HGTV/Paste SXSW Preview - Billy Bragg
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: London, England
Album:Tooth & Nail(Out March 19)
For Fans Of: Phil Ochs, Neil Young
Starting his music career fronting the English pub/punk band Riff Raff, Billy Bragg soon reinvented himself as an incisive songwriter with an eye towards leftist political causes. Well-regarded in his first album, Bragg came to major prominence with American audiences after collaborating with Wilco for the Mermaid Avenue series, a group of albums that brought to life a large collection of unreleased Woody Guthrie songs. Bragg’s latest album Tooth & Nail finds him eschewing his incendiary political-minded vigor in favor of more intimate reflections on aging and relationships, with songs like album opener “No One Knows Nothing Any More” showing the singer at his most vulnerable.