As always, SXSW was a whirlwind and a blur this year. We had upwards of 17 artists performing down in Austin, and put on two parties and two showcases. So needless to say...we were busy.
But that said, I was still able to catch a few good bands outside of our own. Here is a list of everything I saw and liked throughout the week, in order of appearance:
Ivan & Alyosha
Lilly Hiatt & The Dropped Ponies
Daniel Romano (4X)
New Madrid (2X)
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale (3X)
John Hiatt (2X)
Richard Thompson (2X)
Max Gomez (2X)
The Devil Makes Three (2X)
Swear And Shake
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Robert Randolph (feat. Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars)
Levon Helm Tribute -- Midnight Rambler Band (feat. The Mastersons, Steve Earle, Luther Dickinson, Ivan Neville, J.J. Grey, and more)
I'd say my three major highlights of the week were the Levon Helm tribute at Auditorium Shores, the private Patty Griffin show at The Castle, and the Buddy & Jim set at The Parish.