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Having seen Crowded House a handful of times over the last couple of decades, I’ve grown to expect a lot from them.

Crowded House Photo by Samantha Murphy

Crowded House Photo by Samantha Murphy



Last week at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, they didn’t disappoint. The venue on the other hand was a big disappointment with very limited seating and a surly staff to say the least, but I digress.

Every time Neil Finn starts singing live, I’m very aware that I’m in the presence of something out of this world. With a voice like no other, Neil tells stories that are all at once mysterious and understandable.

Photo by Samantha Murphy

Neil Finn Photo by Samantha Murphy

Neil is working on a new project with his wife Sharon and he’s also sporting a new mustache, which we joked about backstage after the show.

The band opened with I Feel Possessed, a dark mid-tempo from their 1988 release Temple of Low Men. As with most of the band’s songs it was written by Neil, an incredibly gifted songwriter. They followed up with In My Command, which the audience clearly was by this point, clapping and singing along to every word. Speaking of the audience, most of the crowd were predictably middle aged, but I was surprised to also see a lot of twenty somethings in attendance. My favorite song as always was Fingers of Love. So wonderfully dark and moody.

I’m always taken aback by the sheer musical talent of my friend Mark Hart, the band’s lead guitar/keyboard/backing vocalist. He literally plays everything exceptionally well. I didn’t get a chance after the show to ask him if he has always had a slide guitar perched on top of his keyboard or if that was new. In any case it was the first time I’d noticed it.

Mark Hart Photo by Samantha Murphy

It was wonderful to see Nick in great spirits and get a chance to chat with him about his studio in Dublin and the baby girl he has since I last saw him. Such a nice guy.

Since 2007, Matt Sherrod has been the drummer in Crowded House and he really is a great fit both in terms of playing style and personality. Matt was previously in Beck’s band and is now a Nashville resident.

The band signed autographs and took photos with their fans for a long time before getting back on the bus to head to Nashville. Neil made a point to call out “Bye Samantha!” as he was heading for the bus and it made my night. I felt sad to say goodbye to Mark and was filled with memories of being neighbors on Beachwood Drive when I would wake up hearing his beautiful classical piano playing drifting through my bedroom window from downstairs. Safe travels guys and see you next time!

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Not only was it my first year performing an official showcase (Yay!  Ben Deily of the Lemonheads came with John Strohm of the Blake Babies who has a wonderful blog post you need to check out here), but our panel was also selected entitled From the Stage: An Artist’s Perspective.  Many thanks to our wonderful panelists Kate Bradley (Outlandos/Blurt), Rob Giles (The Rescues), Michael Petricone (CEA) and Anais Mitchell (Righteous Babe).  It was a blast!  You can check out the podcast on SXSW.com

The Highway Girl SXSW Panel

Somehow we also managed to throw a little shindig of our own!  We invited some incredible singer songwriters to stop by and play.  Greg Holden, Rosi Golan, Rob Giles and Paul Chesne all blew us away with their live sets.

Many thanks to them as well as our sponsors Oxfam, Insiders Network, Bandvino and Roku.  We gave away a Roku player as well as a couple of wine spikes from Bandvino.  Congrats to our winners!!

The Highway Girl also needs to thank PGI for allowing us to film in the penthouse of the Frost Bank Building in beautiful Downtown Austin.  New episodes of The Highway Girl coming soon on our brand new site.  SO excited!!

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Our good friend Christopher Dallman has released a brand new video for his song “Ghosts” from his “Never Was” EP. You can also watch the video on YouTube or on Christopher’s website.

Be sure to also have a listen to our podcast with Chris Dallman too!

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The Highway Girl Presents @SXSW 2010 Prepare yourself for the madness that is SXSW by enjoying a glass of wine and listening to some incredible storytellers play live music!

We have two tickets up for grabs to our PRIVATE event. If you’d like a chance to win and hear live sets from Rob Giles, Rosi Golan, Samantha is The Highway Girl and more, send us an email with ‘SXSW Party’ in the subject line to enter.

Winner will be notified by email no later than 3/10/10. In honor of our new partnership with Roku, we will be giving away a Roku box at our party!

RSVP on Facebook >>

Featured Artists:

  • Rob Giles
  • Rosi Golan
  • Samantha Murphy
  • More Artists!


Sponsors:

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The Highway Girl podcast is now available in the Zune Marketplace! The new Zune HD is loaded with multi-touch,    accelerometer, and 3D graphics, Zune HD makes portable gaming even more exciting.

All to the sound of your favorite music. You can even access our show from your Zune via Xbox 360 and soon from Windows Mobile 7 devices!

Get our podcast in the Zune Marketplace >>

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Virgin America and Banana Republic want you to “Land The Look”.

Enter for your chance to win the ultimate style getaway and great prizes at landthelook.com. You could fly on Virgin America and receive a personal style-out in New York by Banana Republic. We’ll also upgrade winners with a $1,000 wardrobe from Banana Republic’s Spring collection including travel-ready Chino looks.

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