Discovering the Soulful Sounds of Austin’s Sir Woman: A Grinning Ear-to-Ear Review SXSW Thoughts+Photos: Sir Woman at Empire Garage 3/13/23
LOS ANGELES, CA- I love me some catchy, feel-good, hooks, and Austin’s Sir Woman has got plenty of them. Formed by Kelsey Wilson (who also happens to be a member of the indie-folk band Wild Child), Sir Woman’s music is rooted in some delicious traditional, soul, funk, and R&B. Backed by a full band, VERY capable backup singers, and a horn section, their performance at Empire Garage had me grinning ear to ear.
What accentuated the soulful sounds and funky grooves was just the spirit of their performance. There was just so much positivity in the room. It was palpable. The spirit was in the room. The positive messaging in their songs which focus on love, empowerment, and self-acceptance… and all performed with huge smiles on everyone’s faces… that’s the kind of energy you just want to bask in for hours.
Having already earned recognition in their hometown (having won the Best New Act at the 2020 Austin Music Awards), I have a feeling that once Sir Woman hits the road to share their gift with the rest of the country, they’ll be earning the ear and hearts of many others. It only took one performance from them to make me a believer in their magic.
P.S. Can someone tell me the title of the first song in the video montage? I can’t seem to find it anywhere, and that hook has been stuck in my head for ever…