Things we know about Little Rock native and “Blaze” star Ben Dickey’s time at SXSW 2019 include the following:
1. Rolling Stone named Dickey as one of its picks for a list of “SXSW 2019: 30 Best Artists We Saw in Austin.” Here’s what Stephen Thomas Erlewine had to say:
Deep into his Saturday set at the Continental Club, Ben Dickey, the Americana singer-songwriter exclaimed, “This band is baaad ass!” He’s not wrong. Dickey’s group enlivens his songs with a flair for drama and a strong sense of groove. At times, Dickey can sound like Bob Dylan at his funniest and funkiest, as engaged with the rhythm of the words as the roll of the music. Appropriate for an artist who received his big break playing cult hero Blaze Foley in Ethan Hawke’s 2018 directorial debut Blaze — Dickey’s debut album A Glimmer on the Outskirts is the first release from Hawke’s SexHawkeBlack Records — Dickey has a hint of cinematic sweep in his music, a quality that’s heightened onstage thanks to that remarkable band. Dickey came to play a rock & roll show filled with country songs, a combination that feels uniquely at home in Austin. S.T.E.
2. Dickey ate Franklin BBQ with Eric Wareheim. Wareheim made this face:
3. Longtime Little Rock percussion guru Colin Brooks (Big Cats, Red 40) played drums on a mesmerizing set at the Cactus Cafe, and Dickey’s opening sets (or this one, at least) with “Stranger on A Silver Horse,” our current favorite song from “A Glimmer on the Outskirts,” the new record.
Catch Dickey at the White Water Tavern Saturday, April 20.