Live From Austin Texas -
With the latest installment of DVD’s and CD’s culled from the archives of the classic PBS series Austin City Limits, New West Records presents five more absolutely outstanding live performances, including the late legend, Johnny Cash; songwriter extraordinaire John Hiatt, guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson; country rockabillly Dwight Yoakam; and Texas supergroup The Texas Tornadoes.
The Johnny Cash show from 1987 features an array of his hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “Long Black Veil,” as well as a powerful cover of John Prine’s “Sam Stone,” and a timeless duet with wife June Carter Cash, “Where Did We Go Right.”
John Hiatt was burning up the stage during his 1993 set, performing “Memphis In The Meantime,” “Have A Little Faith In Me,” “Thing Called Love,” “Perfectly Good Guitar” and ten others.
Eric Johnson set the strings on fire when he appeared on Austin City Limits back in 1988 performing his unique guitar style (Johnson says he was influenced by “The 3-J’s” Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Reed and Jeff Beck) on originals like” Righteous” and “Desert Rose,” along with smoking covers of Hendrix’s Love or Confusion” and ‘Are You Experienced?”
Dwight Yoakam brought his Bakersfield “Cow Punk” twang to Austin in 1988, with a blazing set, including “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Honky Tonk Man,” “Streets of Bakersfield,” the mournful “I Sang Dixie,” and “Little Sister” - 14 songs in all.
Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm fronted The Texas Tornados when they put the Tex-Mex on the front burner with “Adios Mexico,” “Mendocino,” and Freddy Fenders “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before The Next Tear Drop Falls,” and Doug Sahm’s “She’s About a Mover,” and the red hot closer, “96 Tears.”
All of the DVD’s and companion CD’s feature fun, 90 minute shows that were the source material for the 30 minute sets that aired on Austin City Limits. The performances have been re-mixed and re-mastered in glorious 5.1 Surround sound and stereo, making each one a treasure. All said, the “Live From Austin, Texas” library is one no real music lover should be without.
-Michael Buffalo Smith