Chris Smither always manages to sound real on his records. Like he's living the songs he sings every day. In a sense, that's exactly what the 50-year-old acoustic bluesman is doing—living the very truths he sets to music. Smither's childhood wasn't unpleasant, but it wasn't stable either. His parents, both university professors, moved the family from Miami to Ecuador to Texas to New Orleans to Paris back to New Orleans, all by the time Smither was 13 years old and already fascinated by music.
Another March has passed, and with it another installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where several of us go every year to scout the newest, coolest bands. OK, we all see a few older cool bands, too, but most of the reason we go every year is to give you a brief preview of bands to watch when we get back. Plus, it keeps us from killing ourselves (and each other) the remaining months of the year. Here we go with SXSW 2004 Top 10:
The Whiskey Sisters Present: Fascinations and Infatuations • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • The Burning Shivers • surf rock • Arty Dodger • burlesque, sideshow • Aluna Reign and Dahlia de la Nuit • Jaz Bubbles • Erica Solit
By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Dreamy and creamy and brunette curls. Channel Tom Waits for this quintessential, highly-curated presentation of burlesque and variety. The Whiskey Sisters, consisting of Jane Sweeney and Mayo Lua de Frenchie bring over 40 years of stage production experience between them for their biggest show thus far, Fascinations and Infatuations. Bring tip money and desire to Sister on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. The Burning Shivers open with a surf rock set sure to kick the adrenaline into high gear. The burlesque and variety portion begins at 9pm with three sets of performers starring Dahlia de la Nuit and Aluna Reign of Phoenix and featuring Arty Dodger of Dallas, Jaz Bubbles of El Paso, and Erica Solitaire of Los Angeles. Drag queen, Jessica Stone DeLoreon, hosts the evening with all your local favorites. For $12, see burlesque, drag, knife-juggling, bellydance, stand-up comedy, tap hoofers and so much more. Have your I.D. ready because ya gotta be 21 to get in.