17 More Great Artist Portraits from South by Southwest 2013

Featuring Jim James, Eric Burdon, Shovels and Rope and more—shot all over Austin, Texas.


This past week in Austin, Texas, more than 2,000 artists performed at hundreds of venues as part of this year’s South by Southwest shindig. The massive annual event (where everybody, it seems, has something to sell) can be frantic and overwhelming for performers and attendees alike. This year Mother Jones contributor Jacob Blickenstaff set out to slow things down long enough to shoot portraits of roughly 30 artists—in local streets, hotel lobbies, front porches, and backstages—representing a mix of new, established, and veteran talent taking part in SXSW. We’re serving ’em up in two batches. We posted the first batch on Monday. Here’s part two:

Jim James in his artist’s trailer prior to his set at the Heartbreaker Banquet, a concert at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck Texas. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Shovels and Rope (Michael Trent and Carrie-Ann Hearst) backstage after their performance at the Heartbreaker Banquet. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Eric Burdon, lobby of the W Hotel in Austin. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) before his performance at the Heartbreaker Banquet. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Richard Thompson backstage at Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Buddy Miller (left) and Jim Lauderdale at Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, backstage at the South By San Jose fest at Hotel San Jose. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Rod Argent (left) and Colin Blundstone of the Zombies following their Daytrotter Session, East Austin. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Bobby Bare in the courtyard of the Embassy Suites hotel. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

John Hiatt at Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

The Relatives in the green room awaiting a taping, Loft 718. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Heartless Bastards outside the South By San Jose fest. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Ron Sexsmith at Stages on 6th Street. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Corb Lund (second from left) and the Hurtin’ Albertans at Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Brighton MA (of Chicago) with their tour van, East Austin. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Brass Bed near Waller Creek, Downtown Austin. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

 

Parquet Courts, backstage at Stubb’s BBQ. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
 

In case you were wondering, you’ll find more women artists in Jacob’s first batch of SXSW portraits. And you can click here for more music coverage from Mother Jones.

 

 

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