Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe’s endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs to decidedly cathartic pop ballads without losing any of their thoughtfulness or intimacy. Instrumentations now veer more towards electro-pop, but her storytelling and heartfelt lyricism is still every bit as cerebral.

A Texas native now living in NYC, Jaffe has released four critically acclaimed studio albums, along with several eps,  scored original music to the award-winning independent film Never Goin’ Back, co-wrote and sang on a Grammy award winning track for Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album and contributed her eerily haunting vocal to the Disney/Pixar short The Blue Umbrella scored by Jon Brion.

Jaffe has earned accolades from the likes of NPR, New York Times, Vogue, Interview, SPIN, USA Today, ELLE, Noisey, Nylon, Billboard, Marie Claire and more. She’s performed at New York Fashion Week and made her Late Night TV Debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Sarah Jaffe has toured the US extensively both on her own and supported artists such as Cyndi Lauper, The Polyphonic Spree, Erykah Badu, Metric, Norah Jones, Midlake, Chelsea Wolfe, and  Patty Griffin as well as doing several tours in  Europe.  She’s also played numerous festivals including Made In America in Philly, ACL in Austin and SummerFest in Milwaukee.

Walker Lukens

“Pop? Indie rock? Who cares! Walker Lukens is loyal to only one category: excellence” says NPR of the Austin based singer, songwriter, and producer. Others have called him “one of the best songwriters in Texas” (Free Press Houston,) “a non-sexually threatening version of Prince” (Austin Chronicle,) and “highly caffeinated” (Indy Week.) Another blog actually called him the “Millennial Eric Clapton” (Diandra Reviews It All.) idk y’all. He’s the co-creator and host of the experimental songwriting podcast, Song Confessional, and co-owns a recording studio called, Paradise Lunch, where he produced his fourth studio record, Accessible Beauty. It comes out this summer.

While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Upon the release of the 2005 Brian Salvi produced Black Joe Lewis and The Cold Breeze EP with standout track “Bitch I Love You” featuring Matt Hubbard on Rhodes electric piano and the 2007 album Black Joe Lewis, both released on Italian label Shake Yo Ass Records, the band gained critical national acclaim and toured as openers for Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007.

The band signed to Lost Highway Records in 2008. Following the signing and performances at 2008’s Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears released a four-song EP on January 27, 2009.

Their debut album Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! was released on March 17, 2009. It was produced by Spoon’s drummer Jim Eno. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have performed at music festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, BumbershootOutside Lands Music and Arts FestivalSasquatch! Music FestivalWakarusa Music and Camping FestivalMusikfestLatitude Festival, and Splendour in the Grass. The band has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLate Show with David LettermanAustin City Limits, and Later… with Jools Holland.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were featured in Echotone, a 2010 documentary about the Austin, Texas music scene. On August 25, 2013, Joe Lewis stated on NPR that he was trying to shed the ‘Honeybears’ portion of the band’s name, and had never intended for it to continue for so long.

In 2017, his latest album, Backlash, debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.

 

Walker Lukens has been called ‘one of the best songwriters in Texas’. The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called ‘wonderfully inventive’, a ‘non-sexually intimidating version of Prince’, and a ‘veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions’. Walker thinks it’s important that you realize his name is not Walter.

In 2013, he released his first full length record, Devoted. It received praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard and took Lukens and his backing band, The Side Arms, all over the US.

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ has been streamed almost a million times now. Their second collaboration, ‘Lifted’ from Never Understood EP spent 8 weeks on the specialty commercial radio charts. Another EP, Ain’t Got A Reason, soon followed in April of 2017 and garnered Walker spots at festivals across the country like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Austin City Limits Festival, Free Press Summerfest, Middle of the Map, Underground Music Showcase. His second full length, Tell It To The Judge, will be released on September 22, 2017 on Modern Outsider.