SXSW gives local Austin artists like Tameca Jones a chance to perform for music fans from around the world. Soul and R&B singer Tameca Jones has made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul.” She has gained this moniker due to her interpretations of artists like Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, and Jimi Hendrix. I had the pleasure of hearing her perform at this year’s SXSW on the Mazda Studio stage at Empire Studio & Garage. Her versatility and range was apparent as she and her band did a modernize cover of the Isley Brothers “Footsteps In The Dark” and flawlessly weaved in Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day.”
One thing that drew me to Tameca Jones as she performed her set was her humility on stage. Every time the crowd expressed their excitement at the end of song she seemed awed by the adoration of the crowd. This type of respect for those that come to hear live music is always felt by the crowd and causes the crowd to give back even more energy. When an artist can harness this energy one ends up with a great set like the one Tameca Jones gave tonight.
Take a listen to Tameca Jones’ recent debut EP Naked and add her to your music library. “Head Over Heels” is one of her great originals performed tonight.
Also performing at Empire Studio & Garage were Jacob Banks, Maggie Koerner. and Robert Glasper.