I am packing. This is my last weekend in Austin for a while, as I hit the road to make the move to New York. A great job awaits, I have been named the Director of Hill Country Live. It is honest to goodness Texas barbecue with two locations, in New York City and Washington, DC. Hill Country marries authentic and succulent Texas barbecue with great American Roots Music, and that makes for an incredibly simpatico evening out. I am northward bound to a city that glitters when the sun goes down.
I want to turn you on to an album with a decidedly big city title; I’m A Stranger and I Love The Night, from the band Scrapomatic, which came out in August. The band is led by Mike Mattison, who also sings and writes songs for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Paul Olsen, an in-demand New York musical director. Scrapomatic brings an amalgam of roots, r&b, folk and soul music. Mike picked up a Grammy in 2009 as the lead singer for The Derek Trucks Band for Already Free. In 2010, he joined the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band as a backing vocalist and songwriter and won another Grammy for Revelator.
Today’s tune is “I Want The Truth,” from the Jammin At Hippie Jack’s Festival. Here is the sweet voice of Mike Mattison and Scrapomatic.