Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2003

Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2003

     
 

Released, not coincidentally, just before 2004's festival, this 13-track recap of the 2003 show is an adequate, sometimes exhilarating, always interesting overview of the yearly event. With more than 130 acts playing over three days (September 19-21, 2003), this sampler barely scratches the surface. That is especially frustrating because it is 15 minutes short of the… See more details below

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Released, not coincidentally, just before 2004's festival, this 13-track recap of the 2003 show is an adequate, sometimes exhilarating, always interesting overview of the yearly event. With more than 130 acts playing over three days (September 19-21, 2003), this sampler barely scratches the surface. That is especially frustrating because it is 15 minutes short of the possible CD time. But everything here is well played, beautifully recorded, and indicative of the musical breadth of the lineup. Interestingly, only Steve Earle and Jack Ingram are Texas-bred. But the organizers and album compilers mix things up musically, even though all the acts are guitar-based, American (Steve Winwood lives in the U.S. now), and extol a rootsy sensibility. Anyone attracted by a live cut from one of his or her favorites will probably enjoy the rest. The set does an excellent job of introducing worthy and relatively obscure performers such as rockers Kings of Leon, singer/songwriter Abra Moore, Southern flame-keepers Drive-By Truckers, Martin Sexton, and the emo of Bright Eyes. Only Robert Randolph is joined by guests (North Mississippi Allstars' Luther and Cody Dickinson), and with the amount of cross-pollination at the festival, it's disappointing not to hear other one-off collaborations. The song choices are unusual, since no artists are represented by their most popular material. Drive-By Truckers opt for the sludgy ballad "Outfit," Bright Eyes rushes through the little-known "Spent On Rainy Days" like frontman/singer Conor Oberst needs to get to the rest room, and Jack Ingram's midtempo, simplistic "Keep On Keepin' On" probably won't end up on his greatest-hits album. Only Nickel Creek are unplugged for their "Smoothie Song" bluegrass instrumental, which is strange for a lineup so steeped in Americana. Still, this is a sturdy and consistently enjoyable compilation. With its various genres, styles, and talents, it should expose deserving new names to those who enjoy the PBS show that sponsors the event.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396605927
catalogNumber:
6059

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Earle   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Steve Winwood   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Scott McCaughey   Guitar
Eric Ambel   Guitar
Mark Morris   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bukka Allen   Organ
Randall Bramblett   Flute,Saxophone
Peter Buck   Guitar
Walfredo Reyes   Drums
Jack Ingram   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Kearns   Bass
Kelly Looney   Bass
Mike Mills   Bass
Leon Mobley   Percussion
José Neto   Guitar
Bill Rieflin   Drums
Will Rigby   Percussion,Drums
Mark Schatz   Bass
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Ken Stringfellow   Keyboards
Jason Yates   Keyboards
Abra Moore   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Cooley   Guitar
Daniel Morgan   Bass
Martin Sexton   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Juan Nelson   Bass,Background Vocals
Jon Sanchez   Electric Guitar
Pete Coatney   Drums
John Ginty   Piano,Hammond Organ
Britt Daniel   Bass,Vocals
Carlos Dasilva   Percussion
Mike Mogis   Guitar
Patterson Hood   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Eno   Drums
Sara Watkins   Violin
Sean Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Luther Dickinson   Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Guitar
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Stephen Belans   Drums
Jack Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
M. Ward   Guitar
Marcus Randolph   Drums
Adam Topol   Drums
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Conor Oberst   Guitar,Vocals
Caleb Followill   Guitar,Vocals
Nathan Followill   Drums,Vocals
Jared Followill   Bass
Matthew Followill   Guitar
Jason Isbell   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Hicks   Bass
Brad Morgan   Drums
Jens Pinkernell   Electric Guitar
Oliver Charles   Drums,Background Vocals
Mike Elam   Trumpet
Hernán Merlo   Bass
Chris Masterson   Electric Guitar
Nick White   Keyboards
Marc Ford   Guitar
Glenn McGregor   Bass
Gamaliel Penn   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Earle   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
John Falzarano   Engineer
Ben Harper   Composer
Chet Himes   Engineer
Jack Ingram   Composer
Mike Mills   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Abra Moore   Composer
Cameron Crowe   Author
Bill Berry   Composer
Tom Littlefield   Composer
Martin Sexton   Composer
Chris Thile   Composer
Jerry Tubb   Mastering
Britt Daniel   Composer
Robert Randolph   Composer
Jack Johnson   Composer
George Couri   Producer
Conor Oberst   Composer
Caleb Followill   Composer
Nathan Followill   Composer
Jason Isbell   Composer
Greg "Gee" Stewart   Engineer
Michael Pollack   Engineer
Jeff Kreinik   Producer
Steve Gerik   Engineer

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