It's been a tough week at the Mountain Tempo, but it could always be worse right! Here I am living in the coolest town in the U.S. with mountains to climb, roads to bike and hills to ski in my backyard and I leave my readers without a new post offering for several days now. It could be worse. A lot worse. It's March, 70 outside and SXSW is happening in Austin right now with the hoards of fans getting their socks knocked off by the 2009 emergers. One could just be Thao with the Get Down Stay Down.
Now calling San Francisco their home base, Thao and Co. have 6 shows this week in Austin and are hoping to lasso a few more followers as this year seems to be the one that can offer the stage lights. Picking up the guitar at age 12, Thao Nguyen began practicing and composing her tunes mostly at her mother's laundromat in Virginia. After getting some inspiration from the Lilith Fair and then meeting drummer Willis Thompson while at William & Mary college, things began to take form. Thao has opened for Rilo Kiley and now is honing in on the Austin mass at SXSW and soon the road with the Hotel Cafe Tour. Thao recently released her third album, We Brave Bee Stings and All, courtesy of Kill Rock Stars. And, they are supplying a great single that you can download here: Thao - Bag of Hammers