XSXSW 5 Official Lineup Announcement

March 2, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, Muddy Roots Music, and, along with KVRX 91.7, The Real Deal KOOK 93.5, and Cracker Swamp Productions are excited to announce the complete lineup for XSXSW 5, or “Saving Muddy Hillgrass”, a two day event happening parallel with South by Southwest, the annual mid-March music festival in Austin, TX.

The “X” in XSXSW stands for the independent spirit of the event, attempting to re-create the original magic and focus of SXSW by bringing together artists, fans, media, and music management in a healthy environment free of the rigors that plague the modern-day SXSW landscape, and where music and people are the first focus.

XSXSW 5 will be showcasing talent from as far north as Michigan, as far west as California, as far east as Florida, and as far away as Australia, while also highlighting some of the best Texas talent, from the 17-year-old fiddle phenom Ruby Jane, to the legendary elder-statesman of authentic country music, James Hand. This is the 5th year of XSXSW, started by Hillgrass Bluebilly in 2008, and joined by Muddy Roots and Saving Country Music this year to create an event with even more local scope, and international impact.

Within the principle of putting people first, then music, and using music as a bridge to build community, XSXSW 5 is being held at Austin’s legendary Moose Lodge, an institution harkening back to a time where values and community were more closely cherished. The sprawling facilities will house 3 stages, a full bar, food, camping, plenty of easy and free parking, and lots of great music and good times.

The Moose Lodge is perfectly located for SXSW goers. It is outside of the madness that SXSW brings to Austin’s downtown corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods, making it the ideal destination for locals who want to enjoy great local and national music, but do not want to deal with the drama and headaches SXSW usually affords. Yet at the same time, it is mere minutes from downtown, making the short trek for hardcore SXSW attendees quick and simple.

And if you can’t make it there in person, the event will be broadcast LIVE at

The artists and organizers of XSXSW 5 ask you to head over to the Austin Moose Lodge on March 16th & 17th to take in real, authentic roots music sung from the heart and from some of the best talent from around the country. XSXSW 5 is thrown with the idea that a song can change a life, and music can change the world. Come on by and see where a song takes you!

Admittance: Donations start at $10/day. Doors open at noon. Tickets at the door.

XSXSW 5 Lineup:

Main Stage – Friday 3/16 Presented by KVRX 91.7

  • 2:45-3:15 – Moonhangers
  • 3:15 – 4:15 – Chili Cold Blood
  • 5:15-6:15 – Run On Sentence
  • 7:00-7:45 – Old Gray Mule
  • 8:30-9:15 – Rachel Brooke
  • 10:00-10:45 – Owsley Brothers
  • 11:30-12:30 – Possessed by Paul James
  • 1:00 am – Restavrant

 Cracker Swamp Stage - Friday 3/16 by KRVX 91.7

  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 – Patrick’s Beard
  • 2:00-2:45 – Farmer Barrett
  • 4:15 – 5:15 – Pearls Mahone
  • 6:15 – 7:00 – Lone Wolf OMB
  • 7:45 – 8:30 – Captain Mudhole
  • 9:15 – 10:00 – Husky Burnette
  • 10:45 – 11:30 – James Leg
  • 12:15 – 1:00 am – Soda

Main Stage – Saturday 3/17 Presented by The Real Deal KOOK 93.5

  • 2:30-3:30 – Pearls Mahone
  • 4:30-5:30 – Ruby Jane
  • 6:30-7:30 – Hashknife Outfit
  • 8:30-9:30 – Soda
  • 10:30 – 12:00 James “Slim” Hand
  • 1:00 AM – Sunday Valley

Saturday – Cracker Swamp Stage 3/17 by KOOK 93.5

  • 1:30 – 2:30 – Water Tower (Bucket Boys)
  • 3:30-4:30 – Rachel Brooke
  • 5:30-6:30 – Lone Wolf OMB
  • 7:30-8:30 – Calamity Cubes
  • 9:30 – 10:30 – Hellbound Glory
  • 12:00 – 1 AM – Tom VandenAvond

Stage 3 will be an outdoor stage where performers will be warming up, and jamming and collaborating with other artists. Stage 3 will be active only when there’s no performance on the main stage.


