Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s performance at a so-called intimate venue will most likely be the big story of this year’s South by Southwest. But another part of the SXSW tradition is discovering and championing new talent. Breaking away from the pack at a festival that features nearly 2,000 bands playing in six days isn’t easy, but Texas-based acts — there are close to 400 on the schedule — have some advantages. Fans of the local scene talk enthusiastically about these bands to music industry insiders when they’re waiting for a cab together, but almost more important, these acts have cultivated hometown crowds and spent months motivating devotees to travel to Austin to support their homegrown talent.
Here are picks from showcasing Texans, from the obvious to the relatively obscure...
WHO Lucas Gorham, a lap steel player, designed his group as a soul collective that mixes sultry gospel with punk rock aesthetics. New West Records, home to John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Robert Ellis, the bassist for Grandfather Child, will release the band’s self-titled national debut album on June 10.
START HERE Their soaring “Waiting for You” builds to a frenetic climax that sounds something like Donny Hathaway leading Bad Company.
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