So…..the Film and Interactive SXSW Festival started yesterday. For as weird as Austin usually is anyway, it just got a bit weirder, and that will exponentially grow and get whole lot weirder coming in a couple of days. Some of us Austenite’s are laying low while we still can; soon the vortex will suck us all in. But the weekend is here, and this precious time especially, we might just need to move a little slower, take some deep breaths and rest up.
The Music Fog Marathon starts on Wednesday; 44 Artists in 4 Days at Threadgill’s WHQ, 301 S Riverside Drive in Austin, TX. Meantime, don’t forget to turn your clock ahead tonight. One less hour of sleep…just getting you prepared for what’s to come. Today, we shine a light on The Steel Wheels. They're a quartet based in Harrisonburg, VA that all met through being raised in the Mennonite community. Now they have a few craft beers named after them, and those wheels…yes they bicycle, even to gigs! In fact, they organize an annual “Spokesongs” bicycle music tour, which averages 10 shows and covers around 500 miles in 10 days. And we are talking terrain here, as they bike through the mountains of Virginia and the hills of Michigan, even hauling their own gear along the way. We have a video from their second album, Lay Down, Lay Low; sweet Gospel-infused, stripped down to the bone. “Rain In The Valley.”
- Jessie Scott