Austin, TX – Day 3 of the Austin City Limits 2012 music festival came about with tired legs, ears, and eyes.
Gary Clark Jr., an Austin native preparing for his first full length LP release later this month, held down the big stage and a large crowd for a soulful, electric set. Silky R&B vocals along with a natural blues prowess and rock sensibilities proved the hype surrounding the up and coming ‘it’ kid.
The Old 97s continue a colorful, recording resurgence with “The Grand Theatre Volume 2”. The follow up to 2010’s ‘Volume 1’ finds Rhett, Ken, Philip and Murry at the top of their game in the studio, revisiting an electric, mid-to-late 90s “Too Far Too Care”s fountain of youth. 13 studio performances that define their live rep to a ‘t’, Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond’s compositions also double as rock radio hits that should beâ€“and never are, unfairly. Grand Theater 2 is loaded with 97s swagger and sweet melodies that are sure to soak your summer brain for weeks on end. READ MORE
You will not go to heaven, you’ll go to Champaign, Illinois.
By Andy Whorehall
So sings Mr. Stuart Ransom Miller II of Old 97’s, sons of Texas & one of the great American live bands running 2 decades now. “The Grand Theater Volume 1” marks the return of a band left to wander the last decade away on recorded output. Mr. Miller went seeking a solo pop career; how could he avoid the temptation with…