LeBlanc at El Mercado
We have seen Dylan LeBlanc (Shreveport, LA) a number of times, but his 2016 SXSW performance at El Mercado was quite honestly the best I’ve seen from this amazing young musician. Numerous comments following his set were full of praise.
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James McMurtry and band at The Broken Spoke
No trip to Austin would be complete without seeing James McMurtry (Austin, TX). Having seen him a number of times, including a recent show at The Merry Widow in Mobile, AL, McMurtry is one of The Line’s favorites. His album “Complicated Game” ranked #1 for 2015 at The Line (My list of 300 Favorite Albums).
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John Fullbright at Sun Radio Live Morning Broadcast in Bee Cave, TX.
Parker Millsap at Sun Radio Live Morning Broadcast in Bee Cave, TX.
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes at Sun Radio Live Morning Broadcast in Bee Cave, TX.
On Friday morning, we attended The Sun Radio Live morning broadcast featuring two of today’s rising stars, John Fullbright (Bearden, OK) and fellow Oklahoman Parker Millsap (Purcell, OK) in which individual performances were preceded by the talented Charlie Faye and Fayettes (Austin, TX). Each day of the music week at SXSW, Sun Radio put on a morning broadcast show west of Austin in Bee Cave.
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Luke Winslow-King at El Mercado
Luke Winslow-King came to SXSW with his band and we were able to attend two of his entertaining appearances.
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