With three wooden blocks on the sidewalk, the musicians kept their feet moving just enough to get a groove going but stopping short of tap-dancing. Naturally, they drew a curious crowd — and no wonder.
This appealingly-original Austin outfit is led by Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who built his hometown audience as a one-man band. He dabbled in acting to help finance a music career, and his newest album, And the War Came, proved he made a wise investment. He’s already picked up coverage from Garden & Gun, Esquire and NPR and played gigs at Newport Folk Festival and New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Prior to a sold-out show in Nashville, Rose-Garcia gathered his good-natured friends Esme Patterson and Chris Boosahda to play a few tunes on Lower Broadway. “Dearly Departed” is an irresistible breakup song written one Halloween, while “Call It Heaven” captures the charming interplay between Rose-Garcia and Patterson. And although the harmony-driven “Big Time Nashville Star” may be ironic, it was perfectly suited to its surroundings.
The band begins a two-night stand at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday (Nov. 10) before gradually heading up the West Coast for a Seattle show on Saturday night. From there, they’ll cross into Canada before wrapping up the year with a string of long-awaited Texas dates.
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