What a lovely week in Austin, actually any week is before it gets to the 100’s and stays there for the summer. Music has been spilling out of windows and doorways, and the beat, it never stops here. Just a few highlights, K. Phillips and Kevin McKinney did a Stephen Wright-ish evening of absurdist humor and intimate songs at Threadgill’s. The White Ghost Shivers were on fire on Saturday night at the Saxon Pub. Slaid Cleaves and Paul Orta were awesome in the Oak Garden at Gueros, and Dustin Perkins played an impromptu front porch picking set at the Waring General Store. And then, I am loving a bunch of new CDs: JD McPherson, Honeyhoney, The Damn Quails, Sons Of Fathers, and Sugar & The Hi-Lows.
When I first played Sugar & The Hi–Lows a couple of months ago at KNBT FM in New Braunfels, TX, I got an immediate phone call from Terri Hendrix, asking “Who WAS that?” She even tried to buy the song on line there and then, but it wasn’t out yet. Infectious stuff, indeed. Pop, infused with a sense of songwriting craft from the 50’s and 60’s. So, when I got the email to book them for the Spring Music Fog Marathon, I jumped at the chance. Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup came to us as a duo. They brought the sweet, for sure. Here is the song that Terri Hendrix loved, “Skip The Line,” Music Fog style, from March 2012 at Threadgill’s WHQ in Austin, Texas.