Austin Eastciders presents
2nd Annual Austin Record Label Flea Market
Sat · June 10, 2017
Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm3TEN Austin City Limits Live
This event is all ages
Part of the Daybird Local Music Series presented by Visit Austin and the Music & Entertainment Division.
Let's face it folks...running an independent record label is a labor of love. We're showing our appreciation to Austin’s record labels for putting in the hard work, time, and resources necessary to document the fine music we are all so lucky to have around us by giving them a day of celebration.
Come and shop from collections of local record labels, while sipping a tasty beverage and enjoying performances by A. Sinclair and Sour Bridges.
Austin Town Hall / Western Vinyl / Nine Mile / Keeled Scales / Super Secret / Holodeck / Launch Cycle / Chicken Ranch / Saint Marie
Daybird Local Music Series aims to create live music experiences during earlier afternoon hours for visitors and locals alike! Catch some of the best sounds the city has to offer at some great music venues every Saturday in June.https://www.3tenaustin.com/event/1490843/
Self-dubbed browngrass – think bluegrass on steroids – Sour Bridges is inspired by greats like Gram Parsons, The Band and The Byrds. The funky, rock-inspired group’s distinct sound starts with a steady drumbeat, layers on bluegrass instrumentation – banjo, guitar, bass, and fiddle – and tops off with electric guitar, boots, and impressive harmonies.
Hailing from as far away as Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other parts of Texas, members include Bill Pucci (vocals, banjo, guitar), Matt Pucci (vocals, mandolin, lead guitar), Kat “Mama Kat” Wilkes (fiddle), Dalton Chamblee (drums), and Jack Bridges (vocals, bass guitar).
“We all met on the frets in Austin, Texas,” summed Honesdale, Pennsylvania-native and founding member Bill Pucci, who moved to the music mecca in 2007 along with brother Matt. The two grew up picking bluegrass style with family, including a grandfather who played and built banjos.
Sour Bridges celebrates its third studio release, Sour Bridges (May 12, 2015). Produced at Austin’s Church House Studios, Bridges includes original songs – largely by Bill Pucci – that reflect on heartaches and hard times (“Dirt Poor”), greener pastures (“Fine Life,”) and picking yourself up again (“Carry On”). Previous albums include Catfish Charlie (2013) and the group's 2010 debut, Workin’ On Leavin'.
In its music and its live shows, Sour Bridges members’ genuine love for playing and singing together comes through loud and clear. A college radio station, KTSW 89.9 compared the band to “your quirkiest, cutest, most musical talented friends showing up on your front porch to play some music.”
For information about the band’s extensive tour through Texas and surrounding states, visit sourbridges.com
“Even though these talented musicians play a variety of instruments in the band, I am most impressed by their voices.” - SonicBids
It's surprising then, that in person, Sinclair is a quiet guy - reserved, humble, and even-keeled. Not one for self-promotion, he often shies away from putting himself in the spotlight. As Paste put it, he "lets the music speak for itself."
"Constant rejection, months on the road, lineup changes, various flirtations with some idea of 'success' - none of these things seem to affect his output as a songwriter," says bassist Brendan Bond, describing the motivation behind his bandleader's prolific creativity. "The guy is writing straight from the gut. He's such a great storyteller that sometimes you don't realize that he's actually distilling something straight out of his own life into the music. I always trust that he's got a vision that's artistically valid and true to what and who he is."
Once he takes the stage with his band, though, Sinclair holds nothing back, thrashing and slurring through a musical catalogue consisting of dozens (if not hundreds) of songs he's written over his years in the DIY rock trenches, beginning in Boston as a teenager before moving to Austin several years ago. It's that straightforward, working class style, along with a penchant for writing extremely smart pop hooks that has earned his band a loyal following around the country.
Now a first-time father, Sinclair's life has changed a bit. Having quit his other musical projects, he's spending less time in dive bars and more time at home. But his songwriting remains constant. "My songwriting process is late at night. I write when my wife and baby are asleep. They are beautiful aspects in my life that I treasure," he says. "But when I write, it's mostly about denial and failure."
Those themes are prevalent through 'Get Out Of The City," a reference to Sinclair's desire to "get out of the Austin music bubble." Another theme to his music, though, is perseverance. "I write songs because I enjoy it, whether anyone hears them or not. I have kind of built my life around it."
Now signed to Dangerbird Records (the label that launched artists like Sea Wolf, Silversun Pickups and Fitz and the Tantrums), and working with producer Danny Reisch (Shearwater, Okkervil River, White Denim), Sinclair finally had the support and focus to make the kind of record he has always wanted to with 'Get Out Of The City.'
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