As year-end lists get more and more arbitrary, I decided I didn’t really want to play that game with our local Austin scene. Instead, I wanted to celebrate the excellent year Austin had, musically speaking, and encourage you to go grab copies of the things that suit your fancy. As it gets harder and harder for our musicians and labels to survive, lip service, sadly, just doesn’t cut it. So why not pick up something for all those you love…or just wish had better tastes!
Just so the world of Austin musicians doesn’t hate us, we’re not just into the rock n’ roll stylings of our fair city. Personally, I love all sorts of different stuff, but right now I’m really enjoying the music of Austin’s own Jess Williamson. I love her ornate style of finger-picking the banjo, and her unique control of her pipes. It’s a bit odd, but in that endearing sort of way that makes the boys (and girls) swoon. She’s set to release her new record, Native State, on January 28th via Brutal Honest, and if it’s all this carefully orchestrated, then it’ll definitely catch the ears of those in Austin, and hopefully beyond.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/02-Native-State.mp3]
Download: Jess WIlliamson – Native State [MP3]