have you ever been minutes away from watching one of your favorite artists live, hoping that they would live up to your unrealistic expectations, while questioning whether they could or not? well, the week before south by southwest, i experienced the same sentiment, as i caught mayer hawthorne on his first trip to dallas. roshan and aj were also fortunate enough to experience the same live magic in houston, and the three of us were fortunate enough to experience it one more time at sxsw, but that’s a different story.
we caught the man himself on the road with openers nikki jean (may we just say – damn.) and dj houseshoes as the openers. mayer hawthorne and backing band the county have been trekking across the country winning over and soothing hearts and souls, while managing to shape a new generation of soul music fans.
hit the cut for the review, along with photos from the houston show.
so to keep it brief, all three of the bears got to see mayer hawthorne & the county destroy all three of texas’ most tour capable cities. panda caught them in dallas (recap coming very soon), grizzly and sunbear caught the houston show and all three of us would catch him again in austin during sxsw. needless to say, it was a great 3-day stint filled with soul, dancing and a lot of booze. up top is a video of the county’s take on n.e.r.d’s “fly or die,” an obvious highlight of the night.
below the cut, you’ll find three more videos of “just ain’t gonna work out,” “make her mine” and “green-eyed love.”
i could watch this man perform every day. after seeing mayer hawthorne & the county two consecutive nights in a row, that’s a safe bet. mayer takes his jig to the interface sessions, where he lays down pristine versions of ‘make her mine,’ (above) along with ‘just ain’t gonna work out,’ ‘easy lovin…’ and ‘i wish it would rain over at the site. we have a show recap + live footage coming soon, so sit tight cutie pies. we’re still drunk and lethargic after sxsw.
that last part excludes me, though, since i’m the only one doing any work around here.