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WMOT Roots Radio Showcase at SXSW 2018

Next week is SXSW Music week, and I will make the scene. It’s a whole lot of years in a row for me, and man, this year especially I wish the Music Foggers were coming with. Here is why. WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 is broadcasting the audio back to Nashville from Austin, TX.

We are going to be headquartered at The Backstage at El Mercado, 1302 South 1st, in the 78704. We will be there Tuesday through Saturday, bringing some 36 bands to you. Like I say, it would only be better with Music Fog supplying the video accompaniment. Lots of friend coming by, and lots of cool new stuff to put in front of you. If you are in Austin, come on by. No badges or wristbands are needed. And the food rocks. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, March 13

 12:00PM Beat Root Revival

1:00PM Jeff Plankenhorn

2:00PM Folk Family Revival

3:00PM Milligan Vaughan Project

4:00PM Becca Mancari

5:00PM Motel Mirrors

Wednesday, March 14

12:00PM Accidentals

1:00PM Courtney Marie Andrews

2:00PM Ian Moore

3:00PM Caleb Caudle

4:00PM Liz Brasher

5:00PM Reckless Kelly

Thursday, March 15

12:00PM Paul Thorn

1:00PM Southern Avenue

2:00PM Cicada Rhythm

3:00PM Rev. Sekou

4:00PM The Peterson Brothers

5:00PM Band of Heathens

Friday, March 16

12:00PM Travis Linville

1:00PM Sam Morrow

2:00PM Janiva Magness

3:00PM The Grahams

4:00PM Wood & Wire

5:00PM Red Shahan

Saturday, March 17

12:00PM RJ Comer

1:00PM Kevin Shinyribs Russell

2:00PM Mando Saenz

3:00PM Penny Jo Pullus

4:00PM Wild Ponies

5:00PM Blank Range


If you want a taste of one of the new artists, here is Liz Brasher, "Body of Mine," from a session we did with her at WMOT just a week ago. 

Yeah, we’re gonna have a time! That’s for sure!

- Jessie 


Sarah Potenza "Bird"

Ever since New Year’s it has been sailing season. There are so many cruises wrapped around music, if you had the time off and the money, you could be out to ports of call for a couple of months. There is the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches, The Outlaw, The Cayamo, and The Rock Boat. Each has a bit of a different skew to the lineup, but each is a cool way to consume both the music and the alcohol, and the latter, of course without getting a DUI. Among the bands on The Rock Boat, which was hosted by Sister Hazel, were Barenaked Ladies, Will Hoge, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Cowboy Mouth, and our buddy, Sarah Potenza. I am sure it was a blast. One of these years, I gotta get away. Really, I do. You should too!

Photo Credit: Jeremy Ryan

Meantime, Sarah is still rocking the terrestrial road as well, and there are tons of dates. You gotta see her, she has a big voice, and an even bigger heart. She is fearless and fun. We can’t wait to see what she does next. Music Fog filmed her a while back, at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage in January of 2016. This is a song of yearning, and it is powerful stuff. Here is the Music Fog recording of "Bird."

- Jessie Scott