As we finally dip into winter here in Music City, our attention turns to the warmer days ahead. Bands are announcing spring tours like crazy, and a number of them are centered around the annual musical pilgrimage to Austin, TX for SXSW. While those not lucky enough to attend will reap the spoils of touring bands, a huge number of your (and our) local favorites will be making the journey to show their wares in the 2,000+ band melee that will take over greater Austin. In three separate waves of announcements these local stand outs were all selected: Judah & The Lion, Ron Pope, Blackfoot Gypsies, Diarrhea Planet, Smooth Hound Smith, 8 Ball Aikten, Ruby Amanfu, Carl Anderson, Bobby Bare Jr., Carey, Daddy Issues, Luther Dickinson, ELEL, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Escondido, firekid, Janice Gaines, The Gills, The Killing Floor, Lionlimb, Loretta Lynn, Music Band, Pujol, Saint Pé, The Wans, & The Wild Feathers.
Making you think about heading to Austin to support local? Thought so. Better hurry up and book your hotel now, and head below for a taste of each to revel in how awesome of a music city we actually live in.
JUDAH & THE LION
SMOOTH HOUND SMITH
8 BALL AIKTEN
BOBBY BARE JR.
DANIEL ELLSWORTH & THE GREAT LAKES
THE KILLING FLOOR
THE WILD FEATHERS