HGTV has teamed up with Paste for our ninth annual party in Austin, Texas, at SXSW, March 13-16. With 11 bands per day, the lineup includes both some of the festival’s most exciting veteran performers including Billy Bragg, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Josh Ritter and The Zombies, as well as newcomers like Foxygen, The Lone Bellow and GUARDS.
The official four-day party will be held at one of 6th Street’s biggest music venues, The Stage on Sixth (508 E. 6th Street), from noon to 6 p.m. In the days leading up to the event, we’ll post previews on the artists on the lineup.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Recent Album: Bhiman
For Fans Of: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie
The Americana-tinged songwriting from St. Louis’s Bhi Bhiman hearkens back to times of music past, when storytelling was an art and minimal instrumentation went a long way. A first generation Sri Lankan-American, Bhiman’s music draws from his unique experience of an inside-outsider looking out at a world that is at once alien and bizarre, yet famliar and habitual at the same time. The songs that result are a mixture of both exposition and anecdote, with a hint of satire, to boot.
Bhiman’s voice is a strong tenor which is capable of evoking passion in the listener, whatever the subject of the music. Songs like “Guttersnipe” and “Take What I’m Given,” denote tales of struggling to keep afloat and the associated turmoil, while “Time Heals” and “Crime of Passion” offer lighthearted and comical opinions about heartbreak and loss.