Austin’s KUTX 98.9 “Artist of the Month” for March During SXSW
Ty Richards was just honored as the “Artist of the Month” by KUTX 98.9 in Austin. All of this during the holy-grail month – MARCH (the month of the Austin’s world-renown SXSW festival). This spurred several new Austin shows, and in addition KUTX will be spinning several songs from Richards’ new album ‘Zillion’ daily, all month long. They will also be featuring his Studio 1A performance online, Song of the Day, and a My KUTX guest DJ spot on Saturday Mar 25. Stay tuned friends! Here’s what Jeff McCord had to say and you can see the full article here.
In this world, there are artists in a rush – anxious to paint, put to paper or record every thought that comes into their head. And there are those who think, perhaps even overthink, and take their time. With over 200 unreleased songs recorded, Austin’s Ty Richards sits squarely in the latter category. Part of the same fertile Denton scene that spawned Midlake and Sarah Jaffe, Richards first performed at the age of 13. From 2001-2006, he fronted a band called Twilight (nothing to do with the movie series, he takes pains to point out). But mostly, he recorded. And recorded some more. His years were dotted with personal tragedy, health problems, a successful sideline career as a graphic designer, and a new wife and family that he packed up and moved to Austin in 2014. Somewhere in there he decided it was time to get serious about music. Released on the day of the thirtieth birthday, Zillion is a debut album that doesn’t sound like one, full of spry, fuzzy psych-pop that sounds like the work of an accomplished veteran. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what he is.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director