September 7: Phoebe Hunt w/ Justin Trawick

Doors at 7:30 pm, Music at 8 pm
Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt just can’t stay planted in one spot for long, and that insatiable wanderlust drives everything she does — from exploring her own musical styles to living the gypsy life of a touring musician.

An Austin-to-Nashville émigré, she recently made the leap to the Big Apple — but not before heading back to Austin in March to record her new album, LIVE AT THE CACTUS CAFÉ. The latest in a long line of artists to record at the iconic University of Texas listening room, the vocalist/fiddler/rhythm guitarist showcases her musicianship and sultry voice — the main elements of her award winning folk-pop sound, on 16 tracks performed with her band before an enthusiastic audience. It’s a fitting follow-up to her self-titled 2012 debut EP, created in Los Angeles with producer Matt Rollings.

On both, Hunt wraps her sultry voice and sincere lyrics right around listeners’ souls with each song. Flowing between the heartbreaking tones of a classic country song into the provocative riffs of a jazz artist, Hunt artfully navigates through many musical landscapes pulling from the heart of the American soul. She shifts moods from playfully demure to seductive and intimate in the blink of a beat. But the quality that shines through most is her honesty.  

In the following video, shot at Blue Rock Studios in Texas during 2013 SXSW, she plays one of her tunes in a trio format, including Pat Harris on bass and 2013 Telluride Troubador songwriting contest winner Reed Turner on guitar.  For her performance with us, she will be joined by a fourth stellar musician, Dominick Leslie, of the Deadly Gentleman, on mandolin.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Hunt spent her college years touring around the Lone Star state with folk trio the Hudsons. After graduation, she hopped in the Belleville Outfit’s van, spending four years touring nationally with the renowned roots-Americana act. She also shared songwriting and lead-vocal credits on two albums.

Hunt spent 2012 in Nashville, honing her songwriting skills and touring with singer-songwriter-keyboardist Connor Forsyth (the Belleville Outfit, Ghosts Along the Brazos) and folk-rocker Reed Turner. And now, she’s ready to shine amid the bright lights of New York City. And everywhere else listeners appreciate beguiling music made with spirit — and tons of talent.

Opening will be Justin Trawick, a Virginia native born in Leesburg and now residing in Arlington. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin's lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion. 

Justin has opened for Suzanne Vega, Brett Dennen, Bob Schneider, Pat Green, Ingram Hill, Edwin McCain, Pat McGee, Cowboy Mouth, Sara Bareilles, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Gourds, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Robinella, and Jenny Owen Youngs, and Basia Bulat.