It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock’n’roll, a little bit of everything. Just in time for the 2010 SXSW festival, “Austin Music, Vol. 9” is a compilation CD recently released by the Austin Music Office, a division of the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, to give music fans a taste of the bands and music that Austin has to offer. For the first time ever this year, the CD is also being offered as a download at the Bureau’s website.
Rose Reyes, Director of Music Marketing at the Austin Music Office, said that they worked hard to be as representative as possible of the Austin music scene in only 14 songs. “We want the listener to know ethnic diversity and diversity in the genres of music from young to very established bands in Austin.”
The album features music by local legends and favorites, such as Willie and the Wheel, Del Castillo, and Jimmie Vaughn, to music by U21 band (a band with members under 21 years old), the Daze. The CD also includes never-before-released tracks by R&B singer Tje Austin, jazz power trio Black,Red, & Black, and Ryan Harkrider, official Austin song contest winner.
A pocket Austin music guide with maps and club listings of the different venue in and around downtown are included with the CD and the download.
The 2010 compilation is the tenth in a series produced by the Austin Music Office to promote the city’s live music scene. The Bureau distributes copies at tradeshows and other events throughout the year. Starting Feb. 19, a limited number of the CDs are available for sale for $11.99 at the Visitor Center, Waterloo Records, or www.austintexas.org.By Vicky Garza