Friday, August 09
9:30 pm
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Solid country rock with memorable melodies and tight harmonies. – Americana UK

The 2022 implosion of Western Youth, a band that had gradually become the best Americana-based rock band in Austin, was as much of a drag as it was mystifying. Co-founder Taylor Williams’ departure was significant, but the presence of Graham Weber (who joined in 2017) meant that the newly christened Restos still had a talented and experienced songwriter to lead the way. Weber delivers some of his best songs to date on Ain’t Dead Yet, benefiting from a super-tight backing crew anchored by longtime members Sam Powell on keyboards and Brian Bowe on drums. A ringer is former Austinite Jaimee Harris, who’d been an honorary member of Western Youth. She contributes vocals on several songs, including the title track, which rides a catchy Tom Petty-esque groove as Weber and Harris match in magic harmony. Also of note is the anthemic opener “Wild Heart,” a fitting tribute to the band’s late musician friend Chris Porter. – No Depression



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