Thursday, February 14, 2013

Anybody out there jonesing to sample the best new record thus far in 2013?  Two of Austin’s most highly regarded country artists have joined forces for the first time in their long and noteworthy careers to produce an instant classic.  And it’ a wonder they’ve taken so long due to the fact they are talented husband and wife Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.  It’s not surprising that the album entitled “Cheater’s Game” is garnering rave reviews.  Robison is perhaps Austin’s most accomplished songwriter, having contributed tunes on the recordings of country superstars, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and the Dixie Chicks.  Willis has been a critics darling since her major label days back in the ‘90s.  The couple will perform and sign copies of the new CD at Waterloo Records on March 6 at 5 pm.  (

The Whiskey Sisters

And while on the subject of Waterloo Records in-store performances, you can’t go wrong by

 taking advantage of an appearance there at 5 pm on Feb. 19th by the Whiskey Sisters.  TheSisters are headed up by Teal Collins and Barbara Nesbitt, and backed by four excellent dudes, are currently developing major buzz while holding down a weekly happy hour show every Tuesday at the Continental Club.  Be the first among your friends and family to become a fan and owner of their eponymous titled debut CD.  (

South by

The music portion of South by Southwest is a couple days less than a month away.  Beginning March 12th, Austin really does become what the longtime Chamber of Commerce motto has unabashedly called us for years: The Live Music Capital of the World.  In the next few weeks, schedules will begin leaking out for the hundreds of unofficial (meaning: free) shows that piggy back on the event.  For fans of live music, it’s like being a beer lover at Octoberfest.  More on South by to come.  (


That’s this week’s music news update.  Until next time—Keep it Low and Swinging!  

Photos via Flickr CC, courtesy of dave_hensley

Pat Cosgrove considers himself Austin's quintessential live-music fan.  He can be foundcatching shows several nights a week at venues such as the continental Gallery and the White Horse Saloon, to name a few.  He is constantly searching for the next hot, under-the-radar act and coolest new live-music joints.  He is also a world traveler, a tequila drinker and a dancing fool.  If you see him out on the town, don't hesitate to say howdy.