Due to the pandemic, lots of the common friends for SXSW stayed residence, so the attendance for the competition was decrease than earlier than. This additionally mirrored on the Picnic, with fewer folks. However the environment was because it at all times is at Leeann’s – pleasant, open, welcoming and together with. And social distancing, for individuals who needed, was not an issue. (Picture above: Jon Langford)
The music began with Leeann who sang some welcome songs, earlier than Ben Jones entered the stage. He performed a superb solo set. He will get higher and higher, and shortly somebody should uncover his skills (aside from Brian Wilson, who has used him and Andrea Magee in his band these days).
After Ben Jones, Texas String Meeting was on, with up to date bluegrass. A terrific band that I wish to hear extra of. In addition they got here again for a few songes whereas we waited for Jon Langford.
My favourite band this present day was Madam Radar, who got here after the Texas String Meeting. They’re a four-piece band, and I’ve seen the electrical model of the band at The Saxon Pub. With their top quality enjoying and nice harmonizing, they managed the acoustic format completely good.
Jon Langford is a daily at SXSW along with his completely different bands, The Wacos, The Jon Langford Band, generally The Mekons and normally another. His reveals with these bands are nice, punkish, and with a number of humour. This 12 months I noticed him on the Yard Canine occasion, that was held at AGBG, and in an acoustic model at Leeann’s Picnic.
Possibly this format is the long run for the Barn Dance, because it doesn’t contain so heavy logistics, and needs to be much less bothersome for these neighbors that doesn’t like folks having enjoyable with good music the Sunday after SXSW?