Avery rocks an Etta James song.

Amanda Avery rocks an Etta James song.

Words and Photos By Mark Kemp

Acoustic Guitar had a blast at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, last week, but we only caught a tiny sliver of the great music that was going on all around town. Here are a few of the highlights from the AG and Bluegrass Situation stages at the Brooklyn Country Cantina event held at Licha’s Cantina on Sixth Street all day Saturday.

Kacy loves her Gibson!

Kacy Anderson of Kacy & Clayton  loves her Gibson!

We couldn’t get enough of the young folk duo Kacy & Clayton. Their blend of classic duo folk with the eclectic, electric sprawl of ’60s British folk royalty the Fairport Convention is just what folk and rock need in 2016.

This Year's Models: Kacy & Clayton

Kacy & Clayton rock the folk like Fairport Convention.

Licha's Cantina becomes the Brooklyn Country Cantina for a day.

Licha’s Cantina becomes the Brooklyn Country Cantina for a day every year during SXSW.


The Quebe Sisters rock a Hank Williams song.

The Quebe Sisters fiddle with a Hank Williams tune on the Bluegrass Situation stage inside.

Dana Falconberry plays the Brooklyn Brewery stage inside.

Jaws drop as Dana Falconberry blows up the Bluegrass Situation stage later in the day.

The Wild Reeds offer the perfect blend of acoustic and electric.

The Wild Reeds offer the perfect blend of acoustic and electric.

Robbie Fulks does a little dance.

Robbie Fulks does a little dance while tuning his guitar.


Fulks and Tawny Newsome improvise on a SXSW take-down.

Fulks welcomes the beautiful and talented singer/comedian Tawny Newsome onstage for a hilarious improvisation on the corporatization of SXSW.

Margaret Glasbury tunes up.

AG senior editor Mark Kemp’s personal highlight: Margaret Glaspy.


Hosts of the Brooklyn Country Cantina: The fantastic Defibulators!

There were many more artists at the Brooklyn Country Cantina who were equally deserving of note — how ’bout those Yawpers doing Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades,” out of control, all on acoustic guitars! — but the images above are the ones that remain the most memorable for us. If you want to see more — and we know you need to — check out these from Arrow Root Media’s Jaki Levy, and these at The Bluegrass Situation.

Finally, we couldn’t leave without introducing you to Licha’s Cantina’s mouse next door.

The next-door-neighbor.

The next-door-neighbor.

Come see us next year at the Cantina, and you can create your own gallery of ‘AG at SXSW’ memories.