The Yellowhammer State has a lot to be proud of–most notably, our musicians. There’s something in the water here, frequently credited to muses cooing from the Singing River in Muscle Shoals, the historic town where modern American music began. Now, we all get to take a drink.
Sixteen Alabama bands are travelling to Austin, Texas, in March to play officially and/or unofficially during SXSW Music Festival. Read below for schedules and recent news from each band/artist.
Banditos 1960’s garage rock n’ roll with country swagger and powerful Joplin-esque vocals, Banditos turn their energy dials up to “11” every damn show. Split between Nashville and Birmingham, they are finishing work on a new album, set to release this summer.
SXSW: 3/15 – evening @ Continental Club – Bloodshot Records Showcase 3/16 – Noon @ The Blackheart 3/16 – 4 PM @ Waller Creek Pub 3/17 – 2 PM @ Plum Creek Sound 3/17 – afternoon @ Yard Dog – Bloodshot Records day party
Belle Adair This Florence-based band has received accolades from numerous critical outlets, including NPR Music, Paste, and Spin. Belle Adair’s records play like a comfortable forty-five minute dream, sweeping you into pop-inspired ambient instrumentals that are anchored by the acoustic roots from which…
John Paul White is a singer/songwriter and Grammy winning musician. He is currently producing projects for Single Lock Records, a label he co-founded, in Florence, Alabama.
The Secret Sisters
The Secret Sisters initiate many new traditions on their second full-length album, Put Your Needle Down —produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett. The duo of Laura and Lydia Rogers has certainly come a long way from their critically acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut and an even longer way from their childhood in Florence, Alabama—just outside of the legendary music mecca Muscle Shoals. Embracing a myriad of styles and focusing on songwriting this time around, their growth becomes evinced within both the music and the title.
“Put Your Needle Down is symbolic of many different things,” affirms Lydia. “There’s a rebirth of the vinyl trend going on, but it really represents the fact that we’re not little girls anymore. We want to put the needle down. Our mom isn’t still sewing our clothes. We’re doing our own thing.”
In order to fully realize their identity, the girls immersed themselves in songwriting almost as soon as their first offering hit the…