Saturday afternoon I worked merch for Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes. Both were incredible and the show was sold out. Since it was raining, I was back in the Atari lounge of the Casbah and thankfully avoided the rain, but because I was working, I didn't get a chance to take any photos or video of their sets. It's a shame, too, because they were incredible. Dawn has a sweet voice and she'll be back for sure. Justin has this flawless and effortless voice, and he certainly can transport you to a different time and place. If you have a chance to grab his new record, his live version of the track "Slippin' and Slidin'" was absolutely beautiful and the recorded version is pretty heavy, too.
After the early show, Mike and I decided to stick around for Republic of Letters opening the late show with Jamestown Revival and The Coronas. That was pretty funny in and of itself, because there was this crazytown older Asian woman who totally "tasmanian deviled" me (as my friend put it), spilling half my beer. I would've been pissed had she not been such a complete trainwreck and the whole of the Casbah laughing at this psycho. There were a lot of people on the crazy train that night, in fact, and it was pretty amusing.
Before Republic of Letters started, Nick introduced me to Zach and Jonathan from Jamestown Revival. It just happens that they're from Austin, so I really appreciated talking to them for a good amount of time about SXSW, Austin, and getting some insider tips on navigating the conference and parties. They were incredibly kind and enthusiastic, so it was a relief when they actually played that I completely loved their music. At least three people suggested to me that they'd be perfect tourmates for The Silent Comedy and I couldn't agree more (can we make that happen?). Here are four videos I shot of the band. Click the right or left arrows to navigate the playlist.
I thought it was pretty funny, too, that they have a song called "The Revival", because just the night before, I shot this video of the Howls playing their song, also called "Revival".
Anyway, I really hope to connect with Zach and Jonathan in Austin because I'd love to catch them live again. More photos if you click 'keep on reading' below.