The November edition of Sound Dessert Nights featured the incredible talents of The JAG, Emily Wolfe, Taylor & The Wild Now, Jacob Jaeger and Abram Shook. While the threat of rain hung in the air, the clouds thankfully held out for the showcase. Hosted once again at Stay Gold, one of the best establishments in town, Sound Desert Nights attracted a crowd that was as much interested in discovery as they were fans of the artists.
The night’s festivities kicked off with the glistening sounds of Abram Shook. Describing his music as “experimental yacht-rock,” Shook delivers buoyant, dreamlike narratives perfect for letting the mind wander. The singer’s soothing, melodic vocals have a hypnotic affect that take hold and lead you on a quixotic journey. Close your eyes and let the music wash over you. Don’t worry about looking weird – this is Austin after all.
Jacob Jaeger followed, joined by Kristopher Wade on bass, and for the night’s set, a pianist instead of their traditional drummer. Jaeger delivers bluesy folk-rock strains, or in the band’s words, folkadelic. Think a Western flair minus the stiffness that tends to proliferate country music. Jaeger performed songs off his debut release, Wineskin, including the dulcet single “Coastal Texas,” a tribute to the singer’s roots and the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon. The room looked on, enamored by Jaeger’s mellifluous vocals and the band’s memorable sound.
Fronted by vocalist Taylor Baker and guitarist/trumpet player Drew Walker, this Americana band has shown impeccable growth in a couple short years. Their new music, including crowd favorite “Salt,” reveal a mature sound bubbling with spirit and vibrancy which truly resonates in a live setting. Performing some unreleased singles as well as their soulful covers of Alabama Shakes’ “Hold On” and Chet Faker’s interpretation of “No Diggity,” there’s no doubt everyone was liking the way Taylor & The Wild Now were workin’.
How many jaws dropped during Emily Wolfe’s set? I’d wager to say all of them. The multi-talented musician captivated the room with her stunning voice and formidable guitar playing. This ‘singer/songwriter’ delivers a potent dose of rock ‘n’ roll that’s not to be missed. A room full of banging heads and stomping feet cheered Wolfe along as she blew everyone’s mind with some of the most badass guitar skills you’ve seen.
Closing out the night were Nashville’s The JAG. The acid glam rockers found themselves in Austin while on a small tour to promote the release of their LP, Pondermental Wonderment In Hypocricity. Lead vocalist Aaron Tyler King turned heads with a voice reminiscent of David Byrne and David Bowie, though The JAG’s style embodies more of a 70’s flair. Sounding effortlessly cool and quirky, it was the perfect way to end the night, though I could have danced for hours more.
Thank you to everyone who attended and made the night unforgettable. Your support of Sound Dessert and the bands means everything. Big thank you to Reyka Vodka for providing the delicious drink specials, to Vinylmnky for providing some kick-ass records for our giveaway, and to Breezy Ritter Photography for the snaps.
The next Sound Dessert Nights is back at Stay Gold on Thursday, December 3rd. Lineup announcement coming soon. Stay tuned!
See highlights from November’s Sound Dessert Nights below. See the full album here.