Saving Country Music’s 2013 SXSW Living Itinerary

Part promotional tool for these showcases and artists, part tips to SXSW goers, part personal itinerary, part letting folks know what I’m clued in about so other folks can let me know what’s cool that I am missing, this is Saving Country Music’s SXSW 2013 living itinerary.

SXSW is so expansive and so convoluted, there is no way one person can know everything, or let alone see and hear it. So you start out each day with a loose plan and see where the day takes you. Some showcases you want to get to you never make, others you stumble into and become your favorite of the whole week. A successful SXSW is one where you see a little of what you already know, but discover a lot more that you didn’t. It’s a hell of a ride and you hope you find yourself on Sunday in one piece.

Tuesday March 12th

The White Horse, the hot spot these days in Austin for real country music has a great lineup nearly every day of SXSW, but there lineup for Tuesday night is sick. Best way to get SXSW started in earnest.

  • 8 PM – Lincoln Durham
  • 9 PM  – Crooks
  • 10 PM – Dirty River Boys
  • 11 PM – Turnpike Troubadours
  • 12 PM – American Aquarium
  • 1 AM – Jason Eady

Ruby Jane  – The Parish 11PM Official SXSW Showcase


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Bloodshot Records has moved their “official” showcase this year from the Red Eye Fly to the legendary Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave), and from Saturday to Wednesday. Bloodshot will also have their annual Yard Dog party on Friday. It starts at 7 PM and features:

  • The Waco Brothers
  • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
  • Deadstring Brothers
  • Lydia Loveless
  • Murder By Death
  • Luke Winslow-King

Saving Country Music’s official charity The Waylon Fund is having an event, and it features an unbelievable lineup in a “Tribute to The Armadillo World Headquarters.” It is located on the same ground where The Armadillo once stood. Rumor has it that Jamey Johnson might make an appearance here too.

AWHQ_posterHotel San Jose – 1316 South Congress Avenue – Noon to 8 PM

  • Roky Erickson
  • Asleep At The Wheel
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Wild Child
  • Jenny O.
  • Mother Falcon

Drew Landry – G&S Lounge – 6PM – 2420 South First.

Red Bull 120 Hours of Music 3/13 Showcase at Gatsby’s –  708 E. 6th St.  – Doors at 4 PM

  • John McCauley & Friends feat. Deer Tick & Diamond Rugs
  • Johny Fritz (Corndawg)
  • Those Darlins
  • The Black Cadillacs

Samantha Crain – Oklahoma Showcase – 12:00 – 12:40 AM – 512 Rooftop 408 E 6th St.

Coley McCabe 01:00 AM @ Peckerheads 402 E 6th St


Thursday March 14th

Billy Reid American Songwriter Austin Shindig – 1808 East Caesar Chavez St. 12AM to 8 PM

For 3 straight years I have gone to this event at Swan Dive on Red River. This year it has moved, but it is the same event and organizers. Completely boss schedule on Thursday, and that is where I will be camped. What’s great about this event is it is the perfect mix of music that you know and that you don’t know. Entertainment and education.

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Rayland Baxter
  • 12:50 – 1:20 Cory Chisel & The Wondering Songs
  • 1:40 – 2:10 The Devil Makes Three
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Heartless Bastards
  • 3:20 – 3:50 Wild Cub
  • 4:10 – 4:30 Leagues
  • 4:50 – 5:20 Jason Isbellamerican-songwriter-sxsw-2013-poster
  • 5:40 – 6:10 Lilly Hiatt w/ John Hiatt
  • 6:30 – 7:15 Ray Wylie Hubbard

The Nashville Day Party – 301 W. 6th St. Austin Ale House 12:00 – 5:15 PM

  • Noon – Andrew Combs
  • 12:45 – Luella & The Sun
  • 1:30 – Brooke Waggoner
  • 2:15 – Nikki Lane
  • 3:00 – Caitlin Rose
  • 3:45 – Escondido
  • 4:30-  Rayland Baxter
  • 5:15 – Odessa Rose

