Did you miss our SXSW daily broadcasts? Did you love them so much you want to listen again? Either way, here they are: www.wrct.org/2013/03/28/sxsw-coverage
In the four broadcasts, you’ll find show reviews, interviews, commentary on Austin city culture, and round table discussions of WRCT’s experiences at SXSW 2013.
Think Bob Dylan and Joan Baez – free-spirited, threadbare, dazed. This is what I encountered when I met with Zak Mandel-Roman, lead guitarist of Oakland, California’s Tumbleweed Wanderers. Since seeing him in high school (as he was two years my senior at Lick Wilmerding in San Francisco), his hair had grown shaggy and unkempt and he had inexplicably lost the ability to wear a shirt beneath his denim vest. Nevertheless, it was a happy reunion and a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend who is achieving his musical dream.
After dropping out of college in 2011, Mandel-Roman and guitarist Jeremy Lyon formed the band’s zygote, playing on streets and in small venues throughout the Bay Area. Eventually, they were able to establish a following and develop a characteristic sound: soul, funk, and rock and roll. Their songs weave these genres together seamlessly, skillfully shepherding the listener between dark chaotic banjo-rock, intimate acoustic harmonies, and energetic explosions of soul.
Following the release of their debut record, “So Long,” in 2011, the band has plans to release their newest EP (“Worn Down Welcome”) in the Spring of 2013. Whether it be busking on your street corner or playing in a major venue in your town, Tumbleweed Wanderers is certainly a force that won’t be stopping any time soon.
You can stream and download their music at their bandcamp page, here: http://tumbleweedwanderers.bandcamp.com/.
Post by Chloe Lula. Check out her interview with The Tumbleweed Wanderers here: http://www.wrct.org/?p=3811