October 19, 2021
Though he got his start way up in Vermont, singer/painter Ethan Azarian's been flourishing in Austin for the past three decades, beginning with his early-'90s project The Orange Mothers with longtime collaborator Jeff Johnston. This seasoned banjo-playing vocalist hasn't felt the need to shy away from evergreen themes of folk songwriting, instead tapping into what makes people tick and exploring those elements in his own unique way. This Friday Ethan Azarian shares his latest endeavor, On The Fringe, and celebrates with a release show this Saturday evening at Wyldwood House Concerts alongside his pals Lindsey Verrill, Jeff Johnston, and Little Mazarn. So…Listen
October 18, 2021
You might have fond memories of Fair City Fire, whose embers attracted a formidable following over their seven-year tenure here in Austin, even landing their own official day on August 31st, 2019. The bad news is that Fair City Fire's called it quits. But the good news is that FCF co-founder Brian Wolff continues to stoke those creative flames with his newfound eponymous solo project. With the help of producer Chris "Frenchie" Smith, this singer-guitarist has recently completed work on his debut EP The Punch, due out next Spring. You can expect some truly innovative originals from Wolff, who drew…Listen
October 15, 2021
As the grandson of Lubbock-raised creative polymath Terry Allen, singer-guitarist Calder Allen has been raised with a set of songwriting sensibilities that few have been privy to. But despite that huge leg-up heritage-wise, Allen only made his live band debut just a couple weeks ago with Charlie Sexton during the first Sunday of ACL Fest. Calder unleashed a batch of previously-unheard Americana originals, leaving the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage thirsty for much more from this poet extraordinaire beyond ACL. So while we all eagerly await to hear Calder Allen again, appreciate the fact that this up-and-comer doesn't need a backing band…Listen
October 14, 2021
Since the salad days of KUTX, Austin songwriter David Ramirez has been a major staple of our airwaves. And David's growth alongside ours over the years makes us feel like we've got a special bond between us. So imagine our elation when this six-time Studio 1A veteran visited us backstage at ACL Fest and treated us to a preview of an unreleased track all about his preference for platonic pals, "Friends Forever"!Listen
October 13, 2021
Since the genre's earliest days there's been a fruitful relationship between hip hop music and basketball, a legacy that's soon set to continue with Philadelphia's Mega Ran. The rapper's dressing out for the NBA's 75th season with his upcoming 11th album, Live 95, a loving tribute to this unique intersectionality of sports, music, and urban life that features some of Mega Ran's finest verbal athleticism to date. Live 95 struts onto the court next Friday and Mega Ran celebrates with a scrimmage next Tuesday at Empire Control Room, where we're pretty sure he's only going to be shooting threes with no…Listen
October 12, 2021
Canada's Brandy Zdan may have settled into her current home base of Nashville back in 2014, but the preceding three years she spent here in Austin was plenty enough to win over a following. This year Zdan's zeroing in on Falcon, the full-length follow-up to her 2018 sophomore release Secretear that's set to spread its wings at the end of the month. Falcon features some of Zdan's most personal reflections to date, and is a testament to how far this take-no-guff multi-instrumentalist-producer has soared in the rock aurora. Hear Zdan soar with Falcon on October 29th and get on the wing early…Listen
Through countless emails, personal connections, and the occasional poach in the digital wild, each Song of the Day is hand-picked for sound quality, relevance, and recommendableness. Eclecticism across the week is a must, so expect a blend of several genres. Song of the Day launched in December 2012 and has since been heard on KUTX’s airwaves every weekday at approximately 12:55PM Central Standard Time. Song of the Day’s online iterations exists as permanent streaming links with a free download in the first 24 hours of posting. Song of the Day’s on-air theme is composed by producer Jack Anderson.
Jack Anderson is a native Austinite who’s kept his musical network close throughout his time at KUTX. Jack took piano lessons at a young age before transitioning to trumpet in the sixth grade. Though he provided trumpet for Austin collective Sip Sip during his college years, since high school Jack has been primarily focused on hip-hop instrumental production under the handle Back Handerson. As a longtime musician, occasional NPR Music journalist, and lifelong resident, Jack has developed a recondite understanding of what the “Austin music experience” is and attempts to incorporate that into Song of the Day when he can. Former hosts include KUTX Weekend Host Paul Carrubba (2012-2014), KUTX Senior Producer Art Levy (2012-2017), and KUTX Morning Host Taylor Wallace (2016-2018). Jack began co-hosting Song of the Day in 2016 and has been the full-time host since 2018.