Having lived in Austin before, people always ask me what are some good acts in Austin to check out when they're on vacation in Austin. Below I list some of my favorite Austin artists who play out on a regular basis, with a brief description each. This list is not all inclusive though, I'm sure I'm missing lots of great artist, and I'm sure lots of great talent have popped up that I missed ever since moving away from Austin.
An acoustic rocker who's songwriting is influenced by
Fleetwood Mack, but who's lead-guitar work is similar to electric shredders like
Stevie Ray Vaughan.
He's a Stanley Jordan clone on electric, but also plays acoustic
guitar incorporating unorthodox techniques ala Michael Hedges
A blues-rock shredder heavily influenced by Stevie Ray. He plays a
Another blues-rock shredder who plays a mean guitar like T-Bone
Walker, but also sings with a gruff voice like Howlin Wolf
Yet another blues-rock shredder heavily influenced by Hendrix
An expert country picker
a country/rockabilly player known for playing a double neck guitar,
where one neck is a standard guitar neck, and the other is a lap steel
great groovy world-beat fusion band with heavy middle-eastern and gypsy
influences. Instrumentation includes nylon guitar, table, oud, sitar, standup
bass, fiddle, and drums.
Grammy nominated jazz/fusion rock guitar virtuoso
A soulful bluesy singer who's powerful voice fills up a whole room.
He's like the male version of Aretha Franklin. He plays every week at
Soulful blues guitarist who combines different styles of Texas blues from Stevie Ray, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, and T-Bone Walker.
Joe Richarson Express
A gritty slide blues guitarist who plays Louisiana Delta electric blues. He also has a deep heavy baritone voice like John Lee Hooker