One thing is for sure about SxSW. The nights are long and morning comes fast. You see all types out here but the people that can’t handle their booze are the most obvious and more often than not, hilarious. I can second Joran’s sentiment from yesterday as my feet also hurt so bad I could punch someone in the face but enough whining, let’s talk about SxSW.
I managed to catch brand new Bloodshot Records signee Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. They’re a classic country band in the vein of Waylon Jennings and such. They put on one hell of a show and offered up one of the best quotes of the day when between songs you could hear the death metal band next door and Whitey said, “Death metal just isn’t as evil when the sun is up and it’s a beautiful day.” and a beautiful day it was.
I got my first taste of the best laid plans going to shit when I walked into a bar by accident and say that they were having a Memphis music showcase later that night. Suddenly, all my other plans for the night didn’t seem nearly as important as catching Harlan T. Bobo (disappointing after all the hype), Star and Micey (a pleasant surprise), Cory Branan (he’s making a habit of slaying crowds this week and last night was no excption) and Hill Country Revue (these guys get better every time I see them) so I scrapped them and parked my ass at Babarellas for the night. Sometime around 11pm I did sneak around the corner and caught Those Darlins who are building themselves one hell of a reputation for playing drunk. Secret seems to be catching them before midnight as I’ve caught them twice now and both shows have been stellar.
So here I sit at 10:30am Austin time, tired, dirty and a little queasy which I am guessing is due to the room service tray I don’t recall ordering that’s in the corner. It’s at moments like these I am at my best he said, pouring a morning glass of Jim Beam. I’ll talk to y’all tomorrow but first I want to leave you with a video I got yesterday of Ha Ha Tonka doing their song, “St. Nick on the Fourth In A Ferver”. Interestingly enough, on the way to this show a pick pocket decided to relieve me of my Flip camera. I know I had it cause I stopped and film some of Betty Soo’s set on the way and then it was gone. In a pinch I used my iPhone which did an amazing job.