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South Austin Jug Band to headline Kite Festival

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By The Staff

They don’t actually play jugs – and maybe that ain’t a bad thing.

In fact, the South Austin Jug Band, traveling to Los Alamos for this weekend’s Kite Festival, has gotten quite a bit of attention lately for its very un-jug-like sound.

The new album, “Strange Invitation,” has undertones of something very un-bluegrass all together.

Try Beck.

Listen for Stevie Wonder, Béla Fleck and Nine Inch Nails.

You’ll hear their influence. In Beck’s case, you’ll even hear a cover tune.

“We decided to … get away from everything we know and try to be creative,” said fiddler Brian Beken in a news release. “I think it worked.”

The album, released by Jank Jankins Records in April, was recorded in just a day-and-a-half. But, because the band had reserved the studio for four days (“all we could afford”), they ended up having plenty of time to polish it up – to make it “what it was supposed to be,” as Beken put it.

James Hyland, who plays a variety of stringed instruments with the band, added, “I think we knocked it out of the park.”

Already, other, less-biased folks seem to be agreeing.


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