Austin Collins

Austin Collins
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The songs he sings are earnest and heartfelt, hauntingly beautiful in melody and superbly sharp in observance. They are sweetly serious, and they are delicately crafted. Austin Collins is a bit of a juxtaposition in personality from the songs he so masterfully writesóheís a witty guy who leans more often than not on his keen sense of humor to soak up the few down moments during his shows. Heíll make you cry with a song, heíll make you laugh with a joke, and then heíll make you cry again if he feels like it. Jokes are one thingówe all have a friend we can count on for a good laugh. These songs of his, thoughÖ Not many people have a friend who can do what Austin does so impeccably well. The Houston born, Austin, TX based Collins, whose stellar recording resume includes two critically acclaimed releases (2005ís Something Better and 2008ís Roses Are Black) has again returned with heart in hand and music in groove. His latest offering, Wrong Control, is by name mysterious and unique, but thatís par for Austinís course. Heís a writer, after all, and as any good writer will tell you, one mustnít tip ones hand right off the bat. And so, you canít help but wonder exactly what it is that went wrong and exactly what it is that heís trying to control. First, what went Wrong: Relationships. Attempts to break out. Chances to learn things that are as yet unknown. The drive to find out what else there is in life. Thatís not to say these failed launches donít eventually lift off for the cast of characters that wander in and out of Austinís songs. He leaves them (and us) with just enough glimmers of hope, with just the right amount of possibilities, to believe that they might someday break out of the gracefully sketched situations they find themselves in. Second, the Control: His trademark lonesome, free-ranging vocals. The sparse instrumental arrangements. The ability to get a little heavier, a little grittier when itís called for. With Centro-Maticís Will Johnson at the production helm, Collinsí Rainbirds, consisting of Craig Bagby on drums and Dylan McDougall on guitars, both of whom garner writing credits on the album, manage to match their leading mansí lyrical brushstrokes with musical accompaniment that stays out of its own wayóthe co-star beside the people living within this collection of songs. They pick and choose their moments with expertise, creating a vast and colorful landscape upon which the drama can unfold. And as that drama unfolds, you begin to get this feeling: Thereís just so much Austin Collins and the Rainbirds got right with Wrong Control.
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01/27/2010 - Austin Collins & The Rainbird Set Album Release - Read More
08/21/2007 - A San Angelo Homecoming for the Austin Collins Band - Read More
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 22

Austin Collins  01/14/2007            
Great artist! Great CD! Must Have!
Austin Collins  10/13/2006            
I have been waiting for a long time to hear somebody with the same style as Whiskeytown which is one of my all time favorite bands. Keep up the good work Mr. Collins, these song are one of a kind.
Austin Collins  05/22/2006            
I have also never heard Austin Collins until I saw him at ACL fest this past year. He totally blew me away and I immediately bought his CD. It is a favorite of mine and continues to impress my friends or whoever hears me playing this great disk.
Austin Collins  03/09/2006            
this cd blows, and by blows i mean really friggin' good! a must have if you are in to the whole texas country/alt rock scene. on this cd and within the afore mentioned genre, you will find that AC sounds just like everyone else, and/but at the same time is totally cutting edge. go figure! no doubt that austin will be around for a while. NOW GET OFF YOUR ARS AND GO BUY THIS DICS!
Austin Collins  02/06/2006            
Best album of any genre I have heard in years. One of only 2 or 3 albums that I've ever owned that I can listen to straight through, without skipping a song. Can't wait for the next one.
Austin Collins  12/13/2005            
I had never heard of Austin Collins until we went to the ACL Festival this year. He was the first act when we got into the festival so we sat and listened. I thought he was good enough to buy the cd. The more I have listened to it, the more I like it. I'm glad I discovered him, hope there's more music coming
Austin Collins  11/26/2005            
Oh My
I never get tired of this CD. It lives in my car!
Austin Collins  10/30/2005            
Clay Spivey
This guy is ausome I would recomend this cd.
Austin Collins  07/22/2005            
Put it in and let it play all the way through. Excellent songwriting.
Austin Collins  05/04/2005            
Austin Collins is the most amazing musician of all time and will move on to become one of the biggest bad asses of country music.
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