Calder Allen debuted at last fall’s ACL Fest with an all-star band that included Charlie Sexton, Martie Maguire, Glenn Fukunaga, and his uncle Bukka Allen. While they provided an impressive backing to the lanky, ball-capped 19-year-old songwriter, Allen flashed a talent that rose to the occasion.
Briscoe is the Austin-based project of Truett Heintzelman and Philip Lupton. Briscoe was started by Philip his senior year of high school in 2019 as an outlet for his original music. Soon after the EP "From the Room" was released, Truett officially joined the band and the red-headed duo became official. Together the pair has released a single, "Sailing Away", and an LP, "Flower Johnson".
Briscoe draws musical influence from what many consider the golden years of music, the late 1960's to mid 1970's. Artists such as Neil Young, James Taylor, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Carole King, and Paul Simon have influenced the pair musically and lyrically. With a variety of instrumentation, Briscoe's live shows and studio recordings seem to stray in and out of genres with a variety of instrumentation such as banjo, saxophone, cello, and harmonica.