Sunday, April 16, 2017

Three Bands Who Typify The Music of Old Settlers Music Festival

The Music Of Old Settlers – An Example in Three Bands

The organizers of the 30th Anniversary of Old Settler’s Music Festival have pulled out all the stops and are bringing what is quite possibly the most impressive musical line-up to date. And that’s not an easy task for this festival that each year rides the beautiful musical line that contains traditional bluegrass that involves a common microphone that all gather around to harmonize, today’s NEWgrass movement that includes jam bands and extensive light shows as well as non-traditional but amazing music.

For 2017, Old Settler’s Music Festival returns to Driftwood, Texas on April 20-23. The 4 day camping and music experience will be housed at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCullough. A perfect place.

With so many great bands playing over the 4 day festival, it might be a little daunting to decide who to go see. Well… here’s INsite’s list of three bands that you should be sure NOT to miss this year.. and each typify a genre that Old Settlers masterfully melds each year.

The Del McCoury Band


There are few players alive today who’s very name personifies traditional bluegrass music. McCoury is at the forefront and Del is the leader. This year, attendees will be blessed with both a set from the DelMcCoury Band as well as The Travelling McCoury’s. When either iteration of this family band gathers around the microphone to sing, it transcends time and brings a smile across the crowd. 

Del has been playing for over 50 years was a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 60’s, has recorded with Steve Earle AND has jammed onstage with Phish. That’s a little something for everyone there. You’ll be pleased as well.

The Travelin’ McCoury’s are both Del’s band for the past 29 or so years as well as a masterful band in their own right. Two of Del’s sons, Ronnie and Rob, bring the McCoury swagger and willingingness to stretch the line of traditional bluegrass for the sake of the song.

The Travellin’ McCourys – Bluebonnet Stage – Saturday 4:40 – 5:50

Del McCoury Band – Hill Country Stage – Saturday 7:10 – 8:25

Los Lobos


When I heard Los Lobos was coming to Old Settler’s, I just about jumped out of my seat. Los Lobos is my desert island band…. Meaning, if I were stranded on a desert island with only one album for the rest of my life… it’d be theirs – Just Another Band From East LA to be exact.

Their music transcends labels. It’s equal parts rock, tejano, conjunto, funk, Americana and folk. They are their own genre, in my book.

Perhaps Los Lobos’ Louie Perez said is better than I can describe it when he said “We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.”

They paint a picture of the beauty of America with all of her cracks and scars with each stroke of a musical brush. Storytelling songs like “One Time One Night” go along with their well-known version of “La Bamba” their mystical sounds of “Kiko and the Lavender Moon.” Plus their more recent work is forward moving and stellar. 44 years into their career, they still have some tricks up their sleeves, and you should be there to watch.


Hill Country Stage – Saturday 10:30 – Midnight



What is there to say about Kevin Russell, the founder and mastermind behind Shinyribs? The gentleman makes people happy. He causes the least of us to jump up and shake what their mama gave them. He is an entertainer. Whether you catch the full stage show with lights, dancers and wardrobe changes on a Saturday night or you catch the annual  final set of OSMF at the campground on Sunday, you will be transformed.

Musically, Shinyribs is amazingly impressive. Lyrically Russell spins tales in a way that makes you look at going to the convenience store in a different light (See “Poor People Store”). Personally, the dude is a hoot.


Bluebonnet Stage – Saturday 11:00 – Midnight

Campground Stage – Sunday 4:30 – 5:30p

Monday, March 13, 2017

This is INsite's All Local / All Free list for the 3rd week in Austin - 2017

There's a little bit of music happening in Austin this week... truth is if you trip.. you'll fall into a great show with a local band... playing for free. We took the liberty of putting together some names you should check out.
This is INsite's All Local / All Free list for the 3rd week in Austin.

Monday March 13 –
Fragile Rock (5p) Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
Black Heart Saints (8p) – The Chuggin' Monkey
@Dr. Zog @ Rodeo Austin

Tuesday March 14 –
James McMurtry @ @The Backstage at EL Mercado Restaurant South (noon)
Amplified Heat (4:15) Hotel Vegas
The Sour Notes (5p) Hard Luck Lounge
Wink Keziah & Delux Motel The Saxon Pub (2-5p)
BLXPLTN (9p) @Wolfshield Ranch
Rocky Erickson @ Historic Scoot Inn

Wednesday March 15 –
The Octopus Project (12:30p) @ Mohawk Austin
Stupid Drama (4:30p) Heart of Texas Rockfest (7th & Neches)
Warren Hood (6:15p) @ The ABGB
Roses (9p) @ Fine Southern Gentlemen

Thursday March 16 –
The Band of Heathens (2p) Broken Spoke Dancehall
Darkness;Ending (5p) Dizzy Rooster
Sweat lodge (6p) Beerland, Texas
Wild Tinderbox (9p) The Posse East

