Austin= Country?

Here in Austin, country music is alive and well in so many different ways. Staying connected to your country roots and IMG_9052traditions I easily attainable. Whether you want to go out and enjoy live concerts, enjoy a nice meal at an authentic, southern-family style restaurant, or just stay inside your apartment/house and watch an awards ceremony. Austin is known for being weird but isn’t always thought of being country, instead being thought of more “hipster” due to the various celebrities and other events being held in the city.

IMG_2591The first experience I took advantage of was ACL, as I previously noted on one of my past blog posts, and I was able to attend Sturgill Simpson’s performance on Saturday of the first weekend of this music festival, as well as Dwight Yoakam’s performance.

Sturgill Simpson was outstanding and was one of my favorite performances of the weekend (and that’s saying a lot because I am also a huge fan of Drake and The Weeknd). While I didn’t see every second of most of the artists I was very pleased with my first time. It was a great way to see new country artists I wasn’t too familiar with as well as seeing other genres of music. It was so enjoyable it’s impossible to sum it up into such few words, so the video below is a small attempt just for you to get a sense of how great just ONE day was!

The next experience I chose to participate in was eating at an authentic historic site. I ate at the restaurant known as Threadgill’s. My family was in town for the weekend so we were looking for a place to eat right before they headed back to Dallas. I had the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and the broccoli rice casserole and it was fantastic. The chicken fried steak i was told was the best in Austin so I had to try it and so far it has been the best in Austin!

Chicken-Fried-Steak-AustinThe atmosphere was great, the service was great, and the food was great. The music was enjoyable while at the same time, you could still have a conversation with your family. Next time I go, I want to try their Sunday brunch special. My brother went that route which included an all you can eat breakfast. For the special they had a “salad bar” like station set up with all kinds of fruit and breakfast foods which looked delicious!

The last experience I have enjoyed here in Austin is actually quite simple and most people say “You can do that anywhere though”. While it is true that you can watch the CMA awards anywhere, I enjoyed it more here than in previous years because this was the first time I heard about people getting together and having a “watch party”. While the biggest headline this year was that Justin Timberlake stole the show with Chris Stapleton, what I remember about that night was enjoying with some close friends and enjoying the country artists be recognized for a great year in country music.

When I first moved to Austin, I never thought the country industry would influence my life this much due to the many country events held or viewed here. That has been a pleasant surprise this Fall semester and I only hope that I will be able to continue enjoying more experiences like these!


Filed under Blog Post 5, Reflection, Texas

4 Responses to Austin= Country?

  1. Matt Wills

    From great food to even better music, Austin really is a paradise for country music lovers and college students alike. ACL was such an awesome experience, and Rhetoric of Country music helped me realize that there are even more great music events all over the city throughout the year. The food in Austin is amazing too. I come from a small town where the dining choices are pretty limited, but Austin is a paradise for foodies. I feel like every day I find a new restaurant that always seems better than the last. Austin is an amazing city, and Rhetoric of Country music definitely played a part in my realization of just that.

  2. Lauren Harris

    Most people do not look at Austin being country. They tend to single it out from Texas, saying it is the exception. But the best part about Austin being the Live music capital is that you can see any type of music you want. There is so much culture and different people and venues. There is ACL with all types of music, nutty brown, Emos, Broken Spoke and many other places to see all types of music. In high school we did just that but my favorites were always the one out at Nutty Brown cafe to see country singers and two step. I have never been to that restaurant that you mentioned but I will definitely try it not that you have such good reviews!

  3. Kelby Floerke

    I think you are right about people questioning how country Austin is, it really has changed over the years. I wrote about the same thing on my post, about how I actually found it pretty easy to do a lot of the things required on the list. I guess it makes it easier living in Austin! I went to ACL as well, I would have loved to see Dwight Yoakom, but the group of people I was with were not really up for it and unfortunately it is impossible to meet up with people once you lose them! I should also mention that Thredgils is one of my favorite restaurants. My parents and I have made it a tradition to eat there after they move me in at the beginning of the semester. So yummy! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

  4. Claudia Boyd

    Adam, good for you for digging into the Austin scene. I agree that when anyone thinks of Austin, “country” is not typically the first thing that comes to mind. I would say hipster, eco-friendly, lots of people not enough space…. etc. But you have done a good job exploring and making “country” within one of Texas’ most not country cities. ACL is a classic example. Finding a country artists at ACL isn’t always super easy, but there are generally at least 1 or 2 in the line up. Southern comfort food is undoubtedly my favorite type of food and I am loving that you paired it with country. Puts two of my great loves together! I am glad Austin has made such a great influence on your life, it has on mine too!

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