Heartbreaker Banquet Announces SXSW Lineup With Jim James, Shovels & Rope, More



This year at South By Southwest, head on out to “Luck, Texas” for the second annual Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch on March 14, 2013.

This year’s event brings together a stunning roster of talent including rock and roll mystic Jim James, London soul phenom Michael Kiwanuka, Brooklyn country-psych guru Phosphorescent, and the only performance in Austin by fast-rising duo Shovels & Rope.

Last year’s inaugural Heartbreaker event at SXSW was one of the most talked about day parties at the festival. The event played host to this year’s returning performers Phosphorescent and Shovels & Rope as well as Texas luminaries like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Billy Joe Shaver, newcomer Gary Clark, Jr., and Nashville songwriter Jonny Fritz.

The annual event is a partnership between Jimi Hendrix’s famed Electric Lady Studios in New York and the production company Robot Fondue in conjunction with sponsor John Varvatos, who recently hosted Phosphorescent at the company’s New York store, the former site of rock club CBGB.

“We created Heartbreaker Banquet as a community revival for authentic musicianship and to promote artists we feel deserve a great deal of attention,” said event organizers Lee Foster and Matt Bizer in a press release.

In addition to a stellar lineup of music, Heartbreaker will also feature Third Man Record’s “Rolling Record Store” and food trucks curated by Immaculate Infatuation.

A full list of performers on both the outdoor main stage (“Medicine Show”) and intimate indoor “Chapel” stage are below.

“Medicine Show” Stage:

Jim James, Michael Kiwanuka, Phosphorescent, Shovels & Rope, Diamond Rugs, Elle King, Houndmouth, The Happen-Ins, and The Treasures

Acoustic Chapel Stage:

Will Johnson, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Valerie June, Shakey Graves, Spirit Family Reunion, Samantha Crain, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds, Lonesome Heroes, Jonny Burke, The Mastersons


  1. Cool. I like the theme, the title, and the musicians. I am particularly
    fond of the character on the horse. Hooray for songwriters for they make
    our heads tilt in awe and push our eardrums to listen closer to the
    words that beat so close to our hearts.
    Some quotes on songwriting:
    John Lennon: “I’d spent five hours that morning trying to write a song
    that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then,
    “Nowhere Man” came, words and music, the whole damn thing, as I lay
    down…Song writing is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being
    possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won’t let you. So you
    have to get up and make it into something, and then you’re allowed
    sleep. ”
    Bob Dylan: “My best songs were written very quickly. Just about as much
    time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to
    write it…In writing songs I’ve learned as much from Cezanne as I have
    from Woody Guthrie…It’s not me, it’s the songs. I’m just the postman, I
    deliver the songs…I consider myself a poet first and a musician
    second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.”
    Shakey Graves: “There’s tons of inspiration everywhere but it’s your job…to piece it all together and decode things.”
    Willie Nelson, this correlates with the theme of the Heartbreaker Banquet
    title “99% of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s
    what makes the jukebox play.”

    Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/willie_nelson.html#rdt07pshlGKoVHuj.99

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