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Austin: nearly hot as Mordor.

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Only $5!!!!!!!

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Sadly, (as of this photo) they had no takers...

all photos courtesy of Kim Strong

It was hot,

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My ACL Friday: Frodo, Falafel and Fabulous Fans

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Austin: nearly hot as Mordor.

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Only $5!!!!!!!

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Sadly, (as of this photo) they had no takers...

all photos courtesy of Kim Strong

It was hot, dry and surgical mask dusty but this year's ACL Fest was one the the best festival experiences I've ever had.

Friday Highlights

After catching partial sets by Vampire Weekend, of whom I'm not a fan, but think they continue to hold their own live, and Yeasayer, whose set was not too shabby, my festival buddy and I headed for a close by, off the grounds party hosted by Blender. With no shortage of wanna-bes & legitimate rock stars in attendance it was flippin' hilarious to see them turn into awed and giddy gawkers in the presence of this man:

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Baked to Perfection

who stayed for little more than "2 and 2" and was the biggest buzz at the fest until Band of Horses tore it up Sunday night. The savior of Middle Earth himself, E.Wood, didn't cause near the frenzy.

Speaking of Elijahs and Hobbits:

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Charlie Lives!

Elijah Ford (nephew of The Black Crowes' Mark Ford) plays bass for Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses and looks so much like Dominic Monaghan's Lost character Charlie, I had Drive Shaft's fictitious anthem 'You All Everybody' stuck in my head the rest of the night.

Which brings me to, sigggggghhhhhhhhh, the dreamy Ryan Bingham........

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His Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

My ACL award for best new artist has to go to bull rider turned country music uber-hotty Ryan Bingham, whose Waylonesque jams have a mystical power that turned these teenage indie rock darlings (I asked) into sweethearts of the rodeo.

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Gone Country: Ryan Bingham's Converts

I chatted briefly with Bingham before his afternoon performance. He greeted me in the press tent with a cigarette in hand and the pearliest whites I've ever had the pleasure to be blinded by. They turn out not to be a gift from god, but an oral surgeon, when his own were knocked out bull riding. We also discussed his new record, produced by Uncle Mark Ford, a blend of hard, old school country spiced with a swaggering Stones-attitude. He also held forth on working with Willie Nelson, and the difference between Rodeo and Rock 'n Roll groupies. "Not much ma'am ... not much...high heels, not cowboy boots I guess." I'm glad I talked to him before I saw him play or it may have been impossible to form coherent sentences in his presence. He'll be hitting Seattle in the fall and I can't encourage you enough to check him out.

The always excellent Alejandro Escovedo closed out our night, playing classic faves and cuts from his amazing latest album, Real Animal .

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Tune in tomorrow for ACL Saturday.....

 
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