We've been back from Austin City Limits for a week and I have not updated because blogging is hard. The weekend was hot ..103 degrees on average and the hurricane rain never came..(that sounds like lyrics from a country song. I took along jefe's iriver and recorded entire sets of all the bands I wanted to see. Wilco..outstanding as always, The Drive By Truckers-rocked steady, Steve Earle really friggin impressed me.Built to Spill were super. Robert Randolph and the Family Band kept us going. Black crowes were late and we were tired. Allman Bros. are still chugging along with one brother, but Derek Trucks may be just as good or a better slide player than Duane Allman. A couple of new bands(new to me anyway) got my attention as well...Mofro(swampy blues rock from Florida) Aqualung(from the UK), The Frames(from Ireland) and Grady(great heavy blues from Gordie Johnson and Chris Layton who was in Double Trouble with SRV).
I missed out( on purpose) sets from The Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Fiery Furnaces...I'm not cool enough to be that indie anymore. Besides, we were in Texas. I wanted to hear some rock and blues, damnit! All in all despite the heat and dust bowl atmosphere, it was a smoothly run festival that never felt crowded.Very few great bands overlapped and water was plentiful for only 2 bucks. We would surely go back. I saw at least 3 girls wearing high heels and one midget as well.