Due to the pandemic, most of the common visitors for SXSW stayed house, so the attendance for the competition was decrease than earlier than. This additionally mirrored on the Picnic, with fewer individuals. However the ambiance was because it all the time is at Leeann’s – pleasant, open, welcoming and together with. And social distancing, for many 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 abilities (apart from Brian Wilson, who has used him and Andrea Magee in his band currently).
After Ben Jones, Texas String Meeting was on, with up to date bluegrass. An excellent band that I want to hear extra of. Additionally they got here again for a few songes whereas we waited for Jon Langford.
My favourite band at the present time 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 taking part in and nice harmonizing, they managed the acoustic format completely excellent.
Jon Langford is a daily at SXSW together with his totally different bands, The Wacos, The Jon Langford Band, generally The Mekons and normally yet one more. His reveals with these bands are nice, punkish, and with a lot of humour. This yr I noticed him on the Yard Canine celebration, that was held at AGBG, and in an acoustic model at Leeann’s Picnic.
Perhaps 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 individuals having enjoyable with good music the Sunday after SXSW?