Mar 202010
 

Somewhere out there in Austin there is a wall and I managed to hit it. Repeatedly. Friday ended up being my longest day of the festival thus far and it started at the Bloodshot Records annual Yard Dog Party where I met up with my good buddy Pete Stein from Truckstop Coffee. Yard Dog was one of the things on my “can’t miss” list. This year the bill featured Ha Ha Tonka, Ben Weaver and the main reason I went out there, Justin Townes Earle. I’d love to say that it was a great show but the reality is that there were so many people there we could barely hear Justin much less see him so I guess it was a little bit of a bust. We left Yard Dog and started heading back downtown to see Lucero when I ran into the Brokenmold Entertainment guys who were mulling about waiting on Nervous Turkey’s set to get started. I decided to support the local boys and bid farewell to Pete.

Nervous Turkey played to a pretty sparce crowd that was more interested in getting their free beer and cigarettes than seeing any band at the beginning. By the end of their set, in typical Turkey fashion everyone was paying attention and dancing along. The picture above was the only one I managed to get as I learned all about SxSW’s “No Cameras” policy.

Later in the evening I made up for being present but not really seeing Justin as he put on a fantastic set at The Red Eyed Fly. I was planning on stepping outside to grab a hot dog and then going back in to catch Lucero but that proved to be a mistake. The badge line to get back on was almost a block long and nobody was being let in so I decided to roll on.

Being a little worried about the Lucero line I decided to go ahead and get to Slim Cessna early since seeing them was one of the main reasons I wanted to come out here. Let me tell y’all something. They did not disappoint putting on what will probably be the highlight of Austin for me. Singing on stage, in the middle of the crowd and at all points in between Slim and Jay preached, exorcised and even managed to raise a little hell in the middle of an Austin night. If you’re ever within 200 miles of a Slim Cessna show you need to go. Trust me.

Anyhow, I don’t have any video today. The venues started to get a lot more strict with their policies and the crush of people is making finding a quiet spot outside more difficult. I hope to get something today though. For now, I gotta run and try to catch Micah Schnabel putting on a 10:45 show.

Autopsy IV

I am the founder of ninebullets.net. Aside from being a self-made nillionaire, I'm is also a righteous indignation addict and professional self-loather.

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