SXSW 2017

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It’s another year of blind rage, drunkenness and savagery – welcome to Austin, TX everyone!! While you’re here, be sure to take in the many attractions we have to offer in our town –  Stop and see the statue of Richard Nixon by Town Lake! Watch the possums fly out from under the 1st Street Bridge at dusk! Download the free taco app! And of course, don’t miss the fine music all over town being played by the true, the smug and the desperate!  I’ll be pickin’ and grinnin’ at The Continental Club on Tuesday night and the Hole in the Wall on Tuesday afternoon.

“Swollen Circus” Party @ Continental Club – Tuesday, March 14th –  10pm to 2am”Secret Handshake” Party @ Hole in the Wall – Saturday, March 18th – Noon to 7pm

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Unplug This – 20th Anniversary Show – Saturday 1/28 @ Hole in the Wall

Around 1995 to 1999, every Monday night was Unplug This night at Hole in the Wall, one of Austin’s truly venerable institutions of live music… on these nights, the country, punk, blues and indie-rock of the rest of the week turned into stripped-down acoustic performances by solo artists and members of local bands as well. I have fond memories of playing and hanging out on those Monday nights a the Hole.

In 1997 the instigator and booker of these shows, Jennifer Milbauer, put out a compilation CD of a gaggle of the Unplug This regulars, engineered and produced by John Croslin and Hunter Darby. Hunter did the fine cover art which you see on the poster.

This show marks the 20th anniversary of the CD’s release, and though several of the artists on it have moved away in the years since, Austin is currently home for many of us, including myself – so here we are 20 years later and we’re getting together to play some tunes on a Saturday night.

Give or take any changes that might occur, here is the lineup for the evening – thanks to everyone who is returning to the front-room stage at Hole in the Wall for a night of picking and hollering!!

 

9:30 NOT DANIEL JOHNSTON
9:45 MATT HAMMON
10:00 KEVIN CARNEY
10:15 BRIT JONES
10:30 PAM PELTZ
10:45 LARRY SEAMAN
11:05 BEAVER NELSON
11:25 MICHAEL FRACASSO
11:45 ANDREW DUPLANTIS
12:00 RICE MOOREHEAD
12:20 WHEEL
12:40 MIKE NICOLAI

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Rooster Nudes Vinyl Coming Soon!!

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Test pressing sounds great!  Even better than the CD, I think. Rooster Nudes, my third, self-released record, remastered and pressed onto nice heavy wax. It’s true what they say about the warmth of a vinyl record, at least to my ears. More info on release date, shows etc, coming soon. I’m very excited to see this thing have a proper vinyl release, fifteen years on. Listening to it again brings back a flood of memories… good old days?

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