G&S Lounge – 2420 South First

  • 1pm Slaid Cleaves
  • 3pm Jimmy LaFave
  • 8pm Ted Russell Kamp

AND TWANGFEST DAY PARTY AT THE BROKEN SPOKE (see poster below)


Friday March 15th

18th Annual Bloodshot Records Yard Dog Art Gallery Noon to 7 PM – FREE and open to the public. 1510 S. Congress

  • Rosie Flores
  • Deadstring Brothers
  • Bobby Bare Jr.
  • Lydia Loveless
  • Luke Winslow-King
  • Murder By Death
  • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
  • The Waco Brothers

XSXSW 6 Presented by Hillgrass Bluebilly Records – Frontier Bar – 2421 Webberville Rd – 6:30 PM -2:00 AM

Open to the Public. $10.00

xsxsw6-hillgrass-bluebilly-recordsHillgrass Bluebilly has thrown some of the best unofficial SXSW showcases in it’s 6 year run, and this year’s lineup does not disappoint. Great thing about this showcase is the location. After thursday, you don;t want to be caught dead downtown. It is close enough from downtown that you can hike there. But it is far enough out that parking and traffic won’t be as big as a problem.

  • Pine Hill Haints
  • The Boomswagglers
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
  • Whiskey Shivers
  • Austin Lucas
  • Possessed by Paul James
  • Left Lane Cruiser

11th Annual Texchromosome at Opal Divines 3601 S Congress Ave Noon to 11PM

  • Elizabeth McQueen
  • Kem Watts
  • Lissa Hattersley
  • Poon Twangz
  • Lisa Fancher
  • Aubrey Lynn
  • Sonya Javette
  • Debbi Walton
  • Greezy Wheels
  • Brigitte London
  • Penny Jo Pullus

G&S Lounge 2420 South First

  • 9:00 PM Zoe Muth
  • 10:30 PM Amanda Shires

Saturday March 16th

The Revival Tour SXSW Showcase – Cedar Street Courtyard – 208 W 4th St

This is a ridiculous lineup. My only concern is getting in. Saturday night is usually the night I get snubbed at the door trying to get into the showcase, and this one looks to be supper official SXSX.

  • 8:00 – The Drowning Men
  • 8:35 – Austin Lucas
  • 9:05 – Possessed By Paul James
  • 9:30 – Valerie June
  • 10:00 – Rocky Votolato
  • 10:30 – Jenny Owen Youngs
  • 11:00 – Glossary
  • 11:20 – Chuck Ragan
  • 11:50 – Matt Pryor
  • 12:20 – Twin Falls
  • 12:50 – Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

G&S Lounge 2420 South First – MAIN BAR

  • 5pm Zoe Muth
  • 6pm T Jarrod Bonta & The AM Band
  • 7pm Jim Stringer & The AM Band
  • 8pm John Lilly
  • 9pm Bill Kirchen
  • Midnight – James Hand

G&S Lounge 2420 South First – Music Room

  • 5.30 Slaid Cleaves
  • 7pm Gurf Morlix

AND TWANGFEST DAY PARTY AT THE BROKEN SPOKE (see poster below)


 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

  • 03/12/13 – 10:00 PM 26f & Little Brother Publishing Bungalow – 92 Rainey St
  • 03/13/13 – 3:00 PM Club DeVille – 900 Red River
  • 03/15/13 – 1:00 AM – Continental Club – 1315 S. Congress

The Carper Family

3/12/13  Parish Underground (Official SXSW) 10pm
3/14/13  Grand Ole Austin at Maria’s Taco Xpress 12:20pm
3/14/13  Twangfest at the Broken Spoke 1:30pm
3/14/13  with Alice Gerrard (Official SXSW) at St. David’s Bethel Hall
8:50-9:30pm
3/15/13  Third Coast Music at G&S Lounge 2pm
3/16/13  Folk Alliance International at Threadgill’s South  1pm
3/16/13  Brooklyn Country Cantina at Papi Tino’s  6:30pm

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