At the start and end, Friday’s “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert for hurricane relief at the Erwin Center was much like all great Willie Nelson shows. It began, as Willie always does, with “Whiskey River,” before closing with an “I’ll Fly Away”/”Will the Circle Be Unbroken” finale. In between, though, Austin got to see a concert the likes of which has never been thrown here.
There was Willie singing “Funny How Times Slips Away” with Leon Bridges, and “Texas Flood” with Bonnie Raitt and Jimmie Vaughan. Then Bonnie sang with James Taylor. Then Taylor fronted Asleep at the Wheel. Then Asleep at the Wheel backed Paul Simon and Edie Brickell singing “Waltz Across Texas.” Then the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and gospel sensation Ruthie Foster joined Raitt for “Angel From Montgomery.” And on and on and on. It was that kind of night, for more than four hours…. -AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
“Sports announcer, Eric Nadel, arranged a music-based tour with U.S. musicians Ruthie Foster and Seth Walker. The mission was an exchange: to have these Amerian musicians play for the Cuban people, as well as to discover Cuban music. Our timing was unfortunate: scheduled in advance, the trip fell in the midst of nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro, the leader that led a social revolution and ruled the country for over 50 years.
The Cuban government enforced a no-music, no-alcohol and no-festivities rule during the nine-day national mourning period, a virtual sound embargo….”
Elmore Magazine-Ruthie in Cuba
Grupo Fantasma is heading to the West Coast this month! Check out the venues and locations in our tour section!
A VERY BIG THANKS to all of her fans and the Blues Foundation who helped make it happen!
SXSW is proud to announce our 2016 SXAméricas All Latino Showcase on Saturday, March 19, at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, featuring a stellar line-up representing a wide variety of musical styles. This year’s performers include Intocable, Grupo Fantasma, Systema Solar, División Minúscula, 3BallMTY, and more to be announced. Gates will open at 12:00PM with the first act starting at 2:00PM
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Ruthie participated in the The Acoustic Guitar Project and wrote a song about dementia called “All Alone.” Check out her moving performance below:
Ruthie Foster – All Alone
The Austin Chronicle has selected Problemas to be their #2 choice for best Austin Albums of 2015.
We’ll take it!
Is available to listen to on Spotify! Happy Holidays!
Grammy Award-winning ten-piece orchestra Grupo Fantasma return with Problemas, a new album produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin. These Austinites have backed up none other than Prince, yet maintain loyal to their roots with “Porque.”
KCRW Song of the Day
>>>—PORTRAIT OF A WORKING BAND—>
Back in April, Matthew Lomanno Photography joined us on tour to capture some behind-the-scenes shots of life in the Thieves camp. We packed up our merch for a 5 week tour. We rehearsed at a family home. We took 200 pre-orders for A Wolf in the Doorway to the post office on tax day. We played sessions at two Boston radio stations. We played three shows in New England. Our van broke down. It was a crazy, hectic, fun week and we’re so thrilled with how Matthew tells the story of being a working musician through his images.
Check out the full photo set as well as some words from Matthew at the link below.
“The title Problemas refers to Grupo Fantasma’s collective struggle to put out its fifth studio album five years after the Grammy-winning El Existential. But it also alludes to bigger problems. The Austin band tackles the American dream in “Solo Un Sueño” and, unsurprisingly, it’s a complex song. Singer José Galeano gives a voice to the irony inherent in the American dream — an oft-repeated mantra that’s still “only a dream,” so close and yet out of reach. At the same time, the song preaches community involvement, and Grupo Fantasma’s members walk that walk, committing to dozens of local projects outside of the band. “Solo Un Sueño” swirls all these ideas together. The music — at once Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern and Eastern European in influence — endlessly rises and falls, caught somewhere between hope and despair, the past and the future.”
Grupo Fantasma “Esa Negra” was selected as KUTX 98.9 song of the day! The song is a Tex-Mex inspired cumbia featuring The GRAMMYs award winning accordion virtuoso Joel Guzman off of the album “Problemas” which will be available Oct. 30th on Blue Corn Music.
Grupo Fantasma’s Beto Martinez and Greg Gonzalez are KUTX guest DJs on Saturday, October 17 at 6 p.m. The band will be performing live in Studio 1A on Tuesday, October 20 at 9 p.m., and we will all be celebrating the album release at The Mohawk Austin on Friday, October 30th!
KUTX-Listen to Esa Negra
We’re ecstatic that KUTX have chosen Grupo Fantasma to be their Artist of the Month for October!
All Month long they will be playing cuts off of the new album “Problemas”, along with a DJ set by founding members Greg Gonzalez and Beto Martinez which airs 6pm Saturday, October 17th.
And that’s not all!
Grupo Fantasma will perform on-air LIVe in KUTX Studio 10/20 at 9 p.m!
Stay tuned for more updates!
(From the Band)
“We’re honored to have been able to take part of this PSA supporting a good cause and featuring many of Austin’s most talented artists!
VIDEO PREMIERE: United Way for Greater Austin has teamed up with many local artists, including Dale Watson, Dana Falconberry, Wild Child,and LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies to bring awareness to the importance of providing high-quality preschool for Austin’s youngest residents.”
Check out the premiere of “Solo Un Sueno” the first song off of the upcoming album PROBLEMAS! Wall Street Journal
Ruthie Foster has been honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) with her third straight GRAMMY nomination for Best Blues Album. Ruthie’s PROMISE OF A BRAND NEW DAY, produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, follows nominations for THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO RUTHIE FOSTER in 2009 and LET IT BURN in 2012.
- Ruthie Foster performs “Singing The Blues”
from Promise of a Brand New Day at relix.com