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:
Ameripolitan—or juke joint-swing as the genre is known by some Tejanos—advocate extraordinaire Wayne Hancock descends loudly and lovingly onto the stage at Inside Out on Tuesday, March 26. Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been startling audiences, beating up boots and brandishing a guitar since he was a young one; his affinity for finding, deconstructing and then delivering honestly raw and rambunctious roots music is without equal in the land of hillbilly-backed, Grand Ole Opry-certified swinging sounds. As the artist himself puts it, “Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me.” Entrance to this rodeo-like environment of sights and sounds will run typical 21+ listeners $12 in advance and $15 at the door; the curtain rises on America's representative at 9pm. It'll be better than season one of “Hee-Haw!”
Weekly Alibi's Best of Burque Music Showcase • Pope Yesyesyall • Prism Bitch • Sweet Nothin • Shitty and the Terribles • garage, punk • Black Unicorn • surf rock, heavy metal
By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
The scene has spoken and Weekly Alibi has winners and favorites for yet another year. The Best of Burque Music Showcase descends on downtown Albuquerque at all the raucous spots the city is known for, including Sister, Side Effex, KiMo Theatre, The Jam Spot, Corpus Arts and Launchpad. The free pre-party kicks off from 2 to 6pm at Inside Out, formerly Mezcal. The official launch of the showcase at all the other venues begins with doors at 7pm and music at 8pm. Jam out to bands and musical artists for every taste from Prism B*tch to Sweet Nothin, Pope Yesyesyall to Baracutanga and Tylor Brandon to The Riddims. Pre-sale wristbands and the cost for individual venues is $10 and wristbands are $15 on the night of the show. These events are 21+ only.