As part of KGSR’s free and almost free show series for South by Southwest, Eliza Gilkyson played a set at Auditorium Shores by the newly renamed Lady Bird Lake.
She’s one of the most requested artists on KGSR according to her introduction to which she just smiled and started playing.
Party’s over, we had us a time… danced until dawn…
She thanked us and said she liked to “start out with the most happy and positive song” because there’s “only one place to go from there.”
All Because I’m In Love
During this she tried to do the whistling part but “it won’t work” so she just kinda ad-libbed.
Then later she tried to make it a crowd whistle-along and it was jointly decided that, “That sucked!”
However, she did acknowledge that our whistling was “better than mine” though she had “breeze in my face.” She joked that “the term wet your whistle suddenly had an all new meaning to me.”
He Waits For Me
Baby gives his heart with no regrets… cross his fallen angel face… he waits for me…
She said, “I see you like a love song. I’m always so glad when everybody does love songs. It’s like ‘Thank you Jesus!’ or something like that.”
She said, “KGSR played that song so much that everyone in town thought I had a hit record! It’s a song about guitar players. Most women have a thing about guitar players. I was cured by marrying a few.” She went on to talk about how she was over at Mother Egan’s that morning playing a private show and there was this little kid about 3-years-old playing with a guitar and that he had all the right moves (which she demonstrated) but now all he had to do was learn to “play the damn thing” though that wasn’t necessarily a requirement.
She asked who was from Texas and then who wasn’t from Texas and said that just so the people not from Texas knew, there was still a village missing its’ idiot and that this was a song about that.
Man Of God
After the song she said, “Thank you so much. I’m glad you agree.”
She added, “We’ve got time to do a couple more songs.”
For those of us not from Austin, she recommended that it was “a perfect day t go to Barton Springs. I recommend jumping in. It’s kinda a baptism.”
She said that she hoped we noticed there was something special about the town and that her new album was coming out in May and this was a song. She told us there was “a little chorus you’re gonna have to learn.”
Come down (come down) to where the wild birds sing… come down to where the water’s clean… down in the wild wood spring…
She said she could do one more and that they “got CDs over there at the merch tent. I’m supposed to sign ’em.”
She said thanks again and quickly introduced her band.