The Untitled Interview #84 – SXSW Edition: Starring The O's

The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter and sweeter, and that, my little vixens, can only mean one thing: it's getting close to being almost time for the one and only SXSW. And of course, that means I had to ask some questions of the bands I'd sure want to see if I was heading down to Austin for the 25th annual SXSW-stravaganza.

The O's might be a band small in membership (just two, thanks very much), but not musical chops. As they so perfectly put it, they're "just a couple of guys that like making music for good people." This music blends folk, bluegrass, country, and of course, a little sweet rock & roll. In their songs you might hear the whisper of a dusty Texas backcountry road, or a night of overindulging at the nearest honky tonk, or perhaps the profession of love to your little lady. Read on to glean insight into the inner workings of O's John Pedigo and Taylor Young, and then make sure to make their musical acquaintance.

Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
John Pedigo: Austin is only 3 hours away so we'll drive our little milk truck down there. If you fly, you miss out on a few gems :

1 - Czech Stop in West. I'm addicted to the sammies and the 'very berry' kolaches.
2 - George's in Waco. They have giant schooners of beer. Yum.
3 - The Shade Tree. It's a great little bar that's dark and they sell beer to go.
4 - Papa Joe's. This is where Billy Joe Shaver shot some dude in the face. You're almost there!
Taylor Young: Auto. Our old van "Flaps" has passed away, our convertible PT Cruiser has been returned to the rental company in LA, and our helicopter is out of our auto is getting us there...hopefully in time for show #1 of 4 at 3pm. Traffic sucks.

LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
JP: Inevitably, I'll forget to pack sunglasses to cover the bags under my eyes.
TY: Nothing, I have a list. I have a packing list and a gear list. Sometimes I forget where I put the lists before I leave, so that's no good.

LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
JP: We are playing only twice (ed. note – see new show info below). Our offish showcase is at Stephen F's on Thursday at 9:00pm. Then, on Friday we're playing a day party at J.Black's at 1:30pm. Sounds like a good time? Oh yeah!
TY: 4 O's shows:

Thursday, March 17
Doc's Motorworks (South Congress)

Thursday, March 17
Official SXSW Showcase
Stephen F's Bar (Inter-Continental Hotel on Congress)

Friday, March 18
Overtone SXSW Day Party
J Black's (6th St.)

Friday, March 18
KDGE The Local Edge Showcase
Doc's Motorworks (South Congress)

LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

TY: The O's.

LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
JP: I think we'll get a beer and depending on the crowd, a bowl of 'Red' at the Texas Chili Parlor. Oh wait, go listen to music... yeah that's what I meant. It's a music festival right?
TY: Jump on stage.

LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
JP: I can't remember. Does the State Fair of Texas count? That place rules. The first giant show I went to was Guns N Roses, Metallica, and Faith No More at Texas Stadium. Wow. It was incredible.
TY: Musician: Reading Festival 2004. General Public: Lollapalooza 1994.

LET: Favorite thing about festivals?
JP: Festivals are great because of the roaming around you get to do. Especially SXSW because you're going to see something you haven't seen. You will be inspired by a something new. You will find new music. And you'll eat well too.
TY: The enormous amount of people. More people = more fun.

mp3: Tryin' To Have a Good Time (The O's from Between The Two)


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