After a stellar set of shows last month, our friends at The Parish keep the good times rolling with an equally impressive schedule of shows for February. You can check their calendar on Do512 to see everything that’s in store, but here are a few good shows you should have on your radar:
Fresh off of a west coast tour, Futurebirds are bringing their cosmic Americana back to Austin. Since the release of their debut album in 2010, these alt-country darlings have proven themselves with their lush harmonies and pedal steel riffs. Last year, the band released their full-length sophomore album, BabaYaga, which brings a similar, but more mature sound with a blend of tracks that easily transition from up-tempo to melancholy seamlessly. Expect a lot of guitar solos, sing alongs and heavy reverb. Futurebirds are known for their often chaotic and rambunctious live shows, so their set should not be missed.
Promised Land Sound, a country rock band from Nashville with a sound reminiscent of The Band and the approval of Jack White, will be supporting, along with alt-Americana outfit and SXSW alum, Oh Whitney, who recently settled in Austin and are currently working on a forthcoming album to be released this Spring. With all this country swagger on one stage, this show will be sure to get anyone’s boots scootin’.
Heading up this show is a folk rock quartet from Kentucky, Houndmouth, who bring a unique blend of rootsy, but whimsical tunes. True folk traditionalists, they are avid and imaginative story tellers. Two years ago they played SXSW for the first time and were signed by Rough Trade Records who then released their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, last summer.
Since its release, they have been generating some serious buzz with guest appearances on Conan and David Letterman and hitting the festival circuit hard with appearances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Their unique blend of rootsy folk rock with a country tinge have garnered comparisons to Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes. They have made their way back to Austin on a pretty extensive tour, so be sure to check them out before they really blow up.
Willie Watson will be starting things off for Houndmouth. Watson is a singer-songwriter and former member of Old Crow Medicine Show who was recently featured in Showtimes concert film, Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside LLewyn Davis”. If you’re a fan of good old-fashioned Americana jams, do not miss this one.
Jonathan Wilson is an LA-based producer and solo artist with a psychedelic folk rock sound. His sophomore album, FanFare, that was released this past October boasts some big names contributors like David Crosby, Father John Misty, Jackson Browne and Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes fame, among others.
His skills as a producer allow him to blend these influences into an ethereal, multilayered sound. His hooks and melodies provide an intimate, albeit nostalgic, atmosphere while his distinctive vocals solidify his presence on each track. His music was meant for a space like The Parish.
SoCal trio, The Blank Tapes, led by Matt Adams will be opening for Wilson. Adams has perfected the art of beachy pop songs. His tunes are very much a 60′s lo-fi rock throwback with unseemingly catchy, but complex hooks. Both acts will incite longings for warmer temperatures and sandy beaches which would be a welcome escape for any frozen Austinite.
These are just a few of the many great shows that the Parish has lined up for February. You can check out the full calendar here.
Contributed by: Kelli Cleveland