SXSW - South by Southwest 2006Four Days, 1400 Bands, All Access: Kate Pasieka follows the action at SXSW
By Kate Pasieka
SXSW 2006 - Day Four - March 18, 2006
Sitting throught Philadelphia's grateful dreadful Dr Dog was the price one had to pay to secure a good position to hear the final spot that afternoon with popular Texans, Centro-Matic. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint even if they have been mining Son Volt territory for the last decade. There were some great harmonies on 'Calling Thermatico,' one of many great songs off Fort Recovery, their latest release on Misra Records. 'Covered Up Mines' and 'I See Through You' were equally rich in feedback and yearning Americana. Ending an unusually long set compared to the rest of the week, lead vocalist and guitarist Will Johnson invited a female fan
Later that evening outside at Stubb’s, Roseanne Cash brought the country home to Austin with songs like 'Seven Year Ache' and was even joined by Lyle Lovett on a couple of numbers. A definite treat in spite of sometimes poor mic levels.
Bosque Brown's Mara Lee Miller from Fort Worth, Texas alt-country delivered some of the most mournful tunes a la Chan Marshal on acoustic guitar. Accompanied by her sister Gina on keys and some mostly wonderful backups, when the ill-conceived booking of a much louder act next door wasn't taking its toll on the sweet harmonies offered. Poor Mara Lee looked as sad as her songs at times, considerably pissed off by the end of the set. Still there were many poignant moments with the drums, bass and the occasional slide guitar. The band was not particularly tight or polished at times but this singer-songwriter is worth keeping your ears out for.
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