One of my favorite parts of SXSW is the crazy things you see and hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections.
We’ve got about 20 minutes to make you love us. Chris Masterson stating what could be the SXSW mantra.
One in, one out. The other SXSW mantra, overheard at the men’s room.
It’s worth the wait. Don’t fucking give up hope. Guy leaving the men’s room, to those waiting in line.
It’s not on the record because mom listens to the record and it’s a little risqué. Andrew Duhon introducing an unreleased song.
You’ve got three more free drinks. Bartender
Is that a challenge? My response
The album is a tribute to brotherly love. It’s not necessarily about us, but the concept of brotherly love. Dave Alvin on his new album recorded with his brother Phil.
I’ve been in the polar Vortex all winter. There’s a word I never want to hear again. Archie Powell
He owes me money. Stage manager at the Continental Club when Garland Jeffreys went over his allotted set time.
It’s all licks. Note at the bottom of the iPad displaying the music for Garland Jeffreys’ guitarist
We’ve been a band for about 13 years and this is our first time playing the Continental Club. It’s kinda like our bar mitzvah. Riverboat Gamblers lead singer Mike Wiebe
I’m trying to get a record deal. I’m growing a beard. Jesse Malin
Nobody had the balls to say “Elvis, you’re a bit fat. Have an apple. BP Fallon
Getting on the plane it was like summer camp for musicians. Rusty Anderson, on traveling to Austin
It’s the sound of SXSW. It’s really great music blended with really great music from somewhere else. Ellis Paul, on the proximity of music venues to one another during SXSW
I’ll try to play everything in the same key and at the same tempo as the band across the street. Ellis Paul, a few minutes later.
I apologize for the state of my voice but I’ve had a fucking great time. Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage at the end of his SXSW run of shows.
South by South shit show. Ward Hayden of Girls Guns and Glory, reflecting on a portion of his SXSW experience
I’m not just here to entertain ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to teach. John Doe, on his SXSW experience
A friend of mine’s mother asked me why I don’t write more songs about Jesus. So I wrote this song which has nothing to do with Jesus. Andrew Duhon, introducing his song “Just Another Beautiful Girl”
We’ve all just learned a valuable lesson. Don’t open with a song that requires tuning. Urge Overkill’s Nash Kato
Chris, on the other hand, is a slut and will go home with any man woman or child. John Doe introducing his band.
Anyone know any jokes? We literally can’t play without power. Archie Powell, after the power blew in the middle of his band’s set
We’re like that old pair of Chuck Taylor’s that you can’t throw away. Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, on the band’s longevity.
This song is about what all of my songs are about. Lydia Loveless, introducing “I Really Wanna See You Again”
Has the rain stopped? Has anyone checked their handheld device? T. Hardy Morris to the crowd standing in an outdoor parking lot.
This is a song about living in my car. (crowd applause) I’m glad we can cheer about it now. It wasn’t so much fun back then. Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage
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