[TOUR DIARY] AUSTIN: Part I
The only time that a 5am wake-up call is acceptable is when a flight to Austin is involved. Yesterday marked the first day of our Willow Wood tour. We arrived in Austin around 4pm, slowly gathering our thoughts over Lone Stars in the airport bar.
We grabbed our over-sized bags, hopped on the bus and were on our way. When the bus driver gives you a day pass for the price of a single journey ($1.00), you know you are off to a good start. We befriended an audio engineer on the bus and continued the conversation over beers downtown.
We made our way to our place of accommodation for the eve, which happened to be at the home of local band, Megafauna. Already overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of Austin, we were embraced with the open arms of Megafauna and their gorgeous home. We grabbed a meal at one of the infamous food trucks and headed to their gig at The Mohawk. Obviously, we ran into an old friend who we had worked with in California...
Megafauna are comprised of members Dani Neff (vocals) Zack Humphrey (drums) & Greg Yancey (bass). They played an incredibly tight set which was rich in attitude and feeling. Dani's guitar skills are reminiscent of Susan Tedeschi -- technical, fast and soulful. Her ability to produce strong vocals while handling that guitar... is mesmerizing. The band is backed by Zack's powerful drumming and Greg's powerful bass.
Megafauna are a band with heart and determination; one well-worth watching out for. They will be touring their way across the states before and after their showcases at CMJ. Our first day in Austin was appropriately capped off with a 4am meal at The Magnolia Diner.