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Texas Radio Live: Mandy Rowden

August 10 @ 7:00 pm


In the space between the ​lyrical directness of Lucinda Williams and the infectious melodic sense of Sheryl Crow, is Austin, TX-based artist ​Mandy Rowden and her forthcoming–and fourth–full-length studio album, ​Parachute.​ Out on ​March 19 via ​Howlin’ Dog Records​, the 10-track album rides a spirited line between Americana instrumentation and ‘70s-inspired storytelling, wrapped in an authentic modern Texas delivery.

Regional authority, ​Austin Chronicle,​ ​raved that Rowden ​“kicks butt with her pen.” ​“​Texas is where I’ve lived most of my life, and without meaning to, I assume I include it in everything I do,” says Mandy. Additionally, ​These Bad Habits,​ her 2015 LP, earned the title of #2 “Album of the Year” spot in ​Austin Chronicle​’s annual music poll.

Brought up in East Texas, Mandy Rowden has been a practicing musician since the tender age of six. That’s when she began learning classical piano and guitar, laying the foundation for an eventual career in music. It wasn’t until the Americana sound found its way into her soul that she embraced her true path: that of a real-deal, down-in-the-dirt singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s weathered some storms and emerged with tales to tell.

In fact, living up to being a multi-instrumentalist, Rowden took on the bulk of ​Parachute’s instrumentation. “Like most worthwhile things, it was both rewarding ​and challenging!” Mandy adds that her producer on the album, Matt Smith, held her to some very high standards. “That initially made me nervous,” admits Rowden, “but I was pleasantly surprised every time. It’s my feeling that we can accomplish pretty much anything with an open mind and the right kind of support and this album is the perfect example.”

Rowden is also the sole songwriter, with one exception: a cover of Neil Young’s “​After The Goldrush” which concludes the album’s sequencing. “Neil Young is a long-time hero of mine, and I’ve played that song for years,” says Rowden. “As we wound down the recording we began looking for a soft solo piano song that could round out the sound, and this song jumped into my head. I’m honored to play a tiny part in keeping Young’s music regenerating!”

“Parachute,” ​the forthcoming album’s title track and sophomore single, is a love song about the part of love that comes after the initial whirlwind is over. “My old man and I have driven nearly every highway in the western half of the U.S., twice, and packed more travel fun into our time together than most people pack into their whole lives,” says Rowden. “However, there are still days where nothing beats your own couch in your own town with absolutely no plans to do anything else, and that’s what I wanted to capture in ‘Parachute.’”

“Sing Hallelujah​,​” ​the powerful lead single from ​Parachute,​ was initiated ​as a project for an organization called Songs for the Soul, in which she was charged with writing an uplifting song for a frontline medical worker in Queens, NY. “After the initial project, I changed many of the words to broaden the scope, and that’s the version that’s on the album,” says Rowden. “‘Sing Hallelujah’ is a song about our times, but one that hopefully reminds us that this isn’t the end of our story and that we can all look forward to life after the current situation. Right now that’s COVID-19, but it’s always something.”

Rowden’s sound is equal parts bourbon and honey, with the search for meaning finding its way into each song, seeking answers while reveling in the wonder of it all. With all her projects, there is a common thread that is ever-present: a collection of warm, engaging songs about life and vulnerable lyrics that roll out a welcome mat of raw emotional accessibility and revealing a world textured by hurt and hope alike.

In addition to making music of her own, Rowden is dedicated to helping others discover the joy of songwriting, vocal performance and instrument study. That’s why she founded ​Girl Guitar​: a comprehensive rock school for women, bringing music enthusiasts of every skill level into six-week workshops with a rollicking showcase at the end. The Austin-based program introduces beginners to the basics of their chosen craft and encourages intermediate and advanced musicians to further hone their skills, all while surrounded by a supportive female community.

Now in it’s 14th year, Girl Guitar “has surpassed my wildest dreams,” says Rowden, with around 25 classes per week and quite a few repeat students. “Some of the women involved have been in the program since the beginning and are still going strong. We’ve had holidays together, been through babies being born, divorces, road trips, benders, you name it. It’s really beautiful.”


August 10
7:00 pm
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Texas Radio Live at Guero’s Taco Bar’s Oak Garden is a weekly fundraiser every Wednesday night that supports the Sun Radio Foundation. This live radio show is broadcast across Central Texas on the Sun Radio Network, streamed worldwide at SunRadio.com and livestreamed on Sun Radio’s YouTube channel.

Each week, Sun Radio presents the latest and greatest singers, songwriters and musicians that call Texas home, while also paying tribute to myriad Texas musicians who have gone before us.

Texas Radio Live is the longest running live music radio program on Austin radio!
Celebrating 10 years from Guero’s Taco Bar’s Oak Garden. 

Part of Sun Radio’s mission is to support local musicians

Texas Radio Live is a continuation of Larry Monroe’s program, Texas Radio. When Monroe moved to Austin in 1977, his goal was to put Austin music on the radio in the form of records, live performances, and interviews. Soon after he joined KUT in 1981, he started a program called Texas Music, which was soon called Texas Radio. Texas Radio primarily spotlighted the recordings of Texas musicians, but occasionally featured a live guest or broadcast interviews taped by others. Monroe joined Sun Radio in 2011 and brought his programs, Blue Monday and Phil Music, with him, and also desired to bring back his Texas Radio program. Sun Radio founder, Daryl O’Neal responded to this by suggesting they create a live version of it. O’Neal then pitched the idea to Rob Lippincott, owner of Guero’s Taco Bar, who was thrilled at the idea of having Larry Monroe doing a program from Guero’s. Monroe then solicited the help of David Arnsberger… and Texas Radio Live was re-born! Texas Radio Live continues today after Monroe’s untimely death in January 2014 with David Arnsberger hosting.

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