SXSW 2009 & other things to look forward to

It’s that time of year again and the music portion of SXSW kicks off tomorrow.

Even without a badge, there’s loads of free or nearly free shows to enjoy if you’re in Austin this week.  KGSR has shows at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake, and the morning broadcast from the lobby of the Four Seasons.

Numerous artists are playing side shows around the city and there’s the annual Million Musician March for Peace on the 21st.

But, if you’re sitting out for this year’s festivities there’s still plenty to be excited about in the musical world.

Lineups for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival have been released and with artists like Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Three Girls & Their Buddy (Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller) and Todd Snider as well as perennial favorites like Sam Bush, John Cowan and Tim O’Brien it very well may be the best TBF in years.

Bonnaroo and Coachella lineups are also out and Thirsty Ear in Santa Fe has been moved from the perpetually rainy Labor Day weekend to the hopefully more sunny month of June.

On the album front, only months after Peace Queer, Todd Snider will release The Excitement Plan in June.  According to YepRoc Records, Loretta Lynn makes a guest appearance on one of the tracks.  Yes, the Coal Miner’s Daughter singing on a Todd Snider album.

Slaid Cleaves, Po’Girl, Scott Miller, The Greencards and Jill Sobule all have new records coming out within the next few months and Patty Griffin’s gospel album, Downtown Church, reportedly will hit shelves the 19th of May.  Brandi Carlile is also apparently planning a release for sometime in the near future.

Here on Uncommon Music, look for reviews of these new albums and interviews with Scott Miller, Allison Russell of Po’Girl, Slaid Cleaves and the Greencards in the coming month.

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