Over the past year, I’ve been drawn to the music and songwriting culture in Texas, and have been fortunate to be invited there a couple of times this year to play some of my new work. I thought I’d take a minute to share a few of my experiences…
On the first night, I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to literally stumble into a Nick Lowe Show. It just reinforced the reputation Austin has as the best live music town in North America. Over the last couple of years I’ve become a huge Nick Lowe fan. To me, he’s the James Bond of songwriting. So cool, so eloquent and even a bit campy at times. He put on a fantastic set that was a clever, quirky mix of pop, rock ‘n’ roll and crooner.
Next up – I saw James McMurtry. I think might be the best songwriter. Period. He has a weekly gig at the Continental Club in Austin, and when I found that out a couple years ago, I told myself I would get there as soon as I could. His band tore through McMurtry’s catalogue and the whole night was stellar start to finish.
So, to recap, my first night in Austin I saw Nick Lowe and on night 2 I saw James McMurtry….that might not mean anything to most of you, but for a songwriter like me, that was a pretty good start to the week.
After being immersed in the Austin Music scene for a couple days, it was time for me to get to work. I was humbled to be chosen as one of the official showcase artists for this year’s South West Regional Folk Alliance. It’s a great community of artists down there, with a real appreciation and focus on song-writing. It’s been cool to make new musical inroads and friends into Austin and greater Texas and it’s somewhere I hope to get back to, to tour in the future.
It was also special to share this experience with my dad. Not sure I would be pursuing this whole singer/songwriter gig if not for Tim Sr. pointing me in the direction of the good stuff….so basically it’s all his fault. In all seriousness though, it’s great to get to share music with your loved ones. He used to show me different songs and artists and now I get to return the favour….pretty cool
It always feels good to come home and I’ll be hitting the ground running, with the Miles We Put Behind, album release tour just 3 weeks out. I’m really excited and slightly terrified about the work ahead but it will be great to finally share this material with you all.
Tickets are available for all the Western Canadian dates at http://www.tbuckley.ca/shows2/
See you soon!