Friday March 17 –
Bob Schneider (8:30a) W Austin
Nakia @ Shady Grove Restaurant
Spoon (6p) Waterloo Records
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ Cheer Up Charlies
The Jitterbug Vipers (6:30p) C-Boy's Heart & Soul

Saturday March 18 –
Jon Dee Graham @ The Continental Club
Butcher Bear (noon-5p) @ Exploded Records at JuiceLand
The Zoltars (5:30p) The Volstead
Uncle Lucius (7p) Dogwood West 6th
Zeale Rapz (7p) @Parlour & Yard
Problem Child (8p) – San Jac Saloon
Riverboat Gamblers (8p) The Jackalope
Mayeux and Broussard (10:15p) Whip In

Sunday March 19 -
Leo Rondeau (6p) Oskar Blues Brewery Austin
Ray Wiley Hubbard (6p) Lucy's Fried Chicken
Los Texas Wranglers @ Travis County Exposition Center

Drink lots of water and tip lots of bands... make notes.. these are the bands who play here the other 51 weeks of the year as well... check them out all year long.

Have fun, y'all.
- INsite

p.s. If you check there's MANY MANY shows we didn't post... we love that site.. here's the link -

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Press Release: Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibit curated by The GRAMMY Museum® makes final stop at the Bullock in Austin

Press Release:

Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibit curated by The GRAMMY
Museum® makes final stop at the Bullock in Austin
Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan opens 3/10
MARCH 3, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — On March 10, 2017, the exhibit, Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, will open at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Presented by the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the iconic career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It opened in L.A. in 2014  as  the first exhibit exclusively highlighting the career of the legendary Texas bluesman. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie's brother, serves as a guest curator for the exhibit that will make its final stop on the tour and only stop in Texas at the Bullock Museum in Austin.
“I'm excited to partner with the Bullock and GRAMMY Museum to honor my brother and his music,” Jimmie Vaughan said. “I know Stevie’s many Texas fans will enjoy this exhibit, as many of his personal, never-before-seen items will be on display. I hope by doing this, it will remind people of the incredible musician he was and all the music and love he gave to the world. I miss him every day." 
On display through July 23, 2017, the exhibit will feature numerous guitars, including Vaughan’s “Number One” Fender Stratocaster; early family photographs; original stage outfits, including Vaughan’s iconic hat; handwritten lyrics; original concert posters/ tour ephemera; and much more.
"We are thrilled to bring this incredibly rich Stevie Ray Vaughan experience to Texas," Bullock Museum Interim Director Margaret Koch said. "Through a stunning array of artifacts, personal photographs, and multimedia features, our visitors will be able to gain insight into the life, artistry, and legacy of this influential and much-loved musician. As the final and only Texas venue, we've nearly doubled the size of the original exhibit to include artifacts from musicians who had an impact on Stevie's early years, a never-before-exhibited drum set from Chris Layton, personal photographs from Antone's, and footage of Stevie's ACL Live performances. The museum is honored to have worked closely with the Vaughans and GRAMMY Live Museum to remember Stevie with this one-of-a-kind exhibition."
Vaughan was a world-renowned guitar player who made an enormous impact on the history and widespread popularity of Texas blues. As the only Texas stop on this tour, the museum is proud to work closely with Jimmie to offer visitors this personal glimpse into Stevie's life and work."
With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. He drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins and rock 'n' roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist. 
Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late 1960s. From 1983 to 1990, Stevie Ray was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 at age 35 cut short a brilliant career in blues and American rock, just as he was on the brink of superstardom.
“As a former music journalist, I had the pleasure of knowing him and writing about him,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “I couldn’t be more pleased to pay tribute to him and share this exhibition with his Texas fans.”
The Bullock Museum is located at 1800 N. Congress Ave. The galleries are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, including details on exhibition-related programming, visit

Monday, January 9, 2017



(Austin, TEXAS) The Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame induction will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd in Austin, Texas as part of the 13th Annual Texas Songwriters Symposium. The goal is to present and honor those in the music community that have helped to shape and make Texas the fertile music landscape that it is. These recipients will include songwriters and musicians, and individuals and groups that created and nurtured the music community.


This a project the Texas Songwriters Association. "It is our belief that the songs and stories of these many Music Legends should be recognized for the legacy they have left us. It is our hope that by shining a light on these bright stars that we will learn more about where we came from though the songs and stories of those that walked before us. Our goal is that their names and contributions will be remembered by future generations," says Executive Director lee Duffy.

The awards are presented and the induction ceremony occurs each year at the Texas Songwriter Association / Austin Songwriters Group Texas Songwriters Symposium. Previous inductees will celebrate the event as a homecoming for members of the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame.

The 2017 Songwriters Symposium will take place Jan 11-15, 2017.  An opportunity for songwriters and music business professionals, the weekend will focus on the creative side of the industry. It provides a place for songwriters, publishers, and industry professionals alike to join together for four days of workshops, panels, pitch sessions and more on how to have your works exploited…in a good way!