With all this rock and pop floating around town, its easy to forget that Austin is the capital of Texas. And, in Texas, people listen to country music. A lot of it. So, it's only fitting that I close out my weekend down at the very southern end of Manchaca at an authentic honky tonk called Giddy Up's, which is finishing up a two-day country music festival with over fifty bands. There's sawdust on the floor, and I'm literally the only person here not wearing boots, or doing a two-step.
My new friend Rich, who plays lead guitar in Lonesome Heroes (and was James Moore's college roommate) tells me he grew up in Greenpoint but moved here five years ago because he wanted to play country music. "I do miss New York," he says, "but it's just so much easier to live here." One of these days, I might just be convinced of the same.