Coffee Bar Talent

I swear this isn’t a shameless plug, but I’ll let you determine whether that’s true after you read this post.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t frequent coffee bars (or houses, or shacks, or whatever people call them) too often.  I know some find them to be a great place to study, but I need a sterile environment with horrifyingly graphic fluorescent lighting.

But recently I’ve been doing a little coffee bar hopping.  From Mozarts on Lake Austin, to Dominican Joe on South Congress, to Clementine on Manor—I’ve started to get a sense of “the scene.”  What caused this sudden interest?  Well, I’m not doing it for my health.  No, I’ve been following around a pair of “Singing Sarahs” known as “The Reliques.” (Pronounced “rel-icks”)

Jackie Gilles.

The Reliques, comprised of Sarah Dossey and Sarah Walters, are singer/songwriters based in Austin and performing in local coffee bars. Photo credit: Jackie Gilles.

Confession time:  one of the Sarahs is a good friend of mine.  But the larger point of this post is that the talent of some of the people that play these places is amazing.  It seems like almost any night of the week you can walk into a different coffee bar and someone’s bearing their soul into a microphone while gently strumming an acoustic guitar.  And this isn’t “Smelly Cat” stuff, either, for fans of “Friends.”  (And no, that was not worth embedding.)

The MySpace page of the Reliques reads:

We hope to grow with you and learn with you and eat and drink with you as well.  Please remember that if there is anything we can do for you let us know.  We want to be there for you as you are for us.  We hope that our songs please you.  We hope that our voices calm you.  We hope you will tell us when they do.

It’s a little refreshing, after constantly listening to artists who have “made it,” to go to a coffee bar and hear the raw power of singer/songwriters that are performing for the pure enjoyment of performance.  There’s an authenticity there that’s not found in many things in life.  I’ll leave you with the final line of “Disappointed” by the Reliques:

“I feel like everybody wants the same thing, darling, and when they find it there always disappointed.” -The Reliques



1 Response to “Coffee Bar Talent”

  1. 1 Brittany November 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Jeff, your shameless plug worked. I went their myspace page, listened and loved it! Nice job.

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