SXSW is the ultimate destination for any diehard music fan. Every March, musicians and fans alike flock to Austin, Texas for the annual conference and festival. Known for its live music scene, Austin serves as the perfect host with iconic venues and eclectic performance spaces. Over the years, SXSW has become one of the hottest tickets around, so it's no surprise country music is well represented at an event that celebrates all types of music and genres.
For those of you who couldn't “get weird" in Austin this year, we've got you covered with this complete recap of the best country performances across town.
Thursday night, March 16, Lady Antebellum made their SXSW debut with Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater previewing new music from their upcoming album, Heart Break. Joined by Nicole Galyon and Mike Busbee on keys, the performance was part of the CMA Songwriters Series. Busbee, Lady A's producer, also played “H.O.L.Y." which he co-wrote for Florida Georgia Line on their most recent album, Dig Your Roots.
Friday night, March 17, A Thousand Horses, Midland, and Delta Rae performed live from Easy Tiger at the Big Machine Label Group showcase presented by TuneIn. A Thousand Horses performed their new single, “Preachin' to the Choir," Midland had their hometown crowd going with their hit song, “Drinkin' Problem," and Delta Rae came in amped fresh off the release of their debut single, “A Long And Happy Life." Big things ahead for all three of these BMLG acts!
Also helping to keep the St. Paddy's Day festivities going, Walker Hayes and Filmore performed at Taste of Country's showcase live from Townsquare HQ. Walker has toured with Dan + Shay, Bobby Bones, and is hitting the road with Thomas Rhett on the Home Team Tour this fall. His current single “You Broke Up With Me" is available now! Filmore released a seven-song project called Proof in 2016 and has a new video for his song, “Unreal."
We can't possibly recap SXSW 2017 without talking about the main himself, Garth Brooks. Making his SXSW debut, Brooks kicked things off with a press conference the size of Texas at the Austin Convention Center. He premiered a new single and announced he would be closing out SWSW with a show at the festival's Auditorium Shores venue. The free show sold out in less than 5 minutes — not a shocker, he is Garth Brooks after all. The country legend also sat down for a chat with Amazon Music Vice President Steve Book, serving as the keynote speaker and providing an in depth look at the streaming world.
SXSW will be back in 2018! It's never too early to start making your Austin plans. Visit www.sxsw.com for more information.