This year will mark my sixth trip to Austin for South by Southwest (99-00, 05-08). Although 1999 and 2000 will be hard to ever surpass (The Jayhawks, Elliott Smith, The Backsliders, Joe Henry, Slobberbone, Bottle Rockets....), this year's New West Records day party, at first glance, looks like it could be an all-time highlight. And it's at Club de Ville, which hosted the greatest show I've ever seen: Slobberbone/The Gourds, SXSW, 1999.

Three of my favorite artists of the past ten years will appear on the same bill.

The Drams (Denton, TX)

Tim Easton (Joshua Tree, CA/Anchorage, AK)

Old 97s (Dallas, TX)