Monday, November 30, 2015

American Idol Champion Returns With New Music

One World Theater in Austin, Texas hosted a special performance by singer-songwriter David Cook on November 19, 2015. David Cook has been touring in support of his newest release, Digital Vein, and will resume his tour dates after the holidays.

The world renowned reality singing competition show, American Idol, has produced a number of talented singers in several genres over its 14 season run on American television. Season 7 was arguably one of the best seasons of the show with several talented artists emerging from its crop of contestants. That year's champion, David Cook, was the first true "rocker" to win the competition.

David Cook released his first platinum-selling self-titled album through RCA Records in 2009. This was followed in 2011 by This Loud Morning. Cook departed from RCA in 2012. He just released his first album of new material in four years in September 2015. Digital Vein features tracks co-written by Cook and recorded in Cook's home studio.

David Cook's performance of both new material and previously released songs and covers was a huge hit with members of Cook's loyal fan base as well as Austin music lovers in attendance this night. The enchanting ambiance of One World Theater's 300 seat auditorium, along with its awesome acoustics, made for a fantastic intimate show.

David Cook seemed very at ease during this show, bantering with the audience about each song, where he is in his music career, and how Digital Vein came about.  Showing his humor, when talking about his newest album, Cook asked the audience to buy it, saying his drummer Adam is expensive. During the encore, Cook acknowledged that his audience spends a lot of time videoing and photographing his shows. For the performance of Light On, he asked the audience to put away all of their devices and just enjoy the song.

Unlike many other artists who perform the same setlist over and over again at each city they stop in, David Cook seems to make each show tailored to the city he is visiting. He told the audience that when they were putting together the setlist for Austin, they wanted a special song that we would appreciate. Their guitar tech, Nick Gibson is a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan and suggested performing one of his songs, so Cook yielded the spotlight of center stage to Nick. Nick and the rest of the band provided the audience with an awesome rendition of SRV's Pride and Joy.

Setlist for David Cook at One World Theater:
Paper heart
Broken Windows
Laying Me Low
Pride and Joy (band guitar tech, Nick Gibson cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan song)
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Kiss And Tell
Come Back To Me

Better Than Me
Lights On

Andrew Ripp

Opening for David Cook on this evening was singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp. He is touring in support of his self-titled album.

Ripp presented an acoustic set which showcased his soulful voice perfectly. I hadn't heard of Andrew before this show, but I will definitely be on the lookout for any future shows featuring him.

For information on David Cook's tour and album:

For information on Andrew Ripp and his new album:

For information on upcoming shows at One World Theater:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Psychedelic Furs Rock Austin

The British rock band The Psychedelic Furs stopped in Austin on November 11, 2015, to entertain fans at Emo's as part of their most recent tour.

Richard Butler

Tim Butler

The Psychedelic Furs were formed in 1977 during England's emerging punk scene. Many of today's alternative rock artists pay homage to them.

Rich Good and Mars Williams

Richard Butler

Mars Williams

The band is still fronted by founding members vocalist Richard Butler and his brother, bassist Tim Butler. Over the years, several other members have joined the brothers. Currently the rest of the band members are, guitarist Rich Good, saxophonist Mars Williams, keyboardist Amanda Kramer, and drummer Paul Garisto.

Richard Butler

Tim Butler

Mars Williams

Paul Garisto

Setlist for The Psychedelic Furs in ATX:
Mr Jones
There's A World
Love My Way
Little Miss World
Until She's Gone
Susan's Strange
The Ghost In You
Only You And I
Heartbreak Beat
Highwire Days
Pretty In Pink

Sister Europe
Sleep Comes Down

The Psychedelic Furs

Opening for The Psychedelic Furs was Max and the Moon.

Max and the Moon

This indie Rock band is made up of vocalist/keyboardist Matt Couchois, guitarist/vocalist John Velasquez, bassist Zachariah Weaver, and drummer Dillon Couchois.

John Velasquez

Matt Couchois

Zachariah Weaver

Chris Cornell Brings Tour To ACL Live

Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Chris Cornell brought his Higher Truth Tour to Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater on November 2, 2015. He is on tour in support of his fifth solo album, Higher Truth, which was released in September of this year.

The multi-platinum selling rock music icon has participated in three legendary bands, Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, and has collaborated with many other artists on projects.

Cornell is considered to have one of the greatest voices in rock music.

Setlist for Chris Cornell at ACL Live:
Before We Disappear
Can't change Me
The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan cover)
As Hope And Promise Fade
Nearly Forgot My broken heart
Fell On Black (Soundgarden song)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin song)
Dandelion (Audioslave song)
Doesn't Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Call Me A Dog (Temple of the Dog song)
Blow Up The Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince song)
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Wide Awake (Audioslave song)
When I'm Down
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson song)
I Am The Highway (Audioslave song)
Worried Moon
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
Wooden Jesus (Temple of the Dog song)
A Day In The Life (The Beatles song)

Like Suicide (Soundgarden song)
Higher Truth

For information on Chris Cornell's world tour and latest album:

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Cult Takes Over Austin

The British rock band The Cult stopped in Austin for a show at Stubb's BBQ Waller Creek Amphitheater on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

The Cult

The Cult just completed a new album due to release in February 2016 and played a series of three shows in Texas in preparation for their west coast tour dates beginning in mid-November. Austin was the first of these shows.

Ian Astbury of The Cult

The Cult introduced their new bassist, Grant Fitzpatrick, at the Stubb's Show.

Grant Fitzpatrick of The Cult

The other members of The Cult are vocalist Ian Astbury, guitarist Billy Duffy, drummer John Tempesta, and touring keyboardist Damon Fox.

Billy Duffy of The Cult

Ian Astbury of The Cult

Setlist for The Cult:
Horse Nation
Lil' Devil
The Witch
Honey From A Knife
Wild Flower
Sweet Soul Sister
The Phoenix
Fire Woman
Love Removal Machine

She Sells Sanctuary

Opening for The Cult was Leopold and His Fiction fronted by Daniel James.

Daniel James of Leopold and His Fiction

Leopold and His Fiction

Motown Legend Visits ATX

Legendary Motown superstar, Lionel Richie, was in town on October 24, 2015, for a special performance at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. The concert was held in conjunction with Austin Formula One race weekend festivities.

Richie is a music icon. He has sold over 100 million albums world-wide. He has earned an Oscar, 5 Grammy Awards, 16 American Music Awards, 5 People's Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe award, to name some of his accomplishments.

Lionel Richie started his storied career in 1968 as part of the musical group The Commodores. Since that time he has composed countless numbers of songs including many hits for himself and other artists.

Richie has collaborated with many artists over the years, including the world-renowned 1985 charity single We Are The World, which Richie co-wrote with Michael Jackson.

Setlist for Lionel Richie:
Running With The Night
Penny Lover
Easy / My Love
Ballerina Girl
You Are
Oh No
Stuck On You
Dancing On The Ceiling
Three Times A Lady
Sail On
Endless Love
Say You, Say Me
Brick House / Fire
All Night Long

We Are The World

Opening for Lionel Richie was the 10-piece soul band from Houston, Texas, The Suffers.
The Suffers is fronted by Kam Franklin.