Emmylou Harris, Jessica Lea Mayfield SXSW Sets to Stream Live; Mayfield Song Named NPR Song of the Day
The South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, is in full swing today, with a day and night of official showcases scheduled, along with a number of related performances, parties, events, and radio broadcast on tap as well. Emmylou Harris and Jessica Lea Mayfield are among today's SXSW performers who can be heard around the world when their sets stream live online.
Emmylou Harris gives her first performance of SXSW 2011 at the Austin Convention Center this afternoon as part of the Radio Day Stage showcase presented by New York public radio station WFUV. Curated by the station's music director Rita Houston, the showcase also includes performances from Josh Ritter, The Head and the Heart, and The Belle Brigade. Harris goes on at 12:30 CST; listen in online to hear songs from her forthcoming album, Hard Bargain, at wfuv.org. She gives her official SXSW showcase performance tonight at Antone's on West 5th Street at 11:15 PM. To pre-order Hard Bargain with a limited-edition manuscript lyric sheet, head to the Nonesuch Store now.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, who gave her first SXSW performances yesterday at the American Songwriter magazine event and the KCRW Radio Day Stage showcase, will be featured at the Warner Bros. Records showcase at Hotel St. Cecilia today at 1 PM CST. She then heads to Waterloo Records for a free performance in the store's parking lot starting at 3 PM CST; tune in then to hear the concert streaming live online at waterloo.com. She closes out the day with an official SXSW showcase at St. David's Historic Sanctuary at 9:15 PM.
Mayfield's song "Our Hearts Are Wrong," off her recently released Nonesuch debut, Tell Me, is included on "The Austin 100," the list from NPR's All Songs Considered of "our favorite songs by SXSW artists." Today, it's been named the NPR Song of the Day. The strength of her voice "lies in the haunting cool she conveys as she sings with emotional depth and reflective self-awareness," says KCRW's Jason Bentley in selecting the song. "Produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who keeps a bit of blues-rock distortion hovering in the background, 'Our Hearts Are Wrong' feels subtly atmospheric but never overbearing. The result is genuinely moving." Read more and hear the song at npr.org.
The Austin Chronicle says: "Tell Me deserves praise for its alternative vision of what a singer-songwriter album can be."
There are more performances and live online coverage to come in the next couple of days as SXSW continues. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour and check back with the Nonesuch Journal for the days' events.