Last week at SXSW in Austin TX, we were able to meet, see, and give enormous thanks to a lot of the folks who contributed so mightily to While No One Was Looking
, our absurdly ambitious 20th anniversary triple LP featuring 38 non-Bloodshot artists covering songs from the Bloodshot catalog. (Which you can still get on triple vinyl LP, double CD, or digital here
Among them, Possessed by Paul James
(who covered Murder By Death
on the album), put on a literal foot-stomping show Thursday night—and is also one of the nicest, most genuine people we've ever met in this racket (it's a wonder they even let him into SXSW with such qualities).
, (whose cover of Andre Williams
' "Dirt" is one of the great surprises of the album) after destroying the stage at Yard Dog Art Saturday afternoon, told the upcoming Jon Langford "Follow THAT, fat boy!"
(covered Jon Langford
& The Sadies
), whose beguiling voice blew our minds at Licha's Cantina on Saturday, especially on the set-closing Shel Silverstein number "She'd Rather Be Homeless."
Thanks to our once Bloodshot staffer Miles Arnay, Nan got into a packed party to see Frank Turner
cover). Frank gave her a big hug. She thanked him for contributing to the compilation and he said "No need to thank me! I love Cory Branan's songs and was happy to record one." He apologized for being extremely hungover, then performed a killer set where fans were all singing along.
When we arrived at the Austin Convention Center on Monday to pick up our proper credentials, the first person we ran into was the current musical mayor of Austin, Mr. Shakey Graves
(covered Wayne Hancock
), who greeted us with a huge smile and his signature enthusiasm as always.
And of course, in true Bloodshot cosmic fashion, literal minutes after we were text messaging Ben Kweller
(who covered his friends The Meat Purveyors
) with the details for our SXSW party, we ran into him as we carried breakfast tacos down S. Congress to Yard Dog. It's possible that in the last year we've seen Ben more than several of our roster artists.
Sadly, even with the best planning and a satchel of 5 hr energy drinks, there was only so much we could see and missed sets by other contributors Diarrhea Planet
(The Waco Brothers
cover) and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
(Ha Ha Tonka
). There may be others we missed, but we did our damndest to say hi to all the new members of the Bloodshot extended family.