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Live From Austin, TX

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Welcome Back
Hard Times In Babylon
Beauty Way
Baby's Waking
Easy Rider
Mama's Got A Boyfriend
Fall Into The Night
Engineer Bill
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 45:15

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A quality artist


She is one of those artists who has crafted a superb body of work, mostly on Red House nowadays, with a string of highly consistent albums, yet without ever really becoming a household name. This one is as good as live albums get - really high quality band, great sound quality, an enthusiastic and respectful audience but most of all a wonderful performance from Eliza Gilkyson herself. It is not just a live album, it could also qualify as disc one of a 'best of' double album. Great album; superb artist; download it with impunity.

They Say All Music Guide

This edition of the Austin City Limits’ Live from Austin, TX was recorded during the tour for Hard Times in Babylon; to date, one of the finest moments in Eliza Gilkyson’s recording career — the other is 2005′s Paradise Hotel. Featuring a crack Austin band that includes bassist Glenn Fukunaga, guitarists Mike Hardwick, and Nina Gerber, drummer Cisco Ryder, and Rich Brotherton on mandolin, she could hardly miss. But even though the anthemic “Welcome Back” is enough to bring the crowd into her universe, it’s brave to feature the title cut from that celebrated album next. It’s sad, dark, full of a late night lonesome that is tough to chart though she does it so beautifully it’s almost not believable. What makes it work is the sheer, limpid, unadorned manner in which Gilkyson presents her songs. She can really sing, but her voice doesn’t need to carry drama and tension because her songs, so tautly and expertly crafted, naturally bring it right out of her, making her a fine singer as well as a writer. There is a band here, but all you can really take in is her bringing those words to you with quirky but earthy melodies. She makes it a hat trick with “Beauty Way,” written for her father, the famed songwriter Terry Gilkyson. These three songs in a row are worth the price of admission all by themselves. It’s almost too much to take in. But there’s so much more, and if anything, she moves with rough-hewn grace through the loping autobiography of her own song titled “Easy Rider,” the bluesy “Mama’s Got a Boyfriend,” the tender, sexy “Fall into the Night,” and the nearly holy “Sanctuary.” It’s a chilling, arresting performance that ranks not only among the greatest in her career, but among the very best in the now voluminous Live from Austin, TX series. She caps it, if indeed it can be capped with anything, with a completely righteous cover of Bob Dylan’s “Love Minus Zero/No Limit.” If you are fan, you can’t live without it; if you follow the singer/songwriter scene, you need it; if you are new to Gilkyson. prepare to be blown away. [A DVD version was also released.] – Thom Jurek

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