The Austin Moose Lodge is located in east Austin, minutes from downtown at 2103 E M Franklin Ave Austin, TX 78723, easily accessible from the airport by 183, and from downtown by either MLK Blvd or Manor Rd.

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30 Comments to “XSXSW 5 Official Lineup Announcement”

  • So awesome!
    Sucks I work Friday and Saturday till 9 PM :(

  • Man this is so killer! I would love to be there but there is no way! :( How much of this will be broadcast online? I don’t want to miss a thing.

    • The hope is we can broadcast the whole event, but most definitely the main stage will be broadcast the entire time, audio AND video.

      • Thanks pal! I look forward to it!

      • looking forward to hearing some of the music. thanks.

  • We’s gonna have such a good time!!!!

  • I hope you throw up reminder for this when it gets closer.I’d really like to listen

  • Thanks a lot! Im excited to see some new blood open these event’s up. I have met Patrick’s Beard & Pearls Mahone, but aint seen them play yet. Also, excited to see the owsley bros….. no youtubes really youtube worthy but their recorded stuff, I been likin…. Farmer Barrett…. good times a comin fo sho!~

  • what’s not to love?it’s only irrealevant acts iv’e never heard of.

    • Well, I would tend to disagree with the “irrelevant” statement, but beyond that, I am glad there are names on there people don’t recognize, because that means we are doing our jobs. There’s no real effect to preaching to the choir, only in outreach that attempts to bridge differences and break down musical prejudices so that music fans can have more fulfilling musical lives. SXSW is not a traditional music festival where people come to be served, it is hardcore music fans and professional music types who are trying to find something new. If you’re not interested in that pursuit, I’m not sure why you’d find this article relevant enough to comment on. But nonetheless we would love to, and be honored to have you, and would be excited about the challenge of where face to face with these artists I could show you just what I mean when I say the independent world is filled with amazing talent that, generally speaking, is so much more fulfilling than the mainstream world usually offers.

      • my friend showed me a article where you bashed george strait and that means i cant take you seriously about music.

        • The man puts in the time to write a thoughtful response and that’s what you come back with?

          Please reference the article in question. I’ve got a feeling you’re full of shit.

        • I been coming here for over a year and can’t remember a time he even mentioned George Strait…And tell Carrie her new “country” song sounds like Katy fucking Perry.

          • Same here. I check SCM daily and read the majority, if not all of the articles and I don’t remember Triggerman ever saying anything negative about George Strait.

          • did i ever say i liked her music?

            and country is shit right now aside from chris young,easton corbin,jamey johnson(but this site probably hates their guts to)

            also yall’s indy darlings dale wastson and hank 3 are the only ones i enjoy.

        • Can your friend show me this article as well? I’m curious about it.

          • I can’t see anything there that could even be construed as “bashing” George Strait in this review that was written 3 years ago by a contributor Cliff England. If you want to post the specific quote from there you’re talking about, I’d love to see it.

          • This album will surely open up the discussion of George Strait’s place country music history. Will his vast catalog of traditional country hits spanning three decades be enough to overcome the fact that most of them have been wrote by someone else, or will it leave Strait in the puddle of artist that have been criticized for lack of artistic integrity? In the scope of country history is Strait to be looked at as a puppet to the Nashville establishment, or a man that stood on his own ground and did things his own way? Was Strait speaking honestly when he sang the Larry Cordle classic “Murder on Music Row”, or is he just another a part of the problem? I know my answer.

            it seems like this dumbass thinks strait is part of the problem.

            in other words he is putting george on jason aldean’s and rascal flatts also keith urban’s level.

            WHAT A JACKASS!

  • So stoked for the lineup! Thanks for having us again!!!


  • Aghgh, I’m so excited! I’m seeing Lucero in Dallas on the 13th then driving down to Austin for more kick ass music. It’s gonna be a good week.

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  • Looking forward to being there…George Strait, or not….

  • Oh my god, what a lineup. Wish I could be there. Have fun guys!

  • You’re going to love Possessed by Paul James if you haven’t seen him before and if you have you are drooling at seeing him. Konrad is fucking amazing.(literally only logical way to describe him) Also Hashknife Outfit is going to blow your minds. I just hope they convince a certain Tony Martinez to join them for it! :D

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  • have fun y’all ! I would love to be there !

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