To help you start your summer off on the right note (sorry), we asked a dozen local acts to provide us with song picks featuring Austin talent. The result? An eclectic, genre-spanning 12-track playlist of great musicians backed by other great musicians. So hit ‘play’ and settle in for 40 minutes of killer tunes from artists straight outta Austin. Find a few you love and it probably won't be hard to catch them live.
A local band of boys with praise from national press, Whiskey Shivers crank out legitimate washboard-and-banjo bluegrass infused with rough-and-tumble party vibes. (Listen now!)
Whiskey Shivers’ pick: “Hatchet” by Otis the Destroyer
It seems wrong to be listening to a recorded version of “Hatchet,” as the (definitely NSFW) song is best experienced, well while jumping and bumping around in a sea of beer-soaked strangers. When listening to this at home, parts of the song will likely still have you reflexively dodging imaginary elbows to the face, but between those moments are interludes that are slightly more controlled. "It's as if Nirvana and The Black Keys had a baby birthed in The Bubble [Recording Studio],” says Whiskey Shivers banjoist James Bookert. “The crazy guitars and creepy drums really set it off.”
Whether you’re catching Otis live or listening in your living room, be sure to jump up and down and spill your drink on whoever happens to be next to you. It’s that kind of music.